Project Planning

Project Planning

Are you planning a landscaping project yourself and aren’t sure exactly what you need? Follow this easy checklist to get started.
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Planning Steps:

1. Determine your budget – this will help you to narrow down which products are in your price range.

2. Select your product – take a walk through our yard and see what your options are. You can also take home samples of a few different products to see what works best in your yard.

3. Make a plan – prepare a drawing of your project with measurements as exact as possible. This is what we will use to help you figure out exactly what product you need to purchase.

Product Checklist:

1. Base Material – The amount of base material you need will be affected by what type of project you are doing. For a patio with only foot traffic, we reccommend a base of 4″ – 6 of Granular A and 0.5″ – 1″ of concrete sand as a levelling layer. This base allows for excellent compaction while still allowing for maximum drainage.

2. Pavers, Walls, Natural Stone – The product you choose to use can completely change the impression your home gives. Do you want a clean, minimalist look? Contrasting accents and colourful patterns in your project? Perhaps a more natural look that appears as if it was always a part of the property? We carry such a wide range of products that whatever your vision, we can help you achieve it.

3. Weed Barrier or Filter Cloth – Depending on your project, you may want to use some type of cloth in order to help cut down on weeds.

4. Geogrid – Geo grid is a plastic mesh installed with walls that are higher than 2 feet. It adds extra stability to your wall, ensuring it will stay in place for years to come.

5. Concrete Glue – When you are building walls, it is always necessary to glue the top layer (the coping) down. This will help prevent the coping from shifting, especially if it is going to be used in a step.

6. Brick Edging – Unless your pavers are enclosed (by a house or concrete wall you have built, for example), it is always a good idea to use some sort of paver restraint. They come in approximately 8 foot lengths and usually require 4 spikes per length.

7. Polymeric Sand – No interlocking job is complete without the application of a polymeric sand. These sands have special polymers in them which cause the sand to harden like concerete. This will drastically cut down on weeds and insects, and you will not have to apply it as often as regular sand.

8. Rental Equipment – Most projects will require the use of a tamper in order to properly install your base gravel. This is necessary to ensure your base material will not shift and sink over time. We do not provide rental services, but we would be happy to let you know where to find the equipment you are looking for.