If there are non-living features included in your landscaping, then we call this hardscaping. Hardscaping includes walkways, gazebos, walls, fountains and other water features, and fences. Through hardscaping, you can add functional features to your landscape. The visual appeal of your area will increase which is easier to maintain than plant life.
Hardscape features will increase the value of your property and its attractiveness. You don’t really need to care and maintain these features as much as you do your plants since the are non-living things. Hardscaping is ideal for homeowners who do not have time to devote to lawn care or those who live in areas with restricted water use, or for those who want to increase the value of their property but don’t have a love for gardening.
If you incorporate benches or gazebos into your existing landscape, you can give your guests a place where they can sit, relax, and enjoy themselves. If you want to improve the overall ambiance of your property, then you can put fountains and pools in your landscape. This can create a more calming and serene atmosphere. It can attract birds and drown out the noise. In places where grass and plants are difficult to grow, then you can mask these with attractive stone walkways. You can provide wind barriers and improve privacy using fences and rock walls. Raised flower beds can break the visual monotony of your landscape.
Make sure to assess the effect of these hardscaping additions to the overall drainage and water uptake of the soil. If you place anything over the ground, it will impact the overall water content of your lawn. If you want to make sure that the daily water requirements of your vegetation are met, then you should install a sprinkler system especially if you are including a lot of hardscape features in it.
You should also check at how your hardscaping features will affect the overall flow of drainage on your property. You need to plan every hardscape feature so that water is directed away from your home. Your hardscaping features should be planned in such a way that it will not harm your plants so you need to make sure that water is flowing towards plants that need more water and away from plants that need better drainage. This set-up will make sure that your vegetation is getting the water that they need.
If you do hardscaping properly, then you can have a beautiful and functional landscape. You new hardscaping features can beautify your home further and provide you with a place where you can enjoy yourself and relax. Hardscaping can make your home increase in its value. It is important that you employ a reputable and qualified landscape designer so that you can properly plan your drainage and that it will give you a more useful landscape that can provide you with a place to relax and enjoy yourself.