Border Stone Tree Rings

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.

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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

 

 

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.

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

 

More Payment Options

2 J’s & Sons is happy to announce that we will now be accepting payments via credit card. This service will be powered by Yardbook. A $3 convenience fee will charged for this service and at this time we are only able to process cards online. Hopefully in the future we will be able to process cards in person, but for now our invoices will come with a link for those that would like to pay this way. An additional link may be found at the bottom of our website.

We are proud to cut down on our carbon foot print be using emailed invoices.

 

Cobblestone Sitting Area

This is a great little sitting area in a partially shady backyard. We loved installing the Dublin Cobblestone pavers made by Belgard, and hope to use more of them soon.

400 square feet of cobblestone and 15 yards of river rock later. I can’t wait to see this wonderful sitting area all decked-out with furniture.

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Beautiful Native Stone Fire Pit

This is a gorgeous yard. It went from bare to a peaceful, luscious green  paradise. Sod and river rock combined to keep erosion problems under control and to cut out some mowing for the wonderful homeowners. A custom built fire pit and flag stone patio with rock bench steal center stage.

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