Choosing Hardscapes for Your Landscape Design

Hardscapes are any landscaping features that involve ground moving or materials to build. These are usually permanent structures that add beauty, function and focal points to your yard. If you yard seems bare and boring, adding hardscapes can improve the style and add interesting elements. Here are some hardscapes to consider for enhancing your landscape design.

Natural Stone Patio

Patios can be more than functional. Add beauty and elegance to your backyard with a natural stone patio. Flagstone is an excellent choice for paving outdoor spaces, with many colors and shapes to create a unique entertaining area.

Retaining Walls

Another functional and aesthetic enhancement for your yard is a retaining wall. Retaining walls can add support to slopes and hillsides to stop erosion; they can also be a gorgeous addition to your yard. Retaining walls can also be used to create sunken patios or a sitting wall, made with pavers or natural stone.

Fire Pits or Fireplaces

A beautiful outdoor fire feature can be a great focal point for your backyard space. Imagine a stunning stone fireplace on your patio or a fire pit for late night s’mores with the family. Fire features are enjoyable, offering light and warmth, but can be designed with style for aesthetics.


Create an inviting walkway to your front door or a pathway to your gardens. Flagstone and other natural stones are perfect for walkways that add elegance and function to your landscape design.

Give your landscape design an upgrade by adding hardscapes to your yard. Contact a local landscaper that offers hardscape installations to discuss the different options for improving your landscape design at your home.

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Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Enhance Your Home’s Entrance with Stone Pillars

If you want to create an elegant entrance for your home, stone pillars can be an excellent choice. Natural stone or brick pillars are a classic adornment for any gate or entrance, whether it is to your yard or driveway. Here are some ideas on how to use stone pillars to enhance the front of your home, adding value and beauty.

Solid Brick Pillars

Brick has a classic appeal. Solid brick pillars are a gorgeous and sturdy option to adorn your entrances. You can expect these pillars to last for decades and give your home improved curb appeal. You can add house numbers, initials and other placards for a personalized look.

Stone Paver Pillars

Pavers are another option for building stunning pillars for your driveway entrance or as bookends for your yard gate. Pavers come in many varieties, from man-made concrete pavers to natural stone options. Rustic pillars can be made from river rock or fieldstone, or use pavers made from flagstone, travertine or marble. There are unlimited options to match your style and desired appearance.

Faux Natural Stone

Solid stone pillars can be expensive to build. Another option is pillars that have a faux stone covering. This can create the style you desire for a much smaller price tag. There are pre-made column options, or wooden pillars can be built and covered with stone veneer.

If you love the idea of adding stone pillars to your front entrance, consult a hardscape expert. Many quality landscapers offer hardscape services, including building stone pillars to enhance your entrance. These gorgeous additions can create a unique look for your home, welcoming your guests in style.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Creating a Backyard Entertaining Area

Does your idea of a perfect summer weekend include inviting friends and family over for a backyard BBQ or party? If you love entertaining outdoors, you need the right elements in your backyard to make your guests comfortable. You need more than some patio furniture and a grill to make the ultimate backyard entertainment space. Consider adding some of these hardscapes to create a fantastic outdoor entertaining area right at home.

Large Patio

Even if you have a patio, make sure it is big enough to accommodate all your guests. You want your patio to be large enough to comfortably fit tables, chairs, grills and possibly a fire pit. Stone pavers are easy to maintain and look beautiful, a great choice for building an expansive patio. You can extend your existing patio by adding a sunken retaining wall patio with built in seating, a unique and stunning addition to any outdoor space.

Fire Pit or Outdoor Fireplace

Summer day backyard parties often go into the night. Add warmth and a flickering glow to your backyard with a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Everyone loves sitting around the fire under the stars, adding a special element to your outdoor entertaining area.

Outdoor Kitchens

Upgrade your backyard cooking equipment by adding an outdoor kitchen. A gas or charcoal grill is fine, but often you end up running in and out of the house while you are preparing your meal. Spend time with your guests with an outdoor kitchen that has all the tools you need right on your patio.

Make your backyard the place to be this summer with a makeover of your outdoor entertaining space. Contact your local hardscape landscaper to start designing your new patio and other hardscape elements to create the best backyard on your block.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Warm Up Your Outdoor Winter Space

Does your patio become desolate during the winter? Spring, summer and fall can find your backyard and patio filled with friends and family, but in winter, everyone stays indoors. If you live in an area with mild winters, you can make your outdoor living space open for all seasons. Add a new fireplace to warm up your outdoor area for year-round enjoyment.

Full Fireplace

One of the popular trends for patios is a full fireplace, similar to what you would have in a living room. A flagstone or fieldstone fireplace can create a gorgeous addition to your outdoor space while providing a cozy area to enjoy during the cooler months. You can have a one-sided or two-sided fireplace, depending on where it is located and the size of your patio. A full fireplace tends to become a focal feature and you are bound to receive many compliments on your new patio addition.

Fire Pits

Want a smaller-sized fire feature? Fire pits are easier to fit on smaller patios and can be installed almost anywhere. They are cozy for gathering a few friends around on a cool night or even on a crisp winter day. A fire pit can be rustic with a “camp-like” quality with natural stone or you can have your designer create a more modern or contemporary design with cement or metal. Either option give you a warm place to huddle around while adding flickering light to your patio area.

Don’t spend another winter ignoring your patio and hiding indoors. Talk to your local hardscape landscaper to discuss the options for adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor winter space.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Benefits of Adding a Patio Wall

You may think that your outdoor space or patio is perfect without walls, but a patio wall can be a beautiful and functional addition. While you do not want to take away from the beauty of being outdoors, strategically placed patio walls can make your patio more enjoyable. Here are some ways adding a patio wall can be advantageous to your outdoor living space.

Wind Breaks

Have you ever had your outdoor furniture blow over or an umbrella become airborne? Even on a warm day, swift breezes can be annoying. If you have winds that usually come from one direction, consider a wind break with the addition of a patio wall. They can also offer shade in the late afternoon when your patio can become too warm in the sun.

Sitting Patio Wall

Not all patio walls need to be tall. A partial patio wall can create a border for your patio and you can add more seating. A sitting patio wall has bench seating, creating permanent furniture for your patio. Even when you have put away your outdoor furniture for the season, you still have functional seating outside for your patio.

Beautiful Hardscapes

One of the most beautiful materials for any patio wall is natural stone. Regardless of function, a patio wall made from natural stone can add an element of elegance to your outdoor living space, while creating value for your home. Both mortared stone and stone veneer can add beauty for your new patio wall.

Looking for ideas for adding a patio wall? Talk to your local landscaper that offers hardscaping options with stone or pavers. They can show you ways to incorporate a patio wall into your outdoor living space to improve the function and aesthetics of your patio.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Benefits of Wood Decks

Are you planning to update your backyard to include an outdoor living space? If you don’t have a patio or it is too small, upgrading to a larger space can give you more room to entertain and relax outside of your home. While a patio is pleasant, there are advantages to opting to go with a wood deck instead. Here are some of the benefits of a deck if you are planning to update your outdoor living space.

  • Rise above. While patios are installed in the soil, decks are raised and above the dirt. This has many benefits, including less mud and dirt to clean off the surface and less debris tracked into your home. This is something to consider if you have pets or kids that run in and out of the house into the backyard.
  • Multiple levels. Decks can be one level or multiple levels, it all depends on what you prefer and the design of your home and property. You can have a viewing deck off your upstairs bedroom, a deck for entertaining and even connect the two if you prefer.
  • Beauty. Wood decks are beautiful and have so many design options. You can build seating into your deck, planters and many other options. Higher level decks can offer a better view than a patio, a great way to enjoy a sunset, or sunrise, depending on where it is located.

Before you decide whether a deck or patio is best for your outdoor living space, talk to your local landscape contractor that offers both options. Depending on your home, lifestyle and property, a wood deck may be the best fit for your needs.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Backyard Ambiance: Fire Pit Trends for 2018

Are you looking forward to late nights on your back patio for the spring, summer and fall of 2018? If you have been considering adding a fire pit for light and warmth on your patio, there are some beautiful options in design for your project. Here are some of the popular trends in fire pits to consider for your back patio in 2018.

River Stone Round

Want to create a campfire feel for your backyard? Making a round fire pit with river stones is a classic option for adding a flame to your patio. This is perfect for kids and adults to gather round the fire to roast marshmallows, hot dogs or just to enjoy an evening under the stars. Have the joy of camping every night, without needing to leave your home.

Stylish Flagstone or Field Stone Fireplace

Another natural option is a full fireplace the end or side of your patio. A full stone fireplace adds exceptional style to your outdoor living space, while giving you light and heat for those darker, colder nights outside.

Contemporary Design

For a sleek, more modern design, consider a concrete fire pit with straight edges and a smooth surface. Add a shaped or patterned grate that has an artistic flare to create a centerpiece for your modern or contemporary patio design.

Brick is Back

Brick is always a classic option and is appearing more often again in landscape hardscapes, including fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.

Whatever your style, there is a fire pit that can match your outdoor living space. Talk to your hardscape landscaper to discuss the options available to add your new fire pit in 2018.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Paving a Beautiful Pathway to Your Home

Make the path to your front or back door functional and beautiful with a customized hardscape walkway. Forget about boring concrete sidewalks and make the pathways in your front and back yards a stylized paved invitation to your home. Natural stone and pavers are a gorgeous way to make a safe, easy walkway for your family and guests that add an element of classic style to your home.

Entrance Pathways

For your front yard, consider an entrance pathway that adds curb appeal while providing a smooth, safe walking path to your front door or porch. Pavers or natural stone can be both functional and stylish for your front walkway. These paved paths keep visitors off your lawn and create a beautiful introduction to your home.

Stone Staircases

If you have an entrance that goes up or down a slope or hill, you can create a staircase made of stone as an easy way to traverse the incline while adding a stunning showpiece to your yard. Flagstone can make exceptional stair treads that look sensational, yet have a functional purpose for safety and ease of movement around your property.

Garden Paths

Stone pavers or brick can create a lovely path through your yard or property, leading to a koi pond, spa, outbuilding or garden. Keep foot traffic on a designed path that protects your lawn and adds an interesting element to your landscape design.

Your local landscaper that offers hardscape installation can help you add beautiful pathways to various areas of your property. Choose from formed pavers, brick or natural stone to create the look and style you desire, adding value, aesthetic appeal and function to your outdoor spaces around your home.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Landscaping Lingo: Softscaping and Hardscaping

When you hire a landscaper, you may hear terms like softscaping and hardscaping options for your yard. Quality landscapers offer both options and blend them into your landscape design. But you need to know what they are referring to when they discuss improving your outdoor space. Here is the basics on softscaping and hardscaping. 


The live components in landscaping are referred to softscapes. Your flowers, shrubs, trees, your lawn – all that is part of the softscaping of your yard. Sculpting these plants into a beautiful design is an important part of landscaping. It takes a green thumb and an understanding of the different plants to put together a working softscape. But softscaping are not the only parts of creating a beautiful yard.


The constructed elements of your yard are the hardscapes. Your stone patio, the retaining walls, fire pits and water features are all hardscapes. These are the functional parts of your outdoor living space which require expertise to create and build. Working with stone, pavers, mortar, cement and other elements to create convenient structures are all part of hardscaping and landscape design.

Combining softscapes and hardscapes is what creates a balanced landscape design for your home. The living, natural plants add the soft beauty to the yard, while the constructed pieces create a useful outdoor living space. Focal points and furniture, all blended with function and nature for a private oasis at your home. It is what makes landscaping an art form.

If you are planning to hire a landscaper, you want a professional that offers both hardscaping and softscaping services. Both are important to create a lovely outdoor space at your home.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Hardscapes: DIY or Hire a Professional?

In landscape design, hardscapes can include most features that are not organic. While your lawn, flowers, trees and other landscape elements are all organic plant life, other aspects such as retaining walls, patios, waterfalls and other features often fall under the hardscape category. Many homeowners enjoy a DIY challenge, helping them save money while giving them a sense of accomplishment when the job is finished. But when it comes to hardscapes, when should you leave the task to the professionals?

Many hardscapes are fairly simple structures, making them seem like an easy project for the DIY homeowner. However, even those that only require a few elements like stone, pavers, a shovel and effort can turn out to be much more complicated than they initially seem. Here are a few hardscapes that may be best left to a professional landscaper:

  • Retaining walls. Many retaining walls can be created without mortar; just stones, brick or pavers are needed, along with some serious elbow grease. But keep in mind that if you are using a retaining wall for erosion control, you need to build them to exact specifications.
  • Koi ponds. Easy enough, right? Buy a DIY kit, dig a hole, install a liner and fill it up with water – or at least that is what you may think. Koi ponds are one of the most common DIY hardscape projects that go wrong.
  • Creating a beautiful waterfall in your backyard is more difficult than it looks. Don’t waste time and money trying to do this one yourself. Spend the little extra money to have it done right the first time.

When it comes to hardscapes in landscape design, those that involve earth-moving, water or exact proportions will be best accomplished by a landscaper offering hardscape design. Save yourself frustration, time and even money by hiring a professional.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510