Commercial Landscape Trends of 2021
Commercial landscaping is something that most people are casually aware of but rarely pay much attention to. However, just as with any other type of service, it has many purposes. Obviously, the first one that comes to mind is that it beautifies the building and surrounding area.
But landscaping design for commercial properties involves so much more than simple esthetics. It also has to do with creating a design that is efficient, functional, and effective.
Not only should a business want their outdoor areas to look good for all the usual reasons but also so it appears inviting to customers or clients.
A good landscaping design may even be able to save a business money in the long run by reducing watering, repair, and maintenance costs. And just as residential landscaping or any other type of interior or exterior property design is ruled by trends, so are commercial lawn care services.
And since we are settling into the New Year, now is as good of a time as any to take a look at some of the more popular trends shaping up to rule 2021.
So, without further ado, here are some of the things to keep an eye out for next time you visit a corporate or city/state park, medical care facility, shopping center, or any of the hundreds of other locations which use business landscaping services:
Low-Key, High-Quality Features
In time past, one of the standard design trends for the exteriors of commercial properties was to have a large, conspicuous centerpiece to headline the presentation.
Common examples would include water fountains, decorative gardens or shrubbery, some type of stature or artwork, and many others.
In the last 10 years or so, however, business owners and property managers are starting to steer more towards a standardized landscape with softer-spoken features which highlight the building as the centerpiece of the design.
Implementing Functional Plants
While planting trees, bushes, and other types of shrubbery and vegetation might seem obvious when discussing landscaping trends, the purposes they are used for are not.
Everyone knows that these items help to improve the natural beauty and visual appeal of any area. But they offer a number of functions to improve the comfort and convenience of your outdoor property as well. Here are just a few examples:
- Establishing borders between green areas and walkways
- Reducing road noise from busy streets
- Screening unappealing scenery or unpleasant views of other property
- Blocking sunlight and providing shade for cooler areas
- Forming walls, floors, or canopies by strategically influencing their growth habits
By using plants as more than just decorations, your commercial landscaping design can become an integral part of your business.
Built-In Erosion Control Systems
The flow of water and the way it is distributed throughout the area is critical to creating a beautiful exterior. It serves a part in protecting it as well. Commercial landscaping allows businesses to control this process through customized services and designs.
The decisions you make not only need to look good, but they also need to maintain the health of the outdoor property.
Steep and angled slopes are common areas that erode during heavy rain. Trees and terraced landscaping are critical when it comes to keeping the soil in its proper location without altering the landscape too dramatically.
Slowing Down the Water
The low-sloping areas in and around the lawn are called swales. These areas will oftentimes drain water from other parts of the lawn, collecting it and keeping it from plants and shrubbery that need it.
Covering Bare Soil
Grass and deep-rooted plants in certain locations can encourage rainwater to absorb into the ground rather than finding its way to a nearby storm drain. This helps to keep your exterior well hydrated and nourished.
You May Want to Consider Hydroseeding
Bare ground can wash away in even moderate storms, so when contracting work or some other property improvement project results in densely-packed dirt areas, business owners need a quick and effective commercial landscaping solution.
Hydroseeding may just be the answer they are looking for. This technique helps establish a lawn over bare ground in just a few weeks, significantly faster than traditional methods. Its main purpose is to serve as a temporary solution to keep the soil secure until permanent plants are installed.