Hardscape is any non-living element used in landscaping design. It represents the moveable and inanimate materials like stones, gravel, bricks, fences, posts, lights and tiles. Hardscape is a practical and sustainable measure. The variety of stones and gravels like pea gravel, decomposed granite, pavers and concrete can be used in order to channel and conserve water especially in drought affected areas. The hardscape design looks far more attractive in comparison to leaving the dead grass in place or the brown exposed dirt. Hardscaping design and construction is expected to complement the natural habitat and preserve it.
Some common hardscape features are as follows:
Water features can generate different elegant and functional hardscape elements. Those ceramics and stone fountains can direct the natural water in the back or front yard building that creates a pleasing contrasting effect between the gentle flowing and harder texture fountain. This creates a pleasing environment in the time of spring. At this time, the pleasant rainfall emphasizes the softscape feature creating a beautiful balance with the hardscapes.
The retaining walls are both functional and aesthetic making them the much-demanded outdoor addition. They are placed on hills or sloppy areas to hold the soil in place as well as separate the soil at two distinct elevations for erosion control.
The fire pits also generate good hardscape additions. Stone or brick paved areas with controlled fires in the backyard makes up an amazing space for all sorts of social gatherings like parties, barbecues, meeting space or relaxing ground.
Hardscaping includes all the nonliving elements of the backyard design like patio, deck, paving or concrete. Softscaping includes all the natural elements that includes natural lawn and garden beds.
The difference between hardscape and softscape under pre-defined features are as follows: