Hardscaping. What Is it, and How Can it Help My Lawn?

Hardscape refers to all non-living elements in landscaping. For example, a stone wall, a fence, or a waterfall feature. Hardscaping is one of the two major subcategories of landscaping. Done properly, hardscaping offers an element of beauty that can make the difference between mere satisfaction and total enjoyment of your outdoor living space.

Examples of Hardscape Projects

  • Paths                                
  • Patios
  • Fences                                
  • Benches 
  • Pergolas                                
  • Waterfalls
  • Retaining Walls                        
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Outdoor Fireplaces                        
  • Stone Ledges
  • Swimming Pools and Ponds
  • Water Features

Adding hardscaping to your landscaping adds both functionality and beauty to your home. Here are three benefits of adding hardscaping:

Increase Property Value

By creating an outdoor extension to your home, you add more usable square footage and the opportunity for potential buyers to envision themselves relaxing and entertaining in the space. 

Correct Grade Issues

Poorly graded yards should be taken seriously. An uneven lawn can create a lot of problems, from soil erosion to damaged foundations or basements. Grade issues can also cause your yard to become inaccessible. 

Create Privacy

We all like our privacy, right? There are many ways to add privacy to your landscape, from planting barrier shrubs to building block walls, stone walls, or garden structures. Hardscape materials such as stone and block come in various styles to complement the architecture of your home.  You can also paint blocks to match your home’s exterior. If you like the open feel of your neighborhood, you can choose instead to build a pergola or gazebo, which also expands your outdoor living space.


Are you thinking to yourself, “Wow, I think I want to add some hardscaping to my backyard?You’re in luck! 


Contact Olive Branch at (501) 513-7573 for a free quote and we’ll discuss hardscaping options for your home.