This is the first stone retaining wall I built back in 2008.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
TechniSoil G3 - Commercial Surface is an extra strength liquid polymer stabilizing solution for use on decomposed granite (DG) projects like residential and light commercial patios or walkways.
It is topically applied using a watering can before surface compaction of most crushed aggregate mixes that contain fines. G3 - Commercial Surface is ideal for low water xeriscape projects or commercial foot traffic areas and helps reduce dust and tracking of loose surface materials.
It is easy to apply, whether a Contractor or DIY Weekend Warrior, by following a few basic steps. After the application process is complete, G3 cures by a simple water evaporation process leaving behind a polymer bond that cross links surface layer materials.
Maintenance is as simple as applying additional topcoats to the project every 12-24 months or as needed. The G3 water-based polymer formulation is eco-friendly, VOC-free, and safe to use around pets and existing landscapes.
Monday, November 13, 2017
If you have lawn drainage problems around your porch, we have one solution that may really help. Whether it be from your eve spouts or (in our case) from our air conditioner, a soggy yard is not good. Dave shows you how he dug a French drain in our yard to solve our wet side yard problem. Another solution may be to lay a drainage pipe, but that was not feasible in our particular situation.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Here's a little drainage project I took on a few months ago and it has really worked out. Prior to installing what essentially amounts to a dry creek bed, my client was experiencing wash out of his mulch during heavy rain.
Several thought processes are required when eliminating a surface runoff drainage problem. First, you want to determine what type of solution will work best. French drains clearly would not be appropriate (they are, in fact, overly used, often, poorly installed, and seldom do they correct the problem); A basin w/ grate and underground piping would work, but a 12" thick, concrete retaining wall was in the path of the runoff outlet making this option an impossibility. So, surface drain (ie. dry creek bed) was the ticket.
Second, you need to anticipate the amount of water that might run through your system and create it so that it is large enough. Also, you must determine the optimum point of runoff entry. In this case, that was pretty obvious. What was neat about this project was being able to turn the water movement to where I wanted it to go...quite nearly a 180 degree turn!
Lastly, consider aesthetics. Sure, it's a drain system. But that doesn't mean it can't be perty!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Raj Hansra with Dixon Landscape Materials shows us the Walk-On Fir Bark which is very popular in landscaping and is much easier to work with than Gorilla Bark.
Dixon Landscape Materials, 150 East H St, Dixon CA. 707-678-8200. www.dixonlandscape.com
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
In this video I’m going to make a concrete lamp with optical fibers.
I’m not only going to use a concrete, but also I’m going to try to embed optical fibers in order to get a constellation like effect. This is my first concrete project and I’m so excited to share with you the entire process of creating it.