Landscaping can add beauty as well as value to your property. Traditionally landscaping involves both hardscaping and softscaping wherein both are incomplete without each other. For many homeowners and businesses in Norman, Oklahoma, hardscaping may have functional utility such as the construction of retaining walls to hold sloping ground and pathways to move around or may be for purely aesthetic reasons such as the addition of water features. Hardscapes are more or less permanent features which can be complemented by adding plants, trees and shrubs.
We at Riemer and Son Landscaping and Irrigation use different structures to add elegant beauty by maintaining a balance between them and the prominent features of the property. For instance a retaining wall is usually constructed when the ground is at different levels and to control soil erosion and water flow of the sloping ground of a hill. Proper drainage is provided for excess water redirecting it to a more proper area. A retaining wall can also be constructed as a series of tiers with each level having different plantings thereby bringing in more color and variety to the landscape.
Another important aspect of hardscape is the designing of the driveway and pathways for people to walk on or leading to the patio. Pathways offer a framework in the garden guiding you to the prominent features of the landscape. They can follow a fixed pattern or meander through the area like natural paths. Additionally a well designed patio not only offers a place to relax or entertain in the open but also gives a luxurious appearance to your backyard. Some of the materials used as patio pavers are brick, stone, rock and concrete. One can even create artistic designs in the paving of the patio. Some people choose cultured stone but flagstone provides a natural look that merges with the surroundings along with a touch of rustic beauty. One can also use trellis to get some privacy around the patio or for providing support to climbing plants.
But the most remarkable feature of any hardscape is the water feature which can totally change the impact of the place. Water features have a truly soothing effect on the mind. It could be the soft sound of water going down the rocks or a waterfall or even a fountain all provide a oneness with nature and a profoundly relaxing effect. This also screens out undesirable noises from the surrounding area. There can be ponds where one can feed the fishes or even a pond which does not have standing water. The water goes into a basin that is under the ground at the end of the stream. This kind of pond is a lot easier to maintain than a still pond. The placement of boulders in and around the water as well as the plantings create a picture perfect look to your property. One can also use landscape lighting around water features to highlight them at night.
If you need any help designing or installing hardscaping into your overall landscaping design, call Riemer and Son Landscaping and Irrigation for a free quote at (405)639-7648. No matter what the topography of your area is, our skilled landscape designers can enhance the beauty of the place with the use of well placed and artistically designed hardscape.