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Don’t Make These 3 Cringe-Worthy Hardscaping Mistakes

There’s no doubt that landscaping and hardscaping can make your home or commercial property look great. In fact, a high-quality landscaping project can increase the resale value of a building by up to 14%. Unique hardscapes and landscaping features can bring out the beauty of a property and can even change how well it functions.

However, that doesn’t mean that all of these projects are successful. If your unique hardscapes aren’t executed properly or there isn’t enough thought put into your landscaping and hardscaping design ideas, your property may not be improved by your efforts (and could actually look worse as a result!). Of course, working with hardscaping professionals will ensure your outdoor living spaces look lovely. But when coming up with your hardscaping design ideas, make sure to avoid the following three mistakes.

    1. Lack of Balance
      The most beautiful hardscaping design ideas are the ones with balance. To that end, your hardscaping should complement the natural elements in your landscape and have a seamless flow. Remember that there can be too much of a good thing. Your yard or garden needs to have equal parts curvature and hard lines, meaning that your landscaping and hardscaping should be balanced.


    1. Use of Improper Materials
      When choosing materials for your hardscaping projects, you need to consider the overall aesthetic of the property as well as what the materials are being used for. You’ll want to use materials that are durable for your climate and their intended use. For example, if you want outdoor walkways in your design, you should choose materials that make sense, like high-quality pavers, that won’t require a lot of maintenance or hurt your feet. Remember that you’ll probably want to invest in some extra materials for potential replacement down the road, too.


  1. Poor Drainage
    Even if your backyard doesn’t include a big water feature, you’ll need to plan for drainage in your design. You need to ensure that your plans take natural precipitation and the watering of plants into account. Your landscaper will execute the design so that water flows away from your home or building, but you may also want to make it so that drainage can actually water your plants rather than ending up in a sewer drain. If you fail to consider drainage in your design, your backyard may be eternally soggy and impact the plant quality.

With our wealth of experience, we can help you avoid these common landscaping pitfalls. Want to get started on your spring landscaping plans? Borsello is here to help. For more information on our services, please contact us today.