Peterson Companies News & Blog

Choose the Best Paver Pattern & Color For an Outdoor Patio

April 22, 2019

If natural stone is too expensive for your budget, and poured concrete isn't your favorite look for an outdoor patio, then clay or concrete pavers is a great option. It's time now to decide what color, size, and paver pattern you want installed for your patio. A quick Google search uncovers...

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How Do Permeable Pavers Work?

April 15, 2019

 Permeable pavers are quickly becoming a popular paving technique for patios, driveways, and parking lots. They are made out of the same material as traditional pavers and just as durable. The installation of the pavers is what sets it apart from other impervious surfaces. Rainwater runoff is...

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How Winter Sand Will Kill Your Permeable Pavement

February 06, 2019

Sand! The kryptonite to permeable pavement. It settles into the joints of pavers and clogs the whole drainage system. Unfortunately    in Minnesota, a lot of sand and salt is used on roads, driveways, and sidewalks  when they ice over during winter. So is that it? Don't install permeable ...

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Prevent Winter Salt Damage to Plants

January 31, 2019

What is better to use on icy sidewalks?    Sand or salt? The answer is both. Sand and salt serve two separate functions. Sand creates traction on the ground while salt raises the melting point of the ice. Both of these options are fairly inexpensive and abundantly available. However, sand and...

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Shoreline & Backyard Renovation - Project Summary

August 21, 2018

This design goal for this residential landscape project was to create a usable space while lowering the maintenance level of the yard. A large portion of the backyard was a steep slope making it virtually unusable as well as difficult to mow. There were old wooden steps leading to a dilapidated...

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Concrete Paver Driveway - Project Summary

June 28, 2018

The goal of this project was simple: overhaul an existing driveway with a more attractive material. The homeowner wanted to replace their cracking asphalt, but didn't want to use the same blacktop asphalt. During the consultation phase of the design process, several options were discussed...

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Built-In Grill and Concrete Patio - Project Summary

June 26, 2018

Project Description:

The goal for this project was to create a social space for a town-home community in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The association contacted us to create a unique space for their residents to be able to gather, grill, and relax. The previous space was a large open picnic area...

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Budgeting a Landscape Project - Outdoor Patio

February 28, 2018

There’s no doubt a new patio will add to your outdoor living enjoyment. It is a great opportunity to grill, lounge, or entertain on beautiful summer nights. In addition to the great memories and moments to be had on your patio, the average return on investment of a patio is 30%-60%. If you’re...

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Keys to a Stable Patio

February 13, 2018

The key to a stable yet attractive patio is the combination of quality materials, proper installation, and most importantly a strong foundation. When any of these steps are skipped or done improperly, the integrity and durability of the paver patio is severely compromised. It may look good at...

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