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.

Walkways

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Should I Consider Using Permeable Paving?

With growing environmental concerns worldwide rising in conjunction with fewer green spaces, increased hardscapes, and lower water tables, the effective management of regional, local and individual water drainage has become a major focus. So much so, that, many city municipalities are beginning to incorporate green or environmentally friendly site plans to ensure the preservation and growth promotion of natural local ecosystems when considering future city development strategies. After observing the use of permeable paving materials, some municipalities are enacting new regulations to ensure that it remains a viable alternative for handling storm water.

Since part of the water table problem has been attributed to less soil and more hardscaping (i.e. paving), the search has been on for more eco-friendly hardscaping materials. Permeable paving uses a range of sustainable materials that actually allow water to move through the surface, reducing runoff and acting as a filter in trapping pollutants. Although these pervious materials look like their nonporous counterparts (concrete, brick, asphalt, etc.), they are much more environmentally friendly by helping to control storm water runoff and improve water quality.  They can also help with grass reinforcement and ground stabilization. Permeable paving materials can be used in the development of roads, walking paths, driveways, residential sidewalks, road shoulders and parking lots.

Installation of permeable paving is not more difficult than installing the nonporous materials.  However, there are different specifications and procedures to adhere to. Different permeable paving materials present certain advantages and disadvantages for specific projects. Your local landscaping professional will know just which materials would be best suited for your unique landscaping project. To invest in pervious landscaping materials for your project, is to invest in the health and vitality of your own ecosystem!