Working With Hardscapes

    Our services include full design work from initial consultation through to finished plans, the entire range of hard and soft landscaping activities, and whatever maintenance is needed to keep your garden looking its very best.
Hardscape Features
"Hardscape" consists of the inanimate elements of landscaping, especially any masonry work or woodwork. For example, stone walls, concrete or brick patios, tile paths, wooden decks and wooden arbors would all be considered part of the hardscape. But by extension, anything used in landscaping that is not part of the softscape can be considered a hardscape element, including home accents such as water fountains and, yes, even pink flamingoes!

No pun intended, but hardscape can be hard work, even under the best of climate conditions. That does not stop professionals (and hardy folks, in general), though, from undertaking certain hardscape projects even in winter! But the viability of winter hardscape does depend on the nature of the project. Hardscaping incorporates several design elements to enhance the appearance of your yard. It provides a fluid continuity from your home's interior to the yard and from your yard to the surrounding landscape. The solidity and permanence of hardscape also offers an aesthetic contrast to the vulnerable and transient vegetation.
We should note that under its strictest definition, hardscaping encompasses all deliberately positioned inanimate outdoor surfaces. This includes public sidewalks, streets and even parking lots. Nevertheless, designers typically use the term to refer to home landscaping, and that is what this article mainly focuses on. General principles and materials, however, apply to all types of hardscape. Like urban hardscaping, lawn hardscaping isn't just about aesthetics. Hardscaping serves some very useful and practical functions.