What is Hardscaping?
Hardscaping is what used to describe the non-living things seen in the garden. Oftentimes, this includes the walkways, benches, paving and patios as well as sculptures and birdbaths. By integrating hardscape design to your lawn, you won’t just add aesthetic value to your property but monetary value at the same time.
In photography and graphic design as well, the element that is able to grab people’s attention is one of the major principle followed by professionals. As a matter of fact, this same principle is applicable to landscaping as well as hardscaping since careful planning and consideration is required in an effort to maintain balance across the lawn. Adding blooms and foliage to your garden can go a long way but, putting too many plants may make the yard to look more of a rainforest rather than a garden.
Well actually, you can avoid this and strike a balance on your garden by adding other elements, texture and contrast as well. For the purpose of hardscaping on the other hand, you might consider adding big rocks and sculptures.
If you wish to add dimension and depth to your garden, it is possible by retaining or adding walls to it. You can also replace the back part of the garden by making use of 2 short walls and then, add plants for each level. Through this, it allows you to maintain a theme and put together the same plants in different locations without having to worry that it will make the garden to look dull and uniform. Curved walls on the other hand add a sense of motion by means of adding either a terrace or wall.
Another purpose why you should retain the walls in your garden is for hiding unappealing gray porch or even foundation. They can serve as protection for flowers that you’ve planted in the garden, pets running around or children playing. If you are worried that water will seep through the foundation of your house from time to time and be the cause of compromising its structural integrity, then you may consider raising the soil’s surface.
Paving is another important aspect in hardscaping. This landscaping element doesn’t just serve the purpose of being a beautiful walkway but also, it protects the plants from being stepped on.
There are literally countless of materials that you can use for paving and with various styles and designs that range from different variants, you can be certain that there is one that meets your individual preferences or the theme of your garden. Keep in mind however that building a pavement may open up other issues such as additional weeding and mowing.