In landscape design, hardscapes are man-made items used to enhance the look of a yard, such as walls, above ground planters, boulders, patios, pavers, fountains, and fire pits. Hardscaping a yard can make much a huge difference in the visual appeal of a yard, but for best results, it is very important to plan and implement a hardscape design carefully. Use the following tips to ensure that you make the most of your landscape design by incorporating hardscapes.
Look at the Big Picture
Not everyone completely landscapes their yard from top to bottom at the same time. There are a number of reasons why landscaping may take place in stages, such as budget constraints or lack of time. But even if you plan to landscape your yard slowly, it is important to look at the big picture and have a plan before you start anything. It is not uncommon for homeowners to tackle hardscaping goals slowly, and when there is no plan the yard can end up looking disorganized and chaotic since the hardscapes may not complement each other.
Don't Forget to Think About Drainage Issues
Having an open space in an area of your yard doesn't mean that it is ready for a paver patio, retaining wall, or gravel path. When planning hardscape elements in a yard, proper drainage must be taken into account. Sadly, many homeowners invest ample time and money into hardscaping an area only to have it ruined when there is not proper drainage. While it is normal to want to dive into a project, taking care of the drainage issues first will help ensure that your hardscapes last for a long time.
Create a Balance
Most people invest in landscaping their backyard because they want a beautiful spot where they can enjoy nature. When envisioning your landscaping plan, make sure that you have a balance between hardscapes and softscapes, such as plants, flowers, and trees. If you go overboard with stone, pavers, retaining walls, and other hardscape materials, you can end up with little room for foliage, and the plants and trees that you do have may not stand out.
Consider Hiring a Professional
Anyone can put down seed and grow a grass lawn, but properly planning a beautiful landscape design that incorporates hardscapes and softscapes can be a challenge. For best results, it is in your best interest to hire a landscape designer to assist you with a landscaping plan. Even if you want to do the landscaping yourself, having a plan designed by a professional can help ensure that you are completely satisfied with how your hard turns out.