Three Tricks of Design-First Landscaping for Your Northern Nevada Outdoor Space


The idea of a design-first approach to landscaping has its merits. At Harris Landscape Construction here in Reno, our focus is on creating spectacular outdoor spaces that are as visually striking as they are durable. With decades in the industry, we have a lot of experience on which to draw. Here are three tricks of design-first landscaping for your northern Nevada outdoor space.

Incorporate Hardscapes

Hardscape elements can help visually define different areas of your outdoor space. Think clusters of large landscape stones, patios and walkways, patio covers, water features, fire pits — any of the non-living elements in a landscape design. Hardscaping offers a nuanced balance to the softscaping features of soil, grass, shrubs, flowers, and trees. A design-first landscaping approach means creating hardscapes that will serve as the foundation for softscaping.

Add Borders

Borders are a hardscaping element that define and organize parts of your outdoor space. A design-first focus means creating borders around landscaping beds and even hardscape elements (like walkways and patios) for a cohesive, tidy effect. Low retaining walls are another way to incorporate borders that are also functional.

Bring Order to Your Space

Aesthetics are important, but the hallmark of a beautiful outdoor space is function. There are countless tricks for bringing order to a chaotic outdoor space, and a design-first approach means thinking through the goal of a particular setting. If you have uneven terrain, adding steps, elevated covered patio areas, retaining walls, and landscape lighting can open up all kinds of possibilities.

Ready to Get Started?

If you’re dreaming of a new outdoor space, especially with the reality that self isolation will likely be long term, Harris Landscape Construction in Reno can help. Our design-first approach to landscaping means a functional, beautiful space that you can enjoy for many years to come. Contact us today to learn more.


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