Keeping Everything Low MaintenanceThis is especially important for vacation homes - which is an excellent reason why low maintenance landscaping is becoming so popular. From the types of plants to technology, and even groundcover, everything is low-maintenance now.
Plants & Gardening: If you’re looking to keep things easy, many are choosing to have plants which are natural to the region they live in. There are so many options available now, that it won’t be hard to minimize the time you spend investing in your outdoor spaces. Items can include dwarf size shrubs, which require less pruning, to native plants which don’t need as much fertilizer, pesticides or additional water. Succulents are also still very popular, not just because their appearance is trending, but because they are low maintenance, available in many price ranges, and come in hundreds of unique varieties.
Technology: Did you know that there are apps and tools to now help with making a low maintenance yard? Robotic lawn mowers are the biggest bandwagon to jump on this year - as the trend moves from vacuums to landscapes. You can also have an irrigation system added so that you are spending more time enjoying your space rather than caring for it. You can then program your irrigation with an app or timer so you never have to worry about it. The same programming techniques can also be used for your landscape lighting, plant fertilization, and more.
Large Scale Groundcover: This doesn’t mean artificial turf or cementing your yard and painting it a grassy shade of green; the goal is to use artful landscape techniques to turn large areas into soothing rock beds, stamped concrete paths, and even pavers with other natural ground covers like brass buttons, phlox, and vinca minor.
Everything Is MultifunctionalOne of the biggest trends for the summer is creating spaces and features that are multifunctional. The idea is to make sure that the space or object can serve more than one purpose, like a fire pit that can be converted to a table, or a space divider that offers both shade and a hanging edible garden. The possibilities are endless, and these areas are becoming extremely popular!
Fire is HOTFire features are hot in more ways than one this summer. Fire pits are used as both sources of light, heat, and ambiance. These are perfect ways to create a space where your guests will feel at home and may never want to leave.
Pergolas For Defining Spaces2019 is the year for defining spaces. Whether it’s an indoor space for working or playing, to an outdoor space used for recreation or relaxing, Pergolas are a fun way to help define a space, and are the perfect way to add a touch of luxury to your space. Some even come with all of the bells and whistles, like drop down windows, blinds, built-in sound systems, and even space heaters so you can stay warm once the sun goes down. Pair this with an outdoor kitchen and you will have the perfect place for family game nights, evening conversations, and a place to crash after a busy day on the water.
Make it Pink!Pink is all the rage this summer, which isn’t a surprise, as Living Coral was named the 2019 color of the year by Pantone. Add pops of color with roses, petunias, zinnias, and hibiscus, all of which come in beautiful pink hues - perfect for a garden space. Blush tones are also really popular, especially for furniture, stone pavers, and foliage.
Bold Metal DecorIron and steel accents are definitely trending this year in the landscape arena. This has spread through accessories to functional pieces, and can really make your yard look like it was designed professionally. Sculptures and water features are also great ways to incorporate the metal theme that is so up and coming.
It’s Time to Get Outside!Of course, none of this will make much of a difference if you don’t have an outdoor lake space to renovate. If you are still on the hunt for your perfect lake home or need money to remodel your current property, Team Lasson is ready to help you get the purchase ready and secured. Visit our website to learn more about getting a Lake of the Ozarks mortgage, and you can even apply to get started! There is still plenty of Summer left to purchase a home, so if you’ve always dreamt about buying a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks NOW is a great time to do it!
Local Event HighlightsLooking for something fun to do at the Lake of the Ozarks? Check out these exciting events happening over the next week!
- 4Th Of July Fireworks Displays & Celebrations
- July 4Th Live Music: Fat Polly's
- Red Dirt Music Fest At Shady Gators
- 4Th Of July Fireworks Cruise
- Contagious Fourth Of July Weekend
- Eldon 4Th Of July Celebration
- Adult Swim At Camden On The Lake Resort
- Old Kinderhook Fun Fest 2019
- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Ozark Mountain
- Artist & Musician Shelly Reeves Smith Signing
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