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5 Flagstone Projects You Want to Replicate

August 1, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

5 flagstone projects you want to replicate Flagstone has a very distinct look, is low maintenance, natural, and pulls together the various features of any landscape. It’s an easy natural stone material to work with for do-it-yourself-ers, whether in traditional roles (like a patio) or more modern designs (as raised garden edging). If you want

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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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Do It Yourself – How to Make a Bubbling Rock Water Feature

June 25, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

It’s easier than you think. Follow the steps in our latest infographic to build your own bubbling rock water feature. If a full sized pond isn’t practical for your property, this is a great alternative (it’s a great alternative even if your property is large enough for a big pond). You can click through to the

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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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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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Keep Your Interlock in Like-New Shape this Year

May 17, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

After a few seasons of swinging temperatures and a couple creeping weeds, your interlock pavers could probably use a little help getting back to that fresh look they had a few years ago. These quick and easy jobs bring your interlock back to the clean and natural look they had just a few years ago.

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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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4 Creative Ways to Use Ledgestone in Your Interior Renovations

April 5, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

4 creative ways to use ledgestone in your renovations A ledgestone feature inside your home will never look dated. Stone features are timeless, even when used in non-traditional ways. Just because your home renovation doesn’t include a facelift for your fireplace doesn’t mean ledgestone features are out of the picture. This thin veneer cut from

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Drainage For Unusually Wet Properties

March 11, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

If you have an unusually wet property, this time of year might be your least favourite. Even though the sun is out and every day is a little warmer than the last, all you can think about is the saturation in your back yard and the moisture pushing in on the foundation of your home.

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How Landscaping Product Warranties Should Impact Your Buying Decisions

March 10, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

How landscaping product warranties should impact your buying decisions Many of the hardscaping (stone) products your landscaping professional installs on your property come with manufacturer warranties. Manufacturers never want to eat the cost of a broken or faulty product, so if your product manufacturer includes a warranty, you know it expects the product to last

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