Landscaping is an art form. If you don’t believe me, check out Rick Anderson’s awesome blog.
I appreciate those kind words from Stuart Robinson over at his blog Gardening Tips-n-Ideas. The remark was tied into a post about 7 big design mistakes(not mine-thankfully). These are usually mistakes homeowners make, but . . .
#6 on skinny sidewalks . . . it’s been my experience that most builders don’t offer this as an option, but they just slap it in there. By all means if you can negotiate this ahead of time (length, width, shape) . . . do. Especially if that sidewalk to the front door is going to be used. Speaking of that sidewalk to the front door.
How many of you have worked(or live) in neighborhoods where the front door is never, and I mean never used? I find those neighborhoods kind of creepy, or soulless-very strange places. All that space-no people.
#7 House hugging plants and their bad beds.I have another term for that . . . velcro plants, ’cause there sticking to the house, feel free to use it, I stole the phrase from someone else, I forget who but I thought it was brilliant. A lot of times this is also part of the builders package. Builders package is a term I use for the landscaping that comes with the new house. I like to say 12 shrubs with mulch, 2 trees, and a front yard(seeded-sometimes sodded!) supplied by the lowest bidder.
New homeowners are better served re-negotiating this. Take the money, hire a real professional-not some guy who just took the severance package at the local Ford or GM plant . . . and put in some real landscaping with a real walk to the front door.
The post is a good read and I like the perspective of someone from down under. The pic in the post is pretty clever also.