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QUESTION: Are there any benefits to landscaping your yard?

ANSWER: The first and foremost benefit of landscaping your yard is having your own space where you can be surrounded by natural elements. If you have your own backyard getaway where you can unwind you won't need to travel to have a time of relaxation.

Landscaping can also increase the practical usability of your property. A carefully planned and landscaped yard can double or triple the square footage of living space by creating outdoor rooms. With different areas for cooking, dining, recreation, and relaxation, you have more living options than if you relied solely on the inside of your house.

Properly placed trees can shade your house, keeping it cool in July and August but allow the warm rays of the sun to shine through when you want them in the winter. This will save you money on heating and cooling costs and give you a respite from the hot summer sun. And of course, trees are marvelous to look at, as well.

The fact that landscaping will increase the value of your property means that landscaping is also a financial investment in your home. Even if you eventually sell your property, you can easily recover the cost of the landscaping, and in the meantime you can enjoy it to the maximum.

QUESTION: When should we install our new home landscape?

ANSWER: Installing your landscape on a new home yard should be delayed until settling has finished. The areas around your homes foundation have been excavated and loosened, therefore some settling will occur after your home is built. You can speed up settling of your yard by soaking the soil around foundations. Natural settling usually takes about a year. We can help you identify if your settling is finished.

QUESTION: What is hardscaping?

ANSWER: Hardscaping," or "hardscape" refers to the inanimate (i.e., non-living) elements of a landscape. Hardscaping includes elements made from wood, even though wood was once animate (in the form of trees). Living plants, by contrast, constitute the "softscaping" or "softscape." In particular, as the name implies, "hardscaping" refers to hard elements such as those composed of concrete, brick or stone, in addition to wood. For instance, constructing a patio or deck is a hardscaping project, as is a brick walkway, a stone wall, or a wooden fence. But hardscaping goes beyond large-scale projects such as these. Any non-living ornamentation in your landscaping is, technically, part of your hardscaping.

QUESTION: When implementing landscape plans, do I start with hardscaping or softscape?

ANSWER: Start with the hardscaping. It's easiest to work on hardscaping projects when you don't have a lot of plants in the way -- plants that could easily be damaged, as well, in the course of your hardscaping projects.
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