At Rainforest LA, we primarily market ourselves as a landscaping company. However, there’s a major component of our services that cannot be ignored: hardscaping. Hardscaping, in a nutshell, is the art of manmade features in an outdoor area that add visual flair and functionality. While some people lump hardscaping and landscaping together, we believe that it’s important enough to have its own designation when we market our services. There are so many things you can do with hardscaping, and when implemented correctly, it can elevate a landscape design to sheer perfection.
Whether you’re adding a brick walkway, a cozy outdoor fire pit, a relaxing pergola, or a fully-functional BBQ area, there is much to be gained from good hardscaping. Here are some of the biggest benefits of hardscaping:
- Conserves Water: First and foremost, hardscaping replaces vegetation wherever it’s implemented. If you have a large area of stepping stones, for example, they are all taking up space that would normally be filled by grass and plants. The effect is magnified when you go with a larger project, such as a stone patio or a large fire pit area. We can certainly afford to use less water here in Southern California, so consider a hardscaping feature for your yard!
- Guides Traffic: Hardscaping adds solid, tangible objects into a yard that is otherwise full of vegetation, and this can have the useful effect of guiding foot traffic through your yard. Stepping stones, walkways, and fences are obvious examples, but larger features such as pergolas also have a “come over here” effect, where people are naturally inclined to congregate around them. This can keep the rest of your yard clean, and add a natural flow and functionality to your backyard.
- Increases Home Value and Curb Appeal: Hardscaping isn’t an easy task, and that’s why you don’t see brand new homes decked out with luxurious hearth-style fire pits in their backyards. So, when you add these features to your home, you’re not only adding the functionality that the hardscaping feature provides on its own, you’re also increasing your home’s value and curb appeal.
- Low-Maintenance: You know what requires a whole lot of dedication and upkeep? Plants. Don’t get us wrong, if we didn’t love everything about the outdoors, we wouldn’t be landscaping experts in the first place, but nobody can deny how much work it is to maintain a collection of plants and trees, especially if you have a complex arrangement. Hardscaping features, on the other hand, are practically maintenance-free. Yes, you’ll want to make sure that they stay in good shape, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the time you need to put into maintaining a garden.
Hardscaping Services in Los Angeles and the Surrounding Areas
These are only a few of the benefits of hardscaping. In reality, there are many more, and if you give us a call, we can brainstorm all the many ways that hardscaping could be a boon to your yard. Whether you have an idea firmly in your mind or you’re looking for the guidance of landscape design professionals, we can transform your yard into something that’s beautiful, elegant, and functional. Rainforest LA has been serving the greater Los Angeles area for over 20 years; contact us for a free consultation!