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Landscaping Trends

Blog by WCI Ottawa | February 17th, 2017

Spring is just around the corner. I can tell because late winter and early spring is when all the landscape product suppliers have their new product launch events. When sitting in at one such event this week something occurred to me--this industry has really evolved over the past fifteen to twenty years!

Twenty years ago, if you were thinking about transforming the exterior of your home with concrete products, there really wasn't that much available. There were the large, boring, industrial looking slabs for patios and walkways. If you were considering a project using interlocking stone your choices were extremely limited--and boring. To say that the availability of segmental retaining wall products was anemic would be an understatement.

The past two decades has seen a swift and steady rise in precast concrete product sales and producers have been quick to react to the increased demand. Competition has fueled creativity and innovation resulting in an ever-increasing breadth and depth of available products. You can now choose from dozens of different slabs in a variety of colours and styles. Pavers and walls as well are available in a myriad of shapes, textures, and colours. New products have been introduced that mimic nature as well with wood grain pavers, concrete steps that match the look and feel of stone, and slabs to imitate natural stepping stones. 

The days of industrial looking concrete slabs and simple parquet or herringbone rectangular pavers are long gone. From casual and rustic to modern and contemporary, chances are if you're considering precast concrete for your next outdoor project there's a product that's just perfectly suited to your unique taste and style.

Here's a list of links to some of the main suppliers in our market.

If you're considering a project this year, consider requesting a conslultation with a certified landscape designer. A lot goes into a successful project. A qualified designer will not only help you find the right product for your home, but will help you maximize your space and create a finished product that's aesthetically pleasing and blends will with your home and surroundings.