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Top Paving Stone Patio Trends

Welcome to the vibrant world of Project Landscape, where your backyard dreams are just a stone’s throw away from reality! As we step into the fresh outdoors of Calgary, let’s talk about something that’s been capturing the imaginations of homeowners far and wide: the ever-evolving trends in paving stone patios. Ah, patios — those wonderful extensions of our homes where memories are made under the open sky, from sizzling summer barbecues to tranquil morning coffees wrapped in the embrace of a new dawn.

In this blog, we’re not just scratching the surface; we’re digging deep into the top paving stone patio trends that are reshaping our outdoor spaces into breathtaking oases of leisure, beauty, and functionality. Whether you’re contemplating a complete backyard overhaul or simply looking to spruce up your existing patio, you’ve landed in the right place.

But, why paving stones, you ask? Oh, dear reader, these aren’t your ordinary slabs of rock. Paving stones offer unparalleled versatility, durability, and aesthetic appeal, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. As we explore the latest trends, you’ll discover how these humble stones can elevate your outdoor living to new heights of style and comfort.

Ready to embark on this journey? Keep your eyes peeled as we step through each trend, offering a blend of inspiration, practical advice, and a touch of cheeky charm. And remember, the team at Project Landscape is always just a click or a call away at (403) 257-4059 or Project Landscape, ready to turn your paving stone patio dreams into a stunning reality. Let’s pave the way to a trendsetting outdoor space together!

Table Of Contents: 

1. Paving Stones Vs Concrete 

2. Techo Bloc Top Pavers

3. Belgards Top Pavers 

4. Barkmans Top Pavers 

5. Project Landscape: A Certified Paving Stone Company 

Paving Stones Vs Concrete

Ah, the age-old debate that rumbles through the realms of backyards and patios alike: Paving Stones vs. Concrete. It’s the outdoor equivalent of choosing between a classic, vintage wine and a sleek, modern cocktail. Both have their allure, their champions, and, of course, their perfect setting. Here at Project Landscape in Calgary, we’ve laid down both, danced on both, and spilled barbecue sauce on both. So, who wins in the epic showdown for the heart of your backyard? Let’s dive in and dirty those hands (metaphorically speaking) with the details.

Paving Stones: The Artists of the Backyard

Paving stones are like the chameleons of the patio world, offering a spectrum of colors, textures, and patterns that can make your outdoor space a true reflection of your personal style. They’re the jazz musicians of landscaping — cool, sophisticated, and always ready to improvise. Want a patio that winks at the Tuscan sun? Or perhaps a pathway that strides boldly into modern minimalism? Paving stones are your go-to.

The beauty of paving stones isn’t just skin deep. These individual pieces mean that repairs are a cinch. Pop out the rogue stone that’s seen too many freeze-thaw cycles and replace it without a fuss. It’s like having a wardrobe where you can replace just the one sock that’s lost its partner to the abyss behind the dryer.

Concrete: The Steady Contender

On the other side, we have concrete — the dependable, the sturdy, the one-coat-fits-all solution. Pour it, smooth it, and voilà, you have a patio that’s as steadfast as your grandmother’s advice. Concrete is the marathon runner of the outdoor materials world: it’s in it for the long haul, with durability and strength that can stand up to whatever the Calgary weather throws at it.

But let’s not paint concrete as the dull cousin at the patio party. Today’s concrete comes in various finishes and colors, and can even be stamped to mimic the look of natural stone. It’s like discovering that your reliable family sedan can actually do 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye.

The Verdict?

So, which is the champion of the backyard brawl? Well, the truth is, it depends on you. Your style, your needs, and how you use your space. Paving stones offer unparalleled customization and easy repair, making them ideal for those who view their outdoor space as an extension of their personal expression. Concrete, with its durability and lower initial cost, is perfect for the pragmatists among us who value simplicity and strength.

No matter your choice, remember that at Project Landscape, we’re here to help you bring your vision to life. Whether you lean towards the artistic flexibility of paving stones or the solid reliability of concrete, we’ve got the skills, the tools, and the cheeky charm to make your patio dreams a reality. Ready to take the next step? Visit us at Project Landscape or give us a call at (403) 257-4059. Let’s create a space that’s unmistakably you.

Techo Bloc Top Pavers

And now, for the main event, where the stars of the paving stone patio world step into the spotlight. It’s like the Oscars, but for your backyard, and trust me, the competition is just as fierce. At Project Landscape, we’ve seen trends come and go, but some stars shine a bit brighter in the Calgary patio scene. Let’s introduce you to the Techo-Bloc top pavers that have homeowners swooning and patios transforming from drab to fab.

1. BLU 60 Pavers – The Reigning Champion

Imagine a paver so versatile, so stylish, that it’s been Calgary homeowners’ top choice for not one, not two, but three years running. Enter BLU 60, the Leonardo DiCaprio of paving stones. Its sleek, modern look combined with its durability makes it a no-brainer for any outdoor space. Whether you’re hosting a chic soirée or enjoying a quiet, cozy night under the stars, BLU 60 pavers set the stage for unforgettable moments. It’s the paving stone that says, “Yes, I like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain is just an excuse to show off my fabulous patio.”

2. Hexa 60 Pavers – A Modern Touch

For those who dare to be different, Hexa 60 pavers are the conversation starters of the paving world. With their unique hexagonal shape, these pavers bring a modern twist to the traditional patio. Think of them as the hip, geometric sunglasses of your backyard – they don’t just shade; they make a statement. Perfect for creating patterns that capture the eye and imagination, Hexa 60 is for the homeowner who enjoys standing out from the crowd. They’re not just paving stones; they’re pieces of art under your feet.

3. Para Pavers – The Perfect Paver Slab for the Perfect Patio

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Para Pavers – the Meryl Streep of paving stones. Consistently excellent, undeniably versatile, and stunningly beautiful, these pavers bring a touch of elegance to any outdoor space. The Para Paver is the perfect slab for those who dream of a seamless transition from their chic indoor space to a breathtaking outdoor oasis. Its smooth texture and clean lines whisper refined sophistication, making it the ideal backdrop for your morning coffee or evening glass of wine. It’s the paving stone that doesn’t just complete your patio; it elevates it.

At Project Landscape in Calgary, we understand that choosing the right paving stones for your patio is like curating the perfect cast for your blockbuster backyard makeover. Each option brings its own flair, function, and foundation to the table. Whether you lean towards the versatile elegance of BLU 60, the unique charm of Hexa 60, or the sophisticated simplicity of Para Pavers, we’re here to roll out the red carpet and bring your vision to life.

Belgards Top Pavers 


Roll out the red carpet, and let’s welcome the Belgard brigade to the Project Landscape stage! In the bustling city of Calgary, where homeowners crave that unique blend of sophistication and character in their outdoor spaces, Belgard pavers have been paving the way (see what I did there?) to some breathtaking transformations. Whether your heart desires the sleek modernity of linear designs or the charming nostalgia of cobblestone paths, Belgard’s top picks are here to inspire and impress. So, without further ado, let’s meet the stars of the show.

1. Dimensions – The Architect’s Dream

First up is Dimensions, a paver that’s all about crisp, clean lines and smooth surfaces, promising to turn your patio into a contemporary masterpiece. With its 3-piece system plus accent pieces, Dimensions delivers not just aesthetic appeal but maximum efficiency too. Think of it as the modernist painter of your outdoor gallery, offering a canvas that’s both strikingly simple and profoundly deep. Perfect for those who love their outdoor spaces to mirror the sleek lines and minimalist vibes of their indoor style, Dimensions is the blueprint for a patio that speaks in volumes of understated elegance.

2. Papyrus – The Touch of Nature

Next, we introduce Papyrus, a paver that brings the unique, organic texture right under your feet, blending the touch of modern elegance with the essence of nature. Imagine a patio that feels like a page out of an ancient manuscript, each stone inscribed with stories told by the earth itself. Papyrus is not just a paving stone; it’s an experience, offering a tactile journey through time and nature, making it an ideal choice for those looking to add a profound, natural aesthetic to their outdoor living space.

3. Brooklyn Paver – The Timeless Elegance

The Brooklyn Paver steps in with the timeless look and feel of weathered stone, bringing a piece of historical charm to your backyard. This paver is like that classic novel you can’t put down, offering depth, character, and a sense of enduring beauty. Its ability to blend seamlessly with both traditional and contemporary designs makes it a versatile choice for any homeowner looking to infuse their outdoor space with the soulful essence of aged stone, creating a setting where every moment becomes a memory.

4. Charlestone – The Cobbled Classic

Last, but certainly not least, is Charlestone, evoking early American streets and walkways with its distinctive look of weathered, hand-cobbled stone. Walking on Charlestone is like stepping back in time, where each step tells a story of yesteryears and whispers tales of the past. It’s perfect for those who yearn for the romance of old-world charm, creating a space that feels both expansive and intimately familiar. With Charlestone, your patio isn’t just a part of your home; it’s a gateway to another era.

Belgard truly paves the way with these top-choice paving stones, each offering its unique charm and character to Calgary homes. Whether you’re drawn to the sleek modernity of Dimensions, the organic allure of Papyrus, the timeless elegance of Brooklyn, or the historical romance of Charlestone, Project Landscape is here to bring these visions to life.

Barkmans Top Pavers 

Let’s take a delightful detour into the charming world of Barkman’s top pavers, where tradition meets innovation, and your patio becomes a canvas for timeless design. Here at Project Landscape in Calgary, we’re all about transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on Barkman, a name synonymous with quality and elegance in the world of paving stones. Whether you’re crafting a cozy walkway or dreaming up the perfect patio paradise, Barkman’s got a paver for that. So, let’s explore these trendsetters one by one, shall we?

1. Broadway 65mm – The Contemporary Maestro

Imagine a paver that’s as versatile as your playlist, capable of setting the mood for any outdoor occasion. Enter Broadway 65mm, the large profile paver that’s hitting all the right notes in residential landscaping. With its sleek and contemporary design, Broadway is the go-to for creating stunning pathways and patios that speak volumes of your modern aesthetic. Available in 4 sizes and 7 colors, this paver plays well with any project, making even the simplest of designs sing. And at 65mm thick, it’s specially designed for the soft footfalls of pedestrian traffic, ensuring your outdoor space isn’t just beautiful, but practical too.

2. Lexington – The Vanguard of Slabs

Next up is Lexington, a paver that’s breaking new ground in slab sophistication. With variated colors baked right into the mix, Lexington slabs are the premium choice for patios and walkways that demand attention. Available in three dynamic colors, these slabs make a bold statement without uttering a word. They’re the epitome of “speak softly and carry a big stick,” bringing a new era of elegance to your landscape. Remember, when laying down Lexington, to leave a 2-5mm gap between each slab. This not only eases installation but also lays the groundwork for the jointing sand to work its magic.

3. Cobble – The Timeless Tribute

And for those who yearn for the nostalgia of yesteryear, Barkman’s Cobble paver is your hallowed ground. This paver brings the old-world charm of European streets or early American paths right to your doorstep. Its distinctive open spacer joint design doesn’t just ooze historical allure; it’s also a champ at permeable paver applications, ensuring your outdoor space marries style with sustainability. Cobble stone pavers are the perfect ode to architecture that echoes the past, creating spaces that are not only beautiful but also rich in story and style.

Barkman pavers pave the way (pun very much intended) for creating outdoor spaces that are as unique as the people who enjoy them. From the contemporary flair of Broadway to the revolutionary elegance of Lexington and the timeless appeal of Cobble, there’s a Barkman paver for every taste and project. Ready to turn your outdoor space into a Barkman masterpiece? The team at Project Landscape in Calgary is eager to help.

Project Landscape: A Certified Paving Stone Company 

And there you have it, folks – a whirlwind tour through the grand pavilion of paving stones, courtesy of your friends here at Project Landscape. From the sleek lines of Broadway to the bold statements of Lexington and the timeless charm of Cobble, we’ve journeyed through a landscape rich with possibilities, each path leading to a unique destination: your dream outdoor space.

But why embark on this journey with us, you might wonder? Well, aside from our undeniable charm and wit, Project Landscape isn’t just any paving stone patio company. We’re like the triple-threat in the paving stone world, holding certifications that make us stand out in the Calgary landscaping scene.

Why Project Landscape Rocks (Literally)

  1. ICPI Certified: First off, we’re certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), which is basically like having a black belt in paving stone installation. This means we’re not just playing in the dirt; we’re crafting with precision, backed by the latest industry standards and techniques.
  2. Certified Tech-Pro Installer: Next up, we’re a certified Tech-Pro Installer, which means we’ve got the inside scoop on all things Techo-Bloc. From the latest product innovations to specialized installation methods, we bring a level of expertise and finesse to your project that’s as rare as finding a four-leaf clover in your backyard.
  3. Belgard Master Craftsmen Installer: And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’re also Belgard Master Craftsmen installers. This prestigious certification is like the Oscar of the landscaping world, recognizing our exceptional skill in bringing Belgard’s top-quality paving stones to life in your outdoor space.

The Project Landscape Promise

Choosing Project Landscape means opting for a team that not only talks the talk but walks the walkway (paved with exquisite paving stones, of course). Our certifications are more than just fancy titles; they’re a promise. A promise that your outdoor space is in the hands of professionals who are passionate about design, meticulous about installation, and dedicated to transforming your backyard into a masterpiece.

So, Calgary homeowners, if you’re dreaming of a patio that’s the envy of the neighborhood or a walkway that welcomes you home with open arms, look no further. Project Landscape is your certified partner in paving perfection. Let’s make those paving stone dreams a reality, shall we?

Ready to start your paving project with a team that’s certified to impress? Visit us at Project Landscape or give us a buzz at (403) 257-4059. Together, we’ll pave the way to a backyard oasis that’s not just designed but certified to delight.

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5 Reasons To Use Paving Stones For Your New patio

Welcome to the Project Landscape blog, where we mix a dash of wit with a heap of wisdom to guide you through the world of outdoor living. Today, we’re spilling the beans on why paving stones should be your go-to choice for that new patio you’ve been dreaming about. Whether you’re in Calgary or just love keeping up with the latest in landscape design, you’re in the right place. So, let’s jump right in and explore the rock-solid reasons to opt for paving stones for your next outdoor project.

Table of Contents

  1. Paving Stones Are Durable And Can Withstand The Elements
  2. Paving Stones Come In A Variety Of Colors And Textures
  3. Paving Stones Can Be Installed In A Variety Of Different Patterns
  4. Pavers Can Be Repaired Individually So You Don’t Need To Uproot Your Entire Patio
  5. Paving Stones Are Slip Resistant

1. Paving Stones Are Durable And Can Withstand The Elements

Paving stones are like the superheroes of the patio world. They’re tough, resilient, and ready to face whatever Mother Nature throws at them, from scorching sun to freezing snow. Crafted to endure the elements, these stones don’t crack under pressure like some of their patio surface counterparts. Whether it’s a Calgary winter or a summer scorcher, paving stones stand their ground, ensuring your patio looks stunning year after year.

2. Paving Stones Come In A Variety Of Colors And Textures

Imagine a world where your patio can match your personality, down to the very last shade. That’s the beauty of paving stones. With an array of colors and textures at your fingertips, the sky’s the limit when it comes to customizing your outdoor space. Whether you’re going for the rustic charm of cobblestone or the sleek, modern look of smooth slate, paving stones allow you to create a patio that’s uniquely yours.

3. Paving Stones Can Be Installed In A Variety Of Different Patterns

Not only can you choose the color and texture of your paving stones, but you can also lay them down in a pattern that tells your story. Herringbone, basketweave, or a simple staggered arrangement—each pattern adds a distinct character to your outdoor space. This versatility makes paving stones a fantastic choice for homeowners who want a patio that stands out from the crowd.

4. Pavers Can Be Repaired Individually So You Don’t Need To Uproot Your Entire Patio

Life happens. Sometimes it’s a heavy object dropping on your patio or roots growing a bit too ambitiously. The good news? If a paving stone gets damaged, you can simply replace that single paver without having to redo your entire patio. This not only saves you time and hassle but also keeps your patio looking pristine without the need for major repairs.

5. Paving Stones Are Slip Resistant

Safety first, right? Paving stones come with a built-in bonus: they’re slip-resistant. This makes them an excellent option for areas that get a lot of rain or for poolside patios. With paving stones, you can enjoy your outdoor space without the worry of slips and falls, making them a smart choice for families and entertaining.

Ready to transform your outdoor space with the durability, variety, and beauty of paving stones? Head over to Project Landscape or check out our Patio Page for more inspiration. If you’re all set to start your patio project or just need a bit more info, give us a call at (403) 257-4059. Let’s create a space that’s as resilient, versatile, and uniquely you as paving stones themselves.

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Creating an Outdoor Oasis: Tips for Designing a Relaxing Landscape

Your outdoor space can be your favorite spot at home with new landscaping. An organized space with living plants and flowers is best for kicking off your shoes and relaxing in your outdoor oasis. It may add charm and peace to your property. Here are some tips to help you:

Tip 1 – How Will You Use This Space?

Think about how you will use your outdoor space. Is it for relaxing after dinner and in your time off? Do you plan to entertain friends by grilling and eating outdoors? Do you need to leave space to play sports or room for a swimming pool? Don’t worry about dreaming too big. You can always cut back on your plan if necessary and still have the landscaping of your dreams.

Your use of this outdoor space affects many factors and determines some things you will need to do. If you plan to use your outdoor space as a welcoming seating area for one or two people, your landscape will be different from the person who wants a huge outdoor kitchen. Each option has benefits.

Tip 2 – Dream Big to Create This Space

Dreams cannot be too big for your landscaping project.  You can have a comfortable and attractive area where you head whenever possible. The more comfortable and attractive this area is, the more you will use it. Landscaping is important because it encourages us to spend more time outdoors to enjoy its peace and beauty. You will want to take an active part in designing your outdoor space so the result is exactly what you want.

Consider that your landscaping may last for years and probably won’t be redone for quite some time. Landscaping, especially designing an outdoor oasis, adds value and style to your property.

Tip 3 – How Much Upkeep Is Right for You?

If you don’t think of yourself as the gardening type, you will appreciate a simple outdoor oasis that does not require a lot of work or upkeep. Your landscaping will do best with plants that require only occasional watering and little to no weeding and pruning. A simple landscape will allow you to rest, read, or spend time with friends or family,

The opposite person who enjoys the upkeep involved with flowers and plants will enjoy a high-maintenance landscape plan. They have a wider choice of plants than the person who wants low-maintenance landscaping.

You can ensure a happy future by deciding how much time and effort you are willing to invest in your landscaping. If gardening consumes your time there is little chance that you will have the outdoor oasis that you want.

Tip 4 – Consider Adding Some Structures to Your Landscaping

Rock pathways and walkways are one way to add low-maintenance design to your landscape. You will never have to water the pathway or weed a weedless walk. There are easy ways to make your walkway weedless and easy to maintain. The result is more time relaxing and doing what you enjoy.

A highlight you may want to add to your landscaping is a fountain. The sound of water trickling can be relaxing. Another structure that does not require living plants is a pergola. It is a lovely addition to your yard and a great place to be included in your landscape design. Also, consider the addition of a firepit with landscaping. There are many designs to choose from, and maintaining them can be minimal.

Tip 5 – Have a Professional Landscaper Guide Your Plan

Professionals know which flowers, plants, bushes, and trees will grow and thrive in your environment. They can recommend plants that will provide the look you want. 

A professional landscaping business can help you design and plan your landscaping. There are several steps necessary before the actual planting begins. In some environments such as where water is limited, the landscaper can help you choose plants according to the amount of water they require.

Tip 6 – Plan According to Your Environment

Some areas of the country do not require careful monitoring of water use. Flowers can be watered often. In dryer states, planting flowers and plants in groups with similar irrigation needs results in using less water than if plants with different needs were scattered in a landscaped area. 

Using ground-covering plants also adds interest to your landscaping. Several ground-covering plants need little to no water.

Tip 7 – Consider Landscaped Areas Around Trees Already in Your Yard

One of the best places to create your outdoor oasis is in places where plants and trees are already on your property. A tree is a place where surrounding large rocks focus on the tree. Decorative grass and flowers of various heights add interest to where the tree once sat alone.

Bushes are low-maintenance landscape staples and you may currently have areas with these plants that can be elaborated and part of your landscape. Adding rock retaining walls around them can highlight these areas after you enliven them with a variety of plants.

Tip 8 – Add Potted Plants to Several Landscaped Areas

Simply placing plants or flowers in pots can add color and interest to your landscaping. You may want to place a small tree in a basket and place it in a certain area. Not every plant or flower has to be in the ground.

Sometimes sweet-smelling plants like lavender can be placed in pots in these areas. You might want to do this close to your seating areas so you and your family can benefit from the pleasant scent.

Tip 9 – Choose an Award-Winning Company to Help You

If you aren’t sure of the next step to take, call Project Landscape. They are an award-winning company with many satisfied customers. Let the company’s experience and knowledge of landscape planning and construction guide you to your special outdoor oasis. 

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Water-Wise Landscaping: Tips for Conserving Water in Your Outdoor Space

Do you wish you could have a brightly-colored garden with flowers and various plants? Maybe you live in a dry area like Utah or Nevada where water needs to be used wisely. It’s true that some areas of the country cannot have huge gardens with annuals that need daily watering. Water-Wise Landscaping may be the answer to your gardening needs.

What Is Water-Wise Landscaping?

Water-wise landscaping is a landscaping plan that uses water wisely. You can plan your landscaping with this method used in dry states with little rainfall and intense heat.

There are many choices of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees that will grow and have already adapted to Utah weather. Your landscaping can be as lush and beautiful as anywhere else.

Conserving water is not the only benefit of water-wise landscaping. Water-wise landscaping must be attractive and provide enough water to keep your plants and trees healthy. This method allows those who live in states with limited water to have an attractive garden with a variety of plants. A water-wise garden or landscaping must be specifically designed for your environment.

Best Practices for Water-Wise Landscaping

Tips for having beautiful landscaping that requires minimal water include the following:

Tip 1 – Choose plants that live in your environment

Plants and trees that are proven to grow and thrive in your environment are the best choices when you are planning your landscaping. They have already adapted to your area so there is a good chance that they will survive in your yard. You will want to check on the plants’ irrigation needs before planting.

Tip 2 – Group plants with similar watering needs

You need to know the watering needs of the plants and trees you would like to plant. Once you have this information, decide how to place plants with similar irrigation needs. This allows you to water small patches of your landscaping as needed without the need to water all of the landscaping to reach only a few plants.

Discovering as much as possible about the plants you have decided to use in your landscaping helps you to group plants with similar needs together. The zones for Utah tell how often plants need water.

  • Zone 0 – No watering
  • Zone 1 – Needs monthly watering
  • Zone 2 – Water twice a month
  • Zone 3 – Water once per week
  • Zone 4 – Water two times per week

Try to plan for seasonal color in your landscaping. This may require planting fall bloomers after summer annuals finish their seasons. 

Tip 3 – Choose plants that fit your landscaping design

It is helpful to browse through landscaping and gardening magazines and journals to get ideas of plants that grow well in your environment and fit your design. You may have several options if you’re looking for colorful plants to add to your property. By seeing these plants in landscaping in your area, you can be sure that you like them before your planting begins. 

Be sure to consider how tall the plants will be when fully grown if you want to use them to hide a meter, cable box, or other distraction near your house. Other considerations to consider are the shape of plants, their colors, and how dense the plant is. 

Tip 4 – Consider adding stone walkways, a deck, or a path to add interest

The big bonus to adding stone or pebble features to your landscaping is that they do not require watering. You can have a complete design without using only living plants and trees.

These structures not only eliminate irrigation but they add interest to your property. A deck is handy for entertaining friends or barbequing with your family. Walkways and paths can be attractive and will likely be one of your favorite parts of your landscaping.

Tip 5 – Strategically place shrubs and trees around your house

Live trees and shrubs do more than add character to your house. The shrubs and trees look beautiful while helping to maintain the temperature inside.

Whether trees and shrubs are in the north, south, east, or west makes a big difference in the amount of water they need. If you plant a deciduous tree, it will help cool your house significantly in the heat of summer. The amount of irrigation your trees and plants need depends on the area where they are planted and whether they receive partial or full sun.

Tip 6 – Choose flowers and plants that you love

Picking which flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees you like is the reward at the end of your water-wise planning. Flowers like annuals that only live a year can be changed every year and you can experience a variety of plants by planting different species every year.

Ground cover is another choice to consider. Be sure to look at Utah Sedum, Scotch Moss, and Creeping Sedum which have adapted to the dry Utah weather to use in your landscaping.

Why Planning is Important

Landscaping professionals use software to see what various designs might look like. They provide a thorough overview of the options to consider for your landscaping. Software programs can also focus on smaller areas of your yard to see how particular plants will look in this area. There are also water-wise landscaping models available to visitors looking for ideas. These allow you to view landscaping that is completed.

Planning is important to water-wise landscaping. You can use online lists that tell you which plants grow in your environment. Remember that conserving water is not only for today but for the future when water may be rare due to changing conditions such as a growing population.

You Will Be Glad That You Implemented Water-Wise Landscaping

The bottom line of water-wise landscaping is that you will feel good about it. Not only will you appreciate the beauty added to your yard, but you will feel good that you are using the water in your area wisely. You won’t have to deal with dying plants that cannot survive in your area. Feel free to call https://www.projectlandscape.ca/ for your next landscaping project. We’re happy to help!

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Sustainable Landscaping: What it Is and Why It Matters

Our planet is under threat, and we all know it. The environment is constantly degrading, and the effects of climate change are becoming more evident each day. The good news is that there are many ways we can help. One of the most significant actions we can take is to adopt sustainable landscaping practices. Sustainable landscaping is a way to design and maintain outdoor spaces that are environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing. In this article, we will explore what sustainable landscaping is, why it matters, and how you can incorporate sustainable landscaping practices into your life.

What is Sustainable Landscaping?

Sustainable landscaping is an approach to landscaping that takes into account the environmental impact of design and maintenance practices. It aims to reduce the use of resources such as water, fertilizer, and pesticides, and minimize the amount of waste generated. Sustainable landscaping is not just about creating a beautiful garden or outdoor space. It’s about creating a healthy and sustainable ecosystem that supports the local environment.

Why Does Sustainable Landscaping Matter?

Sustainable landscaping matters because it has a positive impact on the environment, our health, and our finances. Here are a few reasons why sustainable landscaping is important:

1. It reduces water usage: 

Sustainable landscaping practices, such as using native plants and incorporating efficient irrigation systems, can significantly reduce water usage, which is critical in water-scarce areas.

2. It minimizes the use of chemicals: 

Sustainable landscaping practices minimize the use of chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, which can have harmful effects on the environment, human health, and wildlife.

3. It promotes biodiversity: 

Sustainable landscaping practices support biodiversity by creating habitats for beneficial insects and other wildlife.

4. It saves money: 

Sustainable landscaping can save you money in the long run by reducing water and energy usage and minimizing the need for costly maintenance.

How to Incorporate Sustainable Landscaping Practices

Here are a few tips on how you can incorporate sustainable landscaping practices into your outdoor space:

1. Choose native plants: 

Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, which makes them more resistant to pests and diseases. They also require less water and fertilizer.

2. Use organic fertilizers and pest control methods: 

Organic fertilizers and pest control methods are safer for the environment, human health, and wildlife.

3. Install efficient irrigation systems: 

Efficient irrigation systems, such as drip irrigation and weather-based controllers, can significantly reduce water usage.

4. Incorporate permeable paving: 

Permeable paving, such as gravel or permeable concrete, allows rainwater to soak into the ground instead of running off, which helps to recharge groundwater.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, sustainable landscaping is an essential part of creating a healthy and sustainable environment. By adopting sustainable landscaping practices, we can reduce our environmental impact, support biodiversity, and save money. So, whether you are designing a new garden or maintaining an existing one, incorporating sustainable landscaping practices should be a top priority. Let’s all do our part in creating a better, more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations. Contact our team to learn more today.

 

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How A Landscape Design Contractor Can Create The Perfect Yard For You

The perfect yard for you may not necessarily be the one that you saw online or in one of those magazines that they surprisingly still sell at some grocery stores. In many ways, the perfect yard for you can be one that is actually crafted to cater to your usage. This is where a good landscape design contractor can really come in handy.

How Much Time & Money Do You Want To Spend On Its Upkeep?

This is one of the first things that you’re going to want to account for. The problem with creating a design that requires a lot of upkeep when you don’t really plan on providing that type of upkeep is that it can go south quickly. Your house could end up looking like a haunted house, and the money that you spend will be all for naught. One of the ways then that a landscape design contractor can help you out is by creating a design that will need just the right type of upkeep that you’re going to be able to provide for it.

Creating Areas For Outdoor Enjoyment

Having backyard areas that are there for your enjoyment, whether it be, to host parties or just lay back and enjoy the view is extremely important. The reason why we say this is because you’re always going to be more likely to want to keep these areas looking good. Going back to that first point, if you’re actually actively using your outdoor areas and the design that was set up you’re going to care more about it.

Plus, adding some type of deck or concrete patio can completely change the entire outlook of a spot. You don’t have to do a major overhaul of your backyard to create this type of area. You just need to make sure that the design is crafted in such a way that you’re going to be able to truly take advantage of a deck area or a patio. Making these spots truly functional is another one of the ways that a landscape design contractor can help you out.

Maximizing Your Space Usage   

Do you get the sense that your outdoor areas are too small to create something useful or that adds to the look and feel of the house? Maybe your home is a nice challenge for a landscape design contractor. A good contractor should certainly excel in getting the most out of the space that they have to work with. The good thing about working with people that are accustomed to creating unique spaces is that your property doesn’t have to fit a particular mold for these contractors to be able to work on it.

Maximizing the space that’s available is a skill that landscapers should exhibit. That’s not necessarily always the case, though, if we’re honest about it. In our opinion Project Landscape in Calgary can provide the complete package as landscape contractors. The good thing is there’s no risk in giving them a call. They can provide all sorts of ideas on what to do with your outdoor areas.

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5 Landscaping Mistakes You Do Not Want to Make

Yes, landscaping is simple as you visit your local garden store to pick plants and grab bags of mulch and garden tools. Then, you are ready to tackle your landscaping project, right! But, do not forget you need to mow the lawn a couple of times a month. Yes, if that was only true and as easy as mentioned above. However, when you talk to a Calgary landscaper, they say there are some landscaping mistakes you do not want to make.

1. No Plans in Place

Creating a healthy yet sustainable landscape does not happen overnight. It helps to do careful planning considering the climate, available space, pest threats, and wildlife. You need to think about color, watering needs, and functionality. With the right plan, you become familiar with your landscaping to choose the right plants and features. So, take your time to plan and make a few beds continuing with your plan over weeks and months.

2. Growing Plants In the Wrong Place

No, it is not all about growing a plant in a place as it looks nice. Yes, it is part of the equation, but you need to consider your plant’s needs. For example, you need to think about how much light it will need and water. Still, will your plant flourish in rocky beds, mulch, or dirt beds? What companion plants will work well grouped with the specific species. Your plant will lapse into premature death if you do not consider these things.

3. Mowing the Lawn too Low

Yes, it looks fabulous at the golf course, but when too short, it hurts the grass photosynthesis at home. Furthermore, it produces soft grass with unhealthy roots that cannot absorb nutrients. The best result is to give your lawn a rough texture about 2 ½ to three inches high.

4. Overwatering the Garden

All plants are not the same and have different needs, from the sun to watering. Luckily, you can rely on rain to handle most of your watering needs. Still, gardeners have the tendency to overwater their plants.

The rule of thumb is that when you notice yellow/brown, wilted leaves or slow growth, water ahead. Unfortunately, the problem with overwatering and ground that does not drain freely leads to root rot in most plants. Another helpful thing is to check the soil moisture before watering.

Water retention is not a concern if you have clay soil, but you need to water plants more in sandy soil.

5. Bad Pruning

When you prune trees and plants correctly, it helps encourage new growth. It is a necessity of any landscaping. Still, you need to do it the right way or end up damaging your plants, making your garden look unhealthy.

The rule of thumb is not to remove more than 15% of your plant at a time as it causes inhibited growth. The best time to prune is late winter, when your plants are dormant. Prune sparingly in spring and summer and never prune in fall. Also, do not remove the tops of trees as it weakens them resulting in irregular growth.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are new to landscaping or a veteran at it, you can benefit from avoiding these common landscaping mistakes. The important thing for long-term success is planning and managing your property regularly.

 

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Should You Hire a Landscaping Company or DIY?

Hiring a landscaper to create a garden is similar to hiring someone to build your home. Perhaps you have thought of DIY landscaping but considering hiring a landscaping company to do the job. So which one is it going to be, and why should you hire a pro?

Benefits of Hiring a Pro Landscape

When doing pro hiring, especially a landscaper, you have many benefits, as seen here:

  • Landscapers have the experience and knowledge to create a new garden or remodel your old one. Their experience matches the design elements and the look to make your landscape according to your needs. As you know, selecting a suitable plant material is essential. The landscaper knows plants that work well in your environment, from positioning to coordination.
  • Landscapers source quality products for you at cost-effective prices. A professional landscape company has relationships with different suppliers and is beneficial to you as it saves you money. They buy products in bulk and get them at a wholesale price that works well for large projects.
  • A landscaping company has the skills to create decking, paving, and build using an experienced team. They even have the skills to know what plants to use and where to place them to make your garden look great.
  • Landscapers are always up to date with the latest trends in home garden design. With their knowledge of the latest landscaping trends, they can advise you with ideas that benefit your property for the best curb appeal. This adds value to your home, making a significant impact when you want to sell.

When Can You DIY

If you have a small job with no hard landscaping, such as a small garden, or want to create a corner garden, DIY is possible. However, it is essential to gather your ideas using viable resources before you start. It is an excellent opportunity for family members to join in to create a beautiful spot where you all can relax.

Maybe you already have a professional design in mind and want to tackle the project yourself. On the other hand, perhaps you need a pro design, and using a landscape can provide you with this insight. All you need to do is follow the detailed list provided from plants to the quantities of material you need.

Lastly, if you love gardening and have the time, a DIY landscaping project is excellent. You can do it in stages, making it an enjoyable hobby. Nevertheless, if time is a constraint, hiring a pro landscaper can help. So what will it be—DIY or hiring a professional landscaper. The choice is up to you.

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What Services do Landscapers Provide?

Choosing a residential landscaping Calgary provider presents you with a variety of services. Do not just assume these companies only do typical jobs. You may think they only mow the lawn and trim the trees. The reality is the majority of Calgary landscapers have extraordinary services for you to choose from. Let’s explore the different services offered by a professional landscaper.

Residential Landscapers vs. Commercial Landscapers

Calgary companies offer you landscaping management for residential and commercial clients. You can find similar services provided for your normal to suburban home to huge commercial complexes. You may find a landscaper specializing in both or one specific area. In the services, they also provide:

Landscaping Maintenance

Whether you need a residential landscaping Calgary or a commercial one, it helps to have landscaping maintenance done. A landscaper keeps the lawn cut, maintains the trees and shrubbery. As well, they do brush trimming, leaf blowing, weed whacking, to snow blowing.

Landscaping Installation

Maybe you have an idea how you want to set your garden up, but bringing it to the concept is different. The professional landscaper in Calgary knows what you need. The experts will meet up with you to design a perfect garden for you. Whether a fairytale or Zen garden with bubbling boulders and makeshift waterfalls, they can help. Landscapers have the right tools with expertise to start making it happen. With their guidance, they walk each step of the landscaping process with you to bring it to life.

Do You Need a Sprinkler System?

One of the best lawn maintenance techniques is using a sprinkle to keep your garden thriving. Your landscaper understands that grass needs to thrive in the drier months and can install a sprinkler system at your office or home.

Putting Down Sod

Have you recently moved into a new home? Alternatively, have you renovated in front of your office? Your yard may need new grass. Yet, planting seeds can take forever to grow. So instead, get a residential landscaping Calgary service to put down sods. They will do the soil preparation to the sod installation.

Residential Landscaping Calgary Experts near You

As you can see, a professional landscaper does more than only maintaining your yard. You can give a landscape in the area a call to install walkways to driveways as well. Regardless of the size of your garden using, an expert landscape helps to take care of all your gardening needs. The best part, you can sit back and relax while they do all the hard work. Contact Project Landscape for your next project.

 

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Looking for a Concrete Retaining Wall in Calgary?

Retaining walls serve two purposes.  The first is structural to provide support to a vertical or steep slope.  The retaining wall will shore up the soil and prevent further erosion.  The second is the aesthetic of a landscape.  It can create a small garden or quiet area for respite.  It can coordinate or enhance the current landscape by providing a hardscape contrast.

retaining wall calgary Retaining walls can be constructed using a number of colors, dimensions, styles and materials.  They can be incorporated into raised patios or bridge gaps between levels of a yard.  Constructed correctly they are able to resist the lateral pressure of the soil and prevent damage to trees and structures.

One good choice for a retaining wall is one made from concrete.  There are, of course, advantages to other material usage, but here are some specific to concrete.

  • Strength – Concrete is incredibly strong, which is what you are looking for when you are trying to hold back a hill of dirt.  As the concrete completes the curing process, it will become even stronger.
  • Durability – A concrete wall can last for decades or longer.  This is important because you really don’t want to have it rebuilt every few years.
  • Resistance to the Elements – A concrete retaining wall won’t burn, rot, or rust.  Precast concrete can also withstand the freeze and thaw cycles found in Calgary’s winters.
  • Installation – Masonry will take time and the additional labor will mean additional cost.
  • Flexibility – Using concrete means you can create curves and angles with very little trouble.  It gives the ability to contour to the land and to create an area that will be harmonious with the other surroundings.
  • Appearance – Concrete is no longer the boring, smooth, gray rock.  You can color the concrete to whatever shade you want.  It can be finished to look like stone or a natural stone veneer added to the face.
  • Low Maintenance – There is not much to cleaning.  About once a year just tidy it up a bit.  Periodically check for any cracks or wear.  Patching is simple with some mortar.
  • Eco-friendly – Concrete does not emit any off gas allergens or dangerous chemicals.  It is largely made from natural materials like clay, limestone, or other mineral.  Normally the raw products are sourced locally.
  • Affordable – As compared with other building materials, concrete for a retaining wall is in about the middle of the price range.  That means you will be getting the best value for the money you spend.

There are three basic types of concrete wall construction.  There are concrete blocks, precast panels, or traditional poured in place.  You can choose the method that fits your situation and pocketbook.

If you would like to learn more about concrete retaining walls, just contact us through this website or give us a call.  We will be happy to discuss your situation.  If you like, we can come to your home or business to view the space and offer our opinion and estimate.