Landscaper survey marks artificial turf boom

A survey of 29 Association of Professional Landscapers members has found there is a trend in "perceiving the garden as an outdoor 'room' to socialise, cook and relax".

The survey showed fire pits, outdoor lighting, and a desire for outdoor kitchen spaces becoming more popular in 2016. 

The APL added: "However, we also see consumers requesting garden designs that require less maintenance. This is likely to be down to being time precious, consumers could be juggling a busy work/home life or new the new wave of pensioners may not want to spend their free time maintaining the garden. The popularity of artificial grass, paving and gravel has risen as fuss-free alternatives."

Survey trends votes:  

Artificial turf 80 per cent

Fire pit 50 per cent

LED outdoor lighting 50 per cent

Wilflowers 33 per cent

Green roofs 25 per cent

Box ball hedging 18 per cent

See through fences 15 per cent

Sustainable garden areas 15 per cent

Living walls 15 per cent

Herb garden 10 per cent

Rustic stone 10 per cent

Vertical planting 10 per cent

Pallet style garden furniture 10 per cent

Gravel garden 7 per cent

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