This job was a lot of fun, and looked amazing when it was completed. It took a little longer than expected and more stone than we originally estimated. Part of that could have been that the homeowners liked it so much they added a longer wall to the project.
Eight tons of native stone and two pallets of concrete. One hundred and fifty blocks and one hundred and fifty bags of mortar later. The end result was low retaining wall about two hundred and forty feet long that wrapped almost all the way around the house.
The back of the house sits up against a small hill, and all of the water run off from the roof runs into a built up gravel bed that used to be held in place by landscape timbers. Over the years the timbers began to rot and break down. So the new native stone retaining wall should last longer and help with erosion control around the house. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures of the back.
One of the hardest parts was finding enough native stone to match the existing rock-work. After we found rock to closely match the stone that had been on the property for years the wall got longer. So it was back to the rock yard to try to find more rock with just the right coloration. The new inventory wasn’t as spot on with the existing stone, but we got it pretty close.
In the end the customer was vary happy and is glad to have the last big project for the property done.
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.
This summer has been super busy and flown by. We haven’t been taking pictures of most of our jobs. Luckily this week we snapped a few of one of our favorite yards.
We fixed a leaky pond with a solar powered waterfall. As well as laying some flagstone and spreading out some gravel for a walkway. Both of the stone and gravel should help control an existing erosion problem, and help to fill in bare spots in the lawn.
This lawn gets a lot of sun through out the day. So growing grass has been a little hard, even though the homeowner water it every day. The pathways will help fill in some bare spots where grass seed was washed away.
The waterfall sounds amazing, and the peach water lilies compliment the entire picture. This backyard is great place to relax before bed or wake up in with a cup of coffee.
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.
This yard went from a rocky mess to a green dream. New sod and flowerbeds, to go with a new home.
We planted phlox, ornamental grasses, glit edge, nandina, purple leaf crepe myrtle,and a pencil bush just to name a few. It was all capped off with a Japanese Maple. These hardy perennials will keep coming back and looking great every year with very little maintenance.
Now we just have to wait on all the spring rain coming in to help it all flourish.
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.