Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

May all your endeavors be met with huge success and appreciation. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

How To Patch A Smothered Lawn

Shopping List:
Grass seed (based on location)
Starter fertilizer (high in phosphorus)

1. Use the roto-tiller on the smothered soil to loosen it up.
2. Rake the soil to smooth it out.
3. Spread the compost over the soil with a rake.
4. Use the roto-tiller to incorporate the compost with the existing soil. Rake it out smooth again.
5. Load the seed into the broadcast spreader and apply it generously to the soil.
6. Use the back of the rake to gently push the seed into the soil.
7. Load the starter fertilizer into the spreader and apply it to the soil. If doing this wrok in the spring, select a fertilizer that also includes Tupersan to prevent weed seeds from germinating.
8. Apply a top dressing of compost to the rest of the lawn.
9. Add seed to the top dressing for the rest of the lawn a little less generously than before. Use the back of the rake to push the seed into the soil.
10. Add more starter fertilizer to the rest of the lawn.
11. Give the lawn a good watering, roughly twice a day for a few weeks until the grass gets to about 3” tall.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Playground Wood Chips At Dixon Landscape Materials

Raj with Dixon Landscape Materials shows us their very popular playground wood chips, which is made from Cedar and certified for playgrounds. It is also used all around the garden, parks and so on.

Call Dixon Landscape at 707-678-8200 and visit their website at

Friday, December 22, 2017

1-Hour Christmas Decorations - HGTV

Need to spruce up your home in a hurry for holiday guests? Try these quick and easy ideas for your entryway, mantel and living room.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Gator Clean Shampoo

Gator Clean Shampoo removes ground-in dirt from the surface of concrete pavers and natural stones. It will make the pavers, patio slabs, walls & natural stones look clean and vibrant. Applying Gator Clean Shampoo before a sealer application will assure you of a deeper penetration into the cleaned surface.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Gator Base

Gator Base is environmentally friendly, engineered to return water to the native soil due to the evacuation channels incorporated in the Gator Base. It will never leach chemicals or degrade in the native soil for over 100 years.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

How To Make A Succulent Christmas Tree

Looking for an alternative to the traditional Christmas tree?
Decorate for the holidays with a towering tree of succulents.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Pavestone RumbleStone™ Bench Planter

Pavestone RumbleStone™. Rustic building blocks for your outdoor hardscape projects. Simple to complex, large or small, the possibilities for creative expression are as far and wide as that inner child's imagination.

Friday, December 1, 2017

How To Lay Stepping Stones On Gravel

How to lay stepping stones on gravel the easy way. We lay individual stepping stones on a pathway to make the path easier to walk on. Please watch our step-by-step guide to laying paving slabs on gravel stone chippings.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Application of Alliance Gator Seal Satin & Wet Look Finish With John Briggs

This is a video on how to apply Gator Seal Satin & Wet Look Finishes

Gator Seal Satin Look Sealer is made from acrylic based polymers. Gator Seal Satin Look Sealer penetrates deep into the concrete paver and natural stone pores, thus reducing the oil and dirt penetration, as well as protecting them from de-icing salt.

Gator Seal Wet Look Sealer is made from acrylic based polymers. Gator Seal Wet Look Sealer penetrates deep into the concrete paver and natural stone pores, thus reducing the oil and dirt penetration, as well as protecting them from de-icing salt.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Concrete Fence Post Fencing DIY

Hi everyone,

We’ve badly needed our fence replacing for well over two years. We’d patched it up that many times as we’ve had other more important jobs to do. So here’s how I took on installing concrete fence posts and gravel boards.

The original fence was not only rotten, but each post was wobbly and found all, except the back two, were put in by fence spikes.
So now I plan on finally finishing the patio in front of the garage and then time to think about making a gate.

We had some very tricky weather conditions, so had to do it in parts (so try and do it when you know you have good weather).
We also found absolutely tonnes of concrete, everything was extremely heavy, so I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the helping hand of my fiancĂ©.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Solution To Lawn Drainage Problems Around Your Porch

If you have lawn drainage problems around your porch, we have one solution that may really help. Whether it be from your eve spouts or (in our case) from our air conditioner, a soggy yard is not good. Dave shows you how he dug a French drain in our yard to solve our wet side yard problem. Another solution may be to lay a drainage pipe, but that was not feasible in our particular situation.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Simple Surface Drainage Solution? Dry Creek Bed

Here's a little drainage project I took on a few months ago and it has really worked out. Prior to installing what essentially amounts to a dry creek bed, my client was experiencing wash out of his mulch during heavy rain.

Several thought processes are required when eliminating a surface runoff drainage problem. First, you want to determine what type of solution will work best. French drains clearly would not be appropriate (they are, in fact, overly used, often, poorly installed, and seldom do they correct the problem); A basin w/ grate and underground piping would work, but a 12" thick, concrete retaining wall was in the path of the runoff outlet making this option an impossibility. So, surface drain (ie. dry creek bed) was the ticket.

Second, you need to anticipate the amount of water that might run through your system and create it so that it is large enough. Also, you must determine the optimum point of runoff entry. In this case, that was pretty obvious. What was neat about this project was being able to turn the water movement to where I wanted it to go...quite nearly a 180 degree turn!

Lastly, consider aesthetics. Sure, it's a drain system. But that doesn't mean it can't be perty!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Walk-On Fir Bark At Dixon Landscape Materials

Raj Hansra with Dixon Landscape Materials shows us the Walk-On Fir Bark which is very popular in landscaping and is much easier to work with than Gorilla Bark.

Dixon Landscape Materials, 150 East H St, Dixon CA. 707-678-8200.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

How To Lay Patio Pavers

Learn how to lay patio pavers from home improvement expert Ron Hazelton. Add delightful detail to your backyard and landscaping.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DIY Concrete Lamp With Optical Fibers

In this video I’m going to make a concrete lamp with optical fibers.

I’m not only going to use a concrete, but also I’m going to try to embed optical fibers in order to get a constellation like effect. This is my first concrete project and I’m so excited to share with you the entire process of creating it.

Monday, October 23, 2017

DIY Mix-and-Match Emoji Pumpkins - HGTV

Use construction paper and magnets to make these fun emoji pumpkins that you can customize to fit your mood.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Today's Homeowner Featuring RumbleStone™

Pavestone and Quikrete team up with host Danny Lipford to create a backyard paradise. This full episode of Today's Homeowner shows you how to use RumbleStone™ to build a gorgeous paved patio complete with a fireplace and custom planters.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Stone Border Landscaping Adds A Unique Appeal To Your Lawn

Standard landscaping helps organize your plantings and makes your yard look nice and tidy, but if you want a bit of drama and artistry try adding stone borders. Landscaping stones are available in every shape, size, color and design offered by nature and then some. If you like a very uniform look, manufactured stone can provide just that.

Creating beautiful stone borders for your flowerbeds and paths gives your yard a unique and natural look. Additionally, stones last forever and only become more beautiful with the passage of time so they represent an excellent investment.

Where Can You Get Good Landscaping Stone?

You can actually find good looking stones all over your area. For a truly authentic look, you can search for stones around your neighborhood or even in your own lawn. Use these alone or incorporate them with other stones purchased at a local landscape materials store or garden center. An artistic combination of stones will add visual interest to your outdoor environment.

What Kind Of Rock Or Stone Is Best?

Both river rock and flagstone are nice choices as the foundation for any type of landscaping project. Flagstone comes in lots of attractive natural shades to enhance any outdoor setting. When smaller sized rock is needed (e.g. when filling in open areas or creating walkways) river rock excels.

Hiring A Pro Can Save You Money & Hard Labor!

If you are purchasing large amounts of stone, be sure to ask about home delivery as this will save you backbreaking labor and wear and tear on your vehicle. Additionally, take the time to compare prices between purchasing stone and doing the labor yourself VS having it done by a professional landscaper. Pros always have access to excellent prices in landscaping materials that offset the labor costs. Additionally, setting stone for pathways and borders is an arduous task that can cause significant aches and pains for the inexperienced DIY landscaper.

Stone Landscape Is Functional & Beautiful

In addition to borders, you can also set stepping stones or create walkways and retaining walls using stone. This choice creates a natural, beautiful, enduring effect in your yard and garden while fulfilling practical needs. Using similar rocks throughout lends a touch of uniformity to your design. If you are a rock hound, using fairly uniform natural rocks such as flagstone or river rock for your landscaping helps draw attention to artistic displays of your unique finds.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rock Landscaping Ideas That Are Quick & Easy

Landscaping your yard can be a fantastic way to add beauty and color to your residence. When you landscape the yard you could very easily help to make it a thing of beauty. You might want to landscape the entire yard, make a quiet garden area or work on the a small section. Incorporating a lot of regional natural plants and things such as rocks will be quite nice. Stones can easily add color and design to an otherwise uninteresting landscape. If you're looking for some rock landscaping ideas remember there are many ways to integrate beautifying with rocks into your backyard.
Decide What You Would Like to Do
Ideas about using natural stones can be discovered in numerous sites. First off, think about what you want. Smaller rocks and stones might be used to line the edge of a private drive, flower bed or even a little pond. Larger stones might be integrated into the middle of plants or even natural herbs. A very big decorative landscape rock which is of an interesting form and color may even grow to be the focal point of your garden project. Before you choose glance through publications, travel all-around your town and take a look at other individual's yards and even view rock landscaping pictures online to have an notion of what you want.
Do Some Research
Local rocks and stones are probably what you should use in your design. Check out local home building sites for suggestions of what type of stones are available in your location. If you are lucky enough to live in places you can go get your own river rocks for landscaping you can find some beautiful ones that way. When you know what you want to utilize you can draw up your rock landscaping designs and get started.
Options for a Layout Designed with Natural Rocks
Creating an backyard design offers you numerous ways to incorporate stones into your designs. One creative interesting way to put various rocks is to create a landscaping rock wall. A mail box foundation or a rock wall as a backdrop for a backyard garden is merely a couple of interesting concepts it is possible to consider. The rocks will be embedded in the wall, or sculpture base in something such as a mailbox post. You may utilize polished flat stones as stepping stones and develop a wondering path via your flower garden. The strategies for these landscaping ideas are really endless.
Don't Want to Do It Yourself?
Not everyone likes to do things themselves and if you're not a do-it-yourself individual no problem. But bear in mind, you can easily always employ somebody to do the job for you. There are plenty of local landscaping companies specialized in rock design that are prepared to do the work for you - but remember rock landscaping prices can differ based on where you live. The positive side is that they may have access to rocks you don't. The downside - that type of contracting work could be pricey.
Begin Your Rock Landscaping Project Right now
These rock landscaping ideas [] will allow you to turn your backyard into a thing of beauty in no time at all. Develop a rock landscaping garden or a wall, line a few paths, get imaginative! Why have a big empty space of green grass whenever you can have so much more than that? Your friends will be pleading with you to share your rock landscaping secrets when you are finished.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

How To Clean And Restore A Brick Paver Patio In A Few Hours

BackYard Basics by TechniSoil with host Terry Jensen. In this patio makeover episode I will show you how easy it is to clean and restore an aged brick paver patio. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s actually easy to do it yourself over a weekend. I finished this entire outdoor living hardscape project by myself in less than four hours total. Whether you hire a contractor or go the DIY route, this video will show you how to bust out the job quickly so your patio will be ready for a friendly barbecue party or some quiet time reading a book.

This paver patio and adjacent walkway area was very dirty and covered with green and black algae. We started by pressure washing the bricks with a gas powered pressure washer which took about 45 minutes. It’s important to clean evenly back and forth with the spray wand, almost as if you were painting a fence. I tried initially using an electric pressure washer but found the jet stream was now powerful enough to clear out the grime and algae. The gas powered unit worked great and made the cleaning process go quickly. If the water dries in time you can move on to the final restoration steps, but on this project, I decided to give it more time to dry and returned to finish the following day.

Next, I installed two colors of UltraMix Designer Series Paver Joint Sand from TechniSoil. This patio was a combination of red brick pavers and charcoal-tan-plum keystone wall blocks for elevation. I used Brick Red and Charcoal Plum UltraMix Sand, and it tied the contrasting colors together beautifully. UltraMix Sand is not a polymeric sand, but can be used in a dry joint sand application or stabilized with a liquid stabilizer. Polymeric sands have an extremely limited color selection and can cause issues like hazing from polymeric powder dust.

Finally, I wrapped up the project by applying NanoPave JSS (2-in-1 Joint Stabilizer & Sealer) with an everyday handheld pump sprayer. NanoPave JSS performs two necessary jobs for hardscaping, by stabilizing the joint material and sealing the stone surface. The sealer enhances the natural color, and for this job we used NanoPave JSS Ghost - Natural Look Finish. The liquid sprays on white, but dries ultra clear. I used a foam rubber squeegee to evenly distribute the liquid over the pavers and I was careful to apply according to application rate and temperature recommendations.

When the makeover was complete, I had spent only a few hours transforming the outdoor living patio area from old and dingy to bright and beautiful. We used only TechniSoil products to enhance the project, specifically UltraMix Paver Joint Sand and NanoPave JSS. For products and ideas like these and more, visit or any of the TechniSoil social media channels.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pavestone Venetian Stone™

Pavestone's Venetian Stone™ Series gives a distinctive cleft surface texture to pavements. It's modular pattern equalizes the scale of any project and is fitting to most any architectural elements.

The possible applications for pavers are only limited by your imagination. Maximize your outdoor living experience with a design that is all your own. Create a scenic walkway in a beautiful downtown park. A variety of hues and textures allow you to have unlimited possibilities to both compliment and enhance the natural beauty of any surrounding while being friendly to the environment. From palatial outdoor entertainment areas to pool decks with a relaxing spa-like feel, you can count on unsurpassed strength and flexibility. Concrete pavers can withstand the forces of weather, water and traffic. Plus, they are especially designed to withstand freeze-thaw conditions, making them a good choice for cool as well as warm climates. Your design project will be as beautiful years from now as it is the day it is installed.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Here are the Front Yard Landscaping Ideas. This landscaping ideas are beautiful and unique styles. I am sure that is Landscaping Ideas make your house more beautiful.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Make Every Party a Roaring Success With Backyard Fire Pits

Your backyard is just not complete without a state of art pit! Talking about backyard fire pits, it is one of the most secure and clean ways to enjoy an outdoor party or gathering of friends under the twilight stars. If you want a great camp fire ambiance, then it is not possible without a handy pit in tow.

Installing a fire pit will induce you to spend longer time outdoors on a wintry morning or a cool summer evening, enjoying the warmth of the fire while toasting your favorite meat.

In today's time, there is a backyard pit to suit everyone's requirements. Many companies have come up with affordable and cheap patio pits that do not upset your financial budget or occupy unnecessary space. Actually, there are different varieties of pits available in the market like column pits, pit table, ring pits or table tops. Most of them are made with propane, copper, cast iron and wood.

If you want a sophisticated or stylish fire set for your patio, you can go in for expensive copper fire along with grill. It will give strong character and unique style to your patio or backyard. Most copper pits are made of cast iron and quality copper metal pieces. They may be costlier than normal pit sets, but it is worth every dollar spent; not to mention the appreciating glances of your friends and party guests! Normally, such patio fire pits will be available at around $130 or above.

If you want to save money, then you can build your very own model pit with some do it your self talents. You can unleash your creative spirit and give a personal touch to the pit. You can also proudly display your creativity to your friends and relatives. Backyard fire are a great hit in Western countries, where people are used to having backyard spaces or gardens.

Backyard fire sets should not be used on a windy day that can cause a major fire break out. And in case you are using your fire pit in a breezy day, then it is best to keep an eye till you extinguish it.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Salt & Pepper Pea Gravel Adds Contrast, Color And It Covers Nicely

We have several sizes of the ever-popular Salt & Pepper mix of decorative rock. This is the pea gravel size and is perfect for driveways, landscaping around plants, small garden areas and more. It adds contrast, color and it covers very nicely. See more at our website:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Installing Pavestone Bagged Landscape Rock

Beautify your trees, gardens, bushes and other outdoor areas with Pavestone's landscape rock. Sold in easy to use bags.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Large Stones Can Really Add Interest To Your Landscaping

3 Rivers Boulder

Our inventory of large rocks and boulders is constantly changing and each is unique. Here is a beautiful example of a 3 Rivers Boulder that can lend a great deal of interest to your landscaping area (we also carry this style rock in flagstone large and small pieces, wall rock and bubblers). Adding large boulders can really make the difference. See some other photo example on our website at

Monday, September 4, 2017

Yard Drain, French Drain, Do it Yourself Project

Learn how to quickly install a Yard Drain or French Drain. How to tips including - irrigation repair, control wires, discharge with pop ups, connections and catch basins. A very good how to do it yourself video.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

10 Outdoor Backyard Makeover Design Ideas

Looking inspiration for backyard design? Take a look these 10 Outdoor backyard makeover design ideas, And get inspired.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Molecule [DS] Driveway Sealer | Water, Motor Oil, And Red Wine Stain Resistance Demonstration

In this video, we take a minute to show you a live stain resistance demonstration, breakdown some of those buying options, and explain why Molecule brand sealers brought to you by TechniSoil are worth considering.

We are using three common liquids (water, motor oil, and red wine) that can cause problems with hardscape surfaces, such as pavers, bricks, and natural stone. It is important to note that we strongly recommend cleaning any sort of staining material off of your hardscape project as quickly as possible, regardless of a sealer being used or not. Any stain producing material left for an extended period of time can begin to penetrate and become permanent if left unchecked.

First up, is water. Admittedly, water generally isn't a big problem when it comes to staining on the surface but it can produce two major problems in some areas. Efflorescence and freeze-thaw damage can occur from the penetration of water into the hardscape surface. When combined with proper drainage and slope, surfaces sealed with Molecule will significantly reduce the penetration of water.

Second, we use motor oil. Oil is widely regarded as one of the worst staining materials especially in driveways and parking lot areas. The oil will stay suspended on a Molecule treated surface for up to an hour depending on the stone porosity, but again, we strongly recommend cleaning an oil spill immediately to help prevent permanent staining.

And finally, we have red wine. Along with blood from steaks, this is a common stain producer around outdoor kitchens and patio areas. As with the other two materials, red wine beads up immediately when it comes into contact with a Molecule treated surface.

Each Molecule brand product is power-packed with a penetrating, stain resistant polymer formulation. The beading effect repels nearly any liquid at the surface level, drastically reducing stain penetration which can cause permanent discoloration.

Each individual Molecule brand product is then specifically formulated to work on a variety of applications.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pavestone RumbleStone™ Waterfall

Pavestone RumbleStone™. Rustic building blocks for your outdoor hardscape projects. Simple to complex, large or small, the possibilities for creative expression are as far and wide as that inner child's imagination.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Backyard Drainage Solutions - This Old House

Roger Cook shows Kevin O’Connor a few ways to handle storm water, including French drains, channel drains, and dry-wells.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Installing Pavestone Edgers - Whether you are planning on doing it yourself or wanting to have it done for you. Our product videos and how-to information section is a valuable resource to start you on the right course.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How To Install A Natural Stone Patio With Fire Pit

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a bluestone patio with a reclaimed granite fire pit.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

How To Choose A Hardscape Sealer

Selecting a hardscape sealer to use on pavers, natural stone, or decorative concrete can be challenging. There are lots of buying options. In this video, we take a few minutes to show you a live stain resistance demonstration, breakdown some of those buying options, and explain why Molecule brand sealers brought to you by TechniSoil are worth considering.

We discuss four products in particular; Molecule [DS] Driveway Sealer; Molecule [JSS] Paver Joint Stabilizer & Sealer; Molecule [VMS] Vertical Masonry Sealer, and; Molecule [HS] Hardscape Shampoo.

Each Molecule brand product is power-packed with a penetrating, stain resistant polymer formulation. The beading effect repels nearly any liquid at the surface level, drastically reducing stain penetration which can cause permanent discoloration.

Each individual Molecule brand product is then specifically formulated to work on a variety of applications.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How To Build A Timber Retaining Wall - This Old House

Shopping List for How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall:
- 1x3 wood stakes and nylon string, used to establish layout lines for timbers
- 6x8-inch pressure-treated landscaping timbers, used to build retaining wall
- wood preservative, to treat cut ends of timbers
- 3/4-inch stone, used as base and drainage material
- landscaping filter fabric, used to prevent soil from clogging drainpipe
- 4-inch-diameter perforated drainage pipe, for draining water away from retaining wall
- 1/2-inch-diameter (No. 4) x 4-foot-long metal reinforcing bar, used to stake timbers and dead men to ground
- 12-inch landscaping screws, for fastening together the landscaping timbers
- bark mulch, used to cover the ground in front of the retaining wall

Tools for How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall:
- hand tamper, used to compact the soil and stone base
- wheelbarrow, used to transport stone and mulch to jobsite
- shovel, for excavating the ground
- circular saw, used to cut timbers
- impact driver, used to drive landscaping screws into timbers
- drill/driver with 9/16-inch-diameter spade bit, used to bore holes in timbers for rebar stakes
- sledgehammer, used to drive in rebar and wood stakes
- 6-foot level
- torpedo level
- foam paint brush

Sunday, July 30, 2017

NewDeck With CoolStain Technology

NewDeck’s patent pending, water-based formula includes water-repelling sealer technology for a long-lasting finish. Its ready-to-use solid color formula may be diluted with water to achieve more transparency. Use NewDeck to restore the finish and reduce the surface temperature of wood and composite surfaces, such as Wood Decks, Railings, Roof Shakes, Wood Shingles, Siding, Roofs, Fences, and Wood Patio Furniture.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Molecule [DS] Driveway Sealer | Penetrating Stain Protectant For Hardscape And Concrete

Molecule [DS] Driveway Sealer from TechniSoil represents next-generation water-based sealer technology specifically designed for premium concrete and hardscape driveways.

It provides robust stain resistance without leaving a film or altering the surface aesthetic. Molecule [DS] is VOC-free, ready-to-use out of the bottle, and easy to apply using a common handheld pump sprayer.

One single application reduces staining from vehicle tires, debris, and most liquids while limiting freeze-thaw damage in harsh, cold weather climates.

Monday, July 24, 2017

TrowelPave Concrete

A nice stroll down a scenic city sidewalk by the park can go tragically wrong in the blink of an eye. Damage caused by age, tree roots, and daily wear and tear leads to unsightly cityscapes but can also pose a serious risk for pedestrians and a tremendous liability for municipalities.

Billions of dollars across the country are spent maintaining, repairing, and rebuilding sidewalks. They connect cities in the most basic and necessary of ways, providing access for traffic by foot, bike, wheelchair, skateboard, and more. To maximize access for all citizens, ADA compliant ramps must be built and maintained to allow easy passage. But just as roads break down over time causing inconvenience to vehicle commuters, damaged city sidewalks require maintenance to keep things running smoothly.

In this video, we take aim at a unique sidewalk repair. It's not the disaster you might be expecting, but it is even more dangerous. Tree roots lifted this panel of sidewalk slightly over time. The shift has resulted in uneven concrete with nearly a 1" flush gap on one side and a 1.5" raised tripping hazard on the other. A pedestrian in high heeled shoes will have just as much problem with the gap as every other mode of transportation will have with the lifted section.

To repair this problem with typical methods is very expensive and time consuming. This would include either complete demolition and reconstruction or a labor intensive concrete grinding process. But there is a much easier, faster, and more cost effective solution called TrowelPave Concrete.

Watch as we tackle this sidewalk with a 1-man crew and make the repair in less than 15 minutes. By mixing TrowelPave Concrete by hand in a 5-gallon bucket using a 1/2" drive drill driver and the TrowelPave Mixing Wand, we are ready to bridge all the varying heights and depths of this lifted sidewalk.

Troweling the mixture into place is easy and satisfying. With only 20 pounds of mixed material (one TrowelPave bucket kit), we were able to span the entire width of the sidewalk and grade the material to a feather edge finish on all sides.

In a perfect world scenario, the area should be coned off for 2-3 hours before use but TrowelPave can typically take direct traffic in less than an hour. Let's think about the alternative fixes (demolition/reconstruction and grinding) for a second. Either of those would shut this sidewalk down for days if not longer.

TrowelPave Concrete is a permanent transition repair solution that saves time and money plus pain and suffering for all parties.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Easy DIY Hinged HOOPHOUSE for Raised Bed

This is my take at a hinged hoophouse for my raised bed. I am really happy with the way it turned out!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Patio Project: Elements Of Style

Erin Gates, of the lifestyle blog Elements of Style, shares her spring patio project using Pavestone's Venetian Stone™ Combo pavers.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

DIY Paver Patio, Fire-pit & Pergola Project (Time-lapse)

DIY Paver Patio Project: This time lapse video shows the main steps involved in a paver patio project.

* Removing top-soil
* Preparing sub-base
* Prep work for natural gas lines (Grill and Fire-pit)
* Compacting sub-base
* Build a solid foundation with 2B gravel
* Compacting gravel base
* Weed barrier landscape fabric
* Concrete sand for paver base
* Laying pavers
* Polymeric sand to fill the gaps between pavers
* Paver patio steps
* Patio walls
* Setting up pergola
* Install outside border with river stone
* Furnish the patio

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Amazing Backyard Design Ideas You Won't Believe Exist

Extremely beautiful backyard design ideas you won't believe exist. Amazing and cool houses backyard design ideas, best backyard design ideas, backyard design ideas for small yards. Amazing backyard landscape design ideas.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

DIY | Fire Pit / Grill + Patio

We built or own fire pit that we can use to barbecue! We also made a large patio.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

3 Free DIY Garden Markers - HGTV

No need to spend money on garden markers! Use natural and upcycled items to keep track of what's where in the garden.

Monday, July 3, 2017

DIY: How To Build A Fence (BYOT #12)

This DIY project is all about how to build a fence. With the right tools you can turn a ugly fence into a beautiful new cedar fence that will last for years to come. Bring Your Own Tools (Episode #12).

Friday, June 30, 2017

How To Plant A Patriotic Container Garden

Show off your love of country with these red, white and blue container gardens. We've got two options to try: one for sun and one for shade.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

How To Install A Flagstone Patio (Step-By-Step)

In this video, you'll learn how to install a flagstone patio and a flagstone path like a professional.

If you're looking to design your landscape and are searching for ideas where you can integrate natural stone into your yard, then you'll want to watch this video.

You'll see how I built a patio using landscaping stones, boulders, and retaining wall blocks to create a beautiful area that can be used as a fire pit or just used for some nice patio furniture.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Testing The Waters | Good Bones | HGTV

This mother-daughter duo is testing the waters - literally! Check out their feature, and watch #GoodBones Tuesdays at 10|9c.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How To Plant A Year-Round Garden

With some smart planning, you can enjoy a beautiful and colorful garden all year long.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tips for Installing NewLook Concrete Stains

Check out the tips for an installment on How to install NewLook Decorative Concrete Solutions. More videos are available on the NewLook Youtube Channel.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How To Install A Robotic Lawnmower

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O’Connor install a robotic lawnmower.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

How To Install An Urban Bluestone Patio

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a bluestone patio in an urban backyard.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Get To Know Daffodils - HGTV

Planning on planting daffodils in your garden? Here's everything you need to know first.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How To Make Outdoor Concrete And Wood Bench

My parents wanted a bench to go with the concrete fire pit I made for them. I decided to reuse the wooden forms from that project to make a bench. The bench consists of 2 blocks of concrete made from Quikrete 5000 and three 8-foot long 4x6s that I got from home depot. Four 4x4s would have worked just as well. I did this project in southern California so frost heave isn’t a problem, which is why I was able to do it without digging deeper. The wood isn’t actually attached to the concrete but rather sits within recesses in the concrete blocks. I am thinking about making the bench L-shaped in the future so I wanted to be able to disassemble it if needed.

Monday, May 22, 2017

How To Make An Outdoor Sofa

This DIY sofa can be made with basic power tools in less than 5 hours. Modern outdoor sofas can be quite expensive and this project can provide a more affordable alternative. I made this couch out of 4x8s, 2x8s, and some outdoor sofa cushions that I bought from IKEA. It is a sturdy DIY sofa made from solid wood. I used a grey Minwax wood stain to finish it.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How To Build A Concrete Raised Planter Bed Part 1

In this video we show you how to form and build a raised planter bed! This is kind of a 3 part video and this being the 1st part so stayed turned for the next 2 videos we will be uploading on how to form a cantilever ledge and placing stone under the ledge!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

DIY Modern Outdoor Bench | Modern Builds | EP. 31

Today I'm building a set of modern outdoor benches using an awesome 2x4 box joint configuration. These benches were originally designed by DIY Candy, and because they had everything in a written article, I thought a video would be cool too.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

How To Build a Retaining Wall (Step-by-Step)

In this video I show you exactly how to build a retaining wall with landscape blocks.

You'll learn how to design your retaining wall, the tools you need, how to build it step by step, and even some retaining wall design ideas.

First, I'll walk you through how to design your retaining wall, and the critical components you need to include so your retaining wall doesn't fail.

Most people skip critical steps, like digging deep enough for a 6" packed gravel base - which is critical for the structural integrity of your wall.

You'll also learn the importance of using 3/4" gravel behind your retaining wall blocks so excess moisture doesn't cause your wall to tip over.

Then, I'll demonstrate how wide to dig the trench before building your wall, and what to consider when planning it out.

Then, we'll go right into building it, starting with the first row of blocks. I'll share some tips for making this much easier so you can save time.

This home improvement project will have a dramatic impact on your landscape, and it doesn't cost that much. In fact, this 50' long wall, that is 3' tall, only cost me about $1,000 in materials. That's pretty amazing considering the transformation it made to my yard.

I think you'll like this video, because it includes a time-lapse of building the wall as well - so you can get an idea of exactly how much work goes into installing a retaining wall.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

How To Install In-Ground Sprinklers - This Old House

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to water your lawn and garden—automatically.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

How To Install An Irrigation System - Part 1

A zoned irrigation/sprinkler system is installed using irrigation piping, sprinkler heads, valve assemblies, drip lines, and a weather station. A variety of sprinkler heads is described.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DIY Yard Crashers S5-E9 "Backyard Balcony" featuring TechniSoil G3 - Pathway Stabilizer

The hit TV show Yard Crashers airs on the DIY Network. The Season 5 - Episode 9 installment "Backyard Balcony" hosted by Ahmed Hassan originally aired in May 2011 and features none other than TechniSoil Global, Inc. company president, Sean Weaver, installing G3 - Pathway Stabilizer on a decomposed granite (DG) patio area.

You can see Sean in action around the 19:30 mark as he an Ahmed finish grading the DG and prepare to pour the first application coat of G3 - Pathway Stabilizer. The reveal shots of the backyard come shortly after and the new outdoor kitchen and patio area looks fantastic.

If you hang in until the end, you will see Sean with his wife, Theresa Downs-Weaver, as all the contractors and helpers appear with Ahmed Hassan and the lucky homeowner to wrap things up.

Here is the episode description listed on the DIY Network - Yard Crashers website:

"Like so many of the guys you see manhandling power tools on 'Yard Crashers,' Matt Pidwerbecki is a general contractor. Problem is he spends so much time upgrading everyone else's home that he has no time left for his own yard, which is full of speedboats, power tools and way too much dead grass. This episode elevates the view of his rockin' backyard with the addition of a second-story door, balcony and composite deck, mature trees, regulation-sized horseshoe pit, soil-stabilized pathways, pergola-covered spa, and original pop art. In two days, this outdoor abyss will morph into a bachelor's bliss."

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

DIY Yard Crashers S5-E13 "Vegas Splash Pad" featuring TechniSoil G3

The hit TV show Yard Crashers airs on the DIY Network. The Season 5 - Episode 13 installment "Vegas Splash Pad" hosted by Ahmed Hassan originally aired in June 2011 and features none other than TechniSoil Global, Inc. company president, Sean Weaver, installing G3 - Pathway Stabilizer on a decomposed granite (DG) patio area.

You can see Sean in action around the 16:37 mark as he an Ahmed finish grading the DG and prepare to pour the first application coat of G3 - Pathway Stabilizer. The reveal shots of the backyard come shortly after and the new outdoor kitchen and splash pad patio area look incredible.

Here is the episode description listed on the DIY Network - Yard Crashers website:

"'Yard Crashers' is taking on Sin City! A once ordinary backyard in the desert is completely transformed into a cool outdoor hot spot. This crash goes above and beyond with a modern splash pad for both kids and adults. Plus, Ahmed surprises these homeowners with a fully loaded outdoor kitchen, complete with a grill, blender, refrigerator and topped off with concrete countertops and unique tile. And in Las Vegas, you gotta have shade, so they bring in a one-of-a-kind cluster umbrella feature to keep this yard cool!"

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Friday, April 14, 2017

YardHacks By TechniSoil | Who Needs An Ugly Hose Bib? EkoFlo To The Rescue.

Hack #: 001 | Take a look around your home. What do the hose bibs look like? Mud, weeds, bare dirt? In this yard hack we show you how 10 minutes and EkoFlo Permeable Pavement Binder can transform something ugly into something beautiful.

Clean hose bib area, remove mud and weeds. Mix 16 ounces of EkoFlo with roughly 60 pounds of clean, dry 3/8" pebbles inside a 5-gallon bucket until thoroughly coated. Pour blended mixture into area and trowel into place. Trowel to finish grade and lightly compact by hand. Keep area dry until cure, usually 24-48 hours. Done!

16 ounces of EkoFlo mixed with 60 pounds of 3/8" pebbles will cover approximately 5 square feet at 1.5 inches of depth.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

TrowelPave Asphalt | Alligator Crack Repair For Blacktop Pavement

Alligator cracks in asphalt pavement are a nuisance for foot and bike traffic and they collect debris. The culprit is water penetration coupled with wear and tear over time. Once a weak point is exposed, the material is channeled and erodes away. This is typically followed by the formation of a pothole as well.

TrowelPave Asphalt is in a class all its own because it can be used for blacktop repairs of almost any depth including alligator cracks. It can be troweled into place and compacted by hand for small repairs, or spread with a grade rake and compacted mechanically for large repairs.

First, we cleaned out the debris and swept the nearby area. Then we used TrowelPave Bulk packaging for the repair, including four 68-pound buckets of aggregate and two 1-gallon bottles of liquid binding agent mixed thoroughly in a common paddle mortar mixer.

Then we leveled the material over the alligator cracks using a 36" grade rake. Once the grade was good, we made two passes using a gas powered vibratory plate compactor. A hand tamp can be used in hard to reach places as needed.

What was once a bumpy, uneven mess, is now a level area strong enough for heavy truck and forklift traffic. The repair took only 20 minutes or so with a 1-man crew! We wrapped up our project by cleaning all the tools with WD-40® and a rag.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

EkoFlo Tree Well Project Time-Lapse - Riverview Golf & Country Club

In this short time-lapse video we show the transformation process using EkoFlo Permeable Pavement Binder and 3/8" pebbles to create a beautiful and functional tree well ground cover.

The project is located at Riverview Golf & Country Club in Redding, CA. The tree is centered in a knockout planter encased by concrete golf cart paths. It serves as a shade tree and marker for the nearby snack shack.

The tree well has long been problematic from a maintenance point of view due to prominent weed growth and it serves as a debris trap when the wind blows through. The goal was to install a permanent surface ground cover that won't blow out or erode while still allowing water transfer to the tree.

The gnarled surface roots of the tree make this a truly one-of-a-kind project and topic of conversation for golfers stopping in for lunch.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

How To Build A Flagstone Walkway - This Old House

Shopping List for How to Build a Flagstone Walkway:
- steel edging
- 2x4 stretchers
- landscape fabric
- pea stone

Tools for How to Build a Flagstone Walkway:
- two garden hoses
- edger
- shovel
- small sledgehammer
- garden rake
- rubber mallet

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Garden Edge

We wanted to put cedar chips around our garden boxes. The west side drops to the neighbors property and I did not want cedar chips falling over the property line. I decided that I could put bark mulch next to the property line. This meant I needed an edge between the bark mulch and the cedar chips. I made the edge out of wood I had slabbed a few years ago from an enormous sequoia tree. I secured the wood in place by nailing it to the ground. I drilled holes in the wood for the nails and made a space for the head of the nail in the wood. This allowed the head of the nail to be flush with the top surface of the wood.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Modern Front Yard Remodel This modern front yard landscaping was a remodel from the existing yard. Excavation was done to open up space for a fire pit, dining area, front lawn, planters and retaining walls. See how this modern front yard was designed and the materials that were used by landscape architect Ive Haugeland from Shades of Green Landscape Architecture.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How To Install Sod: STEP 3 Grading

Level out your soil by grading it with a rake. Watch this How to Install Sod video and learn why grading is so important. Mike Strunk of Park Avenue Turf has expert advice that will prevent puddling on your lawn.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How To Install Sod: STEP 3 Freshly Harvested Sod

Park Avenue Turf delivers freshly harvested sod. You're always assured to have freshly cut sod because we cut per order. We like to get the sod installed with 24 hours. Watch this episode of How to Install Sod to learn why it's important to unroll and install sod as well as how to keep your sod moist for proper installation.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

TechniSoil BarkBinder Bark / Mulch Stabilizer & Sealer Product Demo

BarkBinder® preserves the appearance of fibrous, shredded mulch products and pine straw while preventing wind and water erosion in landscaped areas. BarkBinder® concentrate dilutes with water providing for an easy spray-on application process that is completely safe for plants, animals, and the environment. Maintaining a beautiful landscape is easy with this cost effective solution for mulch products.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

TrowelPave Bulk | Cold Mix Asphalt Repair In Minutes

Introducing TrowelPave Bulk for larger volume asphalt pavement repairs. TrowelPave is a cold mix, permanent blacktop repair that can be finished to a feather edge for any number of multi-depth applications

Monday, February 27, 2017

Molecule Teaser | Next-Generation Sealer Technology

Introducing Molecule® brand hardscape sealers by TechniSoil. The Molecule line of sealer products represents next-generation, water-based technology for premium hardscape protection. It penetrates the surface to provide robust stain resistance without leaving a film or altering the natural aesthetic. Molecule products are VOC-free, ready-to-use out of the bottle, and easy to apply.

Molecule [DS] Driveway Sealer

-- Molecule [DS] reduces tracking from vehicle tires, resists staining from debris and liquids, and limits freeze-thaw damage.

Molecule [JSS] Joint Stabilizer & Sealer

-- The Molecule [JSS] hybrid polymer formula provides robust stain resistance without leaving a film and locks paver joint sand in place.

Molecule [VMS] Vertical Masonry Sealer

-- Molecule [VMS] is specifically designed for vertical applications such as stone veneer, stucco, and brick masonry. It penetrates to reduce staining from graffiti, debris, and foreign liquids while limited freeze-thaw damage.

-- Molecule [HS] Hardscape Shampoo

When used regularly, Molecule [HS] maintains and extends the life of any Molecule brand hardscape sealer coating. The simple wash and wax application process cleans and protects your hardscape investment. Molecule [HS] is environmentally safe and ready-to-use out of the bottle.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Should I Use Rocks Instead of Mulch?

When deciding whether to use rocks instead of mulch, you should first understand what the purpose of mulch is in your garden and then decide whether you can forego using mulch in favor of rocks.

Mulch is made from organic matter such as wood chips, sawdust, pieces or shavings. Because the mulch is organic matter, it decomposes over time and will need to be replaced every year or so. While this is an expense, it ensures that your soil is regularly fed with nutrients from the mulch.

Mulch is light and can easily be blown around, not very helpful if you have a windy climate. On the flipside, because the mulch is lightweight and decomposes, it is good for flowerbeds that require regular maintenance to replace bedding plants and the like. The mulch is also easy to work with when removing weeds.

Some people prefer rocks instead of mulch because, although initially expensive to add, they do not need replacing. The look of rocks is attractive and contemporary and can lighten the garden if you choose light color rocks.

Rocks obviously don’t blow away because of their weight. However the weight means that rocks are not a good choice for beds that need attention, as they need moving. Although rocks are permanent, they add nothing to the soil which means you have to be careful about what you plant. Certain plants need a lot of nutrients and all soil will eventually need some kind of organic matter such as compost to enrich it and ensure your plants thrive.

Rocks instead of mulch are not a good alternative in all parts of the garden. Rocks work well with alpine plants that are naturally used to rocky areas. Rocks can also be added to areas where there are small trees and other more established plants that need no seasonal attention, but eventually they still might need some compost.

If you love the look of stone, then consider adding potted plants to your garden that you then cover with large stones. Or use gravel as an alternative to grass so that you get the look without changing your flowerbeds.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Always Popular Salt & Pepper Decorative Rock At Dixon Landscape Materials

Raj Hansra of Dixon Landscape Materials shows off the always popular Salt & Pepper decorative rock. This rock has rounded edges generally and has a great mix of whites, grays, blues, and tinges of gold. It looks good wet or dry and Dixon Landscape Materials keeps it in stock in 3/4" as shown, 3/8" pea gravel size, 1-1/2" size.

Call Dixon Landscape Materials at 707-678-8200, and visit the website at

Thursday, February 16, 2017

HRZ 100 Hydro-Rain All In One Drip Zone Valve

Walking through the All-in-One Low Flow Valve from Hydro-Rain that includes a filter and pressure regulator.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

TechniSoil G3 - Pathway / G3 - Commercial Aggregate Education Video

An explanation of what the best aggregates to use with TechniSoil G3 - Pathway Stabilizer & G3 - Commercial Surface. An general guide of proper vs. improper aggregates.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

How To Remove Tree Stumps

Shopping List for How to Remove Tree Stumps:
- Loam, for filling stump hole
- Grass seed, to plant over backfilled stump hole

Tools for How to Remove Tree Stumps:
- Pointed shovel, for digging around stump
- Bypass loppers, to cut small tree roots
- Pruning saw or reciprocating saw with pruning blade, for cutting large roots
- Iron digging bar, to chop through roots
- Gas-powered stump grinder, for power grinding stumps
- Garden and lawn rake, used to smooth loam

Steps for How to Remove Tree Stumps:
1. Use a pointed shovel to dig out the soil around the tree stump. Continue digging until you’ve exposed the roots all the way around the stump.
2. Cut small-diameter tree roots with bypass loppers.
3. Use a pruning saw or reciprocating saw to cut through larger tree roots.
4. Chop through hard-to-reach roots with an iron digging bar.
5. After cutting all the roots, push over the stump, then roll it out of the hole.
6. Backfill the hole with the excavated soil and loam.
7. In the spring, rake grass seed into the soil and water frequently.
8. If you have to remove more than one stump, rent a gas-powered stump grinder.
9. Remove any rocks from the around the stump, then use the stump grinder to slowly chip away at the stump.
10. Stop grinding when the stump is 6 to 8 inches below the surface.
11. Rake away the wood chips, then fill the hole with loam.
12. In the spring, plant grass seed.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Backyard & Frontyard Landscape Ideas

In this video I go over 17 gorgeous pictures that will spark thoughts and ideas on how you should plan your future back or front yard. A few tips in the video are things such as "use 1 plant or bush for multiple purposes" and "plant flowers under your deck to hide all the ugly areas" and "put a waterfall in your backyard if you have a damp area."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Next Generation Of Landscape Design

Jesse talks about and shows you the importance of 2D and 3D views in a landscape design...and what the capabilities of new design software can let us do.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Proper Aggregates For Use With TechniSoil

This short video illustrates how to identify key characteristics of the proper aggregates that will produce a successful TechniSoil stabilized surface.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crushed Stone Pathway featuring TechniSoil & EdgePro

This is a short demonstration video on how to build a natural-looking, crushed stone pathway, featuring TechniSoil Pathway Stabilizer and EdgePro Paver Restraint.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Installing Pavestone Bagged Landscape Rock

Beautify your trees, gardens, bushes and other outdoor areas with Pavestone's landscape rock. Sold in easy to use bags.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Step 3 - Grading And Sprinklers

Instructional Video from Park Avenue Turf on sprinkler installation to make your new lawn sod installation a success.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

How To Install Sod: STEP 2 Soil Preparation

Rototill your soil 6 inches deep. Work the soil with shovels. Before installing your sod, watch this video for mixing process tips and other soil preparation advice.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Too Busy To Babysit Your Backyard? Here Are Some Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

Designing your landscape for low maintenance is a great alternative for those with too many demands, a low tolerance for yard work or for those who may have physical limitations.

Some landscapers actually want to spend time working in the yard tending plants, edging lawns, shaping shrubs and are always envisioning the next design or feature they'll add to their landscape.

There are times, however, where it is preferred keep those yard tasks to only those that are relaxing or allow us to dabble in the creative aspects we enjoy. Here are some considerations when planning a low maintenance landscape:

Consider Drought Tolerant Grass Seed

If you don't plan on going through the expense of laying sod and installing an irrigation system to maintain it, consider using drought tolerant grass seed. Grass from this type of seed will grow slowly - reducing your grass cutting to as little as once a month.

It requires minimal watering, does not need pesticides or chemicals to thrive and is environmentally friendly. Drought tolerant grass is a great option if you have pets in the yard and stays green through all four seasons unlike sod.

Grass Alternatives? Think Artificial Turf Installation

Watering your grass, depending on where you live, can be up to 70% of your monthly watering bill. Artificial Turf and its installation costs more than grass seed or sod upfront but saves in watering and maintenance on the back side.

What you get in maintenance savings over real grass or sod will have you recouping your investment in short order. It's an environmentally friendly, evergreen, low-maintenance grass alternative that meets ADA Wheelchair Accessibility Guidelines while being child and pet-friendly.

Long gone are the days of the cheap plastic grass mats ingrained into our heads. You'll be hard pressed to tell the difference between today's varieties of artificial turf and real grass.

Hardscaping Versus Living Plants

Hardscaping, as the name implies are the non-living or "hard" elements you would install in your landscape. Most people wouldn't consider paving their entire property and if they did, they wouldn't be looking for low maintenance ideas.

But adding a flagstone path, a concrete or paver patio, a wood deck, a retaining wall or seat wall are attractive options that require little maintenance when completed.

A good hardscape design can blend beautifully in the overall scheme with low maintenance plants, trees and shrub varieties. From an aesthetic perspective, adding hardscape elements to your yard or garden provide order to the overall landscape. It provides the lines or boundaries that your eyes follow. It will also provide a contrast to other elements of your yard as well as colors and hard textures that makes your yard stand out.

Mass Plantings or Sweeps

Mass plantings in landscape terms, refers to a body of consistent plantings, usually of unstructured shape and generally in a larger size. By grouping plants that are of similar color, texture and density with for example, two or three of the varieties blooming at the same time, the grouping can form a mass.

This mass provides not only an attractive statement but a low maintenance impact. This mass can be groupings or sweeps of flowers or grasses or different ground covers as shown in the video below. Smaller grouping can consist of up to 30 plants while large plant species may be grouped in series of 5 to 10. Massing of plants creates more flow and is easier on the eye.

Other Low Maintenance Options

  • Where you have a lot of foot traffic, instead of grass or sod, consider pavers, concrete, decorative rock or stepping stones as a walking surface.
  • If you decide to plant evergreen or other species of shrubs, know that shearing them into those "picture perfect" boxes or other shapes means regular trimming and a lot more work than letting them go natural.
  • Select plants that are adapted to your area and not prone to insects or disease that could spread to other plantings in your landscape.
  • You have a friend in mulch. Not only does it keep weeds at bay but it reduces your need for watering by retaining moisture and as it degrades over time, adds nutrients to the soil.
  • Adding an automatic irrigation system takes the work out of hand watering unless you prefer to drag a hose around. But, an efficient irrigation system requires a good design. Without proper system planning it can waste water and cost you money in head adjustments or replacements.
  • Container growing, while still requiring some maintenance to keep plants watered, it is a considerably scaled-down option to planting a full-fledged garden.
  • Rethink the water feature. Adding a pond is not only expensive but high maintenance. A smaller feature will require less maintenance and can look just as good.
  • Whack the weeds first. If you don't get rid of any weeds on your property before you start landscaping you are only heading for maintenance issues later.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Easy Chicken Fajita Rice Bake

Servings: 6-8

Fajita Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

½ onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup rice, long grain
2 cups chicken broth
1½ pounds chicken tenders

Lime wedge

Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.
In a medium bowl, combine spices to make fajita seasoning, or use store-bought.
In a large bowl, combine, onion, peppers, and chicken.
Add oil and seasoning, and mix until seasoning is fully incorporated.
In a casserole dish, add rice and chicken broth. Then lay down all veggies and chicken.
Cover the dish with foil and bake for 50-55 minutes until rice is fully cooked.
Serve with tomatoes, cilantro, and cheese, if desired.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pavestone RumbleStone™ Bench Planter

Pavestone RumbleStone™. Rustic building blocks for your outdoor hardscape projects. Simple to complex, large or small, the possibilities for creative expression are as far and wide as that inner child's imagination.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Backyard Privacy Ideas - Bamboo Getting backyard privacy is important for all yards. Watch this video to see how bamboo was used to create a fast growing backyard privacy screen against the property line.