What is Hardscaping?

Benchmark Construction and Landscaping are landscapers in Kent who provide residential and commercial landscape design and construction services throughout Kent and Sussex. We have more than 20 years experience in the industry and have built our excellent reputation based on the quality of our workmanship and commitment to our customers.

Hardscaping and softscape

Both are important elements of landscape design. Hardscaping refers to man-made constructions such as patios, drivewways, paths and retaining walls and uses materials including stone, rocks, brick and concrete.
Softscape are the softer, living things that make up a garden or commercial landscaping project such as trees, plants, bushes, colour schemes and so on.

Our garden design and construction combines both elements to create a beautiful and functional outdoor area or garden.

A more in-depth look at one example of hardscaping – Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can be not only be very attractive to look at, but they also carry out a very important function and that is to hold soil in place and prevent slipping from erosion or flooding.
They therefore need to be built well and professionally to hold back that weight for many years to come and at the same time match the overall design with aesthetic appeal.

When it comes to choosing a material from which to build a retaining wall key considerations are:

  • strength and effectiveness
  • appearance
  • cost
  • longevity

Usual building materials for retaining walls include timber, stone, brick and concrete blocks. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and with our two decades of experience in landscape construction you can rely on us to give you honest and impartial advice tailored to your needs.
From a garden design perspective, retaining walls allow a landscaper to level off sections of sloping ground and turn a hill into a multi level area. Alternatively they can be used to create a raised or sunken pond, water feature or patio.

Benchmark can assist you in seeing the many design opportunities available with retaining walls and as ever, ensure it is built to our exacting standards. We can help you achieve the garden of your dreams at a price you can afford.

If you would like a more detailed explanation of retaining walls and their construction please click this link to Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retaining_wall

Please call us on 07522 777081 or email using Contact Us for further information.

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