Hardscapes are that part of the Landscape that doesn't die. Softscapes are the plants
that do die. So hardscapes are your fences, walls, walkways, driveways, patios, patio
covers / pergolas, decks, gazebos, greenhouses, trellises, dog runs, outdoor kitchens,
outdoor living areas, water features, storage sheds, clothes lines (remember those?),
retaining walls, fireplaces and fire pits, BBQ stations, stonework, brickwork, concrete,
etc. We are skilled in building most examples of these projects.
Large scale hardscape projects such as swimming pools, tennis courts, separate garages,
and other buildings should be installed by specialized builders, and we can work as your
contractor if you wish.
With the personal awakening of limited water supplies in our North Central Texas area
during the La Niña years of 2010 & 2011, you may be searching for ways to cut back on
watering use. And you should be thinking of conserving water. Our water supply will be
subjected to greatly increase demands from populating growth, with less ability to
increase supply. There are only a few more places in Texas' river systems to build more
lakes. So one of your first thoughts may be to get rid of the lawn. This may be acceptable
for small, zero lot homes or condos, but for most neighborhood homes, this is not
necessary or aesthetically pleasing.
The lawn has been around since the 16oo's. There must be a reason. I think it's the
innate artistic appreciation we all have of what looks good. And lawns must look good
to a few of us, as there is a lot of space devoted to lawns in the U.S. Artists such as
painters, and photographers, need a canvas with a background / foreground to display
their subject in proper perspective. A lawn does this, as you can tell while driving
down a street looking at the set back homes' architectures and landscapes. You need
this even if you are sitting on the patio looking across your yard at different
landscaped areas. The lawn gives distance or perspective, separation, and organization
to these areas. The bottom line is, lawns look good, and they make us feel good.
Some think there is a practical value to lawns, and there can be with a properly prepared and maintained organic lawn:
"Turfgrasses are the primary vegetative covers… . Healthy grass is an aesthetic asset,
and a growing body of scientific evidence points to positive environmental and health
contributions from lawns and other turfgrass areas. While turfgrasses are typically
thought of for recreation and aesthetic value, they also provide a valuable environmental
service by preventing soil erosion, the most common water polluting agent in Georgia,
from wind and rain. Furthermore, turfgrass as a permanent vegetative cover can reduce
runoff from rain-fall, improve soil absorption and infiltration of water, and filter
contaminates from polluted (rain) water."
So while getting rid of your lawn all together is too extreme in most cases, reducing
its size can be very effective in reducing water use. This can be easily done, in a
very appealing manner, and as a valuable investment to your property, with hardscaping.
We can utilize your plans and ideas, or we can coordinate with designers, architects,
plumbers, electricians, and other tradesmen if necessary. Your home can look better, be
more water efficient, and gain more property value than before.