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Norfolk Hardscaping Chronicles

Spring has sprung and more people are enjoying the sun’s rays by spending more time in their yards. BBQs are rolled out and parties planned. The season of family-fun and friendly get-togethers are just starting. This is a good time to make sure your outdoor room is as beautiful and efficient as you want it to be. In this article, learn about the hardscape and how it can improve both the efficiency and aesthetics of your outdoor room. Norfolk Hardscaping offers excellent info on this.

What is hardscape? And how can it improve your yard?

Two very valid questions. Hardscape or “hardscaping” is a part of landscaping. Instead of referring to the growing aspects of the yard, hardscape refers to the inanimate elements of landscaping. These elements can be decks and patios; fences and walls; paving stones and concrete; even a pool or spa is part of the hardscape. Partially, this is due to the nature of the materials used to construct these items. But, it is also due to the fact that preparation of the ground to ensure proper drainage is so important.

Stone walls, paved walkways, tiled paths, wooden decks and patios are all considered to be part of the hardscape. Actually any elements used in landscaping that is not a part of the softscape (such as plants, trees and flowers) can all be considered to be hardscape elements. By this definition garden decorations such as water fountains are also considered hardscape.

Hardscape Improves Maintenance and Aesthetics

Simply adding a tiled path to your home’s garden can create a completely different look and feel of your overall landscape. In some cases, adding hardscape to your yard can actually reduce the maintenance of your yard. For example, add a beautiful paving stone patio and you have increased your outdoor living space, while decreased energy spent on lawn care. Beyond correcting water damage issues and reducing yard maintenance, hardscapes create architectural support for the layout and design of your yard. When planning your outdoor area for entertaining and family relaxation, give careful consideration to the hardscape. Consider the activities you currently enjoy-as well as the features that will add to those activities. Remember, the non-living elements of your landscape do not all have to have practical applications. Although a pergola or arbor often has a purpose, sculpture and other art help set the mood, just as they do indoors. The right landscape design will incorporate hardscape elements to make the outdoors part of the living area of your home.