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Important things to remember when paving your garden

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Your garden, be that in the back of our house or in your front yard, should be a place where your whole family can sit and relax and unwind after a long hard day at both work and school respectively. And a family that values outdoor time will do this not only to give them a place to express their urge to be outside, whether that’s for the children or for themselves, but also to give visitors and passersby a positive impression about not just the house but also the people who live there. After all humans are notoriously superficial and most of what makes up our first impression and subsequent judgment on people is by appearance. It may bother you it may not but if your garden is looking shoddy and in disrepair them you may want to consider getting parts of your garden paved to add a neat and organize contrast to the wildly growing plants.

Paving offers many things, not just a level and stable surface up[on which to walk, in almost all weather conditions, but it also offers a neat looking and well defined [point of organization and contrast to everything else in your garden due to how straight and neat the borders are as opposed to the plant life you would otherwise find in your garden, however most people do not have the depth of experience and technical knowhow to carry out this work and it is definitely one of those “more-complex-than-it-first-appears” kind of task. So what are the important things to remember when getting your garden paved? Well in this article hopefully we will go over a few of the more important factors to consider when going through the motion.

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Kind of paving you are looking for

There are as many different kinds of paving and pouring solutions available for your garden that there are stars in the sky. Okay maybe not that many but the point is that there is a wide variety of kinds and types you can choose for and ultimately your choice in this respect will boil down largely to your individual needs and what kind of styles that you would like to include in your garden. For example, something like a paved border around your flower beds will most; likely not require any special properties to make it anti slip for example, and any large or heavy decoration on the concrete would rather distract from the focal point that is the flowers. Whereas a path that cuts through a large area of grass may have to be anti-slip if you live in a cold or rainy are and is more easy to decorate in a tastefully way.

The kind that you should pose will, ideally if you have chosen a good contractor, be able to consult with you based not only on his experience and product knowledge but also taking into account your personal needs and preferences and all of this should lead them to recommend a particular product, however they may highli8ght a selection and see what ones you like. If they seem limited in selection and keep pushing you towards one particular style then it’s possible they are overstocked with one particular material and are looking to get rid of it.

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Your contractor

Laying cement and paving may just look like the workers are just shoveling wet cement into a trench that they dug, but there comes a lot more calculation and hard work t0o ensure that it is not only level and smooth but also that it is structurally secure and unlikely to subside and crack as the weather conditions change. To do this it involves carefully filling the hole to a certain level with chunks of hardcore (broken concrete pieces) and then levels it out further by adding sharp sand. With all of these careful things that need to be worked out to the nth degree you need to find a trustworthy and skilled contractor to undertake the work.

When looking ask them to see some of their references and speak to them if at all possible to get an idea of how good the work was and how professional the company is when dealing with customers. Also look online and just generally try and get a feel for the companies’ level of expertise from the person you are dealing with. Thanks for reading, follow this link for more information about concrete pavers.

Ryan Spark Author