Sitting Poolside

Belgard Cobblestone around poolStart 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.

 

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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.

Aspen Cobblestone Sitting Area

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Wedding Yard Makeover

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.

 

Lakefront view

Belgard cobblestone pavers

 

 

Mid Winter Special

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.

 

Fall To Do List

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. autumn-oak-foliage

  • Re-pot and bring in an houseplants that went outside for the summer
  • Cut Back Perennial Plants
  • Divide Perennials
  • Dig up are cover and mulch cold sensitive bulbs
  • Mulch
  • Over seed the lawn
  • Plant bulbs that will bloom next spring
  • Remove Fallen Leaves
  • Clean Gutters
  • Drain and store hoses/ winterize spickets
  • Winterize and properly store lawn equipment, like the mower, weed eater, and power washer.     hose strung out

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
  • Cut firewood
  • 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.       Pet Chicken.jpg

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.

Fall Clean Up   Chimney Sweeps

Thank You Veterans

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.

Lake Front View

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.

graveled-slope  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.

 

 

 

Keystone Retaining wall systems The gravel below the original wall has all been cleared away. The first native stone walkway is in the process of being laid out.

 

 

 

1105161007Our first Native Stone retaining wall is starting to come together.

 

 

 

 

Native Stone Retaining Wall and Pathways  Both Native Stone walls in place with steps and a pathway.

 

 

 

 

Retaining Wall with block by KeystoneThe 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.

 

Terraced Lake Front Home

 

 

 

Just a Little Fall Decor

 

Halloween is less than a week away. The leaves are falling and mums and pumpkins are being sold everywhere. We are trying to bring in some festive decor, while the kids are still trying to decide what to dress up as for Halloween. On top of all the chores that need done before the weather gets really cold.

 

We’ve started to build a new wood shed that will have a tool shed attached, that we can’t wait to share IF we ever get it done. We have also been doing a very large and dangerous landscape job that hopefully will be completed by the end of the week. It will look amazing when it’s finished. Along with making the homeowners backyard with a gorgeous view of a lake much more practical so they can enjoy it.

Now about those fall decorations. We finally bought some mums again (much later in the year than I had originally planned). We really love the dark red ones, hopefully we can get them to survive the winter inside this year and plant them in the spring. Here is the link to our post about mums and their care Tips for Growing Mums.

Two pumpkins because it just isn’t October without pumpkins. Our hope that our four year old son would help with carving went out the window as soon as he realized his hands would get dirty. But he loves them now that they are cleaned and lit.

The two tiny white pumpkins are everyone’s favorite including our sons, he carried them around all day.

The fallen leaves are really what brings all of it together. At least for now. A few in the yard are pretty and help remind us of the time of year. So long as we stay on top of keeping the vast majority cleaned up.

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We hope you are having a wonderful fall, and bringing the beautiful fall colors into your home also. Give us a call if you need help getting your yard or chimney ready for winter at 417-772-4181.

National Coffee Day

It’s National Coffee Day. I don’t know what that has to do with lawn care or landscaping, but as a business owner and construction workers we love coffee. So we thought we would share our…. well second cup of the morning with you. Happy National Coffee Day!

Tractor Service

Our tractor is small so it fits through most gates and causes LESS damage to  existing landscaping. Bigger isn’t always better. It will get most jobs done, equipped with a front end loader and backhoe. Its perfect for moving gravel behind most houses and digging drainage ditches for gutter drains. Its also good at grading in tight spaces.

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Some grading work Before 

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Steep Gravel Removal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gravel install