Benefits of Hardscaping

‘Hardscaping’ involves using solid materials like pavers, concrete, stone and rock to create form in a garden and they are a great way to add value to your home. In this article, we take a look at just a few key advantages that incorporating hard materials into your garden landscape offers.


Increased functionality

Paved patio areas are a great way to add extra living space to your property and make the most of your backyard all year round. These multifunctional spaces are brimming with possibilities and can be used for outdoor entertaining, relaxing, dining, or anything else you can imagine.


Improved accessibility

Pathways and walkways are a great way to boost the accessibility of your home and create a welcoming entrance for visitors. Installing a pathway also helps prevent damage to plant life from foot traffic, and reduces the likelihood of dirt and grass getting tracked indoors. Paths also make it easier for differently abled and older individuals to access your home.


Reduced maintenance

Doing away with your lawn and replacing it with a patio is a great way to reduce the upkeep of your backyard. Whilst a lawn requires frequent watering, mowing, fertilizing and weed maintenance, a paved or concrete patio area requires no more than the occasional sweep and a pressure clean once every few years to stay looking neat.


Increased aesthetic appeal

Water features, retaining walls, paved walkways and patios, and even garden edging can transform the landscape of your garden and make it look more curated. Features like these can be used to make a unique statement in your backyard, as well as enhance the existing features.


Reduced erosion

Hardscaping features like retaining walls, pathways, concrete driveways, and edging are all great ways to minimise the effects of erosion and preserve soil quality. It does this by providing good drainage and minimising soil runoff.


Cost effective

Although many homeowners are reluctant to invest in the capital outlay of hardscape features, they are actually a more economical option than grass in the long run. If you calculate the upkeep costs associated with maintaining a lawn such as water consumption, fertilizer, lawn seed and landscaping services, its actually quite an expensive feature in your backyard. In addition to this, hardscaping features can often add value to your home, as prospective property buyers value well designed garden landscapes that don’t require lawn maintenance.


A Better Driveway specialise in installing concrete driveways around Melbourne. We can work with you on a range of hardscaping projects with our decorative concrete surfacing solutions. To learn more about our services, call 03 5783 4746.

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