Do’s and Don’ts of Patio Landscaping

A well-maintained and beautifully landscaped patio can make your house a work of art. With the right information on patio landscaping, you can transform the outdoor appearance of your house into something more eye-catching and classy.


Moreover, the good thing about knowing the do’s and don’ts in patio landscaping is that it also ensures your family’s safety at home. We list down below some of the dos and don’ts in patio landscaping and hope that you find them hopeful.

What NOT to do in patio landscaping

Let’s begin with the top three don’ts. Here is a list of what you should never do when landscaping your patio.

  • Don’t do the landscaping yourself if you have zero knowledge or little background about patio landscaping.

Better leave it to the hands of professional landscape architects who can ensure the utility, safety, and aesthetic features of your patio layout. Instead of beautifying your patio, you may end up spoiling its appearance.

  • Don’t over-do it.

The common mistake of homeowners trying to do patio landscaping themselves is that they tend to over-embellish the patio. They often wind up spending huge bucks of money for its maintenance. Never plant shrubs, weeds and vines are too difficult to maintain and prune.

  • Don’t shrug off maintenance.

Patio landscaping doesn’t end with laying out the appearance of your patio and making such design a reality. It also entails time and effort for maintenance and preservation. Otherwise, all your investment of time, money and effort in doing the landscape will be futile.

Useful things to DO when patio landscaping

Meanwhile, here are the top three things you should do when it comes to patio landscaping.

  • Do make a careful selection of the plants and shrubs.

There are plants which, although beautiful, can be poisonous and toxic to children and your pets. One example is the plant called “Dieffenbachia”. It has a very potent effect, so much so that if any of its parts, no matter how little the quantity is consumed, can lead to death. For adults, 15 minutes is enough for death to set in while for kids, one minute is all it takes. Touching the leaves and rubbing your eyes afterwards can even lead to blindness! Thus, make a research about the plants you want your patio to house.

  • Do have variety when it comes to planting

Remember that the blooming period of flowers can be short or long, but no matter what, they always come to a halt eventually. If you plant the same kind of flowers in an overwhelming number, they will offer nothing but gloom, boredom, or monotony once they wither over time.

  • Do take advantage of fragrant, sweet-smelling flowers.

Planting fragrant flowers such as jasmine can create a warm, soothing atmosphere for your patio. Guests would love to stay and come back when they feel relaxed through the aromatherapy freely provided by your plants. For maximum benefit, place these flowering plants close to your patio’s dining tables and near your windows and doors and let the wind carry their scent even indoors.

Now that you know these tips, it’s about time to start planning your patio landscaping. Best of luck!

Written by Clark Jones, owner of Tree Frog Complete Grounds Maintenance. Tree Frog is the best company for landscaping Columbia MO has to offer.

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