Patio Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid Patio Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

Most homes include an area in the front or back where fresh air and comfortable weather can be enjoyed. These patio areas can be landscaped in a variety of ways, from simple decorating with plants and furniture to simulating a tropical forest or a Japanese garden. For those of us willing to put in the time and effort to embark on a patio landscaping project, there are some points to consider when attempting such an undertaking.

Planning the Landscaping around the Patio

Having a plan and doing research is vital to completing a project and many times without a plan, the project may run into obstacles requiring additional costs. Landscaping plans can be found on the Internet and in many books and magazines on the subject. These plans can include listing of ideas, examples, listing of materials and tips and hints on how to make the project a successful effort. Otherwise, time can be well spent at a home or garden center where many landscaping ideas are on display. Home shows are another source of information on the types of new and existing products for gardens and patios.

Vary the Planting around the Patio

Creating a mix of the right plants to achieve the desired effect can be a hit or miss proposition. One way of achieving this is to not plant the flowers into the ground unless is desirable to do so or that the plants will not thrive unless given some space. In addition some flowers such as dahlias need for their roots to be dug up and stored over the winter to avoid the frost from killing them. One way of varying the location of plantings is to use large pots or containers which can be moved around to change the scenery from time to time. Also, the advantage to this is that some plants which cannot survive a hard freeze can be moved indoors for the winter.

Growing in Proper Soil

Patios made of block, cement or bricks will require additional drainage to prevent the plants from getting overwatered from overflow. Plants with large root systems may over time break or raise the patio blocks, which then will require repair. To ensure that plants receive the proper water supply, judicious use of mulch and compost will keep the plants moist and well watered.

Planning for Comfortable Surroundings

While trees provide shade and enable cool breezes to pass through the area, they also can soak up much of the sun that other plants require for growth. A patio will benefit from the placement of certain plants in certain areas to maximize their beauty while providing for the light that they will need to grow. Patio seating and tables will be better in the shade so that it will remain comfortable. Flowering plants should be placed farther away from tables and chairs so that insects and birds which are attracted to the sweet nectar of the flowers can do their job of pollinating the plants.

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