A balanced combination of hardscape and softscape creates a striking yard which functions well for your family. The difference between the two is as it sounds. Landscape or softscape includes the living or “soft” elements of outdoor design such as plants, trees, and shrubs.
On the other hand, hardscapes are comprised of the non-living stuff. Bricks, gravel, wood, and pavers form driveways, fences, porches, decks, walkways and more. Adding hardscape features to your Northeast Ohio landscaping comes with benefits.
Curb appeal benefits from a yard design which includes both hardscape and softscape features. Look at the homes on your drive to Swings-N-Things or a Crushers baseball game. Notice how hardscapes offer smooth, neutral-colored complements to the vibrant greens and bright colors of the varied textures of softscapes.
While lush green lawns offer plenty of space for backyard football or a game of tag, hardscapes open new entertainment possibilities. A wrap-around porch welcomes neighbors to stop for a brew and to shoot the breeze. Decks and patios host Cleveland Indian’s season opener celebrations. Whatever your personality, hardscapes offer entertaining options.
Built-in benches and outdoor living rooms offer seating for a night of grilling or outdoor movie watching. Decks even out grading issues to keep family and friends safe. Paver walkways lead the way to your front door or other guest areas. In short, hardscapes keep guests comfortable.
The busy lives of active Northeast Ohio residents limit their time outside. Unfortunately, this reduces their access to the mood-improving, stress-reducing benefits of outdoor living. Hardscapes encourage families to gather around fire pits or outdoor kitchens to reap the benefits of the fresh air as well as rest, relaxation and family time.
The weather of Northeast Ohio wreaks havoc on your yard. Plants wither in the hot summer sun. Trees fail to survive harsh winter snows. Shrubs take a beating from the hail of spring thunderstorms. Yet, hardscapes hold up to the elements season after season.
Softscapes require weekly if not daily care. Watering, weeding, pruning, thinning, transplanting, mowing and the list goes on. Hardscapes reduce constant and costly yard maintenance. While some care keeps up function and appearance, this tends to be no more than once per year.
A winding gravel walk welcomes potential homeowners to their future front door. Brick patios allow them to imagine neighborhood gatherings on warm spring evenings. An attractive balance of hardscapes and softscapes boosts curb appeal. In other words, hardscapes add to the value and future selling power of your home.
Like the sound of these hardscape benefits? Consider which one addresses your most pressing landscape issue and get started on planning the solution today. Get started today by contacting an Avon Landscaping representative.