Softscape refers to the live horticultural elements of a landscape design. Softscaping can include, flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, flower beds, and duties like weed and pest management, grading, planting, mowing, trimming, aerating, spraying, and digging for everything from plants and shrubs , to flower beds. Wheel barrows and manual tools like rakes, shovels, picks, and battery power tools are commonly used. The purpose of softscape is to lend character to the landscaping, create an aesthetic design to compliment the surroundings.
The term softscape stands in contrast to hardscape which represents inanimate objects of a landscape such as : pavers, stones, rocks, planter boxes, trees, water features as well as structures of wood and natural stone and concrete, like: retaining walls, patios, fences and decks, pergolas, stairs, ect (wikipedia 2018).