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Archive for May, 2019

  • Build a retaining wall

    Posted on : 29-05-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends

    Are you looking to level a steep slope or build and enclose a raised garden bed? A simple interlocking block retaining wall may be your answer. Retaining walls can be a simple weekend project when properly planned and can greatly enhance your landscaping.

    Interlocking retaining wall blocks have a lip on the bottom of the rear side to lock the blocks together. When the gap behind is filled in with earth forces the blocks forward strengthening the joints. These systems are meant for relatively low walls between 15 to 28 inches.

    Stone retaining wall for flower bed

    Follow these 8 steps to build your wall:

     

    Step 1   

    Measure and mark out you retaining wall using line and stakes.

     

    Step 2

    Dig a trench for the foundation layer of blocks. You need your first row to be slightly below grade and the width of the trench should be twice the width of the block so you can easily center and level each one. The depth will vary depending on which block you choose but generally around 6 to 8 inches deep.

     

    Step 3

    Compact the soil in the trench using a tamper and then add a 2-3 inch layer of paver base. Rake it in to create a level surface and compact this once again using a hand tamper.

     

    Step 4

    Use a chisel and hammer to remove the lip from the first row of blocks. Then set and level your first block. Add more paver base if required or use a rubber mallet to compact the block down into the trench. Continue laying your first row of blocks checking the level as of them as you go.  Continuously leveling is a key factor to a long lasting retaining wall. An uneven wall will have weaker joints and deteriorate quicker. Taking extra care on the first row will make other rows more uniform.

     

    Step 5

    For your second row cut your first block in half to stagger the joints. Lay the remaining blocks in the row and then finish with the other half of the cut block.  Continue this pattern with staggered joints until you reach your desired height.

     

    Step 6

    To prevent earth from seeping through your joints drape landscape fabric along the back of the blocks and backfill with gravel for proper drainage.

     

    Step 7

    When you’re ready to lay the top cap or final row sweep any debris away first. Use construction adhesive to secure the caps to the row below.

     

    Step 8

    Fold over any excess landscape fabric and cover with topsoil or mulch.

     

    At this point you should have a finished retaining wall to be proud of. If you need help planning your retaining wall stop in at any of our locations and one of our expert staff will be more than happy to assist you.

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  • Landscape Trends for 2019

    Posted on : 15-05-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, News & Updates

    Now is the time to get your backyard ready for the summer season. You might have a blank canvas to work with or you’re simply tired of your old deck and need something new. The key to creating a backyard you’ll love and love inviting your friends and family to visit is making livable spaces. Creating outdoor spaces that flows from indoors to outdoors for entertaining, cooking, and relaxing that you’ll use over and over again.

    Outdoor Fire Pits       

    An outdoor fire pit is wonderful to relax next too and can extend your time outside by keeping you warm on chilly nights and even well into the fall.

    Water Features

    Who doesn’t love the sound of water in the garden? Water trickling over stones adds an atmosphere of peaceful relaxation to your space. You don’t need to build a large pond. There are many options that will add the sound of trickling water to your space so you can have a more zen space.

    Quality over style

    Invest in quality and natural materials. Consider how it will withstand the elements. Are there special considerations for your areas climate you should be aware of? Heavy rain, common drought, strong winds etc. Build your landscape and patio features to last. What material should you be using? Stone, brick or wood? You don’t want to rebuild them every year. If you don’t know ask an expert.

    Create separate living spaces

    Whatever you decide to do in your backyard build your spaces to fit your needs. Create a separate cooking space, an entertaining space, a lounging space  or a space to relax by the fire.  You don’t want to lounge next to the barbeque. Create another space where you can relax away from that.

     

    Light your space

    Lots of lighting will not only increase the attractiveness of the space but allow you to get more use out of outdoor areas. Incorporating outdoor lighting throughout your landscaping will help you maximize the use of your whole backyard.

    Low Maintenance

    Before you build, plant or landscape consider how much ongoing work your new outdoor feature is going to cause you.  More time enjoying your outdoor space is preferable to more time maintaining it. Don’t create an ongoing headache for yourself.

    Whatever you decide to do with your space we’re here to help. Stop by our Hamilton location and experience our new Landscape Design and Install Program, including professional design, 3D renderings and video walkthrough. If you love it, we’ll install it! Stop by today!

     

     

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