Landscaping Ideas That Will Inspire You – Forbes Advisor

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To live in the open air is to have a moment. We’re all using our personal outdoor spaces more than ever, in fact, according to a recent survey by TruGreen, people spend 14 hours a week outdoors, an increase of three hours a week from our days before the pandemic.

And despite the fact that the pandemic seems to be drawing to a close, the trend of spending more time outside the four walls of our homes is expected to continue in the months and years to come, TruGreen reports (some people need to ‘space for peace and quiet, while others like it, it offers a socially remote way to get together with family and friends or a place to set up a makeshift yoga studio, weight room or even a quaint outdoor office for working from home).

It’s no wonder that more and more homeowners are looking for inspiration to create inviting landscapes that are beautiful, functional, durable and fun at the same time. People also seem ready to invest in their landscapes. TruGreen Survey Says Homeowners Spent On Average $ 1,909.99 on their outdoor spaces last year, on everything from new plants and garden updates to lawn care services, playgrounds, fire pits, swimming pools and even fairy lights.

We’re showcasing nine of our favorite landscaping ideas to help you transform your yard, garden, or patio into a setting you can’t get away from.

1. Create a low-water landscape with drought-tolerant plants

Low-water plants include those that can withstand a lack of rain more than many other varieties of plants. Manzanita trees, for example, when they reach adulthood, only need to be watered about once a month. These are great options for your garden or landscape because they are unique and require little maintenance. Other drought tolerant plants include lavender, juniper, cactus, and bayberry, to name a few.

2. Incorporate stone pavers to enhance the functionality of your landscape

Pavers can be used in large and small areas, creating a perfect multipurpose space for entertaining, washing the car, playing with the kids, or even working on DIY projects. Concerned about drainage? This problem is easily solved by choosing permeable pavers rather than concrete.

3. Integrate lighting and other technological features into your landscape

You might be outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to rely solely on moonlight for ambiance or blankets for warmth. Heating, lighting, Wi-Fi and even electrical outlets are standard interior items that can have a significant impact in an outdoor living space, says Joe Raboine, director of residential landscaping for Belgard Design Studio.

4. Use rocks to create natural-looking borders.

Josh Bateman, owner of Prince Gardening in Pittsburgh, Pa., Picked up stones from his property during the construction phase of his personal home. He then used these stones to create a final line between the lawn and the garden.

5. Add a touch of tranquility with a fountain

Water bodies can be small (like a mini bubbling fountain set on a patio table), large (like a large fish pond), or somewhere in between. It just depends on how much space you have to work with and how much money is in the budget, of course.

With an outside bench (where you can sit and splash your hands in the water) and a smaller fountain that almost seems to float above the water, this custom-designed fountain by Pehrson Scott Landscape + Garden Design, based in the UK is just one example of the types of things you can do with water play (the natural garden and the outbuilding turned into a zen retreat in the backyard surrounding the play area). water only add to the serenity of this distinctive space).

6. Create a living fence with layers of shrubs, trees, grasses and flowers.

Naturally, these hedges, as they are officially called, create privacy, but they also come with many additional benefits, such as weed and erosion management, windbreaks, and noise reduction. They even support water conservation and provide habitat for pollinators. How many “layers” are needed? Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping in Portland, Oregon recommends four or more to get the most out of your hedge.

7. Install a natural mulch border as a practical alternative to plastic, brick or rubber

Whether used as a border for your children’s play area or as a way to frame the perimeter of a flower bed, natural mulch borders are a subtle and simple way to keep grass contained in the garden. lawn.

When done correctly, this edging method will give a very clean and impressive look, says Josh Bateman of Prince Gardening. The best part? It’s very DIY friendly, says Bateman. All you need are a few tools, a high quality weed barrier, and some time.

As for the maintenance, this part is also easy. “Maintaining the advantage is as easy as weeding regularly,” says Bateman.

8. Build a backyard golf course

Love your weekend tee time, but can’t always make it to the golf course? Dennis’ 7 Dees landscaping solves this problem by bringing the golf course home. You don’t necessarily need enough space for 18 holes either. Maybe a nine hole course or a chipping course will meet your needs.

Either way, a golf course-inspired landscape means you’ll have clean green lines and an easy-to-maintain grassy area (Bermuda grass and bentgrass are commonly used for this application, but they are not. not necessary).

9. Place the pavers in creative patterns or interesting places

In this landscaping design by Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping, the placement of the rectangular stone pavers creates the illusion that the pavers are literally flowing onto the lawn. Pavers can also be used in many other striking ways, such as a diamond pattern around a fireplace or to create a life-size chess board on your lawn.

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