Many homeowners are knowledgeable about landscaping and associate the term with a well groomed lawn and a pickup truck filled with men with great tans and dirt under their fingernails…they work for an income!
Landscaping is synonymous with cut grass, weedless flower beds, and pickup trucks parked out front once a week. Interestingly, landscaping and landscape design has brought on an entire new face. With the integration of hardscape design and hardscaping, in addition to water feature design and creation, a full-service landscaping firm is about a lot more than cut grass and weedless flower beds!
Interestingly, and particularly for the uninitiated, the term “hardscaping” or the phrase “hardscape design” might be as familiar as Swahili or Afrikans to the average property owner, commercial or residential, in the United States.
Hardscape design and hardscaping is really a subcategory of landscaping that identifies the use of inanimate objects in landscape design. Whilst the subcategory implies, hardscape design and hardscaping identifies “the hard stuff,” components such as for instance metal (i.e., iron), brick, stone, concrete, and timber.
Hardscape design is just that, the design process, creating an idea to integrate inanimate objects into a hardscape. Hardscaping includes patio and deck construction, the creation of a stone or brick walkways, stone wall construction, creating a wooden fence or gate, and so much more. The applying of hardscape design and hardscaping is restricted only by the design team’s imagination.
Significantly, hardscape design and its implementation, hardscaping, is not restricted to large-scale undertakings. Actually, any metal, stone, brick, or concrete decoration incorporated into your existing landscape is hardscaping.
When arranging a big project from concept through design and onto construction, it is essential to take into account both hardscaping and softscaping elements. Creating the proper plan, considering all facets of an intelligent, well thought-out landscape and hardscape design is essential to its success.
A concern that really must be addressed early on is what comes first?
Do we begin with the hardscaping or the softscaping (the landscaping)?
Generally, it is advisable in the first place the hardscaping elements as they are the easiest to work with landscaping. By beginning with the hardscaping, you lessen the risk of injury to the softscaping (the plants), which can be damaged or destroyed by the physical exertion required by most hardscaping projects.
When integrating hardscape design elements into an overall landscape design, many favor curved objects instead of straight lines. By recognizing how hardscape and softscape elements compliment each other, an aesthetically pleasing design is the end result.
Creating curved walls and walkways may soften the landscape, counteracting the harsh, straight lines offered in many housing construction, sidewalks, and driveways. Look at a curvilinear walkway or path of stone to separation a place and create visual interest. Look at a water feature, flower bed, shrub or tree line, balanced with the ideal hardscape elements.
Developing a curving path or walkway will also allow you and your visitors to wander throughout your landscape, taking in and enjoying the experience and the view.
Balancing landscape design and hardscaping, alongside water features, into a unifying theme and a whole presentation is the real value of a full-service landscaping firm. Understanding these elements and how to use them is essential to your landscape design firm’s success.
Kanary’s Landscaping of Sheffield Village, Ohio is really a full-service landscaping firm that’s built their reputation balancing landscape design, hardscape design, and water features into a unifying whole. Every element in a landscape design is hand-selected, ensuring that every aspect of one’s landscape and/or hardscape design is imaginative and aesthetically pleasing, while also meeting Rich Kanary’s time-tested standards.
From specially selected stone to the wonder and charm of natural quarry rock, Kanary’s Landscaping ensures lasting beauty for every landscaping and hardscaping project, from design to final cleanup.
Kanary’s Landscaping stands behind their designs and their services! A landscape, hardscape, or water feature is as effective as the people and materials behind it, the team that creates it and the hands that mold it.Business