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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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2020 Landscaping Trends

February 5, 2020 by Grand River Natural Stone

Does your yard need a bit of a refresh? 2020 is the perfect year to invest in some new landscaping features, as the landscape architecture trends we are seeing are sure to make your yard more functional and your home more valuable. This year, the trends in the landscape industry are heading outside of the

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Inground Heating Solutions: How Do Heated Driveways Work?

October 18, 2019 by Grand River Natural Stone

Heated driveways can save you from shovelling your driveway during the worst of the winter months. But how do heated driveways work? Are they worth the investment? Inground heating technology has advanced greatly over the years so that it’s now worth it for many families to add it to their driveway, not only for their

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DIY Retaining Walls Construction

September 11, 2019 by Grand River Natural Stone

Constructing a DIY retaining wall isn’t a job to be taken lightly. To ensure the wall is stable and safe, it’s important to use materials that are engineered to the wall’s specifications, and then to construct the wall correctly. In this guide, we will demystify the process and give you straight forward tips to follow

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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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Important fall landscape chores to get your landscape ready for winter

September 10, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

Your landscape recovers quicker in the spring if you help it through the winter. That means taking care of a few simple fall landscape chores before the first frost sets in. While you’re at it, you may as well do a few things to get your house ready too. Follow this guide and you’ll be

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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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How to Build a Drought Tolerant Landscape

June 13, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

You can do a lot to build a more environmentally friendly garden. Use local plants. Stick to the rules and don’t use banned pesticides. Coat your topsoil with mulch. The biggest impact, however, comes from using less water to maintain your garden. That means planting drought tolerant plants so you can use less water without

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Why Landscaping on a Budget Doesn’t Have to Look Like It

February 13, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

*If you’re looking for a blog about ledgestone, click here!* If not, here’s why landscaping on a budget doesn’t have to look like it. Your family spends a lot of time in the back yard during the spring, summer and fall (you’re still outside in the winter, but the backyard doesn’t have the same appeal

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Do It Yourself! Why Most DIY Homeowners Choose Brick Veneer

January 22, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

How Your DIY Family Can Get that Classic Brick Look If there’s one type of project most do it yourself homeowners can’t take on, it’s brick. Bricklaying is a special skill and even if you completed multiple home renovations over the years, you probably never did it yourself. No big deal. You can still get

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