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Polymeric Sand vs. Regular Sand

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The term “polymeric sand” might sound like some sort of high-tech, futuristic product, but there’s a good chance you’ve encountered it somewhere along the line.

It’s a type of sand used to fill in the joints between pavers, a product that’s created by mixing a fine sand with additives – typically silica – and water to form a binding agent that helps lock pavers together.

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What Type of Soil Should I Use?

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It’s never a good idea to assume all landscaping materials are created equal.

Some stones have features and benefits that others don’t. Some mulches have different properties than others. And not every type of landscaping soil is the same. In this blog post, we’ll look at the basic types of soil used in landscaping projects.

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What is a Snow Melt System?

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Do you remember the blizzard of ‘96? The seemingly endless winter of ‘94? The “Snowpocalypse” that caused more than half of PECO’s customers to lose power in 2011?

We definitely remember those storms. We also remember the one thing they had in common: constant, unending shoveling.

It’s one of the most – if not the most – unpleasant winter tasks: hard on your back, time-consuming, always inconvenient and most of all cold.

And as you stand out in the cold, your back sore and your fingers numb, you think to yourself “Someone needs to come up with snow melting systems that can go under the sidewalk, heat them up and clear all this stuff away.”

You might see where we’re going with this. Because of course, there are snow melting systems like the one we’ve just described.

We work with a company called ProLine Heating Solutions, which makes a system that – when installed underneath pavers – senses snow and ice and melts it away.

How does it work?

This type of snow melting technology has been around for years. The town of Holland, Michigan has used a snow melt system since rebuilding its sidewalks in 1988.

They used waste heat from a local power plant, diverting that energy into pipes that ran under the streets and pavements. It eliminated the need for salt and shovels and ended the freeze/thaw cycle that can cause sidewalks to buckle and potholes to form.

Then there’s Iceland, which uses geothermal energy – thanks to being in one of the most dynamic volcanic parts of the globe – to heat some of its roads and sidewalks.

But you won’t need a volcano or a power plant to fire up your snow melt system. ProLine uses a mat that’s installed underneath your sidewalk and powered by a cable.

There’s a sensor device that automatically triggers the snow melting system when it detects moisture and cold temperatures. A control unit powers the heating element under your pavers, which distributes heat to the surrounding area.

It’s not dramatically different from the standard paver installation process. Additional sand is needed, with the heating system installed in the sand. You’ll need an electrician to determine the best place for the control and access to power.

Why investing in snow melting systems is a good idea

The benefits of this system include:

  • The ProLine system generates 35 to 50 watts of energy per square foot, quickly and efficiently clearing snow and ice from nearly any surface
  • It’s easy to install, with a simple design and a single connection point – the other end of the cable is self-terminated.
  • It’s safer. You won’t need to worry about slipping on an icy walkway or injuring yourself while shoveling snow.
  • It’s efficient and cost-effective. Nearly all of the energy used goes to snow melting, and lets you melt snow on a 300-square foot area at the cost of 50 cents per hour of operation.
  • It will increase the value of your home by extending the life of your landscaping.

Does one of these snow melting systems sounds right for your property? Contact Woodward Landscape Supply. With our help, and with ProLine’s products, you can make sure your pavers are ready for whatever the winter of 2019 has to offer.

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Installing Artificial Grass

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You love your lawn. It’s a lovely emerald carpet that provides your home with an extra dose of color and curb appeal.

Sure, it can be a pain to mow, but you enjoy the way it looks, the smell of freshly cut grass on a warm summer evening.

Still, but there are times when grass just won’t cut it for your landscaping project. That’s where artificial grass can help.

Let’s say you have a swimming pool. Artificial turf will prevent grass clippings, mud and lawn fertilizer from getting in the water.

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4 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a True Zen Oasis

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Having a beautiful backyard is a dream come true for a lot of people. In this day and age, all of us simply need a quiet little place to relax and unwind after a busy day. Sure, a lot of us already have such an area somewhere in our homes, but not many realize the healing power of spending time outdoors.

That’s why, if you are thinking about updating your outdoor area, we urge you to consider creating a true Zen oasis, where you will be able to fully give in to the healing powers of Mother Nature and spend some quality time immersed in all of her beauties, either alone or with friends and family. If the idea sounds appealing, but you’re not quite sure how you can achieve it, keep on reading.

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How to Care for Your Lawn in Winter

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The leaves are off the trees, temperatures are dropping and you’re making plans for the holidays. Your mind is focused solely on winter time. Any lawn care related thoughts are miles away.

But the onset of cold weather doesn’t mean you get to ignore your grass for the next few months.

It might sound like hard work, but it will pay off when warmer weather comes and you’re greeted by fresh, healthy grass. Make things easier on yourself in the springtime with these winter lawn care tips.

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5 Fall Landscape Ideas

fall landscape ideas 1024x684 5 Fall Landscape IdeasThis is Jim. He’s married, he’s got two kids, a dog, a cat and a mortgage. And every summer, he gives himself a project: making his yard look its best.

He’s got all the latest equipment, knows the folks at his local landscape supply store by name and cheerfully wears one of those “I Fought the Lawn…and the Lawn Won” t-shirts.

But then autumn comes and Jim feels a bit lost. He’s like a sailor who only feels truly at home when he’s out at sea.

Are you like Jim? Do you feel uninspired by your landscaping once summer is done? It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few fall landscape ideas that can bring new life to your yard this season.

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Backyard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget

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You look out at your backyard, and you have ideas: Ways to transform your outdoor living space and give it a new look and feel.

You see pathways and patios and hedges and trellises and maybe even a fountain. You see big backyard barbecues and scores of admiring neighbors.

And then you see your bank account and begin to worry.

Maybe that big landscaping project just isn’t in the cards, you think to yourself. But don’t fret. As long as you’re willing to start small, there are ways you can pull off backyard landscaping ideas on a budget.

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Amazing Choices for Fire Pit Media

iStock 545549498 e1534428473436 1024x627 Amazing Choices for Fire Pit MediaFire pits have become a popular addition to outdoor living environments.  Every manufacturer of hardscaping materials offers at least one and sometimes many options.  Manufactured materials can also be used to craft a fire pit into an unusual design to fit the unique requirements of a specific project.  And, of course, fire pits can be made from natural stone.  Regardless of the shape, size or materials, a fire pit may burn wood or be fueled by natural gas or propane.  When completing a fire pit with gas or propane, the burner must be surrounded by decorative media.  Here are a few amazing media options you can use to create the final look.

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