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What Is The Difference Between Softscaping and Hardscaping?

Posted on: March 14, 2014

Two of the most common terms used in landscaping are “softscaping” and “hardscaping.” But do you know exactly what they mean? If not, landscaping for your yard might get hard! In order to make the best decisions for your yard, you have to be informed. Four Seasons is here to help.

What Is Softscaping?

Softscaping is the natural aspect of your yard—trees, flowers, shrubs, and plants. These are essential items to your landscaping efforts because without sufficient plant life, your landscaping will just look empty. We offer great softscaping services through our nursery. So no matter how you want to design your plants in your yard, we can accommodate you.

What Is Hardscaping?

Hardscaping is the physical structure that makes up the backbone of your yard. Just like how hardscaping without plants looks barren, softscaping without structure makes your yard look disorganized. We can install any variety of hardscape to transform your yard into what you want it to be. Whether you have a hilly yard and need a retaining wall, or want to install a beautiful water feature, we can handle the task and help you figure out the best plants to pair with them!

How to Pair Softscapes and Hardscapes

The best approach to figuring out how to pair your softscapes and hardscapes is to figure out your structure first. Since hardscaping is generally more expensive and difficult to install, it’s easier to plan a well-landscaped yard once you know what its backbone will be. From there, it’s just all about figuring out what plants feel natural to you in your yard! For examples of some yards we’ve done in Maryland in the past, check out our portfolio page.

Contact Four Seasons for Your Hardscaping and Softscaping Needs

We’re great at installing plantings and hardscapes. To learn what we can do for your yard, contact us today! Our landscaping experts can help you figure out how to give your home the yard of your dreams.

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