by Greg Greg

Are you thinking about residential landscape design for your front yard or backyard? If so, you have so many options. How can you possibly narrow down your choices?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. By looking at the trends that have emerged this year, you can get some great ideas for what you should do with your yard.

Your home will be the envy of the block by following these five residential landscaping trends for 2017.

1. Promoting the Growth of Edible Plants

In a perfect world, you could grow your own food and live off that.

You don’t need a farm to be able to enjoy such a smart, healthy, sustainable life. Instead, it’s all about what you grow in your garden!

If you have the whole backyard to work with, grow your own vegetables and fruits. When the time comes, you can harvest these and consume fresh produce for weeks on end.

If space is an issue, you can still live off your garden, but on a smaller scale. Edible plants tend to grow vertically, so they won’t take up too much room. That means regardless of what kind of backyard situation you have, you should have space for these.

2. Inviting Bees with a Pollinator Garden

A pollinator garden, as you may have guessed, is like heaven for bees. The whole point of these gardens is to bring as many bees to your backyard as possible. That means growing pollen and nectar-producing flowers.

Bee population is a growing concern. By planting your own pollinator garden, you’re encouraging bees to propagate and thrive in your backyard.

Here are some quick tips for pollinator garden success:

  • Go pesticide-free if possible
  • Select plants for all four seasons to keep bees around all year long
  • Build protection for the garden in the winter months
  • Make sure the space gets plenty of sunlight
  • Mix up your flower varieties

3. Xeriscaping (And Other Sustainable Gardening Practices)

Today, everyone does their part for the environment. That means sustainable gardening is a huge trend for this year.

One of the mot popular types of sustainable gardening is xeriscaping. With xeriscaped yards, there’s an irrigation system for water to travel through. The plants you grow in a xeriscaped yard require far less frequent watering than many other types of plants.

4. Installing Outdoor Kitchens

With such a lovely yard, why not spend some extra time out there? If you have the space (and the budget), outdoor kitchens let you reconnect with nature.

We’re talking about more than a dining table and grill in the backyard. This is the whole hog: an oven, refrigerator, and more. Many of these appliances are “smart,” meaning we can control them via a smartphone app.

5. And Our Favorite Residential Landscaping Trend for 2017 Is…Hardscaping

Sculptures, rocks, and stones are still made for a wonderful addition to any backyard, even in 2017.

There’s a reason hardscaping is still all the rage. These additions, although costly, will often last for years with basically no maintenance. Hardscaping adds personality to any backyard, and who doesn’t want that?

Need some help getting the residential landscaping of your dreams? Contact us at DeCarlo Landscaping Contractors. Whether you need shrub trimming, weed control, yard cultivating or other landscaping services, we’re happy to offer them.