Backyard love will be bigger than ever, predicts greenspace advocate

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – “Backyarding” — the act of taking typical indoor activities outside — will continue taking root in 2024, according to the TurfMutt Foundation, an organization that advocates for the care and use of green space. Next year, the TurfMutt Foundation expects the practice of backyarding to evolve into an ongoing sustainability practice.

“Now more than ever, homeowners are recognizing the power of their yards and parks doing environmental good, as well as benefitting their health and well-being,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the TurfMutt Foundation.

Here are the TurfMutt Foundation’s backyarding predictions for 2024, followed by our take on their home décor potential:

  •  Improving existing space (rather than moving to a new one). High interest rates and low housing inventory mean more homeowners have chosen to renovate rather than move into a new home. With interior improvements complete, the focus turns to backyard improvements that customize the outdoor space and artfully merge indoor and outdoor living. Plenty of opportunity for consumers to add or upgrade outdoor home décor, from indoor/outdoor rugs and furniture to accents like garden stools.
  • Return of neighborhood parties…in the backyard. Over the last several years, homeowners have invested in their outdoor living areas, and now they are using that space to bring back neighborhood block parties in their own backyards. A good reason to stock up on melamine dinnerware, acrylic drinkware and tabletop accessories.
  •  Creating a backyard oasis for fun. From parents looking for ways to lure their kids away from screens to neighbors wanting to connect with friends, homeowners are turning their backyards into a place for fun and games. Some go all out to install a pool or pickleball court while others take a simpler approach like designating a strip of grass for cornhole or a small soccer pitch. The Atlanta Market promises plenty of options for giftable family activities like s’mores kits and backyard games.
  • Planting for pollinators. Once a niche practice, planting for pollinator support is omnipresent. Homeowners understand the importance of their backyards to provide food and shelter to pollinators like birds, butterflies, and bats year-round. And they are selecting plants for their yards with pollinators in mind. Take the bee-love indoors with bee or honey-themed products. Sister pub Gifts & Dec produced a list of bee-themed gift ideas earlier this year.
  •  Adding drought-tolerant plants. Plants that are especially adapted to drier landscapes are better for water-stressed areas in our environment. Homeowners are doing their research and selecting plants that will thrive in their micro-climates. Planters, plant stands and other gardening equipment will be in good supply at the January markets.
  •  Backyard birding. The birdwatching craze really took flight during the pandemic, but it’s not a fleeting fad. Birdwatching is not only relaxing; it is a great way to connect with nature right outside our back doors. The Gardens at Atlanta Market (Building 2, floors 9 and 10) will undoubtedly have plenty of new birdbaths and bird feeders to choose from.

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