There’s nothing more fulfilling and rewarding than transforming your outdoor space. At the onset of the pandemic, you paid attention to your indoor space by pursuing home renovation, partial house remodeling, or tradesman works (plumbing, HVAC, electric, or roofing maintenance and repair).
Last year, you went beyond your house interior by jumpstarting your home gardening or outdoor landscaping. Some outdoor landscaping projects include lawn care, hedgerow installation, pavement construction, hardscape installation. That is not to mention growing plants, shrubs with blooms, and fruit-bearing trees.
This year, you’re looking to kick your outdoor space up a notch. It’s time to turn your yard into a green haven and transform your garden into a paradise. There are a few landscaping designs you can incorporate into your garden. However, consider some of the landscaping trends in 2022 to take your outdoor space to the next level!
That said, here are a few landscaping recommendations for you:
1. Zen Garden
Zen garden has been all the rage among residential owners in recent years. The idea is to create a meditative space in your yard. This garden type entails growing shrubs, blooms, and trees, transforming your outdoor space into a place of peace and meditation. A Zen garden started as a place for Buddhist monks in ancient Japan to meditate and search for enlightenment. It has, later on, invaded residential spaces due to its handful of benefits for health and well-being. And during this pandemic, many homeowners have aspired to achieve a Zen garden. Hence, it’s a good idea to turn your outdoor space into a Zen garden this year.
2. Wildlife Landscaping
When we talk about home gardening and outdoor landscaping, what comes to your mind? They immediately conjure an image of lush greenery embellished with various shrubs, colored blooms, and fruit-bearing trees. What about animals in your garden? For the most part, you try to shoo pests away like critters or rodents. But this year, consider landscaping for wildlife. You may want to have creatures like bees, butterflies, and birds in your garden. Just be wary of choosing the appropriate species for your backyard.
3. Backyard Birding
In line with wildlife landscaping, you may want to venture into backyard birding this year. Many homeowners have rekindled their love for birds in their yard, as they spend most of their time indoors. In fact, the Audubon Society reported a spike in sales for birdhouses and supplies during the pandemic. But homeowners do not only incorporate bird feeders and birdbaths in their backyard. They also tend fruit-bearing shrubs and evergreens that provide birds with food supplies and shelter. Hence, consider having backyard birding during this pandemic.
4. Food Supply Gardening
Food insecurity has become a problem in some parts of the world due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the pandemic has paved the way for the outdoor planting of food supplies. Many homeowners have started growing foods like herbs, tomatoes, vegetables, fruits, and berries in their garden. They do not only have a bountiful harvest of healthy and nutritious foods on their table. They also sell these to their immediate community to help meet the local household needs. Hence, you may want to consider planting and growing food supplies in your backyard.
5. Hardscape Installation
Sure, it’s easy to see hardscape features in the outdoor spaces of several residential owners. However, the pandemic has further amplified the need for hardscape installation. Due to the pandemic restrictions, homeowners have wanted to spend their time in their backyard for outdoor fun and relaxation. For this reason, they have started incorporating hardscape features in their gardens like patio, deck, pergola, and arbor. As a homeowner, consider installing one of them in your outdoor space.
6. Indoor and Outdoor Integration
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has underscored the need for indoor and outdoor integration in its Landscape and Industry Trends for 2022. Many homeowners have found time to improve and connect their indoor and outdoor spaces. Think of outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, and fire pits for a seamless transition from the house to the yard. While you obtain high-quality sod supplies, install a lawn, and improve your garden, don’t forget to add some hardscape elements to your outdoor space.
At this point, you now know how to take your outdoor space to the next level. Consider the landscaping trends recommended above, from a Zen garden to backyard birding to indoor and outdoor integration. But of course, check your current garden and see what you want to achieve. Be sure to factor in your financial resources, household needs, and personal preferences. From there, you’ll be able to decide what particular landscaping project to pursue. Ultimately, you’ll be able to spruce up your garden this year.