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Landscaping Trends

by Kim Kinrade

It used to be that a homeowner just had to scroll through a magazine and point out to a landscaper what he or she wanted in terms of a whole yard experience. With the exception of some plants that won't grow well in the northern states the landscape company usually was accommodating with every whim.

However, these days there are more considerations when dealing with landscaping and many of these have to do with a resource which is becoming scarce: water. Other concerns have been raised regarding the environment but these are secondary to the source of all life.

1. Gardens Anywhere:

It doesn't matter how large a yard is homeowners and landscapers are putting in fabulous gardens in the smallest of locations. All it takes is a design with the right vegetation. Pots can also carry vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes and herbs which can grow in a fraction of the space of the garden variety.

2. Water Conservation

Design Drip Tube Irrigation: Water used to be consumed in a haphazard fashion in the yard, spraying gallons of it a minute into the air on a hot day or letting it flow down the drain in a never-ending stream. Strict water controls from local authorities in all areas have curtailed many wasteful practices. And to adapt there have been many innovations like underground drip tubes that get the water to the roots and the selection of native plants which do not need the water requirements of exotic types.

Rain Water: In addition, rain cisterns are a growing commodity taking water from rain and dew and storing it for future use. A simple attachment to your gutter's downspout can store enough water to last a garden all summer.

Gray Water: New plumbing adaptations have allowed water from dishwashers, showers and baths to be used in gardens. This "gray" water can be directed right into the drip tube system.

3. Back to Front

Once the domain of the backyard landscaping features such as fountains and ponds are now being brought out front to show off the home. This includes courtyards and patios.

4. Indoors Going Outdoors

What you can have indoors you can have outdoors as well. Large patios featuring huge fireplaces begin the summer early and extend it into the fall as homeowners are beginning to enjoy this freedom more and more. Large grill and oven areas make "the summer kitchen" a viable alternative to staying inside. With a big screen television you can almost relive the days of the "drive-inn movie."

5. Lighting

Patio lanterns used to be the rage and some homeowners still put strings of Christmas lights out on the deck for atmosphere. New LED designs with lights lining the fence and trees not only looks great but adds security as well. Lighting can be designed to change scenes and colors to make your yard a fantasy-land.

6. Environmentally-Conscious Landscaping

The overall mantra for landscaping is protecting the environment. Water conservation is a big concern but there are other ways in which your yard can be a showplace of the "green" movement.

Native Plants: Long before the settlers first put a shovel into the ground there were plants and flowers that grew in abundance. They were just as beautiful as the imported variety and did not need excessive water – just what fell from the sky. In addition they were resistant to pests.

Organic Fertilizers: From lawns to gardens organic fertilizer sales have increased over 200% in the past 5 years. Homeowners are now aware of the damage that chemicals do to the environment and are seeking out alternative sources for plant nourishment. Chemicals can also kill valuable microorganisms that aid in composting thus further depriving the plants of natural nutrients.

Pests: Selective planting can ward off potential pests forming a barrier between the bad insects and the food plants that they want. For example, garlic and parsley work well in preventing slugs and other insects from eating lettuce when planted in alternate rows. Also, with no pesticides to kill them valuable insects like ladybugs will thrive and keep the aphid population down.

7. Structures

Something as inexpensive as a trellis can transform your garden into a showplace. Creeping veins and flowers make it a living arch that blends int beautifully with the garden. Awnings and portable recreation tents make outdoor living a blessing without having to spray for mosquitoes.

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