Muskego Landscaping

Welcome to Muskego's home for landscaping and grading information!

Landscaping is a combination or science and art, and requires good observation and design skills. A good landscaper understands the elements of nature and construction, and blends them accordingly.

Hardscaping has become increasingly popular with homeowners in Wisconsin in recent years. As people look to spend more time outdoors, hardscapes like paver patios, fire pits, and retaining walls help to liven up any backyard living space. Styles are continually changing and hardscaping technology used to build things like paver patios are constantly improving.

Whether you are a homeowner looking to hire a contractor or a do-it-yourselfer, this site is designed as a resource to residents of Muskego, WI and the surrounding communities to answer your grading & landscaping questions.

Finish grading is the process of clearing and smoothing out land to prepare it for sod, seed, landscape planting, home or land preparation or whatever the next step may be for you. Finish grading is the final grade done to the land. The Finish Grade provides the final shaping and prepares the seed bed or sod base for completion. Before finish grading can begin, the rough grade must be set within 1” of the final grade, and proper drainage established.

Land grading is reshaping the ground surface to planned grades as determined by engineering survey evaluation and layout. Grading of lots within a subdivision so that the runoff from each one is directed to a stable outlet rather than to an adjacent lot.

The purpose of grading is to provide more suitable topography for buildings, facilities and other land users; to control surface runoff; and to minimize soil erosion and sedimentation both during and after construction. The plan should define areas that must not be disrupted by grading and filling, including staking, marking and fencing required to prevent damage to these areas. These practices are applicable where grading to a planned elevation is necessary and practical for the proposed development of a site and for proper operation of sedimentation-control practices.

Landscaping should be a means of creating an environment that enhances a person's lifestyle and enhances the area in which they are actually doing this enhancement, which might encompass many different things from hardscapes to softscapes.

"Hardscaping," or "hardscape" refers to the inanimate (i.e., non-living) elements of a landscape. Hardscaping includes elements made from wood, even though wood was once animate (in the form of trees). Living plants, by contrast, constitute the "softscaping" or "softscape." In particular, as the name implies, "hardscaping" refers to
hard elements such as those composed of concrete, brick or stone, in addition to wood. For instance, constructing a patio or deck is a hardscaping project, as is a brick walkway, a stone wall, or a wooden fence. But hardscaping goes beyond large-scale projects such as these. Any non-living ornamentation in your landscaping is, technically, part of your hardscaping.

Softscape in a landscape encompasses every tree, flower, shrub, foliage plant, or ground cover that might be included to add beauty, color, or texture. 

Oftentimes, softscape is added to help soften the hard lines of hardscape, so that each element of the landscape design flows smoothly and effortlessly into the other.  It is important for Muskego homeowners to balance the use of both soft and hardscapes in any landscape design.