Hardscape

How To Clean Up A Crumbled Concrete Pathway In Your Backyard

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    A Friend asks us how can they clean up the pathway in their backyard to make it look better and to improve its condition. Its a 3 foot wide concrete pathway that was placed on the back of the home to help with diverting rain away from the home. There is actually a pretty big grate in the path on the side of the home which diverts water out into the street and their …

    How To Planning Your Backyard Patio Before You Get In Too Deep

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      Many people love sitting in their backyard after work or playing with the kids and they want to improve what they have but sometimes they get these grand ideas before really considering what fits with their property.

      Before you begin any job it is important to plan it out and understand not only how it will look but how it will function for many years to come.

      A friend is starting a new backyard project that …

      How To Know If Bulk Wood Mulch Is Ok For Your Garden

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        If your garden uses a large amount of Mulch around trees and near vegetables you probably have thought about having a bulk delivery of Mulch to reduce costs and to ease with the install but there are some things you should know before you jump right in and cover your garden with mulch.

        In our gardens there are two primary areas: The vegetable garden and the rest of the yard.

        Vegetable gardens must have extreme care when …

        How To Fix A Brick Paver Patio that has Sinking Problems

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          One of our friends just had their brick patio repaired by a contractor and after about a week and some hard rain it seems that there is some out of level and sinking problems in the center of the patio.

          He says that the patio is made from brick pavers laid in a basket weave pattern. The workers laid them on top tamped and leveled sand, and then filled sand in around them. After a …

          How To Clean Up a Backyard Walkway and Concrete Steps

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            One of our friends asks about their backyard. Its spring and they recently purchased their home and they want to clean up the backyard and make it more usable. One of the projects they have in mind is an area around some concrete steps that are in disrepair and they want to connect the area between the steps and the patio so they aren’t walking on dirt to get into the backyard.

            This is a …

            How To Setting Fence posts

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              One of our readers asks about installing a new fence in their backyard. They are at the point of setting the posts and want to know how deep they should be and how much concrete to use when installing them.

              When you are setting fence posts you only need to set the first one and any corner in concrete. The rest you can set in dirt but if you want to be nice when you …

              How To Paint Concrete Surfaces in and around your Home

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                Although Concrete is acceptable without a surface coating there are many times that you can benefit from applying paint or other coatings to increase its performance and appearance.

                In basements you may want to apply concrete paint as a sealer if you would like to reduce humidity levels. On Garage floors you can apply an epoxy paint to protect the floor from oils and other products that can discolor the floor. Outside you may …

                How To – Whats a better deal Bulk Mulch or Mulch by the Bag?

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                  Every spring we try to clean up our yards by planting new grass, killing weeds and putting mulch in our flower beds and around our trees but the cost of mulch, getting it home and applying it can lead to a soar back and a empty wallet.

                  The first thing you should consider when deciding if you need a bulk delivery of mulch or just a few bags is how much you actually need.

                  If you …

                  How To – Installing A Decorative Vinyl Privacy Fence

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                    Vinyl Fencing is relatively cheap to install and easy to maintain that is why it is the choice of many home owners that want to put in a privacy border or secure a swimming pool.

                    The product comes in a variety of different styles and colors to match your needs. You can select a basic white panel design that comes in 6 foot heights or you can get simulated wood products to match the color …

                    How To – Winter Repair Of Concrete And Driveway Damage

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                      Unfortunately there are times in the dead of winter when you need to repair or at the very least patch a section of damaged Concrete or Driveway. I say it is unfortunate because the materials that you need to perform a permanent repair are either not available or will not cure correctly when temperatures drop below freezing.

                      In the dead of winter you are likely to find that  mix companies that provide delivery of asphalt …