Tips To Update And Improve Your Yard With Hardscape Elements


When you consider your backyard, you will want to create areas that you can use for relaxing and also to improve its appearance and beauty. So when you are ready to update your yard into something more useful or add in landscaping elements where there were none, be sure you plan for hardscape materials to help balance out your backyard design. Here are some ideas to help you plan and install the hardscaping elements to your landscaping.

Plan Out Your Improvements

Before you can even begin to dig the first trench or add in a line of pavers, you need to make sure you have a full plan for your yard and its landscaping. When you add hardscape elements to your backyard, they are a detail that you want to get right the first time so you don't have to remove and replace any parts of your yard's plan.

For example, if you install a pavers walkway down through the middle of your lawn, but then decide to add in a playground set beneath the large trees growing in the same area, you will be digging up and placing your pavers in a new location. For this reason, it is essential you make a list of all the updates and improvements you want to make to your yard and plan where you want them. Then when you eventually get to the point where you can add each of your ideas, they have already been planned out in their placement.

Prepare the Foundation Base 

Anytime you add a hardscape material to your yard's landscaping, you want to make sure it has the proper base foundation. Having the right base foundation to your yard's hardscaping will ensure it lasts for as long as possible, looks great, and prevents weed growth from making its way up through your design and ruining its placement. 

When you install pavers for a walkway, patio area, or other surface, you will want to install it on a leveled-out surface. If you need to remove some of the surface soil to allow room for the height of your pavers, be sure you remove a layer of soil. For example, if you are installing a design of bricks set into the soil, you don't want them to protrude from the soil and create a tripping hazard. You will need to remove the amount of soil at least equal to the height of your bricks. Then, when you install the bricks, they will sit flush with the surrounding soil.

It is also helpful to install a polypropylene layer upon the ground and cover it with a sand layer. The polypropylene will help keep down weed growth in your brick surface, then the sand will help the bricks remain stable within the soil. And sand creates a good drainage material around your pavers to prevent damage from a winter freeze.

Reach out to a contractor to discuss what you want in a hardscape installation


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