Given the challenging winter conditions we have in Wisconsin, knowing how to complete hardscape installations even as colder temperatures begin is key. We’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of a patio, walkway and fire pit for a client that we worked on well into January! The key for this installation was to lay frost blankets down on the work area well before frost and snow hardened the ground. Our team was able to complete almost all the installation and this client will now be top of the schedule for finishing off their project in spring.
You can watch our video of the project as it took shape, or read about the daily progress below.
Patio Installation: Day-by-Day Progress
Orange frost blankets were placed weeks before the project was due to begin. Blankets had to be shoveled off, then lifted off the turf. The area for the patio was then measured out and lines marked for crews to begin.
Patio base excavation is completed and installation of the gravel patio base begins, along with the construction of the seat wall using Rosetta products.
Building of the wall continues and on the other end of the patio, laying the gravel base is finished up.
You can see the project really taking shape! The wall has been completed and Belgard pavers are being installed.
The team continues laying pavers. Notice that any areas that are not being worked on are kept covered to protect the ground from freezing.
The fire pit, using Rosetta products to match the seat wall is built. Work continues on leveling base and laying pavers. In preparation for the installation of a pavilion in spring, the team inserts Sonotubes that will be filled with cement to create footings.
Time to fill the Sonotubes with concrete! The last of the patio pavers are installed. The team is careful to keep areas not being worked on covered so the project can keep progressing in the cold temps!
Final day of this cold weather patio/firepit/walkway installation! The team used EdgeCrete to keep pavers in place and completed the walkway connecting the patio to the garage. The entire area was then cleaned and covered until work can resume in spring.
Extending the season for hardscape installations is one of the ways we deliver on our commitments to our customers. If you are ready to talk about your own landscaping project, get in touch with one of our talented designers today! (262) 252-4260
It can be challenging for clients to envision how their finished projects will look. Often, a 2-D line drawing just does not adequately convey the beauty of the landscaping that our designers have meticulously planned. It is a leap of faith for many clients to trust that the lines and circles they see on a drawing will result in the design they are hoping to achieve.
Hurrah! In 2020, we began using a 3-D modeling software program that has been a game-changer in bridging the gap between design vision and reality for our clients. The process starts off with a plat survey as usual. Then, using the 3-D software we can show a perspective view or even do a video walk-through for our clients. We can pull in a wide variety of hardscape and plant material in the design to show clients exactly what they will receive.
We’ve seen a few immediate benefits to using the 3-D software with clients. Overall satisfaction has increased since by seeing a design with their own eyes, client expectations match what we deliver. Communication is still invaluable, as we always make sure to temper expectations with the understanding that newly installed plants will not be as full and glorious in the first year of installation.
Another benefit we have found is that cost estimates are generated more quickly and with greater accuracy. The software automatically measures the beds, patios, and other hardscapes so we immediately have accurate square footage for materials.
One of our guiding principles is “Continuously evolve. Find new solutions. Do it better.” Adopting this new software to help clients visualize outcomes during the design phase is a perfect example of how we put this principle into practice.
Our talented designers are ready to help you on your next landscaping project. Schedule an appointment and let’s get started! Call (262) 252-4260 or contact us here.
You’ve invested in your trees and shrubs and with a little effort now, you can make sure they survive our harsh Wisconsin winters. It is important to guard against damage from creatures as well as the elements.
Deer – Deer have already started rubbing against trees, which means it’s time to give them some protection. We recommend using hardware cloth or tree wrap. Be sure to use something that will not trap heat or moisture against the trunk of the tree. Wrapping the tree up to the lower branches is effective in most cases.
Rabbits/Rodents – The best protection is to cage small tree or shrub with hardware cloth. Hardware cloth is more rigid and has smaller holes than chicken wire, so we find it to be a better option. Burying the hardware cloth 2” – 3” below the soil is important. Little critters can easily squeeze under anything that is simply resting on top of the soil.
General Winter Damage – Place stakes around arborvitae, evergreens, and boxwoods, then wrap burlap around the stakes, leaving the top open for ventilation. It is important to allow for air movement around the foliage and to allow heat to escape. It’s not the actual cold temperatures that hurt them, but the drying winds. If you have your plant wrapped tightly heat and moisture will build up on the inside. If the wrap stays on and we get warm weather, you create a little oven in there and it can cook your plants. In addition, you may find fungal problems on tightly wrapped boxwood if the wrap is left on during warmer temperatures.
PRO TIP! one of the BEST ways to protect your evergreens is to keep them well watered until the ground is frozen. Evergreens do not go dormant and they need all the moisture reserves they can get built up before the ground freezes. If your evergreens go into winter dry, they are much more likely to get winter burn or even die over the winter.