We love tree rings and chocolate gravel. But these tree rings are our new favorite at 2 J’s & Sons.
Cut border stone works great for edging walkways, garden beds and as tree rings. It is a more pricey option than metal edging, but the after effect is great.
It also helps to prevent erosion better than the metal edging. As well as allowing us to put the chocolate gravel around the tree in thicker. The thicker layer of gravel helps hold in more water for the tree to drink and helps keep more weeds out.
Start summer off right, by dressing up that old pool and adding a shady sitting area. It may be the best way to beat the humid NWA heat for the next few months.
We rearranged and leveled some existing Belgard Cobblestone pavers around the pool. Polymeric sand was used between the pavers to help stop weed growth and any further movement of the pavers in the future.
Then we pulled up stepping stones leading from the pool to a side gate. More stones and rock were added to make the walkway look fuller.
Next a step was added for easier access from the pool into the new gazebo that was built.
This summer poolside oasis was finished off with a shady gazebo type sitting area. It was built completely out of cedar, except the roof. Native stone and polymeric sand was used for the floor inside the sitting area. This helps keep everything clean. Less debris gets drug into the pool, and wet feet stay clean on the way out.
Add lights and ceiling fan so the pool can be enjoyed 24/7 all summer. Less heat, humidity, dirt and flies. The guests at this pool will never want to leave as long as the drinks keep coming.
This great yard boasts a wonderful lake view. It also makes a wonderful place to host a summer wedding, or in this case two.
We moved flowerbeds, built a couple of new ones. Added steps for better access to the lake front, and a cute walkway to connect the house and steps together.
Retaining walls and channel drains were added for erosion control. As an added bonus the retaining walls give the yard more texture, and make additional seating and planting areas. All of the guests attending will have a level place to converge and sit for the celebrations.
Sod and some seed helped to complete the setting and give the yard a fresh new feel.
We know how badly a lot of people were effected by the storms over the weekend. Our town and personal property were hit pretty hard by all of the rain and flooding. We would like to offer anyone who needs help removing debris or tractor work 15% OFF.
2 J’s & Sons wishes that we could do more to help. Please give us a call if you need yard work or repair done. Are thoughts are with all of those effected by the recent weather.
We would like to help everyone get their yards ready for this coming Spring time. After sitting in the house and looking out the window I’m sure that a lot of you have started planning for improvements to your yards.
I want to help as many people as I can to get ready for the new season so now through Feb 20th we are offering 20% off all labor over $200 when you mention you saw this promotion. It will be posted on all of my media outlets to help as many people as we can.
From us to you, we wish you a great spring and summer to come.
Halloween is over and Thanksgiving just around the corner. These are traditional markers for bringing in the harvest and other winter preparations. We are trying to check off our fall do lists, and thought we might share some of the things on it with you.
Re-pot and bring in an houseplants that went outside for the summer
Cut Back Perennial Plants
Dig up are cover and mulch cold sensitive bulbs
Over seed the lawn
Plant bulbs that will bloom next spring
Remove Fallen Leaves
Drain and store hoses/ winterize spickets
Winterize and properly store lawn equipment, like the mower, weed eater, and power washer.
That’s a lot just concerning the yard. Not to mention taking down and tilling the garden beds. We will start taking down some of ours this week. Not all of them though our tomatoes are still going like crazy. I will leave them until we get a heavy frost and pick what I can the night before.
Some of the really important things go in inside the house. Or will help keep the house warmer when it does get cold (eventually). Not to mention also needs done for safety reasons.
Sweep the Chimney
Clean the gas furnace, and check for gas leaks
Check doors and windows for cracks. Silicone or add weather stripping if needed
Spray for spiders
That doesn’t even include dragging out all of the winter clothes and making sure that the kids coats still fit.
Plus we can’t forget the pets. We love heated water bowls, they make our lives so much easier. We also try to keep an extra bale or two of hay on hand for the chickens or just in case the dogs have to stay outside for an extended period when its cold.
That’s most of our winter prep list. I am sure I forgot something, but it’s a start anyway. Hopefully it helped you remember something you may have forgotten.
Veterans Thank You for all you have done for us and Our Country. We will take 25% off any service for Veterans that is scheduled from today until Monday 11/14/16. After this weekend tell us if you are a Veteran and we will still work something out with you.
Gutters, Mowing, Chimney Sweep, Holiday Lighting you name it 25% off anything scheduled this weekend.
This is a gorgeous spot located on a little lake in Bella Vista, AR. The very steep grade of the backyard going down to the lake presented many challenges. The sidewalk leading down to the lake is so steep that you have to almost lean backward in order to walk down it. The homeowners were almost unable to use this entire area safely.
We can’t wait for the newly terraced areas to fill in with grass, and maybe sedum or other ground cover to add more color. On a happy note the homeowners now have a very nice sitting area and are able to safely bring their paddle boat to and from the lake.
The entire backyard are was originaly all covered in gravel with only two retaining walls. You can see the first retaining wall up by the house.
The gravel below the original wall has all been cleared away. The first native stone walkway is in the process of being laid out.
Our first Native Stone retaining wall is starting to come together.
Both Native Stone walls in place with steps and a pathway.
The bottom retaining wall was raised. These blocks are a Keystone product. They are very durable and easy to assemble. We would recommend them for any similar projects, they will do their job for a very long time.
This is the Native Stone sitting area built into one of the walls. The perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, or just look at the lake.