Top 5 Tips for Getting Started with Hardscape

By Kayli Hanley on August 8, 2016 in Blog7 Comments

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Hardscape. The hybrid of traditional landscaping.

This stone clad sister to traditional plant-based yard décor offers an eco-friendly and low maintenance alternative to turf. Watering, mowing, and trimming are not required for hardscape creations. Below are five steps to get you started on your next hardscape project.

  1. Learn

If you are new to hardscape, taking a course is the way to go. Jesse Cravath, National Hardscape Product Manager for Ewing Irrigation said, “The entry point for pavers is the ICPI course.” It is a two-day course that teaches hardscape procedures ranging from estimation to installation. Click here for more information.

  1. The Right Tools

The next thing to plan out before you start your project is a comprehensive list of hardscape toolsLandscape Supplies, Tools & Accessories

Items like tape measures, levels, and an assortment of blades are standard tools needed for a typical hardscape project. You might also consider renting larger equipment, such as an excavator, depending on your projects needs.

  1. A Solid Base

Knowing your soil is essential when constructing a hardscape project. “It’s very important to Hardscape Display at Ewing Irrigationknow what kinds of soil are on site,” Cravath said. For instance, clay and round granules are generally going to be more difficult to work with than sandy soil and angular granules when it comes to hardscape projects. Knowing what soil your base consists of will set you up for success.

  1. Location

There are many places hardscape can be used to enhance a home, but some are more common than others. “The most natural places are in the backyard for additional entertaining space,” Cravath said. Backyards are often left unfinished and hardscape provides an easy way to define or expand that space. Hardscape can also be used for more functional purposes such as re-surfacing a driveway.

  1. Centerpieces and Accessories

Installing a BBQ grill, fire pit, or outdoor lighting, often rounds out a hardscape project.PRIMG HS Primo Grill Whether your focus is food, safety, additional privacy, creating a family-friendly space or simply sprucing up your outdoor living area, items like these will help you put the finishing touch on your striking, easy-care, eco-friendly hardscape creation.

Stop by your local Ewing store to see what products are available in your area, or check out Ewing’s Outdoor Living Guide online.

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7 Responses to Top 5 Tips for Getting Started with Hardscape

  1. Ruthanne August 15, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Excellent Advice. I will be considering my soil and checking out equipment rentals when we do our next project. We have a few over the years and being knowledgeable about the project sure saves a lot of time and grief down the road. Thank you!

  2. Bob January 4, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

    Great blog article. I own a deck building/hardscape company, where we concentrate on the outdoor lifestyles for homeowners, and I basically use this process above. Great information here. I am glad I ran into this. Phenomenal blog. Knowing your soil is the most important thing in my opinion.

  3. Paul February 28, 2017 at 5:07 am #

    Fantastic tips for any homeowner who prefers to do it on their own. 2 days, for a motivated, quick learner is just enough time to figure it out. I also like the part about the base, since the foundation is extremely important. Thanks again, very well written.

  4. joe July 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    Great info!

  5. Kyle Wayne March 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    I like that you talked about making sure you have the right tools and equipment for everything you want to be done. My uncle is looking to get some landscape supplies for a project he wants to start on for this spring. I’ll be sure to talk to him about working with a professional to make sure he gets all the necessary items.

  6. Larry Weaver March 28, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    Thanks for explaining that knowing what type of soil you have is important to constructing a hardscape project. I want to get hardscaping done in my backyard, but I currently don’t know what type of soil I’ll be working with. Once I figure out what type of soil I have, I’ll be sure to contact a hardscape service I can trust to help me complete this project for my backyard.

  7. Dan Rios May 22, 2021 at 7:54 pm #

    Basically, when you’ve decided that your home needs an elegant look outside, you’ll learn that your first task is to consider the various types of hardscape materials you need. Along with that, you’ll review your budget, and then design around the hardscape features that you want to include. Thanks for an informative article.

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