Hardscapes & Hard surfaces

hardscapes and Hard surfaces

Hardscapes & Hard surfaces

Hardscapes we have created for previous clients. No matter where you live, there’s always some form of hard surfaces, we like to make yours look better than everyone else’s. Whether your looking for slabs, pavers or a natural stone, we have some of the best installers on the island

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Different choices for Hardscapes in the Garden

Rocks and stones are an excellent way to improve and enhance not just the style of your backyard, but the functionality and comfort of it as well. It’s an essential part of the design and flow of any landscape.

You can use many stone options in a few different techniques for hardscapes in your garden. They are not only very eye catching but long lasting and have many uses as well. They can be used for garden pathways, patio’s, step-stones, walkways, garden edging, ponds, retaining walls, steps, entrances to porches, as well as decoratively.

However, not all will work for the hardscape project you have in mind. The stone you’ll pick will depend on your area and how you use it. But with so many available options to you, how will you know which style or of stone to choose? Several factors such as coordination with your surroundings & plants, color, texture, landscape theme, stone layout pattern, size, and shape, to name a few, will come into play in your decision.

So, if you want to update your outdoor living space with texture and variety, you’ll want to consider these 7 different types:  

Options for hardscapes

  1. Decomposed Granite
  2. Pea Gravel
  3. River Rock
  4. Crushed Granite Gravel
  5. Lava Rock
  6. Flagstone 
    6a. Limestone 
    6b. Sandstone
  7. Boulder

1. Decomposed Granite

Decomposed granite has that rustic appeal thanks to its sandy texture and reddish-tan shade which mimics the color of the granite where it originates. This type can provide the surface of your deck and patio, yard, or garden trails with a soft and rustic charm. You can also use it as a ground cover, around the trees in your yard, or as topdressing around dried up plants.  

2. Pea Gravel

As the name suggests, these rocks are pea-sized. They are rounded and small and come in different sizes from half an inch to an eighth of an inch. They are available in a wide array of colors, including brown, tan, and white. You can use pea pebbles for covering your driveways, in between the crevices of your pathway, and garden beds instead of mulch. 

3. River Rock 

These stones, also called pebbles, are usually smoother and bigger than pea gravel – almost the size of your palm. Their costs may vary, as well as their shades and sizes. They are ideal for creating a structure like a fountain or retaining wall. You can combine different river rock sizes or use the same ones depending on what kind of look you’re trying to accomplish. You can also use them for creating direct drainage within your property or creek beds that are dry.

4. Crushed Granite Gravel

Crushed granite gravel are similar to decomposed granites but with larger particles and thicker texture. They’re also not as smooth as pea gravel making them an excellent choice for your garden and pathway or as a transition between your walkway and patio plants. It has a natural look that can give your space a contemporary but refined look. 

5. Lava Rock

These rocks are low in density and came from volcanoes that are no longer active. They possess a unique, bold appearance, and typically comes in black or red color. They may be a bit more expensive than some of the other products on this list, but they can provide your hardscaping with a lovely and one-of-a-kind accent. You can also use these lightweight rocks with whatever design you have in mind. The best thing about lava rocks is that they have the ability to absorb heat throughout the day and then release it as night time falls. 

6. Flagstone

Flagstones are one of the most common types of hardscapes you’ll see in gardens. This type includes a variety of stones such as sandstone and limestone. You can use them in a wide range of designs. They normally have an irregular outline but versatile enough to use as both decorative accents and for functional purposes. They can be cut flat or in whatever diameter you want to suit your project. They are often used for patios, stepping stones, stair treads, and walkways.

6a. Limestone

Limestone, a type of Flagstone has an earthy character that can give your walkway or patio with some softness and subtle vibe. The most popular type of Limestone is Bluestone which is mostly used in hardscaping outdoor areas. It can range from corals to shells, and other sedimentary rocks. It may have a limited color selection, but when sanded and smoothened, it will provide you with a rustic and unique hardscape appearance.

6b. Sandstone

Sandstone, a type of Flagstone have a coarse texture and loose grain features and looked a lot like compressed sand. They are usually available in shades of brown and Tan, but they also come in a range of beautiful colors such as black, gray, white, and red. They are great at adding a natural vibe and texture to your areas for an even more pleasing look. 

7. Boulder

These massive stones come in all shapes and sizes, which you can buy by tons. Its color and appearance will depend mostly on the kind of stone you’ll get. They are perfect for creating an impactful statement in your landscape. You can also use smaller ones as borders, water features, and accent pieces.

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