Common Hardscape Problems and How to Solve Them

hardscape problems

If you are fortunate enough to own a house, you know that your yard is an extension of your home. It is where you grill in the summer and spend quality time with your family and friends. It is where children can practice the sports that they are in and where your pets can roam around and get fresh air. Or, maybe you have a garden.

When installed by an expert, hardscaping can add beauty and value to your home. Hardscaping is there to make an impression and works with any style of home. Whether it’s a stunning brick sidewalk, an outdoor patio or kitchen area, or a beautiful retaining wall, the perfect hardscape can add so much to the aesthetics and cohesiveness of your yard. Your yard should be a sanctuary and a hideaway from the outdoors. But, sometimes it does not work out that way. There could be any number of landscaping issues stopping you from enjoying your outdoor haven. Let’s look at some of the various hardscape problems that you may come across and some ways that you can solve those problems.


Unsealed paving stones are prone to stains and other blemishes from the outside elements and the daily wear and tear. Using a high-quality sealant will decrease the chances of these stains substantially. The recommendation for when to apply the sealant is shortly after the paver’s installation or along with the regular maintenance and deep cleaning.

Sealer makes cleaning the pavers a lot easier and, at the same time, more difficult for them to get stains. A quick spray with the garden hose should get them back to looking like new.

Efflorescence happens naturally and comes from the accumulation of mineral salt on the paver’s surface. This process can cause some staining that may look bad but does not affect the strength of the pavers. One way to fix this undesirable situation is to simply flip them over to the clean side. It may be a good idea to ask your landscaping contractor to leave some extra stones in this case.

Generally, people assume that weeds grow underneath the pavers. But, they actually grow in the joint sand between the pavers. This hardscape problem is preventable with the usage of the proper type of joint sand.

Some of the professional landscapers use regular sand that may contain seeds. Polymeric sand is better in this case because it can stop weed growth completely. It can also prevent the attraction from ants to the sand.

In summary: hire a landscaping specialist to start with. Our team of professionals at Landscape Plus can look down the road at potential hardscape problems and work to avoid them. We are not a company that will install a beautiful outdoor patio without looking at possible obstacles that may arise. We will consider the growth of the trees in the area and look for any drainage issues that may come up. Our team uses top quality materials matched with top quality service. If you are not already one of Landscape Plus’s happy customers, we would love to add you to our growing list.

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