Hardscaping may not be a term that you are unfamiliar with but it is simply the part of your landscaping that doesn’t include living plants. Hardscaping are your retaining walls, fences, walkways, outdoor kitchens and patios. It is what adds function to your property while still making it visually appealing. Hardscaping requires little or no maintenance and can last a lifetime. Making your property look beautiful with hardscaping can be as simple as adding a deck or it can include a ton of features like ponds, outdoor kitchens, retaining walls and gazebos. Let’s look at how hardscaping can improve your property.
Features You Can Add to Your Property
There are plenty of hardscaping features you can add to your property without it becoming overwhelming. A simple bench or a gazebo can be added to the landscaping where you can sit and enjoy the landscaping. You can add koi ponds or other water features that will give you a very relaxing place to escape from it all. There are features that are just as functional as they are decorative such as fences, retaining walls or walkways. Fences can offer you privacy and retaining walls can help to prevent soil erosion.
Advantages of Adding Hardscaping
Hardscaping elements can increase your property values, make your property look beautiful and you don’t need to give any of these features a second thought. There is no weeding, pruning or cutting you will ever have to worry about when it comes to hardscaping. Adding hardscaping is perfect for people who want a beautiful property but don’t have the time to garden. If you live in the southwest where rain is infrequent and watering lawns is restricted then you can incorporate hardscaping instead of plants.
Drainage and the Soil
Some hardscaping features aren’t just decorative they will affect things like the soil and drainage that happens on your property. If you want to add lots of hardscaping features you do need to think about the impact on the water content on your lawn. You may need to add a sprinkler to make sure that the flowers, grass and other plants get enough water.
On the flip side you also want to make sure that whatever feature you add doesn’t stop the water from draining on your property. The water needs to flow away from your house and not towards it. You need to make sure that the hardscaping feature works with your house and your plants. Work with a landscaping company, they can look over the property and suggest what features will work with the natural features of your property without causing issues.
Ideally your hardscaping should be both functional and decorative. You can create some amazing features on your property and at the same time dramatically increase your home’s value. Sit down with a landscape designer and go over your property, its natural features and what you can do with it. Talk about the additions you want to incorporate and how you can make it all happen.