Hardscaping Your Landscape

Published on: June 7, 2013

People often think about plants and gardens when it comes to landscaping. Yet, landscaping usually involves hardscaping comprised largely of non-living elements such as stone, concrete, brick, and wood. Hardscaping can add variety and beauty to your landscape. Popular hardscaping additions for your property include:

  • Outdoor lighting
  • Patios and decks
  • Stone Walls (Retaining Walls)
  • Walkways

Outdoor Lighting

Lighting is an excellent hardscaping addition for your outdoors. It can take your homes appearance to a higher level via illumination. Also, outdoor lighting makes some people feel safe at night by illuminating dark areas while at the same time displaying your home’s unique landscape design.

Patios and Decks

Patios and decks are an excellent hardscaping addition that provides a smooth transition from your indoors to your outdoor’s space. Essentially, a patio is made of concrete, stones, and tiles. On the other hand, decks are almost entirely comprised of wood. Regardless, adding a patio or deck is an excellent way to entertain outdoors.

Stone Walls (Retaining Walls)

Stone walls can add an element of masonry to your home’s landscape. In addition to its design appeal, stone walls can act as barriers and alsoand retaining walls to prevent erosion.


Well-designed walkways are excellent. They allow you to guide guests and visitors through your landscape without grass or other gardening elements being damaged. And, like sidewalks, walkways provide a path to the entrance of your home, patio, or garden. Unlike sidewalks that are concrete, walkways can be made of brick or stone for a flexible and more attractive design.

Your inclusion of hardscaping features as discussed above, allows you to add  your own personality or flavor to your landscape. The result can be an exciting landscape that also provides suitable space, functionality, and aesthetics to your outdoor’s space.

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