Artificial turf landscaping became a hit in 2015 as homeowners grew tired of natural grass landscaping and sought out alternatives. We expect to see this trend continue to rise in popularity throughout 2016 as more and more homeowners discover the benefits of artificial turf, which often relieve homeowners of time-consuming chores on the weekends and expensive water usage every month.

Let’s take a look at some of the trends we expect to see rise in 2016.

1. Artificial Turf Landscaping Is Low Maintenance

Homeowners want a gorgeous, low maintenance landscape, according to the most recent Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends survey. Respondents indicated a desire for more low maintenance landscapes that are ideal for relaxed outdoor living. Homeowners do not want to spend countless hours maintain their lawn. Plants that are easy to maintain and are attractive will be a very important part of landscaping design for 2016.

2. Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces, such as wireless entertainment areas, outdoor kitchens, and outdoor seating areas help create an outside environment that is both comfortable and useful.

Homeowners want building, hardscape, and planting materials that are both low maintenance and attractive. New outdoor fabrics are made from durable fabrics that are waterproof and fade-resistant.

These fabrics allow homeowners to create permanent living spaces outdoors with fabrics and furniture that are weather resistant, yet comfortable.

3. Drought Tolerant Plants

Drought tolerant plants have become popular in landscape design.

Plants are chosen not only for their beauty but for their tolerance of wet winters and dry summers. Using drought-tolerant plants allow homeowners to add beauty to their landscape and conserve water at the same time. Many drought-tolerant plants offer interesting foliage and prevent erosion.

Learn more about drought tolerant plants.

4. Environmentally-Friendly Lawns

The environmental benefits of landscaping will guide gardening decisions for 2016.

Decisions about landscaping will be made based on environmental factors. Homeowners want environmentally friendly lawns. Recycled artificial turf makes a great environmentally friendly lawn alternative. Recycled artificial turf helps the environment by keeping material out of the landfills.

Artificial turf is drought resistant and helps to conserve water, as well.


Low-maintenance landscapes and gardens, drought-tolerant plants, and outdoor living spaces have become popular in landscape design. Sustainable design has become more prevalent both for both environmental and economic reasons. These trends are likely to continue throughout 2016.