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Design a Stunning Backyard with These Popular Hardscape Features

As the weather warms up homeowners are looking to prepare their backyards for the summer season. If you’re interested in expanding your services and helping customers create stunning backyard hangouts, here are four types of hardscape solutions you can offer to install for them.

Permeable Pavers

Earlier this year, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) surveyed more than 800 people about their landscape wants. 74 percent of respondents said they were interested in permeable pavers as a hardscape solution.

Permeable pavers can help reduce surface water runoff by absorbing it and allowing the water to seep into the ground below the paver.

Many homeowners today are looking for sustainable options for their landscapes. Providing customers with a sustainable paver option can help you stand out from the competition when it comes to job bids.

Retaining Walls

Incorporating a retaining wall into a backyard design can improve an outdoor space’s functionality and give your customer more flexibility in their backyard.

Before you pitch a retaining wall build, you will need to know if you’re pitching it to the right customer. Not every backyard or outdoor space is right for a retaining wall. If your customer’s backyard has slopes or is at risk for erosion, a retaining wall could be a good fit for them.

Surrounding a sloping area with an aesthetically pleasing retaining wall will allow homeowners to utilize space in their backyard that couldn’t be used before. Additionally, sloping areas are at risk for erosion in rainstorms. Talk to your customer about the erosion control benefits retaining walls could have in their landscape.

River and Decorative Rock

If your customer is looking to update their backyard, but not completely change it, decorative stones or boulders and river rocks can enhance an already existing backyard feature and make it stand out even more.

If your customer already has a water feature in their backyard, talk to them about including river rock into the design. River rock helps shape the water feature and can add an extra element of design or creativity to the scenery.

Decorative rock can be added to landscape edging designs to help turf or native plant landscapes really pop.

Fire Features

In that same ASLA survey mentioned above, one of three most popular outdoor design elements reported were fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.

Fire features are great for entertaining and allow homeowners to utilize their spaces day and night, giving them more freedom to enjoy their outdoor space.

If you’re looking to install a gas fire pit or an outdoor fireplace for a customer, these Ewing videos can help teach you how.

You can find these hardscape products and more at your local Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply store. If you’re interested in learning how to install or grow your business with hardscape, sign up for a Ewing Education course on hardscapes or watch our past webinars.

TAGS: Pavers, Hardscape, paver installation