How to Build a Small Retaining Wall with Pavers

Interlocking pavers can make beautiful retaining walls that enhance your landscape’s looks and function. However, it’s easy to make mistakes when building the wall. You need to carefully plan and execute the build, or you could end up with a wall that crumbles and fails in a year or so. Here’s how to build a small retaining wall with pavers properly.  Tools and Materials You’ll Need  Here are the tools and materials you need to gather before you start: Interlocking pavers  Sand and/or crushed gravel  A level, at least 4-feet long  Spray paint  8-foot 2×4 lumber   Rubber mallet  Construction adhesive  … Continue reading How to Build a Small Retaining Wall with Pavers

How to Keep Road Salt from Hardening and What To Do If It Happens

Winter is synonymous with cold weather and heavy precipitation, such as snow, freezing rain, and icy road conditions. Many of us are keen to bring out our snowblowers, shovels, and road salt to make it through winter storms.    Sometimes though, rock salt can harden, which limits its usefulness. When this occurs, breaking apart this material to spread evenly over icy surfaces is a challenge. If you’re wondering how you can store road salt and prevent it from hardening, consider adopting these ideas. Also, read along to discover what you can do if it happens.   What is Road Salt?  Road … Continue reading How to Keep Road Salt from Hardening and What To Do If It Happens

Winter Driving Safety Tips

When you’re driving in snow, safety is your first concern. However, most people don’t brush up on their driving skills or their winter safety equipment as frequently as they should. If it’s been some time since you considered if you’re being as safe as possible, this information is for you. After all, vehicles, snow safety equipment and road salt have changed.  We’ll discuss winter driving safety tips and provide a winter car safety checklist.  Winter Car Safety Checklist  Most people know to have a blanket in the car and a shovel in the car, but you’re probably missing something on … Continue reading Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Salt and Its Impact on Your Driveway

When ice and snow hit your driveway, it creates a slippery hazard that needs immediate attention. The most common way to prevent the perilous risks of falls in the winter is to sprinkle some rock salt on pathways. However, as harmless as salt might appear, it can cause some pretty serious damage to your property when not used properly. Here’s how salt impacts your driveway and what you can do to avoid damage. What is Rock Salt? Rock salt is sodium chloride and contains a mix of grit, gravel and stones. When applied to your driveway it begins to heat … Continue reading Winter Salt and Its Impact on Your Driveway

How to Enjoy Your Landscaping Throughout the Winter Months

As the temperatures drop and the snow covers up your flowerbeds, bushes and shrubs, you don’t need to abandon your backyard until next spring. There’s no question your property doesn’t look quite as pristine in the winter months and the sun has lost much of its warmth, but you can still heat things up with a key addition or two to your outdoor landscaping. Install a Firepit Firepits make a great addition for those warm summer nights, but a firepit in the winter is just as enjoyable. In fact, many people prefer to sit outside and stay warm around a … Continue reading How to Enjoy Your Landscaping Throughout the Winter Months

Landscape Lighting Ideas for the Fall and Winter 

If fall is your favourite, you are not alone! It’s a wonderful time to enjoy your outdoor space as the colours become vibrant and the temperature takes a turn towards sweater weather. If you want to continue to enjoy your yard, your hot tub and your bbq through fall, you absolutely can! And, if you are excited to enjoy your outdoor winter décor, here are some landscaping lighting ideas that will keep you safely lit straight through the winter.  Don’t Miss a Thing  The good news, during the peak foliage you don’t need to make any adjustments to your lights. It is, however, an excellent time … Continue reading Landscape Lighting Ideas for the Fall and Winter 

How to Clean Paving Stones

If you have interlocking pavers or other stones then you should know how to clean these paving stones to keep your patio area looking fresh and well maintained. No matter what type of paving stones you have, be it slabs, concrete, or singles, your cleaning procedure is the same. In most cases, a little hard work, a brush, and soapy water are all you need to scrub up your pathways and have them looking as good as new once more. If you have more stubborn stains that need to be removed, or problems with weeds, algae, or just general dirt … Continue reading How to Clean Paving Stones

Banas Stones Feature

About Banas Stones Banas Stones is a major supplier of beautiful natural stone for modern landscaping. The company’s primary focus is on providing top quality products and establishing their own infrastructure to do so. With a focus on doing business sustainably and responsibly, Banas Stone quarries all of its natural stone ethically. The company follows high safety standards so that you can feel confident in the stone you use. As a family-owned and operated business, Banas Stones understands how important your home is as a space to share time together and hope their products will help create this space outdoors. … Continue reading Banas Stones Feature

Affordable Landscaping Tips to Help Enhance Your Space

Homeowners often avoid achieving their landscaping goals because they’ve been holding on to the belief that it must be expensive to look the way they want it. The reality is, there are many types of landscaping projects you can take on that are not only affordable but standout just as well as some of the more costly versions. Take a look at the following affordable landscaping ideas to try this fall and don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration! Landscaping Ideas that Will Inspire You Flowerbed border: Add a flowerbed border to define your garden and make … Continue reading Affordable Landscaping Tips to Help Enhance Your Space

Will Vinegar Kill Weeds and Other Old Wives’ Tales

You may have heard many different methods for killing weeds in your lawn, and even found yourself asking the question, “Will vinegar kill weeds?” Our gardening-loving grandparents and relatives have all passed down little nuggets of truth on how to kill weeds but how accurate are these solutions? Does salt, vinegar or sand really help to keep weeds out of your lawn? Or are we just perpetuating old wives’ tales that have been passed down from generation to generation? Let’s have a look at some of the most common myths and separate the truth from fiction. Myth vs. Fact Myth: … Continue reading Will Vinegar Kill Weeds and Other Old Wives’ Tales