Large home gardens, schools, commercial and public areas can benefit from the integration of hard and soft landscaping. Not only will the contrast between hard and soft elements look fantastic, but the combination can transform a previously unusable space into a functional outdoor area.
When creating a new garden or outdoor space, you should consider both hard landscaping and soft landscaping items.
As the names suggest, hard landscaping includes manmade, built features, and soft landscaping includes natural elements (and artificial items designed to look natural, such as synthetic turf). Paved areas, paths, pergolas, stone walls, and rock features are hard, and plants, trees, shrubs, grasses and anything natural are soft.
A space featuring exclusively hard landscaping can result in an outdoor space that feels too built-up and lacks the beauty and calming effects of nature. All soft landscaping can reduce the usability of the outdoor space and can become difficult to maintain. By combining the two, you get the best of both worlds.
When it comes to designing an outdoor space, ask yourself what’s most important. Maybe it’s the way your garden looks, or how much use a community space gets. Or maybe you want your students to spend more time running around outside. Whatever your motivation, a combined hard and soft landscape can help you achieve your desired outcome.
Let’s have a look at some of the top benefits of merging hard and soft landscaping.
Quality landscaping in Darwin schools can enhance the quality of life for the students. Natural elements will make the school landscaping look inviting and can give students a much-needed energy boost throughout the day. Hard landscaping will promote the use of outdoor areas and open up a number of additional lunchtime activities.
In urban, built-up areas, the clever use of hard and soft landscaping can create functional outdoor environments that help to keep city settings green and environmentally rich. A landscaped area open to the public is a great way to build a sense of community.
For businesses, the appearance and presentation of their commercial premises can have a huge impact on potential clients’ first impressions. Hard landscaping can be used to direct customers to your front door, while keeping the entrance area clear. Soft landscaping can promote an environmentally friendly message and help your business frontage stand out from your competitors.
So what types of landscaping elements are thought of as ‘hard’? And, what kinds of uses and effects do hard landscaping items have? Let’s have a look at hard landscaping items to consider:
Now let’s take a look at the most common soft landscaping items you may consider for your landscaping project:
Whether you're redoing your home garden or making over a public space, the professional integration of hard and soft landscaping is the way to go. Give us a call today on 0408 083 383 and we'd be happy to discuss your landscaping needs.