Landscaping FAQsFarmington MN Paver Patio Area and Steps

“We are passionate about our creative paver builds.” – Kyle Fredrickson, Apple Valley landscape contractor

Custom outdoor living spaces built with pavers is the perfect solution enhance your curb appeal and landscaping needs. We create an array of attractive patterns from commercial driveways to household courtyards and garden, with custom and creative paver designs.

Top Landscaping FAQs

* What are the benefits of protecting my pavers?

Properly sealed pavers will minimize maintenance, prevent stains from oil, food and drink spillages, BBQ grease, dirt, falling leaves and pet stains (if pavers are sealed, stains will remain on the sealant and not penetrate into the paver pores), slow the growth of moss or mildew in damp area, reduce the rate of color fade, inhibit weed infestation and keep your pavers looking new for a longer period of time.

* Do I need to clean my pavers before they are sealed?

Because the protectors need to penetrate concrete pores the surface must be properly cleaned with specialized cleaners to remove ground in dirt and stains. Good penetration means better looking pavers and an extended life.

* How long can I expect it to last?

Typically the sealer will last for a period of 3 to 5 years depending on the traffic and use, i.e., driveways will not last as long.

* How do I choose the best finish for me?

Your Hardscape Protection Specialist will provide you with samples of the finishes . You can choose from a Natural Stone Look for your landscaping, a Color Enhancer or a Wet Look. It is a personal preference, however, some finishes are not appropriate in certain areas. Your Hardscape Protection Specialist will point you in the right direction!

* Some of my pavers have settled, and there is hardly any sand in the joints. Can I still seal my walk?

All repairs must be made to the walk prior to applying a sealant. This means the walk must be restored to its original condition and all joints must be filled with polymeric jointing sand before sealing.

* What is polymeric jointing sand?

Polymeric jointing sand is a high-tech mix of graded, colored sand and a binder, specially formulated for the filling of joints between pavers, slabs or natural stones. Unlike conventional sand it stays in place and remains stable. It softens when wet and firms up when dry to better resist soil movements. Because the sand gets stiff you can expect fewer weeds and less insect damage.

* If I have conventional sand can I still use polymeric jointing sand?

YES. However, all the old sand must be completely removed with a specially equipped power washer. The entire surface must be thoroughly dry before the new polymeric sand can be installed.

Can I top off joints with a little bit of polymeric jointing sand?

NO. Polymeric sand cannot be used to top off joints that already have sand in them. The old sand must be completely removed before applying new poly sand. Polymeric sand needs at least 1.25 inch of depth to cure properly.

* I have a large paved area. Is there a more cost effective option to removing the existing sand and installing polymeric sand?

YES. Polymeric jointing sand will last longer and give better results, but in older and very large areas of paving where mason sand has been used, an alternative is to top off the joints with additional sand then apply a joint stabilizer. It’s designed to protect the surface while bonding the sand. This stabilizer is effective for a period of two to three years.

* It is important to complete my landscaping in one season?

BEFORE: start of Apple Valley MN paver patio project
AFTER: completion of Apple Valley MN paver patio project
The answer is going to depend on many factors. It is always best to buy in a manner that fit your budget – it is totally fine if that means buying in phases. Few homeowners have the extensive financial resources to landscape their property all at once for perfect curb appeal. Divide your project into seasons, and put out the cash as you go with funds that you can afford. You’ll save on interest charges and be able to enjoy your progress and adjust your landscape planning before moving to the next phase.

It is more important to plan your landscaping for the long term. Although it’s less expensive to build a square patio or small deck, it’s no bargain if you find that later the results so dissatisfying that your family uses it less. It may be worth it to pay for a professional landscape design and own an outdoor living space that you love to use. Check out how you can create a room-like space with retaining walls.

Learn more: read our top landscaping tips.

If you have a small space between your house and the street, try putting a low fence in front. It gives the illusion that your house is farther from the street than it really is, and it also makes for a great space for planting flowers and vines. – Southern Living

Check out our landscape gallery for inspiring ideas.

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