Summer is upon us and for many, this will mean beating the heat of the sun by going to the beaches and taking a plunge. For some others however, landscapers specifically, this can be a hard time for growing plants and keeping the garden as green as ever. For 'hardscapers', on the other hand, this can also mean spending some time wisely when doing hardscape in a season when temperature is at its highest. With this in mind, you may want to know more about how you can handle your hardscape for the summer months. Here are some tips that you might find useful:
Avoid working under the direct sunlight for too long
Hardscape is any of those elements other than the plants you put in a landscape. In short, they can be anything from the patios and walls to the gazebos and walkways that beautify your garden. Now, if you are thinking of spending some time revamping your hardscape during the summer months, make sure you do not expose yourself under the scorching heat of the sun. Otherwise, you will end up getting sunburned. It can drain your innate gardening powers and before you proceed to the next part of the job, you no longer have that much-needed energy. It would be best to work early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Installing a greenhouse
Oftentimes, seeing a hardscape that is exposed directly to elements of nature is mesmerizing. When summer is here to highlight your landscape, however, a perfect hardscape that can protect those living species is a must. Perhaps, you can have a greenhouse installed right at the corner of your gardens. You can use this to house plants that seem to wilt easily under the sun. The good thing about a greenhouse is that it can also be a good room to protect plants all-year round. Therefore, if you have not used such hardscape elements before, summertime is the perfect time to have it in your garden.
Make hardscaping a time to bond with the family
Summer months, as mentioned previously, mean days spent while swimming in popular beaches in the country. Practically, however, going to the beaches is not an everyday thing unless of course you live near them. Well, you might want to spend some days in these months doing hardscaping work instead. If you want to make the entire idea 'cool', why not gather your family members and altogether you should sit down and plan what has to be done with your hardscape.
Even your young ones would certainly volunteer to give a helping hand in the process, at least doing some of the hardscape chores for you. Of course, you should supervise them to prevent any injuries. If you do not want them having a hand on the job, you can involve them in the planning stage.
Make sure your hardscape matches your softscape as well
In landscape, hardscape is just one of the other two elements. Softscape is another. Hard and soft are antonyms thus they seem to clash with one another. However, if you want to make these two elements working together, you have to make sure they complement each other. Make sure that the outcome would result to less clashing of these elements. In order to give your garden a fresher look then you can consider adding a pool or a waterfall on a corner. Make sure that hardscape choice will definitely make your garden and your softscape stand out even more.
Try to change some of your mobile elements
You know very well that a hardscape is usually permanent and that they can be placed right before the whole garden and the softscape elements are added to it. However, hardscaping includes the option for mobile elements or elements that are temporary and can be changed depending on the season of the year. Now that it is summertime, you have the choice to work on those mobile elements to give your landscape a lift in a season where everything in the garden seems to look so dry.
Nothing beats asking the help of professional landscapers
Landscapers can always help you with your hardscape, no matter which time of the year you want to reconstruct it. With their expertise, you can be sure you will get the refreshing look you have always wanted during the driest months of the year. They work on everything from repairing and maintaining that garden of yours. They also make sure the job will be finished to give you ample time to enjoy your hardscape, and your landscape as well, during these hot months.
All in all, improving your hardscape will always be a good investment to make towards the value of your property. Start with changes you want to make now and hire an expert who can help you finish what you have planned.