Do you find that you’re pouring more and more salt on your driveway? You should only need 15 ounces of salt or about the salt that would fit in a small coffee mug, for every 20 feet of driveway you have. You’ll need 15 ounces per day for every day that you’ll expect to need to break up or prevent ice. You can find out how many days it snows on average in your town. If you’re in Ontario, 40 days of snow is a good estimate. That’s 720 ounces of salt, or 45 pounds of salt, for every 20 feet of … Continue reading How Much Salt Do I Need for My Driveway?
It can be a challenge to design a landscape that will look good for the whole Canadian winter. However, while some plants become brown and drab once the snow arrives, others bloom or at least maintain their visual interest. Placing a few of these plants in your yard will make your landscape look livelier in the winter. There are also some other winter landscaping trends that can help brighten your winter landscape. Winter Landscaping Trends Here are some popular landscaping trends that can help up your winter landscaping game: String lights: Lights aren’t inherently connected to Christmas. You can use … Continue reading Winter Landscaping Trends and Ideas
Once you’ve chosen interlocking for your project, you have another choice between brick and natural stone. Both are beautiful, durable materials that can make your driveway, garden, patio, or other hardscaping features look lovely. So, it may not be obvious to you which you should choose. Here’s our quick guide to comparing the benefits of interlocking brick versus stone so that you can make your decision. What is the Difference Between Natural Stone and Brick Interlocking? The basic difference between these two materials is that brick interlocking is made from concrete or other compressed stone materials, while natural stone is … Continue reading Benefits of Interlocking Brick vs Natural Stone
Fire features have become as popular as water features for backyards. In Canada, a fire feature can allow you to extend the useable season of your yard, keeping you warm when things get cool, or even when snow is on the ground. If you’re considering adding a fire pit table to your green space, it is important to place it with safety in mind. Here is how to use a fire pit safely in your space. Can You Put a Fire Table in a Screened Porch? No, it is typically not safe to use a fire table on a screened … Continue reading How to Use a Fire Pit Table
Yes, you should mulch in the fall, even though you can mulch at other times of the year as well. As fall arrives, the temperature gets less consistent, frost arrives, and moisture leaves the ground. Mulching your garden in fall can help protect your most cherished plants from damage as the seasons change. Plus, they will suppress weeds in the spring, making mulching leaves in fall one of the best ways to have a better garden in the spring. Here is what you need to know about the benefits of mulching in the fall and how to do it. Benefits … Continue reading Do You Mulch in the Fall?
When your interlocking was first installed, it looked great. Over time, dirt, stains, and efflorescence will accumulate on the interlock to undermine its good looks. If you try to clean your interlock improperly, you can further damage it, and even encourage weeds to grow. There are secrets to caring for your interlock and making it look brand-new even twenty years down the line. We’re ready to spill those secrets in this complete interlock care guide. Get the answers to all of your interlock maintenance questions below. How to Clean Interlock The first thing you need to know about caring for … Continue reading The Complete Interlock Care Guide
Does your backyard have a fire feature? You can create an elegant fire pit all yourself, to roast marshmallows on or entertain guests around. All you need are interlocking pavers that match the style of your landscape a few tools, plus an afternoon to complete the project. Here is how you can build your own fire pit with pavers. Materials You’ll Need To start, gather these materials: Interlocking stones Level Sand or rocks Shovel Tape measure Steel rake Wheelbarrow How to Build a Fire Pit with Pavers Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a fire pit with pavers: … Continue reading How to Build a Fire Pit with Pavers
Construction materials can be costly. Smart homeowners and home builders are always looking for ways to reduce costs while creating the same quality as a professional build. Interlocking bricks are a great option for this purpose. They don’t just reduce your material costs; they can also reduce your transportation and labour costs. Here’s what you need to know about interlocking bricks and how they can cut down on your construction costs. What are Interlocking Bricks? Interlocking bricks are engineered bricks that lock into each other without the use of mortar. They use a shear key and lock mechanism to stay in place. … Continue reading Do Interlocking Bricks Cut Down on Construction Costs?
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
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