What Is Hardscaping and Why Do You Need It?

Hardscaping and landscaping are two terms that we hear a lot. Sometimes they are interchanged as though they are the same thing. The reality is that while both are used in conjunction with each other, they are different.  Every yard has hardscaping and landscaping. So, what is the difference? Keep reading as we go over what hardscaping is and we will also explain why it is important.

What is the Difference between Hardscaping and Landscaping?

An easy way to distinguish between hardscaping and landscaping it consider which of the two are alive. Landscaping is a living set of features. Hardscaping is not alive. Sidewalks, patios, brick fireplaces, the decking around pools are examples of hardscaping. Plants, lawns, trees, and shrubs are examples of landscaping. Both work together to connect the various aspects of your outdoor living area.

Why Do You Need Hardscape?

You may not need hardscape, but it is one of the strongest ways to connect all the elements of your landscape together. Consider a beautiful winding walkway that leads from the driveway to your front door. Along it you’ve planted a small hedge or groups of beautifully blooming flowers.

Consider a natural stone patio that spills off from your back porch. You’ve added comfortable chairs with soft cushions where you can sink down and relax after work. It is a place where you and your friends sit and visit, where you and your spouse sit and connect over the day’s events. It is a place where you spend time reading to your children, watching them play, or teaching about nature.

Hardscape is the physical connection between your beautiful yard and your outdoor living experience.

What Kinds of Hardscape Are There?

Hardscaping is only limited by your imagination. Samples include:

  • Pathways made from stone, cements, brickwork, etc.
  • Patios made from natural stone, such as slate, cement, or brick.
  • Walls and retaining walls that define, hold, and secure, the shape of the land.
  • Arches made of stone, entry ways, that are grand, and gated structures that are made of brick, cement, or stone.
  • Pillars both grand and small – that hold lighting or welcome your guests. Rich materials are available including marble, granite, or humble materials such as brick.

When you employ quality landscape design, you learn more about the options of using hardscape to create lines and emphasis. Hardscaping makes it possible to draw out the positive features of your yard and hide others.

What is your hardscaping doing for your landscape, the quality of your outdoor living, and curb appeal of your home? If you want to learn more about how to use hardscaping to enhance your yard, give us a call. Our exceptionally experienced team can help you with all types of building projects, including hardscaping.  Perhaps we can help blend your outdoor space with your indoor space and great an entertainers dream. Give us a call today to see how we can help.