You’ve probably heard the word hardscaping before, either from reading it on this blog, or on one of the many renovation/landscaping shows on tv. So, you’ve probably got an idea of what it means, right?
But, if you’re planning the landscaping, and hardscaping, for your backyard, it will help to know exactly what hardscaping is, and what your options are in that field. That way, you’ll be able to create a yard that is perfect for you, and your needs.
What is Hardscaping?
Landscaping has two parts:
Basically, the dividing line between the two (besides the obvious) is whether the landscaping is alive or not.
Softscaping includes your grass, your plants, your trees, and anything else that needs weeding, cutting, pruning, etc.
Hardscaping includes anything not living, like your driveway, winding stone paths, firepits, fountains, etc.
Why you Need to Know the Difference
It’s important to recognize the two sides of landscaping in order to create a well-landscaped, balanced yard. An over-hardscaped yard can feel sterile, or commercial, leaving you with a yard you don’t feel comfortable in. However, swing the other way and you land yourself in a lot of work – constant weeding, cutting and tending. And, without hard borders your yard will look a lot wilder and unwelcoming to all but the most strident forest lovers.
With the proper balance between the two, your yard will be welcoming; inviting you down paths past gardens to a central gathering place (like a firepit). This is what makes a great backyard.
Creating the Perfect Landscape for Southern Alberta
Balance in the design of your backyard is required, however, different ecosystems and USDA plant hardiness zones require different balances. With our (occasionally) harsh winters, and typically dry summers, it takes a lot of work (and water) to keep softscaping looking good.
However, by tipping the balance further towards hardscaping, you can keep your yard looking good even during dreary winters full of grey dripping skies. And, when the heat comes back and threatens to yellow your grass or wilt your plants, your hardscaping will still look good no matter how long or how hot the drought is.
The Right Landscapers for Your Yard
Softscaping comes and goes with the seasons, and plants are easy to replace, but hardscaping is typically there to stay, if not forever, then for many years to come.
That’s why it’s important to make sure the landscapers you hire to do your hardscaping are up to your standards. A group of university students are typically cheap labour, but, like that box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.
Before you hire anyone to do your hardscaping, you should make sure you’ve seen pictures of the work they’ve done in the past. Infinity specializes in both hardscaping and softscaping and can create your dream landscape, one that’s up to your standards. Check out Infinity’s past work on our Facebook Page.