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,

4 Landscape Design Styles To Define Your Lifestyle & Character!

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!

Wiarton Brown Sandblasted limestone steps @ Creative
Wiarton Brown Sandblasted limestone steps @ Creative

Everything you need to know when creating an outdoor living space, including; driveways, patios & walkways, fireplaces & fire accents, outdoor kitchens, retaining walls, steps, outdoor lighting, gardens, water features, & stone veneer, is available within our product collection, and our team is always available for a full introduction to each product!

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. For now, lets review the 4 main landscape design styles that we have recently recognized as crowd favourites, all of which, brought to us by our parters at Techo-Bloc:

https://www.techo-bloc.com/landscaping-ideas/our-styles

1) Traditional LandscapeBest Explained By The Techo-Bloc Team!

“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 you’re great outdoors will stand the test of time.”

Pool patio, pool deck, softscaping, hot tub, all available @ Creative
Pool patio, pool deck, softscaping, hot tub, all available @ Creative

“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.”

Outdoor living space with pergola and Techo-Bloc pavers, with water feature.
Outdoor living space with pergola and Techo-Bloc pavers, with water feature.

“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.”

Aberdeen paver by Techo-Bloc, available @ Creative, as well as other pool deck and traditional landscape ideas.
Aberdeen paver by Techo-Bloc, available @ Creative, as well as other pool deck and traditional landscape ideas.

“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.”

Outdoor patio oasis, with sitting area and multi ambiances
Outdoor patio oasis, with sitting area and multi ambiances

“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.”

Circular Valencia fireplace by Techo-Bloc, with cobble stone and wonderful interlocking accents.
Circular Valencia fireplace by Techo-Bloc, with cobble stone and wonderful interlocking accents.

“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.”

Check out our many flagstone options to help build inspiration for your traditional landscape.

https://creativelandscapedepot.com/natural-stone.php

Traditional‘ – Explanation by Wikipedia

Many objects, beliefs and customs can be traditional.[2] Rituals of social interaction can be traditional, with phrases and gestures such as saying “thank you”, sending birth announcementsgreeting cards, etc.[2][17][18] Tradition can also refer to larger concepts practiced by groups (family traditions at Christmas[18]), organizations (company’s picnic) or societies, such as the practice of national and public holidays.[9][10] Some of the oldest traditions include monotheism (three millennia) and citizenship (two millennia).[19] It can also include material objects, such as buildings, works of art or tools.[2]

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

2) Rustic LandscapeBest Explained By The Techo-Bloc Team!

“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.”

Outdoor kitchen, fire feature, pizza oven, and borealis interlocking paving stone make a wonderful rustic outdoor space.
Outdoor kitchen, fire feature, pizza oven, and borealis interlocking paving stone make a wonderful rustic outdoor space.

“Nothing embodies rustic like the raw texture of wood. The 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.”

Rustic yet charming front entrance, with Techo-Bloc paving stones, wood pillars, and a touch of stone veneer.
Rustic yet charming front entrance, with Techo-Bloc paving stones, wood pillars, and a touch of stone veneer.

“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.”

Wood burning fire feature is as rustic and outback as it gets!
Wood burning fire feature is as rustic and outback as it gets!

“The centrepiece of any rustic style is typically its large, welcoming fireplace. Even without a mountainside escape or lakefront log cabin, you can still pay homage to the great outdoors. Using wall blocks or masonry veneers that match your other outdoor features, you can build a custom outdoor fireplace to turn your backyard into a dreamy, cozy outdoor sanctuary.”

Techo-Bloc Brandon fire feature, available at Creative, along with all burners, pans, and fire accessories.
Techo-Bloc Brandon fire feature, available at Creative, along with all burners, pans, and fire accessories.

“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.”

Techo-Bloc Brandon fire feature, available at Creative, along with all burners, pans, and fire accessories.
Outdoor sitting / eating area to enjoy friends and family, and great social events.

“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.”

Full outdoor living space, built with Techo-Bloc products, and a professional design.
Full outdoor living space, built with Techo-Bloc products, and a professional design.

“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.”

Rustic? Modern? Or just the right touch of both design styles. This home has it all, with some rustic accents that warm it up.
Rustic? Modern? Or just the right touch of both design styles. This home has it all, with some rustic accents that warm it up.

“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.”

3) Modern LandscapeBest Explained By The Techo-Bloc Team!

“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.”

Clean lines, modest colour tones, and a wonderful backyard oasis
Clean lines, modest colour tones, and a wonderful backyard oasis

1“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 there 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.”

Stepping stones, framed by imported ornate pebbles, with a touch of foliage make an outdoor dream come true.
Stepping stones, framed by imported ornate pebbles, with a touch of foliage make an outdoor dream come true.

“We’ve got your back, minimalists! We understand and appreciate your need for clean lines, subdued colours and the casual contrasts in all the right places. Seek out landscapes that create soulful experiences and infuse them with monochromatic tones that calm the mind. Create your own backyard bliss with river rocks,  smooth slabs and long, ornamental grass.”

Graphix wall, piedemonte caps, and a perfect  blend of wood make this outdoor space a valuable one!
Graphix wall, piedemonte caps, and a perfect blend of wood make this outdoor space a valuable one!

“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 block to keep both your eye and your inspiration on the move. You can be sure the compliments will start stacking up in no time.”

Clean, lineal, light tones with subtle dark accents, and a minimalistic approach to furniture design.
Clean, lineal, light tones with subtle dark accents, and a minimalistic approach to furniture design.

“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 colored river rocks, giving every area it crosses its very own sense of purpose.”

Blended in with nature, the raffinato line from Techo-Bloc creates a mature and formal modern ambiance amongst a rustic setting.
Blended in with nature, the raffinato line from Techo-Bloc creates a mature and formal modern ambiance amongst a rustic setting.

“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 colors. 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.”

No curves, yet warm as can be. The right selection of accents can really provide for a modern and current theme!
No curves, yet warm as can be. The right selection of accents can really provide for a modern and current theme!

“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.”

Check out our CREATIVE Interlocking & Wallstone product line to start planning for your modern landscape.

https://creativelandscapedepot.com/interlocking-pavers-and-wallstone.php

4) Exotic & Eclectic LandscapeBest Explained By The Techo-Bloc Team!

“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.”

Techo-bloc offers the product for a tropical outfit!
Techo-bloc offers the product for a tropical outfit!

“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.”

Water front lounge area, using Oceana paver by techo-bloc, available at Creative Landscape Depot.
Water front lounge area, using Oceana paver by techo-bloc, available at Creative Landscape Depot.

“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.”

Eclectic and designed with style.
Eclectic and designed with style.

“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.”

Cobble, multi-coloured patterns, and strong texture paver add character and showcase a real effort for presentation.
Cobble, multi-coloured patterns, and strong texture paver add character and showcase a real effort for presentation.

“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 esthetic you crave. Go bold or go home with this modern take on a classic cobblestone.”

Water trickling, and foliage dancing,,,,,,,all around an intricate and eclectic patio area.
Water trickling, and foliage dancing,,,,,,,all around an intricate and eclectic patio area.

“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.”

BEFORE YOU GO

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:

•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

CREATIVEpro platform online, to source a real professional to participate in your landscape.
CREATIVEpro platform online, to source a real professional to participate in your landscape.

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.

Creative Landscape Depot outdoor display area in St. Jacobs, Ontario.
Creative Landscape Depot outdoor display area in St. Jacobs, Ontario.

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! 

We are located 30 seconds North of Waterloo, where Weber Street and King Street intersect by the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. Continue into our small town of St. Jacobs you will notice our landscape / stone supply depot on your left hand side.

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,

20 Most Exciting Fire Pit & Fire Bowl Features For Your Landscape!

Creative Landscape Depot
 fire bowl & feature
Creative fire bowl & feature

CREATIVE FIRE

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 on a daily basis!

Want to add a dramatic effect to your landscape project?  It is simple to do by just adding a fire feature that suits your design style! We supply the industries top-trending fire bowls and features to suit every size project and application. We have fire specialists on site to make sure you have everything you need to light up your clients properties.

Outdoor fire bowl masters the ambiance desired by all property owners.
Outdoor fire bowl masters the ambiance desired by all property owners.

If your going through the investment of a new landscape, or just renovating an existing outdoor space, we recommend adding a fire feature to your design. Fire creates ambiance, and draws us to its warmth and dancing movement. Its conversational, and gives us a wonderful setting for socializing and relaxing. Features area available with easy use and low maintenance, making a quick relaxing moment around a fire easy to accomplish, without the effort in starting or cleaning up the area. There are also some traditional wood burning features that may require more effort and investment of time, yet the ambiance associated to a wood burning fireplace can add all sorts of energy and benefits to your landscape.

Corten square fire bowl @ CREATIVE
Corten square fire bowl @ CREATIVE

‘Pre-made fire pits are the most common form of fire pits and can be purchased from a store.[1] These are commonly made of pre cast concrete or metal and/or a combination of metal table and stone. They are usually natural gas, propane (LP) or bio ethanol. Wood burning fire pits made of metal are also quite common but under increasing scrutiny due to fire bans and air particulate emissions. Natural gas and propane burners in these sort of pre fabricated vessels are certified under ANSI (American), CSA (Canadian) and CE (European) standards. Unregulated and uncertified fire pit burners are increasingly being scrutinized by regulatory authorities and being denied permits. Fire pits have recommended clearance to combustibles and require at least 5 feet above the flame and 16″ circumference from the exterior perimeter of the vessel.

Essentially, to make a fire pit only a hole is required in order to safely contain a fire. This can be as simple as digging a hole in the ground, or as complex as hollowing out a brick or rock pillar. A wood-burning fire pit should be located at least ten feet (three metres) away from structures for safety. Use of a fire pit in adverse conditions should be avoided, and basic fire safety precautions apply.’

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

Our Creative Dekko fire bowls are a modern line of lightweight concrete products, designed to compliment your outdoor living space. All of our products are made with pride and by hand in Canada, by Canadian artisans.
The proprietary material is less than half the weight of regular concrete and 70% lighter than competitor concrete products. They weigh an average of 4 pounds per square foot. Installation is simple and fast because of the ability to cut panels with carpenter tools. Strength and durability are un-compromised, while rendering a product that is weather resistant, and able to take extreme heat and cold.

5 BENEFITS OF DESIGNING FIRE WITHIN YOUR LANDSCAPE

1) Warmth

Sitting outdoors in your beautifully renovated landscape can be cold at times. Adding the heat from a fire feature offers a more comfortable setting for relaxing outdoors, reading, enjoying a glass of wine, or socializing. The warmth of a fire also allows us to use our outdoor living areas earlier in the spring season, and later into the fall months. 

2) Beauty & Ambiance

Adding a fire feature to your landscape design creates a space that is beautiful and compelling. Having a fire pit or fire table, offers a great place to sit and watch the fire burn. Whatever fire feature you choose would be a beautiful addition to your creative landscape design, and may possibly be the most valuable part of your landscape investment.

3) Entertaining

Nothing adds to a summer patio party like a cozy outdoor fireplace or pit. When integrated into thoughtful landscaping designs, outdoor fireplaces extend your home and available party space from inside to outside. A fire pit is a natural gathering place, where you and your friends can sip some wine while conversing and laughing on a warm spring, summer, or fall night.

4) Cooking

While they may not be as accurate as a gas grill, a fire pit or fireplace is still a valuable asset for cooking. If you’re planning to put a fire pit in your yard in the future, ask our CREATIVE team, or be sure to discuss it with a CREATIVEpro to include a fire unit that can be used for cooking. Lets not ever forget the art of simply throwing a few marshmallows on a stick, or cooking a hotdog over an open flame!

5) 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).”

NOW LETS REVIEW THE INDUSTRIES HIGHEST TRENDING FIRE FEATURES

AVERA

48 & 60L x 24W x 14H

A beautiful centre piece for patios, pergolas, and most living areas. The Avera is a masterpiece of modern design and will complete the ambience of relaxation.

Avera fire bowl @ creative landscape depot. Minimalist linear design.
Avera fire bowl @ creative landscape depot. Minimalist linear design.

ALEA

32L x 32W x 13H

The Alea offers a contemporary appeal to all hardscape surfaces. This fire pit inputs the warmth of fire and stone to your landscape elements.

Alea fire bowl with wind gaurd @ creative landscape depot. Minimalist square design.
Alea fire bowl with wind gaurd @ creative landscape depot. Minimalist square design.

BELMONT

36D x 16H x 120lbs

Round and classic in its simple design, the Belmont is eye-catching and a designers favorite. Add some dimension to your outdoor space by incorporating a round Belmont feature.

Belmont round firebowl. Cutting edge and quality driven fire bowl
Belmont round firebowl. Cutting edge and quality driven fire bowl

BRAVO

32L x 32W x 13H

The Bravo offers a larger border for placing objects or for relaxing with your feet up and closer to the flame. The beautiful design is a compliment for all landscapes.

Bravo square fire bowl, with cavity channel adding character
Bravo square fire bowl, with cavity channel adding character and unique profile.

ELEMENT

20L x 20W x 16.5H

The smallest fire bowl in the line, offering a warm flame and a beautiful aesthetic approach for a fire feature. For small or large areas!

The smallest CREATIVE fire bowl, yet mighty in architectural design and warmth.
The smallest CREATIVE fire bowl, yet mighty in architectural design and warmth.

SERENADE

32L x 32W x 15H

A beautiful decoration for all landscapes. Use your imagination with decorative stone to compliment the Serenade fire bowl.

Traditional modern fire bowl. The serenade is a favorite by the industry professionals.
Traditional modern fire bowl. The serenade is a favorite by the industry professionals.

SONOMA

72L x 33W x 16H

Lineal, clean, proud, and loaded with quality, the Sonoma is a minimalist design that highlights not only personality, but a powerful presence of warmth and practicality.

Sonoma with wind gaurd. This is the latest modern linear fire bowl added to our lineup!
Sonoma with wind gaurd. This is the latest modern linear fire bowl added to our lineup!

BOL / CORTEN (weathering steel)

42”D x 9.25”H & 42”W x 12.25”H

Wood-burning, natural gas or propane burner 60,000-69,000 BTU/h, ETL listed (US & Canada) manually lit pilot with safety thermocouple or electronic ignition. The Bol is a powerhouse in steel modern fire design!

Nuff-Said. This corton bowl takes the cake for conversational piece!
Nuff-Said. This corton bowl takes the cake for conversational piece!

BENTO / CORTEN (weathering steel)

42”D x 42W X 12.75H & 32D X 32”W x 12.75”H 

Square, sharp, and modern minimalistic fire bowl that stands out amongst all competition. A nice width on the outer frame allows for setting drinks comfortably while enjoy the outdoor space.

Corton square Bento is a winner for all outdoor spaces.
Corton square Bento is a winner for all outdoor spaces.

CAZO

24”D & 31”D & 36”D

The Cazo Fire Bowl is reminiscent of Spanish influence. Its round curvature makes the Cazo warm and inviting to you and your guests. It makes a great accent piece for your outdoor space!

Cazo is new as of this spring, and is already taking off by numbers!
Cazo is new as of this spring, and is already taking off by numbers!

MAYA

24” & 31” & 36” square

The Maya Fire Bowl is a tapered bowl that gives off an astounding flame. It is sure to make your outdoor space welcoming and warm.

Stainless steel , copper, and vanilla colours make the Maya a trending favorite!
Stainless steel , copper, and vanilla colours make the Maya a trending favorite!

MANOR

42” square

Build by individuals wall stone blocks, the Manor steel ring protects the outer interlocking stone from the heat, and provides a clean wood burning structure, with an easy installation.

Stone Manor square wood burning fire pit
Stone Manor square wood burning fire pit

QUICKWALL

Triangular or tapered precast wall stones build the circular structure. The quick wall steel ring protects the stone and contains the wood burning fire. The quick wall feature is quick to install and offers a large diameter for substantial wood burning fires.

Quickwall  round wood burning fire pit
Quickwall round wood burning fire pit

WILMINGTON

68L x 37W x 81H

The Wilmington Fireplace features architectural touches such as an arched opening and cantilevered mantel for an elegant design. Delivered complete with a scratch-coat surface, the Wilmington can be finished for an impressive custom masonry appearance.

Eldorado Wilmington wood or gas burning fireplace built by CREATIVEpro - Earthscape
Eldorado Wilmington wood or gas burning fireplace built by CREATIVEpro – Earthscape

SHERWOOD

93L x 46W x 93H

The Sherwood Fireplace creates a focal point in your open air conversation setting while providing the warmth and pleasant crackle of burning wood. A design statement, the Sherwood can be dressed with any stone and accessories to complement and enhance your outdoor living space.

Award winning Sherwood wood or gas burning fireplace is a large and captivating!
Award winning Sherwood wood or gas burning fireplace is a large and captivating!

VALENCIA

A circular garden wall, or when used with the Valencia Fire Bowl Kit, converts to a fire pit.

Pre-cast Valencia is our longest running favorite by all pros and designers
Pre-cast Valencia is our longest running favorite by all pros and designers

RAFFINATO 

The sleek, polished look of the Raffinato collection has now been extended to outdoor features. The Raffinato fire pit kit is a pre-packaged (not pre-assembled) kit that can accommodate wood burning, natural gas or propane-fueled fires.

 © Techo-Bloc launched the Raffinato fire feature and its colour swatches make it easy to master a steller result!
© Techo-Bloc launched the Raffinato fire feature and its colour swatches make it easy to master a steller result!

PRESCOTT

The beautifully crafted, natural appeal of the Prescott wall has now been extended to the Prescott Fire Pit. This pre-packaged (not pre-assembled) kit can accommodate wood burning, natural gas or propane-fueled fires. The kit includes everything you’ll need to create a wood burning rustic fire pit but, was designed to also accommodate propane tanks or natural gas connections.

Prescott fire feature is modern, with a touch of traditional wallstone texture.
Prescott fire feature is modern, with a touch of traditional wallstone texture.

BRANDON

The Brandon fire pit is a pre-packaged, ready-to-assemble fire pit which includes a steel insert to protect the stones from direct contact with the fire. It uses the Brandon 90mm block to achieve a dry-stack stone appearance for a fire pit that won’t warp with time. It is available in both a square and rectangle shaped option to match your preference. This outdoor fire feature is a perfect addition to your backyard space.

Prescott fire feature is modern, with a touch of traditional wallstone texture.
Check out the Brandon fire unit! It has minimal texture, and a classic design!

MANCHESTER

The outdoor season just got a little longer. The Foyer from Techo-Bloc brings the luxury and warm comfort of a fireplace to the outdoors. Built with Techo-Bloc concrete products and engineered to contain and withstand wood-burning fire-generated heat, the Foyer was designed to perfectly match Techo-Bloc’s collection of hardscape products. Offered in both Shale Grey and Chestnut Brown.

Bam! The Manchester makes a statement, and offers all sorts of practicality to an outdoor social living space!
Bam! The Manchester makes a statement, and offers all sorts of practicality to an outdoor social living space!

BEFORE YOU GO

Our CREATIVE Fire Collection Consists Of:

Dekko fire bowls, Eldorado Fire bowls, Eldorado fire features and buildings blocks, Paloform Fire bowls, Brooklin fire pits & metal rings, Techo-Bloc fire features, Warming Trends burners, pans, flex fit pipes, and all connector and fire accessories

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!

We support DIY installation, and home owners taking the initiative to install their own landscape and fire features. 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 CREATIVE fire. 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 fire feature extend your living space, it can offer many other social and lifestyle benefits. Highlight your home’s beautiful lawn, garden, and other landscaping features with a CREATIVE fire unit! 

For more information on residential or commercial landscaping, or tips on how to place a fire bowl in 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 element of fire at the same time!

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 fire features, fire pits, and fire bowls. 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,

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.

Wikipedia

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.

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!

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

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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
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.