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How to Build a Rain Garden

March 1, 2021 by Grand River Natural Stone

Rain gardens use your lawn to collect rain and melted snow running off your grass, roof, and driveway. You can use a section of your lawn to act as a natural filter for stormwater runoff, to reduce the amount of water entering the storm drain system. This helps protect local waterways from pollution, while also

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Outdoor Lighting in the Winter: 7 Things to Know

February 1, 2021 by Grand River Natural Stone

Winter allows you to make the most of your outdoor lighting with longer nights and the added drama of shimmery snow and ice. However, your outdoor lighting also provides practical use by keeping you safer in the early hours when you leave for work and in the evening when you get home. Also, the addition

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Trending Landscaping Products and Materials

January 6, 2021 by Grand River Natural Stone

Could your landscaping use a bit of a refresh? Consider adding trendy products or materials. There’s a reason that these landscaping products become trends. They don’t just add beauty, they also add function, reduce your landscape’s maintenance, and add more benefits. Explore the best landscaping material trends below. Rock Gardens Rock gardens are becoming more

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Installing Stone Veneer Over a Brick Fireplace

December 21, 2020 by Grand River Natural Stone

Stone is the in-vogue material for many interior décor styles right now, but what do you do if you have a pre-existing brick fireplace? Don’t worry, you won’t have to rip it out and start fresh. Instead, you can install a stone veneer right over top of the brick, getting the look you want without

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How to Fill Gaps in Flagstone Patio

October 1, 2020 by Grand River Natural Stone

If you’re having trouble keeping up with the weeds in your flagstone patio, the solution is to fill in the gaps. Adding new material to fill in patio gaps won’t just make maintaining the patio easier, it will also make it more beautiful, level, and safe. You can do this project all by yourself. Here’s

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The Complete Guide to Cleaning & Sealing Interlock Pavers and Slabs

July 29, 2020 by Grand River Natural Stone

Have you ever seen an interlocking driveway, pathway, or other hardscaping feature that is completely out of control? There are weeds growing in the joints, the stone itself is faded or crusted with white salt. Perhaps some stones are cracked or missing altogether. How do you prevent this from happening to your own interlocking pavers

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What Gravel is Best for Drainage?

June 1, 2020 by Grand River Natural Stone

Gravel is necessary for many landscape projects and not just beautiful rock gardens. Retaining walls and other features that require drainage make great use of large gravel to allow water to drain away faster than soil would. When you’re doing a DIY landscape project, it’s important to choose the right type of gravel. Here is

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DIY: How to Install Stone Veneer 

May 1, 2020 by Grand River Natural Stone

Stone veneer is a beautiful addition to the outside of your home, your fireplace or an accent wall. Plus, it’s a relatively simple DIY project you can complete in a weekend.  There are few projects that you can do yourself that have such a tremendous impact on your space. Follow these tips to get the

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Creating Your Oasis

April 1, 2020 by Grand River Natural Stone

You can’t install a pool and expect to create a backyard oasis. Creating a backyard oasis starts with a landscape design that is beautiful and functional. Here’s a few ideas that will help you create a backyard oasis.   Planning Your Pool   Before you start envisioning your pool, you want to create a thorough plan that

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Planning Your Landscape For All Seasons

March 5, 2020 by Grand River Natural Stone

Is your landscape plan optimized for every season? Neglecting to consider how your landscaping will look in winter can be a big mistake in Ontario. Winter is so long that we really need to include elements that can add visual interest in the winter. Fall and spring aren’t peak flower season either, but your landscape

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