3 Ways to Use Sand in Your Backyard

There are many gravel materials that are used in landscaping projects, including sand. Fine sand is an essential ingredient for creating some hardscapes, protecting water features and xeriscaping. Here are three ways that sand can be used in your backyard in your landscaping endeavors.

  1. Stone paving. If you are using flagstones, field stones or pavers to create a patio or walkway, sand can be an excellent filler for finishing your project. Sand can be used instead of mortar to fill the cracks between pavers for stabilization. Just pour sand over the pavers and sweep into the cracks.
  2. Sand boxes. Kids love to play in sand. If you have little ones at your home, you can create your own sand box where they can dig and play in the flowing mounds. But, keep in mind animals love sand, too. If you have cats in your backyard, they may have other ideas for your sand box. Build a cover to protect the sand from animals when not in use.
  3. Low-water gardens. Want a, low-water garden for your backyard? Use sand or a sand/loam mixture to make a low-water garden for cactus and other drought-resistant plants. These gardens can be beautiful and require little water or maintenance.

There are other uses for sand, such as a mix for concrete or to protect pool liners from weed growth. Sand can even be added to paint to create a non-slip surface. It is a good item to have on hand for many different landscape projects. Sand can be found at your local landscape supply store to complete any of these projects.

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

Polymer Versus Natural Sand for Pavers

Sand is an important part of any paver project. Whether you are building a patio for your backyard or a walkway to your front door, you need sand to create a solid base and to fill in the cracks between the pavers. While natural sand has been used for this purpose for many decades, another option is now available. Polymer sand can offer the same function for stabilizing pavers and may be able to outperform the natural sand for longevity.

What Is Polymer Sand?

Although there are many different types of polymer sands to choose from, the basic description is a dried, course sand that has had polymers added to it during the manufacturing process. These polymers are water-activated and create a solid mass when water is added. This makes it simple to create solid seams between pavers; just fill in the cracks, sweep away the excess, and sprinkle water on the polymer sand in the cracks. It quickly hardens and adds stability to any paving project.

The benefits of polymer sand versus natural sand is the solid filling for between the pavers. While natural sand can be washed away or allow ants or weeds to travel through it, polymer sand is solid and stays in place. It is better for deterring insects and weeds from your paved surface, making it much easier to maintain your paved area.

If you are planning a paver project, explore the options for polymer sand. It can make your paver surface last longer and easier to maintain, plus it is simple to use. Talk to your local landscape supplier to find the right polymer sand for your needs.

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