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Category: Hardscapes Minnesota

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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Stressed Out? Install a Spa in Your Backyard

As the weather turns warmer, Minnesotans look forward to enjoying all that their outdoor spaces have to offer, which can include a relaxing escape from busy day-to-day routines. By creating an oasis in your backyard, you can easily unwind after a long day or enjoy a relaxing staycation without having to leave your home. One way to achieve optimal relaxation in the comfort of your own space is by installing a spa. What Is a Spa? The term spa often describes a heated body of water built into the ground, kind of like an in-ground pool. It is often used

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Permeable Driveway Pavers: The Environmentally Friendly Option

It’s no secret that the United States and the rest of the world are heading towards total climate catastrophe. Rising temperatures, water levels, and unpredictable weathering events are all erupting worldwide, raising concerns about climate change. Although the little guys, like homeowners, are much less responsible for adverse impacts on the environment than large corporations are, there are still plenty of small ways that ordinary people can become more sustainable. One step you can take to reduce your carbon footprint as a homeowner is incorporating permeable driveway pavers into your landscape design. Permeable pavers are a fashionable and environmentally-friendly option

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Brick Paver Installation and Maintenance Practices Experts Know

The charming brick paver streets of Midwestern and New England towns were installed more than a century ago. In Europe and other parts of the world, they date back thousands of years. The brick materials at the time could be wood or granite but for the most part, were clay pavers. These paving installations gave way to more economical asphalt and concrete paving. In fact, many brick-paved streets were simply paved over with asphalt. Those clay pavers may have crumbled from the elements and years of wear but nevertheless proved a suitable base for less durable materials. Modern brick paving

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Why Great Landscape Designs Are More Assembled Than Created

  It has been said that great landscape designs are not created; they are assembled. The creative process inspires, compares, and contrasts, but its primary job is organizing elements so that they can be assembled. Applying this mindset to your landscape projects will give them clarity and focus to meet deadlines and budgets. Many are the designs that ramble on and out of control. They seem to be looking for an anchor or foundation that pulls the pieces together. Lacking one can lead to costly production delays and rework, not to mention the maintenance nightmare that follows. That foundation is

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Your Guide to Rock Waterfalls

Many homeowners look to their backyard for privacy, enjoyment, and a relaxing paradise. As the years have passed, more and more design opportunities have presented themselves to help homeowners reach this from waterfalls and ponds to plant life and rock sculptures. Incorporating a waterfall into your backyard landscaping design is incredibly simple, and there are many resources available on the market today to provide you with inspiration and direction. Whether you’ve moved into a new home or looking for ways to update your current landscaping, consider these tips and benefits when creating a rock waterfall for your backyard, thus creating

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