Many homeowners are acquainted with landscaping and associate the term with a well groomed lawn and a pickup truck saturated in men with great tans and dirt under their fingernails…they work for a full time 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 brought on a whole new face. With the integration of hardscape design and hardscaping, in addition to water feature design and creation, a full-service landscaping firm is about a lot more than cut grass and weedless flower beds!
Interestingly, and particularly for the uninitiated, the term “hardscaping” or the phrase “hardscape design” may be as familiar as Swahili or Afrikans to the average property owner, commercial or residential, in the United States.
Hardscape design and hardscaping is a subcategory of landscaping that identifies the use of inanimate objects in landscape design. While the subcategory implies, hardscape design and hardscaping identifies “the hard stuff,” components such as for instance metal (i.e., iron), brick, stone, concrete, and timber.
Hardscape design is just that, the design process, creating a plan to integrate inanimate objects into a hardscape. Hardscaping includes patio and deck construction, the creation of a rock or brick walkways, stone wall construction, developing a wooden fence or gate, and so much more. The application of hardscape design and hardscaping is restricted only by the design team’s imagination.
Significantly, hardscape design and its implementation, hardscaping, isn’t limited by large-scale undertakings. In reality, any metal, stone, brick, or concrete decoration integrated into your existing landscape is hardscaping.
When arranging a big project from concept through design and on to construction, it is vital to consider both hardscaping and softscaping elements lawn care. Creating the appropriate plan, considering all facets of a sensible, well thought-out landscape and hardscape design is crucial to its success.
A question that really must be addressed in early stages is what comes first?
Do we start with the hardscaping or the softscaping (the landscaping)?
Typically, it is advisable to begin with the hardscaping elements since they are the simplest to work with. By you start with the hardscaping, you lessen the risk of injury to the softscaping (the plants), which may 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 rather than straight lines. By recognizing how hardscape and softscape elements compliment one another, an aesthetically pleasing design is the conclusion result.
Creating curved walls and walkways may soften the landscape, counteracting the harsh, straight lines offered generally in most housing construction, sidewalks, and driveways. Consider a curvilinear walkway or path of stone to split up a place and create visual interest. Consider a water feature, flower bed, shrub or tree line, balanced with just the right hardscape elements.
Making a curving path or walkway may also allow you and your visitors to wander during your landscape, taking in and enjoying the knowledge and the view.
Balancing landscape design and hardscaping, along with water features, into a unifying theme and a whole presentation is the real value of a full-service landscaping firm. Understanding these elements and how to apply them is crucial to your landscape design firm’s success.
Kanary’s Landscaping of Sheffield Village, Ohio is a full-service landscaping firm that has built their reputation balancing landscape design, hardscape design, and water features into a unifying whole. Every element in a landscape design is hand-selected, ensuring that each aspect of one’s landscape and/or hardscape design is imaginative and aesthetically pleasing, while also meeting Rich Kanary’s time-tested standards.
From specially selected stone to the beauty and charm of natural quarry rock, Kanary’s Landscaping ensures lasting beauty for each and every landscaping and hardscaping project, from design to final cleanup.
Kanary’s Landscaping stands behind their designs and their services! A landscape, hardscape, or water feature is just as effective as individuals and materials behind it, the team that produces it and the hands that mold it.