Add Functional Features to Your Landscaping with Hardscaping
If there are non-living features included in your landscaping, then we call this hardscaping. Hardscaping includes walkways, gazebos, walls, fountains and other water features, and fences. The way to add functional features to your landscape is through hardscaping. Your landscape will increase in visual appeal and it requires less maintenance than your plants.
With hardscape features your home will be very attractive and will increase its value. These features don’t require the same care and maintenance that your plants do since they are non-living things. Homeowners who don’t have time to devote to loan care, who live in areas where water use is restricted, or those who want to increase their property value but don’t love plants, are those who homes are ideal for hardscaping.
If you want to give your visitors a place to relax and enjoy the scenery, then you can incorporate benches or gazebos into the existing landscape scheme. Fountains and pools are ideal to improve the overall ambiance of your property. The atmosphere can become more calming and serene. It can attract birds and drown out the noise. If you put stone walkways in places where grass and plants don’t grow, then this is one way to make it look attractive. You can provide wind barriers and improve privacy using fences and rock walls. One hardscaping feature you can use are raised flower beds to help break up the visual monotony of your landscape.
Overall drainage and water uptake of the soil are important things to consider when putting hardscape additions to your landscape. The overall water content of your lawn will be impacted by anything that is placed over the ground. If you want to make sure that the daily water requirements of your vegetation are met, then you should install a sprinkler system especially if you are including a lot of hardscape features in it.
You should also check at how your hardscaping features will affect the overall flow of drainage on your property. You need to plan every hardscape feature so that water is directed away from your home. Your hardscaping features should be planned in such a way that it will not harm your plants so you need to make sure that water is flowing towards plants that need more water and away from plants that need better drainage. This set-up will make sure that your vegetation is getting the water that they need.
Proper hardscaping can give you a beautiful and functional landscape. People will appreciate its beauty and it can be a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself. It can increase the value of your home significantly. If you hire a respectable and qualified landscape designer, he can help you prevent the risk of improper drainage and make sure that the overall effect of the landscape is something that is useful and one that provides enjoyment to the homeowner.