What is hardscape landscaping?
Hardscape consists of the non-living elements of landscaping and landscape design, such as a brick patio, a stone wall, or a wood arbor. It is one of the two major subcategories of the landscaping business, the other being “softscape.” Common hardscape materials include concrete, brick, stone, wood, and metal.
At All Seasons Outdoor Solutions we specialize in all manner of hardscape landscaping services solutions including, but not limited to:
- Retaining walls
Why would you need hardscape landscaping?
Although vegetation is certainly important, and it is often what people think of regarding landscaping, it’s just one element of landscaping. The other element is known as hardscaping, also called hard landscaping. As opposed to the plant life in a yard, which is called softscaping, hardscaping has to do with all the non-plant design elements of a yard. In other words, all the paved walkways, walls, patios, fences, lawn ornaments and rocks constitute your lawn’s hardscape. Think of hardscaping as the foundation of a yard’s landscaping. It is the rock upon which you design all else. Plants come and go. Natural elements have a natural life. Not so with hardscaping. You should plan your hardscaping carefully and implement it before starting to softscape.
Hardscaping incorporates several design elements to enhance the appearance of your yard. It provides fluidity from your home’s interior to the yard, and from your yard to the surrounding landscape. The solidity and permanence of hardscape also offers a distinct contrast to the soft and transient vegetation. Hardscape in a backyard can create a beautiful resort atmosphere.