8 Landscaping Mistakes That Make a Home Look Outdated

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As with everything else, landscaping trends come and go. Keeping up with the latest landscaping trends – and phasing out plants or outdoor decor that are no longer in vogue – is an easy way to keep your curb appeal high and, if you’re putting your home on the market soon, potentially increasing buyer interest in your home. What landscaping styles have now passed their heyday? Continue reading. Although change can be difficult, a refresh will serve your garden well.

1. Garden Statues

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Garden gnomes, flamingos and other garden statues have long been outdoor staples. However, modern landscapes place more emphasis on the plants and natural elements of a space than the plastic or plaster knick-knacks within it. Statues, especially an excessive number of them, can distract from the natural beauty of a yard. While statues were the star of the show, they often get in the way and can make a property feel cluttered.

2. Boxwood shrubs

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Boxwood shrubs remained very popular after they were introduced to the United States at the turn of the 19th century, but their popularity slowly declined. One likely reason is the way the abnormally straight lines of these shrubs disrupt the flow of a landscape. Additionally, current landscaping trends favor low-maintenance plants. With the attention and care needed to keep boxwood shrubs in pristine condition, many homeowners may no longer find them worthwhile.

3. Colored mulch

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Dyed mulch is officially outdated. It first became popular in the 1960s and lasted for years after, and now colored mulch really dates a property at a glance. Worse, some mulch colors are made with hazardous substances that could contaminate your soil or water, and even threaten the health of children or animals.

4. Artificial grass

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A maintenance-free, mowing-free lawn sounds like a dream, but maybe it’s time to ditch the artificial grass. In addition to looking unnatural, fake grass also poses environmental risks (despite saving water). It does not provide habitat for native animals and microbes, and it can even threaten aquatic life with contaminants in runoff after rainfall.

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5. Too much landscaping

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Landscaping, which focuses on features such as archways, stepping stones and fire pits, can still add great visual appeal to a yard, when used in moderation. While it might have been forgiven over the past few years, letting landscaping elements take over your landscaping can kill your curb appeal in 2022. Try to keep the natural landscape at the center of your outdoor space and just add a few landscaping elements if desired.

6. Brick barriers and curbs

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Brick curbs and gates are other landscaping features that can make your home look outdated. These are now considered a waste of usable garden or lawn space – after all, the area taken up by the brick might be better served for growing ornamental grasses, flowers or other vegetation. Another disadvantage of surrounding plants with brick borders is that they will get in the way if you decide to extend your beds further down the line.

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7. Garden signs

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Outdoor signs with funny labels and messages have reached a new height of popularity over the past decade, but the trend is fading. While not landscaping elements per se, we’d be remiss not to inform green thumbs and well-meaning grill masters that wooden signs expounding gardening philosophies – or indicating the location of the tiki bar – just don’t impress the like they once did. On the contrary, these garden signs only divert attention from the very things to which they should draw attention.

8. Tuscan Court…in Tulsa

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Mediterranean tile courtyards and Japanese Zen gardens can be beautiful, but they might not be the exact match for your home or neighborhood. Although many cherish the backyard as a refuge from the everyday, landscapes that stand in stark contrast to a home’s style and surroundings are falling out of favor. Taking inspiration from around the world and adding variety to your garden is still trendy in 2022, but incorporating native plants and local materials that complement your home’s exterior and natural surroundings is a better way to go. .

Terri S. Tomasini