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Landscape Ideas 2017: Understanding the Differences Between Hardscape and Softscape Landscape design involves two elements making up your outdoor living areas which are the hardscape and softscape. But what are the differences between a hardscape and a softscape? Hardscape refers to the man-made features or materials used in the building of environment structures such as paths and walls. Whereas softscape refers to the fluid, changing, and horticultural elements of a landscape such as plants, shrubs, and trees. Ideally, a balanced landscape should have a harmonious combination of hardscape and softscape elements. An overly hardscaped landscape does not bring out the relaxing and soothing effect intended for a garden, whereas too much softscape makes your yard like a jungle. What makes a softscape generally includes soft horticultural elements such as flowers, shrubs, ground covers, and trees which are the growing or living components of a landscape. The hardscape elements of a landscape include the patios, pool surrounds, decks, walls, fences, arbors, gazebos, pergolas, stones, rocks, retaining walls, stairs, walkways, and landscape edging. Both hardscape and softscape elements are important to outdoor living spaces, with hardscape elements providing support and functional use, while softscape elements providing green and living forms in your yard. Whether it is man-made or natural, small or big, formal or informal, light or heavy, the hardscape elements of a garden add focus and balance. If you just imagine a yard with pure softscape without wood, stones, rocks, gazebos, walls, or brick, it’s like a wild forest situated right next to your house. For centuries, bricks are being used to build roads, walls, pathways, buildings, and all sorts of structures, and they have specific patterns that can make a surface appear informal or formal. Another form of hardscape is your decking that can use composite materials or engineered wood, providing excellent traction, resisting rotting and mold, and does not require sanding or resealing. Composite decking is an eco-friendly material that is durable and make a perfect structure made of wood fibers as well as recycled plastics. Concrete is a good material for construction of your patio or pathway project because it can be stamped, texturized, stained, and embedded with other materials such as sea glass, white sand and pebbles. The different loose-material in hardscaping include pea gravel, small stones, recycled rubber mulch, Mexican river rock, and recycled glass. Flagstone or natural stone is an attractive and popular choice for outdoor patios. Tiles are not just for indoor applications but also make a good material for outdoor living space. Feel free to check our website or homepage for more related articles about the best water features, landscape ideas, and hardscape services in New Braunfels.What Research About Businesses Can Teach You

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09 Aug 2017

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