Winter is here. The skies are an unfriendly greyish white, the ground is frozen, and the wind gnaws at us whenever we go outside.
In other words, it’s the perfect time to enjoy your outdoor living space.
No, we’re not joking. There’s no reason to stop spending time in your backyard when winter comes. All it takes are a few adjustments.
1. Install a fire pit
Having a fire pit in your outdoor living space gives you a place to gather in the colder months. Think of it like having a permanent campfire going in your backyard. Some fire pits are portable, so you can move them around your backyard space, but most are permanent, which is a better look for the overall aesthetics of your yard.
Your hardscaping is durable, but it’s not invincible. Like a lot of parts of your property, it needs to be maintained to protect against harsh winter weather.
With winter here, we thought we’d offer up these tips for properly maintaining your Chester County hardscape this season.
Clear your surfaces when it snows
We hope that you’ve kept your pavers clean this autumn. When dirt and debris get caught under the snow, they can dull and stain your hardscaping.
Hardscaping is like a lot of other products: it comes in several varieties. They all have their advantages, but some will be a better fit for your home than others.
Here’s what to know before you pay a visit to your Chester County hardscaping material supplier.
When we say concrete, don’t picture workers just mixing and pouring cement and calling it a day. In the hardscaping word, concrete typically refers to stamped concrete. This is concrete that is stamped and shaped and molded, allowing you to mimic the look of a more expensive stone without having to pay expensive stone prices.
There’s a chill in the air. The days are getting shorter, and the leaves have begun to change.
Fall has arrived, and although your thoughts might be turning to the indoors, there’s still time to take care of your lawn. That’s why we’ve put together this brief guide to some autumn hardscaping and maintenance projects you may want to tackle this season.
Be sure to use a reliable landscape & hardscape supplier in PA, like Woodward Landscape Supply, to gather the materials you’ll need to complete these projects.
Planning a hardscaping project is a thought-intensive process that must take into consideration many factors. While the creative process can be a lot of fun, you also have to keep in mind functionality, the existing space and your contractor before any ground is broken.
There’s a lot to consider, but with a little foresight and some help from your landscape and hardscape supplier, your space can look great for years to come.
First off, you may need to restrain your vision, depending on what your local building and zoning laws have to say. Check with your community’s rules governing such projects before you contact a contractor, so you don’t accidentally disappoint yourself with a dream design that can’t come true where you live.
Mulch and gravel play an important role in garden and landscaping projects. Think of them as the icing on the cake that is your property: a pleasant finishing touch.
Today we’re going to look at the some of the pros and cons of the two landscaping materials to help you decide which is better for your home.
For our purposes, “mulch” is a catch-all term that refers to a gardening material that’s typically made from wood. It’s used to add visual appeal, but also to improve the health of your soil.
Benefits of mulch:
- It’s easy to install and inexpensive, and soft and easy to walk on.
- Mulch made from wood/tree bark adds organic matter to your soil as it breaks down.
- Mulch retains moisture in your soil, so you’ll need to water less regularly.
- It has a dark color that contrasts well with the green of your lawn and other plants.
- With mulch, there’s no need for you to install an edging material or weed barrier.
In July of 2013, we wrote an article regarding the proper installation of polymeric sand. That article is reprinted below with minor updates. However, a major change is occurring in 2016. Major polymeric sand manufacturers have revised their formulas to reduce the risk of polymeric haze. Products with this new composition will begin to appear this spring and should be widely available by summer.
Nothing has changed in the proper installation and maintenance, the new formula simply reduces the probability of residual hazing and clean up.
Polymeric sand is used to fill joints between pavers, including concrete pavers, stone pavers and brick pavers. The fine sand is combined with additives, usually silica, and forms a binding agent after it’s mixed with water.
Using polymeric sand instead of plain sand has many benefits including:
- Prevents Washouts
- Offers Different Colors
- Improves Durability
- Prevents Weeds
Stone veneer introduces a special beauty as an element of outdoor design. In spite of the exceptional contribution that veneer can make to a patio or garden wall, the complexities and cost frequently eliminate this choice as a viable option. Over the last few years, manufacturers have introduced a variety of new products to present alternatives to the originally rough textured walls without incurring the costs of masonry veneered walls. Some of these options are quite compelling, while others have not found as much market acceptance.
In 2012, we first wrote about the impact of the Marcellus Shale mining activity on the availability of Pennsylvania Bluestone. Since that time, as predicted, the issue has become more severe. The original article with minor updates appears below. The key factors are the reduction in operating bluestone quarries and cost of labor for those still in operation. The result is increasing prices and decreasing supply.
Bluestone is a fascinating and complicated natural stone native to Pennsylvania (for whom the material is named), New Jersey and parts of New York. Bluestone has many options to consider in designing and installing your outdoor living project. But, if you have decided on the uniquely beautiful bluestone, you must also deal with the issues of quality and availability.
Quality: The primary quality consideration occurs in natural clef flagstone, both pattern and irregular. Because the appealing unique surface of natural clef flagstone is formed by natural forces, the consistency of that surface is unpredictable. Some pieces can exhibit huge variation in thickness, dramatic shifts in surface texture, even natural warping creating a bowed rather than flat piece. Some people find this variation exotic and attractive, some do not. If you are looking for flagstone with the flattest surface, the least variation in surface and thickness, you are looking for the rarest material.
Natural stone can add elegance and beauty to any space, whether it’s your kitchen, patio or office space.
But it can be an expensive, involving undertaking for some homeowners. If you’re concerned about that level of cost and work, consider working with stone veneer.
Veneer is material that’s thin and flat enough to be mortared into an existing structure. It can be cut with natural stone, or made from a manufactured material meant to simulate stone.