There are a number of exciting trends that are changing the future of the Green Industry. In this article, we will take a quick look at some of the more exciting changes coming in 2018.
Virtual and Interactive Landscape design.
Virtual reality sets are now commonplace and landscape designers can use the VR software to show clients a clear picture of what their greenspace will look like. In the next few months, Augmented Reality will be available and this promises to be even more exciting. This software takes features from the real world and places them directly on to your tablet or phone. You will be able to move the tablet around and see exactly what the new green space will look like once complete.
One of the top trends for 2018 is the use of interesting water features to enhance a green space. Big pools that provide interesting reflective surfaces, smooth sided stepped plunge pools, twisting metal chutes that send water into the pool and small water features in black stones are all big features of the current water trend. As climate change becomes a bigger issue, rainscapes are becoming an important feature in the Green Industry. The basic idea of rainscapes is to use plants to capture rainwater where it falls. Some States are now paying homeowners to save and recycle water. This is a trend that is likely to become increasingly important in the coming years.
Specialized accounting software for landscapers
There are a number of new software products coming out that are aimed at the Green Industry and one of the best is Obex Billing. The system provides business resources that are specifically designed for a landscape business. These resources include customer billing software, mailing services, and direct marketing. You chose the systems that you need to help your company achieve its goals. This allows you to focus on landscaping and providing your customers with the best possible service.
The continuing drought that is affecting many areas of the United States has made water friendly rock gardens very popular. Interesting rock features can be filled with desert plants such as date palms, fennel, and poppies. Adding cacti and other succulents will enhance the style of the garden and make it like authentic.
A big trend is thinking of plants as inter-related communities instead of individual parts of the garden. Forests are not groups of individual plants but rather sets of interlocking plants that work together. Customers are wanting their gardens to have a more natural feel and to move away from the rigid planting systems of a few years ago. These gardens are easier to maintain and the beds are beautiful to look at.
The Japanese trend of imperfection in gardens has found its way to the United States. People are now creating gardens using natural and sustainable materials as landscape features. The trends includes recycling old items such as irons gates and making them a feature of the garden.