Gardens are an extension of your home, so it stands to reason that they should be just as functional as the inside spaces. We all have different needs for our outdoor space, whether it’s to serve as a space for family gatherings, a place to party, or a peaceful sanctuary.
Hardscaping can give your outdoor space a purpose where living elements are unable to. For example, it’s impractical to place outdoor furniture in grassy areas, but a paved patio will do the job perfectly. It can take years to grow a privacy hedge, yet a wall can be installed in a matter of weeks. Mature trees can take up large amounts of space but provide vital shade, whereas a gazebo will provide the shade while taking up far less space.
There are many different types of hardscapes that you might like to install in your outdoor space. Each one serves a very specific purpose, so after you’ve thought about what purpose your garden needs to serve, you can easily identify the right type of hardscape for it.
It can be tempting to install hardscape elements yourself. However, it takes considerable amount of time and expertise to install it properly. Hiring a landscape designer is a great choice because they possess the correct skills to achieve a perfect finish. Not only that, but your landscape designer will also be able to assess your land and needs to make the best recommendations on the type and material of hardscape for the job.
Pavers are used to create hard, flat surfaces that are typically used to place outdoor furniture on. Examples of paved areas are patios and verandas.
An incorrectly installed paved area can lead to water drainage issues as well as weed growth. Additionally, if the surface is not level, it can pose a health hazard as well as be problematic for outdoor furniture. Therefore, it is always best to call in our experts to achieve a perfectly level and well-functioning paved area.
Walkways are another tricky type of hardscaping that can be hazardous if done incorrectly. A walkway needs to be smooth and free from trip hazards. They also need to follow a logical path around the outdoor area while remaining sympathetic to the overall aesthetic.
You can create walkways from many different materials, so our landscape designers will recommend what is best to achieve the desired outcome. They will also install it, so it is safe and durable for many years to come.
Firepits are extremely popular since they provide the ability to enjoy outdoor spaces in the colder months. They are also a great focal point of a garden and are fabulous for socializing.
There is a multitude of different firepit options available, so it’s crucial you make the best choice depending on the size and location of the area. Since firepits can be dangerous if installed incorrectly, you must always ensure you enlist an expert landscaping company for this.
They will make certain that the surrounding area of the firepit is safe and non-flammable. Whether it’s gas or wood-fired, it will also be installed according to the regulations and laws, so you know that your firepit correctly conforms and is, therefore, safe to use.
You can consult our experienced landscape designers for all other types of hardscape options too. Whether you want a perimeter wall for privacy, a gazebo for shelter, or a fenced area for dogs, one of the landscape designers from Palm Brothers will know how to do it best.
Often, hardscaping is completed alongside softscaping as part of a larger project. Softscaping refers to the living elements in your garden, and it is common to have both types installed to achieve the desired look. You may find that a hardscape element looks better when it has softscape elements installed next to it. For example, a pergola looks fantastic when grapevines are planted alongside so they can grow and gradually cover the pergola with a green canopy.
There are really no limits to what you can have in your outdoor space. Ultimately, it’s determined by the size of the space and your budget. We know exactly how to maximize both. Get in touch today to discuss your hardscaping ideas and how we can make them a reality.