Designed for durability and simple installation, paver stone walkways can deliver so many benefits to your home.
Spruce up the front yard with a clean, attractive paver stone walkway. It will instantly add a sense of style to your home’s entrance and can be designed to fit any situation.
To direct flow conveniently, the beauty of paver stone walkways is unmatched. For small or large projects, with traditional or contemporary styling, there are paver stones that will work for the project.
Simple to install and designed to last for years, paver stone walkways add style and convenience to any application in the front, side or rear yard of your home.
Hiring a pavestone patio contractor in Dallas will ensure your new patio will be level, usable, attractive and add value to your home. Pavestone in Dallas is a hardscape feature whether used for patios, pathways, walkways or retaining walls. Proper installation will ensure the new installation will remain attractive for years to come.
Installing Dallas pavestone is not an easy do-it-yourself project. The stones are not simply placed on a level part of the ground and called a “patio”. Doing that will result in an uneven surface within a few months as the ground is saturated with rain or affected by drought or cold.
Proper installation of paving stone requires significant preparation of the base on which the stones will be laid. A good pavestone contractor or installer will create a minimum 4 inches of road base and add one inch of masonry sand. The total excavation for Dallas paving stone (prior to placing any stones) is a minimum 7-8 inches.
When you consider excavating the dirt and replacing it with base material and sand you would see what a huge project this can be. For an 1,100 square patio you would be removing over 20 cubic yards of dirt which would be 3 or more dump truck loads. If you are removing an old concrete patio to replace it with new pavers, clearly this is not an easy weekend project. Many homeowners start pavestone projects without an understanding of the potential difficulty or requirements of the project.
The average homeowner has the skills necessary to cut the stone to shape and to design a simple patio made of Dallas paving stone. If you need steps added, slopes considered or edging that will hold the paved installation securely in place without shifting, chances are you should be hiring a pavestone patio contractor in Dallas.
When you ask for bids, be certain the contractors are making quotes on the same pavestone and that you specify the base and any other materials you think are necessary. There are many shapes and colors of pavestone available. Every local market has variations in pricing which is to be expected. When requesting bids to hire a pavestone contractor in Dallas it is wise to specify the exact stone and products you require and also ask the contractors for recommendations of alternate products if the bids received are higher than you expected.
Have you ever considered landscaping with rocks? Not only can rocks add texture to your garden, but they are also very attractive and don’t cost a lot. The beauty of using rocks is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot on materials, as you might already find you have a wide variety of rocks on your land to begin with. If not, you can always use natural stone from a garden supply center or landscaping contractor.
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There are a variety of projects you can do with rocks and boulders. These include:
- Building a rock wall to define your property border;
- Creating a border around trees;
- Laying a rock pathway;
- Adding interest to a pond or water feature (like we did for a Dallas-area homeowner, above); and
- Accenting your existing landscape with rocks here and there.
Accent rocks boulders can add a lot interest, impact, and character to your landscape. They can even add a second or third level to your landscape without actually having to create an elevated area. However, accent boulders need to be made a “part” of the landscape. Try burying the bottom of the rock four to six inches in the ground and see the difference it makes. Simply dig out a little under where the boulder is to be set and place your ground cover around it. This will give a more natural look as it would appear in nature. It also leaves a little to the imagination. There’s no telling how big the rock actually is or if it was really there to begin with!
In the current economic climate, people are increasingly looking at low budget options when it comes to home improvement and landscaping. Believe it or not, there are plenty of landscaping projects you can do that will have a big impact on a small budget.
When it comes to maintaining a landscape, the four factors that incur continual costs are trimming, mulching, weeding, and watering. By minimizing these, you will not only reduce the amount of maintenance (and work!) needed to maintain your garden – you will also save money!
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Listed below are some landscape design tips that will help reduce the cost of maintaining your landscaped garden:
- Replace mulch with gravel: Using gravel in place of mulch can help reduce weeds and also aids in soil retention. And unlike mulch, gravel seldom needs replacement.
- Choose plants wisely: Avoid insect- and disease-prone plants (such as Azaleas), as well as plants that need continual pruning (such as dwarf yaupons and boxwood).
- Develop various points of focus in your garden: Consider the use of things other than plants to serve as points of focus. Adding pathways to your landscape design can be a great way to allow access to various parts within the space, and can be quite pleasing to the eye.
- Invest in landscape lighting: Lighting can help you showcase the most beautiful parts of your landscape, while masking those that are less desirable. Good lighting also provides security, and is a great economical way to increase your home’s value.
- Add a water feature: Outdoor fountains are appealing to the eye and a great way to de-stress, and not all water fountains are expensive.
Not all landscaping projects require big budgets, and sometimes small changes can make a big difference in the look of your yard as well as your enjoyment of your outdoor space. Check out the beautiful pathways we installed around a Dallas-Fort Worth area home!
With some careful planning and wise investing, you can improve the look of your landscape without breaking the bank.