It may still be winter, but many homeowners are already dreaming about their spring and summer landscaping and what changes they’ll make to their backyards. If you’re looking for some inspiration to really make the most of your outdoor space this year, consider some of these landscaping trends for 2019. This year’s trends are all about creating a usable, liveable space to extend your living space into the outdoors.
1. Outdoor Fire Pits
Depending on the local by-laws where you live, an outdoor fire pit could be a great addition to your outdoor living space. An outdoor fire pit will help you get cozy on chilly nights, and can even extend the outdoor season into early fall. Outdoor fire pits come in a range of options, from fireplaces to pits, accent pieces to functional pieces, and wood to natural gas, so you’ll be able to choose the best one for your needs.
2. Separate Outdoor Living Areas
If you use — or plan on using — your outdoor space for more than one thing, then consider separating your space into different living areas. Have your outdoor dining table and chairs on a deck or patio near your kitchen, and create a new space for lounging or other seating areas beside a flower bed, shrubs or shade trees. You can delineate these areas with plants, aggregates or even retaining walls.
3. Water Features
2019 is all about connecting with nature, and what better way to feel one with nature than to hear the gentle trickle of a water feature nearby? Water features don’t have to be large, and there are plenty of options for cost-effective, low-maintenance and simple water feature designs that are appropriate for outdoor spaces of any size.
4. Lots of Lighting
Making the most of your outdoor space means being able to use it at all times of the day, even when the sun begins to go down. Incorporating outdoor lighting throughout your landscaping can help you enjoy your garden or other outdoor space well into the evening. Lighting will also help you use your outdoor space beyond the summer season, when the days begin to get shorter.
5. Low Maintenance Landscapes
One of the biggest landscaping trends for 2019 is creating usable spaces that don’t require lots of maintenance. You can do this by incorporating hardscape elements into your landscape, choosing low-maintenance plants that thrive without much water, and having only small areas of grass to reduce the need for mowing.
6. Adding Curb Appeal
While adding curb appeal is nothing new in the landscaping world, it’s becoming more important for homeowners and will be a big trend in 2019. Adding curb appeal to your front yard with shrubs, aggregates, planters and a well-groomed lawn helps your home make a great first impression. If you are looking to sell your home, then boosting your curb appeal is essential.
At TLC Landscaping, we can help with all of your residential landscaping needs this year, from the design process to installation and more. Contact us to start planning your 2019 landscaping projects!