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Why You Should Choose Interlocking Pavers for Your Home

If you’re considering replacing a driveway or patio this summer, consider choosing interlocking concrete pavers. Interlocking concrete pavers are a multi-diverse product produced in a variety of colours and styles to work with the existing architectural design of any home. Interlocking pavers offer many benefits to homeowners. Here are a few of the top reasons to choose interlocking pavers for your home this summer:

Durability and Strength

When installed correctly, your interlocking pavers will look beautiful for a long time. They will generally last longer than poured concrete and asphalt. All it takes is proper maintenance and quick repairs (when needed), and your interlocking pavers will hold their strength and appearance for many years.

Easy to Maintain

Like anything, with proper maintenance, you can have your interlocking pavers looking strong and beautiful for years to come. Here are some tips on how you can keep your interlocking pavers in optimal condition:

  • If you don’t already have one, get yourself a power washer. You’ll need it to remove any stains or spills that occur on your interlocking pavers.
  • Don’t forget to get any fragments of debris that may be stuck between the stones. This will allow more space for polymeric sand to sit, which provides stability for the pavers.
  • Speaking of polymeric sand, make sure to keep a bag on hand to fill in any gaps in your pavers, that may appear over time.

Enhance Your Home’s Appearance

Interlocking pavers offer more of a distinguished look to your home than asphalt or poured concrete can. A huge benefit of pavers is they can be personalized to suit your home through complementary colours, such as beige, coral, or a diverse blend of darker colours. Pavers can also suit any home’s style, due to the different designs you can choose from and make with them. Intricate designs can be made in the middle of a driveway or patio to add extra charm.

The Price is Right

Interlocking pavers are extremely affordable when you look at what they add to the appearance of your home, and how long they last. It’s a much more affordable option than natural stone, and pavers are also cost-efficient when compared to other, less durable options.

Add Curb Appeal and Resale Value

The most important thing is that you find your home beautiful, but it doesn’t hurt for others to find it stunning as well. Interlocking pavers are visually pleasing and add an extra element of beauty to any home. Pavers add resale value for when and if you decide to sell. A potential buyer will see the pavers and know if they buy your home, they will not have to deal with the hassle of installing a new driveway, or patio. For buyers looking for a move-in ready property, interlocking pavers can be the deciding factor between your home and someone else’s.

Interlocking Pavers for Your Home

If you’ve decided you want to install interlocking pavers, make sure you get the top of the line products from the best supplier. At Van Beek’s Landscape Supply we have a trusted, professional team of experts ready to help you complete your interlocking paver project. Contact us today, so you can begin your outdoor renovation and add a little extra value to your home!

Summer Interlock Cleaning Tips

Beautiful patio

Will your backyard patio be busy with barbeques and parties this summer?

If so, you’ll want to keep those interlocking stone pavers looking sharp, clean and weed-free all season long.

Maintaining a good looking patio goes beyond pulling out the power washer every couple of weeks (even though that does help).

With just a little bit of extra time and effort (and these easy-to-follow tips from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies), you’ll be able to clean your interlocking stone pavers just like the pros do; but at a fraction of the cost.

The tools you need

Take a look around your garage, shed or workshop.

There’s a good chance that you already own everything you need to have your interlock project looking its best in no time.

  • Screwdriver (flathead is preferable)
  • Cup or bucket of water
  • Landscape broom
  • Leaf blower
  • Dollar store spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Rubber mallet
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Polymeric sand

Polymeric sand is importantWhy polymeric sand is so important…

Just like extra triple mix soil or grass seed, having access to a supply of polymeric sand is crucial to interlock stone care and maintenance.

Here’s why:

  • It stays in place: Water, wind and runoff can dislodge or loosen joint sand. Polymeric sand is made with quartz or silica, meaning it binds in place and stays there.

 

  • Fewer weeds: Weeds grow when seeds blow into place and take root. Polymeric sand helps to prevent water and seeds from settling between your stones.

 

  • Ant control: Regular brick sand is a haven for ants to nest and dig into. They’ll have a much tougher time digging into the binding materials of polymeric sand (in fact, they may stay away).

Polymeric sand…and how you should apply it

First, get rid of any weeds or grass that’s growing between your patio stones.

Using the flathead screwdriver, dig deep between the stones and pull the weeds out from the root (otherwise they may just grow back).

And if any moss or grass is growing on top of the stones, use the screwdriver to scrape that off too.

When you’re done, apply the polymeric sand by:

  • Pouring sand into the joints
  • Sweeping any excess into the joints (using the landscaping broom)
  • Tapping the stones to settle the sand (with your rubber mallet)
  • Blowing away excess sand (that’s where the leaf blower comes in)
  • Misting away the stones and sand four times in the next hour (with water and spray bottle or the mist setting on your garden hose)

Lastly, make sure there’s no rain in the forecast and wait at least 24 hours before using your patio.

Weed growing through patio stoneHow to keep weeds at bay

Sometimes, weeds will creep through between your stones.

You could reach for an herbicide or weed killer product. But that’s not very eco-friendly (nor is it safe for children or pets).

A combination of white vinegar and dishwashing soap will do the trick without the cost or inconvenience of an expensive or smelly chemical mixture.

The best part? It can be done in three easy steps:

  • Fill your spray bottle with vinegar
  • Add a teaspoon of dish soap
  • Fire at will at those pesky weeds

To make sure your homemade weed killer is effective, spray the weeds when they’re dry and when it’s sunny outside.

Contact us for all your patio stone needs

Whether you want to install brand new interlocking stones, are looking for pattern ideas or just have questions, we’ve got the products and advice you need.

There are plenty of ways you can start with Van Beek’s:

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The Best Things to Plant in Fall

Hell autumn

Traditionally, spring is the busiest gardening season here at Van Beek’s Garden Supplies.

The second busiest? Autumn.

Planting in fall provides a few benefits which you just can’t get any other time of the year:

  • Cooler air temperatures are easier on plants and gardeners alike
  • Triple mix soil is still warm enough to allow roots to grow until the freeze hits
  • Fall has more predictable weather than spring
  • Pest and disease issues tend to dissipate by fall

And perhaps most importantly, autumn tends to be a more relaxing season than spring.

If you’re looking to add to your garden before the fall planting season ends (usually around six weeks before Oakville or Mississauga gets hit with the hard frost), here are some great suggestions.

Grape hyacinthSpring bulbs

Any spring blooming bulb need to spend time in a state of “cold dormancy” in order to fully flower.

Planting bulbs now ensures a beautiful, colourful and vibrant display once spring hits.

The best bulbs to plant in fall are:

  • Daffodils
  • Grape hyacinth
  • English bluebell
  • Siberian squill
  • Dog’s tooth violet
  • Snowdrop

Not only do they look great, but deer or other critters (like rabbits) don’t like to eat them and won’t use your garden as their personal buffet.

PansyPansies

Fall is a perfect time to plant pansies because the still-warm topsoil gives their roots plenty of time to fully establish.

Better still; if you plant in autumn, you can get two full seasons from these lovely flowers.

Here are a few tips to get the most from your pansies:

  • If you have any spent pansies in your garden right now, remove them; that way, the plant won’t set seeds which may not grow
  • Keep the soil moist during the season
  • Once the soil fully freezes over, mulch the plants to prevent freeze/thaw cycles which can lift them out of the ground

Turfgrass heartNew turfgrass

Autumn is ideal to plant new grass seed (and take care of other yard chores too).

Cool-season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass tend to grow well in areas like Milton, Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga.

By putting down new grass seed in late October (or even early November), your lawn should experience an earlier green boost once winter ends and spring arrives.

ShrubTrees and shrubs

Fall weather is cool.

But the bagged soil you put down earlier in the year is still warm enough for full root development to take place.

Before digging, make sure to:

  • Check with your local utility companies (you never know what lines or pipes could be buried)
  • Plant trees and shrubs at their natural soil lines

And once they’re in place, don’t forget to:

  • Keep them well-watered until the ground freezes
  • Wrap them up with a tree bag or burlap sack to keep them warm during the cold weather.

This will give them a great head-start as they go dormant for the winter.

We’re your fall gardening headquarters

Whether you’re adding some plants to your garden or undertaking one last landscaping project, we’ve got the products and information you need to get it done.

  • You can always request a FREE quote on anything we carry. We’ll get back to you with the pricing details you’re looking for.

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Easiest Summer Veggies to Grow in Canada

You’ve set aside space for your personal backyard vegetable garden.

You have your supply of high-quality, nutrient-rich triple mix soil from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies ready to go.

All you need now are some vegetable seeds to plant.

In order to have a successful summer harvest, you need veggies which are:

  • Fast-growing
  • Easy to care for
  • Able to grow and thrive in the summer heat

Before you plant, though, you need to…

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Get your soil ready

Your veggies need healthy, well-drained soil in order to grow and thrive.

The best way to achieve that is to:

  • Lay fresh topsoil on top of your garden
  • Till and aerate the soil thoroughly to allow for maximum water drainage
  • Add natural compost to the top 10” of your topsoil base

Once the soil is ready, it’s time to plant.

And the easiest veggies you can plant are:

 

CarrotsCarrots

  • Best grown in full sun exposure
  • They do tolerate light shade
  • Grows best in light, sandy soils

If you haven’t replenished your topsoil for the season, you’ll need to do so before planting carrots (fresh, workable soil is best). Keeping a consistent soil temperature (around 21˚C) is also crucial.

ZucchiniZucchini

  • One or two plants is sufficient for a great crop
  • Use fertilizer products to help with fruit formation
  • Consistent soil moisture is required for good growth

When planted properly, zucchini can grow very proficiently. It grows best in soil that’s approximately 25˚C. If the soil is too cool, the zucchini won’t grow.

OnionsOnions

  • Best planted at the start of summer (since they require a bit more growing time)
  • Keep the soil aerated for regular drainage
  • Use compost to assist with growth

You could grow onions from seed or plant small “bulbet sets” (if your garden is big enough). Once the green shoots sprout, you can cut them & use them in salads (even before the bulb itself is ready).

TomatoesTomatoes

  • Best planted in the hot summer heat
  • All they need is the right amount of moisture and sunlight
  • Can be grown in gardens or containers

Just about any variety of tomato will work in a summer vegetable garden. You can even transplant container tomatoes to your outdoor garden once the soil has properly warmed up.

CucumbersCucumbers

  • Requires full sun exposure for best growth
  • If there’s any chance of frost, don’t plant them
  • A few plants can yield plenty of cucumbers

If your garden space backs onto a fence, you can (and maybe should) grow cucumbers vertically along a trellis. If you only have a small garden space, you can always plant dwarf cucumbers.

PeppersPeppers

  • Plant peppers as early as possible
  • Give them a boost with low or no-nitrogen fertilizer
  • Make sure they’re kept consistently moist

To speed up your pepper growth, plant young seedlings instead of seeds. They love heat, so you can cover them with black plastic to attract and retain heat.

Contact Van Beek’s for all your summer garden needs

Whether you need convenient soil delivery, fresh seed products or just helpful advice, Van Beek’s is your place for it all.

Simply contact us using our easy-to-fill information form.

Once you do, a member of our team will get back to you to discuss your needs and answer every question you have.

Happy planting!

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Pattern Ideas for Popular Interlock Products

Courtesy of our interlocking stone pavers product suppliers:

  • Unilock
  • Permacon
  • Navascape/Hanson Hardscapes

Here is some patio, driveway or walkway laying pattern ideas for you to get some inspiration from.

And whether you plan on doing it yourself or using a preferred contractor to help your project come to life, Van Beek’s Garden Supplies is here to help in any way possible.

Click on each image to view a larger size. Pattern links open in a new window.

All images and patterns courtesy of Unilock. Permacon & Navascape/Hanson Hardscapes, respectively.

Unilock

Unilock

 

ArtlineArtline

Clean, sharp and dynamic, Artline pavers attract immediate attention with their precise lines and shape.

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Bristol ValleyBristol Valley

A popular alternative to flagstone, Bristol Valley interlock is ideal for creating sleek-looking driveways and patios.

View Bristol Valley laying patterns

 

CopthorneCopthorne

Inspired by town squares found in old-world Europe, Copthorne has a timeless, classy appearance which will never go out of style.

View Copthorne laying patterns

 

ThornburyThornbury

Squares and rectangles have never been more rugged and random than with Thornbury interlock stones.

View Thornbury laying patterns

 

WindermereWindermere

Its edges are clean and its surface has a bit of texture, but Windermere stones are all about a low-key, low-stress look.

View Windermere laying patterns

Permacon

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Mega-TrafalgarMega-Trafalgar

Ideal for larger driveways or patios, the Mega-Trafalgar paver is moderately textured and has bigger joints vs. other stone products.

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Melville ClassicMelville Classic

Geometric basics and exceptionally clean lines allow for multiple pattern design options when it comes to the Melville Classic.

View Melville Classic laying patterns

 

VendomeVendome Pavers

Inspired by the past but constructed for the long-term, Vendome Pavers’ odd-shaped edges are perfect for giving your walkway a touch of personality.

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CanvasCanvas Pavers

Bring the look of weathered cobblestone to your patio or driveway with the historical look & feel of Canvas Pavers from Permacon.

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Navascape/Hanson Hardscapes

 

AquaPaveAquaPave Niagara

These permeable pavers come in a variety of colours which will add a creative flair to any hardscaping project.

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TravenoNaturalCast Traveno

Inspired by the earthy feel of the Mediterranean, these relaxed interlocking stones capture the spirit of authentic travertine stone direct from the quarry.

View NaturalCast Traveno laying patterns

 

KensingtonKensington

Kensington pavers have a surface texture that’s mimics natural stone and is strong enough to withstand high-traffic areas.

View Kensington laying patterns

 

Come to us for ALL your interlock needs

Now that you have some design inspiration, your next step is to make it happen.

And we want to help.

If you need more information about our interlock stone pavers, are looking for a FREE product quote or want to arrange delivery in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington or Milton, all you need to do is contact us.

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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden in Canada

Vegetable gardenWhy should you do it?

Planting and growing your own vegetables is good for:

  • Your body

Is there anything healthier than fresh, home-grown vegetables? Plus, planting and working on a vegetable garden is a great source of exercise

  • Your mind

You’ll feel peaceful – and proud – as you design and tend to your vegetable garden and watch as seeds turn into delicious vegetables.

  • Your wallet

Keep more of your money in your pocket as you avoid going to the grocery store (and saving on the cost of gas, too) and paying high vegetable prices.

If you’re new to vegetable gardening, you’re in luck. With some proper planning – before you mix it up in the soil – it isn’t difficult to get started.

1. Choosing the right spot for your garden

Your home vegetable garden should be in a spot which gets at least six-to-eight of sun each day.

Before you begin planting, you should spend a nice sunny day watching the sun and shade patterns in your yard.

Some things to note:

  • Peak sun position: The sun is usually highest in the sky in late June
  • Shady days: Early and late summer days tend to be shadier (depending on the trees in your yard)
  • Find a level place: Vegetable gardening in a hill or slope is much more challenging than doing so in a flat location

2. Is bigger better when it comes to a vegetable garden?

When you’re first starting with a vegetable garden, don’t bite off more than you can chew (save that for enjoying the delicious vegetables you’re about to grow).

Smaller gardens are much easier to manage in the first year.

And if you find vegetable gardening exceptionally easy and/or enjoyable, you can always make your garden larger next year.

A good size to start is with a 10’x10’ space. In fact, a garden that size can produce a fair amount of food if it’s carefully tended to.

The rows should be anywhere from two to four feet wide with walking paths on either side.

High quality soil for plants3. Get the soil ready

Triple mix soil is probably the single most important ingredient in any successful vegetable garden.

Here’s how to prepare the soil properly:

  • Dig into your existing soil to a depth of at least eight inches (or more, if possible)
  • Collect lots of composted manure or topsoil that’s full of vital organic matter
  • Mix the new manure or soil completely with your existing soil

Building raised beds? If so, then you may need additional soil bags delivered to your home.

Peppers4. Choosing what to plant

Compared to other countries, Canada has a very short growing season. So it’s important to take advantage of it by planting vegetables which will grow relatively quickly.

Once you have the hang of vegetable gardening, you should be able to plant a second harvest of spring vegetables – or even extend your growing season by properly deploying some row cover cloth.

Starting in late April, you can plant cool weather veggies like:

  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Kale

Warm weather vegetables can be planted in June:

  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Squash

Fresh mulch5. After you’ve planted

Once you’ve planted your vegetable seeds, you need to add the final ingredients, which are:

  • Mulch: A thick layer of mulch will keep the soil moist and will add organic matter to it over time.
  • Water: Of course, your seeds need water, but as your vegetable plants get bigger, you can cut back on how much you water them.

You’re ready to start & we’re ready to help

Part of the fun of vegetable gardening in Canada is that things can always change – depending on the weather.

You never know what to expect. But with good soil, water and help from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies, you can enjoy fresh vegetables throughout the summer.

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Planting a Canadian Vegetable Garden

Planting a Canadian Vegetable GardenPlanting and growing your own vegetables is good for your body and your mind. You can get exercise, reduce stress and produce your own fresh, healthy food, all by planting a vegetable garden in your backyard. If you are new to vegetable gardening, it’s not difficult, but there are a few important things to know. A little planning before you start to dig will save frustration and give you a better chance of success.

Pick the Right Spot

Your vegetable garden should be in a spot that gets six to eight hours of sun each day. Watch the sun and shade patterns in your yard on a sunny day to find the best location. Note that the sun is highest in the sky in late June. Early and late summer days might be shadier, depending on the trees in your yard. Also, choose a fairly level place; gardening on a hill is much more challenging, though you can create terraces.

How Big Should a Vegetable Garden Be?

Don’t be too ambitious when you first start vegetable gardening. A small garden is easier to manage; you can always make it bigger next year. A ten foot by ten foot space can actually produce a fair amount of food if it is carefully managed. Rows can be anywhere from two to four feet wide. Wide rows should have paths on both sides.

Prepare the Soil

Prepare the SoilSoil is arguably the most important ingredient in successful vegetable garden. Till or dig into your existing soil at least eight inches, if not more. Get lots of composted manure or a similar soil amendment with organic matter from your local landscape or garden centre. Mix thoroughly with your existing soil. If you are building raised beds, you may need to buy some additional topsoil.

Choosing Vegetables to Plant

Canada has a comparatively short growing season. You can plant cool weather veggies such as peas, spinach, broccoli and kale starting in April. Start lettuce in early May. Warm weather plants like tomatoes, beans, peppers and squash can be planted in June. Though seeds are the most economical way to plant, for tomatoes, peppers and broccoli, it is best to buy small sets of seedlings from a garden centre.

For a small garden plot, choose compact varieties of plants. Bush beans and peas will be a better choice than vines. Some vegetable varieties are ready for harvest faster than others; pick the quick growing varieties if you can. You should be able to plant a second round of cool season vegetables in August. After you have a couple of years experience with vegetable gardening, consider getting some row cover cloth. It can extend your growing season by a month in both spring and fall.

After You Plant

Mulch and water are the final ingredients. A thick layer of mulch helps to keep the soil moist while adding organic matter to your soil over time. Though seeds need frequent water and moist soil to germinate, cut back on watering frequency as plants get larger. Do water thoroughly so that more than the surface layer of soil gets wet.

The planting dates suggested here are approximate. A surprise late frost or early summer can change things for better or worse. That’s part of the fun of vegetable gardening. When one crop has a bad year, another may do really well. You never know exactly what to expect, but with good soil, water and a little luck, you’ll be enjoying fresh vegetables throughout the summer.

Contact us for any supplies you’ll need to establish your new veggie garden today.

Community Garden and Beresford Community Garden courtesy of Vicki Moore
Tomato courtesy of Amy Gaertner

6 Questions to ask When Designing Your Landscape Project PT.2

Determine the scope of your Project

In the last post, we talked a bit about determining the scope of your project. That simply means the size of the project and where you are starting from. The three starting points are from a fresh start or from the dirt up, replacing an existing project with something new, or adding to or updating and existing project. Each has their own merits and short comings. Let’s take a more detailed look at each.

What is Your Canvas?

If you are starting from scratch, you have the advantage of a fresh canvas so to speak. Your project is only limited by your imagination. The biggest advantage is that you can pretty much do anything you’ve dreamed of. Some of the challenges however are things that you need to consider before you drop the shovel. You will want to check with your municipality to check for underground utilities, property lines, and any permits you may need. There is nothing worse than being ½ way through a project and being told you have to stop until permits are in order or you’ve gone over your property line. Do the research ahead of time to prevent such issues. If you are hiring a Professional Contractor, they should be aware of these considerations and inform you of what you will need to do and have ready before work begins.

The Best Way to Deal with Old Landscaping

If you are completely replacing an existing project, you need to consider how to remove and dispose of the old material safely, efficiently and most importantly, legally. Too often we hear of people dumping their refuse on the side of a road somewhere which besides being illegal, it really effects the environment. One way we suggest is to take pictures of the existing and post them on Kijiji or Craig’s List and let people know that it’s free as long as they pick it up. This helps people who want to fix up an area but don’t have a huge budget, and it saved you money from having to rent a bin or pay to have it hauled away.

Measure Before You Buy

Be sure to measure the entire area so you know what square footage you are dealing with. You will need this information for everything from laying out the area, to quotes on landscaping materials and labour. Many times we have folks come in to get quotes on materials such as interlock stone but they don’t even know the square footage they are working with. “It goes from your counter to your door” is one of the most common replies from people who don’t know the square footage. The more accurate the measurements, the more exact the quotes will be.

Get Inspired

Start browsing through magazines, websites, Pinterest, and Landscape contractor’s site to get ideas for your project. Go to your landscape supply dealers and pick up catalogues and brochures of ideas and materials that interest you. Play around with ideas and look for online trial software for landscape design. Part of determining the overall scope is to know what you want to achieve before you begin.

Make sure you watch for Part 3 where we will talk about the specific areas of your property and give you some more tips to make your project easier and more enjoyable.

If you have any questions about starting a landscaping project, contact us, or join our “Garden Club” for additional promotions and helpful information.

Backyard Dreaming: 5 Ideas to Get You Excited For Spring

It may be bone-chilling cold right now, but spring, with its colourful blooms, pitchers of icy lemonade and—most importantly—delightfully warm weather, is just around the corner. Bust out of the late winter doldrums and dream of your perfect backyard landscape setup instead.

Not sure where to begin? Here are 5 fabulous ideas oozing with refreshing recreational charm and expansive grill zones to get you on the path to paradise before the snowflakes finish falling. Spring may be a few months away, but you can start planning your weekend barbecues right now.

Water Features

If you love the sound of running water, just not when it’s dropping from the sky, consider adding a rustic stone water feature to your backyard space. The gentle rushing of a small fountain is calming, and it also helps block out noise pollution from traffic, boisterous neighbours and overzealous groundskeepers. A fountain decorated with a few flowers and charming candle lanterns can be placed inconspicuously in the corner or featured more centrally. Either way, your friends and neighbours will readily offer their compliments.

Water Features
Photo provided by one of our preferred contractors, Escarpment Company

Comfortable Seating

Every backyard space needs adequate seating, which means something a bit more inviting than a few collapsible wood chairs. Offer plush armchairs and couches with weather-resistant fabric all safely tucked under a lightweight canopy. Provide additional functionality with end and side tables, and decorate with brightly coloured pottery and low-maintenance plants for a fully fleshed out look that’s effortlessly welcoming.

The base of this living space is a modern and resilient interlocking patio surface, which clearly sets the tone for the complete outdoor living space.

Comfortable Seating
Photo provided by one of our preferred contractors, Escarpment Company

A Griller’s Paradise

The essential purpose of any backyard is to provide an outdoor location to relax, converse and, of course, barbecue. Invest in a built-in grill and create a full outdoor kitchen, replete with mini fridge, fireplace and maybe even a pizza oven. There are varieties of different materials that can be used to build you outdoor kitchen- both manmade and natural. This design combines natural- the flagstone patio, with manufactured stone/brick- used in the grill island and fireplace.

For a space this sizable, lay a large paved area outlined in river rocks. A second, more casual seating area around a brick fire pit means everyone has a place to sit and chat while the food is cooking.

A Griller’s Paradise

Poolside Pergola

If you’ve got extra land leftover, or you prefer the breaststroke to barbecued breast meat, opt for an enticing poolside pergola and pool house. A simple cottage stores the supplies and water toys away from sight, and a wood pergola cuts the midday sun for a shady reprieve with cozy seating and an oversized table perfect for a picnic. Add elegance to this casual setup by hanging a decorative metal lantern or chandelier overhead. Give the fireflies some competition.

Poolside Pergola
Photo provided by one of our preferred contractors, Flawless Designs General Contracting

A Swimmer’s Delight

It’s not a poolside pergola without a swimming pool! Embellishments include built-in fountains, diving boards and the ultimate kid-friendly luxury: a slide. Keep it classy with a professionally designed landscape using resilient materials that won’t wear with heavy use, and keep it safe with sturdy steps and handrails where necessary.

A Swimmer’s Delight
Photo provided by one of our preferred contractors, Flawless Designs General Contracting

It may be hard to picture now, but you’re a few short months away from swimming laps and grilling up some burgers. Make the most of the spring weather by using these fresh ideas to imagine your own idyllic retreat, pool oasis and all. Drop into Van Beeks in Oakville or Mississauga to browse your different landscape supply options today.