According to data from Yardzen, a virtual landscape design service, requests for functional front yard designs have increased by 150%.
The 2022 Yardzen report shows that those requesting new front-yard designs are looking for dining areas, firepits, fenceless front porches, and pergolas—elements more typically reserved for backyard spaces. The report also showed a 66% increase in requests for replacing traditional lawns with different ground cover options including flower beds, vegetable gardens, seating areas, and play areas for kids. Lawn replacement isn't just about replacing grass with some other kind of ground cover—it's about redesigning the front yard as a more functional space, the way backyards have been treated.
Americans are looking to redesign their front yards—and they're looking for ways to use them, too, especially for get-togethers. Yardzen data shows that, while requests for optimized front yards have been increasing steadily over the past few years, the events of 2020 and the years since have heightened those requests as people look for ways to build connection with neighbors and friends from home—ideally outdoors.