Gardening Tips to Beautify Your Hardscape

We hope you’ve all enjoyed the first official month of spring! Regardless of how the weather has behaved in your area so far, you can rest assured that sunshine is on its way – and with it, plenty of time to relax and entertain in the yard.

But first, we all have work to do to get our outdoor living areas ready for extended use. Time to wipe down the tables and chairs, sweep off the patio and most importantly, whip your garden into shape so you can blow away your guests.

This year, consider taking a fresh approach to your garden; one that works in tandem with the design of your hardscape to create a truly unbelievable getaway.

Here are a few tips to help you knock off the winter rust and beautify your outdoor living space with some natural beauty.

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Bring walkways to life. Pleasant walkways are one of the key elements of the perfect hardscape. Not only do they provide a safe and comfortable walking path for you and your guests, they also guide the eye toward your yard’s best features and add visual interest to the landscape. This year, make your walkways even more magical by surrounding them with Irish mosh or thyme. This type of greenery will add character to your pavers and make your yard feel more a part of the natural environment.

Add vertical interest. Is your hardscape feeling a little one-dimensional lately? Try giving it a more robust and enchanting flavor with some clever layering. Make us of both short and tall greenery. Use ground level flowerbeds as well as elevated platforms and pots to create the illusion of a more diverse landscape. Consider adding a sunken garden that can serve as a little hidden getaway for you on warm summer evenings.

Make the most of your surroundings. If you have beautiful naturally occurring bushes or trees in your yard, use them as focal points rather than trying to fight against them. After all, the point of outdoor living is to bring you closer to nature in a way that gives you all the comfort and convenience of being indoors — not to isolate you from its beauty.

Make your garden pop with neutral pavers. If you want to draw visitors’ eyes to your meticulously manicured garden, try a more unassuming color stone in your hardscape so as not to distract. Our Lafitt pavers come in natural-looking stone colors that allow your gardening skills to shine and embellish the design of your hardscape.

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Keep it fresh. Change up your look with seasonal updates so you never get bored of your outdoor living space! Try pansies, bloodroot or lilacs in the spring. Switch things up deeper in the summer with fresh aster, daisies or dahlia.

Smart gardening can do wonders for the mood of your hardscape. Depending on your style, you can use flowers, bushes, trees and other plants to give your outdoor living space a bright, airy feel, or a secluded, mysterious one. Whatever your personal preference, use these tips to spur your creativity and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Happy Gardening!

Product Spotlight: Arbel Stone

If you’re seeking a hardscape that speaks to your inner naturalist without making you sacrifice style, look no further! This week we’re putting our beautiful Arbel under the spotlight. Take a look at what this paver can do for you.

Part of the Natural Collection, Arbel is ideal for anybody wanting to shy away from the more geometric patterns and opt for something that looks natural and professional. It comes in six earthy shades that are perfectly suited for a driveway, walkway or pool area.

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With just enough grooves and ridges on the stone to retain harmony with the natural world, yet pleasant to walk on with your bare feet, the Arbel surface is the perfect stone for anyone who’s itching to feel at home in the great outdoors.

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The natural, rustic shape of this stone combines the best of both worlds: the unassuming ambience of the outdoors and the refined attitude of modern design. Who says you can’t be functional, elegant, and feel in touch with nature all at the same time?

Product Spotlight: Lafitt Rustic Slab

This week we’re spotlighting one of our newest large-scale pavers, Lafitt Rustic Slab.

Lafitt Rustic Slab features the look and texture of cut slate combined with the lasting strength and staying power that are hallmarks of Belgard pavers. Three shapes allow for a wide variety of design options, giving homeowners the ability to create eye-catching pool decks, patios, walkways and more, with a natural slate appearance.

See how Lafitt Rustic Slab pavers transform these outdoor living spaces:

Product Spotlight: Mega Arbel

As many homeowners look to create outdoor spaces that have a natural look and blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment, we’re spotlighting one of our favorite pavers, Mega Arbel.

Mega Arbel gives homeowners the perfectly integrated, natural-looking hardscapes they desire. Its scale is similar to natural flagstone. With its irregular shape and textured surface, Mega Arbel creates outdoor spaces that flow harmoniously into the surrounding landscape.

See how Mega Arbel becomes part of these outdoor living spaces:

Backyard Makeover 101

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know by now that we are big proponents of homeowners having an outside space that works with their lifestyle. Have you always been interested in a paver project for your own home but don’t know where to start? Here’s a bird’s eye view of the five-step process for making your backyard makeover dreams a reality.


Step 1 – Get Inspired
We recommend taking time to do your homework. Research your options and decide what types of features you want in your own outdoor space. The Belgard Idea Book is packed full of beautiful backyards from extravagant to simple and space maximizing.

Step 2 – Organize Ideas
Once you have an idea of the styles you like, organize your ideas so you can easily see patterns in the vision you have. The Belgard Style File can help. You can browse our image gallery, save photos for inspiration, explore styles and textures, and collaborate on projects with friends and professionals.

Step 3 – Design Consultation
After you’ve got a fairly clear idea of what you want your outdoor living space to look like, it’s time to reach out to an expert for a design consultation. On our Contact page, you have the option to select “Set up a free estimate or design consultation;” check this box and a Belgard representative will get in touch with you. Or if you’ve create a Style File you can send it directly to your local Belgard Authorized Contractor (BAC).

Step 4 – Product Selection
Work with your Belgard Authorized Contractor or Dealer to select your favorite Belgard paver and wall block. They will be able to show you the color options available in your region and help guide you in what will look best in your space.

Step 5 – Installation
Once all of the decisions have been made, it’s time to put your BAC to work installing your new outdoor living space. Choosing Belgard means you can rest at ease because we guarantee our product against manufacturing defects for as long as you own your home, plus we offer a transferable warranty so if you ever decide to sell your house the next homeowner will have the same peace of mind.

Happy Labor Day! A Salute to Belgard Authorized Contractors

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. This Labor Day, we are celebrating Belgard Authorized Contractors (BAC) who make installing our pavers a labor of love.

Check out some of our favorite outdoor living spaces installed by BACs:

This outdoor living space in Charlotte, N.C. was designed by BAC Legacy Landscaping and includes an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and pool. The project used Mega Lafitt pavers in River Street Blend and Mega Bergerac pavers in Potomac.

This fire pit and patio located in Pismo Beach, Calif. designed by BAC Addison Landscape is one of the most stunning locations we’ve ever seen. The project showcases Mega Arbel pavers in Toscana and Celtik wall in Toscana.

This patio in Fishers, Ind. features a fire pit, walls and a dining area by BAC McCune Outdoor Living. The project includes Bergerac pavers in Harvest Blend with Brittany Beige and Weston Wall in Harvest Blend.

To find a Belgard Authorized Contractor near you, visit http://www.belgard.com/locator.