Chances are, you’ve come head to head with the term “hardscaping” at some point or another. Unless you’re familiar with the world of landscaping and masonry, you may be left standing there scratching your head. What, exactly, is hardscaping? As a premier landscape masonry contractor in Massachusetts, our team at Catalodo Landscaping here to answer that question.
According to the Meriam-Webster dictionary, hardscape is a noun that described structures that are incorporated into a landscape.
These structures can range from stone walls to walkways, seamlessly integrated pool areas that blend with the natural landscaping, or even handcrafted fireplaces that create a tranquil atmosphere for friends and family to gather together.
Hardscape vs. Softscape
As experts in masonry construction, one question our team often hears concerns the difference between hardscape and softscape. These two elements are the core foundation in any landscape. However, you’ll want to think of them as opposites. Hardscapes, are the tangible items in and around your yard. Often created from natural stones, bricks, and pavers, the term hardscape covers a wide range of elements from patios to front door landings and steps.
On the other side, softscapes are things that are growing. Whether trees, shrubs, and bushes, flowers, or gardens – these elements create your softscape.
A masonry contractor is your best resource when it comes to choosing the material for your hardscaping design. Why? Well, because with so many materials to choose from, with each offering different benefits to your overall project, the choice can be overwhelming. For instance, there are brick walkways and there are bluestone walkways, two very different materials. While each material offers beauty and durability, they function better under specific conditions.
Brick is ideal for walkways that lead guests to and from the driveway to the front door, or from the front yard to the back. However, bluestone requires more maintenance and can be prone to staining, so it’s generally not the best choice for high-traffic areas.
Landscape masonry projects
Including almost any type of decorative or practical structure in your landscape, hardscapes (landscape masonry) cover a wide range of exterior projects that blend seamlessly into your natural softscape. Here are just a few examples of masonry projects:
- Stone walls
- Brick walkways
- Bluestone patios
- Bluestone pool areas
- Paver walkways
- Outdoor fireplace
- Outdoor natural stone kitchens
- Front door stairs
- Front door landings
If your yard is begging for a change, contact the most trusted landscape masonry company in Massachusetts, Cataldo Landscape & Masonry. Our dedicated and experienced team will take the time to understand your visions to create a unique hardscaping design that will leave your neighbors in awe.
Contact us today to see what we can do for you (781) 304-8900,