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Yards are moving away from the sculpted and sterile arranged planting approach to a much more viable and functional design. The urban homestead movement has people growing their own vegetables, herbs and fruit and even adding chickens and bees to their garden design. Raised beds and container gardens make growing vegetables easier than ever. These edible gardens can become a community project where other gardeners join the fun and provide fresh produce to local food banks.
Water availability will continue to be a concern for homeowners, especially those experiencing drought. Homeowners are tired of the tyranny of the mower and are realizing the effort and cost involved in maintaining an immaculate swath of lawn. Gardeners want to get away from all the pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and untold amounts of water they apply to their yards. Moving to more sustainable practices of utilizing beautiful water-wise plants, drip irrigation systems and organic fertilizers creates low maintenance garden spots that are much more environmentally friendly.
Homeowners want greater functionality from the architectural features in their yards and are leaving behind those big but useless projects. Creating smaller, more durable elements using higher quality materials is the trend during these times of economic uncertainty. Decks, patios, arbors and water features that are low maintenance but eye catching in their simplistic beauty will provide enjoyment for years to come as well as add value to a home. Homeowners looking for contractors can search gazebo construction New Jersey.
We love the sound of water as it drips, bubbles or playfully splashes about. Adding a water element to your yard creates a tranquil, enjoyable setting for everyone. There are water features to fit every budget, from small table top urns to full-scale yard ponds complete with waterfall. Large ponds can also attract wildlife and provide a spot for raising koi.
Thanks to the technology of modern fabrics, it’s easier than ever to create outdoor living zones. Gone are the days of worrying about excess sun and rain on the chair cushions. Outdoor furniture is more durable, so you can create more permanent living areas. This reduces the need for constantly setting up and taking down seating areas. Comfort and ease of use are the operative themes today.
One of the major trends in yard design is incorporating a built-in grilling station. Everyone loves to barbecue so why not increase the functionality of the cooking zone as well as make it an integral part of the hardscape of the yard? Outdoor ovens, large grills, storage and lighting make preparing meals outside less of a chore. Functional yet beautiful design and materials makes working in the area more enjoyable too. Bergen County contracting firms can help you design the perfect cooking spot.
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