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Tackling the Problem of Weeds Between Pavers
Often the easiest plants to grow are the ones you don’t want – weeds. Sometimes, weeds like to take up residence between paving stones where they are not only an unsightly annoyance, they can also be difficult to get rid of.
Can pavers and tree roots get along?
We’ve all seen patios and walkways that are wavy, uneven or splitting at the joints. This is often the result of shallow tree roots growing beneath the surface. Although tree roots grow very slowly, over time their roots can exert tremendous pressure on hardscaping elements in their path disturbing the carefully laid foundation and causing the upheaval of paved surfaces including paving stones.
Jointing sand. Small detail. Big difference.
A great deal of thought goes into choosing just the right paving stones for your patio, driveway or walkway. You want to make sure your stones match the color palette and the character of your home. Then, when you’ve picked your pavers, you have another decision to make – jointing sand
How Many Years Do Pavers Last?
Anytime you embark on a home project, you want to be sure that the time, work and financial investment you put into it will pay off down the road. One of the first questions homeowners ask when they are considering concrete paving stones for their outdoor project is, “How long do pavers last?” The answer may surprise you.
Make a Grander Front Entrance with Walls
Every home should have a front entrance that embraces guests as they make their way to the front door. Setting the scene might include a handsome door in a bold, complementing color, an arrangement of potted plants, soft lighting to show the way, and a decorative chair or two.
What Size Pavers are Available?
The great thing about concrete pavers is that they come in a variety of sizes – from 4”paver stones all the way up to 36” slabs. They are also available in rectangular, square and geometric shapes.
How to seal Natural Stone
It may seem counter-intuitive to consider sealing natural stone, but remember that natural stone can be somewhat porous. When used in outdoor applications such as an eating area, an outdoor kitchen, or high traffic areas such as a walkway or a patio, natural stone becomes susceptible to staining and erosion.
How to Clean Natural Stone
Life happens. While very little maintenance of your patio, walkway or driveway is required, it’s natural that some staining will appear over time. Barbecue spills, rust spots from patio furniture, bird droppings and oil stains can mar the surface of your natural stones. Fortunately, you can remove most stains with these helpful tips.
Frequently Used Terms in the Hardscape and Landscape Industry
Whether you’re undertaking a DIY outdoor project or working with a professional contractor to build the outdoor space of your dreams, you might hear terms that make you ask, “What does that mean?” Well, think of this as your hardscaping glossary!
How to Calculate the Amount of Pavers You Need for Your Patio Project
Calculating what materials you need for your patio is actually quite easy, and Unilock has many resources like our Paver Calculator and Wall Calculator to help with this process. The part that takes more consideration is planning for what you really need in your outdoor space. At the end of the day, it boils down to how many people you typically entertain on your patio and how often.
Adding Hardscaping to Your Gardens
The green thumb season is upon us. Few things are more captivating and satisfying than lush and beautiful gardens. Whether yours are full of blooms or bursting with produce, adding hardscaping elements to your gardens helps to define the spaces, minimize damage from foot traffic, add vertical interest, and even make maintenance easier.
9 Tips For Paver Sealing Success
There is some debate over whether it’s necessary to apply sealant to your concrete pavers or not. Some homeowners choose to use sealant to deepen the color of the pavers and to protect the surface from staining. Others prefer the natural look and lower maintenance aspect of unsealed pavers.