It’s still winter here in northern Nevada, but in just a few short months, we’ll be enjoying our outdoor spaces again. If you have a project planned for the spring, now is the time to get things started. Step one, of course, is finding the right landscape company for your project. But it may surprise you to learn that many homeowners searching online for landscapers are looking for the wrong kind of company. That’s because specific features in a landscape project – elements like as permanent or semi-permanent installations – are actually the specialty of landscape construction companies like Harris Landscape Construction here in Reno. It may seem like a small distinction, but it could make or break your project. Here’s how to decide if your project calls for a landscape construction company instead of just a landscaper.
The Role of the Landscape Construction Company
When we’re discussing landscaping services, a few projects likely spring to mind. In general, they can be split into two categories – hardscape and softscapes.
- Hardscape is a term that references specific materials in a landscape, like fencing, stone, and pavers, that combine to create elements like outdoor kitchens, fire pits and fireplaces, retaining walls, built-in barbecues, paver projects, and shade structures. Water features are also considered hardscape. Generally, if you have big plans for your outdoor space that will involve quite a bit of work, you’re talking about hardscapes.
- Softscape describes installations of plant and organic materials – things like shrubs, trees, grass, soil, etc.
So who does what? A landscape construction company is a team of contractors or builders. That means they have the experience and the necessary licenses to build and install all of the permanent or semi-permanent hardscape features we’ve described above. If you’re dreaming of a beautiful new outdoor kitchen, replacing all of the concrete in your outdoor spaces with pavers, or you’re ready to tackle your irrigation problems once and for all, a company like Harris Landscape Construction here in Reno will serve your needs well.
Harris Landscape Construction can manage your landscape construction project from start to finish. As a licensed and insured company, we hold five separate licenses specific to landscape construction. We also have close working relationships with local landscape architects, which makes Harris Landscape a one-stop shop for your landscaping project.
Planning a Project?
If you have a landscaping project, but you aren’t sure how best to proceed, these questions can help you get started.
- How does your outdoor space look right now? Look closely to identify issues like drainage problems and soil condition.
- How do you want to use your outdoor space? What is your main goal in the space – entertaining, room for kids to play, curb appeal?
If your needs are related to routine lawn or garden maintenance, a general landscaper will be perfect. For large-scale outdoor projects that will include hardscape elements, contact Harris Landscape Construction or schedule a consultation now. We can design and install a space that suits your needs perfectly.