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What Is The Difference Between Landscape And Hardscape?

If you’re planning to beautify your Pacific Northwest yard, you’ve probably come across the terms “landscape” and “hardscape.” Although they are used interchangeably, there’s a difference between landscape and hardscape.

One refers to the natural elements in your yard, while the other consists of man-made features. Continue reading this post to learn more about the differences between landscape and hardscape.

What is Landscape?

Landscape refers to the natural elements that make your yard look attractive. These elements include grass, flowers, shrubs, trees, and water bodies.

However, landscape may also encompass the hardscape in your yard (hence the interchangeable use). In this case, the natural elements are called softscape.

For example, a garden filled with colorful flowers can be referred to as your landscape (or softscape). And, it’s still a landscape if you have hardscapes like a gazebo or pergola in your garden.

What is Hardscape?

Hardscape consists of the man-made (or hard) features in your yard. Features like retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and even driveways and decks are examples of hardscapes.

Hardscape elements usually make your yard functional and accessible. Also, they can support your softscape (e.g., a hanging garden wall) and make your landscape look more organized.

Should I Choose A Landscape Or Hardscape Design?

If you’re wondering which is better to choose – a landscape design or a hardscape design, the truth is that the most beautiful yards have both. For instance, planting colorful flowers along the sides of your paved walkways will make your yard look more attractive.

Too much landscaping (or softscape) can make your yard look cluttered, while too much hardscaping can make your yard dreary.

Create The Perfect Balance Between Landscape & Hardscape

Despite their differences, you need to incorporate both landscape and hardscape in your yard design to improve your curb appeal.

If you need help creating the perfect balance between landscape and hardscape in your Pacific Northwest Yard, reach out to us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscaping.


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