Hardscaping is the use of artificial features in landscape architecture, such as roads, walls, and other structures. It is a design that is built with natural and artificial materials, not living ones. Hardscape includes landscape details such as stone or concrete walkways, roofs, retaining walls, patios, flower pots and other garden designs that use stone, wood, sand, pebbles, brick, metal and other similar materials. Hardscaping makes it possible to construct artificial landscape elements that would otherwise be impossible due to soil erosion.
This includes barriers to prevent erosion and water runoff, as well as elements that can withstand large amounts of human traffic. Most water sources are also hardscapes because they require a barrier to retain water. From an urban planning perspective, hardscapes can include very large elements such as paved roads and entrances, as well as small pools or ponds that do not exceed a certain safe height. Hardscaping is an important part of landscaping and every well-planned landscaping project includes at least a little bit of hardscaping.
To better understand how to design a landscape, the two main elements that make up outdoor living spaces are known as hardscape and softscape. Hardscape includes elements such as wooden gazebos, tiled patios, wrought-iron fences, wooden or masonry pergolas and other structures. Softscape includes elements such as flower beds and grassy areas. Some horticulturists are opting for a harder landscape than landscaping for their properties, as it can help save water and maintain a more beautiful property.
A front yard with a lot of hardscaping could have a circular paved road, similar to a hotel. In conclusion, hardscaping is an important part of landscaping that can help create beautiful outdoor living spaces. It includes elements such as stone or concrete walkways, roofs, retaining walls, patios, flower pots and other garden designs that use stone, wood, sand, pebbles, brick, metal and other similar materials. It can also include large elements such as paved roads and entrances or small pools or ponds that do not exceed a certain safe height.