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Common front garden mistakes—13 decoration ideas

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Creating the perfect front garden can seem like a daunting task and plenty of people get it wrong, which is why we've pulled together some of the most common gardening mistakes so you can avoid them.

Some are more obvious, whereas others are little tricks that professionals might not want you knowing. Take a look at what not to do and see how you can create the perfect first impression for your home!

1. Being too hasty

Ensure you have a design and a plan in place before getting started.

2. Underestimating the impact a tatty front door can have

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Don't let it ruin your front garden.

3. Overlooking your climbers

They soon get out of hand!

4. Not finishing the edges of your lawn perfectly

They look so messy but are so easy to fix.

5. Forgetting to have a central focal point

It could even be your front door or a pretty gate.

6. Not thinking about year-round aesthetic appeal

Don't just hope it will look good in all seasons.

7. Letting weeds get out of control

They make a really bad impression!

8. Neglecting trees

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If you're planting trees, don't forget to consider the size they will grow to and in what time frame.

9. Leaving your rubbish bins out on display

They hardly look the part.

10. Not refreshing your gravel at least once a year

Doing so will keep it looking neat and tidy.

11. Not add good lighting

This is essential whatever style of front garden you have.

12. Thinking you need one of everything

Don't get caught up thinking you need everything because hanging baskets, pots and beds will look too busy all together.

13. Overlooking the importance of a full sensory experience

How your garden smells will have a big impact!

For more front garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 17 head-turning ideas for your front garden.

Have we encouraged some new ideas to blossom?
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