A Guide to Hardscaping

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Ret Aining walls and walkways truly are remarkable structural elements that can enhance front and backyard landscapes. There are several types of retaining walls ranging from a single tier to multiple tiered to consider. The most common materials are concrete, bricks and stone, which can be set up to a variety of heights.

Before beginning the project, quite a few tools will need to be on hand to correctly perform the installation. The most important tools include a hammer, shovel, spade, level, strong string, rubber mallet, tape measure, circular saw, wheelbarrow and a compactor for leveling and packing down base materials and walkway materials.

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Another great idea is to install stone, brick or pebbled walkways or a backyard patio for entertainment and relaxing. Walkways that are between retaining walls accent and complete the look and can be continued to the sidewalk or driveway. Create pathways that lead to stunning views, gardens, patios and from the front or back door to other areas.

Once the pavers are laid, make sure they are level before calling the job done. In general, these installations can have a 20% to 30% return on investment, and they add to the overall value of the property. These are major projects that are typically too much for a DIY job. It is often best to hire a contractor or hardscaping services to get the job done correctly and efficiently.

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