- Products – Ask what materials are offered for a patio. A pro will provide concrete, brick, stone, and pavers. If you choose pavers, make sure your contractor purchases them from a reputable manufacturer, as inferior pavers will fade and often are not as durable.
- Warranties & Guarantees – Ask if the contractor guarantee their work, and if there are warranties on the products (usually pavers) discuss the specifics until you understand them and have both the guarantee and warranty spelled out in writing.
- Websites with Portfolios – Top pros have websites that help educate the public about hardscaping issues such as the pros and cons of various materials used for patios. The consummate professionals will as have portfolios for you to peruse to see their work and what different elements look like so that you can make an educated decision
Spades and Shovels
A spade is used for digging and a flat shovel is used for creating bigger spaces or removing dirt. There is quite a variety in the different shovels, including different sizes and shapes. Handles are different lengths as well. If you are going to use it for digging in a small area, then you will want a shorter handle length. If you are using it predominantly for moving dirt, then you will want a longer handle.
Rake It Up
The best and most useful of the landscaping tools that you can purchase is a metal rake. Rakes come in all different price ranges, but a rake with metal teeth will last longer and will be a lot stronger for those landscaping jobs. Rakes can help you move dirt and debris from any landscaped area with very little … Read the rest
Some people find sitting around a fire, on the ground, whether on blankets or just on the grass somewhat uncomfortable. This is when a pit table can make the experience complete. A fire pit table is a table that has a pit in the middle of the table and a wide surface area that your guests can place plates or drinks on.
Almost all the fire pit tables are designed to have the fire in the center. It raises the flames off of the ground, making it accessible to everyone to toast marshmallows or roast a hot dog without a lot of bending over.
Pit tables comes in many different shapes and styles. Most of the pits are made of metal and comes in all colors, so matching it to your patio furniture is extremely easy. Although metal is the … Read the rest
Much like going on a job interview, your initial presentation sticks in the mind of the viewer long after the interview is over. Likewise, if your front yard is overgrown and landscaped in a haphazard way, your visitor receives an uninviting impression of not only your home, but you and your family, which is clearly undesirable. If you are trying to sell your home, your front yard landscape can kill the deal before they ever set foot in your house.
So you can see that your front yard landscape is important. Maybe you do not see yourself as an artistic landscaper and feel at a loss as to how to proceed. If you can afford it, the easiest solution is to contact a reputable landscaper to help you out. Depending on the size of your front yard and the amount … Read the rest