Designing Landscape For Today’s Homeowner
Trends in landscaping change as younger generations become homeowners. According to a national gardening survey conducted by Garden Research in 2018, nearly 30 percent of households are made up of people under the age of 35. These homeowners have their own expectations that are ushering in changes in landscape design.
Many homeowners have children and pets roaming their backyards, making the desire for a manicured lawn almost obsolete. These busy families prefer a more organic and low maintenance approach to landscape and gardening. Landscape designers are taking on this challenge and updating products and services in order to meet the new demands of their broadening customer base.
Spaces that enhance lifestyle, encourage opportunity for gathering, and provide room for entertaining are among the top landscaping desires of homeowners today. Whether a fire ring for roasting marshmallows, or a gazebo for grilling and dining, landscapers are charged with creating an environment that brings cohesiveness to the yard in a low maintenance way.
Low maintenance landscape design allows homeowners the ability to have their cake and eat it, too. It is important to many that their yards have curb appeal without the hassle of constant upkeep and work. While there is no such thing as a “work free” yard, choosing drought tolerant, native plants can provide a landscape that requires less watering and maintenance long term.
The use of native plants in landscape design also increases the longevity of the plantings, keeping change to a minimum and reducing the cost of replacing diseased and dead foliage. Pollinator gardens fit well into the native landscape design, and provide a thriving ecosystem as well as beauty.
With the changes in landscape design also comes innovations such as smart irrigation systems and new methods for weed control. The new generation embraces technology, and many customers value the ability to control sprinklers and lighting from anywhere with the touch of a phone screen.
Lighting in landscape design is becoming more popular as these advances in technology and products provide greater control with less extensive systems. Wireless, solar lights also create ambience where desired without the hassle of hard wiring a lighting system.
Meeting the demands of a technologically savvy, environmentally conscious, busy new generation of homeowners brings creative new landscaping designs. Blue Morning Landscapes creates custom innovative landscaping designs that exceed customer expectations. These designs blend harmoniously with the home, providing the homeowner with outdoor spaces to enjoy.