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.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Selecting a hardscape sealer to use on pavers, natural stone, or decorative concrete can be challenging. There are lots of buying options. In this video, we take a few minutes to show you a live stain resistance demonstration, breakdown some of those buying options, and explain why Molecule brand sealers brought to you by TechniSoil are worth considering.
We discuss four products in particular; Molecule [DS] Driveway Sealer; Molecule [JSS] Paver Joint Stabilizer & Sealer; Molecule [VMS] Vertical Masonry Sealer, and; Molecule [HS] Hardscape Shampoo.
Each Molecule brand product is power-packed with a penetrating, stain resistant polymer formulation. The beading effect repels nearly any liquid at the surface level, drastically reducing stain penetration which can cause permanent discoloration.
Each individual Molecule brand product is then specifically formulated to work on a variety of applications.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Shopping List for How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall:
- 1x3 wood stakes and nylon string, used to establish layout lines for timbers
- 6x8-inch pressure-treated landscaping timbers, used to build retaining wall
- wood preservative, to treat cut ends of timbers
- 3/4-inch stone, used as base and drainage material
- landscaping filter fabric, used to prevent soil from clogging drainpipe
- 4-inch-diameter perforated drainage pipe, for draining water away from retaining wall
- 1/2-inch-diameter (No. 4) x 4-foot-long metal reinforcing bar, used to stake timbers and dead men to ground
- 12-inch landscaping screws, for fastening together the landscaping timbers
- bark mulch, used to cover the ground in front of the retaining wall
Tools for How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall:
- hand tamper, used to compact the soil and stone base
- wheelbarrow, used to transport stone and mulch to jobsite
- shovel, for excavating the ground
- circular saw, used to cut timbers
- impact driver, used to drive landscaping screws into timbers
- drill/driver with 9/16-inch-diameter spade bit, used to bore holes in timbers for rebar stakes
- sledgehammer, used to drive in rebar and wood stakes
- 6-foot level
- torpedo level
- foam paint brush
Sunday, July 30, 2017
NewDeck’s patent pending, water-based formula includes water-repelling sealer technology for a long-lasting finish. Its ready-to-use solid color formula may be diluted with water to achieve more transparency. Use NewDeck to restore the finish and reduce the surface temperature of wood and composite surfaces, such as Wood Decks, Railings, Roof Shakes, Wood Shingles, Siding, Roofs, Fences, and Wood Patio Furniture.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Molecule [DS] Driveway Sealer from TechniSoil represents next-generation water-based sealer technology specifically designed for premium concrete and hardscape driveways.
It provides robust stain resistance without leaving a film or altering the surface aesthetic. Molecule [DS] is VOC-free, ready-to-use out of the bottle, and easy to apply using a common handheld pump sprayer.
One single application reduces staining from vehicle tires, debris, and most liquids while limiting freeze-thaw damage in harsh, cold weather climates.
Monday, July 24, 2017
A nice stroll down a scenic city sidewalk by the park can go tragically wrong in the blink of an eye. Damage caused by age, tree roots, and daily wear and tear leads to unsightly cityscapes but can also pose a serious risk for pedestrians and a tremendous liability for municipalities.
Billions of dollars across the country are spent maintaining, repairing, and rebuilding sidewalks. They connect cities in the most basic and necessary of ways, providing access for traffic by foot, bike, wheelchair, skateboard, and more. To maximize access for all citizens, ADA compliant ramps must be built and maintained to allow easy passage. But just as roads break down over time causing inconvenience to vehicle commuters, damaged city sidewalks require maintenance to keep things running smoothly.
In this video, we take aim at a unique sidewalk repair. It's not the disaster you might be expecting, but it is even more dangerous. Tree roots lifted this panel of sidewalk slightly over time. The shift has resulted in uneven concrete with nearly a 1" flush gap on one side and a 1.5" raised tripping hazard on the other. A pedestrian in high heeled shoes will have just as much problem with the gap as every other mode of transportation will have with the lifted section.
To repair this problem with typical methods is very expensive and time consuming. This would include either complete demolition and reconstruction or a labor intensive concrete grinding process. But there is a much easier, faster, and more cost effective solution called TrowelPave Concrete.
Watch as we tackle this sidewalk with a 1-man crew and make the repair in less than 15 minutes. By mixing TrowelPave Concrete by hand in a 5-gallon bucket using a 1/2" drive drill driver and the TrowelPave Mixing Wand, we are ready to bridge all the varying heights and depths of this lifted sidewalk.
Troweling the mixture into place is easy and satisfying. With only 20 pounds of mixed material (one TrowelPave bucket kit), we were able to span the entire width of the sidewalk and grade the material to a feather edge finish on all sides.
In a perfect world scenario, the area should be coned off for 2-3 hours before use but TrowelPave can typically take direct traffic in less than an hour. Let's think about the alternative fixes (demolition/reconstruction and grinding) for a second. Either of those would shut this sidewalk down for days if not longer.
TrowelPave Concrete is a permanent transition repair solution that saves time and money plus pain and suffering for all parties.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
DIY Paver Patio Project: This time lapse video shows the main steps involved in a paver patio project.
* Removing top-soil
* Preparing sub-base
* Prep work for natural gas lines (Grill and Fire-pit)
* Compacting sub-base
* Build a solid foundation with 2B gravel
* Compacting gravel base
* Weed barrier landscape fabric
* Concrete sand for paver base
* Laying pavers
* Polymeric sand to fill the gaps between pavers
* Paver patio steps
* Patio walls
* Setting up pergola
* Install outside border with river stone
* Furnish the patio
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Sunday, July 9, 2017
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In this video, you'll learn how to install a flagstone patio and a flagstone path like a professional.
If you're looking to design your landscape and are searching for ideas where you can integrate natural stone into your yard, then you'll want to watch this video.
You'll see how I built a patio using landscaping stones, boulders, and retaining wall blocks to create a beautiful area that can be used as a fire pit or just used for some nice patio furniture.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
My parents wanted a bench to go with the concrete fire pit I made for them. I decided to reuse the wooden forms from that project to make a bench. The bench consists of 2 blocks of concrete made from Quikrete 5000 and three 8-foot long 4x6s that I got from home depot. Four 4x4s would have worked just as well. I did this project in southern California so frost heave isn’t a problem, which is why I was able to do it without digging deeper. The wood isn’t actually attached to the concrete but rather sits within recesses in the concrete blocks. I am thinking about making the bench L-shaped in the future so I wanted to be able to disassemble it if needed.
Monday, May 22, 2017
This DIY sofa can be made with basic power tools in less than 5 hours. Modern outdoor sofas can be quite expensive and this project can provide a more affordable alternative. I made this couch out of 4x8s, 2x8s, and some outdoor sofa cushions that I bought from IKEA. It is a sturdy DIY sofa made from solid wood. I used a grey Minwax wood stain to finish it.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In this video we show you how to form and build a raised planter bed! This is kind of a 3 part video and this being the 1st part so stayed turned for the next 2 videos we will be uploading on how to form a cantilever ledge and placing stone under the ledge!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Today I'm building a set of modern outdoor benches using an awesome 2x4 box joint configuration. These benches were originally designed by DIY Candy, and because they had everything in a written article, I thought a video would be cool too.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
In this video I show you exactly how to build a retaining wall with landscape blocks.
You'll learn how to design your retaining wall, the tools you need, how to build it step by step, and even some retaining wall design ideas.
First, I'll walk you through how to design your retaining wall, and the critical components you need to include so your retaining wall doesn't fail.
Most people skip critical steps, like digging deep enough for a 6" packed gravel base - which is critical for the structural integrity of your wall.
You'll also learn the importance of using 3/4" gravel behind your retaining wall blocks so excess moisture doesn't cause your wall to tip over.
Then, I'll demonstrate how wide to dig the trench before building your wall, and what to consider when planning it out.
Then, we'll go right into building it, starting with the first row of blocks. I'll share some tips for making this much easier so you can save time.
This home improvement project will have a dramatic impact on your landscape, and it doesn't cost that much. In fact, this 50' long wall, that is 3' tall, only cost me about $1,000 in materials. That's pretty amazing considering the transformation it made to my yard.
I think you'll like this video, because it includes a time-lapse of building the wall as well - so you can get an idea of exactly how much work goes into installing a retaining wall.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The hit TV show Yard Crashers airs on the DIY Network. The Season 5 - Episode 9 installment "Backyard Balcony" hosted by Ahmed Hassan originally aired in May 2011 and features none other than TechniSoil Global, Inc. company president, Sean Weaver, installing G3 - Pathway Stabilizer on a decomposed granite (DG) patio area.
You can see Sean in action around the 19:30 mark as he an Ahmed finish grading the DG and prepare to pour the first application coat of G3 - Pathway Stabilizer. The reveal shots of the backyard come shortly after and the new outdoor kitchen and patio area looks fantastic.
If you hang in until the end, you will see Sean with his wife, Theresa Downs-Weaver, as all the contractors and helpers appear with Ahmed Hassan and the lucky homeowner to wrap things up.
Here is the episode description listed on the DIY Network - Yard Crashers website:
"Like so many of the guys you see manhandling power tools on 'Yard Crashers,' Matt Pidwerbecki is a general contractor. Problem is he spends so much time upgrading everyone else's home that he has no time left for his own yard, which is full of speedboats, power tools and way too much dead grass. This episode elevates the view of his rockin' backyard with the addition of a second-story door, balcony and composite deck, mature trees, regulation-sized horseshoe pit, soil-stabilized pathways, pergola-covered spa, and original pop art. In two days, this outdoor abyss will morph into a bachelor's bliss."
For more information on G3 - Pathway Stabilizer and other innovative products for your landscape, visit http://technisoil.com
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The hit TV show Yard Crashers airs on the DIY Network. The Season 5 - Episode 13 installment "Vegas Splash Pad" hosted by Ahmed Hassan originally aired in June 2011 and features none other than TechniSoil Global, Inc. company president, Sean Weaver, installing G3 - Pathway Stabilizer on a decomposed granite (DG) patio area.
You can see Sean in action around the 16:37 mark as he an Ahmed finish grading the DG and prepare to pour the first application coat of G3 - Pathway Stabilizer. The reveal shots of the backyard come shortly after and the new outdoor kitchen and splash pad patio area look incredible.
Here is the episode description listed on the DIY Network - Yard Crashers website:
"'Yard Crashers' is taking on Sin City! A once ordinary backyard in the desert is completely transformed into a cool outdoor hot spot. This crash goes above and beyond with a modern splash pad for both kids and adults. Plus, Ahmed surprises these homeowners with a fully loaded outdoor kitchen, complete with a grill, blender, refrigerator and topped off with concrete countertops and unique tile. And in Las Vegas, you gotta have shade, so they bring in a one-of-a-kind cluster umbrella feature to keep this yard cool!"
For more information on G3 - Pathway Stabilizer and other innovative products for your landscape, visit http://technisoil.com
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Hack #: 001 | Take a look around your home. What do the hose bibs look like? Mud, weeds, bare dirt? In this yard hack we show you how 10 minutes and EkoFlo Permeable Pavement Binder can transform something ugly into something beautiful.
Clean hose bib area, remove mud and weeds. Mix 16 ounces of EkoFlo with roughly 60 pounds of clean, dry 3/8" pebbles inside a 5-gallon bucket until thoroughly coated. Pour blended mixture into area and trowel into place. Trowel to finish grade and lightly compact by hand. Keep area dry until cure, usually 24-48 hours. Done!
16 ounces of EkoFlo mixed with 60 pounds of 3/8" pebbles will cover approximately 5 square feet at 1.5 inches of depth.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Alligator cracks in asphalt pavement are a nuisance for foot and bike traffic and they collect debris. The culprit is water penetration coupled with wear and tear over time. Once a weak point is exposed, the material is channeled and erodes away. This is typically followed by the formation of a pothole as well.
TrowelPave Asphalt is in a class all its own because it can be used for blacktop repairs of almost any depth including alligator cracks. It can be troweled into place and compacted by hand for small repairs, or spread with a grade rake and compacted mechanically for large repairs.
First, we cleaned out the debris and swept the nearby area. Then we used TrowelPave Bulk packaging for the repair, including four 68-pound buckets of aggregate and two 1-gallon bottles of liquid binding agent mixed thoroughly in a common paddle mortar mixer.
Then we leveled the material over the alligator cracks using a 36" grade rake. Once the grade was good, we made two passes using a gas powered vibratory plate compactor. A hand tamp can be used in hard to reach places as needed.
What was once a bumpy, uneven mess, is now a level area strong enough for heavy truck and forklift traffic. The repair took only 20 minutes or so with a 1-man crew! We wrapped up our project by cleaning all the tools with WD-40® and a rag.
We utilized TrowelPave Bulk packaging to make this repair. See more on TrowelPave Bulk here --- https://youtu.be/3XM26ZBCVPM
For more information on TrowelPave Asphalt, including install guide, videos, FAQ's, and important safety information, visit our product page here - http://technisoil.com/trowelpave.html
For more innovative products and back yard inspiration, visit us here - http://technisoil.com
Thursday, April 6, 2017
In this short time-lapse video we show the transformation process using EkoFlo Permeable Pavement Binder and 3/8" pebbles to create a beautiful and functional tree well ground cover.
The project is located at Riverview Golf & Country Club in Redding, CA. The tree is centered in a knockout planter encased by concrete golf cart paths. It serves as a shade tree and marker for the nearby snack shack.
The tree well has long been problematic from a maintenance point of view due to prominent weed growth and it serves as a debris trap when the wind blows through. The goal was to install a permanent surface ground cover that won't blow out or erode while still allowing water transfer to the tree.
The gnarled surface roots of the tree make this a truly one-of-a-kind project and topic of conversation for golfers stopping in for lunch.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Shopping List for How to Build a Flagstone Walkway:
- steel edging
- 2x4 stretchers
- landscape fabric
- pea stone
Tools for How to Build a Flagstone Walkway:
- two garden hoses
- small sledgehammer
- garden rake
- rubber mallet
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
We wanted to put cedar chips around our garden boxes. The west side drops to the neighbors property and I did not want cedar chips falling over the property line. I decided that I could put bark mulch next to the property line. This meant I needed an edge between the bark mulch and the cedar chips. I made the edge out of wood I had slabbed a few years ago from an enormous sequoia tree. I secured the wood in place by nailing it to the ground. I drilled holes in the wood for the nails and made a space for the head of the nail in the wood. This allowed the head of the nail to be flush with the top surface of the wood.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
http://www.landscapingnetwork.com This modern front yard landscaping was a remodel from the existing yard. Excavation was done to open up space for a fire pit, dining area, front lawn, planters and retaining walls. See how this modern front yard was designed and the materials that were used by landscape architect Ive Haugeland from Shades of Green Landscape Architecture.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Park Avenue Turf delivers freshly harvested sod. You're always assured to have freshly cut sod because we cut per order. We like to get the sod installed with 24 hours. Watch this episode of How to Install Sod to learn why it's important to unroll and install sod as well as how to keep your sod moist for proper installation.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
BarkBinder® preserves the appearance of fibrous, shredded mulch products and pine straw while preventing wind and water erosion in landscaped areas. BarkBinder® concentrate dilutes with water providing for an easy spray-on application process that is completely safe for plants, animals, and the environment. Maintaining a beautiful landscape is easy with this cost effective solution for mulch products.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Introducing TrowelPave Bulk for larger volume asphalt pavement repairs. TrowelPave is a cold mix, permanent blacktop repair that can be finished to a feather edge for any number of multi-depth applications
Monday, February 27, 2017
Introducing Molecule® brand hardscape sealers by TechniSoil. The Molecule line of sealer products represents next-generation, water-based technology for premium hardscape protection. It penetrates the surface to provide robust stain resistance without leaving a film or altering the natural aesthetic. Molecule products are VOC-free, ready-to-use out of the bottle, and easy to apply.
Molecule [DS] Driveway Sealer
-- Molecule [DS] reduces tracking from vehicle tires, resists staining from debris and liquids, and limits freeze-thaw damage.
Molecule [JSS] Joint Stabilizer & Sealer
-- The Molecule [JSS] hybrid polymer formula provides robust stain resistance without leaving a film and locks paver joint sand in place.
Molecule [VMS] Vertical Masonry Sealer
-- Molecule [VMS] is specifically designed for vertical applications such as stone veneer, stucco, and brick masonry. It penetrates to reduce staining from graffiti, debris, and foreign liquids while limited freeze-thaw damage.
-- Molecule [HS] Hardscape Shampoo
When used regularly, Molecule [HS] maintains and extends the life of any Molecule brand hardscape sealer coating. The simple wash and wax application process cleans and protects your hardscape investment. Molecule [HS] is environmentally safe and ready-to-use out of the bottle.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
When deciding whether to use rocks instead of mulch, you should first understand what the purpose of mulch is in your garden and then decide whether you can forego using mulch in favor of rocks.
Mulch is made from organic matter such as wood chips, sawdust, pieces or shavings. Because the mulch is organic matter, it decomposes over time and will need to be replaced every year or so. While this is an expense, it ensures that your soil is regularly fed with nutrients from the mulch.
Mulch is light and can easily be blown around, not very helpful if you have a windy climate. On the flipside, because the mulch is lightweight and decomposes, it is good for flowerbeds that require regular maintenance to replace bedding plants and the like. The mulch is also easy to work with when removing weeds.
Some people prefer rocks instead of mulch because, although initially expensive to add, they do not need replacing. The look of rocks is attractive and contemporary and can lighten the garden if you choose light color rocks.
Rocks obviously don’t blow away because of their weight. However the weight means that rocks are not a good choice for beds that need attention, as they need moving. Although rocks are permanent, they add nothing to the soil which means you have to be careful about what you plant. Certain plants need a lot of nutrients and all soil will eventually need some kind of organic matter such as compost to enrich it and ensure your plants thrive.
Rocks instead of mulch are not a good alternative in all parts of the garden. Rocks work well with alpine plants that are naturally used to rocky areas. Rocks can also be added to areas where there are small trees and other more established plants that need no seasonal attention, but eventually they still might need some compost.
If you love the look of stone, then consider adding potted plants to your garden that you then cover with large stones. Or use gravel as an alternative to grass so that you get the look without changing your flowerbeds.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Raj Hansra of Dixon Landscape Materials shows off the always popular Salt & Pepper decorative rock. This rock has rounded edges generally and has a great mix of whites, grays, blues, and tinges of gold. It looks good wet or dry and Dixon Landscape Materials keeps it in stock in 3/4" as shown, 3/8" pea gravel size, 1-1/2" size.
Call Dixon Landscape Materials at 707-678-8200, and visit the website at www.dixonlandscape.com.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
An explanation of what the best aggregates to use with TechniSoil G3 - Pathway Stabilizer & G3 - Commercial Surface. An general guide of proper vs. improper aggregates.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Shopping List for How to Remove Tree Stumps:
- Loam, for filling stump hole
- Grass seed, to plant over backfilled stump hole
Tools for How to Remove Tree Stumps:
- Pointed shovel, for digging around stump
- Bypass loppers, to cut small tree roots
- Pruning saw or reciprocating saw with pruning blade, for cutting large roots
- Iron digging bar, to chop through roots
- Gas-powered stump grinder, for power grinding stumps
- Garden and lawn rake, used to smooth loam
Steps for How to Remove Tree Stumps:
1. Use a pointed shovel to dig out the soil around the tree stump. Continue digging until you’ve exposed the roots all the way around the stump.
2. Cut small-diameter tree roots with bypass loppers.
3. Use a pruning saw or reciprocating saw to cut through larger tree roots.
4. Chop through hard-to-reach roots with an iron digging bar.
5. After cutting all the roots, push over the stump, then roll it out of the hole.
6. Backfill the hole with the excavated soil and loam.
7. In the spring, rake grass seed into the soil and water frequently.
8. If you have to remove more than one stump, rent a gas-powered stump grinder.
9. Remove any rocks from the around the stump, then use the stump grinder to slowly chip away at the stump.
10. Stop grinding when the stump is 6 to 8 inches below the surface.
11. Rake away the wood chips, then fill the hole with loam.
12. In the spring, plant grass seed.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
In this video I go over 17 gorgeous pictures that will spark thoughts and ideas on how you should plan your future back or front yard. A few tips in the video are things such as "use 1 plant or bush for multiple purposes" and "plant flowers under your deck to hide all the ugly areas" and "put a waterfall in your backyard if you have a damp area."
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
This is a short demonstration video on how to build a natural-looking, crushed stone pathway, featuring TechniSoil Pathway Stabilizer and EdgePro Paver Restraint.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
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Designing your landscape for low maintenance is a great alternative for those with too many demands, a low tolerance for yard work or for those who may have physical limitations.
Some landscapers actually want to spend time working in the yard tending plants, edging lawns, shaping shrubs and are always envisioning the next design or feature they'll add to their landscape.
There are times, however, where it is preferred keep those yard tasks to only those that are relaxing or allow us to dabble in the creative aspects we enjoy. Here are some considerations when planning a low maintenance landscape:
Consider Drought Tolerant Grass Seed
If you don't plan on going through the expense of laying sod and installing an irrigation system to maintain it, consider using drought tolerant grass seed. Grass from this type of seed will grow slowly - reducing your grass cutting to as little as once a month.
It requires minimal watering, does not need pesticides or chemicals to thrive and is environmentally friendly. Drought tolerant grass is a great option if you have pets in the yard and stays green through all four seasons unlike sod.
Grass Alternatives? Think Artificial Turf Installation
Watering your grass, depending on where you live, can be up to 70% of your monthly watering bill. Artificial Turf and its installation costs more than grass seed or sod upfront but saves in watering and maintenance on the back side.
What you get in maintenance savings over real grass or sod will have you recouping your investment in short order. It's an environmentally friendly, evergreen, low-maintenance grass alternative that meets ADA Wheelchair Accessibility Guidelines while being child and pet-friendly.
Long gone are the days of the cheap plastic grass mats ingrained into our heads. You'll be hard pressed to tell the difference between today's varieties of artificial turf and real grass.
Hardscaping Versus Living Plants
Hardscaping, as the name implies are the non-living or "hard" elements you would install in your landscape. Most people wouldn't consider paving their entire property and if they did, they wouldn't be looking for low maintenance ideas.
But adding a flagstone path, a concrete or paver patio, a wood deck, a retaining wall or seat wall are attractive options that require little maintenance when completed.
A good hardscape design can blend beautifully in the overall scheme with low maintenance plants, trees and shrub varieties. From an aesthetic perspective, adding hardscape elements to your yard or garden provide order to the overall landscape. It provides the lines or boundaries that your eyes follow. It will also provide a contrast to other elements of your yard as well as colors and hard textures that makes your yard stand out.
Mass Plantings or Sweeps
Mass plantings in landscape terms, refers to a body of consistent plantings, usually of unstructured shape and generally in a larger size. By grouping plants that are of similar color, texture and density with for example, two or three of the varieties blooming at the same time, the grouping can form a mass.
This mass provides not only an attractive statement but a low maintenance impact. This mass can be groupings or sweeps of flowers or grasses or different ground covers as shown in the video below. Smaller grouping can consist of up to 30 plants while large plant species may be grouped in series of 5 to 10. Massing of plants creates more flow and is easier on the eye.
Other Low Maintenance Options
- Where you have a lot of foot traffic, instead of grass or sod, consider pavers, concrete, decorative rock or stepping stones as a walking surface.
- If you decide to plant evergreen or other species of shrubs, know that shearing them into those "picture perfect" boxes or other shapes means regular trimming and a lot more work than letting them go natural.
- Select plants that are adapted to your area and not prone to insects or disease that could spread to other plantings in your landscape.
- You have a friend in mulch. Not only does it keep weeds at bay but it reduces your need for watering by retaining moisture and as it degrades over time, adds nutrients to the soil.
- Adding an automatic irrigation system takes the work out of hand watering unless you prefer to drag a hose around. But, an efficient irrigation system requires a good design. Without proper system planning it can waste water and cost you money in head adjustments or replacements.
- Container growing, while still requiring some maintenance to keep plants watered, it is a considerably scaled-down option to planting a full-fledged garden.
- Rethink the water feature. Adding a pond is not only expensive but high maintenance. A smaller feature will require less maintenance and can look just as good.
- Whack the weeds first. If you don't get rid of any weeds on your property before you start landscaping you are only heading for maintenance issues later.
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Monday, January 9, 2017
EASY CHICKEN FAJITA CHICKEN AND VEGGIE BAKE
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup rice, long grain
2 cups chicken broth
1½ pounds chicken tenders
Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.
In a medium bowl, combine spices to make fajita seasoning, or use store-bought.
In a large bowl, combine, onion, peppers, and chicken.
Add oil and seasoning, and mix until seasoning is fully incorporated.
In a casserole dish, add rice and chicken broth. Then lay down all veggies and chicken.
Cover the dish with foil and bake for 50-55 minutes until rice is fully cooked.
Serve with tomatoes, cilantro, and cheese, if desired.