Cleaning Up Your Own Backyard

3 Reasons To Incorporate Hardscaping Into Your Yard

by Warren Garcia

If you are in the process of planning out your landscape design, or if you would like to switch things up a bit, then your first step is to create a functional landscape design. This can help you to plan out your landscape design before you ever execute it. One thing to incorporate into your planning and execution is hardscaping. Hardscaping is an important part of any landscape design, and there are several benefits to incorporating it into your yard. This article will discuss 3 reasons why. 

Creates Diversity

While grass, plants, and flowers all look beautiful when incorporated into a landscape design, they don't necessarily break things up and create a good amount of diversity. A great way to do this is to incorporate hardscaping into your yard. The hardscaping can help to break up the greenery both physically and visually. For example, you can add a stone pathway that goes down the middle of your backyard. You can also add flowerbeds that are surrounded by railroad ties, or some other form of siding. Edging around your grass is also an excellent idea. These hardscaping features can go a long way in creating the diversity that you would like for your landscape design. 

Easier To Care For

Caring for a lawn in and of itself is a huge responsibility, and can take you a great deal of time. Because of this, it can often be very beneficial to incorporate hardscaping items into the design. Because hardscaping doesn't need to be watered, weeded, mowed, planted, etc., you don't have to worry about it nearly as much. While it will, of course, need some level of maintenance, this will generally need to be done annually or semi-annually, rather than weekly or bi-weekly. 

Makes Your Yard More Functional 

Hardscaping can also go a long way in making your yard more functional for you. Hardscaping can be used to separate different plants so that they don't grow into each other, it can help to hold water in place, create pathways for people to walk on so that they don't damage your grass or other plants, and it can be used to create a solid driveway that is durable and long lasting. Hardscaping can also create more functional opportunities for sports and other games in your backyard because you can pour a concrete slab for a basketball court or create a pit full of sand for volleyball.