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Using rocks for drainage to keep water away from your foundation and home 

Using rocks for drainage to keep water away from your foundation and home  Keeping water away from your home is always a wise idea. If you have a basement, for example, proper drainage surrounding your home can help keep water from leaking into your basement and damaging your belongings. One way to ensure that water drains away from your home is by landscaping in a strategic manner. By utilizing rocks for drainage, you can keep water away from your foundation and your home. Practical and Aesthetically-Pleasing One of the benefits of using rocks for yard drainage is that they not […]

The benefits of using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives

The benefits of using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives When you are ready to change up the landscaping around your home or business, it is always wise to consider all of your options. Two of the more overlooked, yet some of the more versatile, landscaping components are sand and gravel. As far as landscaping alternatives go, sand and gravel are two of the best. Here are a few benefits of choosing sand and gravel for your next landscaping project: They make excellent bases For various installations in your garden like fountains or rock gardens, sand and gravel both make […]

Using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives

Using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives When people think of landscaping, the first thing that comes to mind is greenery; lush ferns, bushes, and flowers placed strategically in an attempt to provide a home or business with an aesthetically-pleasing outdoor extension of said home or business. While greenery certainly plays a large role in landscaping, there are other options for those who are looking to add a unique aesthetic appeal to their landscape designs. Sand and gravel are two alternative materials that can be used when designing the landscape for your home or business. Because they are elegant, and […]

Advantages of buying gravel in bulk

Advantages of buying gravel in bulk Purchasing materials for landscaping purposes can feel like a lofty endeavor. In order to create a truly mesmerizing landscape, careful thought needs to be put into what kinds of materials are needed and how much of those materials are needed. In regard to gravel, unless you are outfitting a small area of a garden and only need one small bag of the material, there are numerous advantages to buying gravel in bulk. Buying in Bulk Is Cheaper A universally-known concept is that buying in bulk will save a purchaser money in the long run if they […]

Gravel: Perfect for Paths and Ponds

Gravel: Perfect for Paths and Ponds Some people look at a barren yard and see the possibilities.  They see shady trees, privacy shrubs, colorful and fragrant blooms, swaths of grass broken up by pathways, and patios, pavilions, water features, and lighting that turn your backyard into an exotic and enticing haven, the perfect place for lounging with family and entertaining friends. Then there are us mere mortals who look at a dusty, blank canvas and think, “Huh, I guess I should install some sod.”  The good news is, you don’t have to rely on your own imagination to create your […]

How to Make an Elegant Pea Gravel Path

How to Make an Elegant Pea Gravel Path In terms of naming a product, pea gravel leaves no room for faulty interpretation. Pea gravel consists of pea-sized stones that are notorious for that satisfying *crunch* that one hears and feels when he or she walks across a pea-gravel path. It is a fantastic option for driveways and pathways and for use as an overall space-filler. Given its natural appearance, pea-gravel is a great option if you are looking to create an elegant pathway to, from, or around your home or place of business. Why Is Pea-Gravel Elegant? When creating a […]

How Long Will Your Asphalt Driveway Last

How Long Will Your Asphalt Driveway Last? One of the first questions that many people ask when looking to transition to an asphalt driveway is how long an asphalt driveway will last. It is a reasonable question given the overall investment. This typically results in confusion, however, due to the complicated nature of the answer. While it would be ideal if they were able to receive an accurate number, many factors go into the overall lifespan of an asphalt driveway. The Lifespan of an Asphalt Driveway First, making the decision to install an asphalt driveway is a great choice. If it […]

Pea Gravel Patios

Pea Gravel Patios: What You Need to Know Nobody likes spending all their time inside. If you’re a homeowner, odds are you want your outdoor abode to be just as functional as the interior of your home. Considering that the patio is where you will likely be spending most of your leisure time, it makes sense that you would want to invest some time and money into a little home improvement. Enter the pea gravel patio, a loose-fill patio that’s easy to install and beautiful to look at. If that seems like a viable route then read on. Here are […]

Crushed Stone Driveway Pros and Cons

Crushed Stone Driveway Pros and Cons Crushed stone is an ideal material for those looking to add a bit of aesthetic flair to their driveway without breaking the bank. However, it is important to research the pros and cons of such an investment before jumping into anything. Here to help with that is an outline of some of the pros and cons that accompany a crushed stone driveway. Pro: Variance Crushed stone driveways look great in any environment, against any landscape. This is because their versatile appearance appeals to an array of sensibilities. Whether in a suburb, countryside, or deep […]

Gravel driveway maintenance tips

Gravel driveway maintenance tips Whether you own a home in the country, suburbs, or city, gravel is a cost-effective option when considering your driveway needs. But like most additions to your home, you want to make sure it works for you, and with you. While gravel is the easiest option when it comes to driveway materials, it still requires some upkeep. Exposure to the elements and vehicular traffic often cause the material to shift and loosen, causing divots, potholes, and other issues. It only takes planning and a few preventative measures to prevent such issues. Tools and Materials A shovel […]