What is Hardscaping?

Published on: January 1, 2013

“Landscaping” is a term known to most homeowners, even if they’re not quite sure how to go about executing the concept on their own. When you think of landscaping, you probably envision a lush lawn with beautiful pathways and plenty of plant life. Hardscaping encompasses everything in that vision that isn’t a living thing. Fencing, patios, walkways and retaining walls are all hardscapes that a professional landscaper can install in your garden or lawn, but those aspects of the project are referred to as “hardscaping.”

Decks and Patios

A qualified and competent landscaping professional can help you design around existing patios and decks to bring out the beauty of your lawn, or even to conceptualize placement for decking and patios that don’t yet exist. Your landscaping contractor may not handle the actual building of these structures, but can usually arrange for it to be done through a subcontractor.

Walkways and Paths

If your dream garden features flagstone walkways or inlaid brick paths, these hardscaping features are among those that a professional landscaper will provide. Because paths and walkways typically feature heavily in the overall design of your lawn as a whole, he or she will also work with you to determine how you’d like those features to be integrated.

Water Features and Fences

Lily ponds, koi ponds and even fountains can be focal points of your landscaping design, which is why your landscaping contractor will integrate these hardscaping features if you so choose. Fencing and retaining walls can also be worked into a landscaping design by a professional, streamlining the process of creating an awe-inspiring lawn dramatically. Contacting a local landscaper for a consultation will help you determine what your hardscaping options are, and how they can be most effectively executed.

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