Crosspost: What is hardscape and what does a hardscaper do?


Most homes have yards, whether it’s a few feet in the front or a few acres all around. Yards allow us to experience the outdoors within the comfort of our home and give us a place to gather with our family and friends when the weather is nice. It can be hard to decide what to do with your space, but most people opt for a combination of softscaping (commonly referred to as landscaping) and hardscaping. We sat down with our hardscape manager, Josh, to discuss what hardscaping is and why homeowners choose to hire contractors to assist them with hardscaping.

1. Why do homeowners choose hardscape?

Most of my clients want to hardscape their yard because hardscaping gives more usable space and adds to the look of the home. It can also reduce water bills, and it’s a no-maintenance solution to beautifying their yard when they’re tired of looking at the broken yard space they already have.

2. What’s the difference between hardscaping and landscaping?

Landscaping involved plants, trees, flowers, grass, and sprinkler systems; that kind of stuff. Hardscaping would be anything not alive, such as walls, artificial turf, walkways, patios, pool decks, etc.

3. Why pay a contractor to do hardscaping for you when you can DIY?

Most people can’t do hardscaping themselves. It’s very labor intensive, and there’s definitely a skill and an art to it. You need someone who knows what they’re doing. A lot of things can’t be learned by watching 10 minutes of YouTube – it takes years to perfect those skills. Hardscaping also requires a lot of specialized tools that most people don’t have access to, such as jackhammers, mixers and plate compacters, which are costly to rent. It also requires more than one person to do a good job. Most people don’t have the means to arrange delivery or transportation of the material.