There is no mistaking a professionally designed and installed landscape project. This design is as breathtaking at night as it is during the day thanks to the professional lighting design and installation.

The landscape around your Phoenix home can make a great first impression on guests and passersby. Or it can be an eyesore that leaves everyone wondering what you were thinking when you dreamed up this design if, by chance, you even had a plan in mind. We have all seen beautiful houses that have been hidden behind hideous landscapes. It is merely a gathering of trees and plants that appear to have just meandered into the yard and taken root in random places.

Sadly many new homeowners think that landscaping is a simple task that they can easily manage on their own. It offers the opportunity for some sweat equity and saves the cost of professional landscape design and installation. But soon after they begin the process of actually installing the landscape, their opinion changes, and they discover the truth about this process. Landscape design and installation require a great deal of knowledge, skill, and effort if you want the result to look fantastic and survive the first hot summer in the Valley of the Sun.

To save homeowners from making some common and costly mistakes, we have compiled a list of the most common landscape mistakes and a UNIQUE way to avoid making them in your own yard.

Curb Appeal Is Essential

This beautiful landscape is both eye catching and inviting. The massive palm trees create a focal point at the entry to the courtyard.

It is easy to forget about curb appeal at your own home. You spend most of your time looking at the yard from inside the house or sitting in the yard itself. But the rest of the world will be looking at your yard from the street. And that first glance is how they will remember it. And while that thought might not disturb you now, realize that at some point, you will want to sell the property. And no curb appeal means no buyers or cheap buyers, which is equally as bad.

To avoid having little or no curb appeal, the solution is simple. Hire a professional who has been creating custom landscape designs for decades. You would never consider rebuilding your car’s engine, so why think that you can design and build a complete landscape? Just click here or call 480-969-9119 to schedule a free initial consultation with a UNIQUE design team member. Our staff will handle all of the annoying details and heavy lifting. All you need to do is tell your designer what you like, what you don’t like, and how you envision using your outdoor living space.

Too Many Mistakes To Overcome

Proper plant selection, placement, and installation are essential to create a perfectly natural looking oasis. These plants are thriving because of the skill and knowledge of the design professional and the installation crew.

As we mentioned, there is a massive amount of skill and education required to design a landscape project properly. And when a homeowner decides to take on this significant responsibility, there is no way to grasp the knowledge needed until it is too late. The most common newbie mistakes include:

  • Selecting the wrong plants for the region
  • Selecting the wrong plants for the exposure of your property
  • Selecting the wrong location for the plants on your property
  • Installing the plants to deep or too shallow
  • Not considering the growth rate of the plant or its mature size

In some cases, you will get lucky. An oleander will grow just about anywhere that you plant it. But in a few years, that one sturdy plant that survived your first attempt at landscaping might be the only thing that you can see when you look out your living room window.

To avoid all of the frustration of dead plants, unhealthy plants, plants in the wrong location, and monstrosities that have taken over your yard, click here or call 480-969-9119 to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of the UNIQUE design team. Please understand that our staff will be happy to work with you on the plant selections for your property and help you customize as many features as possible. But know that we will also provide the guidance needed to ensure that you are selecting from a plant palette that will grow in our climate. And that the plants are placed in locations that will meet their needs for light, water, and soil type. Then each one will be properly installed by professionals and carry the UNIQUE plant warranty. So you know that your landscape will look as exceptional in the future as it did the day we completed it.

Too Much Clutter

A small group of pots is the perfect accent to add texture and color to this large patio area.

It might sound a little silly to say that a yard has too much clutter. But when you think of it as an outdoor living space, it makes more sense. Many novice homeowners go overboard when they are striving to personalize their outdoor space. In an area where one or two planters, pots or urns would add a touch of interest and class, they add six. And where a sculpture or piece of yard art might add a splash of whimsy, they go too far and create what looks like the set of a fairy and gnome theatrical event.

To avoid over cluttering and over-accessorizing your yard, click here or call 480-969-9119 to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of the UNIQUE design team. When your landscape is completed, it might have a few open areas and some space between the plants. But that is because our professionals how quickly your new plants will grow and thrive. They will soon fill the open space with natural beauty that will exceed any piece of yard art or ornamentation.

This new landscape blends beautifully with the natural surroundings and in just a short time, these plants will grow to fill in the open spaces without looking over crowded or cluttered.

There are many small projects that you can enjoy that will add a personal touch to your outdoor living space. From making handprint stepping stones with the children to selecting the furniture for your outdoor oasis, these are touches that will personalize the space and create character. Leave the planting, irrigation, and installation of the new patio to the professionals. Not only will this choice help you to avoid all of the common mistakes that many DIY landscapers make, but it will also save you the frustration of wondering why the citrus tree is wilting and the Bird of Paradise has yet to bloom. When you work with the UNIQUE team, all you do is pick up the phone and call 480-969-9119 if you have a question or concern about how your plants are doing or how to care for your new BBQ island countertop. One call to schedule your free design consultation provides you with a UNIQUE solution to all of these annoying and costly common landscape mistakes.