Turf Doctor of Saskatoon Answers- What is Hardscaping?
In our latest blog post /article, we answer the questions – what is hardscaping?
What is Hardscaping?
Landscaping generally refers to things like your lawn, garden, bushes – what we would call the “yard”. Softscaping refers to things that are alive – grass, flowers, bushes – or things made to imitate them, such as artificial turf. Hardscaping refers to other non-alive or “hard” materials used in landscaping – decorative rock, rubber mulch, paving stones, etc.
Hardscaping can also refer to the features of your yard that you create using these materials. So you might hear people refer to building walkways, driveways, or patios as “hardscaping jobs”. Whatever your definition of hardscaping, it is a landscaping option that allows you to have a beautiful yard without having to maintain a so many living things.
Considerations When Hardscaping
As with any landscaping project, hardscaping requires proper planning and design. Technical considerations like drainage and frost lines will need to be taken into account before any project. Hardscaping jobs should enhance the flow and design of your yard and not take away from its functionality or aesthetic. Carefully consider the overall look of your yard and how a project will interact with your other landscaping features.
Utilizing a Saskatoon landscaping expert is a good option with hardscaping, as they can advise on the do’s and don’t, and give their professional opinion on the overall technical and design choices.
Another thing to consider is children and pets. If you have children and/or pets that will be in the yard, you need to make sure the material and design choices you are making are safe and smart for them!