With Summer 2018 just a few months away, it’s time to start thinking about landscaping your home. Whether you intend to sell your house this spring or just want to improve your curb appeal, this is the season to start planning.
“Gardening with a purpose” is a popular term these days. Rather than focusing on flowers, many homeowners are opting for edible landscapes. While blooming flowers are still part of most homeowners landscape design, fresh vegetable and herb gardens will likely take precedence over other plants in 2018.
Gardening with a purpose allows homeowners to grow their own organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, resulting in beautiful landscapes and lower grocery bills.
Sustainable Living and Natural Landscapes
The world continues to move more towards sustainable living. Fewer homeowners are okay with eating processed foods, drinking out of plastic bottles, and having any damaging substances in their gardens. As a result, many homeowners in Utah are turning to sustainable, eco-friendly materials for their yards and gardens.
Naturescaping, the process of growing native plants to attract local birds, garden-friendly insects and bees to enhance the overall appeal of landscaping is also becoming increasingly popular.
Custom Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor living spaces continue to be a growing landscape design trend. Rather than putting out patio furniture, many homeowners are opting for fully customized areas equipped with all the amenities they need to relax, entertain and dine. From outdoor kitchens to Zen gardens, backyards are now an extension of the home.
As outdoor living spaces become increasingly popular, there has been significantly more interest in illuminated landscapes. Many homeowners are opting to install exterior lighting to illuminate the functionality of their home landscapes.
Solar powered path lights and LED lighting fixtures are major landscaping trends as they also coincide with the eco-friendly efforts of Utah homeowners.
The possibility of drought is always a concern. As such, the continuous changes in the environment have caused many communities in Utah to impose water regulations, directly impacting avid gardeners. Fortunately, simple changes such as using drip irrigation systems or rainwater barrels instead of a sprinkler can make a positive impact on your landscape when there is a drought.
There’s no denying that 2018 landscape designs will be more eco-friendly than in past years. From natural materials to locally-sourced plants, native species and water conservation.
Now is the time to start planning for your 2018 gardens and outdoor spaces. Have fun!