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Hardscaping Flagstones vs. Pavers: The Pros and Cons

Choosing the right stone or paver for your new hardscaping element is dependent on a number of factors. Homeowners must consider their personal taste, the selection available, and more to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.

In order to make your decision a little easier when it comes time to discuss your requirements to a hardscaping professional, like the ones at Three Seasons, knowing the pros and cons of natural stone and pavers can go a long ways towards helping the decision making process.

Natural Stone

Positive aspects (pros).

Among the positive aspects of natural stone is that it comes in a wide variety of materials including slate, limestone, travertine, bluestone, and flagstone. Also, natural stone is generally a go-to product for homeowners who want an earthy, all-natural look for their hardscape.

One other positive item is that natural stone can come in both regular and irregular shapes. However, the more irregular the stones are, the further apart they will have to be placed, as they will not naturally fit together. This can help give the hardscaping element a more organic appearance.

Things to consider (cons).

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5 Styles of Retaining Walls and the Purpose They Serve

There is an array of styles, options and uses when it comes to incorporating a retaining wall into your landscaping design. Simply put, a retaining wall is a structure that holds back material and prevents it from sliding or eroding away. They are constructed to resist the pressure formed by the material and keep it contained.

What style of a retaining wall is right for your landscaping design? Check out these five retaining wall options for your property!

1. Terraced Retaining Walls

If your yard has steep slopes, which make it hard to plant or build structures on, a terraced retaining wall is a perfect option. The installation of terraced walls relies on the width of the construction and they are created by using an internal tie system, which braces the walls and locks them into position.

Creative ways to utilize a terraced retaining wall include building raised flowerbeds or a small outdoor pond.

2. Concrete Retaining Walls

These types of retaining walls create support for vertically slanting slopes and are a great addition to gardens and outdoor landscaping. They need a good base depth in order to have a proper foundation that will offer solidity and...

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The Difference Between Landscaping, Hardscaping, & Softscaping

Hardscaping... softscaping... landscaping... these are three terms that can cause confusion at times. The reason for this is that some people may use the terms interchangeably, or sometimes one of the terms may mistakenly be used to refer to them all. Let's clear up some of the confusion, shall we?

Landscaping is the term that does actually refer to your entire property design. In other words, your landscape is composed of the hardscaping and softscaping. A good landscape design will bring the components of your hardscape and softscape together to create a balanced look for your yard.

Softscape

When your landscaping company refers to softscaping, they are referring to the natural, growing elements of your design. As such, softscape elements are the grass, flowers, trees, bushes, and shrubs on your property. These items will change, grow, and adapt to the environmental conditions in your area.

TIP: When planning the plantlife for your softscape, be sure to consider the size of the plants when fully mature, rather than what size they may be when you see them at the nursery. Spacing is an often overlooked aspect of softscape planning!

Hardscape

Hardscaping...

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Benefits of a Paver Patio & What to Consider When Planning for Your New Patio

Enhance your yard this year by having our team design and install your very own paver patio! When it comes to choosing materials to construct your patio, the benefits of pavers outweigh many other options in the landscaping industry on a number of levels including durability, affordability, and aesthetics.

Pavers are durable, affordable, and easy to maintain.

Pavers, flagstone, and concrete are all common options when people are looking to add on to their landscaping. Creating a viable outdoor space for gatherings is, of course, the end goal, but choosing something that will last is equally important.

Interlocking pavers are durable. Concrete slabs are prone to cracking and breaking, which then require patches to fix. This sort of repair work can create and an eyesore to your overall landscaping appearance. Pavers are sturdy, stable, and allow for expansion and contraction, which is important due to the high moisture levels of Central Florida. Pavers are easy to maintain, making them a prime choice above concrete slabs.

Additionally, your investment in using pavers is ultimately just that... an investment. You will be putting your money into an affordable, patio...

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Create an Outdoor Fire Pit or Fireplace for Florida's Cooler Winter Nights

Floridians are used to warmer temperatures throughout most of the months of the year. When a cold front sweeps in and temperatures start to drop in the winter months, nighttime in Florida can be quite chilly. Alleviate the bite from the winter cold by installing your very own fire pit or fireplace outside.

Choosing between an outdoor fire pit or fireplace for cooler nights in Florida.

Give your family and friends somewhere warm and comforting to go with your own fireside oasis in your backyard! Depending on your type of entertaining, there are benefits of both fire pits and fireplaces, and there is one that is right for your home.

Outdoor Fire Pits

Fire pits tend to embody a socialization space. Typically seen as mimicking a campfire, fire pits create ample seating room, are low profile, and the perfect choice for a small backyard. Fire pits are most commonly seen as circular but can be found in more modern shapes such as square, rectangle, or oval.

Fire pits ultimately are more cost-effective and leave you to enjoy the Florida weather year round. Fire pits can have a wide range of prices depending on your preferences.

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