A recent survey entitled American Attitudes about Homeownership published by Harris Interactive for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reveals that a majority of Americans still see long-term value in homeownership. Despite the recent economic downturn, flood of foreclosures, and crisis in the housing markets, both homeowners and renters still believe that homeownership carries worthwhile benefits – both financial and non-financial.
The economic downturn is having an effect on the way we look at landscaping and gardening. Expensive water gardens and exotic plants are becoming a thing of the past. Less wasteful, more sustainable landscaping practices certainly make sense as well as permanent installations, which add value to one’s home and are enjoyed for years to come. Here are 7 current landscaping trends to consider.
Cultivating and maintaining a lush carpet of grass can be an expensive, time-consuming task. Keeping a lawn free of weeds is also challenging and oftentimes, environmentally questionable. Consider reducing or “de-grassing” your yard by creating more naturalized areas. To achieve this, areas of grass must be first killed off. There are several chemical free methods for accomplishing this. When the excess grassy areas are gone, fill them in with naturalized beds of shrubs and perennials.