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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between hardscaping and landscaping?


Hardscaping is using man-made features in landscape architecture, such as paths and walkways, stone, concrete, and bricks. Landscaping or "softscaping" deals with the growing elements: plants, flowers, bushes, and trees.




What is landscape design?


To design a landscape means to analyze, plan, and create exterior living spaces. Landscape design goes beyond simple maintanence like mowing grass and trimming bushes to include arranging or modifying hardscape and softscape features of the yard, such as patios, walking paths, raised gardens, water features like fountains, and more.




What is hardscaping?


Hardscaping deals with the "hard" or man-made features of a yard, such as paver patios, walkways, retaining walls, natural stonework, and fire pits. Landscape design blends landscaping and hardscaping to create outdoor spaces that are both beautiful and functional.




What is landscaping or softscaping?


Landscaping cares for the "soft" or growing elements of a yard. This can include lawn mowing, trimming and pruning, planting trees, flowers, and bushes, installing sod, and more.




What's the difference between landscaping and lawn care?


Landscaping and lawn care are related fields, so the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are some differences. Lawn care services maintain the health and beautify of lawns and outdoors spaces. Typical lawn care duties include mowing grass, weeding, trimming trees, pruning bushes and shrubs, fertilizing, installing sod and mulch, seeding, etc. Lawn care is mostly about the maintenance of existing spaces rather than creating major changes. Landscaping, on the other hand, is a broader and more complex field, which includes designing, planning, and executing the renovation of outdoor spaces. This includes major soft and hardscape elements like patios, walkways, lighting, fences, ponds, statues, and more. Landscaping design encompasses both of these fields, from the initial planning and design, to the construction and plantings, to overseeing the care and maintenance.