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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

Understanding the Function & Process of Sealing Your Stone Pavers

If you've invested in stone pavers for your patio space, it's important that you care for them properly to avoid damage, staining, and premature wear. For homeowners who have never dealt with stone pavers before, proper treatment can be confusing. To protect them properly, you need to understand not only why they should be sealed but also how to do it the right way. Here's a look at what you need to know.

Why Your Pavers Should Be Sealed

Since natural stone pavers are typically porous, this makes them vulnerable to a variety of different hazards. If you want to be able to host those summer backyard barbecues without worrying about a dropped chicken leg causing staining, sealant is the best way to go. Many sealants also feature an ultraviolet ray barrier to protect the pavers from fading and wear due to sun damage.

Not only that, but adding a sealant can sometimes bring out the color of the pavers or add a glossy sheen to the surface. That sealant will save you hours of cleaning and upkeep, too. You'll be able to just spray the pavers with a garden hose instead of having to worry about scrubbing or specialty treatments.

How to Seal Your Pavers Correctly

You should only have to seal your pavers every couple of years if the job is done right the first time. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Give everything a good clean. In order for the stain to adhere to the surface of the pavers, they must be clean. Any leaves, dirt, debris, or other dust on the surface of the pavers will prevent the sealant from properly seeping into those pores. Pressure washers are a great way to do this. Just rinse the pavers thoroughly, starting at the highest point and working your way down to the lowest. Let it dry completely before applying the stain.

Apply a water-based sealer. Choose a product that's specifically made to work with the type of stone paver you've purchased so that you don't cause any damage to the stone itself. When applying stain, follow the directions of the product that you purchased since application instructions can vary by brand. Use a sprayer or roller to ensure even, consistent coverage. Allow the sealant to dry completely before you use the patio again.

With these tips, you can protect your patio or walkway easily. Talk with a local supplier or hardscaping company about investing in stone pavers for your backyard project.