Stunning Small Backyard Landscape Ideas

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During the spring and summer months, it’s great to sit back and relax in the backyard; maybe have a barbecue or two with friends and family, and above all, make memories. But what can you do if you have a small backyard? Well, you actually have a lot of different options, so let’s look at some of the things you can do, or add to a small backyard to make it the perfect spot for you.

Make the Space Functional

With the backyard being a wonderful place to hang out with friends and family. Making it functional can have a great effect on how much time is spent there. One thing you could do is create a “dining experience”. Having a nice table with comfortable chairs could really make the push to eat outside as a family, or have company over to your home. Alongside this, adding a pizza oven or bar space could really make this area special. This masonry work can really make a huge difference. Making pizzas could become a family tradition and something fun to do for everyone, while also adding a gorgeous flair. As for the bar space, this could be the perfect opportunity to get friends over after a long day or week at work and bond.

On the same note, if you are looking for a relaxing area, where you can read a book, take in some sun and have a glass of wine, adding a plush seating area is the place for you. On a similar note, if you want to have the neighbors over for a beer or two, adding a fire pit will definitely be the best plan of action for you. Being able to sit in a backyard and have a fun time is one of the best parts of the spring and summer, so take some of these ideas and roll with them to create a great little space.

Simplicity

Keeping the area simple is the best way to make the backyard design look bigger and better. By incorporating bright colors, like white, beige or light gray, you can create a larger looking area. Adding a pop of color, like a purple, or yellow, or blue, is what will really make it look great to the eye. On a similar note, adding mirrors to wall areas can help very much to create depth. This will help to enlarge the area to the eye, while also making the area look very modernized and antique.

Vertical Planting

Another great idea for a smaller backyard landscape is adding vertical plants. This can make the best out of the small area, and also add the functionality of food growth. Growing your own herbs and plants (tomatoes, peppers, etc) is a great way to save money over the course of the year. It is also much healthier for your body. As a planting tip, make sure to plant your basil beneath your tomato plants. The reason why this is a good idea is because basil loves growing in shade, while tomatoes love the sun of summer. On a separate note, having wall art, as well as hanging gardens and stack gardens is a great way to utilize every inch of space, as well as create a beautiful landscape design.

We would love to work with you to create a gorgeous backyard landscape that makes your dreams a reality. To request a quote or schedule a free consultation, contact us online or over the phone at (603) 234-3229. We will respond within 24 hours.

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How to Maintain Pool Waterfalls

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Pool waterfalls can be a beautiful addition to any backyard, and create an oasis during the very hot summer months. With elements that make your backyard a paradise, it is also important to know how to maintain a waterfall all-year round, whether the weather is warm or ice-cold. In places like New England, it is very crucial to be preventative when it comes to the harsh winters.

Warm Weather

During warm months, it may seem like your waterfall needs no extra work, however there are a few things you need to make sure of so that it doesn’t get dirty, discolored, or cracked. In order to make sure the water doesn’t get dirty or discolored, it is essential to keep the water running whenever its being cleaned or has people in it. This will help the water to circulate and filter. Secondly, it is important to keep strong pool chemicals away from the rock base, as it could damage the material. On top of that, scrubbing any material deposits will help to make sure that it stays safe and clean. Leaks can also be something to look out for when you have a pool waterfall.

Leakage is easy to avoid, and as long as you are double checking that the water is coming out of the exit it is supposed to be, there should be no leaks. If the water flow starts to slow down or stops for any reason, it is important to check for leaks. If you see water spurting out of spots its not supposed to be, it is important to shut the water off, find the source, and then fill the leak with waterproof caulking to seal the hole.

Cold Weather

When there is cold weather, especially harsh winters, with snow, ice and wind, it is important to follow the next few steps, to make sure that your waterfall is not damaged by the natural elements.

  • Step 1: Unplug the motor for the waterfall pump when you are closing your pool. This will make sure you save energy, and that the water stops circulating.
  • Step 2: Dry off the water on the waterfall. This ensures that no ice will freeze on the material, and potentially cause cracks or damage.
  • Step 3: Cover the waterfall in tarp. The tarp will help to avoid outside damage from effecting the state of craftsmanship.
  • Step 4: Clear off snow and ice so no cracking occurs. This avoids damage from the weight of the snow and ice.

To request a quote or schedule a free consultation, contact us online or over the phone at (603) 234-3229. We will respond within 24 hours.

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What are the Advantages of Utilizing 3D Design Technology?

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Creating an outdoor living space is often a complex process, which is why we are proud to cut down on the frustration by offering 3D design services to our clients. If you have never used this technology in the past, you will be amazed at how seamless it can make the entire undertaking.

Here are a few major advantages of utilizing available 3D design technology:

  • See a concept before it is built. If you want to see what a retaining wall or new patio will look like in your yard before construction even begins, 3D design is the way to go. This will allow you to change your mind and experiment with different concepts and design aesthetics without being locked into decision that cannot be reversed. 3D technology can be especially useful if you have trouble making decisions and need to see various options.
  • Faster turnaround on your ideas. When inspiration hits and you come up with a concept you would like to see for your backyard, you will be able to give the ideas to your contractor. They will then be able to create the 3D model which you can see, and decide whether or not the idea is something you want to pursue. The fast turnaround can cut down on the length of the project, meaning you will have your dream backyard that much faster.
  • Review design stages with the contractor. Of course, you will want to be involved in the project at every step of the process, and the 3D design models is a great way for everyone to stay on the same page. The contractor will create the model based on your ideas, showing you what everything will ultimately look like, so nothing moves ahead without your final approval. This makes the job much more collaborative between you and the contractor.

To request a quote or schedule a free consultation, contact us online or over the phone at (603) 234-3229. We will respond within 24 hours.

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3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Landscape Designer

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If you are thinking of revamping your backyard, the first thing you will want to do is hire a landscape designer. While you might think of yourself as a person with a green thumb, renovating a piece of land – particularly when stonemasonry is involved – can be a complex process.

Even for a do-it-yourself enthusiast, hiring a professional will have a number of different advantages and will improve the project overall. You will be able to tap into a reservoir of ideas and resources, and be able to avoid potential issues.

Here are three major reasons to work with a professional landscape designer:

  • Idea generation. While you might have a general concept in mind for what you want the final result to look like, working through the details can be more difficult. Landscape designers and installers have abundant ideas and use past projects as a source of information. Fieldstone Supplies uses 3D design technology to show customers the final result beforehand.
  • Land analysis. Every piece of land is unique and will present its own sets of challenges when it comes to landscape design and development. A professional designer will have the depth of knowledge necessary to figure out what your yard will need, whether a retaining wall can help with a steep slope or what stone will look best.
  • Project management. Working with a professional means taking a step back throughout the process. You can be hands-on, but the day-to-day aspects that need to happen will be done by someone who knows what they are doing. Even when an “unknown” pops up, the designer can work to minimize potential pitfalls that could otherwise be a major problem.

To request a quote or schedule a free consultation, contact us online or over the phone at (603) 234-3229. We’ll respond within 24 hours.

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3 Signs of a Failing Retaining Wall

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A retaining wall is a structure that is used to hold back soil when there is a drastic change in elevation on a property. Retaining walls are a stylish option when homeowners want to terrace their yards that have steep slopes, creating a usable outdoor space while controlling erosion. Low retaining walls are frequently transformed into planting beds, adding a dynamic element into an otherwise flat and unremarkable piece of property.

When a retaining wall fails, it could result in extensive damage to the landscape, as well as costly repairs. This is especially true of concrete retaining walls, as this material is much more difficult to replace than bricks or planks. To help avoid this situation, homeowners need to be on the lookout for signs that their retaining walls are not functioning properly. Retaining walls are generally forgiving, usually signaling trouble before a collapse.

Here are a few signs of a failing retaining wall:

  • The wall is collapsing or tilting. When a retaining wall begins to tilt, it is usually the result of soil issues or poor construction. A tilting wall can happen if the footing toe is too small to bear the weight of the soil it is trying to keep in place, or the structure was not properly reinforced. Most retaining walls require a weep to drain water. Water will accumulate if the weep is not working correctly, adding weight to clay soil and leading to cracks and tilting.
  • The wall is starting to crumble. If your concrete retaining wall is crumbling, the concrete likely was not mixed well initially, or is of subpar quality. This type of retaining wall also requires a steel rebar to handle the amount of soil behind it. If the rebar is not of sufficient strength, the retaining wall will not be able to do its job.
  • Separation from adjacent walls. Much like collapsing or tilting walls, retaining walls that separate from adjacent walls are likely the result of poor construction. A separating retaining wall might not actually have been designed to withstand the weight that is bearing down on it. Poor water drainage or inadequate reinforcement to those adjacent walls are other likely causes, all of which will need to be dealt with quickly.

Don’t put off dealing with a potential retaining wall issue! To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or over the phone at (603) 234-3229. We’ll respond within 24 hours.

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How to Improve the Look of Your Property

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Winter is over, which means now is the time for homeowners to put away those snow shovels and think about how to enhance their outdoor spaces.

With spring here, and summer around the corner, you will want your yard to be in the best shape possible for hours of entertaining your close friends and family members.

We all take pride in our lawns and in the appearance of our property. Who doesn’t want a respectable-looking yard? Here are a few tips for home owners looking to improve their properties:

  • Create an outdoor living area. Over the past five years, outdoor living areas have become increasingly popular. Patios have always been an important part of the landscape, however, over the years homeowners have wanted more for their yards. There has been an increase in demand for fire pits, fireplaces, kitchens/grill areas and even outside living room spaces. Creating an outdoor living space not only adds a great space to entertain, it also increases the value of a property. A well-designed and properly built hardscape is like adding an extension to your home. If you ever decide to move, an outdoor living area will be a major selling point.
  • Repair any present damage. Take a look at the current hardscapes in your yard – the patio, walkway, steps, retaining wall, or even your lawn. Are there are any areas that need to be addressed? If you notice spots that could use a little attention, be sure to call in a professional to get the job done right. Whether it’s a repair, new design, new installation or adding nutrient-filled loam to your lawn, an experienced landscape company can help you get your yard looking exactly like you envision.
  • Keeping your lawn green. Underground sprinkler systems are great! You will have the best lawn in the neighborhood if you opt to go this route. Above ground sprinkler systems can work just fine as well if your budget is limited. The best time to water is early in the morning, and again in the late afternoon. If you water too late in the evening you’re setting yourself up for the potential of a moldy lawn, which could become a problem. FERTILZE! With a good fertilizer, you will keep your lawn healthy and give it that deep green color we all yearn for; you can fertilize 5-6 times a year. The soil you rake your seed in with is essential, as poor soil will give you a subpar lawn. Be sure to order the best loam in your area, which will be enriched with essential nutrients and screened with a half-inch screen.
  • Design, Plan, Install. If you have an idea as to how you would like to transform your property, there is nothing better than seeing the design plan through 3D pictures or even a high definition video before construction begins. We understand that your property is an important asset to you, and take pride in working with our clients to bring their designs to life. We design with the latest 3D technology so you can see exactly what the finished product will look like. We are a start to finish landscape company that looks forward to working with you from the design/planning stage all the way through the installation. Loam, seeding, irrigation, hardscape installation, stonewalls, plants, lighting (and more) are just a few of the diverse services we offer at Fieldstone Supplies.

Don’t wait until the last minute to update your property! To request a quote or schedule a free consultation, contact us online or over the phone at (603) 234-3229. We’ll respond within 24 hours.

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