Benefits of Adding Hardscaping to Your Yard

With this period of cool mornings and warm afternoons, there is still time left to enjoy your yard before we hunker down for the cold winter ahead. A great way to continue to enjoy your yard, as well as create a beautiful space to enjoy your morning cup of Joe, is to add hardscaping elements to your landscape. What is hardscaping? Hardscaping is adding permanent design elements to your landscaping and gardens such as paved walkways, a fire pit, patios, pools, water features and retaining walls. Different materials can be used in creating hardscaping for your yard. The most common materials used in creating a beautiful and lasting hardscape depend on the area you live in. For Northern Virginia, we recommend using:   Pavers – For use in driveways, patios and walkways. It is durable and can withstand the freeze - thaw cycles we go thru in this region. There are many different colors and styles to allow for great and interesting designs. Stone – Strong, natural, regal and long lasting stone such as flagstone and Carderock are recommended for longevity and for an elegant look. Brick – Great for walkways, patios and is used for a classic look. There are several reasons to add hardscape to your yard. Creating a backyard oasis adds value to your home, correcting a landscaping issue or increasing outdoor space for entertaining friends and family. If you have uneven or sloping land throughout your property, adding hardscape such as a retaining wall can even out your yard as well as address any drainage issues you may have. Whether you are looking to increase your outdoor living space, add a patio with an outdoor kitchen or create a place for