Colorado and the rest of the Southwest have arid to semi-arid climates with some of the hottest and coldest temperatures in the US. While you want to your home to have curb appeal, it’s important to keep in mind the climate in your region when planning your outside spaces.
Hardscaping, a handy way of saying hard landscaping, is an ideal approach for Southwest regions. Hardscapes include paved walkways, walls, fences, sand and rocks or anything that isn’t plant life. The designs that include plants is called softscaping.
There are four excellent reasons to choose use a combination of these approaches to beautify your outdoor living spaces.
- You Save on Water
The Southwest’s dry climate needs large amounts of water to maintain foliage. When you hardscape, you are using less plants in your design and more items that don’t need watering, Since there are less flora and fauna to maintain, you’ll save on water bills. Hardscaping is an eco-friendly solution that keeps your home looking its best without costing you an arm and a leg.
- Less Maintenance
Once you install your hardscape, it takes care of itself. Rock, boulders, sand, paving stones, fences – all these items are low to no maintenance. Lawns, bushes, hedges and the like need regular trimming, so the less of these you have, the less maintenance you have to do.
- Lots of Hardscape Elements & Designs to Choose From
You’ll have a long list of hardscape design elements to choose from like brick, stone, wood, pavers, sand, gravel, concrete and cement. You can build eye-catching, beautiful structures and designs using these basics as foundations.
For example, you could use wood or paving stones to install pathways. Brick and stone can be used to construct retaining or decorative dividing walls. River rock in Colorado is a popular choice for ground cover. The only limit to using hardscaping materials is imagination.
- Hardscaping is Cost-Effective to Build
While softscaping and its use of live plants and flowers need to be carefully maintained to survive and need replacement if they don’t, hardscaping with its use of rocks, boulder, and sand requires a one-time investment. Once you design and install your creations from hardscaping materials, there are no replacement costs. Also, any maintenance costs, like possibly re-varnishing wood or re-coating paving stones, won’t be something you have to do frequently.
Hardscapes offers a balance between natural and artificial elements, and with the right design and planning will provide years of use as well as enjoyment.