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Category: Hardscapes Minnesota

Winterization Tips for Outdoor Spaces, Features and Landscape Systems

After a long Minnesota winter, homeowners willingly take on the task of getting their outdoor living spaces ready to use. Clean up and light maintenance prepare hardscape features and their surrounding landscaping to enjoy. As the cool autumn weather sets in, people get busy with work and back to school routines and dismiss landscape maintenance and winterization. You might lack the time needed to perform all these tasks, or you may not want to take on extra work on top of your day job. This is understandable, but you may regret your decision when you discover it could cost thousands

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Best Pool Hardscape Ideas

Having a pool is one of the best parts of warm weather. But, without hardscaping around your pool, your backyard can look dull and messy. Luckily, there are plenty of pool hardscape ideas to choose from. So let’s look at a few of the options to create the best hardscape around your pool, whether an above-ground or in-ground pool. What Are Hardscapes? Before you get into your search for the perfect hardscape, you should know what it entails. Hardscapes are aesthetic landscapes created with solid objects such as stone, rocks, and composite wood. Don’t get this mixed up with softscapes,

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How To Restore and Maintain Stone, Brick and Block Hardscapes

Hardscape surfaces have been part of landscape projects for centuries. Traditional masons worked with clay brick and natural stone to construct durable columns, walls, and patio surfaces. The distinction is that only the most affluent homeowners had direct experience with these architectural landscape features. It wasn’t until the late 90s that these architectural hardscape features became accessible to a wider range of homeowners. In fact, it was this trend that was responsible for the use of the term hardscaping. Before then landscaping was plantings and hardscaping was more accurately referred to as masonry. The methods for maintaining and restoring natural

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Know Where Value Lives In Hardscaping and Landscaping  

  Did you know that the landscape industry term hardscaping did not even exist until the early 90s, at least here in the United States? Back then, landscaping was mostly ornamental plantings. The most common hardscaping enhancements for homeowners were wooden decks because brick and stone supplies were limited, as well as the technical expertise for working with them. Since that time, our industry has seen an explosion of hardscape products that are easier to install. Now that material supplies are abundant, well-intentioned contractors and handy homeowners are taking on hardscaping work that was previously the domain of experienced tradespeople,

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How To Choose Between 3 Season and 4 Season Rooms

To be boxed in is a common feeling. It describes the experience of feeling restricted or limited in one’s options.  This is a feeling many homeowners experience when they embark on important landscaping projects, those that typically require a significant investment. Nobody likes to make mistakes, to build something that may solve one problem when, if it had been better planned, could have created multiple outdoor living options.  3 season and 4 season rooms, for instance, enable homeowners to enjoy an outdoor space over the course of multiple seasons. They give you the freedom to enjoy an environment that is

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Hire Property Inspections Before You Invest in Landscaping

Hiring a home inspection is standard practice nowadays, even for new construction. Most homebuyers do not realize they should be hiring professionals to inspect their outdoor living spaces too. This is especially important for larger and older properties. Most villages and municipalities have checks and balances that assure compliance with codes and regulations. Building permits trigger a series of inspections. However, once the final inspection is made and the house is sold to a new buyer, what happens outdoors goes largely unnoticed. Occasionally, a complaining neighbor may trigger an inspection by the municipality, but those occurrences are few. What tends

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