CDD News You Can Use: Hardscapes

Courtesy of TLA's Community Development Department

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? Many residents have considered updating the exterior of their home by adding hardscapes. Hardscaping is essentially everything that is not vegetation, such as walkways, patios, decks, firepits, walkways, and cart paths. Hardscapes consist of manmade features that may use natural or manmade elements such as pavers, bricks, smooth stones, and concrete.

When properly permitted, designed and installed, many hardscape ideas can improve your home’s curb appeal, increase your property value, and enhance the perceived value of your home.

Below are some general benefits to hardscaping.

  • Hardscapes conserve water. When replacing natural grass or other living landscaping features with hardscapes, you can reduce the amount of water you use for irrigation.
  • Hardscapes are generally low maintenance, once installed.
  • Hardscapes define specific areas in your yard, creating outdoor areas of entertaining and everyday activities for family and friends. 
  • Walkways and paths guide traffic letting guests know where to walk keeping unwanted traffic off of the turf.
  • Many hardscape options can improve erosion control by providing barriers or enhancing drainage.
  • Hardscaping limits weed growth. Many hardscape features are solid or semi-solid ground cover options that significantly reduce weed growth by creating a barrier

Whether updating an existing feature or creating something new, hardscapes are a great way to enhance both the functionality and appearance of an outdoor space.  

If you are interested in adding or updating an exterior feature like this, please email the Community Development Department ( to learn more about the application requirements for the project of your dreams.



This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

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