You would think that, with all of the accumulated experience of homeowners the world over, that just about everything having to do with landscaping would be common knowledge by now. Unfortunately, some myths surrounding landscape design continue to hold sway over people’s decision making process. You can’t blame someone for acting on information they may have heard from a normally reliable source like a family member or friend, but taking these myths to heart will undermine the beauty and utility of a landscape and wind up creating the need for expensive fixes.
Landscape Design Errors That Should be Avoided
If you’ve heard any of the following myths we would strongly advise you not to let them exert any sway over your landscape design decisions:
- Myth 1: “There’s no such thing as ‘bad’ landscaping” – Landscaping is as dependent on the laws governing colour, structure and volumetric relationships as architecture and interior design. A landscape composed of randomly chosen elements may, through sheer luck, wind up working on some level, but only if those elements somehow adhere to the laws of design.
- Myth 2: “Good landscaping never includes straight lines” – The Gardens of Versailles were designed by André Le Nôtre, official landscape architect to Louis XIV. In his Versailles masterwork Mr. Le Nôtre mixed all manner of curved elements in with plenty of straight lines to provide, balance, structure and visual interest. In the debate about straight lines you’d do well to side with the French master.
- Myth 3: “Watering the lawn in the evening saves water” – If you water your Toronto lawn in the evening your water bills may go down but the savings will be eaten up and then some by having to replace the lawn and many of your other backyard flora. Without the sun to evaporate surface water that water stagnates and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and various types of fungus that can destroy grass and other plants.
- Myth 4: “Every landscape needs a lawn” – While it’s true that lawns are common elements of landscape design there is no law that states you must include a lawn as part of your Toronto landscaping efforts. There are many beautiful so-called “grassless lawns” out there today. They’re typically composed of decorative grasses, flowers and shrubs interspersed with hardscape elements like natural stone or interlocking pavers.
- Myth 5: “Cutting the grass really short will negate the need for constant mowing” – In fact cutting the lawn too close will almost certainly result in having to replace the lawn after opportunistic weeds have taken hold and/or the grass roots have been dried out due to overexposure to the sun. Also, if you decide to suddenly cut your long grass short you’ll need to remove the clippings and this will starve the root system of vital nutrients.
- Myth 6: “Anyone can be landscape designer” – Some folks believe this myth and take the landscaping of their property into their own hands. They usually wind up with a landscape that only a mom could love. Landscaping in Toronto is an art form and while it’s common to hear things like “everyone is an artist”, it’s simply not true. Landscape design takes years to master and the knowledge and expertise of professional landscape designers should not be dismissed.
Don’t succumb to landscape design myths that could cost you dearly in the long run. Enlist the help of the landscape professionals at M.E. Contracting instead. They’ll provide you with a landscape design that will greatly enhance the curb appeal, prestige and market value of your Toronto home for less than you might imagine. Call them today on 416-238-6700 and find out more.