Spring is here, and you can't wait to give your landscaping a facelift. If you live in a northern area where you had to dig yourself out all winter, you are probably a little eager to unleash your creativity and play in the dirt. Before you get out-of-control and end up making decisions you regret later, press pause and create a plan. This will help you avoid making some of the common landscaping mistakes on this list.

  • Not Considering Placement for Plants - You may find a gorgeous shrub or flowering plant you absolutely must have for the front of the house, but if the conditions are not right it is not going to last very long. Make sure you read the tag that tells you the recommended sun exposure.

The Manchester Outdoor Wall Fountain

The Manchester Outdoor Wall Fountain

  • Leaving Walls Empty - It is quite surprising that there are few people who really take advantage of the exterior walls of their home. Why not treat them like the walls inside your house? Outdoor water walls make it look like the water is pouring out of the home. They definitely create a strong focal point.

Sussex Garden Wall Fountain

Sussex Garden Wall Fountain

  • Blocking the Interior View - You want your landscaping to be beautiful, but make sure you don't block the view from inside the home. A lot of people like to plant with a "stadium seating" technique, so the taller plants are closer to the house, but if the plants are tall enough to block the view, you will likely resent them.

Kenroy Canterbury Outdoor Wall Water Fountain

Kenroy Canterbury Outdoor Wall Water Fountain

  • Going Overboard with Statuary - Placing 10-foot statues in a small yard is not going to do you any favors, and three dozen gnomes congregating on your front lawn may have people stopping for a yard sale.

  • Not Furnishing for Your Needs - Don't buy patio furniture based on what you think you should have or because it is what everyone else has. Just because all your friends have a traditional table and chairs does not mean this is the best option for you. You will love your outdoor living space more, if you furnish for your own needs.

  • Taking on High-maintenance Projects - If you have time to install and maintain a koi pond by all means, do so. If you want to plant bonsai trees everywhere, you definitely should. However, you need to make sure you will still be interested in maintaining these elements well into the future.

  • Underestimating Cost - Don't get too far into your outdoor facelift without making sure your budget won't be too affected. In comparison to other home improvement projects, landscaping is 30 percent more expensive. Even if you're not buying furniture, you can still end up spending a small fortune on plants. You don't want to get halfway into a project and realize you just can't afford to finish.