Hardscaping is a term you may not be familiar with, but it is very beneficial in helping you create your dream landscape. In essence, hardscaping is any addition to your yard that is man-made and designed to make your landscape more beautiful and functional, and it can include anything from cobblestone walkways to backyard fountains. Hardscaping ties your landscape together in pleasing ways that both draw the eye in and make the area more enjoyable to be in. Here are some hardscaping ideas you can consider when you have a large yard with lots of empty space.
A stone bridge can be a stand-alone focal point in the middle of your yard, and it is excellent for allowing vines like morning glory to climb up it. Choose river stones in a variety of colors to complete the bridge to give it a whimsical effect or make it modernly charming by using classic red brick. This is a fun, decorative way to make the center of your yard more aesthetically pleasing and to create a point where you can plant easy-growing trees like Quaken Aspen to increase its effect. You can also place decorative stepping stones from your porch to the bridge if you want to tie it into your home.
A retaining wall is another way you can break up a large landscape and bring your yard to life. A retaining wall is a buildup of grasses and dirt with a brick or stone wall placed several inches high behind it. You can choose to place a retaining wall behind a large garden or flowering shrubs to increase their appeal in your yard, or you can place small garden lights under the addition to give it appeal both day and night.
Building a water feature out of natural rock so water cascades into a small pool is a beautiful addition that adds natural water sounds to your yard while attracting small birds. You can place Koi fish in the pond your water feature runs into for a fun way to bring nature into your yard. You can place a water feature in your front yard to make your home's exterior more grand or place it in the backyard to enjoy from your patio. Talk to your landscaper about the different types of natural rock or slate you can use to make your water feature blend into your yard more naturally for the best appeal.
For more information and ideas, talk with landscaping companies that work with residential hardscaping, such as Davis Landscape.
I have always been someone who absolutely adores being outside, which is probably one of the reasons I decided to buy a home with a large lot. However, as soon as I moved in, I realized that yard work was a lot more challenging than I had anticipated, which is why I called in a team of professional landscapers. They were amazing to work with and got right to it, and within a few days, the yard was looking amazing. I wanted to create a blog all about creating beautiful outdoors spaces so that other people can help to beautify the world.