One of the things we love about being in the business of landscaping is how often it changes. Every year we see lots of emerging trends—some stick around, others fade away pretty quickly—but they all give us the opportunity to try something new and exciting.
2019 is no different, and the trends we’re gearing up for this year are definitely worth checking out. Here are a few we have our eye on:
More integrated technology. As the tech sector continues to innovate, many of these innovations will start to spill over into the world of landscaping. While we’ve already seen some of this with trends like automated lighting systems or smart irrigation systems, we’ll continue to see technology and landscaping come together in fascinating ways. One example is the increasing use of drone technology by landscaping companies to help clients plan new landscape designs. Another is advanced computer modeling that allows clients to instantly see lots of potential designs in nearly photo-realistic quality. Not to mention all the new gardening apps, too—and even solar-powered, weed-whacking robots. It’s a great time to be alive.
Lunar gardening. Who says the daytime is the only good time to tend to your garden? While we don’t plan on hiring a midnight landscaping crew here at Engledow anytime soon, we’re noticing that more people like to do their gardening at night. This is actually nothing new: For thousands of years, people have planted according to lunar cycles in the belief that the phases of the moon influence how plants grow. (Whether or not this is true is up for debate.) If nothing else, lunar gardening is a great way to beat the summer heat!
Staying in. It’s no secret we’re addicted to our screens. From smart phones to televisions to computer monitors, most people spend dozens of hours in front of a screen every week. Unfortunately, that means less time spent outside—but the good news is that because of this cultural shift, people are starting to bring more of the things they love about their landscape indoors. Container gardening and indoor plant purchases are on the rise, and the trend of creating bright, colorful rooms (with some help from plants) will be a strong one for 2019. Also, be sure to remember that the air quality indoors tends to be lower—which is yet another reason people are turning to indoor plants to help clean the air.
Focusing on kids. Instilling a love of plants—and gardening in particular—at a young age is key to helping the next generation embrace a lifelong love of the outdoors. We’re seeing an increase in youth programs and products designed to do just this, and we’re excited to see an active movement among parents to encourage their kids to spend more time out in nature. As a company who relies on people who love to spend time outside, that’s great news for us!
Reducing our environmental footprint. One common trend we’ve been seeing lately is a move toward landscaping and gardening practices that produce little or no waste, and that emphasize recycling and reducing emissions. Upcycling—or creatively reusing materials in a way that’s environmentally friendly—is another thing we’ve been seeing. For example, instead of simply throwing away an old pair of boots, turn them into flower pots. Or punch a few holes in an old plastic bottle, connect it to your hose, and use it as a sprinkler. When you think creatively, the possibilities are endless.
These are just some of the trends we are seeing in 2019—and there will definitely be many more to come. You can always count on us to stay on top of what’s changing in the landscaping industry and to let you know what trends we’re excited about. If you’re interested in trying something new with your landscape—whether it has something to do with the trends we’ve already talked about or it’s something entirely different—we’d love to talk. Contact us today to learn more.