GATOR BASE – Everything You Need To Know About Foam Base Installation.

Foam base technology is trending, and its available at Creative Landscape Depot
Foam base technology is trending, and its available at Creative Landscape Depot

Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph & Surrounding Areas in Southern Ontario are considered to be one of the most concentrated hubs for landscaping in North America. We therefore participate in the industries latest trends & designs on a daily basis!

St. Jacobs, and surrounding KW area highly concentrated landscape markets, participating in award-winning landscapes on a daily basis.
St. Jacobs, and surrounding KW area highly concentrated landscape markets, participating in award-winning landscapes on a daily basis.
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Everything you need to know when creating an outdoor living space is available within our product collection, and our team is always available for a full introduction to each product!

Interlocking paving stones layed on Gator Base foam technology.
Interlocking paving stones layed on Gator Base foam technology.

If you’re looking to upgrade your exterior landscape,, and enjoy your space at another level, then let’s talk about your renovation. Our 2019 landscape & veneer product guide are great resources, and our extensive network of professionals area available to quote you on your projects details.

Creative 2019 Product Collection, your guide to value-added landscapes.
Creative 2019 Product Collection, your guide to value-added landscapes.

Let’s review the case study and all relevant information on the Gator Base technology by our partners Alliance. The following section is all quoted from the Alliance blog and available literature online:

https://www.alliancegator.com/

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FOAM BASE PAVER INSTALLATIONS

The use of foam base is quickly becoming a popular option for paver installations in North America. Case in point: there’s over 3.5 million square feet of our Gator Base product already in the ground! In today’s post, we’re going to share five things you should know about using foam base as a paver installation method.

Gator Base pad
Gator Base pad


1. Foam base can seriously speed up your installation process
We wanted to see just how much faster using Gator Base was in comparison to installing pavers the traditional way. So we set-up an apples-to-apples, side-by-side comparison test! You can watch the time-lapse video of it here but long story short: the Gator Base project was installed 57% faster than the traditional project.

By the time the Gator Base project was finished, the following items were still yet to be completed in the traditional project:

  • Installation of bedding sand
  • Installation of pavers
  • Installation of edging
  • Compaction of pavers
  • First sweeping of polymeric sand
  • Re-compaction of pavers
  • Second installation of polymeric sand
  • Removal of excess sand
  • Watering

2. Foam base can make the impossible possible
Our Gator Base product can be used in a number of application settings that would be next to impossible to tackle without it. Let’s take a look at some scenarios.

Limited access: Gator Base is a perfect option for job sites that are tucked behind a fence, masonry wall, or gate that can’t be taken down. It’s also perfect for a site that is up or down a steep hill or requires access through a neighbour’s property.

Limited storage: On some job sites, there just isn’t a spot to store the excavation spoils and/or the stone base that’s needed for a traditional job. Gator Base completely eliminates the need for deep excavation and saves six inches of compacted crushed stone!

Root zones: Roots will often be an issue on a job site that has mature trees. With Gator Base, you’ll only have to dig about four inches down … so you won’t have to worry about entering the root zone of the trees!

Underground utilities: Have a job site where underground utilities might compete with your excavation? Gator Base is the answer.

3. Foam base offers a significant savings
While the cost of our Gator Base product will be more than the six inches of crushed stone it will replace, the real savings comes in the form of time and labor. Here’s some food for thought:

Gator Base under Techo-Bloc paving stone, all available at Creative.
Gator Base under Techo-Bloc paving stone, all available at Creative.

How much does the excavation in a traditional job cost you? Or, better yet, how much is over excavating costing you? Remember, with Gator Base, you’re replacing six inches of crushed stone, that will also need to be compacted!

  • How much is the double handling of the excavated material costing you? (Getting it curbside + hauling it off = money you don’t have to spend on a Gator Base job!)
  • What does your stone base cost?
  • What does the installation of the stone base cost? Think about all the labor it takes to lay it out in lifts, compact it, and then repeat the process!

Again, all of this labor is saved on a Gator Base project. Not only will you save on excavation and base prep, but you will also be able to install your pavers faster!

4. Foam base is NOT for every job
While there are many applications in which Gator Base will be a great fit, there are some cases in which it wouldn’t. Here are some examples:

  • Vehicular applications (Gator Base is only approved for pedestrian traffic at this point in time)
  • Designs that feature circular or serpentine shapes which would result in excessive waste
  • Projects that involve raised patios or significant grade changes

5. Foam base does require excavation
One of the key benefits of Gator Base is that it saves you from having to excavate the extra six inches you would normally fill with crushed stone. However, if you fail to excavate properly and evenly, your project can be prone to settling in the future.

To calculate the optimal amount of excavation needed, add together the depths of the following four elements:

  • Geotextile fabric (Gator Fabric)
  • Final height of the compacted bedding sand (½”)
  • Gator Base (¾”)
  • Height of the pavers

The total excavation width should be six inches wider on each side than the final paved area, have the same slope as the finished paver surface, and be within ⅜ inches of desired grade.

Installation guide for property Gator Base placement.

10 QUICK FACTS ON GATOR BASE

Gator Base panels can help save time, money and labor on many different types of hardscape applications. Manufactured using lightweight high-density polypropylene, five Gator Base panels will cover 28.9 square feet and weigh only 6.6 lbs! In this post, we’re going to share 10 quick facts that you might find interesting about this product.

  • Saves 6” of excavation
    Gator Base will actually replace the six inches of compacted crushed stone that’s needed in traditional pedestrian hardscape jobs.
  • Provides better protection against freeze/thaw
    Gator Base acts as a thermal blanket. It’s three times more effective than crushed stone as an insulator and significantly reduces freeze/thaw cycles.
Greater protection against freeze / thaw cycles
Greater protection against freeze / thaw cycles
  • Perfect for jobs with tight access
    Because big, heavy pieces of equipment aren’t needed for Gator Base installations, the product proves to be the perfect solution for jobs with limited access.
  • Extremely durable

Gator Base is built to last! With over 3.5 million square feet already installed, this product is proving it can withstand the test of time. It will never leach chemicals or degrade in the native soil.

Durable foam technology, relied upon by professionals
Durable foam technology, relied upon by professionals
  • Offers better load transfer
    Gator Base panels interlock to distribute the static and dynamic loads to a very wide area, a very effective means of spreading out any pressure on the soils below.
  • Features water evacuation channels
    Gator Base has been designed to return water to the native soil through built-in evacuation channels.
  • LOCK-N-GO Technology
    Designed with a tongue and groove system, Gator Base panels quickly and easily lock into place to form a durable monolithic slab.
Tongue and groove-like system / Lock N Go - by Gator Base
Tongue and groove-like system / Lock N Go – by Gator Base
  • No heavy equipment needed
    Did you know that it would take about 1,440 lbs. of crushed stone to fill 28.9 square feet six inches high? That’s a lot of excavating and heavy lifting! Five panels of Gator Base weighs in at 6.6 lbs. and will cover this same exact square footage!
  • 10. 3.5 million square feet installed!
    The number of Gator Base jobs continues to rise in North America … 3.5 million square feet and counting!

4 BENEFITS OF GATOR BASE LOCK-N-GO TECHNOLOGY

Yes, there are other brands of foam base for pavers out on the market but did you know that Alliance Gator Base is the only one that offers LOCK-N-GO Technology? In this section, we’ll explain what LOCK-N-GO is and four very important benefits you should know about.

What is LOCK-N-GO?

Gator Base has been designed with a tongue and groove interlocking system, better known as LOCK-N-GO. Each Gator Base panel locks into the next to form a single and incredibly sturdy base for laying pavers on top of. While there are other brands of foam base available on the market, Gator Base is the only one that features a locking edge system.

Large hardscape interlocking patio installation using Gator Base
Large hardscape interlocking patio installation using Gator Base

Benefit #1: Increased Strength
Since the Gator Base panels are designed to lock together, they will essentially form a monolithic slab once installed. In climates that experience freeze and thaw cycles, this is especially significant. The pavers and base form a single unit which is isolated from the ground to a certain degree and will endure natural ground movements as such.

Benefit #2: You Can Walk On It
After the Gator Base panels have been installed, you can feel free to walk all over them! The LOCK-N-GO Technology secures each and every panel together so they won’t shift around once they’re down. Very convenient!

Benefit #3: Paver Staging
Besides being able to walk on the Gator Base panels during an installation, you can also stage your pavers right on top of them. There’s no need to have someone standing off to the side handing off pavers to the person installing them! Pavers can be staged right on the Gator Base and pushed or slid around as needed. This will significantly expedite the installation process.

Beautiful backyard makeovers and installations done using Gator Base
Beautiful backyard makeovers and installations done using Gator Base

Benefit #4: Security
No need to worry about the wind if you’re using Gator Base. Because the panels lock into each other, they will not blow around on a windy day. Also, if rain is forecasted before your paver installation, the installed Gator Base will protect your compacted final grade bedding sand from washing away. Again, it’s another way that LOCK-N-GO Technology eases the installation process.

HOW TO INSTALL GATOR BASE

Gator Base is a foam base product that has been engineered and designed specifically for pedestrian paver installations. The panels are lightweight and incredibly easy to move around and work with. In this blog post, we’re going to outline, step-by-step, what a typical Gator Base installation involves.

Gator Base Installation Tutorial

1. Excavation

Gator Base eliminates the need for the typical six inches of compacted crushed stone that would be used in a traditional paver installation. In a Gator Base installation, you only need to excavate about four inches down instead of nine to ten inches for a traditional base.

To calculate the exact amount of excavation needed, here are the numbers you’ll need to add together:

  • Thickness of geofabric (i.e. Gator Fabric)
  • Compacted bedding sand’s final height (about a ½ inch)
  • Gator Base (¾ inch)
  • Paver height

Make sure your excavation goes out another six inches past the footprint of the paved area. And since the six inches of crushed stone has been removed, the excavation should address the majority of any pitch issues. 

2. Level & Compact Sub-grade 
First, level the area with a soil rake. Ensure there’s a slope of at least one degree away from any structure, such as a house.

Next, you’ll want to compact the native soil with a plate compactor. Make the area as smooth as possible to get rid of high or low spots within about ⅜ inches.

If you over excavate or have any grade changes that need correction, you must do that with crushed stone … don’t try to reuse any of the soil you just excavated!

3. Lay Landscape Fabric & Prepare Bedding Sand
Now it’s time to lay some fabric down. We’d recommend using our non-woven 4.8oz product, used by all professionals for industrial results and protection.

When installing the fabric, be sure to overlap the edges by six inches and start your fabric at the lowest point of the slope. You’ll also want to extend the fabric several inches past the edges of the excavated area and up any walls or curbs.

After the fabric has been placed, you can begin install the bedding course. To do this, spread an even layer of concrete sand to a depth of ¾ inch over the fabric.

To obtain a perfect ¾ inch bedding layer, use ¾ inch iron pipes and place them an equal distance of four to six feet apart over the fabric; then fill the area with sand. Spread an even layer of concrete sand equal to the pipe. Using a straight board, level the bedding sand relative to the pipes. After removing the pipes, be sure to fill in the empty gaps.

Levelling and compacting the bedding sand will be the last step prior to installing the Gator Base. The bedding course needs to have sufficient moisture content in order to obtain maximum compaction. Water lubricates the particles and helps them slide into place when the vibratory plate passes to obtain maximum compaction.

Fabric goes under the sand base, separating the native soil and new base aggregate
Fabric goes under the sand base, separating the native soil and new base aggregate

4. Install Gator Base
Place the Gator Base panels on top of the compacted bedding course. Make sure that the Gator faces on each panel are lined up in the same orientation; this will ensure that they lock in properly. You also want to ensure all panels are being used in the same orientation (either horizontal or vertical).

Always work off the open joint of the tongue and groove system. To do this, work from right to left when placing the Gator Base panels. Offset the joints of the panels (similar to a brick pattern) to increase the overall strength of the project.

Beautiful and warrantied stone landscapes completed using Gator Base foam technology.
Beautiful and warrantied stone landscapes completed using Gator Base foam technology.

5. Install pavers
Once the Gator Base panels are installed, you can lay your pavers directly on top of them according to your selected pattern. Use a rubber mallet to adjust the pavers as needed.

Make sure the Gator base is six inches wider on each side of the paved surface.

After the pavers are in place, install the Gator Edge, making sure it rests firmly against the pavers. A Gator Screw should be driven into every second hole to maximize lateral support of the edging.

6. Install Our Flexlock Polymeric Sand 
You’re almost done! The final step in the process is filling in your paver joints with our industry favorite, Flexlock stabilizer sand! Contact us for more information on the Flexlock sand, and for proper installation techniques.

Flexlock Ultra stabilizer sand, by Alliance, recommended by our Creative Landscape Depot team!
Flexlock Ultra stabilizer sand, by Alliance, recommended by our Creative Landscape Depot team!

BEFORE YOU GO, WE HAVE SOME CREATIVE NOTES

Our Delivery

We 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:

Creative preparing for delivery of landscape materials in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph area
Creative preparing for delivery of landscape materials in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph area

•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

Hire a Pro or Just ask CREATIVE!

We support DIY installation, and home owners taking the initiative to install their own landscape. 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!

https://creativelandscapedepot.com/creativepro_directory.php

If you are looking to start a new landscaping project on your home or business, consider the value of working with a CREATIVE team member or a CREATIVEpro. A well designed landscape with an inviting ambiance increases curb appeal by offering a warm and inviting place for your family and friends. Not only does a well designed landscape extend your living space, it can also offer many other social and lifestyle benefits.

For more information on residential or commercial landscaping, or tips on how to start the design stage for your landscape, contact us today! We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate on our industry leading products and offer an on-site consultation to share ideas for your yard!

We have an extensive network of fire professionals who we can recommend to you based on the scale of your design. If your thinking landscaping – you should be considering the use of our network for value-added results!

Contact Us

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

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,

5 Reasons Why Landscape Lighting Is A Great Investment

Beautiful appearance at night, highlighting the characteristics and landscaping of the home!
Beautiful appearance at night, highlighting the characteristics and landscaping of the home!

The CREATIVE Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

Kitchener-Waterloo & Surrounding Areas in Southern Ontario are participating in the Landscape Lighting trend!

Landscape lighting or garden lighting refers to the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aestheticsaccessibility, security, recreation and sports, and social and event uses.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape_lighting

Want to add a dramatic effect to your landscape project?  It is simple with the right lighting! We supply top quality landscape lighting to suit every size of project and application. We have lighting specialists on hand to make sure you have everything you need to light up your clients properties.

Accent your water feature, pool, and other focal points at night!
Accent your water feature, pool, and other focal points at night!

There are many reasons and to consider outdoor lighting as a way to accent your landscape.  From years of experience servicing the outdoor lighting needs within the landscape sector, we have helped many clients experience the benefits of residential and commercial lighting systems. Whether you want to increase the security of your property or spend more time enjoying the warm weather during the spring and summer months when the weather is nice, there are many year round benefits provided by outdoor lighting after the sun goes down.

Landscape lighting is not a new concept or product category, yet it is certainly trending fast these past couple of years. 

It is forecasted to witness a growth 8.0% during 2018–2023. Growing adoption of energy-saving and cost-efficient lighting products and increased government focus on energy conservation are the major factors driving the market growth.

https://www.psmarketresearch.com/market-analysis/outdoor-lighting-market

Lets Review the 5 key Benefits Of Landscape & Garden Lighting

1) Appearance

The obvious advantage to landscape lighting is the enhancement to your home’s appearance. The lights make your home and landscaping visible even after dark. When positioned properly, landscape lights make architectural features of the home pop out. Lights pointed at your favourite plants make the most of your landscaping at all times of night and day. Outdoor lights add a sense of drama to your landscaping. The illumination makes your house stand out by boosting the curb appeal at night. Have you ever turned onto a street and noticed that one home stand out at night beyond all of the other neighbouring properties? Well it was probably the attractive and professional appeal of a properly lit landscape and home. At night a home can be even more attractive then in the day. By highlighting not only the accents of the landscape or home, but projecting shadows by design throughout the driveway, living space, or planting areas, a home can really draw a new character in the evening or during the night.

The warmth and ambiance of night lighting is invaluable!
The warmth and ambiance of night lighting is invaluable!

2) Functionality

Landscape lighting increases the functionality of your outdoor spaces. With proper lighting, you can use your front and backyard long after the sun goes down. Flood lights attached to the house provide a large amount of general light to brighten a patio area or a portion of the yard. Lights attached to deck posts illuminate the area for late-night dining or conversations. For additional lighting around a patio tables, under railings, stone copings, steps, and any other area please contact us or visit our CREATIVE showroom.

With appropriate landscape lighting, you will be able to enjoy all areas of your property, and finished landscapes zones. Your comfort level for using the hardscape walkways, or sheds and other storage areas will be enhanced, as the space will just be more inviting than it may have been prior.

3) Enhance Security and Safety

Illuminating your property after dark can also be an effective way of dissuading unwanted guests from poking around on your property. Lighting systems can help to keep your invited guests safe after dark. Illuminating entrance points, like doors and windows, with lights makes it difficult for a potential burglar to break in unnoticed. When choosing where to place landscape lighting for security, consider the darkest areas of the yard and the places near the home where a burglar could enter. If you have a security camera system be sure to consider the placement of lighting for best visual results of each camera location.

Place lights around the swimming pool, along walkways and near the terrace or patio areas that get frequent traffic so as to reduce the risk of falls or other injuries.

Properly illuminated steps and pathways is much safer at night.
Properly illuminated steps and pathways is much safer at night.

4) Accentuate Landscaping and Improve Property Value

CREATIVE outdoor lighting highlights the beauty of your building as well as increases the value of your property.   Lighting your exterior is considered an added amenity by prospective buyers and appraisers, as it represents a lifetime investment back into the properties.  Commercial applications, with well-done landscape lighting design are often considered to be more appealing to customers, and attract more business than unlit dark business.  

Installing exterior light systems is an excellent way to accentuate your commercial or residential property’s landscaping, improving both aesthetics and visibility.  Our light design experts will provide you with options to customize your installation, whether you wish to accent a fountain or simply light up the walkways or your company logo.  CREATIVE has the product knowledge to help you highlight the best aspects of a property and its surroundings, or our installation network can help!

5) Corporate Presence, Image, and Awareness

We understand the need for corporate logos, signage, operations, office, and image to be highlighted 24-7. You want your business to be well presented to the marketplace at all times, and landscape lighting offers the ability to do so in the evening and night hours. Illuminate your corporate landscape around the office, the wonderful trees around the perimeter, the display areas you may have, and of course your road-side signage. For corporate lighting, we recommend you work direct with our team for proper advise on lighting fixtures, placement, and for a list of CREATIVEpro’s who can assist in the quoting and installation process.

Marketing your corporate image at all times of the day is key!
Marketing your corporate image at all times of the day is key!

A Great Investment

“A well-managed landscape can add up to 28 per cent to the overall value of your home,” says landscaper Ed Hansen, who owns Hansen Lawn & Garden. “The key is that you need to have a well-designed, well-executed, low-maintenance (plan).”

Lighting Fixtures & Accessories In Stock Or Available In 24-Hours

At Creative we know time is money. We realize that if you are a contractor having your products on site and on time is key to keeping your building project on track. That is why we stock a huge inventory that is ready to ship to you immediately, or be picked up at any time. We also have drop ship capabilities to send your products direct to your site. If you are a home owner & DIY client, we know how important it is to keep your projects moving forward. We are ready to react to your orders by request, and we will be happy to offer the necessary training required at time of purchase!

Small pocket lighting is subtle, and offers incredible function and practicality.
Small pocket lighting is subtle, and offers incredible function and practicality.

Lighting & Accessory Options Available at CREATIVE, and the items you will want to consider for your project!

•accent lights, accessory cable, bluetooth lanterns, button lights, deck lights, moon lights, hardscape lights, under-mount lights, coping & step lighting, LED lights, in-ground lights, in-ground beacons, LED tape, lubricated connectors, ceiling fans & lights, outdoor heating & space heater systems, hanging lights, wall lights, pathway lights, spot lights, transformers, underwater lighting, up / down lights, stainless steel & bronze casings, bollard fixtures, interior stone lamps, and more!

Our Lighting Collection Consists Of:

•Linzel Lighting, Kichler Lighting, Lumitonic Lighting, Lumitonic Lighting, Atlantic, Oasis, Alliance, Hinkley, and more.

Before You Go

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

Hire a Pro or Just ask CREATIVE!

Professionally drafted landscapes offer valuable results and ROI
Professionally drafted landscapes offer valuable results and ROI

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!

https://creativelandscapedepot.com/creativepro_directory.php

If you are looking to start a new landscaping project on your home or business, consider the value of adding outdoor lighting. A well-lit yard increases curb appeal by offering a warm and inviting place for your family and friends. Not only does outdoor lighting extend your living space, it can offer huge safety and security benefits. Highlight your home’s beautiful lawn, garden, and other landscaping features with outdoor lighting! 

For more information on residential or commercial landscaping, or tips on how to place outdoor lights in your yard, contact us today! We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate on our industry leading lighting products and offer an on-site consultation to share ideas for your yard!

We have an extensive network of landscape lighting professionals who we can recommend to you based on the scale of your design. If your thinking landscaping – you should be considering the element of landscape lighting at the same time!

A professional lighting project, built by landscape lighting pros!
A professional lighting project, built by landscape lighting pros!

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 & lighting landscapes are big jobs, so let’s 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,

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!

 

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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!”

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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!

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.

 

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    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

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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.

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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!

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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
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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

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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:

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•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

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•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

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

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CREATIVE Fire Is the 2017 Landscape Trend!

Professionals are of the belief that in 2017 there will be a stronger move towards fire within landscape designs! This landscape element is here to stay, and the simplicity of plug and play fire pits are evermore attractive to those with less time, seeking greater convenience and no ash and embers to clean up.

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Those who truly want to enjoy their landscape investment should consider a fire feature, as the ambiance of space is enhanced two-fold, therefore offering volumes of value to your investment!

Fire pits are more popular than ever and there is a proliferation of them available at CREATIVE, including larger wood burning units for outdoor social areas, modern fire bowls for contemporary settings and ease of use, as well as electric wall-mounted units that are extremely energy efficient. We also have Interlocking stone modules that piece together with custom burners and pans, that offer amazing flames with a strong source of heat!

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Benefits of CREATIVE Fire Units 

•increases your homes value and adds stronger curb appeal

•can warm up your outdoor space for use in the fall and even winter months

•enhanced ambiance within your landscape

•wonderful space for relaxing, or enjoying with family and friends

•some fire units allow for cooking over a grill

•customize and add personal character to your landscape

•a full range of price options exist

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On a personal note, this past summer my wife and I incorporated a modern fire bowl on our new cottage’s old and weathered outdoor patio. From the first moment we turned on the propane and lit the burner we were immediately at home!

Theres something to be said about the colour of fire, the movements of the flames, and the shadows that are projected in the surrounding area. Subtly said, theres just an ambiance of warmth, and an excitement to be present when the fire place is lit and family is conversing!

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Adding Fire was the easiest and most valuable part of our landscape to date, and we would recommend exploring the many options to everyone!

Visit our location and team for all fire options!

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CREATIVE brainstorming Leads to Valuable Outcomes!

 

Planning a landscape design should be fun and exciting, yet we know that it may also be overwhelming. We suggest 5 Tips for Brainstorming Success and idea generating.

Getting CREATIVE isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to force innovative ideas to fall in your lap naturally. As difficult as brainstorming may be, there is always going to be a need for developing CREATIVE ideas. When planning a landscape or home renovation, you’re required to get CREATIVE, so that your ideas add value to your home. Follow these quick tips to get the CREATIVE concepts flowing, so you can brainstorm a brilliant landscape design!

Write & Draw It Down. No matter how difficult, extreme, or simple you think the idea might be, writing those down will lead you down the path to a solid landscape plan. Plus, it can act as a guide for any consolation you may have when meeting with a professional – ultimately speeding up the process and making your ideas more clear.

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Google It. In those instances when you have no clue where to start, it helps to look at what others have built on their own properties. Gaining some inspiration from other landscape designs and unique attributes is always a great start. Save some folders with ideas that catch your attention, and that you think will work for your home, and suit your lifestyle. Revert back to these saved photos to see which concepts continually catch your attention. Building a portfolio of photos that represent your ideas is the best way to take the doubt out of any design!

Sleep On It. You should always make time for this, as a landscape is an investment in the long-term value and curb appeal of your home or office. Once you feel you have concluded on a spectacular and complimentary design, sit on it for a few days, weeks, and confirm with others on their thoughts. Its great to chat with people from within the landscape industry and those whom are not. Its incredible what others perspectives can share, and what time can tell! Sometimes changes to fine details make all the difference! So take enough time to ensure that all of your basis are considered and included in the design & build process!

Start With What You Like. It’s hard to get enthusiastic for something you don’t care about. If you’re having a hard time getting excited about your landscape project or ideas, try thinking of what inspires you, what catches your attention and what part of the project you are most excited about. This way of thinking will help lead you down a more exciting and CREATIVE path.

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Share Your Ideas. Once you’ve been working on a landscape design for a while, ideas may start to get harder to perfect and conclude. Keep your project on track by bouncing ideas off your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers. Listen to what others have to say about their previous experience with landscaping, what they ‘wish’ they may have considered, or what ‘trends’ they have heard about taking place in the landscape industry! Sharing your ideas and being open to input from others will allow you to refine a personalized landscape that motivates you during the building and enjoyment stages!

Developing CREATIVE ideas does not have to be a painful endeavor. By following these tips, and taking patient / smaller steps, will allow you to enjoy the process!

All of our CREATIVE members are here to assist with your landscape ideas. Use us as a resource to keep your concepts and project moving forward!

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