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Landscaping Ideas for the Front and Backyard on a Budget for 2020

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Landscaping design trends will focus on the backyard next year. Herb gardens proliferate in window boxes that previously focused on colorful blossoms. Taking the trend a step further, people are also flocking to join the urban chicken-coop movement. Here are the top three backyard landscape design trends you can expect to see in 2020.

Creating Backyard Landscaping Zones

You might not care much for living in a home that is one big room and, in many ways, your yard is no different. Yet most of us consider the backyard to be one single space. While you probably don’t want walls diving your yard, you can create district zones designed for different purposes. Landscaping designers will be taking that indoor-living ethos outside next year, creating zones for playing, dining gardening, and relaxing.

Breaking the yard into smaller spaces will help you focus more easily on laying out each segment. Your dining space may simply be a grill and a bistro table, but it might also be an entire outdoor kitchen. The relaxing space might be a simple hammock in a quiet corner or an elaborate pergola with loungers and a place for yoga or meditation.

Growing zones might feature a container garden, cactus collection, or your favorite rose varieties. In the play zone, consider adding lawn darts, croquet, badminton or a playhouse.

Landscaping the Perfect Path

“Landscaping can be fun,” says, the Local Records Office. The design will delineate backyard zones next year with pathways. Creating an enchanting path is a perfect off-season project for your garden before you get busy with spring planting. A garden path can become a work of art when you think beyond concrete sidewalk and stepping-stones.

Use bricks or concrete payers to create an interesting chevron pattern, or use gravel bordered by mosses of varying heights. Sink large concrete squares of flagstone slabs at grade level, assuring that you can mow over them easily. Create a negative space path by using turf grass with stacked stone growing beds along each edge.

Flora and Fauna

The third design trend you will see lots more of next year is the incorporation of fauna, either domesticated or wild. The urban chicken movement is growing exponentially, as urbanites add creative coops to their backyard.

Themed chicken shelters range from Victorian mansions (in chicken-sized scale, of course) to traditional red barns. Beehives are another popular backyard addition, providing a safe haven for the threatened bee population.

If keeping birds or bees isn’t your style, you can create a wildlife haven to encourage visiting birds, bugs, and animals to stop by and stay for a while. Provide food, water, and shelter for migrating birds and native species of all types. Rabbits, frogs, butterflies, and songbirds are just some of the beautiful visitors you may see.

Your perfect spring and summer backyard design starts now. Winter is the ideal time to peruse landscaping books and websites for ideas, to buy materials, and start projects that will help make the cold month fly by.

When spring arrives, you and your family will be ready to hit the local garden center for the flowers, fruit trees, and other growing plants that complete your design. When you add some of these backyard design trends to your home, you’re sure to be delighted by the results.