Softscape sounds all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? Well, it IS … in a way. It refers to the actual parts of the landscape that make up the live elements.
Flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, flower beds or any type of living or organic material can be included in this category.
Softscaping gives character to the overall landscape design and ads that really personal touch. These are used to show off all your permanent hardscape design elements, such as stone walls, tile patios, rocks and brick walkways.
Within your plans might also be various types of lighting and many outdoor lighting systems that use low voltage LED lighting. You’ll be able to install everything yourself even if you’ve never done this type of thing before. Go to a big box or landscape supply and ask someone. Working with low voltage fixtures is easy. Solar low voltage is easier still.
Yard grass is technically a softscaping material, too but yard grass is an incredible water waster. If you don’t keep it watered, it’ll turn brown and ugly. So, if you have a front yard you want to do something with, consider drought resistant plants and hardy evergreens. You’ll save water, money and you won’t have to mow it all the time! You don’t really use your front yard anyway and eco-landscapes look so cool.
There are even ways to get really cheap or free plants and live elements today. People are “swapping” their plants like crazy! Search free plants, plant swap or free plant exchange using the Bing Custom Search Box over there on the right.
Draw your plan and include everything. Plants, paths, rocks, walls and your low voltage wiring. Its flexible and can be snaked around and through just about anything. The only thing you may want to include in your plans that won’t be low voltage is a pond or waterfall. These still need 110 volts and should be installed (at least to the GFCI outlet) by a licensed electrician.
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