A variety of water features can also help transform a boring backyard into an on-site resort. Elaborate garden ponds and waterfalls are becoming common in landscape designs. But even to the novice waterscaper, beautiful water features are a possibility. Plus, they can be highly profitable for a landscaper to install.
In addition to backyard living spaces, condos are a place where simple water features can often be a relatively easy sell.
In some instances, typically with higher-end clients, landscapers are incorporating mist systems into their backyard designs. Introduced more than 50 years ago, mist machines were originally created to help cool livestock. The concept has since expanded to include humidification, dust control, special effects, and to cool people down at resorts, restaurants, theme parks, and now outdoor living spaces.
Want to make it even more dramatic? Add landscape lighting. Light installation is actually quite simple in many instances—primarily as a result of developments in lamp technology.
There's been somewhat of a shift from halogen flood lights to LED technology. LED landscape fixtures are ideal for outdoor settings because they can be modified and installed with a low-voltage setup. Secondly, their lower heat emission—compared with incandescent, fluorescent and halogen—is an influential factor.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of LED is energy savings. LED lamps might cost a bit more (sometimes up to 20%), but the longer-term energy savings for the consumer is much greater.
In landscaping, the following lighting scenarios are the most common:
- Path lighting – used to light up areas such as walkways, patios and pool paving; lights should be placed in planting beds, as opposed to lawns where they can be hit by a mower
- Up lights – ideal for accenting ornamental trees
- Accent lights – illuminate special landscape features such as garden ornaments and hardscape elements
- Down lights – create downward light on trees
- Architectural lighting – provides light on the residence.