When homeowners think about a big landscaping job, they often imagine big projects like a pool, patio, or outdoor kitchen. Adding in those types of hardscape give them more opportunity to be outside and enjoy their home’s amenities, plus it also takes away from what might have been a time-consuming lawn. However, it’s important to not overlook the benefits of having some green in your outdoor living spaces to complement those new features.

In general, hardscapes include:

  • Paver patio
  • Pool deck
  • Retaining wall
  • Boulders
  • Outdoor kitchen

Softscapes include:

  • Bushes
  • Flower beds
  • Grass
  • Gardens
  • Foliage

Combined, they create a harmonious design for your backyard. A design that only includes, for example, a pool, pool deck, and patio, could make your landscape look harsh with all that stone. Adding some softscapes balance your land out, and it also makes it feel more like an oasis. Just like people like to bring plants inside to add some color and life to their decor, the same can be said for outdoor living spaces.

However, it takes a landscape expert to know the proper way to combine these together. The hardscapes require extensive knowledge on building features like a pool or outdoor kitchen, which means needing a licensed, trusted service. For the softscapes, it’s important to know landscape design techniques and foliage. If a client wants to have a low-maintenance flower bed, then it’s essential to know the type of plants and flowers that will achieve that. Planting the wrong type of bushes or foliage can end up hurting the overall image of the landscape if they start to take over or they die easily because they’re not equipped for the climate.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your current outdoor living area, give our experts a call. Outdoor Innovations has been offering quality landscaping services in the Twin Cities since 2004.