Latest Trends in Concrete Pavers

Outdoor landscaping continues to evolve, and nothing beats outdoor living when the weather is right, but high maintenance materials, like wood, are decreasing in popularity. Many homeowners today are moving towards time efficiency and sustainability materials like concrete pavers.

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In today’s fully functional backyard, concrete pavers are becoming the increasingly popular alternative to a number of natural building materials. Not only do they offer convenience, variety, durability, and beauty, they are practically maintenance free. This reduced amount of upkeep is a defining factor for today’s fast paced society where time to enjoy the backyard is paramount instead of continuous care.

Modern Patio Trends

As patio trends continue to change, there is a distinctive movement toward creatively clustered patio sections and strategically placed pavers placed within these areas. Whether the design has as a built-in outdoor kitchen, gas fireplace and lounger area, waterfall, path leading to gardens or formal dining arrangement, concrete pavers add to the attractiveness of your location. They are not only used to beautify your outdoor environment, but they are adaptable to your personal style and creativity.

When you decide to initiate an outdoor patio project, it’s a good idea to collect as much information as possible before diving into a landscape plan. By being informed and gaining knowledge about patio trends or the tried-and-true fundamentals, you will be able to make informed choices and get the best value for your money.

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – a home with a professionally designed landscape will command 15-20% more when the property is sold.

Concrete Paver Types & Textures

Concrete pavers come in a wide range of stain-resistant concrete materials that can be paired with your current landscape for an exquisite visual property and minimal maintenance requirements. The pavers require little human input because they are able to withstand the change of climate during the different seasons. They are offered in many different styles and looks such as:

  • Classic
  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Sophisticated
  • Clean
  • Patterned
  • Colorful

And, you’ll find a variety of different textures such as:

  • Basic
  • Smooth
  • Rough
  • Grooved
  • Intricate

Although pavers come in many different sizes, the bigger your area, the bigger the pavers that should be used. Stones sizes such as 8×16-inch or a 16×24 inch on a larger-sized patio (approx. 500 feet or more) will look more naturally appealing and proportionate.

4 Main Patio Designs

Antique Patio Theme – This choice incorporates sophistication with a worn-in-time look.

Classic Patio Style – This style theme is dominant in the market. Usually a smooth surface, it sometimes resembles brick or tile.

Contemporary Patio Look – This look has an ultra-modern look more often seen in Europe and some progressive urban areas of the United States.

Natural Patio Style – This patio looks as if real blocks of stone have been cut to form the surface. Often it’s a dark, textured tone.

Your Dream Patio

Whichever style, theme or texture you decide upon; concrete pavers are definitely the latest trend in residential landscape that are beautiful and maintenance free. They will both add to your curb appeal and increase the value to your home.  If you live in the Hamilton, Brantford and Halton area, contact Green Collar Landscaping today!

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The Importance of Landscape Design

Browsing through pictures of beautiful gardens and plush grass might lead you to think about all the possibilities you can complete with the yard you have, but do those designs work for your home and your lifestyle? Certain landscaping might look absolutely stunning but do those people have children who run around in the yard? A dog who might dig up flower beds? Or is their yard much bigger than the space you are working with? Here are some important questions to ask and have answers for prior to having work done.

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Will it all fit in the space you have?

Make a list, or draw a design, of everything you want to have in your yard – and include absolutely everything! By visualizing everything you want to have, you might figure out you don’t have enough room or something might not fit exactly where you want it to. This will help to make sure you haven’t forgotten about anything. So when you’re actually doing the work – or close to completion – you won’t be disappointed you couldn’t include something you wanted.

Will this yard fit your lifestyle?

This is potentially the most important thing. Complex landscape design can be incredibly beautiful, but it can also be a waste of money for you if it conflicts with your lifestyle. Do you want to invest in large flower beds that take a lot of time and effort to maintain when you have a dog that will dig up the plants? Or do you want to have a yard that is full of gardens and stones without any place for your young children to run around? Be certain to stop and take time think about these things because you wouldn’t want to invest a lot of time, effort, and money, into something you won’t use.

What kind of maintenance are you willing to do?

If you decide to have a landscape company design an outdoor space for you that is complex with a lot of different kinds of plants, then it’s likely going to take a lot of effort and time to maintain it. Are you willing to do that? You can always hire landscape companies to take care of the work for you on a weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly basis but it’s a good idea to know ahead of time what you are getting into.

A landscape company such as Green Collar Landscaping will also prepare your plants for the winter, and do regular spring maintenance once the warm weather comes. The amount of time, or money, it will cost you to keep your yard looking exactly how you want it is always something to consider.

Will it affect the resale of your home?

You might be planning to stay in your home forever, but you might not either. If you aren’t planning to stay long term then is what you’re planning to do going to affect the resale of your home? Some landscaping is easy to change if the new owners don’t like it but some of it requires a lot of time, and potentially money to redo and buyers might consider that when making an offer.

Planning your landscape work before you do it is important for all of these reasons. The biggest reason though is just to make sure it will look how you want it to when all is said and done.

If you are looking for a Landscape Designer in the Brantford, Burlington, Hamilton, and Oakville area, contact Green Collar Landscaping today.   We go the extra mile to gain your trust and work even harder to make your property look its best.

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How to Maintain Newly Laid Sod

Newly laid sod can transform a disheveled or bare lawn into a picture-perfect image of outdoor tranquility, but it will not stay that way without the proper care. Sod, when it is first put down is fragile and requires good maintenance. The following are some tips to help you ensure that your newly laid sod becomes the beautiful lawn you’ve always wanted.

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Your newly laid sod needs to go hand in hand with your hardscaping. This not only will help to give your home amazing curb appeal (and therefore help with property value), but it will also ensure that your sod stays in place and will not be subject to a lateral shift.

Features such as retaining walls will help to keep your sod from shifting – particularly if your property is on a slope.


Watering is extremely important during the first few days after new sod has been laid. Your first watering should take place as soon as the sod has been laid and it should be watered thoroughly daily for at least a week after that.

After the first week, you can reduce your watering schedule to three times a week.


While you want to limit how much you walk on fresh sod, you will likely want to mow it after the first week or so. Be sure to use a nice sharp blade and take caution not to disturb the sod’s roots while you are cutting the grass.

Keeping your grass cut to 2.5 to 3 inches is ideal. Cutting it too short will make it more likely to get burned by the sun or overrun with weeds.


New sod should not be fertilized until the fall as doing so earlier may encourage leaf growth but not root development. If fertilizing in the fall, be sure to do so with a granular fall fertilizer.

The following spring, it will be ok to overseed the sod with a granular spring fertilizer. Fertilizer should never be applied during extreme heat, or it may cause damage to your lawn.

Pesticides and Herbicides

While pesticides and herbicides may benefit established lawns, they should never be used on new sod. These chemicals kill not only harmful insects but beneficial ones as well, meaning that the application of them could leave your new sod more vulnerable to infestations than if no chemicals had been used at all.

The best way to prevent unwanted weeds and pests in your lawn is to keep it healthy using the watering, mowing and fertilizing schedules mentioned above.

Lawn Maintenance Programs in Brantford and Hamilton Ontario

Caring for your new sod along with having the right hardscaping is key to having a beautiful lawn that gives great curb appeal to your home. Proper lawn maintenance is fairly straightforward, but it requires dedication to help roots become established.

If you would prefer to have professionals look after your lawn for you, Green Collar Landscaping offers a number of lawn maintenance programs to help you keep your lawn looking green and beautiful season after season.

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Keep Green Collar on Your Shortlist for Snow Removal in Hamilton, ON

Hamilton, Ontario (September 23, 2014) – The winter months are just around the corner for Canada, and for the residents of Hamilton, Ontario, that means having to face the dreariness of winters made only worse by the unsightly slush that blankets the city during this time. To help keep their drives and walkways clear come winter, Hamiltonians may want to warm up to the idea of hiring Green Collar Landscaping for winter container arrangements and snow removal in Hamilton.

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Creative Landscapers can Do More than Just Snow Removal in Hamilton

As winter fast approaches, you may suddenly come up with an idea to decorate the drab snow-covered yard and driveway after excess snow has been cleared. Since you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, it’s best to seek help from an artistic landscaper who does snow removal in Hamilton. An article on features simple yet dramatic suggestions from their resident stylist on how to beautify your winter yard to get into the spirit of the season.

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Hamilton Landscaping Companies Suggest Winter Planters this Icy Season

Winter planters may look like any ordinary potted plant, but they excel at one thing: the pots used aren’t your usual terracotta.

Clay is a type of expansive soil, swelling and shrinking depending on water content. Clay pots are one of the most affordable containers around, their porosity allowing them to breathe and provide air to the soil. Under a rainy winter, however, clay will be susceptible to cracking as a result of constant freeze-thaw cycles.

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Prevent Soil from Breaking up with Winter Landscaping in Hamilton

This year, experts are expecting a warmer fall followed by a tamer and shorter winter. However, winter is winter. There’s no stopping Canadian soil from freezing over once more.

Ice and snow have their own way of loosening up the soil and ruining your beautiful landscape in the coming months. Any moisture present in the soil may freeze, leaving icy crevices that can break up the soil. The loose soil can then be blown away by a strong blizzard. Scientists believe water and ice were the causes of major rock formations like the Grand Canyon.

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Snow on Your Front Yard Best Handled by Hamilton Snow Removal Service

Scientific speculation is intensifying that a new mini Ice Age is looming.

Climate has been a huge variable in Canada over time. Some 100,000 years ago, things were cooler than now, and 40,000 years ago, much cooler. From 18,000 to 15,000 years ago, the Wisconsin glaciation was in full force.

Starting about 8,000 years ago, warming intensified and the climate was about 2 C warmer than now. But another bout of cooling started about 4,000 years ago.

According to the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, recent cooler periods produced tundra-like spruce woodlands as far south as southern Ontario, where caribou roamed.

Of course, the brutal winter of 2013-14 might have been an anomaly. But, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cautions atmospheric conditions that spawned that miserable winter in much of North America will likely be in place again next winter. Another bout of polar vortices anyone?

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Up for Continuous Lawn Care in Hamilton? Then Grow your Own Lawn Today

For lawn-loving Canadians who don’t mind the challenges of regular lawn maintenance in Hamilton and elsewhere, fall is the best time to grow a lawn. However, cultivating your lawn from the ground up requires tedious work. Popular Mechanics contributor Joseph Truini shares a few tips to homeowners:

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Thinking like Hamilton Landscapers: Designing your Garden Layout Plan

For many homeowners in Ontario’s Hammer City, few things offer better satisfaction than to have a cultivated garden in the yard that offers not only aesthetic draw, but also function and vital plant life. To pull this off for the most part, your best bet would be to hire reputable Hamilton/Brantford landscapers to do the job, but whether you lovingly tend to your garden yourself or hire lawn care professionals, you’ll want to make sure that your own personal touch plays into everything from the layout design to the choice of plant types, colors, size, and textures. Here are some tips to get started:

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