Maximizing your outdoor space

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: BackyardExterior

Low- and no-maintenance features top the list when making over outdoor living spaces, because less time maintaining means more time enjoying.

Landscape professionals use retaining wall systems for a variety of landscaping solutions. Segmental retaining walls are commonly used to transition elevations, shore up slopes along foundations and define space, such as creating planters, tree rings and other features.

Retaining wall systems combined with concrete pavers can be used to create beautiful raised patios, replacing high-maintenance wooden decks. In addition to being as cost effective as a wooden deck, a raised patio offers several advantages.

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Retaining wall units and interlocking concrete pavers come in a variety of colors, shapes and textures to complement any landscape design and are often used to create design continuity in outdoor spaces. Tree rings can be coordinated or color-contrasted with raised patios, retaining walls and other hardscapes.

Permeable pavers are an environmentally sound and low-maintenance solution where impervious surface limits, storm water management, water quality and water conservation are issues.

Landscaping practices can make it easier to control weeds and manage lawn care as well. The use of rock mulch and natural rock in gardens and beds as walkways and stepping stones offers an attractive solution to weed control, and also lessens the need for irrigation. A landscape fabric under stepping stones and rock mulch offers even more insurance against weeds.

Outdoor furniture made of recycled HDPE like Comfort Craft requires no storage or maintenance other than cleanup with soap and water. Unlike wood, Comfort Craft furniture won’t chip, splint, crack or rot, and never needs painting.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.