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- Published on Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:58
Veron is thanked by the Northborough, MA Board of Selectmen for replacing cherry and crabapple trees Northborough's Ellsworth-McAfee Park damaged by the storm of October, 2011. Read the letter here and see an image from the local paper.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 22:38
If you are looking to update the look and feel of your outdoor living space, perhaps adding a patio could be a nice idea. Depending on the overall size and need of your patio, this is not a very inexpensive project; however, if you have the time, energy, and budget, you will be able to transform your yard in no time.
The Veron Company is here to help you make your yard beautiful.
- Begin to layout your patio based on your needs and what your yard allows. Before digging, be sure to contact your local utility company to make sure you are safe to start. Usually the utility companies will provide a “one-call service” to mark the buried gas, water, and electrical lines at 1-888-DigSafe
- If you are digging by hand, drive markers into the ground at the corners of your layout, and connect string between the posts. This will give you a visualization of the general layout of the patio. Use spray paint to mark the outline before moving forward.
- How high do you want your patio to be? Typically it should be slightly above the group so that rainwater won’t stand on the surface, but not too high to cause injury should one trip on the pavers. Take into consideration how thick your pavers are, and keep in mind you should leave an extra six inches or so for the sand and gravel foundation.
- Time to dig. Be sure that once you dig out your area, you must firmly tamp the surface to make sure that it is level and at the desired height.
- Fill the entire area will a four-six inch layer of crushed gravel. Level it off; making sure that the slope is consistent.
- Next, use 1-inch layer of sand or stone dust. After the sand has been poured, once again, use your tamper to make sure the area is smooth and level. Once the area is level, use a 2x4 piece of wood to “screed” the sand. This is used to make sure that the area is completely smooth and level before you begin laying pavers down. But before you do that, you must identify your edging.
- Before you start to lay the pavers down, snap chalk lines along the edges of the patio to ensure the paver rows stay straight. Continue to place your pavers in the design that you want, and be sure to tap them firmly using a rubber mallet to get them into place. You will certainly run into odd areas where the stone needs to be cut to size. If you have a lot of pavers that need to be cut, think about utilizing a wet saw to speed up the process, although a chisel will do the trick just fine.
This is a great project if you have patience and take your time. The Veron Company is here to help make sure that the patio will come out looking fantastic. For more helpful tips and tricks, visit us at TheVeronCompany.com.
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