Creative Hardscape for Sustainability
Increase your landscaping budget through the use of low maintenance, environmentally sustainable and water reducing designs.
Hardscape is the skeletal design that provides interesting texture, color and unique aesthetic character. When you design first with a hardscape framework, it is much easier to infill with low water requirement, native and xeriscape plant material. You can create beauty and functionality within the original structure you design. Hardscapes come in many different types of materials and can be used in heavily traveled areas as well as in relaxing garden nooks.
Some examples of some very cost-effective and beautiful hardscaping options for pathways and patios are random flagstones. These provide a multitude of color, density and even rough or smooth textures. You can utilize higher sheen materials or buff silhouettes. The hardscaping also provides a natural weed repellant for many areas in your garden as well as warming the earth during our periods of extreme colder temperatures. Some other examples of frequently used hardscape materials are concrete interlocking pavers and crushed aggregates. You can also get the benefits of raised flower or vegetable beds through keystone block retaining walls, natural stone step materials and unique architectural focal points such as basalt columns or other unique stone formations.
Hardscaping is a simple and highly functional tool to incorporate into a sustainable, environmentally pleasing outdoor living area.