Oakville Stone Step Installation

Natural Stone Steps from Oakville Stone

If you’re building a set of stairs on a solid surface, it can feel like you’re wasting a lot of product in order to build them. Not with Oakville Stone’s natural stone step and filler option. You can get the look of the same stone from the side profile, but hollow or filled with crushed rock in the void.

You can check out the specs of our landscape steps here in our online store.

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.

Screed Bar Buyer’s Guide

Preparing your bedding sand for paving stones is much easier when you have the proper landscape tools. Screed tools from The Rusty Shovel make things easy – featuring brands like Ox Tools and Pave Tool Innovators – from your basic aluminum screed bar, Ox Screed Bar w/ Handle and Level, or the Stand Up Quick-E Screeder Package from Pave Tool.

Three High Impact Weekend Yard Projects

As published in August issues of Neighbours Magazines

Could your yard use a little spruce up? Maybe you’ve just developed your yard and need to finish it off. Here’s three yard projects that we can help you out with to push your yard over the edge:

 

Add a Splash of Colour with Decorative Rock or Mulch

If your shrub beds are looking a little drab, the easiest way to breathe new life into them is by adding a rich coloured decorative rock or

mulch. Black Rundle Rock is one of the most popular items we carry, but you can also hit other colour notes with our various sizes of Rainbow Rock or Purple Sparkle. Or if you fancy something a little lighter to shovel and more comfortable under foot, we also offer a variety of recycled rubber mulch products in black, red, brown, and even green. Either way you go, a top up on your ground cover adds colour contrast to your grass, plants and other aggregates and helps choke out weeds. You’ll want to make sure you’re adding at least three inches of depth in combination with some good quality landscape fabric to achieve your best weed control.

Soothing Water Features

A fountain, bubbler, pond, or pondless waterfall adds another dimension of sound and visual focal point to your outdoor space. There are so many design options available in a variety of different sizes to fit every space. Focus on high impact areas like your front entrance or backyard patio. Maximize your enjoyment by locating it in a spot that’s visible and/or audible from windows. We have several different water features to choose from to fit your design style and available space. Whether it’s a fountain that sits directly on your deck or patio, a bubbler rock or urn that disappears into an underground basin, or a grander pond or pondless waterfall, we can help find the right feature for you.

Let There Be Light

As we move into the fall, the days get shorter and the time we have to enjoy our yards become less and less. Low voltage LED landscape lighting is simple to install, requires little-to-no digging, and hardly uses any electricity. Your average residential backyard can often be effectively lit with 5-7 fixtures, some wire and a transformer that plugs into your outside outlet. That’s something that can be done on a budget ranging from $750-$1500.  If the idea sounds intriguing, but you’re not sure where to start, we offer on-site or in-store landscape lighting consultations to make sure you maximize the impact of your dollar.

All three of these projects can be done as a weekend DIY that we’re happy to walk you through. Alternatively, if you’d rather have someone do it for you, we can find someone to get it done as well.

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.

NextGel

Introducing NextGel Jointing Sand from Techniseal

We’re very excited to announce the addition of a revolutionary new paver jointing sand to our lineup – NextGel from Techniseal!

NextGel is designed differently to truly eliminate dust, hazing, waste, and long wetting times.

Click here for the Technical Data Sheet/Installation Instructions.

Below we’ve put together a playlist of videos (7 total) that demonstrate the benefits of NextGel:

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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New To The Rusty Shovel: Pave Tool Innovators

Introducing another new tool manufacturer to The Rusty Shovel lineup – Pave Tool Innovators. These products are all designed by hardscape contractors, for hardscape contractors.  They’ve been in your shoes and wanted to find a better way – and they have!

Below are a series of playlists to introduce their tools and explain where they’re used and how to use them.

Wall Tools:

Paver Tools:

How to Install a Bubbler Fountain

Have you seen those bubbler fountains around town that seem to just overflow and disappear into the ground?  Couldn’t figure out how it all worked?  It’s really quite simple!

With Aquascape’s Aquabasin, you can take any type of decorative piece and turn it into a beautiful, low maintenance water feature in just a few hours.  Whether you’re thinking about an urn, natural stone basalt columns, or something else unique, we’ve got an Aquabasin to get the job done.

The first video will demonstrate the installtion of the Large Aquabasin, which can support up to 1200 lbs and holds 75 gallons of water. The Small Aquabasin is also installed in a similar fountain, it just holds less water and supports less weight. A good tip not shown in the video for the Large and Small Aquabasins is to install a skirt around the perimeter in the basin with pond liner sloping back towards the basin under the surrounding rock to catch any excess splash that may occur.

The next size down in basin options is the Deco Basin.  The Deco Basin is a great economical basin option for lightweight features. It doesn’t hold a lot of water, but with the included splash skirt, you’ll experience very little water loss due to excess splash.

And finally, we have the Mini Aquabasin. If you’re looking for something subtle and affordable, the Mini Aquabasin features are perfect for adding the soothing sound of water around a patio, garden, porch, or walkway.

The best part about all these options is that the water is held underground and out of direct sunlight, which goes a long way in keeping the water fresh and algae free. Unlike a pond, you can turn these features on and off as you wish, which will save on energy costs and keep you from worrying about the pump running dry.  We’ve got a ton of decorative bubbler options in stock at The Rusty Shovel for you to have a look at, so feel free to stop in to spark some ideas!