When designing a hardscape, always begin with the permanent structures. It’s a good idea to let the physical area and surroundings dictate the shape and form of your design. Before beginning, make sure drainage, grading and compaction are properly planned to avoid problems arising after the project is finished. To give your hardscape a unique aesthetic, try to incorporate many different elements. Balancing natural stone, wood structures, iron accents, pavers and plants will make your design harmonious.
Plants, trees and shrubs are structural elements of a landscape and planting them is an integral part of your project. Before you start buying your landscaping plants, it is important to have a clear vision of your landscaping goal. Define what you want to accomplish with your new landscaped yard – privacy or a place to enjoy nature. When choosing plant material, be sure to use plants for every season including winter. Achieving the right combination of landscaping plants will give you a healthy, balanced yard retreat.
Since walkways encourage guests to explore, you can use them to direct people towards points of interest around your yard. The material you choose for the walkway, such as paver stones, tiles, loose fillings, flagstone or wood, can determine the impact of your final product. A walkway design should always be constructed from the same type of material used in your patio or deck so that all the elements of your landscape flow. We recommend inserting a flowerbed between the pavers and the home to create a softer, more visually appealing look.