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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Why It’s Important to Mulch One Last Time Before Winter Arrives

November 8, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

In the spring and summer, we use mulch to retain moisture in the soil, keep the weeds at bay and add a beautiful, consistent texture to our landscaping. In the winter, mulch takes on a whole new role in keeping our gardens healthy. Mulch to Regulate Soil Temperature Once the ground freezes your garden plants

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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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When to buy topsoil and mulch, and how to know yours is good

June 7, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

Good quality topsoil and mulch are among the most important factors contributing to a healthy garden. For healthy growth, you have to feed your plants and protect them from unwelcoming conditions. Topsoil and mulch (along with water and sunlight) take care of the feeding. So how do you know the topsoil and mulch combo your

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The Products More Contractors and Homeowners Will Use This Summer

May 1, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

Every year, with changes in weather and design trends, we see different products grow in popularity. The snowy winter and strange, wet, windy, brief spring left lots of homeowners and contractors shopping for three products more than others. Mulch Topsoil Brick veneer When your project gets underway this spring or summer, make sure you have

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Landscaping Lighting 101

June 9, 2016 by Grand River Natural Stone

Adding landscape lighting to your patio or backyard is a great way to add enjoyment to your outdoor living spaces and boost the value of your home too. Before you start installing these illuminating landscape accessories, you should become familiar with some of the basics of outdoor lighting. Planning your landscape lighting installation As you

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How to Set a Landscaping Budget & Stick to It

February 10, 2016 by Grand River Natural Stone

It’s March. April, spring and warm temperatures are just around the corner. It also means that many of you are planning your projects for the season and are ready to visit Grand River Natural Stone to pick up your landscaping supplies. A big part of that is setting – and sticking to – a budget

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5 Reasons Why Natural Mulch is Better Than Rubber Mulch

November 2, 2015 by Grand River Natural Stone

One’s organic and the other isn’t. Besides that, what are the other differences between rubber and natural mulch? There’s plenty, actually. As with many things in life, natural is the way to go. It’s just better for your garden and the environment in general. At Grand River Natural Stone we exclusively carry natural mulch because

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The Importance of Landscape Design

April 30, 2015 by Grand River Natural Stone

Drive up Your Property Value with a Superior Landscape Design Turning your lawn into a hidden oasis is one of the quickest ways to increase the overall value of your property. Not only does this drive up your value, but it adds to your curb appeal. When your landscape looks like a picture out of

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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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