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What Is Hardscaping?

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You’ve browsed the internet for outdoor makeover ideas, and you keep seeing the word “hardscaping” pop up in your search results. Now you’re wondering, “What is hardscaping?” and how you can use it to beautify your property. Check out this quick guide from It’s The Brick Guys to plan your outdoor renovation.

The Basic Definition of Hardscaping

Hardscaping refers to the hard surfaces mixed within your landscaping. Some examples of hardscaping include:

  • Patios
  • Walkways, sidewalks, and garden paths
  • Retaining walls
  • Fire pit areas
  • Stone, concrete, and paver garden beds
  • Tree rings
  • Water features
  • Outdoor kitchens, lounges, and living rooms
  • Swimming pools and hot tub bases

Many landscape designers will also refer to your fencing as hardscaping. Any exterior element that isn’t “soft” could be classified as hardscaping, depending on who you’re talking to. This includes gravel paths and rock beds. Most people relate hardscaping to the concrete and paver structures around the property.

Hardscaping vs. Landscaping

Hardscaping and landscaping (or soft scaping) work hand-in-hand. A dynamic outdoor design uses a combination of hard and soft surfaces to create depth, visual interest, and contrast. The hardscaping covers your functional needs while the landscaping dresses it up.

This isn’t to say that hardscaping is not visually appealing. Strategically placed retaining walls deliver the function of securing dirt on a steep edge, but they also add color and variation to the yard. A custom brick paver patio could be the highlight of your outdoor living space, even with beautiful garden beds next to it. You can take advantage of both these options to turn your property into your personal oasis.

Get Professional Hardscaping Services from It’s The Brick Guys

It’s The Brick Guys offers quality hardscaping solutions, including brick paving, paver restoration, retaining wall resets, outdoor kitchens, and much more. We can install all-new hardscaping on your property or restore the hardscaping you already have.

Not sure if your hardscaping is salvageable? We can assess the situation to go over your options. We will never pressure you into getting services you do not want or need. We’ve remained in business for years because of our dedication to honesty, integrity, and quality craftsmanship.

Reach out to(833) 627-4257 to schedule a hardscaping estimate.We use locally-sourced materials from Michigan manufacturers, and all our work comes with a complete satisfaction guarantee. Start your outdoor makeover today!