Elevating Outdoor Spaces with Hardscapes

Published on: October 23, 2013

You know that the right trees, shrubbery and other plant life makes your property a more inviting and appealing place. What you may not realize is that there are a plethora of structural installations that can elevate your lawn into a true space for outdoor living.

Hardscapes are the integration of masonry, woodwork and other outdoor structures into your landscaping design. Arbors, stone pathways, wooden decks and gazebos are all examples of hardscape elements that can add an additional layer of interest and functionality to your lawn or garden. Artificial water features like fountains, koi ponds and streams are also hardscape elements, because they require barriers to retain water and sustain plant or aquatic animal life.

In addition to purely cosmetic projects like arbors and artificial waterfalls, hardscapes also provides functional assistance that will prevent soil erosion or damage from foot traffic. With the right hardscape elements in place, you won’t have to watch all of your hard landscaping work fall apart as soil erodes or is improperly drained. Protecting your landscaping design through installation of hardscape features can also help to sustain the overall design of your property, improving curb appeal and property value.

A licensed, experienced landscaping contractor can help you to develop a hardscape design that works with your property to increase outdoor livability and aesthetic appeal. They can also ensure that every project is executed properly from the outset, reducing the expense and time loss associated with do-it-yourself hardscape projects gone awry. Before you attempt to install your own waterfall or retaining wall, contact a landscaping professional with hardscape experience to ensure a perfect result.

Posted on behalf of Ann Kathryn Lohman, Birmingham Landscaping

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