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How to Use Hardscaping to Enhance Your Garden

You know all about landscaping, but have you heard of hardscaping? Hardscaping encompasses all the durable, non-living elements of your garden, such as patios, walkways, edging and accessories. These hard elements are an efficient and affordable way to change up your exterior design. Whether you’re going for elegant and stately or relaxed and casual, read on to learn how you can use hardscaping to enhance your garden’s style.


Give the Birds a Bath

Attracting birds to your yard offers many benefits like weed reduction, pest control and pollination, and there’s no better way to attract them than with an elegant concrete birdbath. Consider a fountain style for the relaxing sound of running water. Add a heater to your birdbath in the winter so the birds don’t have to expend valuable heat energy for a drink.

Have a Seat

Outdoor furniture is one of the most functional aspects of hardscape design. Adding a wooden or cement picnic table and benches to your garden creates cozy charm and provides a comfortable place to sit and rest. Add weatherproof accessories like cushions and pillows to finish off the look.

Provide a Walking Path

No garden is complete without a walking path. Use large stepping stones and let the grass grow through for a casual look, go vintage with a cobblestone path or add an elegant touch with a brick walkway. If you’re on a tight budget, use pieces of timber to create a frame and fill it in with colored gravel for a pretty walkway on a shoestring.

Edge Your Flower Beds

You put a lot of work into your garden flowers, so make those lovely blooms stand out by surrounding them with a border of decorative edging. Edging is available in a large variety of styles and materials, including concrete, bricks, wooden picket and metal. Consider taller edging if you need to keep out thieving wildlife like rabbits and deer.

Add Warmth With a Firepit

Although a firepit isn’t on anyone’s must-have hardscaping list, it’s still a fun and useful addition to any garden. Use your firepit to keep warm while enjoying the outdoors on a chilly night or break out the hot dogs and marshmallows for a campfire party.

Are you tired of mowing grass and trimming hedges? Hardscaping can also be an alternative to living landscapes. A new trend is to replace all or part of your lawn with cobblestones, rock, gravel or other non-living materials to save on maintenance and water.


Author Bio:  Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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