Why Best Type Hardscape Materials Matter in Landscaping
First, a brief overview of foundational concepts.
What’s the difference between hardscape and softscape landscapes?
Hardscape or hardscaping refers to all non-living elements of a landscape. That is, non-living elements that lend focal points and practical pieces to your property.
Think pavers, flagstone. Plus, other stone, brick and concrete materials. Also, metal, wood, tile and loose stones or gravel. Walkways, driveways, retaining walls and fences. Additionally, patios, arbors, pergolas and gazebos. Furthermore, a fire pit or an outdoor kitchen. A fountain, a pool. They can all be part of your overall landscape design.
Note: while water elements are often grouped with hardscaping, they’re in a class of their own—waterscapes and waterscaping.
Softscape or softscaping refers to all living elements of landscaping. Living elements, which focus on color and beauty. Think gardens, perennials, annuals and trees. Also, soil, flowers, grass, shrubs, vines, groundcover plants—plus plants of many kinds.
Note: because softscape materials need water, irrigation is often grouped with softscaping. But it’s also in a class of its own.
Also note, well-balanced blends of softscape and hardscape materials are key to an eye-catching landscape design.
Now, let’s uproot why best type hardscape materials matter when it comes to using pavers, flagstone and concrete in landscaping.
Best Type Hardscape Materials For Your Landscape
Probably the two most-asked hardscape material questions.
- Should I choose pavers or flagstone?
- Or should I bypass both and pour concrete?
First question, formal pavers or more natural flagstones.
Answer: of course, the choice is yours. But consider the costs. Pavers are much more expensive than flagstone. It’s easier to set and move flagstone. While pavers require a considerable amount more prep work. And they’re heavier than flagstone.
However, pavers lend more of a finished, patio look and feel. They require less maintenance than flagstone. And they support more weight. Finally, pavers add more value to your property. And flagstone can cause tripping, until the edges are worn down over time, from foot traffic and other elements.
Second question, concerning concrete.
The initial investment for poured concrete is lower than pavers or flagstone. But when wear, tear and stains appear over time, poured concrete requires a complete replacement. Pavers and flagstones can be replaced individually. Thus, you’ll spend more money in the long run on poured concrete.
Concrete pavers are a great alternative to poured concrete. If concrete is your choice material. They can be treated to weather varying elements (water, heat, freezing temperatures). And they’re generally stronger than poured concrete.
Lawn & Landscape cites pavers, brick plus cultured and natural stones as the foundation for bringing function and beauty to any outdoor living area. Because there are so many options, landscape architects should consider the purpose of the hardscape space.
Here at Mike’s Evergreen, we couldn’t agree more!
We’ll take the time to find out how you’re going to use your outdoor space. Then, we’ll create intricate designs or something more simplistic to suit your taste. The choice is yours.
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- Xeriscapes - Drought Resistant
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Custom-designed, outdoor living areas allow you to have a beautiful and functional living space. So you can entertain family and friends. And enjoy the space!
Curb appeal. It can mean the difference between a home that sells quickly, for the asking price. And a home that sells after months of sitting on the market, for below the asking price.
Brighten up your landscape with a custom colored or stamped designed concrete path, driveway or patio.
Landscape retaining walls are utilized to increase usable space, provide additional elevations, seating, and planting areas.
Take your entertaining to the next level with the ideal outdoor setting for you and your guests.
Typically installed as an alternative to concrete, pavers and flagstone come in many shapes, sizes and patterns.
Fire Pits and Fireplaces are both structures that provide a visual focal point while giving off warmth and light.
Providing shade and sun protection for your outdoor space makes the area more enjoyable for yourself, friends, family, and guests.
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Landscape lighting will add to your home’s enjoyment. Lighting your landscape creates focal points for your yard, terrace, patio, pool and garden. Highlight trees, flowers beds, paths, walkways and planting beds with spotlights.
Is your idea of a drought-tolerant landscape rocks and cactus? Think again!
We can design your yard with a drought tolerant or xeriscape landscape. We can create an entertainment area with hardscape and colorful pots with plants/flowers supplied with drip irrigation. You could have a serene area with a fountain that re-circulates the water. We pick plants that are adapted to our climate and can thrive with little to no water and low maintenance. Even with our current drought, you don’t have to stop using your front or back yard.
Our goal is to not only design and build your sprinkler system but to make the most of your landscapes potential. In order for any sprinkler system to work properly, it must be designed correctly.
Rain sustains your landscape, but it can also puddle in your yard and on your pavement. When standing water occurs, many problems can arise.
Most people are not be completely sure what a drip irrigation system is. The system uses a series of drip emitters that are placed right by the root zone of the plants.
In our climate, especially in the summer, a misting system or mist-scape is an absolute necessity for full enjoyment of your yard.
We can help you repair or replace your sprinkler control box, fix or replace any broken sprinkler heads that are leaking, repair your sprinkler valves and clean or repair any nozzles that are clogged.
Whether your pond leaks, or your water quality refuses to get up to snuff, or your pump has just given up, we can handle it. What sets us apart from other pond cleaning services is we are also a pond building company.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much greater is the value of a three-dimensional model? With today’s sophisticated computer modeling technology, your entire landscape design can be created not only with lifelike three-dimensional plants and hard structures but also with accurate terrain elevations, and realistic light. And unlike other forms of design, 3D landscape modeling allows you to see your landscape as if our crew had finished!