Thinking about starting a landscape design or renovation project but looking for some more information? Our team of experienced landscape designers and consultants share some information to help your project come to life.

How much should I budget for Landscaping?

For an excellent landscape, plan to spend up to 10% of your home’s value on a complete remodel. A ballpark figure consists of $4,600 to $134,700,

How long does a landscaping project take?

The duration of a landscaping project can vary significantly depending on various factors such as the size of the area being landscaped, the complexity of the design, and the availability of resources.

Smaller projects, such as creating a garden bed or installing a patio, can typically be completed within a few days. However, larger-scale projects, such as a complete landscape renovation or the construction of an outdoor living space, can take several weeks or even months to finish.

It is important to consult with our landscape design specialists who can assess your specific project requirements and provide a more accurate estimate of the time frame involved.

What does landscaping include?

Landscaping encompasses a wide range of services, including sod work, the installation of retaining walls, driveway interlocking, intricate stonework and more. These services go beyond enhancing your curb appeal; they have the potential to substantially increase the value and functionality of your property when executed with precision and care.

If I want to install rope lights, can I drill clamps into my coping without damaging the wall?

Drilling into the seat wall is no problem. However, we recommend that you do not use over a #8 size concrete screw.

Can I install pavers over concrete?

If your concrete is in excellent condition (no cracking or deterioration), then yes, you can install pavers over concrete. The existing concrete pad must slope away from any structures to ensure drainage (min 1” of fall for 8′ of run). Also, you must create a drainage layer below the pavers (1″ of bedding sand).

What type of gravel should I use for a base?

The base material we recommend is locally-approved, road base gravel (6-12” thick for a patio and/or walkway, 10-14″ thick for a driveway). On top of this compacted gravel, a 1″ bedding course of coarse sand is placed prior to laying the pavers.

Can freeze/thaw cycles damage pavers or slabs?

No. Damage caused by freezing is virtually non-existent. Joints between concrete units (pavers, slabs, walls) allow them to move without breaking or cracking. The quality of the concrete used also allows each unit to withstand freezing.

Are pavers and slabs slippery?

No. Whether the ground is wet or dry, the texture provides excellent traction for pedestrians and motor vehicles alike.

Do you use Techo-Bloc?

Yes! VS Landscape has used Techo-Block products! Take a look at this project (link) where we used 4 different types of patio slabs.

What is efflorescence?

Efflorescence is a deposit of white crystals that can sometimes appear on the surface of the concrete. It does not, in any way, compromise the functionality of the product. With rain, and time, efflorescence will disappear.

Should I seal my pavers?

Most pavers and slabs are designed to resist deterioration. Sealants will provide additional protection against stains and make maintenance easier. While simultaneously enhancing the colour of the stone, the decision to use a sealant is, above all, a matter of taste.

Can damaged concrete pavers be replaced?

Yes. However, it would be wise for you to set aside a few extra pavers as replacements when doing the original installation. To replace a paver, remove the sand joint around the paver. Next, use two screwdrivers to remove the paver, and replace it with the new paver. Fill the joint with sand and compact the entire area using a rubber mallet.

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