Your landscape is ultimately an extension of yourself. That is to say, it is an extension of the atmosphere that you want to permeate the entirety of your property, from the attic to the basement, from the driveway to the backyard. And because the landscape work encompasses everything around your home, it is invariably the first thing that visitors (or you yourself) will get to experience before stepping across the threshold into your garage or entryway.
If you were to cast your mind on the landscaped property of homes or businesses you admire, could you be able to describe why you like them? What about the layout of the gardens, the design of the driveway or the outdoor amenities do you respond to the most? Finding that special “something” to define your property is an organic process, born from introspection, familiarity with landscape supplies, and consultations with professional workers.
Henry David Thoreau said geology is where we “discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.” In so many ways science﹘be it chemistry, geology, astronomy, or biology﹘is the study of change over time; the intense pressure put upon a subject causing it to evolve from one state to another, and to grow from there. As a scientific species, we experience time travel not only when we send probes into space to experience the relativity of time and space, but each time we put a rock under the microscope.
At Asphalt Materials, we love the stories that rocks tell. Each one teaches us about what occurred in our valley millions of years ago and helps us appreciate the natural beauty found all over Utah. Over the years our customers have grown to value our various landscape supplies, and our various rock and sand options have elevated our asphalt company beyond just making blacktops.
It’s true— there’s a lot of money to be saved by paving and patching your own driveways and lots. Contractors, though incredibly skilled, can exceed the home improvement budget. For that reason, it is important to know your options and the basics of application. While the task may seem daunting at first glance, there are some things to know that can help you along the way. Here are some helpful insights from your landscape supplies experts at Asphalt Materials.
Composting is the process of taking organic matter and materials that are essentially waste and turning them back into soil—not just any soil, though. Composting turns said materials into nutrient-rich goodness that promotes all things living. This process quite literally impacts everyone on the planet and has the potential to improve the earth and sustain life.
You’ve likely spent more time in your backyard than usual this year. Have you noticed any things about it that you want to change? Or do you have a new build and are looking for ideas on designing a yard from scratch? Whether you’re starting fresh or remodeling, we have some ideas for creating a backyard with safety in mind.
Before purchasing your own home, you probably rented a place with a smaller front yard that didn’t take too ‘much upkeep; in fact, you probably spent more of your time worrying about maximizing the space for outdoor use—and having to practically squeeze your family and friends onto a small concrete patio—than you ever had to spend decorating. And now, after several years of saving, you’ve finally been able to purchase a home of your own—only now, the property you’ve picked up is offering you up the opposite problem: more space than you know what to do with.
Your driveway welcomes you home each day, so why not take the time to beautify it? Driveway landscaping often gets overlooked as other parts of the yard take precedence. However, with our tips, you’ll be ready to tackle it like a pro.
When you think of cultivating a garden, what are some of the first things that come to mind? You probably envision leafy, green plants, colorful flowers, manicured shrubbery, trees and the like. But what about landscaping that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance? Garden rocks make a great addition to any garden, especially if you’re looking for drought-tolerant landscaping ideas.
After years of planning, scrimping, and saving, you’ve finally done it: you own your own home! It may be a fixer-upper, but it sure has potential, and more importantly, it’s all yours. But, if you’re like most first-time homeowners, this might also be the first time you’ve ever been responsible for the design of your landscaping. You always promised yourself that as soon as you own your own place, you’d ditch the dingy garden gnomes and toss the tacky tire planters. Well, now you’re finally at the front gate of your very own lawn: but when it comes to design, you’re not sure where to even start. Read on for some tips on developing a landscaping plan that stamps your yards with your personality, and relegates outdated trends to the past where they belong.
The cold winter months are here, and with it comes the harsh weather patterns that do no favors to concrete and asphalt. It’s easy enough to clean the exteriors of our homes and office buildings, prepping for heavy rain, snow, and ice, but sometimes we all but forget surrounding roads and grounds. If your driveway or asphalt pavement hasn’t been receiving the same attention you’ve put toward winterizing the various elements of your curb appeal, now’s the time to get started.