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8 Benefits of Hardscaping

Andrew Ogden

If you have been wanting to elevate your outdoor living space, consider adding hardscaping. Hardscaping is a great way to spruce up your space while adding curb appeal as well. Although the price can vary depending on your scope of work and your overall vision, I can promise you, you will not regret the final outcome! Curious about the average cost of a hardscaping job? Read about How Much Do Lawn Services Cost in New Castle County? Now, let's dive right into the benefits of hardscaping!

What is Hardscaping?

hard·scap·ing   /ˈhärdˌskāpiNG/

Hardscaping is defined as the man-made features used in landscape architecture. For example: pavers, concrete, and natural stone!

What is the difference between Landscaping & Hardscaping?

Although you may have thought hardscaping and landscaping were the same thing but in fact, while being related, they are different! Landscaping in other words can be called "softscape". This entails grass, shrubbery, trees, and flower & garden beds. Landscaping can be referred as including living elements while elements of hardscaping are non-living. Now on the other hand, hardscaping entails man-made materials such as pavers, bricks, concrete, and natural stone. While both being different, they are sure to compliment each other!

8 benefits of Hardscaping

1. Fix Grade Problems:

Uneven lawns can create many problems. Anywhere from soil erosion to any areas that are inaccessible. Retaining walls are a great way to help with erosion especially in your Greenville, DE home. They help reduce the surface runoff which in return will slow down the speed at which the water travels over the surface and reduces the chances of erosion. It will create a flat space for your plants to grow as well! Also, adding a walkway or stairs can make the top or the bottom of the slope easier to access. Even a patio can even out a bumpy or uneven area on your lawn.

2. Add Privacy:

Ever thought about adding a fence or a stone wall to create a more private space in your yard? These options will act as a privacy buffer from your neighbors. Adding a gazebo or pergola will also create a secluded area for you and your guests to socialize in.

3. Expand your living space:

Create your own outdoor oasis today! Expanding your living space with an outdoor kitchen, patio, fire pit or fireplace, and some outdoor seating of course! This will create a beautiful, peaceful sanctuary for you to entertain your guests or simply enjoy some alone time in your Hockessin, DE home!

Masonry Fireplace

4. Enhance your landscaping:

Hardscaping is great for creating unique textures that diversify your space. It will also create a contrast with your plants!

Bonus: Hardscaping doesn't die in the Winter! Therefore, there is no need to keep up with the maintenance.

5. Extend the usability of your yard:

Enjoy your yard all year round, not just in the warmer months! Fire pits or a fireplace, patio, and outdoor lighting are all great additions to your outdoor space and ensure you can utilize your yard year round! Fire pits or a fireplace are specifically a great addition because you don't have to abandon outdoor entertaining when the colder months roll around. Add a sitting wall or two for more seating for guests!

Masonry Fireplace

6. Direct traffic:

Are you a stickler when it comes to people walking on your grass? Consider walkways and sidewalks. They are a great way to create a clear path for where your guests should walk. You won't have to spend as much time treating your lawn and bringing it back to life if guests aren't walking on it!

7. Reduce maintenance:

The more hardscaping you have, the less lawn there is to take care of! Remember, stones and concrete don't need to be trimmed or watered daily. Therefore, you can spend more time enjoying your outdoor living space and less time maintaining your landscaping!

8. Increase property value:

Did you know that adding hardscaping to your space has the ability to increase the value of your property? By adding an outdoor extension, you can create more usable space. Are you aware that 84% of buyers will look to see if your property has an outdoor patio when deciding to purchase a home?

Let First Class Lawncare, LLC help take your outdoor living space to the next level this season! Our estimators are always available to discuss different colors, textures, and styles that will best suit your space.