The Beginner’s Guide to Hardscaping

Most homeowners think about their landscaping in terms of flowers, shrubs, trees, and grass (i.e. softscape). But did you know that hardscaping is equally as important for creating definition and organization for your landscape? At Garrity Stone, Inc. in Fishers, IN, we offer four acres of natural stone materials that are ideal for all kinds of hardscaping. Stop by our lot, and we’ll help you find the right stone product for your next hardscaping project.

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What Is Hardscape?

According to the spruce, “hardscape consists of the non-living elements of landscaping, such as a brick patio, stone wall, or wood arbor… Common examples of hardscape materials include concrete, brick, stone, wood, and metal.” Hardscape can be functional and/or decorative, and generally creates a sense of definition and structure to a landscape. 

Popular Stone Hardscape Projects

Hardscape comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and functions. Some of the most common hardscape projects include:

  • Stone retaining wallsRetaining walls are useful for diverting water flow and for creating flat areas in sloped yards. They also make beautiful planting areas along driveways or hillsides.
  • Flagstone patiosFlagstone is a durable, natural, and affordable option for creating a one-of-a-kind stone patio. Our flagstone pavers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
  • Stone walkways – Natural stone walkways are inviting and aesthetically pleasing; they add a sense of invitation and warmth to any landscape. Gravel, flagstone, and limestone are among our customers’ favorites.
  • Stone landscape stepsSnap stone steps are great for creating stairs along pathways, up sloped hills, or in conjunction with retaining walls. If you want a more rustic look, stone slabs are a great option; they come in varying widths, and irregular shapes and sizes.

Contact Us

If you are considering a hardscaping project for your Indiana home, stop by Garrity Stone. With four acres of materials to choose from, selecting a product can be overwhelming. Our experienced staff will help guide you to the right stone for the job and can recommend a professional contractor if needed. For more information, contact us today at (317) 546-0893.