With the new year just beginning, now is the perfect time to start thinking about ways you can spruce up your landscape this year. We know it’s currently winter in Eastern Arkansas and Western Tennessee, and that doesn’t leave much time for being outside, but if you want to get a head-on this year’s lawn care, there is no time like the present to start your 2022 gardening wish list. And to help you with that, TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care has compiled a list of this year’s five hottest gardening trends.
Trend One: Combining the Indoor With the Outdoor
One thing we can say for sure is that gardening is more popular than ever. We saw a spike in 2020 as the pandemic was in full swing and gardener lovers, old and new, reported no change in this trend. We have all shifted to utilizing our outdoor spaces to spend more time at home for both work and play. Because so many people in Eastern Arkansas and Western Tennessee are now working from home, there is more emphasis on versatility and cross-functioning. Many of us have and will continue to turn our gardens into an escape room, a way to stay home but still be outside. We started and will continue our preference to host events outdoors on the patio or around a campfire.
The addition of living rooms, play areas, and kitchens outside were a popular trend in 2021, with the design and creation of outdoor heaters, overhead awnings, firepits, screened-in porches, and pergolas. In 2022, combining today’s smart technological inventions with greenery, and nature still makes the perfect combination for respite and relaxation.
Trend Two: Small Compacted Gardens
A huge trend that is growing in more urban areas, especially with millennials is using the space they have even if it’s small. Small gardens are a big hit as people with limited yard space or no yard at all try to encompass nature. Even if you don’t have much green space, you can utilize your patio, rooftop, terrace, or other small areas to grow plants and other vegetation.
Trend Three: Vertical Gardens
Another valuable way to encompass nature in small spaces is through vertical gardening. Vertical gardening, also known as a living wall, is a technique used to grow plants on a vertical panel using hydroponics. It can be freestanding or attached to a wall. It provides a beautiful display of color while allowing one to grow plants or vegetables in tight areas. It can actually work both inside and outside.
You can buy vertical gardening kits online or at your local home good store, and they can be scaled up or down to suit your space and fit your budget. Adding window boxes, hanging pots, or a garden structure such as a trellis or tuteur will also provide additional exterior vertical growing space.
Trend Four: Pollinator Gardens
As more and more people become aware of the role pollinators play in society, trends that include utilizing trees, shrubs, and plants that attract pollinators, such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, become more popular. Any size garden can attract and support pollinators. The key is to plant nectar and pollen-rich plants such as wildflowers and utilize a variety of blooming annuals, perennials, and shrubs so that pollen is available throughout the season.
A few plants that attract pollinators include:
Plant a variety of different plants in varying sizes and colors in clumps rather than rows. Lastly, put up several hummingbird feeders, butterfly houses, and other bird shelters, and you’ll have a natural habitat filled with colorful hues, scented aromas, and active wildlife.
Trend Five: Incorporating Raised Garden Beds Into Your Arkansas and Tennessee Landscape
If you prefer a tidy, more organized look to your garden, then you’ll like number five on our list. Unlike the pollinator-friendly garden that can often be considered unmanicured, a raised garden bed allows you to sort out your plants by type while planting all sorts of crops simultaneously. A raised garden bed helps to eliminate many of the traditional gardening trends such as drainage issues, soil quality and helps to provide structural support. They are perfect for those with mobility issues or the elderly. They come in all sorts of sizes and shapes and can be customized to fit a variety of spaces. Best of all? The tall sides of the raised beds also help prevent weeds from spreading into your garden.
For All Your Lawn Care and Gardening Needs, Call the Professionals at TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care
When it comes time to start preparing for and maintaining your outdoor lawn care, and garden beds, you want to call on the professionals at TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care, LLC. We proudly serve Eastern Arkansas and Western Tennessee and help residents and commercial clients achieve a healthy lawn. Through our 7-step lawn care program and a variety of other lawn care services, including aeration, overseeding, weed control, mowing, mulching, and helping to maintain landscape beds, we can help you achieve the landscape of your dreams.
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