What to Know About Hardscaping

Have you purchased a new home or do you want a more functional yard space? You may be considering a landscaping plan that involves installing hardscapes, such as a deck, pool or outdoor kitchen. You may also have looked at hundreds of photos to develop your ideal backyard. However, you should know a few things before investing in hardscape design Charlotte.


Hardscapes typically serve specific functions. For example, fencing is used for privacy, walls may be used for privacy or soil retention and structures, such as gazebos, arbors or pergolas offer shade over seating or outdoor kitchen areas. Before you install hardscapes, consider the function of the space and choose materials and designs that are appropriate for those functions.


You may also be looking for ways to reduce the time you spend tending your yard and garden each week. For example, you may not want to mow your entire lot. Hardscapes such as patios, decks and pools offer you ways to break up your lawn and plants so you can spend more time enjoying your yard space than you do tending it.

Research and Plan

Your land will have unique characteristics, such as drainage and water requirements. These elements will have a significant impact on your landscaping design. Your initial and long-term budget will also impact your plan, so develop an initial outlay budget and determine how much you want to spend maintaining and watering your landscaping in the future.

You need to identify the amount and shape of your land. Then, determine what features you want in your yard. A good landscaper can help you make the most of your available land.

Installing Hardscapes

Be sure you install the proper foundation before you install hardscapes. For example, paver stones require sand and gravel to prevent plant growth between the pavers and ensure they are stable. Keep functionality and accessibility in mind as you install these elements.

Don’t hesitate to consult with a landscaper to create your outdoor sanctuary or playground you can use for years to come.