What is Hardscaping?

Apr 16, 2021 | Landscaping, Residential, Uncategorized

In order to understand what hardscaping is, it is important, to begin with, understanding landscaping as a whole.  Landscaping corresponds to any practice that alters the observable characteristics of the land. These include fresh elements such as trees and flowers; or what we generally know as gardening which is the art of growing plants in order to establish beauty in the landscape. In other words, it is the method of making a backyard or another piece of land more appealing and eye-catching by modifying the original plan. Some of the practices often performed while doing landscaping include installing interlock or pavers, creating retaining walls, planting flowers, trees and more. It is important to understand that there are two main categories when referring to landscaping. The first being hardscaping and the second softscaping.   Although they are two completely different aspects of landscaping, in order to have a well-balanced landscape it is important that both hard and soft landscape features, work together to create harmony in your outdoor space. In this article, we are going to elaborate on hardscaping and its components.
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Over the past couple of decades or so, environmental psychologists have made important contributions to landscaping practices. These include how the landscaping design is related to society and peoples’ mood, psychology, and personality. Decision-makers are looking to environmental psychologists for advice because of their understanding of the relationship between people and places. After all, your property’s first impression is through its appearance.

At EDPS Property Services, we understand that whether you are looking to creating a common area for your employees at work or designing your dream backyard, your landscape directly impacts you and your guest’s state.  This is why, when are we designing landscapes our first question is not “how many square feet of interlock are you looking for?” but instead “What is your goal for this space? How and what will you use this space for? What do you want to feel when you enter this space?”  With over 25 years of experience, our team of professional have created landscapes of all sizes using all types of budgets.  Give us a call and find out how we can create your dream outdoor space.



The word “hardscape” applies to all features that are related to hard landscaping and materials such as pavers, retaining walls, paved areas, and wooden features.  It is one of the two main landscaping subcategories, the other being softscaping.

If you are planning on designing and implementing your own hardscape, there are some things to keep in mind.  Unlike softscaping, your hardscape is not meant to go anywhere anytime soon and it might be in place for the following 15-20 years.  Therefore, it should be designed and installed correctly the first time.  This may sound like a daunting undertaking, but if you partner with a reputable and experienced landscape contractor that has a portfolio of similar projects, the chances are higher your desired outcome is achieved at the quality level you expect.

When creating your dream hardscape, make sure you take the following into account:

1. The Environment

During any landscaping project, it is important to consider the surrounding area.  For example, your front and back yard should flow together cohesively.  Utilizing different materials, or different lines can really impact the overall “flow” of your outdoor space.  Another example can be how you utilize the outdoor features your property has.  Such as, being on a property that backs onto a ravine.  This provides you with the opportunity to build your hardscape and incorporate great views of this ravine into your design.

2. The Drainage

Often forgotten about is the drainage of water.  Installing hardscapes will drastically impact how and where water drains on your property. Planning your drainage installations is equally important as planning your hardscapes. You need to consider putting in a drainage that captures runoff in an environmentally responsible way. This would prevent likely damages to your property and also your neighbour’s property.

3. Choosing Materials

Try to choose materials that suit your building’s exteriors. We recommend that from the variety of textures out there, you only go for three or even two unless the area is very large. This will ensure a more cohesive look to the property.

In Conclusion, we always recommend you get advice from professional landscape designers and contractors when you are thinking of creating your dream outdoor space.  If you can dream it, chances are it has been built before and there is someone out there who can help you make that dream your reality.  At EDPS Property Services, we are a complete landscape design and construction company and we are committed to incorporating the best methods of hard and soft landscape design to deliver the highest quality to our customers. Questions? don’t hesitate to Contact Us!

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