As humans who live on this beautiful planet we are aware that the world is drastically being changed every single year. Our summers seem to be longer and hotter and our winters tend to be more mild and less of a pain than in years past. As kids growing up there was always certain periods of time where the seasons would change, and more and more we are seeing them come and go as they please. This change in weather is causing serious issues to people living within the states, especially on the west coast. According to an article titled, Drought Watch, "More than 70 percent of California was in “extreme” drought, with nearly half of the state in “exceptional” drought, the most serious category, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor"(). It does not matter whether you believe that we as individuals are changing the environment or that global warming is just a myth, the truth is that things are changing and we just need to adapt. We do not have to be in constant fear, but rather understand these changes and plan accordingly so we can live freely without missing a beat.
Now I bet you are wondering what all this preaching has to do with landscaping, and I will get there. But first, we must recognize what these weather changes to that effect some of the comforts we so easily take for granted. One big one is our lawns and gardens, and as we see more and more summer days with less water this may change how we approach these two comforts. It is nice to step outside and look at the ivy draped across our retaining wall, or spending Saturday afternoons shaping our juniper bushes so that they look immaculate in the summer sun. These comforts are special to us and as landscapers and garden aficionados we take pride in maintaining the living plants that surround us. However, as the climate continues to get warmer each year we must take a hard look at the cost and how much it truly means to us. We must also think of how even though having living plants is special and if maintained right can be a huge addition to the appearance of our home, having live plants at this current time may not be as feasible. Also, even if it is feasible and the resources seem to be ever present, I think as morally decent people it is imperative that we look at how we are using our precious resource of water. Looking into various methods that reduce water waste for landscaping, like Xeriscape, is important as we continue to work towards a more sustainable planet.
I am not trying to deter you from landscaping, but rather point out a new perspective that allows you to see the bigger picture. Landscaping adds value to real estate, as a city project it gives the community something beautiful to look at, and in commercial buildings it makes for a better experience whether it's at workplaces or in large shopping centers. Boxwood foliage mixed with topiaries, hedges, and privacy walls are staples that surround amazing architecture and bring a sense of formality. These are luxuries that we can still enjoy and have been for the past hundreds of years, but unfortunately they also take up a valuable resource that we cannot afford to lose.
Luckily enough there are easy solutions out there that make having a landscape a whole lot more inexpensive, and much easier to maintain. The cost of initially building a landscape as a homeowner can be fairly expensive, especially if you are new and don't have a clear vision for what you want.
"Nationally, the average price to hire a landscape designer is about $5,200. The range for most homeowners is between $4,200 and $6,200. However, the most in-depth projects may cost more than $10,000 to plan due to the significant number of variables at play" (improvenet.com). For that same price you can build a landscape consisting of traditional boxwood foliage that is both weather-resistant and impervious to fading. At Commercial Silk International we specialize in the manufacturing of artificial plants to keep up with the changing climate.
Our products have been used by large organizations all over the world, and have been tested every year for their effectiveness in reducing potential fire outbreaks and keeping their natural appearance. Renowned companies like Disney, Universal Studios, and events like the U.S. Open have used our artificial plant products for years and swear by it's quality. Modern backdrops that are seen at events like the Grammy's are made in our facilities and crafted by our highly skilled employees. Our boxwood hedges make up a large part of the landscaping at attractions and their fade-resistant properties ensure that they last years and years before ever being needed to replace.
If companies like that are using our products, then you should feel safe knowing you are buying from a reputable source that has been in the industry 30+ years. Instead of maintaining a sprinkler system to water the ivy on your retaining wall, it's time to consider moving to a faux ivy bush that looks the same, but is a simpler and more cost effective solution. Instead of always having to prune the topiary adorning your front steps, maybe consider an artificial boxwood cone spiral that is just as authentic. Whatever your project of home decor needs are we can make a product for you. With our PermaLeaf® (Fade-resistant) and ThermaLeaf® (Fire-retardant) properties we craft a superior product unlike our competitors.
Realizing that some luxuries are not as hyped up as they tend to be may be hard at first, but in the case of extensive landscaping it should be easy to see how artificial is becoming the new trend. In states like California we are already seeing faux boxwood hedges popping up everywhere, as large companies opt for a less expensive, more sustainable, and equally as pleasing solution. Our hedges are built to be resistant to weather and the elements which makes it easier to purchase with a peace of mind. So as we step outside and enjoy the increasingly warm climate we live in, we should also consider how we decorate our lawns, company facilities, and commercial buildings. Using artificial plants is a trend that will continue to grow, and with products like our boxwood foliage it will stay for a long time.