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Hardscaping That Doesn’t Break the Bank

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Build pathways out of found or reused rock from the garden.

Landscaping doesn’t need to be hard on your budget. While adding fences, patios, and pathways can be a large expense, you can reduce the expense by choosing materials that are recycled and looking for products that will last over time. Take a look at these savvy hardscaping investments that won’t break the bank.

Move Soil Instead of Adding Materials

Before you plan your garden landscape, think about what problems you’re trying to address. Do you need a seating area? Would you like a pathway through a boggy or steep patch of your garden? Before you invest in hardscaping solutions, consider whether your landscaping problems could be solved in another way. For example, you may be able to reroute drainage and reshape your landscape so that your water flows from that boggy path into a rain garden instead, reducing your need for a more expensive hardscaping project.

Choose to Reuse

As you embark on a hardscaping project, consider materials that will make this a little easier on your budget. Found materials such as stones that you find in your garden can turn into rock walls or garden pathways. Reused materials such as broken concrete can also turn into pathways and look attractive when they’re surrounded by moss or thyme. It’s also relatively simple to find repurposed bricks and flagstones from people who are renovating their yards. If you want to use large rocks in your landscape, talk to those who are building a new home and you’ll likely find rocks that you can bring to your site.

Use Plants Instead

When you’re thinking about hardscaping, ask yourself if you can achieve the same impact with a plant instead, and you’ll add beauty and save money as well. For example, you can add tall grasses or shrubs to your garden instead of a fence. Using plants gives you the opportunity to shape and reshape your landscape by pruning over time.

Choose Items That Last

If you decide to invest in a hardscaping project, choose landscaping elements that last and that save you money in the long term. For example, if you know that you’re going to need a path in a particular area for decades, a stone pathway will outlast a wood one. Protect your landscaping with gutter covers that prevent water from pouring off your roof onto your pathways and shrubs. However you choose to invest in your landscape, consider what you need for the long term and plan to spend a little more if it means that you won’t need to renovate every few years.

Add Decorative Elements

When you’re trying to add pizzazz to your hardscaping, you don’t necessarily need to use the most expensive materials. Instead, focus on adding elements to your hardscape that make it look even lovelier. Place a chair and seasonal pillows on your patio, add planters, hanging baskets, and birdhouses to the garden in the spring, and place little solar lights along your pathway in the fall and winter months. Sometimes it’s the little touches that make your landscape look stunning.

Hardscaping project
Use repurposed items in your garden hardscape.

When you’re changing your home and garden, look to Harry Helmet for advice. Our gutter covers help you maintain your garden landscaping in excellent condition for many years to come. With our gutter guards and gutter heating systems, your home will be well-protected, no matter what the weather brings. Contact Harry Helmet today for an estimate.

Written by Del Thebaud

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