Industry Leaders share popular spring trends for outdoor spaces.
Landscape companies saw a huge demand in the last year for enhancements or new outdoor living spaces. As the pandemic pushed people outdoors, they found a renewed love of their yards. As a result, many companies continue to see an increased demand for new pools and hot tub area, expanded patios, and features to extend their outdoor living to all four seasons—so the demand for outdoor fireplaces and landscaped fire pit areas also rose.
Britt Wood, CEO | National Association of Landscape Professionals | Fairfax, Virginia
We have increased our Outdoor Living Division team for 2021 and made the tough decision to stop offering maintenance service to keep up with our installation projects. Looking at the trajectory for what most people are doing this year, we are seeing more clients choosing to stay home and invest in their properties, which gives so many opportunities to our field. Playsets are the newest toilet paper of 2021. They are selling out nationwide!
Sarah Beardon, CFO | Dreamscapes Outdoor Living and Play | Carrollton, Georgia
Overall, shipments of outdoor power equipment increased 16 percent in 2020. Our own backyard is nearly limitless with possibilities, and homeowners got really creative as they expanded and enjoyed their yards over the last year. Backyarding, the new trend to move many indoor activities—from working in an office or classroom to dining and recreation—to the great outdoors, is growing. Expect people to continue to invest in their outdoor life this spring. We predict, long after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, our yards will become an even greater part of our lives. The notion of backyarding is here to stay
Kris Kiser, President & CEO | Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) | TurfMutt Foundation | Alexandria, Virginia
People are gardening like never before, and that’s a good thing. But when you combine the increase in gardening and landscaping due to the pandemic then you take the freeze damage to nurseries in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and the northern parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, we have a severe shortage of plant material this spring. Plant availability is very tight, and those relationships between landscapers and wholesale nurseries are key.
Dr. Allen Owings, Senior Horticulturist | Bracy’s Nursery | Amite, Louisiana
The separation between work and home and the number of hours spent in private space has altered dramatically for many people. Here in Florida, I definitely see a move away from Mediterranean architecture to more modern and contemporary architecture defined by large volumes with floor-to-ceiling windows. This provides the perfect opportunity to connect to the outdoor spaces and the landscape as the extension of the indoors. We’re seeing an increased use of summer kitchens; outdoor fire tables and fireplaces; trellises, cabanas and other shade structures for outdoor living room furniture; and water features that drown background noise and provide a peaceful environment.
Erez Bar-Nur, Founder and Principal | Landscape Design Workshop | Boca Raton, Florida
Read about more popular trends in our May/June issue, available May 1st!