Want to give the outdoor areas of your home a fresh look this year? Even if you previously had a residential landscape design installation, there are still ways to give your landscape a new look.

From doing something as small as adding a few new plants to something as luxurious as adding an outdoor kitchen, the possibilities for revamping your residential landscape are endless. With the help of your local landscaping team, you can make your yard the crown jewel of the neighborhood.

Ready to upgrade your outdated landscape? Keep reading to discover what exciting new landscape design trends you can expect to see in 2018.

Smaller Lawns

One trend homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in is minimizing their lawns.  One reason it’s becoming popular is because it can greatly decrease homeowner’s water bill. Just thing about how much money you’d save if  you weren’t constantly watering a giant lawn just to keep it green. It’s not surprising that this appeals to water-savvy Californians. If your state is in a dry spell, consider downsizing your lawn.

Tulips Galore

If your favorite flower is the tulip, we have good news for you! The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2018 as the Year of the Tulip, claiming the plant represents spring like no other flower. After all, tulips are said to be a symbol of love and a sign that spring is arriving.

Furthermore, tulips are a great way to add a pop of color to your landscape. With 150 recorded species of tulips, you’ll have over 3,000 brilliant varieties to choose from. From sunset orange to royal purple to perfect pink, you can paint your landscape in any shade you with.

If you live within the city, tulips are a great way to impress your neighbors without much effort. However, if you live in an area where the local wildlife could be consider your neighbors, be careful. Rabbits and deer are known to be found of tulips. That’s not to say you can’t plant any tulips in deer happen to wander into you backyard from time to time. Just make sure that your tulips are planted in well protected area, far away from any herbivore’s reach.

Nature-Friendly Yards

Speaking of wildlife, another expected landscape design trend for 2018 is more nature-friendly yards. This is especially true for pollinators. After all, who wouldn’t want to spot a zooming hummingbird or floating butterflies while sipping their morning cup of tea?

Reach out to the local landscapers and plant nurseries in your area to learn which plants are best to use to attract pollinators to your yard. Remember some species get along better than others. Make sure any new plant species you install in your landscape won’t become an invasive pests.

Designs With Dogs In Mind

With 44% of Americans owning a dog, it’s no surprise that homeowners want landscapes created with their best friend in mind. One way landscapers are able to keep both humans and canines alike happy with their landscape is to design areas for specific functions for the home’s residents.

For example, if your dog absolutely loves water, your landscaping team can create a pond specifically for him. There can also be sections designated as a bathroom area, play area, and relaxing area.

Hardscape design elements like retaining walls can be used to create pet-free sections just for humans to enjoy. If your furry companion’s outdoor comfort is important to you, make sure you let your residential landscaper know during the design process.

Creative Outdoor Living Spaces

There’s been such an interest in outdoor living spaces that one can hardly call it a trend anymore. Design elements like arbors, fire pits, covered porches and other hardscape features have now become a stable in residential landscape design.

One element of outdoor living spaces that you can expect to see more of in 2018 is outdoor kitchens. After all, outdoor kitchens come with a multitude of benefits. Santa Cruz and Monterey County residents especially love how this outdoor living space makes it possible to extend their outdoor summer entertaining season.

Ready To Put Your Design Ideas On Paper?

Itching to bring your landscaping ideas to life? From creative lawn minimization to fabulous outdoor kitchens, the possibilities really are endless when it comes to designing your residential landscape.

Don’t wait another year to make your dreams a reality. Before summer arrives, give your landscape a fun new twist to make it an irresistible location for your friends and family. When you’re ready to get started, reach out to your local landscaping team for their expert assistance. Award winning landscapers at K&D Landscaping, Inc. will be able to help you with all of your landscaping needs. Do  you live in the Monterey County and Santa Cruz County area? If so, reach out to them to learn more. You can contact them at 831-278-8855 to begin your landscape’s trendy 2018 transformation.