Landscaping can alter the appearance of your house drastically. It also encourages you to spend time outdoors. But landscapers can face many issues from time to time. Today’s article will look at some landscaping problems and their solutions.
1. Improper drainage
Your beautiful landscape has to face the vagaries of the weather. Rain, snow, ice, or sleet can ruin your landscape. Rainwater can leave your landscape flooded and erode the soil’s nutrients.
Constructing a drainage pipe is the simplest solution to this issue. Using gabion stones, river stones, terra stone brick chips, and pea gravel can allow the water to flow through and prevent soil erosion. If your garden is in a low-lying area or prone to flooding, you can consider hardscaping. Proper grading before you begin landscaping can prevent flooding to a great extent. Using plants like ferns, daylilies, cattails, and iris that absorb plenty of water can keep your landscape dry. Mulching is another suitable method to prevent erosion and improve water retention.
2. Poor landscape lighting
Proper lighting is essential for the safety of your outdoor space. Good lighting makes your outdoor space more functional. Lighting should not be too harsh, but it should enhance the landscape’s features and provide good visibility. There are various options for landscape lighting like wall lights, recessed lights, hardscape lights, deck lights, and path lights. Outdoor lights can be placed strategically to highlight plants and other exciting features in your landscape.
3. Noise pollution and privacy
External noises like traffic noise or sounds from your neighbor’s home can ruin your outdoor experience. If the homeowner lives in a noisy area, you could consider installing a heavy-duty acoustic fence. However, soundproof fencing can be expensive. Building a brick wall and putting up hedges or incorporating water features are alternatives to reduce outside noise.
An enclosure like a pergola or gazebo can be created to reduce the noise further and provide a zen area for relaxation. Planting tall trees or shrubs also help in noise reduction and offers a private setting. Outdoor music systems or the sound of running water can be used to mask unwanted noises; on the other hand, such sounds can also make your private conversations inaudible to your neighbors.
4. Soil erosion
Soil erosion can prove to be a major setback for your landscape. It can also choke up the storm drains. Soil erosion can wash away your garden beds. It may also wash away the nutrients in the soil. This can make your plants lifeless. This problem becomes more acute if your property is located on a steep slope. Native grasses with deep roots can be used to prevent soil erosion. Building small retaining walls or terraces is an effective method to avoid soil erosion and create visual interest. It is always better to take steps to prevent soil erosion while planning the landscaping.
Landscaping is not just about adding plants or lighting to your outdoor area. You must take into account all elements that have an impact on your landscape design. Successful planning can give you a landscape that is functional and attractive.