Adding Hardscape To Your Birmingham Yard

When most homeowners think about maintaining their Birmingham yard, they often think about landscaping elements. They think of lawns that are green and cut with precision. They think of flowers blooming and trees sculpted to fit into the design of their yard. A beautifully landscaped yard can turn your Birmingham home into a private getaway.

As the season’s change and the weather gets colder, you may be wondering just what options you have for your Birmingham yard? It may seem crazy to think of having any work done in your yard with the cold weather, but the winter is actually a great time to have hardscape added to your Birmingham yard!

What is Hardscape?

The term hardscape refers to any man-made structures in your yard. Hardscaping can be used to create a simple patio or to create an extravagant outdoor living space. A plethora of materials can be used to create these structures but a few common materials are brick pavers, stone, and wood. When hardscaping is blended with landscaping, a balanced and beautiful yard is created.

Why Get Started In The Winter Months

Choosing to get started on hardscaping in the winter months is a practical way to prepare your yard for the spring. The spring and summer months often seem to fly by and many home goals go unfinished. By having your hardscaping done in the colder months, you ensure that the springtime can be devoted to landscaping to create that balanced look.

Three Hardscaping Ideas To Consider

Some hardscaping elements are practical and will get used even when the weather is colder. Three practical hardscape additions to consider this winter are:

• Landscape lighting. Landscape lighting is a great addition to any yard. In the winter months, the sun goes down earlier and leaves more of the day in the darkness. Illuminating your driveway, walkway, and patio is a great way to prevent falls on icy spots that might otherwise be missed. Landscape lighting can be built directly into your hardscape structures or can be placed in the ground surrounding key areas of your yard.

• An outdoor fireplace. If you have a patio in your backyard that’s being neglected due to the cold weather, consider adding an outdoor fireplace. By adding an outdoor fireplace to an existing patio, you can create an area for your family to enjoy all year round. The winter months are often spent pent up inside, so any extra space or opportunity to be outside is a great addition to any yard.

• Heated walkways. If you plan on having your walkways upgraded this winter, consider having heated coils added under your brick pavers. Heated walkways cut down on the amount of clean up of snow and ice needed. Rather than spreading de-icer on your brick pavers, which can damage them over time, the warmth of heated walkways can clear your walkways of ice and snow.

Get a jump on maintaining your Birmingham yard this winter by having your hardscape placed now. Here at Fresh Cut Lawn and Landscape, we have all your hardscape and landscape needs covered. Give us a call today at (586) 739-6646 or (248) 650-3600 to schedule your free hardcape design estimate in the Birmingham area.