Published Thursday, August 10th, 2023

The Differences Between Hardscaping & Landscaping

When it comes to landscaping, you’ll often hear the word hardscaping thrown into the mix when discussing the details of your landscaping maintenance plans or any upgrades. However, if you’re unsure as to precisely how hardscaping services differ from traditional landscaping services, the team from Western Landscape has collected this helpful guide here.

The Differences Between Hardscaping & Landscaping

What is Hardscaping?

Much like it sounds, hardscaping deals with the addition of hard materials to your landscape to increase its aesthetics or create a more functional, usable space. It can often include the installation of rock sculptures, rock walls, stylized retaining walls for gardens, patios, walkways, and more. It is frequently used as a landscaping option that doesn’t include plants.

What is Landscaping?

Landscaping has to do with everything that grows including trees, flowers, shrubs, and more. A professional landscaping company will offer services to increase your property’s aesthetic beauty or add shade. It can also be used to boost residential and commercial property value and provides a variety of environmental benefits such as increasing oxygen, reducing greenhouse gasses, and absorbing carbon dioxide. 

How is Landscaping & Hardscaping Combined in a Landscaping Plan?

There can be many hardscaping/landscaping combinations that offer different benefits for properties. For example, in an urban environment, a landscaping plan might include more hardscaping fixtures and fewer landscaping ones to provide a more functional layout and access to a property. Other areas with more usable land will usually be more focused on planting trees, shrubs, flowers, etc.

The PROs of Landscaping

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, landscaping offers advantages like:

  • Improving water retention and preventing drought conditions
  • Attracting local wildlife, like colorful birds and insects throughout the year
  • Providing food sources for local wildlife
  • Making your property feel more welcoming

The PROs of Hardscaping

Some of the foremost advantages of hardscaping features include:

  • Making your property more accessible to everyone that visits it including those with mobility issues
  • The need for less maintenance 
  • Reducing mud, dirt, and other messy conditions throughout the year

Contact our team for more about hardscaping services today!

If you’re in need of hardscaping or landscaping services, you can rely on Western Landscape. We’re a family-owned business that’s been serving the community for nearly a decade and has developed a reputation for quality services and great customer care.

We also specialize in lawn care, seeding/sodding, spring and fall cleanups, snow removal, and much more. Western Landscape is committed to establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with all our clients and we take the utmost pride in our work, regardless of the size or scope.

Contact us online today to learn more or call (608) 520-7726.