Basics of Hardscape and Landscape Design for Homeowners
When working on the exterior of your home, it is important to consider both the landscaping and hardscaping of your property. Landscaping refers to the garden, plants and greenery of a yard and how they are arranged. Hardscaping refers to the non-plant design of a yard such as patios, walls, furniture and more. Here are some of the basics of hardscape and landscape design for homeowners.
When focusing on hardscape, you can usually make drastic, positive changes in your yard affordably, without having to tamper with pre-existing gardens or beds. When hardscaping your lawn, be sure to add attractive, realistic and practice elements to your outdoor space to make it more functional. You can add stone pathways to help you access different parts of a yard. Garden walls help to define your garden beds that are already in place for a more clean-cut and formal look. Simple stone benches are also a great element for relaxing and they are often common elements in hardscape design. You can often add many of these hardscape features on your own without having to hire a contractor to install the features. You can also choose to add restraining walls although these are a bit trickier. These can help with run off and soil erosion, ensuring that your yard ad home are preserved. You will want to make sure these are installed properly by a qualified contractor to reduce problems later on. You also want to hire a professional if you are installing a pavilion. Pavilions are beautiful and they function as a great space to entertain and relax.
Finally, you may want to install a pool or a pond. pools are a great option for entertainment, but they are also expensive and require lots of maintenance. Ponds are less maintenance-heavy, but are a beautiful water feature that can make an outdoor space much more unique.
Landscaping is also necessary if you do not have gardens already, or if they are messy or undefined you may want to update your landscaping on your own or hire a professional. Be sure to plant flowers, bushes and trees appropriately based on your region’s soil and climate to ensure the garden thrives in your yard’s conditions. Once your gardens are established, they will need regular maintenance such as watering, lawn mowing, trimming, transplanting and more. If you have a green thumb and enjoy working in your garden you may be able to do this work on your own. In other cases, you may find it necessary to hire a landscaping company with professionals to keep your yard under control and beautiful all season long.
Both landscaping and hardscaping enhance your outdoor space tremendously. Some projects can be done by homeowners, but other require professionals to ensure they are done correctly and safely. Be sure to do your research, choose good products like Blay’z Turf Pro and weigh your options ahead of time to choose the right landscaping and hardscaping option for you, your yard and your budget.