As winter comes to a close and with spring right around the corner, gardening and landscaping enthusiasts are eager to get back to work on their front and back yards. Mowing lawns, trimming hedges, and mulching are all standard activities for gardeners and landscapers, but you might want to look into these upcoming landscaping trends for 2022. If you want your yard to look great this year, check them out!
Laying Down Artificial Grass
Commonly known as “AstroTurf”, artificial grass has been around for many years. Its typical users were sports stadiums and the affluent, not your average lawn hobbyist. But with the concept having been tried and tested, plastic grass is becoming increasingly common among the general public.
Now, you may be wondering why you’d bother installing plastic grass instead of having a natural lawn. Plastic grass has many advantages over their live counterparts, including durability, easier maintenance, and more efficient drainage. Furthermore, artificial grass doesn’t need to be mowed, watered, or fertilized.
But the benefits don’t end there. One of the best things about artificial grass is that you don’t have to uproot your entire yard. If you have dead spots in your lawn caused by family members parking their cars on it, you could simply install turf over a small section of your yard, which is cheaper than paving your entire driveway. This effectively eliminates the problem of dead spots while still giving you the look of a lush, naturally green yard.
Another benefit is more efficient drainage. Plastic grass is a feasible option if your property is susceptible to flooding. Replacing live grass with turf in flood-prone areas may solve a lot of your problems while still giving you a natural-looking yard.
Electric Tools Can Make Landscaping Easier
Like artificial grass, electric tools aren’t exactly a new trend. But their use has certainly increased considerably over the past few years. Unsurprisingly, their popularity coincides with the wider spread use of electric vehicles.
Electric tools are generally quieter than gas-powered models. Anyone who’s ever woken up to the racket of a gas-powered mower knows how unpleasant they are to be around. Most such tools are so loud that manufacturers typically recommend wearing hearing protection if you plan on using them for long periods.
Electric tools also have a cost advantage over gas-driven models.
Integrate String Lights Into Your Landscaping
Most people do their lawn care in the daytime, but with a couple of LED lights, there’s no reason why you couldn’t put in some extra work at night. Nowadays, more and more people are using LED lights as an energy-efficient and cost-effective solution for illuminating their lawns.
LED lights come in a variety of sizes, colors, designs, and brightness ratings, making them ideal choices for beautifying your lawn. From faux candles and post lights to hanging and standing lamps, there is no shortage of styles to choose from.
LED lights offer significant cost benefits as well. Many households that switch over to LEDs get only a negligible increase in their electric bill. Some register no change at all. There are also solar-powered lawn LED lights that charge during the day so they can be used at night without using mains electricity.
Installing LEDs could also enhance the safety and security of your community. Having your lawn brightly lit at night may encourage your neighbors to follow suit. Once they realize the benefits of LED lights, they may just opt to light up their homes the same way. This can help make residents feel safer and possibly deter crime.
Finally, LEDs allow you to show off your handy work all through the night, serving as a visually-pleasing finishing touch to a gorgeous lawn. Spot lights are especially well suited for this purpose, casting a beautiful, subtle glow over your trees and bushes. You could also install standing lights to illuminate sidewalks and paths, and string hanging led lights across your lawn to give your yard a welcoming atmosphere during social gatherings.
These are only a few landscaping ideas you can consider for the upcoming spring season. Most of these entail only a minimal investment, but the results can be quite impressive. Best of all, they allow you to show off all the hard work that you have put into making your lawn as beautiful as it can be!