Landscaping is the enhancement of the appearance of land, especially around buildings, by altering its contours and planting trees, shrubs, and flowers. The profession of designing or creating gardens by combining plants and other features to produce a pleasing overall effect. Landscapes are a combination of softscapes, hardscapes, rockscapes, & waterscapes. Pricing for landscaping vary greatly depending on the style, materials, and plants to be placed in it. The proper landscape desighn can bring a yard to life and protray the owners caricature.
Softscape refers to the elements of a landscape that comprise live, horticultural elements. Softscaping can include, flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, flower beds, etc. The purpose of softscape is to lend character to the landscaping, create an aura, ambience, and reflect the sensibilities of the inhabitants.
Hardscape, in the practice of landscaping, refers to the paved areas like streets & sidewalks, large business complexes & housing developments, and other industril areas where the upper soil profile is no longer exposed to the actual surface of the Earth. The term is especially used in heavily urbanized or suburban areas with little bare soil.
Rockscapes are dominated by loose rock or the look of loose rock. Usely all the ground is covered in rock and very little flowers, plants, shrubs, or trees. Since they are low maintenance, these scapes are great for people that have a busy life style.
Waterscapes are landscapes in which an expanse of water is a dominant feature. These scapes add a flare to a lawn like no other. Depending on there complexity of the scape, this is usualy the most expensive part of the landscape, it will be the crowning jewel that all will talk about.