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Hardscapes offer low maintenance options for busy homeowners

In this entertainment space, a variety of hardscape products combine to create a low maintenance landscape with plenty of visual appeal.

In this entertainment space, a variety of hardscape products combine to create a low maintenance landscape with plenty of visual appeal.

Consider it the architecture of the yard – the rocks and pavers, wood, iron, concrete and brick that make up modern hardscapes and transform ordinary patios, pathways and decks into works of art.

While retaining walls commonly are used to transition elevations, shore up slopes along foundations and define spaces such as planters, tree rings and fire pits, hardscapes can be so much more, including a low-maintenance landscape solution for busy homeowners.

The use of rock mulch and natural rock in gardens and beds, as walkways and as stepping stones offers an attractive solution to weed control and lessens the need for irrigation. A large paver patio, alone or at the base of a deck, offers ample entertaining space and limits areas that require mowing.

In today’s world of maintenance-free outdoor furniture and accessories it’s easy to find pieces that bring the comfort of home to the great outdoors.

Furniture made of recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) requires no storage or maintenance other than cleanup with soap and water. Unlike wood, HDPE furniture won’t chip, splinter, crack or rot and never needs painting. High-tech fabrics repel water, dry quickly, clean easily and, most importantly, are soft and comfortable.

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