|MONTHLY FEATURE: Patios|
Outdoor living spaces, such as patios, become an extension of your home. A well designed patio space becomes a gathering place for family and friends, a focal point in your landscape or an intimate setting for an evening under the stars.
Things to consider when planning a patio:
- How many people will be using the space at any one time?
- Do you entertain on a regular basis?
- Do you want separate areas for eating, visiting, lounging, food prep and grilling?
- Do you have furniture already? How big is it? Table for 4 or a table for 8?
- How does traffic flow from the house to the yard?
- Does the patio need to connect to other areas of the property with walkways, steps or paths?
|TIPS OF THE TRADE: Maintaining the Beauty |
|No grass seed on the pavers: Grass seed will germinate in the joints of your pavers if not swept or blown off.|
Keep it clean: Blow off any grass clippings and other debris. They will decompose and cause staining.
Lime and Fertilizer Alert: These chemicals also need to be kept off of the new paver surfaces. They will stain.
Moss and weed control: A simple application of Ground Clear or Moss-Be-Gone can be applied during the first part of spring. Both products are manufactured by Ortho and can be purchased at any garden center.
Techni-seal: Oil, Paint and Seal Remover
Techni-seal: Rust Stain Remover
Techni-seal: Dirt and Grime Remover
Techni-seal: Efflorescence Remover and General Cleaner
Power Washing NOT recommended: Power washing your paver surface will displace sand from the joints, causing a failure of the interlock system. Displaced sand must be replaced to prevent any unwanted movement of the pavers.