At first glance, an overgrown, neglected garden appears to be little more than, well, a bit of a mess. Long grass and weeds sprout from seemingly every direction, old fallen leaves have accumulated on the ground, and the existing landscaping features have clearly seen better days.
However, neglected gardens are also a cause of celebration, because they offer a huge amount of potential. If you have moved into a new home and found the garden does not meet your standards, you essentially have an opportunity to design an outdoor space from scratch. Sure, it doesn’t look great at the moment, but with a few new plants, some landscaping, and some decorative touches, your garden can soon be transformed into a genuine asset. All you have to do is formulate a plan to help tame the garden and bring it under your control – a plan that will be all the more successful if you can avoid the following common mistakes…
Mistake #1: Only removing the visible portions of weeds
When dealing with an overgrown garden, removing weeds is usually the first task you will set out to accomplish. However, just because the visible part of a weed has been removed doesn’t mean the roots have; if the roots remain, then that same weed will likely flower again in future. Lifehacker recommends digging a hole next to the weed, locating the roots, and then removing the entire structure all in one – a technique that should be far more effective than just removing the visible signs of growth above the soil.
Mistake #2: Trying to landscape multiple elements at once
It’s natural that you want to embark on your planned landscaping changes as soon as possible; after all, good landscaping looks stunning and also helps to ensure that the area is usable. With that in mind, it’s tempting to go all-in, making radical changes across your garden – but this approach is unlikely to yield the best results. The experts at Cherry Oak Landscaping recommend that landscaping projects should be carried out in small stages rather than as one big project. By splitting the tasks, you can focus on finishing each element before moving onto the next, ensuring each project receives the specific attention it requires.
Mistake #3: Forgetting that the garden has to be maintained
When improving a neglected garden, you’ll likely find yourself full of exciting ideas that you want to try – but this excitement can also lead to you forgetting that you’ll then need to maintain all of those exciting new features you’re planning to introduce. This situation can lead to you owning a high maintenance garden when you only have time in your usual schedule for low maintenance options. It’s, therefore, best to constantly ask yourself how much maintenance will be required before adding a new element to your garden and whether you have the time to perform the ongoing work that will be necessary – a garden rejuvenation is for life, after all!
When strategizing your plan to bring your garden under control, knowing what you should avoid can help you to create workable solutions that allow you to create an outdoor space you love.