The Importance of Hardscaping

August 21, 2014

The Importance of Hardscaping

Most homeowners invest their money just to have a well designed garden.

A garden is sometimes a source of appreciation once you see on how beautiful it looks. Whatever type of garden you wish to have in your home, make sure not to ignore the importance of hardscaping elements. A beautifully landscaped lawn will never be complete if its soft elements are not completed by hardscape.

In contrast to softscaping which involves trees, shrubs, soil, grass, and other light materials, hardscaping refers to the paved areas that make up the rest of your landscape.

Various materials can be used for hardscaping including natural stone, concrete, brick, and so on. To be more specific, the most common forms of hardscaping are patios, driveways, paths, areas to surround your pool. Hardscaping can also be used for decorative purposes. In some cases, hardscape is also used to refer to some outdoor structures like retaining walls, but mostly the term still refers to paved spaces for the most part.

While softscaping gives your garden soul and character, hardscaping gives it a certain edge and depth. All amazing residential landscapes combine softscaping and hardscaping tricks to create a unified look. Without a nice hardscape, your garden will seem somehow incomplete.

Don’t think that the benefits of hardscaping are purely aesthetic.

Paths also protect your lawn from too much foot traffic and retaining walls are important hardscaping structure for sloped areas. Another great benefit of hardscaping is that it allows more room for creative landscaping. Since paved areas can support structures that will only cause erosion on bare soil.

Just like landscaping, hardscape design also entails hard work and can take up a lot of time.

Allen Outdoor Solutions, is one of the trusted names in landscaping in St. Louis and the surrounding counties. We cater to clients who wish to add an extra look to their landscaped area through hardscaping. Call us today to get more info!