A most beautiful landscape

Homeowners know that a most beautiful landscape requires not just flowers and trees but a judicious amount of hardscaping such as stone and masonry. These materials are necessary for paving walkways, driveways and patios. They’re necessary for building retaining walls, steps and ramps. Often beautiful in their own right, stone and masonry can complement the beauty of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Among the materials that a homeowner may need to beautify their landscaping are:

• Aggregates
These range from crushed stone to concrete sand. They are versatile and used as base materials in driveways and walkways, bedding layers for pavement, control of ice and erosion, for plumbing and for drainage. Masonry sand can be used to repoint paver joints and can be installed below an above ground pool. Aggregates can be recycled or decorative. Decorative aggregates improve the look of dry creek beds and are used for dog runs and ground cover.

• Pavers and Retaining Walls
Pavers have a timeless quality about them and go with just about every style of house and garden. They can be sawn, dressed or random, and if the company such as Neff Brothers doesn’t have the exact type of pavers the customer wants, they can be ordered with just a click on the company website. Masonry for retaining walls is not only attractive but strong enough to hold back tons of wet earth.

• Soil and Mulch
The right type of soil and mulch are important for the health of plantings. Mulch keeps the ground cool, holds in moisture and suppresses weeds. But even mulch doesn’t have to be simply utilitarian. It can be colored, made of leaf compost or double shredded hardwood. Top soil, with its nutrients, is crucial for the growth of plants placed in otherwise poor soils. Since most plants don’t like to stand in waterlogged soil, topsoil also helps with drainage. Special mixes of topsoil are available for properties with soil that is poor in some nutrients.

Fill dirt is used to help build retaining walls and fill in unsightly holes. Because fill dirt is poor in nutrients, it will need a layer of topsoil if the owner wants to grow ground cover or grass.

The company’s professionals should be able to come to the homeowner’s property and deliver the material to where they want it. There is bound to be a stone or masonry product that’s just right for any landscape.