What is the difference between hardscape and landscape?
When creating and designing your landscape, your landscaper may use the terms “hardscape” and “landscape”. But what do those terms mean? Knowing the difference between the two can help you understand and envision your landscaper’s ideas, and could even help and encourage you to create a design of your own. It will also help you know and understand how to properly care for your new space once it’s completed.
Why does my yard need hardscaping?
Hardscaping your yard is about more than just aesthetics. It serves a purpose and is extremely important to the overall function of your outdoor space. When planning and choosing your hardscaping materials, layout and design, it is important to consider how they will impact the efficiency, flow, and look of your landscaping. Retaining walls and stone stairs or paths can assist in leveling off sloping or uneven land. They can also help improve drainage and minimize runoff in areas that may get flooded with water faster. By absorbing heat from the sun, materials like stone, rock, and concrete can help dry the soil around it. This can prevent standing water, over-watering, algae and mildew, and unwanted pests. Fences and gates provide privacy and protection for your home. They define your property line and section off various areas of your yard that you may want to use for other purposes.
When designed and implemented correctly hardscaping also provides fluidity from the inside of your home to the outside. Building an outdoor kitchen, deck or patio creates and provides outdoor amenities that rival those of your indoor space. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit drastically extends the use of your outdoor space well into the colder months. Having a usable living space outdoors helps encourage you and your family to spend more time outside and gives you a great place to entertain and host guests.