Ditch those cheesy and outdated landscaping “trends”

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We recently informed you that certain types of landscaping can help (or hinder) the resale value of your home. (Avoid spike plants! Avoid invasive species! Don’t plant too many trees!) outmoded landscape designs. Things like garden gnomes and rock accents that were once in fashion now stand out among potential buyers and your neighbors, like your grandma’s plush purple rug.

Here are some landscaping trends that are past their prime and should be put to bed.

Say goodbye to boxwood shrubs

Homeowners today want landscaping that is easy to manage and that gives their home curb appeal, dimension and character. Boxwood shrubs offer none of this. These shrubs were popular in England and made their way to North America in the 1600s. They give your garden a uniform look, of course, but they are also easily susceptible to diseases and the pruning required for keeping their shape is a nuisance.

Buyers want to see Following of the house these days, so consider planting smaller plants or perennials front and bigger bushes at the corners of the house.

Replace those garden statues and fountains

Landscaping continues to evolve, and right now a less cluttered and more open look is all the rage. Unfortunately, some garden accents like statues and gnomes don’t fit modern landscaping designs. Think of them as a garden clutter and, instead, let the plants speak for themselves.

Another garden statue that hasn’t aged well is the three-tiered fountain. These imposing sculptures have been around for thousands of years, and while everyone loves a small water feature, these in particular have an old-fashioned look, they require regular cleaning, and they often require repairs. You better go with a bubbler which has a simple construction and is easy to maintain.

Abandon the giant boulder

Rock gardens are a popular way to save on water and landscaping efforts. However, the climax of the giant random boulder is behind us. As Gardening, etc.. says, “Hard, waterproof landscaping is bad for biodiversity and just isn’t a very smart way to use precious outdoor space. Therefore, too much many landscaping can make a yard look unkempt and less functional.

Instead of? Install a rain garden. The various plants will be a nice focal point while conserving water.

Choose natural alternatives to dyed mulch

Mulch is a convenient way to spruce up your garden. The garden dressing keeps humidity inside, helps shade the soil, and provides essential nutrients for the life of your plants. Color and design can also enhance the curb appeal of your home. Unfortunately, dyed mulches, which have become popular in 1960s, are now an obsolete horror—and sometimes they contain harmful contaminants.

Opt instead for a natural mulch, which comes in darker hues that can give you the contrast you are looking for.

Terri S. Tomasini