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Differences Between Hardscaping and Softscaping

Your outdoor space consists of hardscape and softscape elements, working with each other to create an eye-catching environment you're proud to call home. At Rooted in Nature, we are here to explain the differences so you can enlist the right service for your property. 

What Is Hardscaping? 

A hardscape design is a collection of inanimate, non-living features throughout your outdoor living area. While they're installed to boost your home's curb appeal, they also often have functional applications to create walking pathways, offer seating, prevent soil erosion and display beautiful plants. These design elements can transform an unorganized and chaotic yard into a space sure to turn heads. Potential hardscape elements you might have around your home include: 

  • Patios 

  • Retaining walls 

  • Driveways 

  • Pavers

  • Fireplace 

  • Swimming pools 

  • Concrete curbs 

  • Fences 

Generally, hardscape components are long-term additions to your property's appearance. Elements such as patios, walkways and retaining walls are fixed elements that require time and money to change. Despite this investment, hardscape can be updated with the right team, although it's important to develop a long-term plan before doing so. 

Hardscape elements can extend your outdoor living space. Adding hardscape features, like patios, pools or walkways, creates a much larger living area and a more comfortable space, allowing your friends and family to spend more time outdoors. Enhancing these spaces throughout your property will also increase your property's value and attract potential buyers should you decide to sell.

What Is Softscaping? 

Your softscape design encapsulates everything that's living on your property. These elements are likely to change from season to season and require constant evolution to ensure you maintain the right balance. Your options for softscape elements include the following: 

  • Trees 

  • Shrubs

  • Grass

  • Flowers 

  • Vines 

  • Groundcover  

Softscaping elements will bring lots of color, elegance and character to your property when given the attention it deserves. Living plants require weekly, monthly and yearly care such as watering, trimming, fertilizing, aerating and more. When you stay on top of these tasks, you ensure your home always looks its best. 

Unlike fixed hardscape elements, softscape features offer property owners tons of flexibility to mix and match different types of plants from year to year and season to season. They make it possible to continue evolving your property's appearance, aligning with new design trends or changing interests and styles. 

Create a Balanced Landscape Design With Rooted in Nature 

Creating the perfect blend of softscape and hardscape design elements is the key to building an attractive and operational property. If you want to construct a well-balanced landscape with stunning softscape and hardscape elements, you can trust the team at Rooted in Nature to help. We have a dedicated team of landscapers with years of experience working with homeowners and businesses to develop unique designs that bring the best out of their properties. 

Learn more about how we can transform your property's look and feel with our hardscaping and softscaping services. Call us at 443-843-0908 or contact our team online to request your quote today! 

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