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The Many Types Of Hardscape Materials You Can Use To Enhance Your Backyard

Jan 19th 2015 at 10:19 PM

If you’ve been looking to create visual interest in your yard, look no further than hardscape materials. Building a patio, retaining wall, garden space, or walkway will create curb appeal and add visual interest to your home.Architectural garden projects can vary in terms of time, money, and effort, so there is something for every plot and price point. A novice can complete some projects in just a few hours, while others may be more time intensive or require a licensed installer. Whatever look you want in your yard, hardscape materials can be just the thing to perk up your green space and draw attention to your home.

Building a small footpath with stepping stones or pavers is a project that can be completed in a short amount of time, and depending on the material of the stones, it can also be a budget-friendly option. Pavers can create a safe walkway to a back door or function as a creativeguide to a shady, quiet spot near your garden. Stepping stones can also typically be mowed over when placed within grass, and they require little to no maintenance once they are placed.

Gravel is a flexible outdoor material that can be easily adapted to many styles and climates, and depending on the material it can also be affordable. It can be placed beneath pavers, around garden beds as a decorative option and to help eliminate weeds, or as a good surface for patios and pathways. With many different gravel options available, such as pea gravel, gravel chips, or colored gravel, there is sure to be aselection that will look beautiful and be functional in your outdoor space.

Retaining walls can help level out uneven terrain and create a raised space for flower beds, gardens, or even a fire pit. These can be built from a variety of hardscape materials depending on cost and your building needs. Basic concrete blocks are strong, easily assembled, and are made to last. There are also many shapes, textures, and colors to choose from to help them blend with your gardens. Three-way split blocks are popular for circular designs, as the rounded surface allows for them to be used whenever you desire a curving structure. Flat-face block in a variety of dimensions and colors can lend a weathered or mosaic look to your yard depending on the placement and structure of the blocks.

Hardscape projects are a great idea for green space in any size, and because of the wide variety of materials available, it can also be an economical option when looking at home improvement projects.

Visit this website to find out more about hardscape materials in San Jose best suited for your next project.

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Brett has had a lifelong interest in plants and trees and writes about his interest as a creative outlet. You can read his latest musings at

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