Jason & I are both rockhounds. We have been since childhood. When a trip to the stone yard to obtain materials for a new patio & walkway project came up, I was in that truck! I never miss a chance to visit the stone supplier's yard. It's one of my favorite places. A paradise for rockhounds, as you're about to see.
The supply yard is huge! Stacks, bins, pallets & piles of stone are neatly organized by type & size. We were after flagstone but that didn't stop me from wandering around the yard to admire all of the beautiful stone options available.
Patios, Walkways & Retaining Walls
BLUE STONE - TUMBLED
NY FLAGSTONE - FULL COLOR
IDAHO GOLD FLAGSTONE
(Ooooh, I love those beautiful gold tones!)
FON DU LAC STEPPERS
Our supplier carries a wide variety of engineered stone products as well!
Pebbles, Chips & Boulders
Look at all the beautiful colors!
(I really had to control myself to keep from filling my pockets with these beauties!)
I love all the colors found in the small, smooth river stones (above) as well as the larger field stone (below). If you haven't guess already, when it comes to stone I'm all about the pretty colors, sparkles & flash.
This stone was stored in large bunkers and is typically sold by the ton.
Our supplier also had several small plastic bins full of mixed small boulders perfect for those looking for a handful of colorful accent stones to add to their landscaping. The greens, rose & cream tones in the mixed bin were so pretty.
My camera didn't do this stone slab justice at all. It shined so brightly it caught my attention from across the yard. It looks boring gray in the photo but it sparkled like diamonds in the sunlight.
This turquoise stone was my absolute favorite. I've been brainstorming how to incorporate some into my own gardens ever since. Despite its name, turquoise stone is not real turquoise. True turquoise & turquoise landscaping stone are both natural stone however, their chemical compositions are completely different. This turquoise landscaping stone is actually a type of quartz.
We found this clever display inside the sales office.
What a handy idea for those less familiar with landscape materials!
Stone is a versatile material that can improve the appearance & value of your property. Retaining walls, walkways, patios & steppers add beauty & function to underutilized areas. Outcroppings & boulders add interest to lackluster landscapes. Drain & pea stone can be used to improve drainage. When combined with a few well-placed small boulders, unsightly drainage areas can be transformed into aesthetically pleasing dry river beds. We've shared a few examples of our stone projects below.
If you're considering a stone project give us a call!
We work with natural & engineered stone products, pavers and brick.
Beauty, privacy, instant gratification. This berm provides it all.
Ooooh! What's In That Berm?
Here's How We Did It!
Wow! Look at the size of that root ball. It's bigger than our ball cart! How do little Pillywiggins manage such large trees? They call in the machines to help. These trees were delivered in the morning & planted the same day! See how we did it below.
Tree Planting 101
We were called to a site recently to meet with a new customer and his neighbor to discuss their landscaping needs. Of particular concern were the new trees that had been purchased and installed about 2 months prior by another nursery/landscaping company. The owner said the trees looked healthy when they were planted but soon began to show signs of stress & decline. The trees were already beginning to die. A quick glance was all that was needed to determine the problem.
When burlap is exposed (as shown in these photos) it acts like a candlewick drawing moisture from the earth up to the surface where it simply evaporates. The problem is the burlap underground completely surrounds the tree's root ball. Leaving a tail of burlap exposed like this is a direct attack against the tree's root system. Wicking moisture away from the earth surrounding the root system is starving the tree!
Further investigation revealed all 8 of the trees installed had exposed burlap and/or large tails of attached burlap covered only by a light layer of mulch. (A few trees were left with the wire root basket handles poking out of the ground!) NONE of the trees were planted deep enough as you can see in the photo above. Note the highlighted area. That hump isn't a mulch volcano, it's the top of the tree's root ball covered with mulch!
B&B trees (balled & burlapped) are larger trees with root systems too large to fit in a plastic container. Instead, the roots are bound in burlap to keep them safe. Burlap is a woven fabric made from natural organic materials such as jute or sisal so it is biodegradable and designed to be planted with the tree. However, when you unbind the twine that secures the burlap & root ball, you must also cut away all of the excess burlap at the top of the root ball. When planted, ALL remaining burlap must be buried deeply underground with the roots.