Every year we see landscaping trends evolve and change. They come and go. Hence it’s hard for homeowners and even seasoned landscapers to keep up.
When starting a landscaping project, there are certain things you have to consider before following a particular trend. That includes your budget and your family’s lifestyle. Also, you have to keep in mind that what may work for your neighbor’s space may not necessarily work for yours.
But if you have a clear vision of what you want your outdoor area to look like, it can be more than just a simple lawn. By incorporating comfort, practicality, and appeal, you can turn it into a dynamic extension of your humble abode.
Sustainability is here to stay and will be one of the biggest trends in 2022 for landscaping. Xeriscaping or water-conserving landscaping has become popular in areas in the United States with minimal water supply. It is designed to maintain a low carbon footprint and eliminate the need for irrigation or at least reduce it.
You can achieve this by opting for drought-tolerant native plants. Pebble pathways are also a good idea for your water-smart garden. Unlike other materials, the surface of these stones will not crack during winter.
2. Immersive Gardens
One of the top summer 2022 landscaping trends to look out for is nature-scaping, which is the core of an immersive garden. The trend emphasizes the use of landscaping materials that are natural with raw, rich textures and neutral palette.
A true immersive garden has intrigue and ambiance that accentuates the real beauty of your space. Even if you have a small backyard, you can create intrigue by partly concealing a view with hedges or finely-textured plants.
3. Artificial Grass
STONEarch artificial grass or turf is a favorite among our clients. Just about everyone is making a shift to synthetic grass, from contractors to homeowners. That’s because the landscaping material is low maintenance, eco-friendly, and cost-effective.
Moreover, you can easily create the outdoor space of your dreams by combining our turf with other sustainable landscaping trends without hurting your wallet in its upkeep. Plus, your lawn will be green all year long!
4. Transformational Backyard Spaces
One of the best things that came out of the pandemic was our appreciation of staying at home and spending time with our loved ones. Even if things are getting back to normal and we can now travel, nothing beats the comforts of our home.
That’s why this year, designing a backyard that can transition from day to night will be a big trend as it will expand your living space. A flashy patio that serves as a platform for an outdoor cinema will allow you to enjoy movie nights with the family.
5. Campfire Area
A fire pit area is a landscaping trend that will never go away. The feature can provide you with a relaxing space in your backyard during warm summer nights.
Most homeowners choose to install their campfire on their patio or in an area with a hardscape feature like a retaining wall. You can go with an outdoor gas fireplace or a classic fire pit using STONEarch Saga Sandstone. This natural stone with an intriguing design will give your hardscape a bold, colorful, and creative look.
6. Outdoor Kitchen
Take the chef in you to a whole new level with an outdoor kitchen that’s more than a simple backyard barbecue area. This 2022, we’ll see fully functional outdoor kitchens incorporated seamlessly in lovely landscaped lawns.
You can even personalize your space with multiple grills, a pizza oven, and an outdoor bar. You can serve your guests with cocktails while they wait for dinner to be served. Installing a mini sound system can make your outdoor kitchen a hub for socializing and entertaining.
And to make your beautiful stainless steel kitchen equipment standout, STONEarch Black Berry is the perfect choice. The unique dark black granite is exclusively available in BBQ slabs for countertops and outdoor kitchens.
7. Landscape Lighting
Strategically placed lighting can enhance your landscape design and make a creative statement. You can transform your deck or patio at night with soft ambient lighting. Furthermore, you can use it to highlight features of your landscape, such as plant beds, pathways, or a water feature. On the other hand, installing landscape lighting with motion sensor on your yard’s entrance can double as a security for your property.
If you want to put your eco-friendly convictions into practice, the best option out there are solar-powered lights. Keep in mind that these lights are not as bright as your regular led lights. Nevertheless, they can provide your outdoor area with a whimsical feel to it as the sun sets.
Should I Hire a Professional or DIY my Landscaping?
You can DIY your landscaping. However, it’s a must to have a well thought out plan before starting any project. Most homeowners make the mistake of approaching their landscaping project by working on one area at a time. They have no idea how everything will look as a whole once they are finished. So instead of adding value to the property, it affects its resale value.
So if you want to attempt any DIY, it is advisable to have a professional landscaper draft your ideas. Aside from helping you make the plan, they can also break every detail for you, from the features that work well to the suitable materials. Another option you may consider is doing some work on your own and then hire a pro to complete the more complicated installations. This way, you’ll be able to stay within your budget and not compromise your space.