Hardscape is the hard stuff in your yard: concrete, bricks, and stone. Ideally, a well-designed landscape incorporates a balance between hardscaping and softscaping
- Hardscape can be thought of as "hard," yet movable, parts of the landscape, like gravel, paving, and stones.
- They are inanimate objects.
- Hardscape is solid and unchanging.
- Other examples of hardscape include retaining walls, pavers for paths or patios, outdoor kitchens, water features, gazebos, decks, and driveways.
- It can be natural, like stone, or manmade, like an outdoor structure or a planter.
- Hardscape materials have different effects on the environment. Pavement, which is hardscape, prevents water from soaking into the soil, thus increasing runoff, which can carry contaminants into streams. Porous materials allow water to soak into the soil.
- A shrub is not hardscape.