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With spring just around the corner, it’s likely you’ve started to think about what you’re lawn and garden will look like this season. After all, the key to a beautiful looking yard is proper planning.
Just as the seasons change, trends change as well. What was popular in home gardening and landscaping last year may have made its way out as the new year began. Trends can sprout up in new ways. Here’s our list of the hottest landscaping and home gardening trends in 2017.
Planning to give your back or front yard a new look? Incorporate the latest trends in your landscaping this year! Contact a landscaping pro and receive up to four quotes from contractors in your area for free.
As you begin planning for your new outdoor look, it’s important to consider cost. With many landscaping projects, you can DIY. However, in some cases, you may need a little help from a pro, especially when it comes to maintenance. The average cost to maintain a lawn is $226, depending on the services required.
Additionally, before you begin planning anything, you may want to consider having your soil tested. This can help determine what plants will thrive best in the type of soil you have. Often, homeowners choose to do this themselves from test kits at their local hardware store. For $10 to $20, you can see the basic information about your soil, like the pH level. However, to fully understand the health of your soil and what plants will do well, you may consider calling in a professional. The average cost to test soil is $1,1,42 with most homeowners spending between $947 and $1,550.
Ornamental plants, grasses and shrubs have always been a timeless staple in any garden. However, homeowners now are looking for plants that can give seasonal colors all year. Choosing grasses, shrubs and confirs in an assortment of shades such as green, yellow and red can add color to your garden all year long.
With sustainability being a household trend, more are turning to their own garden for produce options. Many of these plants not only provide your family with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, but they look great as well.
Growing your own food does take a bit of gardening expertise to cultivate. Unlike other garden plants, you’ll need to regularly maintain your fruit and vegetable garden to have the best possible ROI. Some seeds may need to be started inside before planted in your garden.
Add some color to your garden! Bright colors are a 2017 trend and the garden is no exception. Hot pinks and bright oranges will pop in your garden. If you’d like to try this trend out for a year, choose an annual flower that won’t come back next season. But, perennials will bring a bright flower to your garden year after year.
Some colorful flower types to consider are:
- Winter Aconites
- Pink Azaleas
No longer confined to those with small spaces, container gardening is a trend for all. The containers themselves add a unique touch to any garden while the hot trend right now is to include one large plant, as opposed to many.
For those who live in colder climates, container gardening provides a way to move your outdoor garden indoors as the seasons change.
The latest in landscaping is incorporating natural materials in to your pathways and lawn ornaments. Large rocks and stones have become increasingly popular as lawn décor. Stone walkways are a perfect element to any landscape design. The average cost to install a stone walkway is $13.95 per square foot.
Permanent Activity Spaces
Your backyard should be a place to relax and enjoy. If you have a favorite yard game that you love, why not make it a permanent addition? Games like bocce ball and horseshoes can have a place in your yard to play whenever you’d like. This is a great if you frequently host outdoor parties or have company over.
Trends To Say Goodbye To
Sadly, as trends change, there are a few on the way out. Ever-popular succulents are no longer a trending item outdoors, however, are still popular in the home. The 2016 trend of hardy landscaping is no longer trending, as more homeowners look to gardening and incorporating other elements into their landscaping.
What A Landscape Designer Can Do
If you love these ideas but are not sure where to start, a landscape designer can help! A landscape designer can evaluate your current space and decide what might work best to achieve the look you desire. The average cost to hire a landscape designer is $4,111, with most homeowners spending between $2,610 and $4,525. Often, landscape designers charge by project, so a smaller project may cost less. They will also know the latest trends in gardening and landscaping.
You can create the garden of your dreams this year. Incorporate a few of these hot trends to have a yard that impresses all.
Looking for more hot landscaping ideas? Read The Guide To Garden Maintenance & Improvement.