Are you looking to light up your outdoor patio so that you can the host for barbecues and bonfires this summer and fall? At Four Seasons Landscape Management, our team of dedicated technicians puts an emphasis on landscaping, however, our diverse portfolio of services includes a variety of other lawn care aspects such as hardscaping and outdoor lighting. Today we want to share our all about our landscaping and hardscaping, the differences between the two, and how we can spruce up your backyard or porch with outdoor lighting.
What Is Hardscaping?
A hardscape is any of the non-living elements in your landscape design. As the name suggests, these are the harder design elements in your space like concrete, rocks, bricks, pavers, stone, and wood. Hardscaping also includes man-made structures like decks, pergolas, or patio covers that are used specifically in your landscaping.
Four Seasons’ hardscapes, or non-organic landscapes, deliver a visual focal point in your yard, distinguish outdoor living spaces, and can even outline property boundaries. Retaining walls, stone edgings, paved surfaces, fire pits and more – our team will work with you to develop a strategic layout that redefines the look, feel, and experience of your yard.
The Difference Between Landscaping and Hardscaping
As we mentioned above, hardscape is all of the non-living aspects that are included in lawn care. In contrast, landscaping does include all of the physical, living elements of a l
andscape such as trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers, etc. As opposed to hardscaping, landscaping is all of the “soft” elements of your lawn’s landscape.
Hardscaping your lawn is more than just the aesthetics, it serves the purpose of functionality. When planning and choosing the materials to use, layout, and design of your hardscape, it is important to consider how they will impact the efficiency, flow, and overall look of your landscaping. Walls and stone paths can help in leveling off sloping or uneven landscapes. They can also help to irrigate and minimize runoff water in areas that may easily become flooded.
Some hardscape materials like concrete, rock, and stone can help dry the soil around flooded water. It can prevent standing water, algae and mildew buildup, and even unwanted pests. Fences and gates provide privacy and protection for your home. They define your property line and section off various areas of your yard that you may want to use for other purposes.
When designed the most effectively, hardscaping also provides fluidity from the inside of your home to the outside. Additions to the outside of your home like an outdoor kitchen, patio, or deck creates and provides outdoor amenities that compliment your indoor space. Another addition that can utilize outdoor lighting is an an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, which extends the use of your space well into the fall and winter months. Having a usable living space outdoors helps encourage you, your family, and guests to spend more time in your outdoor space and enjoy the company of others for entertainment and comradery.
Our outdoor lighting options at Four Seasons allow you to create a customized outdoor space for your home or building. As a team of landscape professionals, we collectively hold a Kichler landscaping lighting certification. That means we have the training, skill, and experience needed to create an outdoor lighting plan that increases both the ambiance and functionality of your living spaces.
If you are looking to enhance or update your outdoor space or the landscape of your home, office, or building- schedule a free consultation or contact our team not to get started. We would love to transform your space for the upcoming fall season.