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Landscape Design: Beautiful Yards Blend Hardscape and Softscape

Are you designing – or redesigning – your yard? It’s important for you to know there are two basic components to landscape design: hardscape and softscape. Blended thoughtfully, they lay the groundwork for a harmonious whole … a yard that looks lovely and is practical and comfortable for your family to enjoy. Find out more about the role of hardscape and softscape in your yard design.

What is Hardscape?

Hardscape is exactly what its name suggests – the hard, permanent aspect of your landscaping. It is human-made and utilizes durable materials like wood, stone, brick, tile, or concrete. Hardscape plays a vital role in your landscape architecture; it levels the soil, limits erosion, and defines various spaces for all your outdoor activities. Here are the most popular hardscape features:

Fence – A fence works to define boundaries. For instance, it might keep small children or animals out of a vegetable garden, or safeguard your privacy outdoors. If your hardscape design includes a swimming pool, safety fencing is required by law.

Path – A garden path, walkway, or sidewalk protects the lawn around it and allows access to garden beds without the danger of trampling them.

Patio – A patio is a comfortable space for lounging and entertaining, especially when it offers a choice of sun or shade. It also provides a safe, fireproof surface for your grill, fire pit or outdoor kitchen.

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