Hardscapes are becoming more and more popular as homeowners decide that they want less greenery to maintain. A hardscape is a great alternative to a standard exterior landscape, especially if you want to incorporate more natural colors and textures into your outdoor space but want to reduce your overall upkeep. You can also consider mixing hardscapes and landscapes if you want an even balance of both or more solid materials with a hint of greenery. We help make it possible for your outdoor space and design something unique to your home!
Benefits of a Hardscape
The main benefits of a hardscape include lower maintenance, less likelihood of erosion, more value and comfort, and less water used to maintain your outdoor space. While having a landscape can be great and add beauty to your home’s exterior, they are not easy, nor cheap, to keep going on an annual basis. Because the weather in Fort Lauderdale can become hot, dry, and even humid, you will have to increase your water bills to keep your landscape healthy and green. Many opt not to do this and prefer hardscapes because they don’t require water to keep them looking great and healthy.
Styles and Design
If you are unsure about the style and design that you would like for your hardscape, then have no fear! We have creative team members that can assist with styling and designing your exterior hardscape and transitioning your standard landscape into a hardscape with the space available. We can also incorporate specific colors and textures, depending on how you want your hardscape to complement your home and if you want your hardscape to expand from the front of your home around to the back. We can also install patios, decks, porches, and walkways, using the same solid materials that we use for your hardscape.
There are many different materials that can be used for an exterior hardscape. Some of these materials include stone, brick, concrete, and clay. The most popular type of hardscape often includes combining stones and concrete pavers to create walking paths and rock beds, where you can display your patio furniture, grill, and other outdoor accessories. Retaining walls made from stone and concrete can also be used along the ledges and sides and to hold up any steps or stairs that are present if the space is multilevel.
When it comes to maintaining your hardscape, there is not much that needs to be done on a regular basis. The hardscape materials will likely keep themselves in place due to their solid weight and mass. The occasional weeds or flowers may sprout through the hardscape, but this will be rare, and clearing the unwanted weeds from your hardscape only requires plucking them out of place. If you have potted plants or greenery that you want to be incorporated into your hardscape for some added color, these will require standard plant maintenance but will still be easier to care for than traditional landscapes.