Have you ever booked in tradies to do work or managed an important project – either as a homeowner or in your work life – and experienced a few sleepless nights worrying about all the ‘what ifs’ and issues that could occur?

Unfortunately, for those building a new home or renovating their yard, issues may pop up during landscape construction that can turn your project from dream to nightmare in a matter of minutes.

As those in the know, we’ve compiled our top list of common problems that could crop up during landscape construction.


Common Landscape Design Problems

Tight Timeframes                                                                                                                                             

Reality TV shows based on house renovations and landscape construction have warped consumers perception of time, and particularly any expectations on how quickly a significant project can be turned around.

When there is a short turnaround time, some contractors and project managers may skimp on the pre-construction and planning phase. Without correct planning at the beginning, more issues may crop up during landscape construction, which not only throws out your timeframes, it also impacts your budget and the overall quality of the project.

Work with a qualified, experienced landscape construction company who can tell you whether your timeframes are achievable, set clear goals for work to be completed by and work closely with you to meet those deadlines.



When issues do pop up during landscape construction, your budget is often one of the most significant things to be impacted – particularly if you haven’t allocated a buffer to manage additional costs or your chosen landscaping company has failed to plan out the works correctly.

Accurate budget estimates, pre-planning to minimise risk and effective site management are key to avoiding a nasty budget blowout.

Working with a professional, qualified and experienced company like Looking Good Landscaping is the first step; we’ve got the expertise and industry experience to know where issues may pop up and can work with you to minimise risks within your landscape construction project.


Plumbing and Irrigation

The majority of plumbing and irrigation issues happen as a result of poor workmanship and planning by ‘professional’ contractors.

Problems often arise with contractors not undertaking work to pre-planned specifications, cutting corners with cheaper components and making decisions outside of their field of expertise.

This may result in issues with irrigation down the track or even work being completed that is subpar and dangerous.

As much as you want to save money, ALWAYS use a qualified, experienced contractor for your landscape construction project – you can thank us later.  (Also Read: How to Improve Your Garden’s Reticulation System )



During the establishment of new plants, weeds can invade your garden and compete for water sources, which can impact the growth of your plants; to avoid a weed infestation, it is important to work on preventing and controlling weeds from the very beginning.

Applying a thick layer of mulch (approximately 5cm thick) around your garden beds is an effective way to prevent weeds from growing in your garden beds.

Talk to your landscaping contractor to chat about tips for stopping weeds in your new garden, as they may have other tactics to help.


How to Prevent Problems During Landscaping

Our top tip for preventing issues during landscape construction is to choose the best companies to work with and really know what they’re capable of.

Many issues that come about during the construction phase occur as a result of poor pre-planning, so ensuring your chosen landscape architect and contractors are experienced and trained to complete the job will make a significant difference.

Sometimes issues may occur out of your control, such as severe weather, so it is worthwhile asking your contracted company what measures are in place to minimise these types of problems.


Avoid Issues with Good Looking Landscaping

If you’re ready to get your garden looking good with some brilliant landscape design, trust Looking Good Landscaping with your landscape construction.

With over two decades of experience behind us, we’re ready to tackle your landscape construction project head on. As a WA-based, family-owned company, we take pride in every job we undertake, so you can rest assured your project is in the best hands.

Contact our qualified, skilled and friendly team today for a quote or to find out more about our landscape construction services.

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