Most people are familiar with what we call “landscaping.” But “hardscaping” is the part of overall landscaping that doesn’t involve plants and foliage.
Hardscaping involves the “hard” parts of your landscape design:
- Pavements and other walkways
- Retaining/sleeper walls
- Gravel paths
- Patios (tile, brick, concrete, wood)
- Fire pits
Adding a patio, sidewalk, driveway, retaining wall or other embellishments can help you enjoy your entire property, inside and out. Other elements like sidewalks and well-designed “flooring” offer walkways that don’t disturb your lawn, flower beds or other green areas.
If your house is on an incline, installing a retaining wall can help guard against the runoff that contributes to erosion. Don’t like retaining walls? A waterfall can also help guide the water away while reducing soil loss and accentuate your landscape.
Designing Your Home’s Hardscapes
It doesn’t have to be difficult, but plan your hardscaping before you start on the plants, shrubs, garden and other plant life.
While hardscaping is primarily about the look of your home’s exterior, it’s also about turning your outdoor area into a functional part of the property. How do you plan to use your outdoor area? Want to entertain in your patio area, or just sit outside and enjoy the view? These are questions you’ll need to consider when you’re creating your ideal design. Other elements like a fire pit and an outdoor kitchen will need to be added in during the design phase.
The size of your property also dictates how much you can install. Rather than have an outdoor area that looks like you have too many things, hardscaping should blend into the area to create an aesthetically pleasing view. A fountain (or other water piece) or a gazebo makes an elegant focal point, contingent on the size of your yard. Whatever you choose to add should complement your space but not overpower it.
Just as your color scheme should blend in with the house’s coloring, the hardscaping style should do the same. If you use a design that’s very different from the house design, it will look stark and out of place.
DIY, Or Call A Professional?
If you’re handy DIY person, you may want to work on your hardscape design it yourself—until you see what kind of tools and equipment you’ll need. You may be thinking about calling a professional to do your hardscaping instead of buying equipment you’ll use once or twice. Fortunately, Home Depot will rent you many of the tools you’ll need. (Lowe’s also does tool rental, but only in some of their stores.) You could do some of the work yourself, and hire a professional for the rest of the heavier work.
There is no one right way to design your landscape. Depending on the size of your outdoor area, there are a number of ways to add hardscape to your property’s outdoor area to create a comfortable, enjoyable space.
Ready To Start Enjoying Your New Outdoors?
Call Southern Wind Landscaping at (641) 223-1477, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our contact page to get in touch. Whether you know exactly what you want, just have an idea or just want something better, we’re happy to help in whatever stage you’re in.