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7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Tannin stains on reconstituted limestone pavers

Household bleach also works, which would be similar to chlorine anyway. Always check on a small area 1st to ensure it doesn't affect the surface

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Anyone recommend a landscaper in Geelong?

I have a mate who has a business that operates mostly in the Geelong area called Busy Ant Landscapes. His name is Luke. I havent spoken to him for years…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Is the cost of this work too high?

Lots of variables there that can significantly affect the price.
Foundation of paving- will it be crushed rock base laid on sand or concrete base laid on mortar and grouted?…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
your back yard???

If this worries you, check out a doco called "Gaslands", about the gas drilling in the US. People bores are contaminated all over the US in 30 states, some people…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Sloped Front Yard - Landcaping

Most times it's not what you use, but how you use it. By clever arrangement of rocks, mulch/pebbles/sleepers and putting in the correct numbers of suitable plants, an area can…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
What is a cold joint in concrete construction?

34m² not that big an area, they must have only a couple of blokes or the access is tricky?
Winter time that should be a doddle, it won't cure too…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Artificial Grass - is it really that bad?

Those Prius contain Uranium in their manufacture, which is why the engine has warning stickers over everything when you look under the bonnet
The synthetic turf doesnt get too hot to…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
I think I regret paving

Good point- laying flexible paving (ie on sand) isnt supposed to be laid with large gaps. Best kept to a minimum to minimise sand dislodgement and movement. Most pavers laid…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
I think I regret paving

Cement dust mixed with sand can stain a lot of pavers, which makes it harder to clean and changes the appearance. It also can make the sand go hard like…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Artificial Grass - is it really that bad?

Artificial grass still needs maintenance, it's not like you lay it and leave it looking like new forever.
You have to top up the sand and rubber yearly (more if high…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
I think I regret paving

On sand we usually run the whacker plate over the pavers with some old carpet tied to the bottom to stop cracking and scratching, which beds in the pavers. Before…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Laying sandstone pavers over concrete

Grouting the pavers would be the better option, and the strongest. When sand is swept into the gaps and it retains a bit of moisture, it can lead to a…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Sealed paving???

Sealing is a great idea, it protects the surface, keeps it's colour better and makes cleaning easier. We usually use a penetrating sealer, which absorbs into the paver and makes…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
How dry (or wet) was your ground when you did the Driveway?

The excavation should be down to a hard subsoil, so all loose material, topsoil should be dug down until the surface is reasonably hard. You see some concretors fill in…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Brick pavers around pool - re grouting, and cleaning

Frank, you could try an outdoor pre-mix tile grout, which has smaller sand particle size, and may seep into the gaps a bit more. If they are butt jointed and…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Need your opinion about our pavers

The display paver almost looks like a light mango or teakwood sandstone (name depends on supplier). One thing to remember with natural stone is that batches are different. Those display…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Permeable Paving - Does anyone know anything about it?

Adbri and Boral have a range of small pavers that are classed as permeable. They are butt-jointed together on a sand bed with roadbase foundation, but have a small roughly…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Brick pavers around pool - re grouting, and cleaning

The grout has to go all the way to the depth of the paver to the mortar holding it in to have strength. If the grout is only a few…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
retain this !

Angle of repose comes into this. Basically this means that if you excavate next to an existing structure, footing etc (ie. your garage), they can't excavate closer than the 45…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Landscape for dog?

We did a job a few years back where the owners want a dog run around the perimeter of the whole landscaped area. We installed some tubular pool fencing after…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Brick pavers around pool - re grouting, and cleaning

Unfortunately grouting and sponging is one of the worser jobs in landscaping, if not the worst. We often whinge and moan when it's grouting time about faster ways to get…

7 years7 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Concrete piers in WET clay

The piers need to be inspected before pouring to ensure they are deep enough and into solid ground as part of the permit process, hopefully this was the case

8 years8 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Black Concrete..

Even with dark oxides in the concrete mix or trowelled into the surface it still dries a grey colour
You can get a black concrete sealer that you roll on like…

8 years8 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
What to use to keep the weeds at bay?

When the inevitable weeds do start growing amongst the weedmat they are harder to pull out, as the roots grow through the fibres. You end up pulling a hole through…

8 years8 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
retain this !

The problem with that however is that if the neighbour's wall goes belly up down the track, he'll be asking to rip up whatever is touching his brickwork to…

8 years8 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
A piece of concrete... polished

Seeing quite a bit of this around lately. I've done a couple of jobs around Camberwell and Caulfield where the owners have had new houses done with this finish, another…

8 years8 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Brick pavers around pool - re grouting, and cleaning

yes they have them, or garden yards, hardware stores. There is a long handled version like a broom with a rubber strip on the bottom, or a smaller hand held…

8 years8 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
retain this !

Would the concrete footing/wall be independant of the brick wall, or would the neighbour's brick wall be one side of the concrete wall?

8 years8 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
retain this !

If his garage and brickwork is on the boundary, I would be asking them to be making sure the wall can be backfilled against when finished. It's in both your…

8 years8 yearsPlanned LScapePlanned LScape posted:
Decking types - which is best for outdoors

We use spotted gum quite often, and gound it to be very good. It's a class down from Ironbark and I think Merbau, but is still very durable for outdoor…

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