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What to Stock Up on From Our Masonry Supply and Landscape Supply for York, PA, Projects

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If you’ve ever been busy working on a York, PA, landscaping project and realized halfway through that you miscalculated and don’t have quite the materials you need—or you were unprepared for a winter storm or for a key landscape light burnout—this is a mistake you likely won’t repeat.

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If you’ve ever been busy working on a York, PA, landscaping project and realized halfway through that you miscalculated and don’t have quite the materials you need—or you were unprepared for a winter storm or for a key landscape light burnout—this is a mistake you likely won’t repeat. If you’re running out of materials that you use repeatedly, you could save yourself hassle down the road by stocking up. Here’s what to stock up on from our masonry supply and landscape supply.

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Extra Natural Stone

Purchasing extra natural stone to account for breakage may already be a habit. But you also want to reserve this option if there’s any chance that the patio or walkway you’re working on might get an extension down the road (for example, an added fire pit area or hot tub deck). 

Natural stone, even from the same quarry, won’t necessarily have the same colors as a different batch. If you were to mix and match colors right from the beginning and then have a more random selection to work with afterward, it wouldn’t be a problem. But when you’re trying for one color, a shade or two difference would look “added on” and not necessarily in a good way. To some extent this could be mitigated by using a contrasting border to create a visual separation of the two spaces. This will work if the color difference between the two batches of stone is subtle but not if it’s significant.

Jointing Sand

Over time, jointing sand between paving stones can work loose and erode. Have some on hand —in the same color—to replenish as needed.

Mulch  

Mulch is an attractive way to promote the health of plant beds. It should be replenished or replaced when it starts to decompose, erode, or discolor. Stock up on mulch so that your landscape work always looks attractive and plants are always offered the protection they need.

Decorative Rock

If you’re using decorative rock instead of bark mulch, or if pathway stones are set in pea gravel, you’ll want to keep a supply on hand. Stone can “migrate” into the landscape from foot traffic (running dogs or kids, for example) or from heavy rains. 

Bulbs for Landscape Lighting

Today’s landscape lighting is not a one-bulb-fits-all proposition. Wall lighting that highlights exterior finishings, path lighting for safe passage, feature lighting for ambience and drama, and security lighting all require different types of bulbs. Stock up on everything, so the landscape is never left in the dark.

Water Feature Chemicals

Nothing takes away the joy of a water feature faster than slime and mold. Have the right chemicals on hand to restore pH levels and keep them balanced so the water remains sparkling clean all season. Also, remember to have cleaning supplies on hand for end-of-season water feature cleanouts.

Sealers and Cleaners

While natural stone and concrete pavers don’t require frequent care, some of these materials will need to be sealed every three to five years. When you find a product that works well, stock up, along with cleaning supplies to keep hardscape areas looking their best.

Ice Melt

Don’t be left unprepared when a “snow event” occurs. Ensure everyone’s safety on slick, frozen walkway, driveway, entryway and patio surfaces with an ample supply of quality ice melt that is easy on the landscaping, yet offers surefooted passage.  

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