1. What is Hardscaping?

Hard Landscaping, or “Hardscaping” for short, according to Wikipedia is “hard landscape materials in the built environment structures that are incorporated into a landscape.” 

That’s a pretty long sentence, but what it means to Clark’s customers is that your outdoor space is more livable. It’s more usable. And it can make your grounds safer, provide more privacy, or make it more comfortable. Or all of the above. Hardscaping is a good all around investment in enjoying life.


  1. What does Hardscaping use?

Hardscaping can include paved areas, driveways, retaining walls, sleeper walls, stairs, walkways, and any other landscaping that’s made up of durable materials like wood, stone, and concrete. Kind of the contrast to the horticultural parts of your grounds.


  1. What are 3 benefits of Hardscaping?

    A. Hardscaping enriches the softer features of the yard, such as lawn, floral plantings, trees and shrubs. 

B. One key feature of Hardscaping has to do with water absorption.
That’s very important.
Why? 3 reasons:

1.) Good Hardscaping means not worrying about water after heavy rain or snowfall. 

2.) The right water absorption & irrigation system, coupled with hard materials that safely move water away from the property, can ensure water is not a problem 

3.) That means your grounds are a drier, more enjoyable living space, rather than a wet & muddy bog. 
Landscaping can help with this, but the real key is through Hardscaping.

C. Hardscaping allows features that would otherwise be impossible due to soil erosion and weathering. For example, highly trafficked paths or areas that would wear down bare earth or grass are easy to use with Hardscaping. Or for another example, sheer vertical features are possible, both decorative or functional.


Finally, one word of caution.
Poorly planned or poorly executed Hardscaping can cause very costly problems over time, even causing problems to the home or other buildings, such as cracking, indoor flooding, or pest infiltration.

Call Clark’s today for a consult. We can help you put together a solid Hardscaping plan that works for you, your budget, and your grounds.

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