Understanding Hardscaping

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In the landscaping industry, the term Hardscaping is used in a variety of varied and general ways. Understanding hardscaping and how it relates to your lawn and land care gives a better perspective on these more challenging and involved projects. In general, hardscaping serves some purposes all related to tangible, object-based additions to your land that are hearty and heavier in nature. It can include anything from pottery to large water fountains or walkways and patios. Pavers and walkways make up the vast majority hardscaping work and are what is most associated with that type of work. Hardscape elements hold a certain power over the look and feel of your spaces and can add security, functionality, privacy, and an artistic focal point. Here we will discuss several important facets of hardscaping.


The most common hardscaping projects are walkways, patios, and paths. They are generally made from different types of stone blocks known as pavers. Laying stone is the fundamental core of hardscaping in general and offers some of the best opportunities for increasing property value and beauty.


Waterfalls, courtyards, and ponds are just a couple of the other hardscaping options available. As you begin to consider a new project your first goal should be finding a contractor that has experience and familiarity with design as well as a proven portfolio of work. Most professionals will agree there is no perfect ration of hard versus softscape and it mostly depends on the shape and size of your lawn. Smaller yards do well with the higher percentage of hardscaping. Larger properties benefit from character creating objects like fountains, benches, or courtyards. With design your looking to create a seamless line of visual transition from the outside to face of your home. Not all hardscaping has to be large in scope either. Birdbaths, potted plants, and small rock paths can add an extra dimension to your property.


Many of the projects you will undertake will involve choosing objects made of different materials. The three main materials to choose from are concrete, brick, and stone. Concrete is durable and can be molded to any shape or design. It has more lackluster color but high customization. Brick offers a more desired timeless feel and comes in several styles and designs. Brick tends to be more costly than concrete but more desired overall. Stone is a material used for more rustic and natural looking designs. It can be added in many areas to create a harmony of design. Slate, limestone, and flagstone are the most widely used stones.


When it comes to hardscaping and landscaping in general, risks of injury from heavy falling objects, powerful machinery, or heavy tools are a real possibility. Safety is critical when it comes to these projects. Make sure to work on the stable ground and take proper precautions whenever working with hard stones. Long-term care is an element that should be taken into consideration as well. Often you can only take on one of these projects at a time, and so you’ll want to make sure your spacing and plans allow for future projects.

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