Hardscapes are permanent landscape features made of stone, brick or concrete (and other stuff — hard stuff — thus, “hardscape”) that cover the natural earth. A hardscape could be a path of paving stones, a sidewalk, or a ground level brick patio. Anybody can throw a bunch of rocks on the ground and call it a path, but turning it into a proper hardscape is a bit more complex.

Drainage is probably the most important consideration. Hardscapes block the natural earth, so you need to make sure that runoff flows the right way. Do it wrong, and your pretty patio will turn the yard next to it into a small, muddy pond. (We know water features are popular, but that’s just cheating. Call us to get it done the right way!) Placement and materials are the two main considerations.