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What You Should Know About Hardscaping

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Landscaping plays a major role in your home's curb appeal. The right landscaping can make your home more attractive and even increase its value. In fact, the right landscaping can add between 5.5 and 12.7 percent in value to your home as compared to no landscaping. Landscaping consists of two components, the softscaping and the hardscaping. The softscaping includes plants, trees, and other living elements. Hardscaping consists of the hard materials found in your landscaping. Here's what you should know about your hardscaping.

Hardscaping Options

When it comes to your landscape's hardscaping, the first thing that you will want to do is to look into your options. There are various features that are considered to be hardscaping. Things like pathways, pergolas, patios, walls, fencing, and other elements will all be part of the hardscape. Various materials can be used including concrete, gravel, stone, metal, and wood. It's important to look at what features will work best with your home and your lifestyle. For instance, if you like to spend time outside and entertain, you may want to consider a pergola or a patio. Landscape curbing and flower beds are also important parts of the hardscape.

Costs Can Vary

Another thing to consider when it comes to hardscaping is that costs can vary significantly depending on the type of hardscaping you choose for your landscape. A deck, for example, costs on average $6,974. The average cost of a concrete wall is $4,989 while a pathway will cost around $3,136. Typically, the more complex the hardscaping, the more expensive it will be. Certain materials, such as wood, wrought iron, and natural stone, can also increase your total cost. When making a budget for your landscaping, it's important to consider the total cost of your hardscaping.

It's Low Maintenance

One of the biggest issues that many homeowners have with their landscaping is that it is high maintenance. The good news is that if you add more hardscaping elements to your landscaping, you may find that the amount of landscape maintenance required drops. Typically hardscaping requires little to no maintenance. Some features may require pressure washing or sweeping, but compared to softscaping little time is needed for these elements. Hardscaping is a great way to improve your landscaping without increasing your maintenance workload.

When it comes to hardscaping, there are a few things that you should be aware of. First, there are a variety of options to choose from and it's important to look to see which ones will work best with your home. Costs can vary depending on what features you choose to add to your landscape. Compared to softscaping, most hardscaping is low maintenance.

For more information, contact a company like White Oak Land Management.