Landscape Design Ideas Guide


Many homeowners are acquainted with landscaping and associate the word with a well groomed lawn and a pickup truck saturated in men with great tans and dirt under their fingernails…they benefit an income!

Landscaping is synonymous with cut grass, weedless flower beds, and pickup trucks parked out front once a week. Interestingly, landscaping and landscape design has taken on a complete new face. With the integration of hardscape design and hardscaping, along with water feature design and Call for a quote creation, a full-service landscaping firm is all about a lot more than cut grass and weedless flower beds!

Interestingly, and particularly for the uninitiated, the word “hardscaping” or the phrase “hardscape design” might be as familiar as Swahili or Afrikans to the common property owner, commercial or residential, in the United States.

Hardscape design and hardscaping is just a subcategory of landscaping that identifies the usage of inanimate objects in landscape design. Because the subcategory implies, hardscape design and hardscaping refers to “the hard stuff,” components such as for example metal (i.e., iron), brick, stone, concrete, and timber.

Hardscape design is merely that, the design process, creating an agenda to integrate inanimate objects in to a hardscape. Hardscaping includes patio and deck construction, the creation of a stone or brick walkways, stone wall construction, making a wooden fence or gate, and so much more. The application form of hardscape design and hardscaping is bound only by the design team’s imagination.

Significantly, hardscape design and its implementation, hardscaping, is not limited to large-scale undertakings. In fact, any metal, stone, brick, or concrete decoration integrated into your existing landscape is hardscaping.

When arranging a big project from concept through design and to construction, it is a must to consider both hardscaping and softscaping elements. Creating the correct plan, considering all aspects of a smart, well thought-out landscape and hardscape design is crucial to its success.

A question that must be addressed in early stages is what comes first?

Do we start out with the hardscaping or the softscaping (the landscaping)?

Generally, it’s advisable in the first place the hardscaping elements since they’re the simplest to work with. By you start with the hardscaping, you lessen the risk of injury to the softscaping (the plants), which can be damaged or destroyed by the physical exertion required by most hardscaping projects.

When integrating hardscape design elements into an overall landscape design, many favor curved objects in place of straight lines. By recognizing how hardscape and softscape elements compliment each other, an aesthetically pleasing design is the finish result.

Creating curved walls and walkways may soften the landscape, counteracting the harsh, straight lines offered generally in most housing construction, sidewalks, and driveways. Think about a curvilinear walkway or path of stone to separation a place and create visual interest. Consider a water feature, flower bed, shrub or tree line, balanced with the ideal hardscape elements.

Creating a curving path or walkway will also allow you and your visitors to wander throughout your landscape, taking in and enjoying the experience and the view.

Balancing landscape design and hardscaping, along side water features, right into a unifying theme and a complete presentation is the real value of a full-service landscaping firm. Understanding these elements and how to utilize them is essential to your landscape design firm’s success.


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