When you add elements like stone, concrete patios, gravel paths, or any other element not found in nature to your landscape, you are creating a hardscape. Hardscaping your yard can bring functionality and a level of interest to your design. C.M. Jones, Inc., a specialized landscape construction company in Philadelphia, has been helping their clients design beautiful hardscapes for more than 20-years. Here are five tips to help you create a beautiful hardscape design in your yard.
- Choose a theme – When you are thinking about your theme, keep in mind what the exterior of your house looks like. Also, be sure to avoid using a random mix of elements to keep your yard from looking like an outdoor museum.
- Look at the big picture – even if you have no plans to complete your hardscape at one time, it is important to look at the big picture. Develop a plan for the entire space so you don’t end up placing an element in the way of another feature you decide you want later on.
- Deal with drainage – adding certain elements, like a wall or patio, can affect how the area drains water. To ensure the water still seeps into the ground, be sure to add permeable elements to your design.
- Follow nature’s curves – only having straight lines in your yard will make it look unnatural. You want your landscaping to match the shapes of Mother Nature, so not all sidewalks need to be linear.