Hardscape Tips

Hardscapes are structures within your landscape design such as terraces,
patios, walls, and paths. They are features constructed of hard materials
including brick, stone, wood, and concrete. However, it is important to use
permeable materials, or place impermeable materials (such as bricks and pavers) with enough space to allow water to infiltrate between them. Allowing water to percolate into the soil reduces or eliminates runoff and helps irrigate the soil.

Hardscape can create architectural interest by changing the shape or elevation of your garden, as is the case with short retaining walls and terraces, or direct the eye, as well as the foot, by forming permeable walkways that meander through your landscape.

Every southern California home should take advantage of our incredible weather by expanding our living space into the outdoors through the use of patios, lovely dining or sitting areas. These areas are great for entertaining and just plain relaxing and also help ease the transition between house and garden.

The California-Friendly Gardening for San Diego County  and BeWaterWise.com websites have a lot of examples of beautiful, highly functional hardscapes. Check out the hardscape selection at your local big box hardware store,  or visit a specialty store to view a much wider choice of options.