What would your perfect backyard have? A fire pit? A koi pond? Today’s backyards are evolving into areas for cooking, relaxing, entertaining and enjoying. Here are 5 reasons for the change.
1. Conservation: In some areas, water shortages are demanding that homeowners use water more wisely. That doesn’t mean that homeowners want to give up curb appeal and an attractive, usable backyard. To meet stringent water requirements and to feel good about helping preserve natural resources, homeowners may choose low-water landscaping. Pavers and bricks may create an attractive “floor” as the amount of grass is done away with or decreased. Native plantings that can survive without additional water may be used in planted areas and along fences and borders. A bonus – using native plants may encourage birds to enjoy the yard with you.
2. Lower Water Bills: Conservation may be desired, but high water bills may be the deciding factor to convert water-hungry plantings to hardscaping. And, hardscaping can be beautiful with dramatic boulders and stone walls to show off small areas of plants or a small area of grass. Be sure to group plants by their water needs so you can water efficiently.
3. Use: From an outdoor kitchen to a relaxed seating area around a fire pit, yards are being divided into “rooms” to suit specific purposes. There may be a BBQ area (maybe complete with a refrigerator), a hidden, quiet spot that’s perfect for curling up with a good book and a space that invites friends and family to enjoy the evening. Hardscaping can define each area beautifully.
4. Reduced Maintenance: Today’s families are busy. Saturdays are more likely to be filled with the children’s sports and activities than yardwork. Consumers want a yard that makes their home look great and a backyard that invites use – not labor! Another plus for Mother Nature, you’ll reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
5. Planned Planting: Families will probably still want plants and trees. With the careful planning of a hardscape, they can be used to their best advantage. One area might use native plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Trees can be planted to the south and west so they help lower indoor utility costs. Plantings that require water, whether by hose or irrigation system, can be grouped together so you only water to the needs of the plants and stop overwatering.
If you’re a landscape contractor, you’ve probably seen the changes in what your customers want and are ready to accommodate the changing look of front and backyards. You know that one of the key components in getting it done right is working with a hardscaping supply firm that understands the logistics of your job. For example, big boulders might be place prior to construction when it’s easy to get heavy supplies in to the area. Choose a company that understands your needs and helps you create that perfect look for your client.