Sunday, February 23, 2014

1-2-3 A Beautiful Stone Walkway!

How often have you dreamed of having a lovely stone walkway through your yard or garden? Perhaps you've imagined how it will look, but have never had the financial resources to carry out your plans. Stone walkways can not only beautify your yard but also add solidity to walking paths with long-lasting practical use. If you're on a limited budget but still want to create amazingly unique stone paths, consider using concrete stone molds. Outlined below are three simple steps to realizing your dream.
1. Purchase Stone Molds
Instead of buying pre-made manufactured stones, consider buying plaster molds so you can make your own. With concrete molds, you'll buy the materials needed to make stones and then pick and choose from various coloring and mold designs to get the desired look. This enables you to achieve a truly matchless yard decor without spending a fortune on manufactured stones. You can buy one or two molds or a larger batch depending on the number of stones you'll need. Measure how many stones you'll likely need for your path before getting started. Also, determine if you want cobblestone, castle stone molds or another design.
2. Buy Materials
The second step is to buy the materials needed to use your concrete stone molds. Landscape stones can be created using a bag of premix concrete, water and a shovel. Then you'll also buy special coloring, additive and a sealer to create your "footprint design" for each stone. Or, make your stones plain gray if so desired. You'll need vegetable oil to lubricate the stone molds so you can remove the stones easily after hardening.
When you purchase cement molds, make sure the molds come with easy-to-follow instructions. You can order concrete stone molds online and even read the instructions on the Web to see how simple the process is before buying. Some sites offer stone mold kits with everything you need plus 25 or more molds. This makes it a cinch to get started...and you don't have to attend brick masonry class to do it! Also, be sure the molds are of good quality and won't break or crack under pressure when it's time to remove your stones. Some are made of more durable materials to withstand the hardening and pressure.
3. Lay Your Stones
You can create stone paths in your yard as wide or narrow as needed. Then plant bushes or flowers alongside the stone paths to enhance your yard even more. Place a lovely stone path to your front porch or rear patio. Line your garden with stone paths to break it up in sections. This makes it easier to stroll through your yard after heavy rains, without getting your shoes wet.
Once you create a stone path, be sure to enhance your yard with other accessories such as garden fountains, statues, bird houses/baths, bird feeders, hammocks, etc. Your yard will never look the same, and you'll feel a sense of achievement after creating your own charming paths with concrete stone molds.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Backyard Checkerboard-DIY

Ahmed makes a checkerboard of concrete and sod in the Zwanzigers' backyard. This video is part of Yard Crashers Top 10 show hosted by Ahmed Hassan

Monday, February 17, 2014

Garden Features, We Got 'em!

Our garden features is always changing and expanding. Fountains, benches, tables, and much more. Stop by and check out the selection.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Pergola Ideas - Metal & Wood Patio Cover Get pergola ideas from this metal & wood patio cover. This is unique in that it is custom fabricated out of metal and redwood by Joseph Huettl Landscape Architecture. This type of construction offers a number of benefits. See pergolas are designed and installed in this backyard landscape.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Atlantic Water Gardens 12" Stainless Steel Scupper Hardscape Waterfall

Build a waterfall into a retaining wall or decorative landscape wall with the 12" Scupper from Atlantic Water Gardens

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pavestone RumbleStone™ Round Fire Pit

Pavestone RumbleStone™. Rustic building blocks for your outdoor hardscape projects. Simple to complex, large or small, the possibilities for creative expression are as far and wide as that inner child's imagination.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Modern Patio Design Get ideas for modern patio design. See how concrete, pea gravel, and decomposed granite are used on this modern patio design to create a look that ties into the rest of the yard.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Today's Homeowner featuring RumbleStone™

Pavestone and Quikrete team up with host Danny Lipford to create a backyard paradise. This full episode of Today's Homeowner shows you how to use RumbleStone™ to build a gorgeous paved patio complete with a fireplace and custom planters.