Add Beauty and Function with a Stone Sitting Wall

Do you love spending time on your back patio or yard? If your outdoor space is one of the favorite “rooms” of your home, make it even more inviting with a stone sitting wall. Natural stone can add elegance to your outdoor living space, and a sitting wall is beautiful as well as functional. Here are some benefits of creating a stone sitting wall around your back patio.

  • More seating. One of the obvious benefits of a sitting wall is more places for people to sit. A patio can get crowded adding too many chairs or additional furniture. A sitting wall does not take space away from your patio but can be placed on the edge for added seating.
  • Gorgeous edging. Using flagstone or fieldstone to build your sitting wall can create a gorgeous edging to your patio and separate spaces in your outdoor area. Sitting walls use a low retaining wall with a sitting platform to encase your patio and improve the design of your space. This can be a great divider between areas, like your outdoor kitchen and dining space.
  • Year-round outdoor furniture. When your patio table and chairs are put away for the winter, your sitting wall will still be available for seating. Enjoy sustainable furniture that will last for decades, adding beauty and value to your home all the seasons of the year.

There are many different natural stone options for building a sitting wall on your back patio. Visit your local quarry and view all the different colors, shapes and sizes of stone that can be used to add more elegance and seating area to your outdoor living space.

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

Improve Your Tree Health with New Mulch

Mulch or beauty bark is often seen as a tool to tidy up landscaping around bushes and larger plants. However, it has a function beyond just aesthetics. Mulch can be used to protect the moisture in the soil and can add nutrients as it breaks down; it is also not just for bushes or shrubs. Mulch can be beneficial for trees of all sizes and an important aspect of keeping them healthy.

Why Should You Mulch Around Trees?

Trees may be the biggest plants in your yard, but they need protection and care. As the giants, they need more water and nutrients than other plants, but they must fight for what they get. Mulch can help protect the roots of your trees from damage and keep the moisture in the soil. The right type of mulch can also add nutrients to your soil that trees can use to thrive.

When Should You Mulch

Most mulch needs to be replaced at least once a year. Spring is a common time when mulch is replaced, getting the landscaping ready for the warmer summer months ahead. Keeping a layer of 3-4 inches of mulch around your trees can give them extra protection from root exposure and help improve the moisture of the soil. Plus, it has the added benefit of improving the aesthetics of your landscaping.

When placing mulch, make a 3-foot circle around the tree of no more than 4-inches deep of mulch, but keep the mulch away from the tree’s trunk. This will give adequate protection for the roots from the cold and heat, while preserving moisture. Talk to your local landscape supplier about the available options in mulch for your landscaping needs.

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

What Are the Benefits of Using Aquasorb?

Does it seem like the water you use in your irrigation just disappears, yet your lawn and gardens are left thirsty for more? Water can evaporate quickly, or soak down into the soil, needing replacement frequently and adding to your watering costs. One option for soil moisture improvement is using Aquasorb, a soil enhancement that stores water to keep it available for your plants.

What is Aquasorb?

Aquasorb is a moisture retainer for the soil, made from aniocic polyacrylamide polymer that can hold up to 400% its weight in water. When added to the soil for lawns or gardens, it absorbs the moisture and keeps the level perfect for growth. It can absorb extra water that can drown roots, then release it as needed when the soil begins to become too dry. Some of the benefits include:

  • Perfect soil moisture for sustained times
  • Reducing irrigation costs – 20-25% less water is needed for plant/grass maintenance
  • Improve health of plants and grass
  • Improve the root system
  • Ideal for transporting plants from one place to another
  • Enhances sod applications

Aquasorb comes in different varieties, depending on where and how it will be used, with particles ranging from, 03 to 4.0 millimeters. The product can be added to water or to soil, and is useful for residential and commercial applications, even for large agricultural projects.

If you want to improve the moisture content of your soil and reduce the amount of watering needed for plant growth, visit your local landscape supplier to learn more about Aquasorb. It could be the best way to improve the health of your lawn and gardens, while minimizing your irrigation frequency.

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

5 Ways to Use Natural Stone Veneer

Do you love the look of natural stone, but building with natural stone is too expensive? You can have the best of both worlds, lowers costs and beautiful style, with natural stone veneer. This product is created from natural stone and is cut into thin sheets that can make it look like a solid stone structure. Here are five ways to use natural stone veneer around your home to add beauty and value.

  1. Siding. Stone veneer is perfect for adding a stone entry around your front door or partial stone for around the circumstance of the exterior. It can be added at any point, changing and updating the entire appearance of an older home.
  2. Fireplaces. Have an old brick mantle you wish was natural stone? Stone veneers can replace the exterior of your fireplace for a natural style.
  3. Outdoor kitchens. Many homeowners are adding outdoor kitchens to expand their outdoor living space and entertaining options. Blend your outdoor kitchen in with your natural stone patio with stone veneer for the cabinetry.
  4. Entrance pillars. Want natural stone entrance pillars at the entrance of your driveway without the expense? Cover concrete, brick or wooden pillars with stone veneer to create the look you desire at a lower cost.
  5. Natural interiors. Stone veneer can create a natural look for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens inside your home, giving it an upscale appearance.

Almost any surface can be covered with natural stone veneer for a gorgeous new look. Talk to your local quarry that offer stone veneer to learn more about the options available for your next home improvement project.

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

3 Excellent Options for Retaining Walls

Are you planning on adding a retaining wall on your property? These walls can have functional and aesthetic benefits, from reducing erosion and mudslide on slopes, to creating a clean, sculpted appearance for your yard. One of the decisions you need to make when creating a retaining wall is the best material for the job. Here are three excellent choices for retaining wall materials and their benefits.

  1. Modular block. For easy building, modular block can be a great option for retaining walls. These blocks are made to fit together and stack, creating a tight, solid wall for your project. They can be square, rectangle or curved, depending on your needs, with a lower cost than some other options.
  2. Fieldstone. For natural style to your retaining wall, fieldstones can be an excellent option. Since the sizes and shapes in fieldstones vary, they do take more work and mortar to hold them in place. However, the beauty of natural stone can add value to your home and cannot be surpassed for aesthetics.
  3. Pavers. Pavers and modular block are similar, but pavers come with more color options and are easier to use than natural stone due to their uniform shapes. They can offer some of the beauty and design options of natural stone, with the ease of blocks, making them a nice in between option that is usually less expensive than natural stone.

Get the best choice for improving your landscaping with a retaining wall by visiting your local quarry or landscape supplier. They can help you decide which material will work best for your project and budget, while creating a beautiful retaining wall that will perform the function you need on your property.

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

Decorate and Protect with Defense Boulders

Are you looking for options to protect your lawn, business or home from vehicles? Perimeter barricades are used to keep vehicles from entering areas for safety and protection, but not all are esthetically pleasing. One option that can add beauty and protection for your home or business is defense boulders. Here are some benefits to using boulders for your perimeter protection needs.

  • Natural beauty. Unlike boring bollards, boulders are natural and irregularly shaped for a beautiful look for your perimeter protection needs. They blend in with your landscaping while providing a valuable function.
  • No painting/repairs. The only thing that will need paint or repairs if someone hits your defense boulders is the vehicle. Boulders will stand up to almost any vehicle and will look no worse for the wear if they are hit, unlike metal or wood bollards. Low maintenance is one of the best benefits of using boulders for perimeter protection.
  • Durability. Defense boulders will last for decades, a worthy investment for your home or business. They do not rust and are unlikely to break, even after many years of service.
  • Excellent protection. Whether you just want to protect your lawn from vehicles driving on the grass or are protecting your business from attack, boulders offer excellent protection. They are functional, yet beautiful, for the best of both worlds.

If you are looking for a way to protect your perimeter without making your home or business look like a military fortress, defense boulders are a wonderful option. You can find large boulders suitable for perimeter protection through local quarries; many will deliver and place your boulders since they tend to be difficult to transport and move.

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

Add Value to Your Home with Flagstone Step Treads

Few materials are as beautiful and durable for landscaping as flagstone, which is why it is such a sought-after stone for hardscapes. There are many landscaping projects that can be enhanced with flagstone, including patios, walkways and fireplaces. Another use for flagstone is step treads, which can be a stunning way to add value and beauty to your home. Here are a few ways to use flagstone for natural step treads on your property.

Hill Staircase

Do you have a slope or hill on your property? Flagstone can be used to create a staircase to make it easier to navigate sloped areas while adding a lovely touch to your landscaping. The irregular shapes and unique colors blend perfectly with your hillside, while adding a functional staircase.

Sunken Patio or Firepit

Adding a sunken patio or firepit to your backyard can transform the look and style of your landscape design. Consider using flagstone for the step treads leading down into your sunken area for a gorgeous feature. Pair it with flagstone for the retaining wall, patio or firepit for a jaw-dropping focal point to your outdoor space.

Front Steps

Want a different look for your home’s entryway than boring cement or wooden steps? Consider using flagstone for your front step treads. Your local quarry can cut flat, uniform slabs of flagstone to create unique front steps leading to your door.

Flagstone can be used in so many ways in your landscaping and will last for decades. If you are looking for an interesting material to create natural step treads, consider the benefits of flagstone. Talk to your local quarry about size, color and shape options for your next landscaping project, including outdoor staircases.

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

Pros and Cons of Using Gravel in Landscaping

Are your looking for a different look for your landscaping than standard mulch? Gravel can offer some benefits as a landscaping material to place around plants and trees. However, it is important to know how to use this material for the best results and when it may not be appropriate. Here are some of the pros and cons of using gravel for landscaping to get the desired outcome.

Pros of Using Gravel for Landscaping

Unlike organic mulch that deteriorates, gravel can last for many years when placed around trees or plants in your garden areas. Many people use gravel for pathways, but it can be used in place of mulch in some planting areas. Pros of using gravel include:

  • Longevity. Gravel does not breakdown like organic mulch, so once placed it does not need new gravel added as often as mulch.
  • Aesthetics. Gravel comes in many colors and size options, giving you a clean, tailored look to your landscaping.
  • No bugs. While bark or pine mulch may attract bugs or pests, gravel does not.

Cons of Using Gravel Instead of Mulch

There are drawbacks to using gravel instead of mulch for a landscaping material. While it can be a wonderful material for xeriscaping, it is not always a good option for gardens with certain plants. Mulch may breakdown, but it adds nutrients to the soil as it does, which can benefit plants. It also does not deter weeds as well as mulch.

If you want a different look for your landscaping or are creating a Japanese or rock garden, gravel can be a great option. Talk to your local landscape supplier about the benefits of using gravel instead of mulch to determine if it will be the best solution for your landscaping needs.

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

Restore Your Lawn with New Sod

Are you tired of fighting a losing battle with your lawn? Seeding, fertilizing, aerating, watering and continued maintenance are not always enough to bring a dying lawn back to life. Sometimes, you need to start from scratch with a new lawn that is healthy and just needs to be maintained. Sod can give your yard a makeover and create the lush, green lawn without weeds that you have always wanted.

Tips for Laying Your New Sod

While sod can give you a fresh start for your lawn, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t mean it is easy. There are factors you need to consider when installing your new sod, including:

  • Type of grass. You want a grass that flourishes well in your climate region, offers the right durability for traffic and growth levels that meet your maintenance needs.
  • Preparation. To ensure your new sod gets a good start, the proper preparation must be done. This includes leveling your area, sustaining the right moisture and treating the soil with weed prevention.
  • Timing. While sod can be installed any time of year, there are better times than others. Moderate temperatures are the best to help your new grass flourish. Spring and early fall when it is not too cold or too hot are the best times to lay sod.
  • After care. While sod is simpler than replanting, it does require after care to ensure the best results. You must maintain the right amount of moisture and protect it until it grows the root base needed for a healthy lawn.

To get your new lawn off to a good start, begin your new sod project with a visit to a quality landscape supplier that can help you choose the best sod and give you more tips to restore your lawn.

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

3 Ways to Use Flagstone into Your Next Landscape Project

Do you love the look of flagstone? This gorgeous stone can add a natural beauty to many different hardscapes in your landscaping. If you are updating your outdoor living space or yard, there are many inspirational ways to incorporate flagstone into your next landscaping project. Here are three ideas on how to use this popular stone.

  1. Fire pits and fireplaces. A flickering fire on your back patio can warm up cool nights and extend the evenings you can enjoy your outdoor space. Flagstone can make an excellent covering for your fireplace or fire pit, as well as the surround area. The stone is naturally fire resistant and durable enough to last for decades.
  2. Garden pathways. Flagstone makes a wonderful walk or pathway paving material. The varying colors and forms fit naturally as stepping stones through your gardens, a front walkway or a path around your home. You can use sand between the stones or ground covering plants to fill the spaces.
  3. Create a natural stone stairway. Flagstones can be used as stair treads for slopes and hills on your property. You can choose the natural irregular shapes or choose flagstone that is cut into uniform slabs for even stair treads. The flagstone blends perfectly into the slope, while still adding an easier option for going up and down steep areas.

Flagstone is a stunning option for building many different types of hardscapes in your landscape design. Check out the different shapes, colors and sizes of flagstones at your local quarry or landscape supplier to find the best options for your next natural stone landscaping project.

Posted on behalf of:
Culbreth Stone
1968 US-41
Pelham, TN 37366
(423) 930-8249