8 inspiring lawn & landscaping plans for 2022

Ring in the New Year's bell with resolutions for your garden. Whether you want to make some home improvements, add a little curb appeal, make your outdoor living space more comfortable, or just keep it tidy, these ideas and tips will help you achieve your goals. So get out there and start planning your perfect garden. 

1. Maintain your lawn

A well-maintained lawn is a joy to behold. Whether you are entertaining guests for the occasion or simply need some time away from your busy work routine, a well-maintained and neatly manicured garden is your safe haven.

A lawn is a constant work in progress, and it must receive basic care to look its best all year long. A well-maintained lawn needs less water, fertilizer and is more resistant to weeds. Proper lawn care is essential for healthy grass. Many growing problems, such as pest infestations, diseases, insects, etc., can be prevented by good garden management. A well-maintained lawn ensures the health and beauty of your lawn.

Back in the days when our parents were young, lawns were a thing of natural beauty. With regular lawn care, they used to apply organic methods to magnify garden beauty. Nowadays, lawns and gardens are maintained at the expense of the environment. So, this year's resolution should be to go green while ensuring the health of your lawn, without leaving a negative impact on Mother Earth.

A small task like mowing can make such an impact on how we interact with our surroundings when they are in pristine condition. Now let's imagine how a full lawn care program can transform the whole landscape. A regular lawn maintenance routine includes:

  • - Regular watering and weeding
  • - Weekly or bi-weekly lawn mowing
  • - Regular cleaning of walkways, driveways, and patio areas
  • - Border edging for walkways, driveways, and patio areas
  • - Regular pruning of trees and shrubs
  • - Seasonal leaves clean-up 
  • - Seasonal removal of unwanted growth and debris
  • - Mulching when needed
  • - Fertilisation depending on the soil health
  • - Removing dead growth and planting new plants

2. Plant some new trees

We all know that we get our oxygen from trees and plants, so they are vital for the survival of life. But do you know how much of an impact tree planting can have on your lawn and energy consumption? 

Well, planting a tree in your garden can do a lot more than just contribute to the local ecosystem. In addition to providing a habitat for insects and birds, planting some new trees in the garden can benefit you in the following ways:

  • - Trees increase property values
  • - Trees provide shade and hence reduce energy consumption in the summer 
  • - Trees reduce water runoff 
  • - Trees help keep soil erosion down while preventing chemicals from running off into rivers downstream
  • - Trees help buffer noise pollution
  • - Trees add beauty to your outdoor space and have a cooling effect on your eyes
  • - Trees keep the air moist and clean the air
  • - Trees prevent your landscape from extreme winds
  • - Trees provide valuable products such as wood, bark, fruits and help in pollination

So if you plan to go green for 2022 and want to reduce the carbon footprint, planting some new trees in your garden should be on your list.

3. Creating a vegetable garden

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is not just endless work. With every bit of back-breaking effort, you get a bucketful of fresh, healthy, and organic vegetables and fruits. A home-grown vs. store-bought debate has been going on since before supermarkets were even around. But today, there are more reasons than ever before why growing your own makes sense.

Growing your own food in your garden is a fun and satisfying activity. A thriving vegetable garden is a perfect source of fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruit. If you crave healthier and more flavourful meals, growing your own will be a perfect way to get that. 

Creating a vegetable garden not only feeds you but also helps you relax while providing a constant source of discovery. It is a perfect place to unwind from the day, and you have an interactive experience with nature to awaken all your senses. 

Although vegetables do not require more pampering than ornamental plants, they can be less forgiving of neglect. So, before jumping in, check out some tips for growing the perfect vegetable garden.

4. Have a place to enjoy your favourite outdoor activities

Nowadays, many people forgo outdoor activities. When most people are considering having a mini gym at home to stay healthy and active, we are almost starting to forget how fun it is to play outdoors or how beneficial gardening can be to our wellbeing.

This summer, relive your childhood memories by dedicating a portion of your lawn to your favourite outdoor games. You can play sporting games in your garden such as badminton, volleyball, or cricket, or even bring the golf course home. Yes, you heard it right. You don't necessarily need enough space for 18 holes. If you have a small space, a nine-hole course or a chipping course will do the trick!

From a treehouse to backyard camping, an inflatable pool, or a climbing wall, there are millions of ideas to stay active while enjoying your time outdoors. So, this year, don't make the pandemic an excuse and have a go at transforming your garden into a place where you can enjoy your favourite outdoor activities with your friends and family.

5. Living fence with layers of shrubs, grasses, trees, and flowers

Hedges are an essential part of any garden providing all sorts of benefits. Where an artificial fence is an instant screen, a living fence with layers of shrubs, grasses, trees, and flowers brings multiple benefits. It is aesthetically, functionally, and naturally beneficial to any garden. 

Hedges are an inexpensive and durable way to distinguish your property from the neighbours'. It is more than just a boundary line providing a habitat for indigenous animals and food for birds. Not only do they create privacy for your property, but they also manage weed growth and reduce soil erosion due to windbreaks.

In addition, hedges play an important role in noise reduction. Flowers used in the living boundary provide nectar so that pollinators will find refuge here too. Unlike artificial fences, hedges also provide oxygen, and reduce pollution and carbon dioxide. So, if you have a green thumb, you cannot ignore having a living fence to make your property more environment-friendly while also providing a safe haven for small creatures.

6. Outdoor home office

Since the pandemic, working from home has become a popular option for many professionals. With remote working becoming the norm, professionals need a space within the vicinity of their home where they can work without any distractions or interruptions. So, why not shift your office to your very own garden where you will be able to focus on your work while enjoying nature to its fullest. 

An outdoor home office means you do not have to work in your bedroom, living room, or at the dining room table. A garden office is a designated area for work away from the noises and distractions of home. No more kids shouting and playing around you, and everything placed perfectly. What more could you want while working remotely! So the garden office is a workspace within your home where you spend your productive hours and can leave your stuff behind at the end of your day. 

Having an outdoor home office saves the hours you used to spend commuting. So now you can socialise more or spend time doing whatever you want. The most exciting thing is that you can easily cover the cost of your new garden office from the money you will save on transport fares or petrol. It’s a win-win situation! You can customize your garden office according to your space and taste and enjoy a fresh green environment 24/7.

7. Make your garden more comfortable and relaxing

It is not too late to enjoy outdoor barbecues, parties, and casual get-togethers, even when the weather starts turning chilly. All you need is a few design elements for your garden space to extend your outdoor times beyond summer. 

To enjoy your outdoors all year round, make certain your outdoor furniture is made from weather-resistant materials. Polyresin wicker, teak, and powder-coated steel are excellent materials for outdoor furniture and are built to withstand the harsh weather and last through many seasons. 

See 7 mistakes to avoid when buying garden furniture.

Try not to forget about adding some comforts and cosiness to outdoor spaces. Add pillows, cushions, and blankets for extra warmth while sitting on your garden benches with friends under the tranquil sky full of stars. Having a patio roof or gazebo allows you to enjoy rain or snow while sniffing into the gentle aroma of tea or coffee. You can also create a shaded seating area using colourful tents available at garden stores. You could even sit back and enjoying the calming effects of a water feature.

One of the biggest reasons people don't make their gardens and patios functional is they think it will be too much work. However, you can create an outdoor oasis that is ideal for family gatherings and parties without breaking too much of a sweat.

8. Create a low-water landscape with drought-tolerant plants

Water conservation is critical for your lawn care and garden maintenance. The average household can save up to 30 percent on outdoor water use by replacing high-water plants with low-water alternatives.

Not all drought-resistant plants are restricted to desert landscapes. Many low-maintenance flowering plants grow well in the sun or partial shade, stay beautiful all year long and attract birds and pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.

Low-water plants can withstand less frequent irrigation or lack of rain. Stonecrops, for example, require minimal watering as they can store water within their leaf structure. Their waxy leaf coating also helps prevent water from escaping from inside the leaf. Other drought-tolerant plant species include lavender, cactus, vervain, and limestone houseleek. These plants make great options if you want something unique or a low maintenance in your garden.

We hope you liked our ideas for your lawn and landscape for 2022. With a fresh start and new hopes, let's decide to go green this year and spend maximum time outdoors for a healthy and organic life.