How To Design A Safer Public Park

If you are in municipal engineering, one of your jobs is designing public parks. Parks are a wonderful place for family and friends to get together, but they can also be dangerous if people aren't careful. By reducing hiding places, improving the lighting and access, and making all areas of the park more visible, you can help to make them safer for everyone. Here are some tips for designing a safer public park. Read More 

Spring Care Tips For Landscape Trees

Cool mornings are turning to warm days as spring approaches. Your trees have likely noticed, and they are beginning to shake off their winter's slumber and send out new leaves. You can make sure your trees are in tip-top shape for summer by getting in some last minute spring care. Time Your Trimming Depending on the type of tree, late winter and early spring may be your last chance to get a full trim in until next year. Read More 

Got Some Old Tires? Make Outdoor Seating With Them!

If you're about to have the tires on your vehicle changed, don't throw out the old tires. Repurpose them into useful items for the backyard. Because there is always the need for more seating, using old tires is a great idea that won't take long to implement. This guide provides the steps needed to repurpose your tires into seats, while adding a pop of color to your landscape at the same time. Read More 

Irrigation System Leaks May Be Behind Your Difficult Gardening Experiences

If you've just finished your major landscaping and garden planting for spring, you know that creating the right growing environment can be a delicate process. But if you've had a difficult time getting your garden to thrive, it might not be due to your planning -- it could be due to your supplies, particularly of water. An irrigation system leak or blockage can really affect how well plants do, potentially drowning or dehydrating them and making gardening more of a chore than a pleasant pastime. Read More 

Prevent Cracks On Your Concrete Patio

Cracked patios don't have to be a fact of life. Installing the patio correctly is the first step to preventing cracks, followed by selecting the right patio material and maintaining it properly. The following tips can help keep your patio crack-free and attractive. #1: Install the Base Properly Whether you use poured concrete or pavers, the base is the key to preventing future cracks. In most cases, excavating to a 10-inch depth and filling it with a sturdy substrate, such as pea gravel, creates a base for the patio that can handle the natural expansion and contraction of the soil during freeze and thaw cycles. Read More