What is the Difference between Hardscaping and Softscaping?

Before creating an appealing design around the outside of your home, there’s plenty to consider including your property’s soil type, regional climate, and water drainage. Once these factors are considered, the fun begins with designing the creative side of your property’s design through hardscaping and landscaping!

Hardscaping and Softscaping: Your Key to an Appealing Property Design

When aiming to create an appealing property, both hardscaping and softscaping elements need to be considered.

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The heavier elements in a landscape design such as rocks, stone pathways, and driveways are what hardscaping encompasses. Although they require more technical consideration when being installed, hardscaping elements normally require minimal maintenance thereafter.

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Hardscape Ideas for Front Yards

Even though summertime is now behind us, it’s not too late to redesign your front yard! The best part about working on your property’s appearance in the fall means that your property is ready to be enjoyed next spring!

Make your front yard the best one on the street by completing a hardscaping project! Check out some of our ideas below for creating the perfect hardscape for your front yard.

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Install a New Walkway

When installing a new walkway into your front yard, begin by ensuring there is a firm foundation. A hardscaping project that is meant to last must be built onto a foundation that won’t settle, shift or wash away. To do this, dig into the mineral soil layer below the topsoil, tamp the soil to ensure compaction and add a gravel layer to begin the leveling process.

Once the foundation is prepped, go ahead and begin installing whatever type of material you have chosen for your new walkway. Bricks, patio stones, concrete, and gravel are only a few material suggestions to create a useful new pathway for your front yard.

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Hardscaping Ideas for Small Backyards.

Great hardscaping designs are easier for some than others. If you don’t have much of an imagination in life, you aren’t likely to have much when it comes to the hardscape landscaping your yard. If your backyard is small, ideas may be even harder to come by.

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Hardscaping often includes some of the more pricier items in your backyard. Things like patios, fences and retaining walls, won’t come cheap. You are only going to make this investment if done right, once. Make the most of your space and budget with these six tips and ideas.

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Latest Trends in Concrete Pavers

Outdoor landscaping continues to evolve, and nothing beats outdoor living when the weather is right, but high maintenance materials, like wood, are decreasing in popularity. Many homeowners today are moving towards time efficiency and sustainability materials like concrete pavers.

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The Importance of Landscape Design

Browsing through pictures of beautiful gardens and plush grass might lead you to think about all the possibilities you can complete with the yard you have, but do those designs work for your home and your lifestyle? Certain landscaping might look absolutely stunning but do those people have children who run around in the yard? A dog who might dig up flower beds? Or is their yard much bigger than the space you are working with? Here are some important questions to ask and have answers for prior to having work done.

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How to Maintain Newly Laid Sod

Newly laid sod can transform a disheveled or bare lawn into a picture-perfect image of outdoor tranquility, but it will not stay that way without the proper care. Sod, when it is first put down is fragile and requires good maintenance. The following are some tips to help you ensure that your newly laid sod becomes the beautiful lawn you’ve always wanted.

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Keep Green Collar on Your Shortlist for Snow Removal in Hamilton, ON

Hamilton, Ontario (September 23, 2014) – The winter months are just around the corner for Canada, and for the residents of Hamilton, Ontario, that means having to face the dreariness of winters made only worse by the unsightly slush that blankets the city during this time. To help keep their drives and walkways clear come winter, Hamiltonians may want to warm up to the idea of hiring Green Collar Landscaping for winter container arrangements and snow removal in Hamilton.

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Creative Landscapers can Do More than Just Snow Removal in Hamilton

As winter fast approaches, you may suddenly come up with an idea to decorate the drab snow-covered yard and driveway after excess snow has been cleared. Since you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, it’s best to seek help from an artistic landscaper who does snow removal in Hamilton. An article on MyHomeIdeas.com features simple yet dramatic suggestions from their resident stylist on how to beautify your winter yard to get into the spirit of the season.

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Hamilton Landscaping Companies Suggest Winter Planters this Icy Season

Winter planters may look like any ordinary potted plant, but they excel at one thing: the pots used aren’t your usual terracotta.

Clay is a type of expansive soil, swelling and shrinking depending on water content. Clay pots are one of the most affordable containers around, their porosity allowing them to breathe and provide air to the soil. Under a rainy winter, however, clay will be susceptible to cracking as a result of constant freeze-thaw cycles.

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Prevent Soil from Breaking up with Winter Landscaping in Hamilton

This year, experts are expecting a warmer fall followed by a tamer and shorter winter. However, winter is winter. There’s no stopping Canadian soil from freezing over once more.

Ice and snow have their own way of loosening up the soil and ruining your beautiful landscape in the coming months. Any moisture present in the soil may freeze, leaving icy crevices that can break up the soil. The loose soil can then be blown away by a strong blizzard. Scientists believe water and ice were the causes of major rock formations like the Grand Canyon.

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