LEADING THIN STONE VENEER BRANDS AND CREATIVE DESIGNS

Below you will find the ‘need to knows’ about thin stone veneer and stone cladding, and the brands that you should focus on when shopping and designing your project!

SELECTING THE VENEER STONE FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE

Interiors & Exteriors that include stone cladding or thin stone veneers always have an attractive finish. The ageless ambiance of a stone wall or accent is priceless and helps to create professional outcomes. With the trend of thin stone veneer taking off during the past decade, it can be overwhelming selecting the right stone, profile, colour, and brand, as many outlets and big box stores have a selection for review!

Canada is home to many natural stone resources, and therefore manufacturers of stone veneer products. Here in Southern Ontario, we are fortunate to have some of those fabricators right here in our backyard. The benefit of our Ontario market, is that we can easily import American made veneers, import from oversees, or reach into our own local market for some of the worlds nicest natural stone products.

Locally, in our Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph market, we see comparable trends and interests between imported veneer brands and local domestic stones. There are benefits to having options, but there is often so much overlap between certain brands and their products lines, that its important to revert back to quality, warranty, and small details within some manufacturers products, to decipher what offers value in your investment, and who is essentially the industry leaders!

At CREATIVE, we’ve always focused on the industries best quality material, regardless of the product category. We simply like being associated to winning landscapes with amazing results. Stone landscapes is our passion, and that includes veneer accent walls or stone wall cladding, so we have drafted a thing stone veneer collection that is comprised of the brand names that we feel are leading the way!

Before we highlight the brands who offer the best quality stone, with leading profiles, lets briefly discuss the difference between natural stone & pre-cast or manufactured veneers.

NATURAL STONE VENEER

Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is either collected by hand or by machine, or is quarried in a larger capacity. The stone is cut to a consistent thickness and weight for use as a veneer. Generally the thickness of a veneer stone is 1.25”, while the heights and lengths differ greatly, based on the profile design. 

In most cases, quarries will cut out large billets, or cubes of natural stone from the earth or quarry wall. These billets are then moved by machine into their manufacturing plants, where large saws will slice them into smaller units that are more manageable by smaller machine or even by hand. Thin units of then cut, and smaller machines are used to product the final dimension required for the profile being made.

With natural stone products, we have many finishing or face options. Each finish offers an opportunity to match the finished results to your personality and independent design style. Texture and dimension play a huge role in the final results, so be sure to understand each option listed below, in the subtitle, ‘Natural Stone Finishes / Face Options,’ discussed below.

Natural stone veneers come in a variety of stone options, including (yet not limited to); granite, marble, travertine, limestone, quartz, & slate.

MANUFACTURED / PRE-CAST VENEER

Manufactured stone veneer is fabricated by pouring a lightweight concrete mix into rubber forms and painted with a colouring process which makes it resemble real stone. Manufactured stone is generally lighter in weight, can be more precise with measurements, yet less mouldable by hand compared to a natural stone product. Manufactured veneers are available with standard installation applications, yet some products offer unique technology for quicker or easier installation, favourable by certain projects or applications, or often home owners (DIY), who have little or no masonry experience.

Manufactured veneer stone often comes in panels, where multiple stones are glued or pieced together, and the panels themselves lock together, making a seamless connection. Depending on the manufacturer or fabricator, other industry terms for these types of panels include: stacked stone ledger panels, ledger stone panels, thin stone panels, stone veneer panels, ledger stone tiles, stone wall tiles, or stacked stone tiles.

FINISHES AND PROFILES

It’s important that you know what design style you want for your landscape or home renovation. A cozy or rustic approach will request a specific veneer profile versus a modern or minimalistic approach. We would like to highlight some of the standard veneer profiles and textures that we inventory and see trending on a continued basis.

LEDGESTONE

A calibrated stone that offers a linear or stacked laying pattern. Ledgestone patterns are the most popular trending that we see taking place in the masonry industry. Modern designs use a 2”, 4”, 6”, or often 8” height stone to create a linear laying style. Either one-height of stone is used for the entire project, or multiple heights to create a layered look or modular mix. 

RIVER ROCK

An irregular pattern of rounded rocks that resemble naturally occurring cobbles. River rock is generally very smooth in natural.

RUBBLE

A pattern of relatively square and rectangular cut stones that are irregular in size and made to resemble reclaimed or very old masonry.

FLAGSTONE / FIELDSTONE / MOSAIC 

Just like the flagstone we are all familiar with for walkways and patios, this irregular shaped stone, often referred to a 5-point product, is used to clad walls. The outcome is rustic, yet each mason can draft a unique finish based on their installation practices and approach to pointing, shaping, and puzzling the stones together.  Flagstone patterns offer a simple & rustic beauty, which is reflected in the randomness of each individual stone.

MODULAR / MASONRY BLEND

This series of stone utilizes 3 unique heights that modularly fit together. It is generally available in a blend of 2 ¼”, 5” and 7 ¾” height stones. Modular profiles are typically installed with a ½” grouted joint, in order for the 3-piece pattern to work. Stone edges may be sawn, hand-cleft, guillotined, or left natural. Each edge-finish will create its own unique visual appearance upon the jobs completion.

NATURAL STONE FINISHES OR FACE OPTIONS

Most clients associate natural stone or natural stone veneers with a split face rough finish. Still to date we sell more split face finishes, which are also referred to a guillotine face, or hand-pitched or cleft finish. However, manufacturers are now offering new and unique finishing options, which allow architects and designers to really get creative with their colour and texture pallets. Here is a list of other veneer finishes:

-sawn, sandblasted, power-blasted, leathered, brushed, bush-hammered, honed, polished, split face, cleft face, guillotined face, vein cut, flurry cut, chiseled, antique, tumbled, pillow-edged

DONT FORGET ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MORTOR & POINTING!

Perhaps even more important than pattern or stone selection is whether the stone will be set with mortar joints or a dry stack. The latter produces a veneer with no sign of mortar leaving an all stone surface, which is highly desirable for modern and contemporary styles. This is in part an aesthetic choice, but also a practical one. Over time problems with stonework in general often stem from mortar, which retains dirt, moss, algae and mildew, so be aware of what style of pointing you select. Mortar can be coloured / dyed, and can have small aggregate or other sediments or materials blended within them to create a more rustic or simply unique outcome.

OUR COLLECTION – WHAT WE CARRY AND PROMOTE

We carry only the industries best as we aim to participate in leading outcomes and professional results. Our thin stone veneer product line consists of the following Brands & their products:

ONTARIO STONE VENEERS

Natural Canadian veneer. Every stone is handcrafted by experienced masons using traditional masonry tools. This process replicates the look and feel of stone masonry that has been employed by master masons for decades, making this brand unique in the marketplace. Profiles include: 

bruce, escarpement, thornbury, and indiana limestone contemporary series / king, bruce, peninsula premium eramosa, and indiana limestone masonry blend / escarpment farm blend

MASONAL STONE

The largest selection of thinn stone veneer and full bed stones quarried in Canada.  The Masonal product line consists of:

scotia harbour, oslo castle, midnight granite, kilkenny castle, glacier spring, rideau valley ottawa valley, windsor castle, ocean ledge, pacific pearl, glacier blue, sapphire blue, frontenac, cobalt ashlar, lochdoon castle, hampton hills, tiger dark, old world blend, olde english blend, summer blend, guelph buff, tiger buff, brown, provincial grey, buckhorn, autumn blend, guelph valley, hampshire spring, montrose valley, aberdeen valley, vermont grey, cobalt valley, hudson valley, jasper lodge, glasgow dark, glasgow valley niagara valley, dover white, northern grey, indiana ashlar, tiger ledgestone, montrose grey, cobalt ultra, oxford ledge, rosemount, modern ledgestone, valhalla, st. jacobs country, elora gold, olde quebec, rubble buff, philadelphia rubble, algonquin blend, river rock, muskoka grey, granite fieldstone

EL DORADO STONE

For over 45 years, Eldorado Stone has demonstrated an undeniable passion for creating authentic products that not only elevate quality and design, but also attainability stone & brick. El dorado manufactures the most recognized thin stone veneers, and is a leader in profile and design. Their large collection includes:

bluffstone, cliffstone, coastal reef, country rouble, cut coarse stone, cypress ridge, european ledge, fieldstone, millstone, ledge cut 33, limestone, longitude 24, marquee 24, mountain ledge, mountain ledge panels, ridgetop 18, river rock, rough cut, rustic ledge, shadow rock, sierra cut 24, stacked stone, vantage 30, vintage ranch, zen 24, tundra brick, roma brick, modena brick

LUXESTONE

A leader in importing natural stone veneers from around the world. Many Chinese and Indian stones are used to develop their industry leader profiles and colour options. The majority of the luxestone line comes in panels that easily fit together. Their product line consists of the following:

Series include: classy, country, elegant, elegant trio, natural, hybrid, thin, patterned, cemented, luxurious, 3D mosaic, split face, mosaic, matts

Colours include: autumn blend, black galaxy, creamy crystal, extra white, white, egypt copper, wood grain A, wood grain B, silver valley grey, coastal brown, copper shade, sandy grain, snow grey, silver wood, spring forest, mountain grey, ivory, dessert gold, ebony, rainy cloud, silver wave, antique beige, beige quartz, black castle, blue castle, sandy beige, spring, violet

FUSION STONE

A manufactured veneer stone that has a patented mechanically fastened system. The fusion stone system makes it easy for even those with modest skills to install a veneer stone like a pro.  Their product line consists of the following stones and colours:

Great Lakes series in brindle, raven, fawn, & carbon colours / Peninsula Ledgestone series in cyprus & grotto / Drystack series in caramel & charcoal

CLAY BRICK

Our collection of clay brick yield a distinctive variety of colours, and enable us to offer a wealth of options in fine brick.  Our colours available are:

leos pub, bell tower, route 66, bourbon street, bootlegger

BENEFITS OF VENEER STONE

  • •same outcome as a full-bed brick or stone at the fraction of the weight
  • •much lighter then full-bed products, making handling and installation easier for trades, and manageable for DIY clientele
  • •better insulation capabilities and lower maintenance requirements
  • •same durable strength as full-bed products
  • •installation is easier than traditional full-bed stone or brick
  • •economically favourable due to its lightweight and thinner structure, meaning less production costs, easier shipping, and quicker application time
  • •available in a wider range of profiles, including colours, shapes, and textures
  • •available in natural stone or precast concrete
  • •many profiles available in panels, making installation much easier and faster
  • •corner stones allow for nicer outcome and ease of installation
  • •some profiles are installed using a drill and screws vs traditional masonry, for those who are are not comfortable with mortar applications
  • •smaller or no footings required due to less weight of product, and less space is required or loss because of the thinner veneer material
  • •valuable warranties included by each manufacturer

SOME FINAL NOTES

Thin Stone Veneer Checklist:

Now that we have reviewed the key factors associated to selecting the best veneer stone for you, lets ensure you are ready for the entirety of a project. Like any interior or exterior home or office renovation, there are many additional items and accessories required for a proper, professional installation. Our goal is to ensure that you purchase the correct materials, and the highest qualities materials that exist in the landscape industry. This assures a quality driven project, with long lasting results, and eliminates the opportunity for error. Below, we have highlighted the materials that should accompany your interlocking purchase:

  1. Delivery – of all of your material to prevent complication
  2. Veneer Flats & Corners – for flat walls and stones specifically cut for corner applications
  3. Grout Mortar – for pointing
  4. Mortar – for attaching to the wall
  5. Metal Lathing – for scratch coating and assisting in the stones adhesion to the wall
  6. Adhesive – glues or silicones can often be used for certain stone installation
  7. Sealer or Stone Enhancer – if a unique sheen or enhanced aspect of the stone veneer is desired

DELIVERY

we of course have a fleet of unique trucks and equipment that allow us to delivery product anywhere in southern ontario, and on a regular basis. Our delivery zone focuses on the following markets, yet is not limited to:

•Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Elmira, St. Jacobs, Hawksville, Conestogo, Listowel, Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Erin, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Ayr, Ariss, Maryhill, Rockwood, Aberfoyle, Puslinch, Belwood, Stratford, St. Marys, Mitchel, New Dundee, Mannheim, Morriston, Hespler, Preston, Haysville, St. Agatha, Petersburg, St. Clements, Heidelberg, Linwood, Flordale, Bloomingdale, Roseville, Winterbourne, West Montrose, Edin Mills, Halton Hills, Acton, Georgetown

•For the most part, our delivery system travels all of Wellington, Brant, Woolwich, Waterloo, Wilmot County, Brampton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, and the entire GTA

BEFORE YOU GO

We support DIY installation, and home owners taking the initiative to install their own hardscape area. However, we highly recommend the use of an industry professional to help design and install the product, to protect your investment and offer a warranty for long-term security and pro results. Please visit our CREATIVEpro platform online to view our list of CREATIVEpro’s and those who we recommend for great outcomes!

Please visit our Thin Stone Veneer collection by entering each manufacturers profile. All of our profiles are also available for review in our Veneer Stone gallery, and hand sample boards are available for colour matching and preparing your interior or exterior renovation.

Natural Stone full-bed material is available in many profiles. Please ask our team, or visit us to view all full-bed options and share ideas for your design! Creative also has an in-house veneer stone specialist that can help you select the correct stone and profile, how to install using professional practices, and how to achieve premium-grade results.

CONTACT US

For more information, or to share ideas regarding your project, please contact our Creative Landscape Depot team. Our thin stone veneer gallery is elaborate, and showcases our extensive variety of profiles. Let us engage with you, and discuss the accessories that may be required or must be considered before any veneer or cladding investments begins! 

All stone landscapes are big jobs, so lets chat first!

519-664-0225

info@creativelandscapedepot.com

www.creativelandscapedepot.com

1175 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada

Thank you for reading – we sure hope you found some value within this blog:)

The CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DEPOT team,

THE 7 ESSENTIAL BENEFITS OF INTERLOCKING PAVERS & WALLSTONES

Precast interlocking paving stones and Wallstones have been the choice for hardscape surfaces for hundreds of years. Most exterior investments around our homes involved the comparison of precast pavings systems, vs concrete or often asphalt options. For those within the industry the benefits are easy to understand, yet sharing this information for those who are not experienced with the product options, yet are dishing out the funds is crucial!

Considering our local climate and seasons is the most important factor in this discussion. Canadian winters are famous for the aggressive weather conditions and shifting of the earth and structures as they expand and contract in varying months of the year. Here in Southern Ontario, we experience the same long and cold winter months, and wet springs, which cause a lot of movement in the earth and our landscapes. Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, and our surrounding area is not different. We have wonderful landscapes, and they generally come with a handsome investment, which should therefore be protected at all costs, so we see a return of value and enjoyment.

Whether you’re looking to install a new driveway, walkway, patio, or front porch area, the benefits and values of all paving or hardscape options are consistent.  Lets get right into the benefits and and facts regarding interlocking paving options, while comparing them to other hardscape options;

BENEFITS OF PRECAST INTERLOCKING PAVERS AND WALLSTONE PRODUCTS:

1) Permeable

When rain lands on an impermeable surface, like concrete or asphalt, it runs off and is diverted through curbs, culverts and storm drains. It not only carries with it oil, grease and other harmful chemicals, but can also cause flooding due to overloaded storm systems. Not the ideal solution.

Interlocking brick pavers, on the other hand, are the ecological choice when it comes to storm water runoff. According to the ICPI, they’re proven to reduce runoff by up to 100%.

Pavers are a permeable surface that allows water to naturally infiltrate into the ground. Plus, they effectively trap suspended solids, process nutrients and oils and immobilize heavy metals.

2) Strength & Precision

Unlike concrete or asphalt, paving stones are manufactured in a specially designed, carefully controlled environment. Each stone is of consistent strength and quality, and installation is not affected by time or temperature. This reduces the amount of time and energy spent on dealing with material failure, especially when compared to site-formed pavements and concretes.

Fine granite aggregates create superior density compared to the sub-grade course limestone used in competing products. Results in a finished product with much higher density, lower absorption and incredible structural integrity for quality that lasts a lifetime. Natural beauty reproduced in our own modern concrete products to offer you beauty that is precise, colour tones that are stable and pieces that are dimensionally consistent for superior installation.

3) Cost 

Interlocking paving systems are generally 10-15% more expensive then groomed finish or smooth poured concrete, yet very comparable to more popular concrete stamped finishes. Interlocking is normally a bit less expensive then exposed aggregate concrete surfaces. 

However, regardless of upfront cost, the long-term financial benefits are obvious. With less maintenance cost as written below in more detail, and cheaper replacement or fixture costs, Precast options are the better long-term investment. Less sealers, cleaners, washing, and time is therefore needed for interlocking areas vs concrete. Most importantly, interlocking pavers or wallstone will not crack – yet concrete or asphalt will. Eventually in our climate, cracks will occur. This means that to replace the visual damage, the entire slab or surface will need to be replaced. Yet with interlocking or wallstone products, just the localized damaged area can be picked up and relayed. In a wallstone application, just take apart the wall, and reassemble it with new adhesives etc.

4) Low Maintenance 

Precast Interlocking brick pavers & wallstone are very low in maintenance. They require less energy and resources over their life cycle then concrete or asphalt.

Plus, if a brick is damaged or stained by oil or any other chemical or natural occurrence, there’s no need to redo the entire surface area. All you have to do is replace the stained brick or immediate damaged area. It’s quick, easy and conserves the use of raw materials. In other words, it’s an environmentally sound repair.

5) Reduce Albedo

Conventional pavements, including concrete and asphalt, can get incredibly hot during the summertime. All of the heat is absorbed during the day and slowly released during the night, creating urban heat islands or concentrated areas. And when you combine that with storm water runoff, you’re left with abnormally warm water temperatures and impaired water quality.

Interlocking brick pavers can be made in light colours to increase surface reflection, thereby reducing ambient temperatures. In addition, light-coloured pavers can reduce also the need for nighttime lighting as they naturally reflect better and are more visible in the dark, thereby conserving electricity, or at minimum increasing safety.

6) Safety

Pavers are very safe pavement material for outdoor applications. When the top surface of paver is oily due to the passing of vehicle over them, it is very safe to walk and drive a vehicle over them.

It is also safe when the top surface of the interlocking paver block is wet or in monsoon season, there is no problem for walking or no tension of slipping over them.

Interlocking pavers are slip resistant and skid resistant.

7) Design & Style

We left this one for last, as it requires some attention, detail, and full explanation so that your outcome is inspirational and drawing!

Present your character and personal preferences in your hardscape surface. Do so by digging into the vast array of interlocking paving & wallstone options in the market. While concrete offers some colour options and a few finishes, and asphalt a standard charcoal colour only, precast pavers are available in multiple colours, textures, sizes, and shapes. The variety of pavers available make it easy to match other local materials on your home or surrounding elements, create continuity on your property, and showcase creativity and styles. Play with patterns and multiple interlocking stones to create your overall masterpiece!

There’s nothing in the world that compares with the beauty of the great outdoors, but with a bit of imagination and some earthy inspiration, you can kindle a spark of that one-of-a-kind grandeur right in your own backyard. When paying homage to nature’s finest elements, texture is king. Rough-hewn finishes convey a raw beauty that’s complemented by sculpted stones and remarkably wood lookalike textures. An earth-toned palette feels warm, welcoming and timeless, and gives the collection of textures free reign to run a little wild.

Here are the 4 design styles that are trending now:

RUSTIC

Nothing embodies rustic like the raw texture of wood. Our  Borealis concrete patio stone pushes the envelope on traditional landscapes by capturing the look & feel of real wood without the inevitable rotting effect. Building kitchen features like open-air grill islands, counters and pizza ovens with textured wall blocks that build better than natural stone, lets you entertain family and friends all summer long, for years to come. Nestling an outdoor kitchen amid greenery creates the ultimate rustic outdoor setting.

Hang a welcome sign of a different kind with a standout paving treatment that adds value to your home. Doing so will create a warm welcome, add a touch of rustic charm to your front path and boost curb appeal. Wood’s good but with maintenance-free Borealis slab you can bet on a wood-like look that stands the test of time.  

Summers may be short but the days are long. Extend them even further and by building  a magical, multi-season outdoor living space for entertaining at its best. Be sure to include plenty of lounge seating with comfy couches and an oversized, stone fireplace for a stunning focal point. Add soft lighting and a natural, wood privacy wall for the ultimate cozy setting.

Sharing the warm beauty of dining outdoors among friends and family is best served with a side of nature’s more neutral tones. Think soft and muted-coloured stones that emulate the great outdoors and are evocative of Mother Nature’s earthiest masterpieces. Create cozy, one-of-a-kind summer nights spent dining alfresco with family nestled in rustic charm.

After a spectacular summer’s day, there’s something so magical about cozying up outdoors with loved ones around an open fire. Paired with plenty of stunning stone and Adirondack-style seating, the stage is set for a night of storytelling and S’mores.

Create an outdoor playground that embraces a flow and functionality that invites relaxed entertaining without compromising that wow-factor.  Warm and welcoming with just a touch of sleek edginess has never looked this good. The key to modern, rustic charm is in the details; smooth, uncluttered textures, light and natural colour palettes and plenty of gorgeous elements to enjoy your exterior space.

MODERN

If clutter free visual bliss is calling you, we’ve got you covered. Contemporary outdoor living takes a controlled and minimalistic approach with clean lines, smooth poolside surfaces and a monochromatic palette. Loungey, chic and sophisticated, the uncluttered, expansive space makes room for all the right vibes. It’s pretty simple, really; really simple is pretty. Minimalists would agree, clutter-free visual bliss is what they strive for with clean lines, subdued coloUrs and just the right contrasts in all the right places, making these kinds of landscapes an almost soulful experience. Sense how monochromatic tones calm the mind, and contrasts stir up a little something in the soul? Reach out and touch me smooth textures ground us in the knowledge that sleek and simple can still spark the senses, while fluid lines and balanced forms leave negative spaces positively glowing.

Outdoor living at its most, modern and sleek best. To go big or to go long; why choose? Both capture a modern, clean look. Whether you desire oversized slabs or lean, linear pavers paired with barely their seams, you’ll create visual interest. Keeping it uncluttered lets you create a breathtaking backyard outfitted with pristine and polished features like water walls, and sleek fire pits for stunning focal points.

Ready to get creative with your outdoor world? Our varied range of retaining wall options inspires you to reach for the sky. Build raised patios, integrated outdoor staircases and levels of planter walls also building visual interest. For a more modern take, go for a three-dimensional Graphix stone wall by Techo-Bloc to keep both your eye and your inspiration on the move. You can be sure the compliments will start stacking up in no time.

When it comes to outdoor living, you favour a sleek, polished look. Feature oversized, ultra-smooth pavers as your backyard centrefold. Just when everything starts to feel a little square and one-dimensional, bring it full circle with contrasting and coloured river rocks, giving every area it crosses its very own sense of purpose.

Ready to trade in a traditional country outdoor fire pit for a sleek and edgy experience? Dare to go square with clean, contemporary lines and contrasting colours. The modern host knows no bounds when it comes to mixing ultra-modern features like luxe seating, structured shrubbery and understated elegance for modern-day entertaining.

Seeking inspiration for your own swanky rooftop patio? Rooftop wows are now even more impressive when traditional wood is substituted for a concrete version that’s a little more savvy. The Borealis outdoor slab collection has all the beauty and charm of wood, in a durable warp-free concrete patio stone. Create a contemporary, modern look that is on-trend and does not compromise the outdoor, fresh-airy feeling.

TRADITIONAL

The grandeur and allure of an traditional backyard is not lost on you; find out how to create your own version of a classic and polished outdoor living space. Walkways, patios and pools are paved with an effortless elegance, and surrounded by natural beauty.

Timeless beauty at its best. At the heart of it all, traditionalism is about embracing an orderly and classic sensibility. It’s about honouring the past without compromising comfort, warmth, and, yes, style. Conservative colour choices, subdued textures and staple backyard style ensure your great outdoors will stand the test of time.

Beige doesn’t have to be so beige! It’s plain to see how easy it can be to embrace the beauty of beige. Treated with a keen eye and a wink towards tasteful accessorizing, off-white clearly feels anything but vanilla. It’s the sublimely neutral canvas that gives the décor connoisseurs carte blanche to introduce, edit and change every other accessory and furnishing, should the mood strike. Go ahead and get a little creative with accentuating features – with dreamy cream as your base, you’ll never feel weighed down.

When dreams for your own outdoor getaway outsize the size of your backyard, don’t despair; it is possible to turn your patio into the perfect place for living large. Using smaller cobblestone-like pavers amongst larger stone slabs will give patios the illusion of space and help create distinct functionalities. Creatively choose features scaled to size, such as a garden fountain as a water-feature and a curtained pergola for added privacy to nestle in all summer long.

The English Garden creates the ideal balance between carefree greenery and stately traditionalism. It’s all about creating formal spaces that are also fully functional. Using stones that mimic the veining of natural slate alongside blooming flower beds brings to life the quintessential elegant and classic landscape.

Set the scene for outdoor dining all season long and get the most out of your backyard. Multi-level living areas that combine an upper cooking space with lower-level lounging create the perfect setting for relaxed outdoor dining. Nestling the open-air kitchen area close to the house is an ideal location for ease of use and ensures you don’t miss a moment with your guests.  

Extend the summer months by giving your guests something warm and cozy to gather around. A classic round fireplace transcends time and remains forever a staple focal point for creating a traditional and elegant outdoor entertainment area. Sit pretty with friends and family with ample seating and soft cushions flanked around a classic and circular stone fireplace.  

EXOTIC & ECLECTIC

Set the stage for a perfect summer escape right in your own backyard. An eclectic & exotic-themed outdoor living space share the same style secret: the desire to escape.

If you’re going to go bold, go all the way. It’s called maximalism and the motto is, “more is more”. High-contrast shades and shapes satisfy a penchant for audacity and an eye for the adorned. Checkerboard-style layouts act as flashy foundations that invite polished, smooth and chiselled textures to meet and mingle at the black-tie-optional party. Or perhaps your thoughts lean more towards salty oceans and sandy beaches? Surround yourself amongst beach-sand textures and soft, natural shades. Whether your dream getaway is in the south of France or a desert island, your backyard reality awaits you.

Nothing conjures up a perfect tropical patio quite like turquoise water, vibrant flora and striking stones inspired straight out of ancient South American landscapes. Tropical greenery provides the perfect shade to lounge alongside a sun-drenched pool, completing that cool, island vibe. Margaritas optional.

Turn your summer vacation into a staycation and create your own coastal right-in-your-own backyard getaway. Hang tight and hang out in your own cool and coastal sanctuary, complete with ocean-inspired slabs, designed to be slip-resistant and kinder to the feet under the hot summer rays. Set up some nautical-themed lounge seating so you can soak up the sunsets.

Warm up your outdoor space and bask in desert and dune-inspired outdoor décor. Weave southern elements into the landscape; rock garden browns and sun-bleached greys as outdoor flooring blend beautifully into rich, sunset hues. Don’t let a small space deter you from creating your own, private R&R retreat; pretty it up with stunning succulents, wicker seating and vibrant wall features.

You start your day with a steamy cappuccino, and end it gathered around the dinner table, family-style. You surround yourself with textures, patterns and contrasts inspired from European style villas. The charm of cobblestones brings you one step closer to  the Mediterranean aesthetic you crave. Go bold or go home with this modern take on a classic cobblestone.

Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages. Turn a small backyard into the chicest little courtyard. Keep it intimate with an eye-catching privacy wall for visual interest, stunning water features and gorgeous, lush flower beds. Add a sophisticated bistro set for the ultimate reading corner on intimate outdoor dining area.

SOME FINAL NOTES

Interlocking Paving Stone & Wallstone Checklist:

Now that we are reviewed the benefits of interlocking products vs other hardscape surfaces, lets ensure you are ready for the entirety of a project. Like any interior or exterior home or office renovation, there are many additional items and accessories required for a proper, professional installation. Our goal is to ensure that you purchase the correct materials, and the highest qualities materials that exist in the landscape industry. This assures a quality driven project, with long lasting results, and eliminates the opportunity for error. Below, we have highlighted the materials that should accompany your interlocking purchase:

  1. Delivery – of all of your material to prevent complication
  2. Geotextile / filter cloth / landscape fabric – to canvas or wrap the excavated area
  3. A-Gravel – for a minim um 8” compacted sub-base under the bedding layer
  4. #2 Sand or HBP – for the or bedding layer directly under the paver
  5. Adhesive – for any application where the pavers or wallstones must be glued together
  6. Edge Restraint – an edge restraint that support the outside of the pavers 
  7. Spikes – 10” non-galvanized spikes for the edge restraint
  8. Polymeric Stabilizer Sand – a bonding sweeping sand to fill the joints of the pavers
  9. Sealer – that is best suited for your stone and aesthetic preference

Delivery

we of course have a fleet of unique trucks and equipment that allow us to delivery product anywhere in southern ontario, and on a regular basis. Our delivery zone focuses on the following markets, yet is not limited to:

•Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Elmira, St. Jacobs, Hawksville, Conestogo, Listowel, Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Erin, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Ayr, Ariss, Maryhill, Rockwood, Aberfoyle, Puslinch, Belwood, Stratford, St. Marys, Mitchel, New Dundee, Mannheim, Morriston, Hespler, Preston, Haysville, St. Agatha, Petersburg, St. Clements, Heidelberg, Linwood, Flordale, Bloomingdale, Roseville, Winterbourne, West Montrose, Edin Mills, Halton Hills, Acton, Georgetown

•For the most part, our delivery system travels all of Wellington, Brant, Woolwich, Waterloo, Wilmot County, Brampton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, and the entire GTA

Our Collection – What We Carry And Promote

We carry only the industries best as we aim to participate in leading outcomes and professional results. Our product line consists of the following Brands & their products:

Best Way Stone 

adelaide, agora, aquapave, ardesia, avari, basketweave, bellagio, bellagio antico, corso, flagstone, galleria, manhattan, moderna, pathway, richmond, standard, double standard, standard press, strada, strada antico, tresca, trevista, trevista smooth, villa, antico stacker, belvedere, garden lock, hazleton, palladio antico, parkwall, parkway antico, parkwall smooth, ridgewall, soho wall

Techo-Bloc

agerdeen, antika, aquastorm, blu 45, blu 60, blu 80 (smooth, slate, granitex, polished, HD, galaxy), borealis, borealis stepping stone, diamond, dunes slab, eva, flagstone, hera, inca, industria, inflo, linea, maya slab, mezzo slab, mika, mista, mista grande, monticello, ocean paver, para slab, pure, san marino, sleek, squadra, travertina, travertino raw paver, tux, valet, venetian series, victorian, villagio, baltimore, borealis wall, brandon, escala, g-force, graphix, manchester, mini creta architectural 3” & 6,” mini creta pillar, precott, prescott pillar, raffinato, raffinato pillar, rocka wall, samma polished & split face, skyscraper, travertina wall

Brooklin

banff, barnboard, inversa, lakeridge, peninsula slab, quarry stone, remington, santa fe, tree stump, winchester,  landmark, manor wall, quickwall

Unilock

metro slab, brussels block, windermere, windermere smooth, europaver classic, hollandstone, double holland, optiloc, granite, umbriano, tribeca cobble, sense, series, ratline, beacon hill flagstone, beacon hill smooth, bristol valley, mattoni, promenade plank, thorn bury, il campo, richcliff, courtstone, town hall, copthorne, u-cara multi-face, rivercrest, lineo dimensional stone, brussels dimensional wall, architextures wall, pisa2, sienastone, durahold, sienastone smooth, sonomastone, durahold, stackstone

Before you go

We support DIY installation, and home owners taking the initiative to install their own hardscape area. However, we highly recommend the use of an industry professional to help design and install the product, to protect your investment and offer a warranty for long-term security and pro results. Please visit our CREATIVEpro platform online to view our list of CREATIVEpro’s and those who we recommend for great outcomes! www.creativelandscapedepot.com

Contact Us

For more information, or to share ideas regarding your project, please contact our Creative Landscape Depot team. Our on site interlocking & wallstone display are elaborate, and showcase our extensive variety of stones. Let us engage with you, and discuss the accessories that may be required or must be considered before any landscape investments begins! 

All stone landscapes are big jobs, so lets chat first!

519-664-0225

info@creativelandscapedepot.com

www.creativelandscapedepot.com

1175 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada

Thank you for reading – we sure hope you found some value within this blog:)

The CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DEPOT team,

CREATIVE NATURAL STONE – ARMOUR & GUILLOTINE ARMOUR SPECIFIC!

NATURAL STONE IS JUST US!

Since inception we have been playing in the industry of natural stone like children in a candy store. We just happen to be located in a natural stone playground right here in Ontario, Canada. 

Home to numerous stone manufacturers, and an international belt for world-renown limestone and granite materials, we have had our hands fulll sourcing the best of the best stone, so that our retail and commercial clients have access to the best quality and trendiest material available.

We have since ventured into the international markets, and started importing complimentary product from around the world. This practice only made our life more exciting, while at the same time brought in an even more motivated clientele who we are happy to call friends and family. 

With our niche being natural stone here in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, we know there is an onus on our CREATIVE team to be well educated in our product line, as the majority of our material is foreign to most shoppers. We absolutely love being a resource, and generating ideas with our clientele on how our products can and should be incorporated into designs both interior and exterior. 

Beyond the elaborate inventory of natural stone, we also have a large line of stone landscape materials, interlocking pavers wallstone, thin stone veneers, ground and bed covers such as mulch, soil, aggregate & decorative stones, copings and caps, steps, random slabs, decorative boulders and garden stones, square cut pavers and flagstone, armour stone, and a large variety of guillotine products and armour stones.

With that being said, we of course have a fleet of unique trucks and equipment that allow us to delivery product anywhere in southern ontario, and on a regular basis. Our delivery zone focuses on the following markets, yet is not limited to:

•Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Elmira, St. Jacobs, Hawksville, Conestogo, Listowel, Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Erin, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Ayr, Ariss, Maryhill, Rockwood, Aberfoyle, Puslinch, Belwood, Stratford, St. Marys, Mitchel, New Dundee, Mannheim, Morriston, Hespler, Preston, Haysville, St. Agatha, Petersburg, St. Clements, Heidelberg, Linwood, Flordale, Bloomingdale, Roseville, Winterbourne, West Montrose, Edin Mills, Halton Hills, Acton, Georgetown

•For the most part, our delivery system travels all of Wellington, Brant, Woolwich, Waterloo, Wilmot County, Brampton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, and the entire GTA

Now, let’s have a better look at our CREATIVE Armour & Guillotine Armour Stone collection. Hopefully the names, dimensions, and photos will help you understand the many options available for your project, and assist in building your overall project colour pallet! 

ARMOUR & GUILLOTINE ARMOUR STONE

Used for retaining walls, garden borders, driveway borders, decorative garden bed accents, steps, commercial walls, foundation and structural support, and numerous other applications. Our armour stone collection offers multiple colour options inn very cubical harvested shapes. We protect our relationships, as our suppliers know the quality that we expect, and the quality and cubical nature that our clients have grown to expect from our inventory. We also carry the largest variety of guillotine armour stone. We control the majority of guillotine production and the supply of this stone in Southern Ontario. Our purchasing volume allows us to get our hands on the premium material that is harvested and prepared by all suppliers. Our colour options and sizes allow our clients to design what is truly required for their project and for the scale of the area they are working on. Lets have a look at our armour stone and guillotined armour options:

GUILLOTINE ARMOUR KAWARTHA DARK

Size: 10″ / 14″ / 16″ / 18″ / 22″ tall x 14” & 18″ depth x random lengths in inventory. Other sizes available by request. Lengths are generally between 24” -60” per unit.

Average weight: full skid weights roughly 6000lbs. Average unit weighs between 400-2000lbs (depending on height of stone)

Colour: darker grey / charcoal

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 4-9 units per skid / or all sizes available in bulk

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move skids, and carry each individual stone. One person can shift 10″-16″ height stones by hand or tool into final position

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, steps, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders

Description: Our most popular guillotine armour stone, used to create cleaner looking lines with a tighter fit and cleaner outcome. Guillotine armour is shiftable by hand, and is much quicker to install. More expensive then bulk armour stone, yet less wasted weight in the stone, makes the pricing very consistent overall. 

GUILLOTINE ARMOUR KAWARTHA LIGHT

Size: 14” tall x 14” depth x random lengths in inventory. Other sizes available by request. Lengths are generally between 24” -60” per unit.

Average weight: full skid weights roughly 4500lbs. Average unit weighs between 400-700lbs

Colour: darker grey / charcoal tones

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 6-9 units per skid

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move skids, and carry each individual stone. One person can shift stone by hand or tool into final position

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, steps, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders

Description: Our original guillotine armour, and one of our most popular guillotine options still! Used to create cleaner looking lines with a tighter fit and cleaner outcome. Guillotine armour is shiftable by hand, and is much quicker to install. More expensive then bulk armour stone, yet less wasted weight in the stone, makes the pricing very consistent overall. 

GUILLOTINE ARMOUR WIATON

Size: 15” tall x 15” depth x random lengths in inventory. Other sizes available by request. Lengths are generally between 24” -60” per unit.

Average weight: full skid weights roughly 5500lbs. Average unit weighs between 500-800lbs

Colour: light and dark grey tones, with some fine grey lines often running throughout the body of the stone. The odd pitting and quartz can be found on some units

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 5-7 units per skid.

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move skids, and carry each individual stone. One person can shift stone by hand or tool into final position

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, steps, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders

Description: One of our best selling guillotine armour stones, used to create cleaner looking lines with a tighter fit and cleaner outcome. Guillotine armour is shiftable by hand, and is much quicker to install. More expensive then bulk armour stone, yet less added weight in the stone, makes the pricing very consistent overall.

GUILLOTINE CUBES BULK

Size: 9-14” tall x 9-14” depth x random lengths in inventory. Other sizes available by request. Lengths are generally between 14-30” per unit.

Average weight: 100-300lbs

Colour: mix of grey and beige tones

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: bulk

Sales: sold by the pound. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 38 ton average.

Handling: cubes are maneuvered and installed use of small machine, dolly,  or by hand

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, steps, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders, garden accent stones

Description: select your individual stones out of our bulk selection, and enjoy the benefit of installing them with ease. No machine is required to shift these extremely cubical stones, and the shape makes the placement process very easy and uniform.

GUILLOTINE ARMOUR PENINSULA LIGHT

Size: 10” tall x 12” depth x random lengths in inventory. Other sizes available by request. Lengths are generally between 24-60” per unit. Other popular requested heights are 18-22,” and they are often also in stock

Average weight: average skid weights 5800 lbs, while each stone weights between 300-600lbs

Colour: light grey, some white and soft beige tones

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 9 units per skid

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move skids, and carry each individual stone. One person can shift stone by hand or tool into final position 

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, steps, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders

Description: very popular guillotine product, the light tone is often a complimentary colour to surrounding materials. The Peninsula Light stone has a more linear shape, and smoother top and bottom then other guillotine products.

GUILLOTINE ARMOUR PENINSULA DARK

Size: 10” tall x 12” depth x random lengths in inventory. Other sizes available by request. Lengths are generally between 24-60” per unit. Other popular requested heights are 18-22,” and they are often also in stock

Average weight: average skid weights 5800 lbs, while each stone weights between 300-600lbs

Colour: dark charcoal

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 9 units per skid

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move skids, and carry each individual stone. One person can shift stone by hand or tool into final position 

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, steps, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders

Description: very popular guillotine product, the deep charcoal tone is often a complimentary colour to surrounding materials. The Peninsula Dark stone has a more rustic, rougher texture then other guillotine products. This colour works very well with other charcoal stone materials.

GUILLOTINE ARMOUR MOCHA

Size: all sizes available by request. Lengths are generally between 24-60” per unit.

Average weight: 600lbs

Colour: blend of yellow, beige, and white tones, with a subtle touch of green

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 6-9 units per skid, or bulk, depending on size

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move skids, and carry each individual stone. One person can shift stone by hand or tool into final position 

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, steps, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders

Description: the unique mocha tone is a personal preference. Popular in the GTA region, and often used on formal home designs. 

WIARTON ARMOUR

Size: 12” / 16” / 18” / 20” / 22” / 24” heights in stock at all times. Depths are random, and generally between 16-30”, while lengths vary between 24-60. Other sizes available by request.

Average weight: 12” stone average 500lbs / 16” = 800lbs / 18” = 1200lbs / 20” = 1600lbs / 22” = 1800lbs / 24” = 2000-2400lbs

Colour: mix of light and dark grey tones, with strong lines / veins

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: inventoried by each height increment in bulk

Sales: sold by the pound. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move and place stone.

Application: retaining walls, garden bed accent stones

Description: Wiarton armour stone is one of our most popular bulk armour product. It is relatively cubical for a bulk armour, yet is available in unique shapes as well. Wiarton armour is a great choice for garden bed accent stones. We sell full loads off 44 tones to all clientele regularily. Ask us about our full load pricing and policies.

KAWARTHA ARMOUR

Size: 12” / 16” / 18” / 20” / 22” / 24” heights in stock at all times. Depths are random, and generally between 16-30”, while lengths vary between 24-60. Other sizes available by request.

Average weight: 12” stone average 500lbs / 16” = 800lbs / 18” = 1200lbs / 20” = 1600lbs / 22” = 1800lbs / 24” = 2000-2400lbs

Colour: mix of light and dark brown tones

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: inventoried by each height increment in bulk

Sales: sold by the pound. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move and place stone.

Application: retaining walls, garden bed accent stones

Description: Kawartha armour stone is our most popular bulk armour product. It is extremely cubical for a bulk armour, and offers the most attractive cost vs any other product in its category. Kawartha armour is the absolute best choice for small or very large retaining walls. We sell full loads off 44 tones to all clientele within the entire Ontario market on a  daily basis. Ask us about our full load pricing and policies.

ONE MAN CHARCOAL

Size: 10-16”  tall x 10-16” depth x 16-36” length. Custom sizes available by request

Average weight: 200-400lbs

Colour: dark grey / charcoal

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: bulk

Sales: sold by the pound. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 18-20 ton average

Handling: machine required to select and ship stone, yet placement can be done by hand or with help of a dolly.

Application: low retaining walls, garden bed accent stones, or edges and borders

Description: Our most popular small bulk armour stone. Clients like the ease of placing this stone by hand, and the savings of not having to rent machinery. Charcoal has been a very desired colour the past couple of years, and works well with many other charcoal stone options, including steps, flagstones, and interlocking brick pavers.

PENINSULA 

Size: 12” / 16” / 18” / 20” / 22” heights in stock at all times. Depths are random, and generally between 16-30”, while lengths vary between 24-60.” Other sizes available by request.

Average weight: 12” stone average 300lbs / 16” = 800lbs / 18” = 1200lbs / 20” = 1600lbs / 22” = 1800lbs

Colour: mix of light and dark brown tones. Often has a deep grey stripe throughout the body

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: inventoried by each height increment in bulk

Sales: sold by the pound. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move and place stone.

Application: retaining walls, garden bed accent stones

Description: Peninsula has a very universal an complimentary colour scheme. The stone has been used in landscaping longer then other products, and its consistency in height makes for easy wall building.

PREMIUM CHARCOAL

Size: 12” / 16” / 18” / 20” / 22” heights in stock at all times. Depths are random, and generally between 16-30”, while lengths vary between 24-60.” Other sizes available by request.

Average weight: 12” stone average 400lbs / 16” = 850lbs / 18” = 1400lbs / 20” = 1800lbs / 22” = 2000lbs

Colour: dark grey / charcoal

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: inventoried by each height increment in bulk

Sales: sold by the pound. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 28-32 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move and place stone.

Application: single-tier retaining walls, garden accent stones

Description: Charcoal has been a very desired colour the past couple of years, and works well with many other charcoal stone options, including steps, flagstones, and interlocking brick pavers. Our charcoal armour selection is compiled of premium grade, extremely cubical material, and custom selected by our supplier for our CREATIVE account specifically.

RUSTIC ARMOUR (concrete)

Size: Each 12” tall x roughly 16” lengths and depths. Extremely consistent and cubical. 4 unique moulded shapes

Average weight: 140 – 165 lbs per unit. skid weights roughly 1300 lbs

Colour: brown & grey available

Type: pre-cast concrete

Packaging: 8 stones per skid

Sales: sold by the unit

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be moved by hand

Application: small retaining walls, garden accent stones, curbing and garden borders

Description: Pre-cast, and therefore extremely cubical, light, and consistent in texture and colour. The Rustic Armour units are hollow in the core, reducing its weight and making for easy placement or re-placement during garden renovations and change in your landscape design.

RUSTIC WATERFALL (concrete)

Size: Each 8” tall x roughly 16” depths x 28-32” lenghts. Extremely consistent and cubical. 4 unique moulded shapes

Average weight: 345-425 lbs per unit. Skid weights roughly 1300lbs

Colour: brown

Type: pre-cast concrete

Packaging: 4 stones per skid

Sales: sold by the unit

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be moved  by dolly, and shifted by hand

Application: garden accent stones

Description: Pre-cast, and therefore extremely consistent in colour & texture, and light for a stone of its size. These stones have a nice rustic rippled looking finish, which are resemblant of natural waterfall stones.

SAWN ARMOUR 12X12

Size: 12” tall x 12” deep x 32 or 40” lengths 

Average weight: 540 lbs average per unit. 6000 lbs average per skid

Colour: charcoal

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 9 stones per skid

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be rolled or shifted by hand or dolly

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders

Description: Easy to install, with zero seams and therefore a contemporary finish. The Sawn armour selection is used in modern designs, with linear lines within the landscape design. Adhesives can be used between courses when building walls, or mortar joints offers another aesthetic option.

SAWN ARMOUR 7X12

Size: 7” tall x 12” deep x 32 or 40” lengths 

Average weight: 320 lbs average per unit. 6000 lbs average per skid

Colour: charcoal

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 18 stones per skid

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be rolled or shifted by hand or dolly

Application: edges & borders, retaining walls, modern designs, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth, pool-deck retaining walls or borders. Often installed with the natural face upright for strong curbing applications

Description: Easy to install, with zero seams and therefore a contemporary finish. The Sawn armour selection is used in modern designs, with linear lines within the landscape design. Adhesives can be used between courses when building walls, or mortar joints offers another aesthetic option.

SKIDDED KAWARTHA

Size: 12-14” tall x 12-14” deep x 20-28” lengths 

Average weight: 350 lbs average per unit. 5000 lbs average per skid

Colour: rustic brown tones

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 12-16 stones per skid. Skids are either plastic wrapped, wire caged, or metal strapped.

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be installed by hand.

Application: edges & borders, small retaining walls, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth,  garden bed accent stones

Description: Small stones that are movable by one or 2 people. The use of a dolly makes placement easier, and the consistent shapes and heights make the Kawartha stone a pleasure to work with. The earth tones are a natural match to most landscapes.

SKIDDED ORILLIA

Size: 12-14” tall x 12-14” deep x 20-28” lengths 

Average weight: 350 lbs average per unit. 5000 lbs average per skid.

Colour: brown tones

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 12-16 stones per skid. Skids are either plastic wrapped, wire caged, or metal strapped.

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be installed by hand.

Application: edges & borders, small retaining walls, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth,  garden bed accent stones

Description: Small stones that are movable by one or 2 people. The use of a dolly makes placement easier, and the consistent shapes and heights make the Orillia stone a pleasure to work with. The earth tones are a natural match to most landscapes.

SKIDDED PERFECT FIT

Size: 12-14” tall x 12-14” deep x 18-24” lengths 

Average weight: 300 lbs average per unit. 5000 lbs average per skid.

Colour: brown tones

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 12-16 stones per skid. Skids are either plastic wrapped, wire caged, or metal strapped.

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be installed by hand.

Application: edges & borders, small retaining walls, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth,  garden bed accent stones

Description: the Perfect Fit skidded stone is more cubical then any other skidded armour materials. These cubes make life easy when installing, and building retains walls or borders where a consistent height is required. As the industry moves towards a cleaner, less rustic, landscape design, the perfect fit works well when selecting product!

SKIDDED WIARTON

Size: 12-14” tall x 12-14” deep x 18-24” lengths 

Average weight: 300 lbs average per unit. 6000 lbs average per skid.

Colour: grey tones, with fine grey vein-like lines running throughout the body of the stone

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 12-20 stones per skid. Skids are either plastic wrapped, wire caged, or metal strapped.

Sales: sold by the pound, whether purchasing by full skid or unit. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be installed by hand.

Application: edges & borders, small retaining walls, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth,  garden bed accent stones

Description: Our custom small Wiarton stone has been the most popular for many years amongst our clients. The grey tones are complimentary to most exterior surround materials, and the sharp, delicate, and fine charcoal lines are what define a true Wiarton Armour Stone. Skidded Wiarton is generally a bit smaller then most other skidded products, making the placement very easy.

STACKABLE ARMOUR

Size: 9” / 10” / 11” / 12” / 13” height options

Average weight: varying weights per height request

Colour: light grey, with some white and light beige tones

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: bulk

Sales: sold by the pound, and by larger quantities. By request only. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move stone

Application: retaining walls

Description: Perfectly smooth top and bottom, therefore very user-friendly for retaining wall applications. The lower face height offers a contemporary finish and design flare compared to tall and bulky stone.

SKIDDED RED

Size: 12-14” tall x 12-14” deep x 20-28” lengths.

Average weight: 350 lbs average per unit. 5000 lbs average per skid.

Colour: red tones, with some beige mixed within

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 12-14 stones per skid. Skids are either plastic wrapped, wire caged, or metal strapped.

Sales: sold by the pound. Special request only. Custom 44 ton, full load pricing available by request.

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be installed by hand.

Application: edges & borders, small retaining walls, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth,  garden bed accent stones

Description: Unique red tones, for matching landscapes and homes that require this tone. Also available in larger bulk stone for matching products and for use in areas that require more weight and substance.

RED ARMOUR

Size: all size options available 

Average weight: varying weights per height request

Colour: red tones, with some beige mixed within

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: bulk

Sales: sold by the pound, and by custom request in larger quantities only. Unique full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move stone

Application: all landscape applications

Description: Unique red tones, for matching landscapes and homes that require this tone. Also available in larger bulk stone for matching products and for use in areas that require more weight and substance.

CHOCOLATE ARMOUR

Size: all size options available 

Average weight: varying weights per height request

Colour: dark chocolate brown, warm tones, with some lighter beige mixed within

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: bulk or small skidded product

Sales: sold by the pound, and by larger quantities. By request only. Custom full load pricing available by request. Full loads are 44 ton average.

Handling: machine required to move stone

Application: all landscape applications, including garden bed accent stones, retaining walls, borders, monumental stones with house address or names engraved

Description: Chocolate is a popular colour in the GTA region, and is a very warm brown tone, unique to Eastern-Ontario. This stone is not inventoried but is often sold by custom request in a range of sizes, based on each clients requirement.

SKIDDED MOCHA

Size: 12-14” tall x 12-14” deep x 20-28” lengths.

Average weight: 350 lbs average per unit. 5000 lbs average per skid.

Colour: blend of yellow, beige, and white tones, with a subtle touch of green

Type: Ontario limestone

Packaging: 12-14 stones per skid. Skids are either plastic wrapped, wire caged, or metal strapped.

Sales: sold by the pound. Special request only. Custom 44 ton, full load pricing available by request.

Handling: machine required to move entire skid or multiple products, but each stone can be installed by hand.

Application: edges & borders, small retaining walls, hard-to-access areas, small areas offering little depth,  garden bed accent stones

Description: the unique mocha tone is a personal preference. Popular in the GTA region, and often used on formal home designs.

FINAL NOTES

Yes we have a huge collection of natural stone and armour stone products. On a daily basis our procurement department is searching new material with potential to become the trending products of tomorrow. We are motivated to introduce and test new products to our clientele, and we are always pushing our supply chain to focus on detail to refine their already precise material to absolute perfection.

Call one of our CREATIVE members for access to our full product line, or to view our armour or guillotine armour stone in person!

Thank you for reading, we hope your found some value in the notes above 🙂

The CREATIVE team,

13 Ways Mulch Will Make Your Landscape Look Rich

Complete your garden with one of our natural Canadian mulches to give a clean professional finish to your landscape, enhance moisture retention in your gardens, and to increase weed suppression.

Mulch adds moisture to your garden and enriches the soil

mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of soil. Reasons for applying mulch include conservation of soil moisture, improving fertility and health of the soil, reducing weed growth and enhancing the visual appeal of the area.

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Nothing adds to the splendour of a healthy, well manicured lawn like a beautifully mulched garden bed. The best thing about mulch is it promotes healthy plant growth. A base of 2-3 inches of shredded mulch around your plants and under your shrubs adds organic matter to the soil which is vital to healthy plant growth.

Organic mulches improve the condition of the soil. As these mulches slowly decompose, they provide organic matter which helps keep the soil loose. This improves root growth, increases the infiltration of water, and also improves the water-holding capacity of the soil.

Organic matter is a source of plant nutrients and provides an ideal environment for earthworms and other beneficial soil organisms.

When To Mulch Your Garden

Apply mulch when the weather gets warm. Don’t put mulch down too early in the spring. Give the soil a chance to warm up. Mulching to early will actually slowdown the warming process.

Mid to late spring is the best time to apply mulch. Here in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, we recommend the ladder month of May, or June to buy your mulch and applying it throughout your landscape.

Our CREATIVE mulch selection offers all colour options. We carry:

  • Shredded Pine Mulch (reddish brown in colour, aging to dark brown/black. Made from freshly ground pine bark. Gives a fresh pine aroma)
  • Enhanced Black Beauty Mulch (coloured mulch processed from hardwood substrates. Ground to a uniform, fibrous texture)
  • Auburn Mulch (burgundy in colour enhanced pine processed from freshly ground bark – uniform in texture and possessing a fresh pine aroma)
  • Hemlock Mulch
  • Red Mulch (colour enhanced freshly ground cedar)
  • Classic Cedar Mulch (freshly ground white cedar bark releasing a strong cedar aroma. Golden brown colour that greys with age)
  • Playground Mulch (engineered from a mixture of debarked wood straight from the sawmill. The ratio of small to medium and large size particles has been optimized to provide the maximum impact attenuation. While soft enough to be safe, properly installed, playground mulch is also firm enough to be accessible for persons  with special mobility needs)
  • Mocha Mulch (chocolate brown in colour and processed from hardwood substrates. Ground to a uniform, fibrous texture)
  • Composted Pine Mulch (CPM) (pine mulch that has been fully composted in a managed process. Chocolate brown/black in colour, giving a rich soil like appearance)
  • Cedar Gold Mulch
  • Economy Bark Mulch
  • All Season Pines Mulch (red pine bark, brownish tan colour ages too dark)
  • Jackson Hardwood Blend Mulch (processed from fresh hardwood bark. Dark brown colour ages grey)
  • Custom Mulch blends
  • Fine Pine Mulch (the same as shredded pine, yet double ground, offering a smoother coverage and easier decomposition into the soil)
Mulch for sale at our depot and pricing when you buy in bulk

13 Benefits of Mulch

•moderates extremes in temperature 

•conserves moisture 

• soil aggregation is improved, granulation, and overall soil quality

•prevents erosion

•controls weeds 

• provides habitat and sustenance for beneficial soil organisms

•prevents soil compaction and improves aeration

•Allows air and water penetration into the root zone

• improves the efficiency by which plants take up fertilizers

•aesthetically pleasing by adding texture and colour

•makes surface areas more usable for paths, play and sitting areas 

•makes landscaped areas easier to maintain

•helps provide unity among a group of planting beds

Common Mulching Mistakes

  • avoid mulch “volcanoes,” created by heaping mulch around the base of the tree. Mulch must be tapered away from the trunk of trees before applying mulch at the recommended depth of 3”. Deep application of mulch surrounding tree trunks encourages rotting of the cambium or bark of the tree.
  • excessive mulching and heaping mounds can pull feeder roots to the surface, which stresses the plant during periods of extreme weather conditions. Spread mulch more evenly to the standard recommended depth of 3”.
  • plastic and fabric weed barriers negate the organic benefits of wood mulch that encourages a native environment. Wood particles provide aeration and reduces soil compaction, while returning carbon into the planting bed. Barriers do not allow rain or irrigation water to penetrate to the rot zone, and it also may slow oxygen exchange to the roots

SOILS & AMENDMENTS

Depending on the application or the project you plan to build, will depend on which soil you will want to use. At CREATIVE, we carry all of the necessary soils, soil amendments, and composts to build and protect your landscapes.  It is important to note that our soil collection is all inventoried in dry conditions, and is protected from the weather and elements at all times under our covered bin system. This allows clients to handle the product in a cleaner and fashion, and with a better condition for new beds and plantings.

Screened Topsoil – can be used to level potholes or dips in the ground to create a level surface. Screened topsoil is also used to create new garden beds, borders, or to provide a base for turf laying or planting grass seed. Topsoil can be used in raised beds for growing many plants, including vegetables, yet this application may require that it be blended with a soil amendment or compost to enrich the organic matter and porosity for proper water and air circulation.

Triple Mix Garden Soil – is generally mixed with 1/3 top soil, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 compost. Each batch of triple mix may have a different ratio of those three ingredients, yet a couple percentage points off of any will not effect healthy growth of all plants. Triple mix is recognized as good gardening soil. We recommend all new garden beds be built using our triple mix, and to increase its organic matter and softer texture, we would also recommend adding some of our gro-max soil amendment to the blend. This would increase the organic matter, and porosity one level richer for even healthier plant growth, and longer-term success.

Gro-Max – the best product for container or planter gardening, which has many forms and requires a light-weight, porous soil.  Plants in patio pots and raised beds need plenty of water but that water needs to drain and be replaced by oxygen.  Roots require an active biotic ecology but the manicured style of most container gardens means that is not going to come from fallen leaves and trees. Fortunately, nearly all the ingredients in Gro-Max are composted and that process kills weed seeds but generates a wide spectrum of microbes for soil health. Large trees need a heavier soil to hold them upright but Gro-Max has been used successfully to grow all other plant material. The high organic content means that nitrogen is slow to release over many years so high feeders like veggie plants will need to be fertilized annually. We also recommend the Gro-Max be used as a soil amendment, by adding the right quantity into your existing gardens which may be compact, and depleted of its organic matter and nutrients.

Topdress – organic topdress blend is used to maintain healthy turf conditions. Topdress promoted that existing grass roots itself into bare areas and spreads thicker in turf areas. It is also used annually for overseeing and topdressing lawns. We recommend to top dress your lawn each spring, by applying 1/2” of topdress material, along with the right blend of grass seed for your property and the local conditions. 

The best practice for maintaining a healthy lawn starts in the spring; we recommend:

  1. Rake lawn by hand, or with a dethatcher,  focusing on removing any dead thatch
  2. Aerate to help combat soil compaction
  3. Over seed your lawn, and cap with a half inch of our CREATIVE top dress material

DECORATIVE STONE 

Decorative Stone is a permanent landscape solution that brings a clean and fresh look in any landscape design. Stone mulches will enhance raised landscape beds, tree wells, patio edging, pathways and perennial beds. Decorative stone is also great for filling urns whether indoor our out, and used for decorative interior designs such as filling vases or bowls. Adding   the colour and texture of stone indoors creates a wonderful atmosphere and ambience! When properly installed using our edging and landscape fabric, your decorative stone will give lasting beauty year after year. The aesthetic and functional use of stone mulch will save you the yearly cost of mulching with wood mulches.

Here is a list of decorative stone Benefits:

  • retains soil moisture in gardens
  • prevents weed growth 
  • enhances drainage
  • prevents erosion of soil and other plant material
  • do not attract insects or harbour weed seeds
  • does not blow away, rot, or change colour
  • easy maintenance of garden beds
  • available in many colours, sizes, textures
  • adds accent colours to overall landscape designs

Southern Ontario, and the Kitchener-Waterloo region has really adopted a landscape style including many decorative stone and stone landscape products. Below is a list of the many CREATIVE decorative stone materials we have in stock or available by custom order. Please note that we have a large collection of heat-treated fire stones, and glass pebbles and beads for fire features.

DECORATIVE STONE OPTIONS @ CREATIVE:

Barn Red

Beauty Drive Brick Chips (terracotta colour / crushed brick)

Beechwood Pebbles

Black Granite (15% pink)

Black Lava

Red Lava

Black Mica

Red Mica

Green Mica

Brown Marble

Slatescape

Ebony Black Granite

Indian Sunrise

Mocha Marble

Peastone

Pink Quartz

Red Granite

Terrastone Brick Chips (terracotta colour / crushed brick)

Timberlite

Walnut Nuggets

Walnut Pebbles

Western Sunrise

White Dolomite Marble

White Marble

Granite River Rock

Natural River Rock

Petal Pink River Rock

Granite Boulders

ORNATE PEBBLES OPTIONS @ CREATIVE

Polished Yellow Pebbles

Semi Polished Off White Pebbles

Matte White Pebbles

Polished White Pebbles

Polished Red Pebbles

Highly Polished Red Pebbles

Polished Black Pebbles

Highly Polished Black Pebbles

Navajo Skippers

Mexican Beach Pebble Tan

Mexican Beach Pebble Black

Semi Polished Slate Black

Polished Mixed Pebble

Semi Polished Beige

Riverside Brown

Riverside GreenRiverbed Harvest

Riverbed Rainbow

Our final comments for professional landscape ground cover projects comes to you from our entire Creative Landscape Depot team. Please call us at 519-664-0225, email us at info@creativelandscapedepot.com, visit us online at www.creativelandscapedepot.com, or visit us at 1175 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario, to view our materials in person, and to full understand sizing, texture, and true colour of stone. We would also like to discuss the potential use of landscape fabric (filter cloth), edging materials for diving unique products and prevent contamination, as well as other accessories that may be required or must be considered before all landscape investments and the hard work that entails!

Thank you for reading – we sure hope you found some value within this article and notes.

The CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DEPOT team,

Where To Buy Mulch In Kitchener-Waterloo

At Creative Landscape Depot, we deliver all Ground & Bed covers in small portable bags, 1-cubic yard bulk bags (tote bags), as well as bulk. Our fleet of delivery trucks offer the capability to haul whatever quantity requested by our clients, and we have the means of offloading in tighter areas where access is difficult with large trucks. Our dump truck beds are equipped with split-box capabilities, which means we can haul 2 unique products at one time. In those deliveries we can also include bagged product, accessories, or other small items to maximize the delivery cost.

Our delivery system will delivery product anywhere in southern ontario, and on a regular daily basis focuses on the following markets, (yet not limited to):

•Kitchener

•Waterloo

•Guelph

•Cambridge

•Elmira

•St. Jacobs

•Hawksville

•Conestogo

•Listowel

•Elora

•Fergus

•Arthur

•Erin

•New Hamburg

•Baden

•Wellesley

•Plattsville

•Ayr

•Ariss

•Maryhill

•Rockwood

•Aberfoyle

•Puslinch

•Bellwood

•all of Wellington, Brant, Woolwich, Waterloo, Wilmot County, Brampton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, and the entire GTA

For the majority of all landscape designs, we recommend a a balance of hardscape or stone products, mulches, decorative stones, accents, wood structures, and potentially water or fire features to produce the perfect ambiance and landscape setting. A stone landscape can be cold and uninviting, so be sure to include soft-scape materials, and other features. Stone landscapes can be the heaviest portion of any work to be completed, yet the soft-scaping needs to be properly considered in order to balance out the stone or pre-cast products.

Keep Your Landscape Simple, By Using Complimentary & Matching Materials

beutifull landscape with matching buff materail

For years we have been focused on servicing home owners and their many landscape ideas and projects. Our history and background is in landscape installation, so we understand that value of highlighting the right materials to our clients, and ensuring that each project and investment has a valuable outcome.

One thing that we focus on during every sales interaction, is the art of simplicity, which offers class, elegance, and longevity in any design. With this being said, its important that all clients understand, that we have matching material for each area of every landscape, which derives from the same raw material. This keeps colours, finishes, textures, and overall ambiance of a finished landscape design looking like one consistent masterpiece!

Lets have a look at some of our most popular & trending stone kits!!

eramosa traditional flame square cut paver (wet)

ERAMOSA LIMESTONE

Offering matching:

•flagstone

•square cut flagstone

•coping

eramosa steps (available in all sizes)

•steps

•curbing

•steps stackers

•veneer stone, and many more products that are necessary for a matching outcome.

 

BUFF LIMESTONE

buff limestone steps

Again, using this trendy light beige & earth-tone product line, a client is able to finish their entire landscape with matching materials. The same raw billets (natural stone large quarried blocks), are sawn down to multiple products, offering the same tones, and eliminating the need to reach into foreign product lines that may not be the best match. Check out the beauty of our CREATIVE Buff Limestone Kit!

buff pier caps

 

WIARTON DARK

wiarton dark square cut pavers

Check out our newest line of darker-toned limestone.

 

This material has a beautiful powerblast or flame finish, which can be blended together and still have an overall matching outcome.

 

 

 

wiarton dark steps (flame top)

Again, we are able to incorporate natural stone pavers, coping, steps, and all other standard landscape material into any design, using the same raw material.

The ability to reach into a specific raw material product line, and design your entire landscape around one tone and one specific vein tucked within our earths layers is an art on its own!!!!

 

INDIANA LIMESTONE

Without a doubt, our Indiana Limestone collection is a favourite amongst architects, designers, contractors, and our CREATIVE clientele and group of members. We urge you to drop by and enjoy the subtle tone, and flawless finish of the Indiana collection. Available in coping, pavers, steps, pier caps, wall stones, and sills, –  we can really creative a masterpiece using this product line.

 

 

CONCLUSION

To prevent overlapping and repeating ourselves, I will just mention that we have numerous other product lines that are available as kits, incorporating matching materials to complete your landscape. Those listed above are some of our favourites, yet our CREATIVE collection offers every industry option, and we invite you to contact us for more information.

Be sure to keep your landscape simple, and spend the appropriate time in the design, using complimentary materials, that offer longevity to your investment, and which really embrace the colours of your homes exterior cladding and other elements!

matching limestone wall panels on left, and complimentary square cut pavers!

 

thanks for reading!

The CREATIVE TEAM,,,,

NATURAL STONE SQUARE-CUT PAVERS – classic, elegant, modern….always an amazing choice!

For ever, we have been debating over which hardscape surface to use for our driveway, walkways, patios, pool decks, and all other applications for the exterior & interior of our homes. The undeniable fact that independent paving systems are much more reliable then concrete, asphalt, and gravel surfaces, leads us then to decide,  – ” well what of the many paver options should i consider!”

ontario natural top , square cut paver

There are limitless interlocking brick, cobblestone, and other natural stone paving options that now exist. Therefore we would like to introduce the latest trend in square-cut pavers! Over the past few years, we have seen an influx of many imported pavers, offering many unique textures, colours, and sizes that allowed the industry some new flexibility in design option. Lets take a moment to review the many benefits of square cut paving options!

    CLASSIC & ELEGANT – The larger square cut paving patterns and style was very popular for estates, stone homes, formal landscapes, and on higher-end landscape projects many many years ago. Between 1990-2015 we seen a large movement of interlocking brick infiltrating our landscape industry due to extremely lower prices per square foot, and colour options. However, now that production is up, and we have more imported options, square foot pricing has dropped, making the square-cut an affordable choice, and classic compliment to any design!

ontario flame top paver

SPEED OF INSTALLATION – They are just fast to install! Sizes ranging from 12″x12″ – 24″x36″, its easy to understand how fast and easy a square cut paving pattern will install compared to most interlocking options with an average of 5″x9″ in size.

 

imported indian sandstone square cut paver

    COST – previously all options ranged between $12-16 per square foot, yet we now have a fleet of colour options between $6-8, and many beautiful domestic items between $9.99-14!

    1. COLOUR – we offer more then 25 colour options in stock, and we have access to a range of other unique colours. Between the domestic & imported product options theres endless colour options to match your existing home and landscape!

TEXTURE – Manufacturers have been flirting with

eramosa sandblast paver

to offer more then just the traditional, yet beautiful, natural finish. Nowadays we have the natural finish paver, flame finish (which offers a smoother texture and often enriches the veins), sandblast finish (which is smooth and dulls out the veins and other tones), power-blast (that almost mimics the sandblast approach yet has its own unique and subtle outcome), honed (which is partially polished), polished (bringing out all of the veins and colours, and offers a sleek surface), sawn cut (which is unfinished looking, yet meets some clients requirements), bush-hammered (a pebble textured top), etc etc etc.

linear design with flame-top paver

CONTEMPORARY – Linear lines, larger pavers, less joints and seems – its easy to build a contemporary design using natural square cut options! Check out this photo as evidence!

PRACTICALITY – Due to the size of natural square cut paving stones, you simply have less joints within each independent unit. This means there are less trip hazards, or crevices where the legs of chairs or tables can get stuck on when sliding them on the patio surface. Kids have an easier time moving their toys around, and you have less opportunity for weeds pushing through the surface as their are less gaps available 🙂

    TRENDING – Architects & designers are speccing this stone option more and more. We have seen the trend building for the past 4 years, and we expect that 2018 will bite even harder at this product category. When doing your shopping, be sure to check out both imported and domestic natural square cut paving options, as their is sure to be something that will compliments your home and meet your design flare! Start by checking out what we have in stock at CREATIVE, by copying & pasting the link below!

https://creativelandscapedepot.com/flagstone.php

eramosa pavers @CREATIVE

2017 Landscaping Trends & CREATIVE Material

For those of you who want to ensure you are receiving not only value from your landscape investment, but a quality design and layout, which compliments your lifestyle & lasts forever – check out the following CREATIVEtrends that we see happening today!

Before we jump into the material trends, its important to note that as a landscape supplier, our goal and niche has always been to source and supply the highest quality raw material that exists in the landscape industry, and support the DIY clientele with the same design flare and material selection that a landscape architect, designer, or professional would select for their designs!

The  small difference between low-end and high-end / industry-leading materials is generally very minimal, and we therefore promote the investment in great material when embarking on any homes interior or exterior investment!

Here We Go,,,,, the latest and greatest in the landscaping trends of 2017!

 

GUILLOTINE ARMOUR STONE – simple, clean, user-friendly, hand-manuverable, and modern in comparison to traditional armour stone products, the guillotine options we have in stock will separate your landscape from
the rest!

 

 

 

DIMENSIONAL WALL STONE – available in 2, 4, 6, & 8″ increments, this stone builds extremely formal landscapes, including; classic retaining walls, steps, borders, fireplaces, etc, etc, etc!

Dimensional wall stone creates the most impressive outcomes and is what we all imagine when we think of natural stone!

Compliment this product with its matching coping, and create an award-winning landscape!

 

 

 

GABION BASKETS – for large or small applications, showcase your creativity with a permeable gabion retaining wall or just a unique accent throughout your landscape. These walls can be hand-built and are great for areas with little access. Google – “gabion basket” and let your creativity run wild, using the million applications and options that have been tried and tested!

 

DOMESTIC SQUARE-CUT PAVERS – undeniably the smartest looking square-cut option that exists! Our domestic, Ontario pavers are timeless, eye-catching,  available in many colours, and in matching / complimentary copings, wall stones, steps, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASALT POLISHED BOWLS – drop one of these along side your walkway, tucked in a garden, beside a water feature, bordering your front door, or anywhere your landscape will allow these imported gems to showcase themselves! Any landscape becomes eye-catching and exciting when you include a basalt bowl.

 

 

FIRE BOWLS – so easy, so clean, so modern, and an absolute pleasure to have within your private oasis or landscape when you really want to relax! If your looking to capitalize on  your patio investment, we truly believe that you need a fire unit to do so. Fire gives reason, and is a lure to make use of your outdoor space.

 

If you have any questions regarding the products listed above, or wish to view our many options, please visit us online @ www.creativelandscapedepot.com

2017 CREATIVEtrends

CREATIVE Trends In Outdoor Sound Systems

As the summers warm weather arrives, we naturally begin to spend more time outside. Having a great outdoor sound system can only enhance our favourite season, and give you more reason to enjoy your backyard space!

Modern landscape audio systems are now sleek with new designs and technology that allows you to seamlessly take your lifestyle outdoors without compromising audio quality or aesthetic.

We all love having music outside, swinging on a hammock or lounging on a deck chair while reading a good book. And, if you also love to entertain, what’s a gathering without some background sound that has the ability to rock too! – All without disturbing the neighbours!

Today’s outdoor sound systems are much more sophisticated! When installed correctly, a quality outdoor speaker system can look and sound great, but the key word here is quality. Playing music in the backyard is far different from playing music in the family room! The backyard’s vast open space sucks the volume out of any speaker system. Therefore, the right speakers, with enough amplified power, and the right positioning of the speakers is key to creating a quality outdoor sound system. Both of our outdoor speakers systems offer 8-70 degree sound direction, to prevent interrupting the neighbours, and to provide stronger and clearer sounding audio for your personal living space!

Our CREATIVE landscape audio equipment is weather-resistant and therefore able to withstand both hot and cold temperatures. The speakers are designed to stand up to the elements of the sun and therefore not susceptible to fading or rust.

With the growing trend to both spend more time in the home and to increase the value of the home, the “outdoor living movement” now includes adding landscape audio to any exterior space where you are enjoying with family or entertaining with friends! If you are embarking on a new landscape renovation or just want to upgrade your space, come and check out our landscape audio collection installed in our showroom!

One final note! When considering installing an outdoor sound system, you may want to considering the investment of exterior lighting as well, or vice versa. These two installations require the same type of workload, including; trenching cable lines and hiding wires, strategically placing the lights or speakers for quality ambiance and functionality, and connecting the lighting or speaker units to the main cables and transformers or amplifiers. Save yourself some money and time by scheduling these two trending landscape options together, and increase the value of your outdoor space and property in general!

Please contact us for a CREATIVEpro who can assist you on all outdoor lighting and audio, and provide a consultation for a system best suited for your home and lifestyle.

Why Your Landscape Project Should Start @ CREATIVE

Your Landscape Project Should Really Start At A Landscape Supply Yard!

Starting any renovation is overwhelming, because the human nature has unlimited amounts of ideas and constant imaginations of what our home or landscape could or should look like. With many existing elements and shapes to compliment in and around our homes, its important that all of our ideas are exercised with professionals, and that all material options are assessed.

Here are a the main reasons why a landscape depot like CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DEPOT should be a destination for starting your landscape design.

INVENTORY: We have an inventory of all landscape supplies. This inventory includes the most popular and trending materials, as well as the latest refined stone fresh off the press that the general public, including the professionals, have often not digested quite yet! By touring our yard you can compare all available materials and colour options that best suit your character and home!

 

 

THE TEAM: Our staff loves to participate and offer their expertise within the landscape industry. Our group of professionals is built on a list of unique skills and expertise, allowing you to work with a member who really understands value in their respective product line! Whether it be natural stone, base material, plants, landscape lighting, water features, veneer stone, etc, we have a professional who can guide you down the right path and educate you on all areas that make a great decision!

BUDGET: We can quote your ideas, material selection, and overall design. This will allow you to understand the scale of project you have in mind, and refine the project if necessary, in order to meet your budget. It also helps you prepare for a consultation with a landscape professional, and move the project forward one step! Check out our CREATIVE calculator online!

NETWORK & RESOURCE: CREATIVE has an extensive network of landscape architects, designers, and professionals who install with industry certification and the highest level of customer service. Our networks is a refined group of craftsmen and craftswoman who love to build award-winning designs, and value-added landscapes and outdoor spaces! Stop in to chat about our CREATIVEpro contacts, and find the best fit for your design ideas!

DELIVERY: We have a fleet of delivery trucks that can not only delivery multiple materials at once, but we can even place the heavy hardscape or stones within your landscape!

 

 

INSPIRATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: Our yard is loaded with display boards of all of our materails. The opportunity to see complementary products side by side helps to make purchasing decisions. Our pool coping is beside its matching square cut paver and step material, as most pool projects require these items around the landscape. Our interlocking pavers are highlighted on substantial display boards, and installed on site for a better idea of their profile and laying patterns. Our thin stone veneer gallery is nicely renovated with large profiles of all veneer options. Stop in to tour our display areas and get inspired by our product collection, including:

fire bowls @CREATIVE

•mulches & a variety of decorative stones, fire stones, and crushed glasses

•artificial turf installed & hand sample boards available to take home

•a collection of home accent items including gabion baskets and fences, fire bowls, fire features, urns, and stone benches

•landscape lighting

•waterscapes and independent gurgler stone

artificial turf installed at CREATIVE

features

•interlocking paver & wall stone, including hand sample boards to take home

•domestic and imported natural stone paver, coping, caps, and decorative stone

•the largest collection of stone steps, random treads, and other trending step options

•veneer stone gallery & hand sample boards available to take home

decorative stone @CREATIVE

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE: We simply strive on a daily basis to inspire, educate, and provide the key contacts and materials to create value-added & exciting landscapes!

                                      eramosa pavers @CREATIVE

Applying Mulch Is Easy, But Quick Creative Tips Help!

1) Choose a mulch material appropriate to your job. Some factors to consider include:
Purpose: Do you want the mulch to control weeds? To cover a pathway? To reduce evaporation? Each of these is a valid reason and each way requires differences in application.
Availability: Can you use something that will be continuously available in future years or the following season?
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  • Permeability: A layer of fabric sheeting may discourage weeds, but it will also effect water flow.
  • Biodegradability: Do you want the mulch to break down and become part of the soil, or are you looking for a decorative stone ground cover that will not break down?
  • Appearance: Is the mulch going to feature in a front landscape or simply cover your vegetable garden patch for the winter?

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2) Prepare the area. If there’s anything you want to do in advance of mulching, do it first.

Pull weeds or cut them close to the ground.

Enrich the soil and rototill the beds, if you plan to do so. Soil Amendments are a great addition prior to mulching!

Lay down landscaping fabric if the area you are mulching is weed infested.

Install any borders or edges around your gardens.

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3) Obtain the mulch. Creative offers delivery service in trucks of all sizes for larger loads, or for tight access areas. All of our trucks offer multi-product delivery with no contamination  We promote split deliveries of soil amendments and mulches, or neighbouring properties who wish to share the single delivery fee if clients live in the same proximity.
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4) Transport the mulch to wherever it’s going. Using a wheelbarrow is most common, but considering using buckets, garbage can, or even bags to move the mulch from the bulk pile to your gardens. Creative also sells bagged mulch which does cost more then bulk, but makes spreading it much quicker, cleaner, and easier.
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5) Add a generous thickness of mulch. The depth of mulch is really important if you want to retain moisture and prevent weed growth. Aim for at least two to four inches (5-10cm) of depth. The one place you don’t want mulch is right up against plant stems and tree trunks. Leave at least a little margin for the plant to breathe, and to help prevent moisture-depletion or water-logging problems.
6) Spread the mulch with a rake as needed for an even layer. Make sure that you leave no mound of mulch deeper then recommended, and spread the product consistently for an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
7) Simply Pull back the mulch from an area when you wish to plant something new.
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8) Renew organic mulches every year. You can either promote quicker composition by mixing the older mulch into your garden soil before spreading new mulch, or place directly over top.
9) Use mulch to protect plants during the winter. You can do this by pruning certain plants back and covering them entirely with mulch. The mulch provides insulation. Roses generally prefer a thick base of mulch around the neck of the plant as they are more fragile then other species. Don’t forget to remove the mulch in spring.
To view the entire CREATIVE mulch & decorative stone ground & bed cover options, click here!
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