Why Choose Paving Stone?

Paving stone can be one of the strongest, beautiful and most flexible pavement systems around. Instead of settling for poured concrete that can crack and shale even within the first year, paving stone is designed to withstand our freeze-that climate and provide a stunning look for decades.

What makes paving stone the number one option? Let’s explore a few of the reasons:

Appearance

In addition to being strong, let’s be honest – it just looks good! The variety of finishes, colours, shapes and sizes combined with an infinite number of laying patterns provides the most aesthetic value in your landscape.

Many of the latest paver styles come in a standard 3-piece pattern that can be accented with things like soldier course borders, accent bands, area rugs, insets, and more. All of these options can be used to create visual intrigue, richness, contrast, and break up sightlines.

Winter Durability

Small, high density units resist cracking and pitting from freeze-thaw cycles and salts. Properly installed compacted base provides a solid foundation to minimize movement, but also allows pavers to flex and return to form if movement does occur. The texture of most paving stones also creates a less slippery surface during the snowy and icy season.

Strength

Proper base construction for pavers takes a little work but will ensure decades of longevity. Base preparation for pavers typically involves excavating 8-12” of native soil and compacting low fines base back up to ensure a stable structure. Typical base preparation for poured concrete is nowhere near this depth or compacted to the same rate. That’s why you constantly see the base failing under concrete, causing cracking and failure.

Pair that with the fact that dry-cast concrete pavers have substantially better compressive strength than poured in place concrete (broomed, stamped, or exposed), and you’ll be giving yourself the best chance for success.  That compressive strength is one reason you won’t see pavers shale on the surface like poured concrete tends to do.

Low Maintenance

Stained or broken pavers can easily be replaced without patches and last for decades. If you do experience movement, pavers are much easier to lift and re-level than poured concrete. You don’t need to saw or jackhammer it apart to re-level.

Integral Colour

One upgrade to standard concrete is to add colour and stamp out a pattern that tries to mimic the look of pavers. This colour is often just a surface face colouring, not integral throughout the concrete. So, when it starts to shale or gets chipped, the result is not pretty.

With most pavers, the colour is integrally mixed throughout the stone, meaning that if one does happen to chip, the colour will remain the same.

Warranty

The Belgard pavers we carry come with a Lifetime Transferrable Warranty when installed to ICPI specifications. That’s putting the manufacturer’s full weight behind the quality of their product. That’s something that just does not happen with poured concrete. (Find full warranty details at www.Belgard.com/warranty)

Whether you’re looking to install your own pavers or want someone to install it for you, bring us your plans so we can get started on the process. We’ll walk you through all your design options, product takeoff and requirements, pricing, and installation best practices.

Tool Spotlight: Ox Tools Wood Float

Winter is a great time to take a look at tools that can help you on your landscape crew be more effective and turn out a better finished product on the job site. We’ll be highlighting a bunch of tools over the winter you can find with us here at The Rusty Shovel. First up is the Ox Tools Wood Float.

What Makes The Rusty Shovel ‘Landscaping Made Easier’

As published in July issues of Neighbours Magazines

 

If you have a landscaping project ahead of you – we want you to start it with us. Whether you’re developing a new yard from scratch or renovating an existing yard, doing the work yourself or hiring it done, our team makes it easy.

Here’s how it works:

If you don’t know exactly what you’d like to do yet, we’ll set up an appointment for our landscape designer to come out and meet with you for a consultation and work with you to develop a plan that will be both aesthetically beautiful and functional.  The plan can be as simple as a pencil sketch, or as intricate as a computer drafted blueprint with 3D renderings of your new space – we’ve got a solution for every budget and project size.

Once that plan is complete, or if you already have a plan and know what you want to do, the next meeting takes place with one of our materials specialists. Working from your plan, these specialists will work with you to select the products that will bring your plan to life – considering your budget, style, and functional requirements.  From there, we do a takeoff of all the materials required for your project.

Now that we know exactly what your yard is going to look like and what we’re going to build it out of, now is the time to decide whether you want to build it yourself, or have someone do some or all of it for you.  And either way is just fine with us.

If you want to tackle the work yourself, we have an endless library of how-to videos and articles for you to reference during your build. Whether it’s a sprinkler system, patio, retaining wall, putting green, water feature, or landscape lighting project, we’ll make sure you have all the information to complete your project properly to give you the greatest chance for success.  We even offer a Site Setup Service where we come out to stake out your yard and shoot elevations to make sure you are building everything just as the plan intended.

Don’t want to tackle the work yourself? No problem.  We don’t offer installation services directly at The Rusty Shovel, but the reason for that is half of our business is dealing with professional landscapers who do offer those services.  That’s why we developed our Contractor Referral Program. After working with you to determine the scope of the project and what products are required, we can shop your project to our network of contractors and secure quotes for installation on your behalf. This isn’t something that we take a markup on or get some sort of kick back from. It’s just our effort to bring more efficiency to the process and ensure that you get the most accurate quote in the timeliest manor.  Our hope is simply that you choose our products wherever possible for your installation.

So, if you have a landscape project in your future, let us help simplify the process for you. You don’t need to organize a parade of landscapers through your yard and try to sort out whether everyone is quoting on the same project scope. We’re your one stop from plan to product selection, material takeoffs to quotes, DIY or installed for you.

Get started at www.TheRustyShovel.ca with a consult request, or visit our showroom hiding behind Staples at 680 Angus Street in Regina. We’re more than just great landscape supplies – we’re Landscaping Made Easier.

An Example of 3D Rendering – How It Helps You With Your Yard

The Shovel Crew is getting a bit of a wardrobe refresh this spring from our friends at Silver Screen Sportswear.

But what this post is actually about is how awesome 3D renderings are. When I saw these done up with our logo – it confirmed my choices and got me super excited to get it all in. The same goes for your yard. It’s a substantial investment you’re making in your property, so why not view it in 3D first to make sure you’re going to love it when it’s finished? It takes a potentially anxious/stressful experience and turns it into PURE EXCITEMENT about how you’re going to use your finished yard. Jesse can help you through that process.

(You can get more info and some landscape design portfolio samples here)

And finally back to the clothes. We’re doing a limited run for our staff right now, but if you’re a shovel fan, put in your requests and I’ll see what we can do on another run later in the year for you. We could always use a few more brand ambassadors out there

Landscape Lighting View

The Next Generation of Landscape Design

After designing over 300 yards the last few years we have boiled down all of that experience into what we saw as the hardest, yet most crucial part of the design process:  “explaining the final design and vision to the client”.  Now this is not a knock against our clients (you are an A+ bunch), however, taking all of the images that the designer sees in his/her head and then reducing those images to a 2D drawing leaves many concepts lost in translation…no matter how thorough the design notations are.  That is why we have shifted away from offering the option of getting either a 2D or a 3D computer rendering and instead are offering only the full package now.  That is, 2D take off plans (hardscape, planting, and lighting) and the fully rendered 3D model of the design.  Client understanding, and project success have been continually achieved and exceeded once the full 2D and 3D package was given to a client and/or contractor.  To improve the customer experience even more we have added onto our software capabilities and now deliver the 3D design in photo real renderings with both a daytime setting and nighttime setting so the client can see what their landscape lighting will do when the sun goes down. This capability is the next generation of landscape design.

Take a look at the included video to see and hear Jesse talk about what makes our new process so valuable.

The Tools We Would Want in Our Trailer

Every year as spring approaches, preparations begin for the upcoming landscaping season. Whether you’ve been a landscape contractor for decades, or you’re putting together your game plan for your first year in business, the upcoming season brings exciting opportunities, a few challenges to overcome, and some great projects to add to your portfolio. As you prepare for the year, you may be looking at an empty tool trailer waiting to be filled, or the tools in your full trailer may be in need of some replacements or upgrades. Either way, we’ve taken the tools from our suppliers and put together a bit of a “dream trailer” tool list, some must-haves, and a few tools that might not always be on everyone’s radar, but that can greatly improve efficiency while reducing fatigue and potential injury. 

This list cuts through the noise of all those large catalogues and gives you all the info you need, and all you have to do is click the link to see:

The Tool Trailer of Dreams

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