How can hardscaping improve my landscape?
There are several benefits to having your land hardscaped. It is great to have a lush and verdant landscape with a lot of flowers, trees and shrubs. However, hardscaping adds a special something to your landscape that plants alone can’t.
1. Make your property interesting and intriguing
Hardscaping involves using hard materials to add an interesting dimension to your landscape. Materials such as rock, stone, and concrete would be used to add a relaxing element to your landscape while providing some depth.
Hardscaping is best when combined with the use of soft materials. There needs to be a certain balance between these materials to create just the right feeling. Too much hardscaping can actually alter the temperature of your property. Hard materials hold onto heat more readily. Your building will be effectively surrounded by overheated and dry air. Proper shade with trees or other tall elements can help to reduce this effect.
2. Little to no replacement or maintenance
The great thing about using hard materials to beautify your landscape is that you will very rarely have to replace these items, if at all. It would take an extreme amount of force to damage these items.
3. Good for landscapes with poor soil quality
If your land can’t maintain plants very well, then hardscaping your property can be the answer to your problems.
If you have soil that is too wet, adding hard materials to your landscape will help keep your soil dry. Water easily vaporizes from these areas and goes back into the air. Hardscaping can even help better the composition of the surrounding area’s soil.
Whatever you decide to do with your landscaping project, be sure to properly plan out:
- What materials you are going to use
- What materials will fare well with your property’s conditions
- Where you are going to use these materials
- How these materials will fit, look and feel together
Deciding between the balance of softscaping and hardscaping can be tricky. Your best bet is to leave the designing of your landscape to the professionals.