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21Aug

Hardscape Design

A ‘hardscape’ simply means the ‘hard’ elements in your landscaping such as Retaining walls, Paver Walks, Outdoor Fireplaces, Patios, etc. This is in contrast to ‘softscapes’ which are things like plant beds, trees, mulch areas, and lawn areas.

All areas of your landscaping ideally have a well thought out plan. The hardscape design is the basic layout on which you will build everything else. Once you have the walks, patios, walls and steps laid out, all of your plantings can be planned around them.

The hardscape design lays out the BONES of the plan. Once you have these elements planned out, you will not only know exactly where to locate that retaining wall, but what it’s heights are supposed to be. This way, you will know exactly what to budget for that wall and how much material it will require. This planning phase is where you’ll want to do any adjusting. Now is the time to determine if that retaining wall is too expensive, and maybe move it so that it can be shorter or something like that, but at least you won’t be trying to move it later.

The plan you see here has the hardscape design as the basis for where all of the softscapes are located. This plan started with the hardscape design. You will see a patio with a short retaining wall, an outdoor fireplace, stone stairs, and a long winding front paver walkway. Then, after the hardscape design was completed, we added the softscapes.

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Comments

Thank you for this post. I found it helpful.
7/13/2022 2:11:59 AM | Reply
Thank you for this post. Found it very informative.
7/13/2022 2:08:52 AM | Reply
Your design is amazing. Hope you do more blog posts here about Landscaping. Thank you for sharing!
5/31/2022 7:05:06 AM | Reply
Your design is amazing. Hope you do more blog posts here about Landscaping. Thank you for sharing!
5/31/2022 7:04:34 AM | Reply
Thanks for sharing some beautiful layouts , this will helps with my planning about landscaping . I have a business landscape constructions it will surely useful .
11/24/2021 1:47:05 AM | Reply
Love the hardscape design options, especially the retaining walls. Thanks for sharing!
8/28/2021 12:24:00 AM | Reply
We have the same description of hardscape and softscape. That's how I describe them to my clients. However, I love the layouts. It's a nice plan.
6/1/2021 11:34:32 PM | Reply
Great post! thank you for helping me understand what to consider when remodeling the landscape.
5/19/2021 5:49:47 AM | Reply
Thanks for sharing this amazing layout. I loved the details on it. Very inspiring! This is super motivating for my small business I just started at Tree Services Lebanon PA
6/18/2020 10:01:20 AM | Reply
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8/28/2018 2:35:30 AM | Reply
I have enjoyed reading this report about landscaping services. Really it is more useful and also helpful. I am very glad to go through this kind of informative article. Thanks for sharing a nice blog.
8/28/2018 2:35:04 AM | Reply

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