Hardscaping is a great choice for commercial landscaping for several reasons. The two primary reasons are that:
- Hardscaping requires far less water usage than traditional landscapes. Many parts of the country are suffering from semi-permanent droughts, and almost every county has a few rules about irrigation water use. Not only is water the lawn expensive, especially if you have a lot of it, but yellowing patches are bad for business.
- Hardscapes make the area more purposeful. While every industrial park or commercial block needs to have greenery, it’s also important to have good footpaths, benches, and other functional elements of hardscaping. Once your tenants can get more use out of your property, your property becomes more valuable for future tenants, too.
But that doesn’t mean your whole property has to be made out of hardscapes for you to tap into those benefits. Here are some ways to gradually incorporate hardscaping features to improve your landscape design.
1. Use your hardscape as a retaining wall.
Highlighted features of your landscaping usually have an elevated bed. This deters pedestrians from walking across it, even if it is directly between the parking and the doors they need. So instead of just having a retaining wall or, even less effectively, slopes in your landscaping, turn the wall into a functional feature. Benches are a great alternative and don’t take much space from the footpath. It also more effectively deters unwanted foot traffic near fragile plants.
2. Control your property’s drainage.
Drainage is a problem everywhere there’s landscaping. Concrete paths and parking lots make it even worse. So talk to a landscaper about alternatives that give people space to move around but don’t impede drainage or leave you with standing water. Solutions can include paver paths, comprehensive plans that move concrete sidewalks to higher ground, or other porous materials.