7 Landscaping Upgrades to Consider in 2018
Just as your clothes and home décor change with each new style that comes into vogue, your outdoor landscaping should be upgraded every once in awhile to match the latest trends. While the trees in Oregon may stay the same from one year to the next, the way you present them should not. Keeping your landscape up to date will boost your curb appeal and with it, the value of your home. Not only that, you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood because you have the most stylish home on the block.
Here are 7 upgrades that you should consider moving into 2018:
In the urbanized modern world, many people can go their whole day with extremely limited access to plants and trees. Living out your days surrounded by glass and concrete is not a natural state for humans to be in, and so while it may seem obvious, our first trend of 2018 is simple: add more plants!
Coming home after a stressful day at work and being able to decompress by walking among nature cannot be overrated. The health benefits of having plants on your property have been widely studied, and if you’re lucky enough to live in Oregon, you will have access to a wide variety of local plants that will thrive in your environment.
Trees in Oregon are known for being beautiful year round and many of them can even provide you with fruit, not to mention shade and a place for your pets and children to play. Consider adding a few trees in your front and back yards and planting some succulents along your walking paths. Then add some greenery indoors, too.
Lately, retro styles in the home have been in vogue and this is equally true of landscaping. Old fashioned pavers, like stones and bricks, will never go out of style. Not only that, they are resistant to the elements and can last for many years. Stone pavers are usually reasonably priced and your options when it comes to shapes and sizes are virtually unlimited. Brick pavers are similarly inexpensive and can match many different styles of home. Consider having an elegant brick road leading from the sidewalk to your front porch.
Build a meditation garden
Speaking of retro, why not get in on a trend that’s not only gaining in popularity, but has stood the test of time for thousands of years? We’re talking about a meditation garden in your own backyard. A meditation garden is a simple and easy way to give yourself an escape from the busy rush of daily life. All you need to get started is a place to sit; a bench, for example, and to surround yourself with nature. The gentle trickle of an outdoor fountain and a few bright green plants can make all of your problems seem miles away, while also giving your home a modern upgrade. And don’t forget to add a complementary tree nearby that will also provide you much-desired shade come summer.
Add some lighting
Lighting is an important element of any home and this is just as true outdoors. If you’re going to put a lot of time and effort into landscaping, you may as well make sure that your carefully chosen upgrades are visible!
We’re not just talking about adding a few lamps here and there. For a modern look and feel, add LED lights to various places around your yard. They’ll allow you to enjoy the outdoors after nightfall and as a bonus, they’ll save you a bundle on your energy bill. Think about lining walkways and stairs, as well as spotlighting your favorite trees and plants.
Invite some wildlife
One popular trend for 2018 is inviting wildlife into your yard. You can save time and money on maintenance by simply planting native trees in your outdoor area; as they’re already adapted to the local climate, they’ll require little help from you. Trees in Oregon are gorgeous on their own, but they will also attract beautiful local birds and butterflies.
Add a picket fence
Adding a fence around your property isn’t just a security measure; it can also add a little character to your yard and even a sense of mystery for those walking by. Wooden picket fences have been a trend for many years, and in 2018 they are set to be just as popular as ever. Another option you will have is installing a vinyl picket fence; it’s generally a little cheaper and easier to maintain than a wooden fence. You can also consider adding a swinging gate to your picket fence to add even more retro-modern flair; or have a tree erected at the front of your walkway. The addition of any tree will bring a welcoming atmosphere to your garden space; making it feel like a natural extension of your home.
Water features, such as fountains and even swimming pools, can really add a lot of charm to your outdoor space. If you are thinking about adding a swimming pool, that’s a huge investment, but smaller water features such as birdbaths can be just as attractive and have the added benefit of bringing in beneficial wildlife.
If you’re looking for something in the middle, in terms of budget and effort, include a pond in your landscaped area. A pond can be home to fish or even small frogs, and when surrounded by plants, will add further curb appeal to your outdoor space.
Always take care not to dig through and damage tree roots if you are installing a pond or pool; doing so can seriously injure or kill any trees that are on or around your property. If you need assistance working around the roots of trees or other plants, contact a reputable tree service for assistance.