Thinking of Building a Retaining Wall? Check Out This Comprehensive FAQ Guide

September 20, 2023 by Grand River Natural Stone

Building a retaining wall doesn’t have to be complicated. While they must be practical, they can also be stylish and durable. Thinking of putting one up? Check out our FAQ guide below for all you need to know.  What’s the Purpose of a Retaining Wall?   The primary purpose of a retaining wall is to

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Filling in the Gaps: Transform Your Patio with These Paver Joint Fillers

June 2, 2023 by Grand River Natural Stone

Paving stone gaps, often called joints, are integral to the overall design and functionality of your patio. While they give your landscape a unique look, these gaps can sometimes be a source of inconvenience due to uneven surfaces and weed growth. Here are four options for filling paving stone gaps so you can keep your

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The 4 Best Materials for Walking Paths

March 1, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Even the smallest property can create interest in their landscaping theme by introducing walking paths. Walking paths can be installed using a long list of pathway material options laid out as paths leading to specific areas of the garden, or to simply add interest and texture. Here we look at the four best materials for

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Landscaping Trends: Products and Materials to Watch For

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 trends below. Rock Gardens Rock gardens are becoming more popular

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Different Types of Landscaping Rockery for Your Garden

May 6, 2019 by Grand River Natural Stone

The world is full of vibrant, unique and natural rocks. Discover how you can have them all in your garden with landscape rockery. Exploring Different Types of River Rock for Landscaping Your Garden Landscaping rocks can play many roles in your garden, from river beds and garden borders to pond edging and rock gardens. Depending

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5 Reasons Why Stone Outperforms Other Materials

October 25, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

Did you know natural stone was one of the first building materials ever used? From large buildings and bridges to backyard stone pathways and retaining walls, natural stone has been used for its versatility and reliability. Plus, natural stone outperforms other materials time and again. Why? Well, natural stone has a low environmental impact, it’s

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How to build stone steps at home

August 15, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

Replacing worn-out steps (or a slippery slope at the front or side of your house) with attractive stone steps provides a more inviting entry into any outdoor space. They improve your home’s curb appeal and make walking through the yard easier and safer for older family and friends. With basic tools and materials, a little

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Base Materials – How to Lay a Solid Base with Good Compaction and Drainage

July 1, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

How to lay a solid base with good compaction and drainage Without a good foundation, your paver patio, walkway or driveway will look uneven and unsightly. With the swings in temperature we get in Ontario through the year, there’s a good chance your stone will settle in the winter if your base isn’t even, compact

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Proper Base Materials for Patios and Driveways

May 15, 2015 by Grand River Natural Stone

Before you lay down interlocking stones, you need a solid base If your long weekend landscape upgrade plans include laying a new driveway or installing new patio stones, it’s important to remember that, like most renovation jobs, preparation is everything. Though the interlock pavers or concrete bricks are the crowning glory, they can’t do the job alone.

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All About Permeable Pavements | This Stuff is Amazing!

March 2, 2015 by Grand River Natural Stone

Permeable pavements provide a solid ground surface that’s strong enough to take heavy loads like cars and trucks and porous enough to allow water to reach the soil underneath. A wide variety of permeable or pervious pavements are available, including bricks, interlocking pavers, pervious concrete, gravel, and more. These are becoming more and more popular.

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