Hardscaping is a handy landscaping technique that can be used for a variety of purposes. Use it for bald or sore spots in the yard, for the flooring of an outdoor kitchen, or design your patio with it. Hardscaping is a practical choice because it is low maintenance. Little, if any, weeds will grow. It doesn’t have to be mowed or watered. It makes a sturdy surface for furniture. And it allows people with allergies to enjoy the outdoors a bit more comfortably. The concrete and stones block grasses that are high in pollen. For an outdoor space everyone can enjoy, hardscape your patio.
Pick a location. Your location depends on several variables. The first being your purpose. Who do you want using your patio? If you want the patio to be for social events, you should locate it near the kitchen, where people like to linger. If you want to use it for your own relaxation and escape, move it away from the house to the most beautiful part of your lawn.
Be green in your choice and be cautious of drainage pathways.
Patio size should be proportionate to the size of your home. Make it about as wide as your house is long. Do not underside your patio. Having people have to stand off on the grass creates awkwardness as if I were standing next to you on a stool. Plus this will help to keep the rest of your lawn healthy.
Shape should work with the contours of the natural landscape and house. Squares can look sharp. Curved patios enhanced with round stones will create a more Zen-like garden.
Concrete pavers are a hardscaping option that come in a variety of shapes, textures, and sizes. These allow you the freedom to match any current outdoor color or garden scheme. These are a relatively low price option. The advantage of concrete pavers is the light colors will reflect light and keep the ground cool.
Flagstone is a fairly priced option that comes in a variety of colors and shapes as well for your patio. Also consider slate, brick, and large stones you find in your own yard or while hiking around.
Landscape with potted plants or leave spaces in between stones to grow hardy plants.
Clean and level the ground for your patio stones to lay flat.
Arrange and rearrange stones until you find the desired pattern.
Fill gaps with plants, stones, and grout.
Decorate and enjoy your new hang out spot.