Native Stone Retainingwalls

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.

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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Pond Rebuild

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

Weather Clean Up 15% Off

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.

 

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Holiday Lighting

We love to drive around a look at the wonderful lights during the holidays. In the past few years it seems like fewer and fewer homes are putting them up. At 2 J’s & Sons we understand the hassle and lack of time most people have for this daunting task that helps make the holidays enjoyable and more festive. Especially here in NWA where we can’t rely on the snow to help usher in a more festive spirit. christmas-snowman

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We want to help make the holidays easier for you, and more enjoyable for the kids and neighbors. So let us help take the stress out and do the hard work. Dragging out the ladder and untangling that mass of lights, all the while hoping the bulbs all still work.

 

  • Use your own lights and decor or let us supply them for you.
  • We will also come back at any point if your lights are malfunctioning.
  • We will put them up and come back after the holiday to take them down.
  • If you already have lights of your own you can rely on us to pack them away neatly for next year.christmas-penguine

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Let’s make the holidays brighter by lighting up Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri. Give 2 J’s & Sons a call to talk about your holiday decorations, estimates are always FREE 417-772-4181. Contact

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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.