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Tips For Developing A Successful Hardscape Design

Whether you are beginning with a blank slate or updating your existing landscaping, introducing hardscaping elements into your design can significantly impact how you enjoy your outdoor spaces. Hardscaping is the term used for features used in your landscape that are added to the natural setting to create ambiance and increase the function of your area. 

While these hardscape elements are not necessarily found in nature, they are typically created from natural materials. Introducing stone pathways, brick walls, concrete patios, wooden decks, and other structures to your yard are examples of hardscaping. You can even take hardscaping a bit further and implement fire elements, waterfalls, fountains, lighting, and various forms of built-in seating to add your unique touch to your outdoor space. 

With so many design ideas from which to choose, coming up with a hardscaping plan for your property may become overwhelming. To help you create the outdoor space of your dreams, follow these tips to develop a rock-solid hardscaping plan. 

Decide On A Theme For Your Outdoor Space

Before you begin to plan your hardscaping design, determine a theme for your outdoor space. Your theme will be the focal point of all of your decisions, keeping you on track and budget. To choose a theme for your hardscaping, consider the style of your home’s exterior, your property’s existing landscaping, and how you want to interact with hardscaping. 

You may simply want some pathways through your gardens, or you may want to create an entertaining outdoor area to host family and friends. Take into account your style and the overall goal of your project to make your hardscaping theme. 

Listen To Mother Nature

When developing your hardscaping plan, take into account your property’s natural surroundings. Working with Mother Nature’s existing landscape design will help you keep your project cohesive with your parcel and limit the amount of preparation needed to create your finished look. 

Allow your hardscaping to flow with the curves and slopes of your property to create a more natural feel. Your goal is for your hardscape to fit seamlessly into your property’s setting, merging the natural elements of your space with your added structures and designs.

Consult With A Professional

Professional landscapers specializing in hardscape design can help you develop a plan for your outdoor space and achieve your hardscaping goals. Consult with a company about your project to fine-tune the plan for your property so that you acquire the outdoor space of your dreams. 

How To Use Your New Fire Pit Safely

If you enjoy spending time outside during the fall and winter months, then investing in a new fire pit is a no-brainer. With the addition of a fire pit, you will be able to stay warm regardless of how low the temperatures in your area get. Investing in home improvements that you will use regularly is a wise move. 

The team at ScapeWorx Landscaping & Design has helped countless homeowners with their fire pit construction projects. With our assistance, you can get an appealing and functional fire pit constructed promptly. If you have recently had our team build a new fire pit and are ready to use it, check out the safety tips below. 

Be Mindful of Wind Conditions

Before starting a fire in your new fire pit, you need to take a look at your local weather forecast. Most weather apps will provide you with information about current wind speeds. If you see that winds in your area are high, you might want to reconsider using your fire pit until they die down. Not only can high winds make starting a fire difficult, they will also blow embers around your property. 

These small pieces of fire can ignite brush piles and trees. Ideally, you want to use your fire pit when there is a light wind. With the help of a light wind, you can blow the smoke from your fire away from the people sitting around your fire pit. 

Avoid Burning The Wrong Type of Wood

Some people think that all firewood is created equally. In reality, you need to avoid burning a few different types of wood in your fire pit. Using seasoned hardwoods, oak and softwoods like pine in your fire pit is a good idea. However, you never want to use old construction materials like treated lumber or plywood to fuel your fire. 

These construction wood products generally have chemical adhesives and resins in them. Inhaling these dangerous substances can be hazardous to your healthy, which is why you need to avoid burning this type of wood in your fire pit. Investing in a load of seasoned firewood before cold weather moves into your area is the best way to ensure you have to fuel needed to start and maintain a large fire in your new pit. 

Don’t Put Chairs Too Close to the Fire

There is nothing like sitting out under the stars in a well-landscaped yard. If you are trying to relax by your fire pit, you need to be mindful of how close your chairs are to the flames. Getting your lawn chairs too close to the fire pit can be dangerous. Not only can being too close to the flames burn you, it can also lead to your chairs getting damaged. This is why you need to maintain a safe distance from your fire pit when it is being used. 

If you are ready to invest in an appealing and functional fire pit, it is time to find out more about how ScapeWorx Landscaping & Design can help you get this project completed. 

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