Preparing Soil for New Sod

Many people believe that laying new sod will take less preparation than seeding. While you may have a better chance of getting a lush lawn sooner with sod than seed, preparation is just as important. Sod is a big investment, much more than seed, so you want to ensure your new grass will take hold. While preparation for each type of grass may vary slightly, here are some basics to keep in mind.

Start Early

If you want to order your sod now, you better get started on your preparation. First get a soil sample. You need to know where your soil is chemically at now to get the right top soil and fertilizer. You should begin preparing your soil for sod at least two weeks before the sod will arrive. Talk to your landscape supplier and find out how long it will take to get your sod. Make sure you have the minimum of two weeks before your order will arrive.

First Tilling

At least two weeks before your sod arrival, the area should be treated for weeds before the first tilling. Once that is completed, you can begin tilling your area. You will want a slight slope for drainage, about 1-2%. Once it is tilled, you can add new soil or enhancements based on your soil sample.

Second Tilling

Wait about one week after the first tilling to complete the second tilling. First, add any fertilizers for your soil to match the type of grass you will be planting. Then the area can be tilled again and leveled. You want a very level surface for good adhesion of your new sod.

Before your new sod arrives, the ground should be watered. Talk to your landscape supplier about the exact care for your new sod. With proper preparation and care, you can enjoy a beautiful lawn that can last for many years to come.

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Green Brothers Earth Works
680 Franklin Rd, SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 590-8220

Benefits of Using Flagstone for Home Improvement

Natural stone is very popular in both indoor and outdoor home improvements and new homes. There are many different varieties to choose from, each with their own benefits and uses. One option is natural flagstone, quarried from sedimentary stone in layers. These flat stones are ideal for paving, which is one of the most common uses for this particular stone. However, since there are many other stones that can also be used as pavers, why choose flagstone? Here are some of the benefits of using flagstone:

  • Flat, non-slip surface. Flagstone is perfect for outdoor areas where moisture is present. The flat, non-slip surface provides a safe, easy surface to walk on, even when it is wet.
  • Durability and easy maintenance. Flagstone, like most natural stone, is durable and easy to maintain. After spending hundreds or thousands of years in the elements, it can last for many more years in your backyard without need for special maintenance.
  • Unique style. Flagstone comes in a variety of colors and shapes, allowing you to create a unique style. Each stone is different, ensuring no one will have the same exact patio or walkway at their home.
  • Natural paving. Want a patio, driveway or walkway that has a natural appeal? Flagstone is perfect. This stone works well without mortar; you can plant moss or grass between the stones for a natural paved surface that allows for easy water run-off.

Few materials are as versatile and beautiful as flagstone. If you are planning a new stone project for your home, consider the benefits of using flagstone for a stunning look that will last for decades.

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Culbreth Stone
1968 US-41
Pelham, TN 37366
(423) 930-8249

Why Is a Quality Stone Fabricator Important?

Using natural stone in your home improvements can add beauty and value to your home. However, when you are creating a customized style, you want the best attributes of the stone to show. A stone fabricator not only can cut and form stone to your specifications, they can also use the best elements of the stone to enhance your home.

Each natural stone is unique, which is one of the reasons that it is so popular to use in home improvement. Whether you building a new fireplace inside your home or creating a stunning patio in your outdoor living space, natural stone can be cut and formed for a perfect fit. A stone fabricator can use special techniques to create the shape and sizes you need to complete your project. This can be used for:

  • Customized countertops
  • Pool coping
  • Fireplace mantels
  • Stair treads
  • Patios
  • Fire pit tops

On top of shaping your stone, fabricators also understand how to bring out the best elements in the stone for your project. They can work with the grains and different aspects of the stone to ensure you get the right colors and patterns that will enhance the beauty of the stone. Having the expertise of a stone fabricator ensures you get the most out of the stone you buy and that it will look its best once it is shaped and formed for your project.

Don’t choose premanufactured stone when you can have your stone customized for a unique style. Choose a quality stone fabricator to help you make the most of your investment into natural stone for your next home improvement project.

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Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

3 Projects Made Easier with Paver Blocks

If you are attempting to improve your landscaping or outdoor area with hardscapes, you want to make it as simple as possible. Many DIY projects can go wrong, costing you more in money and time than if you hired a contractor. When it comes to hardscapes, you want a material that is easy to work with to ensure your project turns out the way you hoped. Pre-formed paver blocks are a great option for many hardscapes. Here are three projects that can be made easier with the use of pavers.

  1. Retaining walls. Building a retaining wall is not as easy as it looks. Pavers can help make it a little easier by giving you interlocking pieces that stack together perfectly. Depending on the wall and pressure, some paver retaining walls will not even need mortar.
  2. Patio. Building a new patio can be easy to do right when you use uniform pavers. In most cases, you can use the sand and sweep method to hold them in place. This means no cement or mortar and you can readjust your pavers as needed for design or repairs down the road.
  3. Raised gardens. Want to build raised flower or vegetable gardens in your yard? Paver blocks are perfect for forming square, rectangle or even circular enclosures to fill with soil for planting. For circular gardens, ask your landscape supply store for circular pavers that are curved on the edge.

When starting a new hardscape project using pavers, visit your local landscape supply for advice on purchasing the right pavers for your job. You can also pickup sand, mortar or other supplies you need, all in one stop.

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

Is Natural Stone Worth the Investment?

If you are planning a home improvement project using stone, you probably already know that stone is a premium building component. Unlike manufactured products, natural stone must be quarried from its source, cut into the right sizes and transported at a large expense due to the weight. All this adds to the cost of natural stone, which is why it is so highly valued. You may be tempted to use a manufactured or artificial stone product to save money. Here are a few reasons to invest in real natural stone for your next home improvement project.

  • When you use natural stone, every project is unique. Like large snowflakes, each stone is slightly different from the next. The character that is ingrained into each stone over thousands of years is what makes this element so beautiful and valuable.
  • Nothing lasts or is as durable as natural stone for home improvement projects. Manufactured products may look similar, but they cannot withstand the elements like stone that was created from the elements.
  • Yes, natural stone does cost more than other materials for patios, fireplaces, walkways and other projects. But the value transfers to your home or business. The timeless beauty of stone never goes out of style and can add value to your property.

Whether you are upgrading your outdoor living area or want to enhance your living room with a natural stone fireplace, invest in the beauty and durability of natural stone. Visit your local quarry to view the different natural stone options available. When your project is complete, you will be glad you decided to use this gift from nature.

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Culbreth Stone
1968 US-41
Pelham, TN 37366
(423) 930-8249

Adding Natural Water Features to Your Landscaping

Do you wish you had a babbling brook or a serene waterfall in your backyard? You can with the addition of a natural water feature to your landscaping. Nothing is quite as soothing as the sound of moving water. Plus, water features are a great focus point for your landscaping and add a cooling sparkle to any yard.

Natural Water Feature Ideas

Changing your yard into a natural oasis starts with deciding what type of water feature you want to add. There are a few different options, each giving you a beautiful centerpiece for your landscaping. Consider these ideas:

  • Stone creek. You can create a creek or stream that flows across your yard. This works well for a sloped or hilly yard, but can be accomplished almost anywhere. Natural stones are needed to line the creek bed, with boulders used to accent the edges.
  • Everyone loves a waterfall. You can create a waterfall on a hill or slope, above a pool or spa, or in addition to a garden pond. Natural stone gives the backdrop, with water cascading over the rough edges for a natural appearance.
  • Garden pond. With or without a waterfall, a garden pond can add a serene, beautiful focus point for your landscaping. Add water plants and boulders around the edge for a natural look.

The trick to making a natural-looking water feature is using natural elements to create the illusion. Natural stone is one of the key ingredients to almost any natural water feature you create at your home. Before you begin, visit your local quarry to learn more about the natural stone available for your new water feature.

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Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

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.

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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.

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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.

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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