Most of us are pretty familiar with the term “landscaping,” and hardscaping has many of the same concepts. One of the biggest differences is the materials used to create the desired effect. While landscaping typically uses plant-based materials, hardscaping uses hard wearing materials such as concrete, wood and stone. Projects such as driveways, walkways, retaining walls and stairways can all be examples of hardscaping. Hardscaping adds texture and curb appeal to any outdoor space and the possibilities are endless. Not to mention in a wet climate like Eugene, Oregon, materials like concrete are great to fight against the rain.