Hardscape is a subcategory of landscape design and construction that involves the use of hard materials such as fieldstone, bluestone, bricks, pavers, granite, cobblestone & other materials. Hardscape landscaping services can include stone and brick work for outdoor living areas such as patios, pool environments, kitchens, firepits, even driveways, walkways, and retaining walls. In short, all the hard, inorganic materials and products make up the hardscape part of landscape design.
All the organic elements– turf, shrubs, trees, flowers, mulch beds, etc. – provide the “soft” for the “softscape” part of landscaping.
Hardscape design and installation often features unique hardscape elements such as water features (ponds, fountains and waterfalls), advanced lighting (fiberoptics, LEDs, solar-powered fixtures, etc.) natural stone walls, and dry “river beds”, to name a few. As you can see, not all the materials used in hardscaping are natural – many are manufactured — in fact, any element not organic or living can be considered for hardscaping.
At Manning Tree & Landscape we offer a wide variety of hardscape designs, materials, and services – from complete hardscape design and development, to installation, and maintenance. In fact, we can match virtually any hardscape stone material, color, or surface to just about any commercial building or house exterior to create a beautiful, flowing design that integrates and complements softscape, hardscape, and architectural elements.
If you’re considering utilizing hardscape as part of a larger new landscape design or renovation and don’t know where to start, we suggest starting with the hardscape design and installation first and then adding the softscape elements such as trees, shrubs, and flowers after the hardscape project is completed. It’s much easier, more efficient, and less intrusive to work on hardscape materials and construction first, before there are delicate plantings that can get damaged during landscape construction.
No matter what you decide to do, if you’re thinking about making hardscaping part of your overall landscaping theme, we’d be happy to show you unique, attractive, and dramatic ways to improve your property and outdoor living.