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How to Strike the Balance Between Hardscape and Softscape

Living in Arizona is pretty much like living in paradise year-round; with the exception of a couple of really hot months, our weather is generally so wonderful, we want to be outside as much as possible. And because our homes are our sanctuaries, we spend a majority of our time in our own backyard, enjoying the peace, quiet, and tranquility we just can’t find anywhere else.

Sometimes, however, we may find that our yard may be missing something we just can’t put our fingers on, and that is where your friends at New Image Landscape and Pools come into the picture. We can help you determine if your private oasis contains the right balance of hardscape and softscape needed to create the yard of your dreams.

What Is the Difference Between Hardscape and Softscape

While it may sound technical, the terms softscape and hardscape refer to the accessories that make your yard unique. Softscape is the flowers, bushes, trees, and even the colors you use in your landscape choices, while hardscape refers to the stones, driveways, and structures that are permanent additions to the yard. Too much softscape can leave the yard looking overly fussy and boring, while too much hardscape can give your landscape a cold and sterile feel that lacks welcome and warmth. It can take a keen eye to determine the perfect balance, but when you find it, you just know.

Achieving Balance

Just as you don’t want a lot of clutter and furniture in your small living room, a smaller yard needs a lighter hand when it comes to landscaping. A small pagoda with stone paths leading to its front step and a fountain or firepit off to the side can be surrounded with green grass and a bed of colorful flowers to create a homey look that is balanced and tranquil in a small yard.

Larger yards can offer patio areas with fountains and firepits, outdoor kitchens, and paved seating areas that are hidden behind borders of trees and flowers. Create paths that lead to other secret hiding areas: a park bench settled in front of a butterfly garden, a firepit surrounded with cushioned chairs and plenty of places to keep your drinks, or even a play area for your kids. Wooden swing sets, covered sand boxes, and a tree with an old tire swing never fall out of style and help you, the homeowner, to create the perfect balance between hardscape and softscape.

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It can be tough creating this balance if you are new to the landscaping world, so give us a call and let us help you create the yard of your dreams!