8 landscaping mistakes that make a home look dated

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As with everything else, landscape trends come and go. Keeping up with the latest landscaping trends — and phasing out plants or outdoor decor that are no longer in vogue — is an easy way to keep your curb appeal high and, if you’re about to put your home on the market , potentially increasing buyers’ interest in your home. Which trends in landscaping are past their best? Continue reading. While change can be difficult, a refresher will serve your garden well.

1. Garden Statues

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Garden gnomes, garden flamingos and other garden statues have long been outdoor staples. Modern landscapes, however, place more emphasis on a space’s plants and natural elements than on plastic or plaster adornments within it. Statues, especially an excessive number of them, can draw attention away from a garden’s natural beauty. While statues used to be the star of the show, they often just get in the way and can make a property look cluttered.

2. Boxwood shrubs

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Boxwood shrubs remained widespread after their introduction to the United States around the turn of the 19th century, but their popularity has slowly waned. A likely reason is the way the unnaturally straight lines of these shrubs disrupt the flow of a landscape. In addition, current landscape trends place an emphasis on low-maintenance plants. With the attention and care required to keep boxwood shrubs looking pristine, many homeowners may no longer find them worth the trouble.

3. Colored mulch

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Colored mulch is officially passé. It became popular in the 1960s and lasted for years, and now colorful mulch really dates a property at a glance. Worse, some mulch colors are made with hazardous substances that could contaminate your soil or water, or even harm the health of children or animals.

4. Artificial grass

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A low-maintenance, no-mow lawn sounds like a dream, but it might be time to let artificial grass go. Artificial grass not only looks unnatural, but also poses some environmental risks (despite saving water). It provides no habitat for native animals and microbes, and can even threaten aquatic life with pollutants in water runoff after rain.

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5. Too much hardscaping

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Hardscaping that focuses on items like archways, stepping stones, and fire pits can still add great visual appeal to a garden—when used in moderation. While it might have been forgiven in years past, leaving hardscaping elements in your softscape can negate your appeal in 2022. Try to keep the natural landscape the focal point of your outdoor space, adding just a few hardscaping elements where you like.

6. Brick barriers and borders

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Other old-fashioned landscape features that can make your home look dated are brick borders and barriers. These are now seen as a waste of usable garden or lawn space – after all, the area occupied by bricks could be better used for growing ornamental grasses, flowers or other greenery. Another disadvantage of surrounding plants with brick borders is that they get in the way if you decide to extend your garden beds further down.

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7. Garden signs

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Outdoor signs featuring fun labels and messages have reached a new peak in popularity over the past decade, but the trend is dying. While not landscape features per se, we’d fail to let well-meaning green fingers and grill masters know that wooden signs doling out garden philosophies — or indicating the location of the tiki bar — just don’t impress like they once did. If anything, these garden signs only distract from the things they were meant to draw attention to.

8. Tuscan Courtyard…in Tulsa

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Mediterranean tiled courtyards and Japanese Zen gardens can be stunning, but they may not exactly fit your home or neighborhood. Although many value the backyard as a sanctuary from everyday life, landscapes that strongly clash with a home’s style and setting fall out of favor. Getting inspiration from around the world and adding variety to your garden is still in vogue in 2022, but incorporating native plants and local materials that complement your home’s exterior and natural surroundings is a better way to do it .

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