If you’ve recently bought a new house, you would definitely want to personalize it. This is one of the most popular reasons why people in Knoxville, TN, or in fact all of America, choose to landscape their front or back yard. However, have you thought what landscaping can mean for the curb appeal of your home, especially if you are looking to rent or sell? According to the 2017 US Houzz Landscaping Trend Survey, conducted on 1,000 homeowners in the country, two in five homeowners want to make a statement with their new front yard, accounting for 41% of the survey respondents. A large percentage of the respondents did confirm that their motive was to make the space more personal, while Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz, stated that the significant rise in home sales during 2015 and 2016 had played a major role in the increase seen in landscaping projects country-wide.
So, if you too would like to stand apart from the crowd and have your home look very different from those around you, here are some interesting trends that you could try.
Endemic Plants & Materials
With more and more people looking for low maintenance landscaping options, hyperlocalism is a growing trend. What this essentially means is that choosing native plants and materials, which tend to thrive in the natural climate conditions of the region, not only mean that you can have a beautiful front of back yard with minimal effort, it also means that your garden is eco-friendly, with a low carbon footprint. If the first doesn’t inspire you, the latter reason might just prompt you to check out the local plant life.
Say Goodbye to the Front Lawn
Not only does maintaining a green lawn require a lot of care of maintenance, it also means a lot of watering. This is why the front lawn is giving way to smaller, side and back lawns. On the other hand, synthetic turf is also losing its popularity, with people moving toward natural materials for their landscaping projects. According to the Houzz survey mentioned above, 44% of homeowners said that they were removing their front lawns for “environmental reasons.”
Back to Nature
From minimalistic and geometric styles that were ruling in the recent past, now the focus is on using natural materials. Landscaping is looking less as symmetry and more at a mix of the old and the new. The aim is to achieve something that is organic and “more authentic.” So, stone paths, using hedges and greenery for walls, rather than concrete, wooden benches and swings, and even using stones for walls are some of the latest trends. People are looking for a more DIY look, with a mix and match of materials that are all natural.
It might be the slowest hobby to bear fruit, quite literally, but the satisfaction that gardening provides is unsurpassed. Whether it is this or something else, people are increasingly looking at creating edible gardens. So, whether you prefer herbs, fruits or vegetables, growing your own food could be rewarding in more ways than one, given the health benefits that this offers. Those with smaller spaces are choosing to grow their kitchen gardens with dwarf cultivars.
There are various other trends that one can choose from, such as the growing popularity of fish ponds and water elements in the outdoor spaces, dye gardens, outdoor activity areas and more. The best part is that all this effort will pay off when you wish to rent out or sell your property by raising its market value.