Whether you’re thinking of adding a patio -- or already have one that could use some enhancements -- adding hardscape elements can be the perfect way to increase functionality, boost home value and upgrade the look of your backyard.
Let’s start by understanding what the term “hardscape” means. Simply, it describes any hard materials that are incorporated into a landscape. This includes patios, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, walkways, seating areas, fences or similar features that are composed of materials such as wood, stone, brick, concrete, etc.
If you’re uncertain about adding hardscape elements to your landscape, here are four reasons that may help you decide:
Creates dimension and functionality - While a patio is nice, a patio with a built-in seating area, fire pit, benches, grilling/kitchen area or even a hot tub creates a much more robust gathering and entertaining environment for you and your family to enjoy.
Less maintenance - Hardscape elements such as patios, retaining walls, walkways and seating areas require very little maintenance relative to your lawn and garden. This helps to minimize the amount of time and money necessary to maintain your outdoor environment.
Sustainability - The use of permeable hardscape elements (interlocking pavers, crushed stone, brick, flagstone) is considered to be environmentally friendly, as these materials allow rain water and other precipitation to penetrate the ground directly. This eliminates pooling, nourishes plants and replenishes the groundwater supply.
Now is the time to talk to the team at Nurney Landscape about patio or hardscape options. Our sales professional can guide you through the design ideas that can best bring your backyard to life!