patios and pavers in west michiganWhat is Hardscaping?

Hardscape is a term that is usually used to describe anything that is not living such as trees, shrubs or other plant material. “Hardscaping” can include the use of a number of “hard” elements including concrete walks or drives, retaining walls, benches, etc. Hardscape can also be used for surface drainage type structures that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.


Most people are more familiar with the term “Landscaping”, which would include “softer” plants and natural ground cover materials of all types.

How Landscaping and Hardscape Work Together

Although most Hardscape seems to be more utilitarian toward serving a specific purpose, your yard design should use them to complement each other.

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The exquisite look that permanent outdoor structures (such as retaining walls, patios, pavers, and walkways) bring to a landscape is unquestionable. Hardscapes define a landscape by creating a framework that brings all the elements of your outdoor living space together. The purpose of hardscapes is to create functionality while expanding the style and livability of your home into the outdoors.

The right collection of hardscape materials in your yard can add color, texture, and dimension to your overall landscape design. Hardscapes can include paver or flagstone walkways and patios, natural or cultured stone retaining walls and other structures, pergolas, gazebos, outdoor kitchens and much more, limited only by our imagination and your budget.

Hardscapes by 4 Seasons Landscaping are always designed and constructed with unsurpassed quality. Our qualified craftsman employ equipment, materials, and processes that stand up to West Michigan’s severe weather and will last for years into the future.

Creating your hardscape begins by contacting 4 Seasons Landscaping.  Our qualified professionals can advise you on material selection and other concerns to create a custom hardscape to meet your needs.