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Hardscaping and Softscaping: What’s the Difference?

Landscaping is considered through two lenses: hardscaping and softscaping, both of which can help elevate a space on their own but when designed in compliment of each other, can create a beautiful, new space.

Finding the right balance for your yard starts with understanding the differences between both approaches.

Hardscaping is typically most of the “hard” aspects of your yard: the immoveable material that brings durability, functionality and aesthetic to your design. This can include:

  • Stone patios and pathways
  • Seating and retaining walls
  • Wooden decks or stairs
  • Fences and gates 
  • Permanent firepits, fireplaces and outdoor kitchens

Softscaping, then, is typically all of the flora in your yard, the living “colorful” additions to your space:  

  • Grasses and sod
  • Flowers and plants
  • Trees and shrubs

Both create positive additions to your yard. Hardscaping can help protect the environment around it from erosion and provides durable, unmoving function by creating pathways, wall structures or designated seating, fire or socializing spaces. Softscaping helps to bring the space to life. Bringing plants, trees and shrubs not only bring colorful aesthetic but also help create more privacy, making your outdoor space cozy and welcoming.

Looking to add any of these elements to your yard? Connect with us and we can help get you started!