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Understanding Soft and Hard Landscaping

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  • 16-03-2017
Understanding Soft and Hard Landscaping

Understanding Soft and Hard Landscaping

The masonry, rock, stone and other hard components of the area give the landscape structure and form. These are usually called the hardscape materials. These are important in coordinating the landscape and garden to the feel and look of the home as well as outside world. 

Hard landscaping

Hard landscaping is a crucial part of landscaping, but many people don't see it as such. It is usually the last thing they think about when it should be the first design element and their first consideration. 

Hard landscaping not only aims to give structure and form to the garden. But it also solves various purposes such as the foundation of your outdoor living spaces. Hard landscaping can help to prevent erosion. It can offer proper drainage, diverting water and creating a long-lasting area that increases the value of your home. 

Hard landscaping may play a bigger part in helping you achieve your dream landscape if you live in a place where water is a huge concern. However, there are also soft materials like water-budget friendly cacti that you can turn to.

Soft landscaping

Soft landscaping, on the other hand, refers to the living component of the garden. This includes the mulch, plants, lawn, trees, shrubs and dirt present in your garden as well as ponds. 

Although made of hard landscaping materials like stone, the pond itself can be considered a component of the soft scape. Most people seem to be confused and overwhelmed when it comes to their garden's soft landscaping. They can't seem to choose how they want their landscape to look. 

Working with a contractor or landscape designer can help you decide.  They can offer a lot of possibilities and choices when it comes soft landscaping. There may be no single method for balancing soft and hard landscaping.  But harmony based on other outside inspirations can help you determine how to do things and achieve the look you want. 

If water is not a problem, you can consider using soft lush plants that favour moisture. You can also use hard materials that prevent soil movement, move water away from the property and provide a dry area to walk and live in. 

Both hard landscaping and soft landscaping are important elements. These should be considered to achieve a good landscape design. Without the presence of both soft and hard materials, a landscape can look incomplete.  Such a design won't be capable of performing the functions of good landscaping. 

Hard and soft should be properly balanced to create your dream landscape.