Hardscaping Basics: Why You Might Want It

There are a variety of ways to make a yard low maintenance with curb appeal while still being accommodating to friends and family. Finding the right balance for you landscape goes beyond adding plants and having a lush lawn. Consider hardscaping your yard for a long-lasting outdoor space and use diverse materials to get it done.

Why Hardscaping?

Although a hardscape is different from a landscape, it has as many or more benefits. With a landscape, you must maintain a lawn and garden beds. With a hardscape, once it is constructed there is very little you’ll have to do. Benefits include:

  • Minimal maintenance
  • Durability
  • Ergonomic aspects
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Curb appeal
  • Natural ambiance

Hardscaping not only allows you to install more convenient items outside–say an outdoor kitchen or screen room–but its appearance can create an inviting and peaceful space. Usually crafted with stone materials, hardscapes have natural tones and colors that appeal to the aesthetic senses. And their durable nature means you can play hard without worrying about damage.

 

What You Need

To craft your hardscape, one of the best materials to use is natural stone. This versatile material is useful for anything from outdoor kitchens to fireplaces to seating areas. While some homeowners try to install minor hardscaping projects themselves, it is important to have the correct knowledge and skills to get the job done right. Creating a level area can be one of the most time consuming and difficult parts of the process.  Experience with mortar, sealants and stone will help your hardscape construction stay perfectly intact for years to come. If you are incorporating a retaining wall into your hardscape, make sure you are following township ordinances so that your design is an asset to the re-sale of your home.

 

If you think a hardscape may be just what you’re looking for, contact us. Our team has the knowledge and expertise to create the hardscape you’ve always wanted to make your landscape stand apart.