Landscaping offers up a unique chance to really change a property for the better. In the past, people tended to see landscaping as a somewhat utilitarian idea. Modern trends in landscaping offer up something quite different. Some new trends demonstrate just how much can be done with creative landscaping choices.
Bring together form and functionality
One method of bringing commercial landscaping to a modern sensibility involves an enhanced outdoor lifestyle. People have become more aware of just how much good being outdoors can do for both mind and body. An experiential landscape design can help enhance or promote certain activities. For example, one can set paths for bikes or joggers.
Water conservation and management
Modern culture also places a heavy emphasis on sustainability for landscaping work. Commercial landscaping can make use of a variety of innovative techniques to reduce water use. Eco-friendly watering systems are one of the most common forms of sustainable landscaping. However, there are also some innovative new techniques which are becoming quite popular.
The careful use of native plant species is becoming popular for a number of reasons. First and most importantly, native plants are adapted to the local climate. It takes less work and water to keep them thriving. Additionally, the native plants can be used to help non-native species. A native root system can often work in tandem with other plants to achieve a balance within the soil. This can help non-native species make more efficient use of the water.
Planning for the unexpected
Most people are quite familiar with how unpredictable the weather can be. People are often far less familiar with the fact that landscaping has this covered. Climate-controlled landscaping puts a particular emphasis on weather patterns. This is often accomplished by using pergolas with movable canopies. This design makes clever use of space with retractable designs. It also compensates for the weather by offering protection from wind, rain and snow.
Less severe weather conditions are often compensated for by using outdoor heaters. This can lend a decorative, and cozy, addition to a briskly cool night. Even using more weather-resistant materials can offer significant benefits. Different materials are often used to resist some of the locations most extreme weather conditions.
Using different equipment for different needs
People often forget just how much difference technology can make. Even people who stress that it’s important to use the right tool for the right job can make that mistake. People tend to think about landscaping in terms of fairly traditional tools. After all, nature hasn’t changed much over the centuries. But landscaping is all about changing how people relate to ancient natural patterns in new ways.
By using modern technologies one can gain some significant advantages. Consider the case of lawnmowers and leaf blowers. These tend to be fairly noisy and power intensive. Newer designs are tackling those issues. Of course, there’s more to technology than enhancing existing designs.
Even such seemingly unrelated ideas as 3D modeling or printing and drones can be used within the landscaping. Consider just how much one might benefit from a bird’s eye view of an area. It’s essentially like having a custom map made in a matter of seconds. And 3D technologies can provide one with the ability to create custom adornments and additions to an area.
Color expresses emotion
Finally, people are using all of these techniques to add in new and colorful plants. One can often shape the mood of an area by including different colors and patterns. This is limited to what plants one can actually maintain in an area. But as people use these techniques they’re able to better support new choices. And these choices allow for a richer and more colorful expression of intent.