Spring has arrived and more and more people are enjoying the sun and spending more time in their backyards. There are barbecues and parties planned. The season of family fun and friendly gatherings has just begun.
This is a good time to make sure your outdoor space is as beautiful and efficient as you want it to be. In this article, you'll learn more about hardscape landscaping and how it can improve the efficiency and aesthetics of your outdoor space.
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What is hardscape? And how can it improve your garden?
Two very valid questions. Hardscape or "hardscaping" is a subset of landscape design. Rather than referring to the growing aspect of a garden, hardscape refers to the dead elements of landscape design. These elements can be decks and terraces; fences and walls; pavers and concrete;
Even the pool or spa is part of the Hardscape. This is partly due to the nature of the materials used to construct these elements. But that's also because soil preparation is essential for good drainage. Stone walls, paved paths, tiled paths, wooden decks, and terraces are considered part of the architectural landscape.
In fact, all elements used in landscaping that are not part of the soft landscape (such as plants, trees, and flowers) can be considered hardscape elements. According to this definition, garden decorations such as fountains are also considered hardscapes.
Hardscape Improves Maintenance and Aesthetics
Simply adding a tiled path to your home's garden can create a completely different look and feel for your overall landscape. In some cases, adding a hardscape to your yard can actually reduce the maintenance of your yard. For example, add a beautiful paving stone patio and you have increased your outdoor living space while decreasing energy spent on lawn care.