When putting together your landscape, on either a commercial or residential property, you need to piece together different elements into a functional environment. This means a maintained lawn, some pretty flowers, and trimmed trees. If even one of these aspects is not taken care of, it will overshadow the rest of your beautiful landscape. With that all taken care of, the next thing you must consider is hardscaping. An elective landscaping enhancement, hardscapes encompass walkways, patios, and even retaining walls. Anything created with stone or rock would be considered a hardscape, hence the name. It can be tricky to figure out if your property needs such service, so we will help you figure out if hardscaping is the right choice for you.

hardscaping (stone patio in backyard)

Are you Looking to Host?

No matter the property type, anyone looking to host guests outdoors needs a patio. The end all be all for outdoor hosting, you might have spent some of your most fun and relaxing nights outside on the patio chatting up a storm. If your property does not currently have a patio and you are wanting to host, get one installed. There are so many options these days, with your ability to choose anything from color to material. With infinite options, it does not need to be just a stone slab but can fit right in with your theme.

commercial drainage solution

Do you Have Drainage Problems?

If your yard is overly sloped and water runoff is causing problems, you might need a retaining wall. Excess moisture in your property can create a breeding ground for disease, especially when it pools up. Your soil can only intake so much water at once, and anything left over will run or sit on top. This can also cause soil erosion over time, which can pull up turf and roots. Retaining walls can be installed in combination with drainage solutions to direct water to a specific area.

freshly mulched landscape

Do you Need a Mulch Alternative?

Mulch is an amazing option for any plant bed, but sometimes it does not fit the theme of your landscape. If you are looking for an alternative but want all the same benefits, decorative rock can do the trick. It will act as the same insulation, keeping extreme temperatures out of your soil, and protecting your plants from invading weeds. You will have to forgo the natural nutrients, but you get the longevity of a hardscape without the need for replacement.

hardscaping (decorative rock in walkway path)

Creating Structure in your Landscape

While this section is not formatted as a question, this is for good reason. We do not need to know if your landscape needs structure, because we already know that it does. Hardscaped walkways are one of the best ways to create this, and you have the freedom to use pavers, concrete, or any other material. Fill in the paver gaps with decorative rock, and you have a functional yet creative design that could feature on the cover of a landscape magazine.


Your landscaping is the first thing noticed by your visitors, friends, and customers. Let OakLawn Landscaping ensure that your first impressions are top-notch and have your guests in awe before they even reach the door. Visit our website, or contact us today at (301) 854-0684 for any of your landscaping needs, commercial or residential.

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