Save Money by Installing Your Own Sod

Are you considering sod for your lawn? Laying sod can give you the lush lawn you have been trying to achieve, almost overnight. While sod still needs preparation and care, it can be successfully done on your own, saving you money. Here are tips to help you properly install sod and get a beautiful lawn that will flourish.

  • Choose the right sod. Talk to your local landscape supplier about which grass will be right for your soil type, use and maintenance needs. Getting the right grass is the first step to success.
  • Prepare your lawn. You cannot just lay down sod on any site and expect it to grow. You want to remove all rocks, weeds and other debris from the soil. The soil should also be well aerated and water applied before the sod is installed.
  • Make sure you choose a quality sod provider and get timely delivery. You want to get sod that was recently harvested, usually less than 72 hours before your installation. Schedule your delivery for the same day as installation if possible. Remember, your sod is alive and needs water and nutrients to survive. Keep it moist and in the shade until you can lay it down.
  • After your sod is installed, you need to keep it watered to allow the roots to attach and grow. Set a watering schedule of twice a day for two weeks, once in the morning, once at night.

With quality sod, you can save a little money by doing the installation yourself. Find a local supplier with high quality, fresh sod for the best results.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Brothers Earth Works
680 Franklin Rd, SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 590-8220

Natural Stone at a Lower Price

If you are considering using natural stone in any home improvement project, you already know that price is a major consideration. Natural stone is beautiful, unique and durable, adding value to your home. However, it is also very heavy, costing more for materials, shipping and labor on most products. While there are manufactured stone products, they are not true stone and do not have them same benefits. Another option is using thin stone that is less expensive, both in initial cost, shipping and labor.

There are a few different stone products that come in a thinner version. You still get the look and durability of natural stone, without the cost. Here are a few options that are available:

  • Stone veneer siding. Want to have a home that has a beautiful stone exterior? Natural stone veneer siding is an affordable option. This beautiful siding can give your home a stunning stone appearance without the cost of using entire stones in construction. It can be added to any home for a complete transformation of your exterior.
  • Thin sawn or stacked veneer. For covering walls, fireplaces or backsplashes, thin sawn veneer is a good option. Thin stone veneers are real stones cut thinly for easier installation and lower cost. You get the same benefits of manufactured products, but you are using natural stone that looks and lasts like a full natural stone product.

Don’t settle for fake stone when you can have the benefits of natural stone at a lower cost. Explore the options available by contacting your local quarry that offers thin natural stone veneer products. Whether you are building a new fireplace, kitchen, outdoor kitchen or residing your home, stone veneer can be the right option at the right price.

Posted on behalf of:
Culbreth Stone
Whitwell, TN 37397
423-930-8249

Building a Stone Patio? Don’t Forget Your Polymer Product

If you have decided to build a beautiful stone patio, congratulations! Natural stone patios are a gorgeous addition to any home, adding value and quality to your outdoor area. Your main concern may be the type of stone you will use. Flagstones are a popular option due to their flat, long surface, but there are other options. However, there is another aspect you must consider. What type of polymer product will you use? To stabilize your stones, you need the right polymer to hold them in place and fill in the gaps between your stones. Here are two options. 

Sand Polymer

If the gaps between your stones will be thin, you may want to use sand polymer for filling in the cracks. Sand polymer is perfect for stones that are cut or made to fit closely together. If the gaps are as little as 1/8 of inch thick, you need the tiny granules of sand polymer to fit in this narrow area.

Gator Dust

For larger gaps between your stones, nothing works better than gator dust. This blend of polymer binders and stone effectively fills gaps up to four inches. It is also easy to use. You can spread the dust into the cracks, sweep away the excess and then just water the gator dust between the stones. This will harden, creating a solid substance like cement between your large patio stones.

Creating a beautiful stone patio can give you years of enjoyment at your home. Make sure you choose a quality supplier for both your stones and polymer product to ensure you get the best materials for your outdoor area.

Posted on behalf of:
Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

Using Natural Stone in Your Landscape Design

More and more homeowners are moving away from the cookie-cutter looks of contemporary home design in favor of the natural beauty of stone. Whether it is stone veneer exterior, flagstone walkways, or natural stone retaining walls, the uses are endless and the effects are nothing short of breath-taking.

Natural stone cut to fit for your application adds a depth of beauty and timeless character unmatched by modern construction styles. Most types of landscaping stone are more resistant to staining or cracking than concrete and are more durable than other paving materials. For a given area, paving can be done with less material using stone than other paving materials.

Backyard patios, fireplaces and retaining walls can be styled and shaped to fit any area and décor. You can choose from an endless array of colors and cuts to give your outdoor kitchen the perfect rough-hewn man-cave attitude you’ve been looking for. Or build a pizza oven that looks Old World and makes you want to cook outdoors all year-round.

Establish right from the curb that your home is your castle with landscape boulders. Neighbors can look on in envy, but they can’t take those away from you. Boulders can also serve as a natural barrier for security or commercial use. Prevent vehicles from breaching a perimeter with strategic boulder installation, as an effective yet visually appealing defensive barrier.

Find a local stone landscaping company and check out all of the incredible options available to you. Gorgeous natural stone from select regions that can be shipped to you, and installed to your specifications. Your local stone landscaping professionals can help you choose the right style, color and cut of stone that suits your landscape.

Posted on behalf of:
Culbreth Stone
Whitwell, TN 37397
423-930-8249

Does Your Landscape Supplier Have Everything You Need?

Yard work and gardening can be some of the most rewarding work you can do around the home. How enjoyable that work will be is largely dependent on accessibility of the supplies you need.

A landscape supplier should be able to help you find the right sod or mulch for your landscape, and have it in stock for you. A real bonus is one that will deliver everything to your door. Landscaping supplies can be bulky, and the bigger jobs aren’t going to fit in the average SUV, so you should definitely find a supplier who delivers.

Not everything in your yard can be green and lush, sadly. Some of it has to be paved over for vehicle and foot traffic. Does your local landscape supply company also provide paving materials? What sort of materials fit your application and architectural style? Stone, brick or concrete? Are you planning to install a flagstone patio? Make sure you’ve got a good selection to choose from to complete your project, and expert help in making your selection.

Your choice of sod for the lawn is important too. The amount of traffic, sun, and water your lawn will get has a lot of influence on which kind of sod you’ll need to use on your landscape for a healthy lawn. A supplier in your area will know which works best, and have it in stock.

Find a local landscape supply company who can advise you on what materials are best for your landscape. Expert guidance in choosing the right supplies will save you time and money, and let you spend more of both enjoying and improving your outdoor paradise.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Brothers Earth Works
680 Franklin Rd, SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 590-8220

Enhancing Your Home with Natural Stonework

Few things enhance curb appeal and property value like a handsome landscape. One of the most effective techniques in landscaping for long-lasting form and function is stonework.

Natural stone retaining walls; stone paving for walkways or driveways offer ease of maintenance and enduring beauty to any home. Stone veneers offer an elegant alternative to traditional siding, and increase property value.

Why settle for the boring sameness of a traditional gate when you can highlight your entrance with landscape boulders? No holes to dig or posts to bury, just call your local landscape supplier and have the eye-catching boulders set in place.

Flagstone walkways will complement your landscape and provide a natural path to welcome guests into your garden home.  Modular block walls are a great choice for properties with uneven landscapes. Prevent soil erosion and create garden tiers for easy access; use each tier for a variety of plants and vegetation.

A stone fireplace in the center of your patio or to accent an outdoor kitchen is easier and more affordable than you might imagine. There’s no substitute for high quality natural stone materials to make your yard beautiful and functional.

Stone landscaping is an excellent choice for homeowners who want to make a lasting impression with a minimum of maintenance. Give your home the striking appeal of natural stone that will last for many years.

Find a local stone and landscape supply company and talk to an expert. Discover all the possibilities for your home that stone landscaping offers. Set your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood, and relax. Your stone work will look good long after the neighbors’ siding has faded.

Posted on behalf of:
Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

Time to Replace Your Mulch for Winter

Mulch helps make your landscaping look neat and tidy, but it also has functional properties. Mulch can protect your tree roots and help retain moisture in your soil. It can also limit weed growth, reducing your need to pull out weeds from your landscaped areas while adding nutrients to the soil. Many mulches can last a year or more, but a refreshing of mulched areas before winter is always a good idea for improved protection, while keeping your yard looking pristine.

So what type of mulch is best for your needs? There are several options, from different kinds of bark and tree mulch to pine straw. Here are some basics on some of the common mulches and their uses:

  • Pine Bark Mulch. Pine bark makes an excellent mulch, especially around trees and shrubs that enjoy an acid-rich soil. The pine bark can be dyed brown, red or black for aesthetic appeal.
  • Cypress Mulch. Cypress mulch is made from the entire tree, not just the bark. Like pine bark mulch, it works well for tree roots. It also has a pleasant odor and helps repel insects, which makes it a common mulch for use in playgrounds and daycares play areas.
  • Pine Straw. Pine straw can be an affordable mulch for large areas and works well for sloped areas where other types of mulch may roll or slide.

These are just a few of the mulches available to help landscape your yard. Talk to your local landscape supply store to determine which mulch will be best for your applications. You may want to use different types for various areas for aesthetic and practical purposes.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Brothers Earth Works
680 Franklin Rd, SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 590-8220

5 Great Uses for Tennessee Flagstone

Tennessee flagstone is a beautiful material that can be used for many different projects around your home. This durable material offers a natural beauty that artificial stone cannot match, with every stone being completely unique. Tennessee flagstone can be used both inside and outdoors for durable surfaces. Here are five great ideas for using this material around your home.

  1. New patio. Flagstone is ideal for paving and creating a gorgeous patio for your home. The irregular shapes make a unique pattern that blends well into a natural setting. It is also easy to maintain and can last for decades.
  2. Create a natural stone stairway down a hillside or slope with flagstone treads that ideal for outdoor steps. It is a great do-it-yourself project to make it easier to go up and down your hillside.
  3. Tennessee flagstone is a wonderful material for making a memorable walkway to your front door or through your gardens.
  4. Fireplace or fire pit. Make a delightful fireplace or fire pit from flagstone, for either your living room or outdoor living space. Flagstone is perfect for adorning the outside of your mantel or fire pit area.
  5. Driveways. Want to impress the neighbors? Choose Tennessee Flagstone to pave your driveway for an upscale option for your home. This beautiful addition will add value to your home and make your driveway the envy of the neighborhood.

Want more ideas on how to use flagstone around your home? Visit your local quarry that offers Tennessee flagstone for more ideas on how to include this gorgeous natural stone in your home design, inside and out.

Posted on behalf of:
Culbreth Stone
Whitwell, TN 37397
423-930-8249

Components of a Strong, Stone Retaining Wall

Are you considering trying to build a retaining wall on your own? If you want a sturdy wall, stone is a great option that is also aesthetically appealing. However, there is more to building a strong retaining wall than stacking stone. Here are a few components that can help you create a wall that will be functional and last for many years to come.

Retaining Wall Grid

One of the ways to make sure your retaining wall has the structure it needs to last for decades is to use a retaining wall grid. This gives you the basic scaffolding for your natural stone wall. These grids can be found at quality landscape suppliers and can offer a great starting point for your project.

Portland Mortar

You want mortar that will hold your stones in place and create a strong, durable wall that will stand up to thousands of pounds of pressure. Portland mortar is one of the strongest mortars available, offering higher durability than the average mortar.

Stackable Stones

To make your project easier, find a landscape supplier that offers quality, stackable stone that will fit perfectly together to make your new retaining walls. You can have the beauty of natural stone cut into uniform shapes that work well to create a strong, sturdy wall that will last.

A retaining wall can help prevent erosion, make use of a hillside for planting or just be a beautiful addition to your landscape design. Before you begin, visit your local landscape supply store to find the right components to ensure your retaining wall is built right from start to finish.

Posted on behalf of:
Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

Summer is the Prime Time to Add Sod Dressing

Is your lawn lacking luster or uneven in areas? One of the ways to fix these issues is to add sod dressing to your lawn. However, not all times of year are ideal for adding sod dressing as the grass needs to be in a fast growing stage for the best results. Summer, usually between May and August, is when grass is at its peak growing levels, making it the best time to apply sod dressing to your yard.

When a lawn has low spots or is lacking the right top soil, it can affect the growth and beauty of your yard. Sod dressing, when applied correctly, can even out any uneven areas and add vital nutrients to your yard. Although this can be done in the spring or fall, summer is usually the best time to add this layer to your grass. To effectively apply sod dressing, follow these steps:

  • Preparing your lawn. You want your grass to be ready to accept the new soil for the best results. For some lawns, this may require thatching or aerating if there is more than ½ inch of thatch. Then mow the lawn as short as possible without damaging the grass, removing all clippings from the yard.
  • Adding sod dressing. Spread a half an inch sod dressing across your lawn except in areas that need filling where it may take a few inches of dressing to fill. Lightly use the backside of a rake to even the sod dressing and push it down into the soil. After the first watering, you may need to even out the dressing again until it is compacted.

Don’t miss out on the best time to add sod dressing to your yard. Call your local landscape supply to order your sod dressing now.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Brothers Earth Works
680 Franklin Rd, SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 590-8220