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How to properly landscape and hardscape your beautiful lawn and concrete

How to properly landscape and hardscape your beautiful lawn and concrete. Once all the designing, planning, and finally construction is done, most people breathe a sigh of relief as they admire their new yard. Naturally, you want your yard to stay in the same beautiful condition as it’s in that very first day. With regular upkeep that you can easily do on your own, your yard will stay in perfect shape. The first few weeks after new landscaping is put in is crucial. Make sure you’re watering every single day, late afternoon or early morning. Plants often time go through...

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What can cause contractors to go broke?

“Now, as in the mid 1950’s, the United States is emerging from a difficult economy. Graniterock CFO Steve Snodgrass contributes the following article excerpted from the 1956 Engineering News-Record which shows how “the more things change the more they remain the same.” As the recession wanes and business activity increases, the author warns of more contractor financial failures and explains that the end of a recession can prompt increased competition and risky decision-making by unwary contractors. Bankruptcies often rise at the beginning of a building boom. The cautionary message remains as true today as it was then, and reaffirms the...

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PROJECT INSTALLATION

Once you have a start date scheduled then you are ready for your project installation. Ask your contractor who will be on site to manage your project so that you can communicate with them during installation. Your project will likely follow these steps: 1. Demolition of existing items if required. 2. Sub-grade preparation and excavations. 2A. Pool/gunite/coping and tile. 3. Drainage. 4. Set up of hardscape areas and footings. 5. Hardscape installation. 6. Structure builds (i.e. BBQ’s, firepits, arbor walls). 7. Irrigation and drainage completion. 8. Planting & mulch. 9. Lawn installation. 10. Clean up. Throughout your project you should...

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Contracting the Project

Chose a company that you feel will be the best fit for your project. It’s not always the best idea to chose the lowest bid. You should chose a company that you feel comfortable working with through your project. Depending on the size and phases of your project it can take from one week to one month or longer. Discuss with your chosen company the scheduling process once the project is started. Inquire to approximately how long each phase will take to complete, are permits needed, if so who will be responsible for acquiring such permits. Have all of these...

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BIDDING PROCESS

Once you have finalized your plans with your designer it’s time to contact a couple of companies for installation costs. Make sure you contact licensed contractors to bid on your project. It’s important to use licensed contractors to protect yourself and your property. Licensed contractors are required by the state to carry Workman’s Compensation AND Liability insurance to perform any work on your home over $500.00 in value. Find a company by contacting the BBB, local trade magazine ads, internet, friend or neighbor referral. When you meet with each of the company representatives, ask them all questions that are on...

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Meet the Designer

There are many landscape/designers available in your area. First, you could get some referrals from someone that has used a particular designer in the past that you have seen, their design ideas implemented into an actual installed project. If you do not have anyone on any specific project in mind, you can always call our office for assistance. Second, set up a couple of meetings with different designers to get a couple of different ideas on your project…. their fees, and how specific you would like your drawing to be. You could have a designer prepare a standard drawing for...

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Dream Yard Wish List

Figure out what you would like to change or add to your yard. (i.e. new patio, BBQ island, fire pit, arbor, Cabana, lawn, planting area, pool, spa, seat wall, retaining wall, mow band, fountain). You and your partner should take time to walk your entire yard, and discuss your wish list. Ideas for a completed dream yard project. Your dream yard can be achieved in phases. It’s understandable that these days most people do not have the entire available budget needed to install all of the components to your dream yard at one time. Don’t stress about it, write down...

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Caring for your Concrete and Masonry work

Regular maintenance and care of your concrete and masonry work is important for every home owner. Luckily, it is pretty easy to keep up as long as you know what to use. Concrete- Concrete is especially easy to maintain. Power washing about every three months is likely to keep it stain free. If there is a spill of oil, grease or gas then make sure to wash it off immediately. For more stubborn stains use a bit of sand and non metallic brush. Using course salt is also an option, but it will wear on your sealant faster and can...

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