If there are non-living features included in your landscaping, then we call this hardscaping. In your hardscaping, you can include walkways, walls, gazebos, fountains and other water features, and fences. The way to add functional features to your landscape is through hardscaping. Your landscape will increase in visual appeal and it requires less maintenance than your plants.
With hardscape features your home will be very attractive and will increase its value. You don’t really need to care and maintain these features as much as you do your plants since the are non-living things. Homeowners who don’t have time to devote to loan care, who live in areas where water use is restricted, or those who want to increase their property value but don’t love plants, are those who homes are ideal for hardscaping.
With benches or a gazebo in your landscape, you will have a place for your visits to sit, relax and enjoy themselves. The overall ambiance of the property can be improved by putting fountains and pools. The atmosphere can become more calming and serene. You won’t hear the noise outside and you will have birds coming down to your place. 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. If you want to break up visual monotony, you can add raised flower beds for your hardscaping features.
Make sure to assess the effect of these hardscaping additions to the overall drainage and water uptake of the soil. The hardscape you place over the ground will greatly affect the overall water content of your lawn. If you are going to put up a lot of hardscape then it will benefit your vegetation if you have a sprinkler system to have their water requirements met.
You should also check at how your hardscaping features will affect the overall flow of drainage on your property. Water should be directed away from your home when you are planning your hardscape features. Hardscape features should work to the benefit of your plants, directing the water flow toward those that require more water and away from plants that need better drainage. This set-up is very ideal.
The result of proper hardscaping is a beautiful and functional landscape. It will be visually appealing and can be used for recreation and relaxation. It can greatly increase the value of your home. You should hire a qualified landscape designer so that the important aspects of water and drainage are taken into consideration, and you will have a useful landscaping which you and your family can enjoy.