5 Areas That Benefit From Landscape Hardscaping
Gravel and rock mulch, decorative boulders, and paving are just a few examples of accent hardscaping. Every yard can benefit from a few inorganic additions to the landscaping. The challenging part is deciding the best place to add hardscaping.
1. House Borders
It's generally not advised to grow plants right up against a house because the roots can damage the foundation and plant debris can provide cover for pests. Yet, leaving it bare is ugly and invites weeds. Borders are a good place to put down durable rock mulch in a color that complements your home's exterior. Add a few small border plants and some decorative boulders or small statues for further interest.
Hardscaping accents can be installed near the entry in order to draw the eye and increase curb appeal. If there is an awning above the door, a nice addition to the support posts is a brick or stone surround. You can also frame either side of the entry with decorative boulders, concrete urns planted with seasonal flowers, or statuaries.
3. Driveway Edges
Drainage off the driveway often leaves lawns looking ragged and sparse along the edge of the paving. The soil can also wash out in this area, which may cause the edges of the driveway paving to crumble. Decorative hardscape edging solves these problems and it looks great. You can use bricks or stone pavers for a simple edge, or choose from one of the many colorful stone or pebble mulches.
4. Side Yards
In many homes, the side yard is a work area. It's a place to stack firewood or store garbage and recycling cans. Utilitarian design doesn't have to mean unattractive if you use the right hardscaping. Pavers or bricks work well for this area, as the drainage between the stones makes it easy to clean the area by hosing it down. Choose smooth hardscaping so it is easy to roll cans and carts into the side yard.
5. Untamed Slopes
Slopes can be one of the hardest areas to landscape because erosion can wash away the soil and any plants you attempt to grow. Using a terracing technique supported by hardscaping solves the issue. Shelves are cut into the slope, which are then supported with brick, stone, or concrete retaining walls. A more natural form of terracing can also be done, which uses decorative rocks and boulders positioned at intervals to break up the slope.
Contact a hardscaping installation service, such as Precision Hardscapes & Excavating LLC, for more ideas and inspiration.