Rocks can be used in landscaping in a variety of different ways, from large boulders to break up other landscaping elements to the use of stairs and walkways made from natural stone. One of the most popular methods of using rocks in landscaping, though, is as a method of ground cover or mulch. The filler that this provides can be used as a design element that guides the eye around the yard and helps protect greenery, trees, and gardens around your property. Here are some of the most common types of rocks that get used as ground cover in the landscaping industry…
Spring is the perfect time to reevaluate your garden. Throwing out any plants that didn’t do well in the previous years, and replenishing anything that didn’t make it through the harsh winter. Picking the right plants for your Utah garden can be difficult since we live in such a unique climate. If you’re trying to figure out what flowers and plants should go in your garden, here are a few of our top picks.
Too many people look at their busted concrete and think of it as nothing more than trash, waiting to be taken away to some dump. However, like with many other landscaping materials, there is a greener way that we can think of old concrete. Indeed, it is becoming more and more of a popular material to use in landscaping throughout your yard. Using recycled concrete helps reduce the amount of trash in landfills and helps reduce the amount of carbon that we produce.
Here are some of the key ways that you can incorporate recycled concrete in your yard…
In our last blog, we talked about the benefits of turning your yard landscape into a “localscape”. Not only is this an advantageous way to boost your curb appeal, but it can:
- Make waterings efficient
- Simplify irrigation
- Lower property maintenance
- Build a design for Utah’s climate
When it comes to your landscaping, sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones. At Asphalt Solutions, we employ a method of localizing your landscaping to ensure that your landscaping works best for you. Every climate is different, and you want to make sure that your landscaping decisions are able to be optimized for your specific climate.
Having trees in your landscaping is not only valuable to the environment and the overall appearance of your yard, it also saves you money and increases the value of your home! There are so many great reasons to add a few trees to your landscape this summer. When selecting the right trees for your yard, the climate and state that you live in will play a big part in which trees will do best. With the unique climate here in Utah, here are some of our favorite trees to feature in your landscaping!
As the weather gets a bit colder and more bearable, the needs of your lawn and landscaping are going to change. In fact, the time you spend on your knees in the dirt is going to slowly decrease, until your gardening is done until spring. To make your spring more successful, here are a few things you should do to prep your lawn this fall.
Of all of the spaces in your backyard, your patio is probably the place that gets the most wear and tear. Children or grandkids playing with chalk, riding their bikes and throwing things, as well as the normal wear and tear from adults. Patio furniture causing scuffs, dropping heavy things and causing cracks, and a lot of use, can easily make your patio look dingy. If your patio is in need of a little makeover, here are a few easy ways to transform your patio!
Now that the snow is clearing away and we’re saying goodbye to colder temperatures, many of us are finding unwelcome potholes in our driveways and private streets. Those potholes can cause a lot of damage to our vehicles, and the rocky roads that they create are unpleasant to drive on.
There are few things as companionable as gathering around a fire. The dancing flames excite and entrance while friends huddle around the warmth and share stories and jokes.
Most of us consider these fireside moments exclusive to camping trips and bonfire nights, but it doesn’t have to be that way. When you install a fire pit in your backyard, any night can feel like a holiday. Here are 5 major reasons that you should have a fire pit at home:
Let’s get one of the biggest draws on the table right from the get-go. Why wait until the height of summer to enjoy some delicious s’mores? You can cook them right in your backyard over an open flame. A proper s’more must have a marshmallow roasted over an open flame, or it’s just not the same thing!
S’mores aren’t the only snacks that you’ll enjoy with your new fire pit. Banana boats, hot dogs, melted Starburst, and all your old camping favorites will make an appearance and turn any evening with friends into a major event!
2: Bonding time
Speaking of friends, have you ever wanted an excuse to gather together friends, family, and loved ones at your home? A fire pit will provide the extra draw you need. It’s the perfect way to finish up a dinner party, or a fun night out. Friends will linger to tell stories and laugh around the circle. These are the moments that will turn into cherished memories.
3: Setup is easy
Most of the time, people relate an at-home firepit to a level of luxury that they just can’t afford. But here at Asphalt Materials, we offer fire pit kits that are affordable and easy to install in your own yard, all by yourself. They’re lightweight enough that you won’t break your back during setup, with individual bricks that can be reused later if needed.
4: Compatible with natural gas, propane, or wood
Do-it-yourself fire pit kits can easily be hooked up to your home’s natural gas so that a fire is always ready to go. On the other hand, you can set it up to be compatible with propane instead, so you don’t have to worry about utility lines. Of course, there’s always the old-school approach of a good wood-burning fire, which some people like best. Whatever your form of fuel, we have a pit that will work for you and we can help you understand exactly what you need to do to set it up.
5: Creates a beautiful focal point in your yard
A beautiful hardscaping element like a fire pit will provide a lot of visual interest in what could otherwise be a bare, lifeless area of your yard. As an added bonus, a fire pit is a relatively low-maintenance feature that will greatly increase the appeal of your home. We offer a variety of fire pit kits suited to every yard.
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