Justin White, Landscaping Course | Landscaping Trends in 2022 – Santa Cruz Sentinel


The pandemic has changed all of our lives; we adapted to changing work environments, embraced digital communication like never before, and spent much more time at home. With this increased habitation came the desire to expand the interior to the exterior and hence the demand for landscape improvements surged.

Exterior upgrades are still growing in popularity at West Coast properties and here are the top five trends you’ll see continuing through 2022.

Water is precious!

The first, and certainly the most relevant, is water conservation and management. As drought persists here in California, homeowners and property managers are looking for sustainable ways to save water and money on their landscaping. Ultimately, it’s about providing your landscape with just enough water to be healthy, and not a drop more. One way to do this is to use a smart irrigation controller. When properly programmed, smart controllers can automatically adjust your run times and the volume of water applied to your property to reduce your water use. As we approach fall with shorter daylight, it’s important to adjust your water as evapotranspiration becomes less intense.

Another alternative for your property is to replace outdated, water-thirsty landscaping with native, drought-tolerant plants and natural landscapes, also known as xeriscaping. Some simple ideas include replacing your real lawn with artificial turf, substituting flower beds with stones or gravel, and installing native plants that require less water like succulents, cacti, lavender. and ornamental grasses. Check out my September 24 column to learn more about all the discounts available to help offset the expense of these upgrades.

Extensions of living spaces

Who doesn’t love an outdoor kitchen? We Californians are fortunate to have seasons that allow you to take full advantage of the outdoors and expanding indoors to outdoors is a great way to capitalize on that fresh air and vitamin D! With features such as living room furniture, dining tables, TV cabinets, fireplaces, refrigerators, brick pizza ovens, sinks, and even kegerators, the possibilities for creating an entertaining or dining space. ideal relaxation in your garden are endless. Building on the usable area of ​​your property and adding more living space to your landscaping is a never-ending trend in the future!

Modern elements

Updating your property with modern features can improve the curb appeal and enjoyment of your property. Some of these modern features include decayed granite with a black metal edging, a paved driveway in place of asphalt, the addition of low voltage lighting, the installation of yard walls, artificial turf and Ipe wood terraces and fences.

From the ecological farm to the table

As owners spend more time at home, it makes sense to start growing your own produce and cultivating food gardens. With an array of herbs, vegetables, and fruits readily available in your garden, you might find yourself visiting less and less commercial grocery stores. How cool you can pick ingredients straight from your soil and then create a healthy meal for friends and family in your outdoor kitchen.

In addition to gardens and food plants, the desire for greener options in landscaping has also grown in popularity. Whether you like to call it green, sustainable, or eco-friendly landscaping, you can make a difference to help feed wildlife, reduce pollution, and positively contribute to the community and the land. Some simple and eco-friendly landscaping ideas include harvesting rainwater, using organic fertilizers, applying natural weed remedies, and composting your food.

Bring a smile back to the neighborhood

Neighbors, friends, and family members had to get creative during their 40s, and one way to always enjoy each other’s company was socially distant front yard evenings. Thus, the need for an attractive and pleasant front space has skyrocketed. While the backyard can provide a more intimate and private setting, an inviting front-facing landscape adds to the curb appeal and is welcoming to neighbors. Make it a social hangout with plenty of comfortable seating, lighting, and a fireplace and you’ll be sure to make new friends all year round!

Justin White is the CEO of K&D Landscaping, headquartered in Watsonville, Calif., And was awarded the “Company of the Year 2020” award by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce. White is also the current president of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) local on the Central Coast. He is involved in several non-profit organizations in the community. For more information on landscaping, exterior and garden needs, contact K&D Landscaping at kndlandscaping.com


Terri S. Tomasini