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Hardscape ideas Santa Clarita
A lot of people like the idea of trading in their water-hungry lawns for a low-water option, but worry that a hardscape will be ugly. If you’re a Santa Clarita resident who’s thought something like that, nothing could be further from the truth. Hardscaping offers almost endless possibilities for reshaping your lawn into an environmentally sound thing of beauty. So let’s look at…
Since we know you want to enjoy the SoCal weather, we’ll jump in with something simple.
Plastic or metal chairs and tables are easy to come by, but they deteriorate. Many plastics break down in the sun and paint is notorious for fading. Know what holds up great against the weather? Stone. One option is to install freestanding sandstone benches. These look great and can make for a meditative spot near a decorative planter or fire pit. If you’d rather leave the space mostly open, you can opt for a more permanent seating wall around the edge of the yard. For an extra bit of flair, you can face it with stone and topped it with polished concrete
Wanting to do away with your lawn doesn’t mean you want to do away with plant life. After all, there’s something soothing about tending to a small herb or flower garden. That’s why tiered planters are next up on our list of hardscape ideas Santa Clarita
. An experienced hardscaping crew can build tiered planters to the exact length and width you’re looking for. After that, all you need to do is to pick the plants you want and go to town.
Urn Planters and Gazing Balls
If tiered planters aren’t your speed or you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, there are still lots of options. Urn planters give you the option to keep some green around without committing to a daily regimen of plant tending. They come in a wide variety of styles that echo Greek and Roman architecture.
It’s hard to get more traditional than gazing balls. They’ve been around since the 13th century, when Venetian glassblowers created the first ones. They create an extra layer of visual interest if you had a decorative pattern of stones put down as part of the hardscape. You also can substitute a gazing ball for a planter or fire pit near your sandstone benches.
It true that a hardscape can be ugly, in the same way that landscaping can be ugly when it’s done badly. It doesn’t have to be that way in your Santa Clarita home. You can incorporate sandstone benches or polished concrete seating walls, tiered planters and gazing balls to create visual interest and places to relax. When done right, your hardscaping project can be something to show off to your friends and family.