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What is Softscape Landscaping?

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The term “softscape” is not used as regularly as “hardscape” when talking about landscape design. These are the two main landscape design elements, but they are not opposite of each other; instead, they speak to two different features, but together, they can make landscape practical. Let’s focus on softcaping and learn a bit more about what it is really about in the landscaping world.

What Is Softscape?

Softscape refers to the live elements of landscaping, or the horticultural features of landscape design. It all about the plants, trees and grass and flower beds. Other garden components of softscaping include weed/nuisance management, mulching, as well as grading, planting, mowing and trimming. It has nothing to do with anything soft unless it’s softening the straight edge of a patio.

Examples of Softscape

Trees, Shrubs, and Ground Cover
Various types of trees, shrubs, and a range of ground cover can be used to enhance a yard or some other type of landscape. They can create visually appealing outdoor environments and be aesthetically pleasing in landscape design. It’s important to keep in mind the species of trees and shrubs that are native to your region to ensure that they will flourish.
Flower Gardens
Flower gardens can make a great curbside appeal. Different flowers can be incorporated into a garden, and adding both perennials and annuals can make for an attractive palette of color year round. They grow in various ways and can compliment hardscape elements. For instance, spring bulb plants, like Ambassador allium emerge from an underground bulb, and perennials like hollyhock and foxglove grow noticeably tall and soften the look of a fence or wall. On the other hand, some perennials are short and provide ideal ground cover. Tulips are a great example of ground-cover perennials.

Mulch is a softscape component that feeds the soil additional nutrients and can even serve as a decorative element or to have an aesthetic appeal. Mulches can consist of grass clippings, wood, shredded leaves, bark chips, and straw. Mulch is a low-maintenance landscape option that helps to hinder weed growth, retain moisture in the soil and acts as an insulating layer of protection.

Creating gorgeous softscapes can be achieved with the right team of landscapers. You can find local lawn services or softscape services provider that has the experience and capability to use the right type of plantings, placement of softscapes and a range of color shades to create a beautiful yard that will attract people’s attention. Contact Dudley’s today for more information on softscape!

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Grass Seed or Sod

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As the winter snow melts and we all start daydreaming about hosting summer picnics and family gatherings it is time to look at our lawns and see what the damage is. In landscaping, there has to be a decision between maintaining your current lawn or starting over. A general landscape rule of thumb is that if at least 60% of your lawn is not damaged by weeds and brown spots you are probably safe to try and work with what you have. But if you are considering sod versus grass seed there are a few advantages and disadvantages you must consider. Before making this decision lawn care professionals recommending testing your soil to see if what your soil is going to need to encourage lawn health.


Having your yard fixed with sod can be a quick and easy solution to an unsatisfactory yard. If you are looking for a beautiful lower maintenance lawn with quick results, a lawn installation with sod might be perfect for you. Lawn installations with sod provide flexibility for the homeowner as well as convenience. The installation can happen at any point during the growing season except during extreme heat. That said, to get the full advantage of this method it is best to have this done as early as possible to save time, money, and work. Sod installations also require less weeding because state-certified sod comes with little to no weeds from the start. Some disadvantages of sod are the price. Also if the installation is done poorly, there can be more problems ahead of you. If you choose a lawn installation make sure to work with professionals who can assure that the sod is laid down correctly and that your soil and the soil the sod originally came from are compatible.

Grass Seed

For some homeowners, seeding is the right choice. Grass seed is less expensive, and it gives you more options for your yard. If you follow the best processes in seeding it can be pretty simple labor and something you can do yourself successfully. Once again, knowing your soil is key to having a successfully seeded yard. Seeding can have disadvantages compared to sod though. Seeding takes dedicated work, the results are not instant, and you have to stick to your schedule to get the best results. The worst case scenario is attempting to save money by seeding and ending up needing to sod your yard later in the season because the seeding failed.

When it comes to softscaping there are a lot of factors to consider. The best way to have peace of mind and get good results is to work with professionals. Having your soil tested by professionals is a surefire way to know your yards limits and save your wallet from having to pay twice. If you are considering redoing your lawn contact us at Dudley’s Tree and Landscape for our professional advice on your yard.

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