According to a 2019 Scientific Journal study, Americans need to spend an absolute minimum of two hours outside per week to be happy and healthy. Green spaces reduce our focus on negative thoughts, and working out outdoors improves self-confidence and overall mood. If you are thinking you do not have enough time to regularly hike up a mountain, you may be complicating the issue. Just sitting outside with a book or enjoying your morning cup of coffee on your front porch can have tremendous benefits.
…If your landscaping is up to snuff. Beautify outdoor spaces and make sure you want to spend time in them with 2020’s latest landscaping trends.
A beautiful lawn does not have to equate to a high-maintenance lawn. Homeowners are increasingly favoring landscape design that is simple and elegant in 2020. As a whole, U.S. lawns–front and back–are made up of 21 million acres of grass. That is a lot of mowing. For a beautiful lawn without a tremendous outpouring of effort, landscape designers and landscape contractors recommend low-maintenance turf, like sedge or synthetic grasses. Sedge eliminates the need for fertilizer and chemicals, and drastically cuts down on mowing, sometimes eliminating the need altogether. Similarly, synthetic grasses do not need mowing or watering at all. This is great for regions with drought issues. The only downside may be a lack of birds and insects around your home. Trees and bird feeders are a great way to provide a designated spot for welcome visitors.
Low-maintenance lawns do not have to lack color, either. Plant bold, colorful shrubs, like the Boursault shrub with its deep pink and purple blooms.
Seeing red? Not this year! Blue, or more specifically indigo, is in this season. That means anything from lawn ornaments and planters to plants themselves. If you want to mark two things off the list at once, plant blue hydrangeas. These plants are easily maintained and pruned, with blooms flourishing from old wood or last year’s stems and any new stems that grow. Delphinium, blue fortune, and globe thistle are other blue options to consider for your garden. Well-selected water features also fit right in with this year’s blue theme.
Before undertaking swimming pool renovations or installing new pool systems (the color blue, of course), keep other top trends at the front of your mind, too. Another landscape design trend that you will see over and over again in 2020 is geometric shapes. Homeowners are asking for chevron, mosaic tile, and other elaborate, geometric patterns to liven up swimming pool decks and stone patios.
Another way homeowners are re-imagining the traditional use of space and pattern is by gardening vertically. This is exactly what it sounds like. More homeowners are planting flowers as well as fruits and vegetables up, not across. Homeowners are stacking several planters on top of each other at angles, or planting vertical shelves of flowers. This is especially useful when maximizing the potential of a limited or smaller space.
Smart lawns will be the next big thing. Modern landscape design incorporates convenience. That means remote controlled or smart irrigation and watering systems, or even small flourishes that can also be manipulated using a web-based app. For example, retractable, phantom screens are practical for keeping the bugs out at night and opening up dining and entertaining areas during the day–and they can be programmed through an app on your phone.
In 2020, lawns are going green. That is, eco-friendly or sustainable. Homeowners are composting fruit peels and other organic material for a greener, more convenient fertilizer, or re-purposing old items, like over-sized wagon wheels for trendy, rustic lawn ornaments. Installing a trellis with a fast-growing vine on at least one wall of your home can help prevent cold and hot air from leaking, ultimately lowering your energy bills.
Homeowners and landscape aficionados agree: 2020 will see more geometric shapes, more blue, low maintenance lawns, smart lawns, and lawns that are considerably more environmentally friendly.