If you don’t know how the terms “hardscaping” and “softscaping” relate to your lawn, you’ve come to the right place. In this issue, we’ll explain what each terms means and talk about why striking a balance between the two is so important for how your home looks.
Hardscaping is essentially a term used to describe brick and mortar as it relates to your yard. It includes the installations of things like pavers, concrete, decks, patios, arbors, driveways, gates, etc.
Essentially, these items will not change at all once they’ve been installed.
Items that are more fluid and change as they grown are referred to as softscaping. Good examples of softscaping can include trees, flowers, vegetable gardens, shrubs, flower beds, etc.
Simply put, just about no landscape is complete without both hardscaping and softscaping components.
For example, too much stone will hardly look inviting and too much plant-life can get out of hand with overgrowth.
Of course, saying balance is important is far easier than making it happen. Each yard is different and presents different challenges and opportunities.
Some good basic examples of balance between hardscaping and softscaping include:
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