Landscapers know a great deal about landscaping, but it can never hurt to listen to outside resources.
Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry of South Beach Investment Realty out of Miami, Florida have given the top five trends they are seeing for landscaping for 2014.
The top five are:
1. Outdoor stone fireplaces
Outdoor fireplaces have been around for a long time, but in the last few years they have really gained in popularity. They can serve as a focal point in the design of a backyard landscape, while providing the functional warmth of a fire adjacent to an outdoor patio.
2. Pondless water features
Water is one of the building blocks of life. Water features can add a calming effect to a landscape through the sounds and movement of water. They can also mask unwanted noise and bring a peaceful calm to the hustle and bustle of urban living.
3. Natural lawns
As water prices continue to rise, homeowners and businesses are looking for alternatives to the traditional bluegrass lawn. There are many advantages to making your landscaping more efficient, and reducing the amount of bluegrass lawn is the best way to do that.
4. Covered outdoor patios
Covered outdoor patios work great for blending indoor and outdoor living space. Over the last decade, outdoor patios and gardens have been increasingly utilized as an extension of indoor space.
5. Urban gardening
As the farming industry continues to get more commercialized and corporate, there has been a pushback in the form an increased demand for local farmers markets. And there is no place more local than one’s own yard.