Turf Doctor Shares Some Hardscaping Design Tips
In our latest Saskatoon Landscaping article, we discuss hardscaping design.
Hardscaping Design Tips
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a new garden: lawns, plants or trees, perhaps? Many people approach a new garden or Saskatoon landscape renovation thinking about the green spaces they have to fill. But professional landscape designers take a step back, they consider the overall layout and the more permanent structures that will need to be in place, known in the industry as the hardscape.
What is the difference Between Softscaping and Hardscaping Design?
“To better understand how to design for any landscape, the two main elements that make up our outdoor living spaces in Saskatchewan are referred to as hardscape and softscape. They really are the complete opposites of each other, we feel they are both necessary to make a landscape fully functional. “Paula, Turf Doctor
Basic property elevation grades, drainage and the need for retaining walls are often the first opportunities for hardscaping design. Driveways, patios, decking, paths, walkways, fencing and gates, water features, edging and privacy screens also factor in.
Landscape designers consider functionality first and prioritize hardscaping design in terms of how space will be utilized.
Integration of hardscaping is key to creating an overall harmonious environment and many designers favour natural stone as their hardscaping material of choice. Stone is a natural product that blends well into most landscapes, and if done properly, it’s absolutely timeless.
Paving stones and bricks, patio slabs, ironworks, cedar decking and other lumbers round out typical hardscaping materials in the landscape industry. Choose your (hardscaping) materials wisely; ask about lifespan and maintenance.
Given the importance of hardscaping components and the materials and labour involved in constructing them, it’s not surprising that these features are often the most expensive portion of any landscape design.
However, even hardscaping can be overutilized. Don’t get carried away and let hard surfaces completely rule your garden, especially in smaller lots and urbanscapes. A mix of hard and soft features and plantings is not only more pleasing but also more eco-friendly.