Start a Project without a Plan
Start a Project without a Plan: Create a Road Map of what features you want now and possibly later, then connect these points with lawn, pathways, creek beds, and landscape beds. Creating versatile spaces, such as a level terrace in a hill for a Playground now, then to use for a Fire Pit patio or hobby shed later, with save you re-grading costs in the future.
Begin installing without first researching.
Begin installing without first researching. Chat forums and YouTube are a great wealth of knowledge… plus ask us for advice!
Impulse buy without first measuring how much area to cover and telling us your intended use of the product and your skill ability. Giving our staff this info will greatly help us to guide you to the best product for your need, in the correct amount, and within your comfort of capability.
Under Buy: Natural materials are limited resources affected by consumption, weather, and other outside forces. Especially with colors & striping patterns in Flagstone. Plan for an extra 10-20% scrap over what you measured needing. Order multiple deliveries so you can f quantities needed near the end of the project. We sell almost all of our materials in smaller per lb or 5 gallon bucket quantities to help finish projects.
Cut corners/avoid necessary steps
Cut corners/avoid necessary steps. Building a wall or patio without a properly layered or compacted foot/base layer will lead to settling and regrets later.
Forget drainage considerations.
Forget drainage considerations. GA is notorious for heavy torrential rain storms. Add a French Drain behind ALL walls no matter what size. Plus consider burying ALL your gutter downspouts if you’ll already be re-grading and sodding or landscaping the yard. Emptying all the gutters into a swale ditch or dry creek bed will help limit or stop erosion of the Landscape Beds and rest of the lawn.
Build a wall without proper anchors.
Build a wall without proper anchors. Dead-man beams and geo-grid mesh will hold the wall from tipping. Even consider adding curves or wing-walls at the ends to provide additional rigidity from excess hydraulic pressure created by prolonged storm water or ground water inundating the backside of the wall.
Forget Underlayment (Weed Barrier Fabric)
Forget Underlayment (Weed Barrier Fabric) below your ground cover materials and creek bed stone. Not only does this greatly help reduce weeds, it also suppresses the red GA clay soil from leaching upward and staining your material. It also aids in stopping erosion from storm water under your material.
Overlook valuable tools, equipment, and techniques
Overlook valuable tools, equipment, and techniques that make DIY projects so much easier and more enjoyable. Research, watch install videos, and then ask our staff! We have years of knowledge that we’re happy to share… we want to see your project succeed and you to enjoy the Landscaping experience! The BEST part is the sense of accomplishment after you tackle an intimidating project that turns out Awesome.
*EZ Bed Unloader from HF
Overload your vehicle or trailer.
Overload your vehicle or trailer. Know the cargo capacity and tow rating (GCWR) before asking us to load. If you’re not sure, just ask us… chances are we’ve loaded a vehicle just like your’s and we’ll know the limit. Otherwise we’re happy to research and find out… usually it’s just a quick Google search away!
Stress your vehicle
Stress your vehicle, our deliveries are comparably less expensive than replacing worn or broken parts. Overloading can cause tire blowouts, bent axles, worn out shocks or springs, and even transmission or engine failure. Let us help! We have several options for getting your materials safely to your job site… even placed beside the work space if there’s dry enough ground conditions and sufficient space to maneuver the forklift.
Be shy about asking for help.
Be shy about asking for help. If you have an idea and not sure what type or size material is best, let us show you the options and tell why we’re recommending them. If tackling a project solo, ask a friend to help with lifting heavy items… Team Lift!
Work Harder… Instead Work Smarter!
Work Harder… Instead Work Smarter! Buying mulch or stone in Bulk not only can save money over smaller bagged quantities from Big Box stores… but also can reduce lower back and body strain from carrying heavy bags. A pitch fork or shovel full of material can be easily adjusted to lessen weight by taking smaller scoops, plus these tools reduce bending over by doing the placing.
Forget to protect the driveway, lawn, and materials.
Forget to protect the driveway, lawn, and materials. Invest in large tarps to lay on the driveway below dyed mulch or soil to prevent staining / keep clean-up easy, and to cover the Dry sand or soil that we deliver… if you don’t get it ALL installed at once, protect it from rain to keep it light and easy to spread. When repeatedly traveling across your lawn with equipment, invest in plywood sheets to lay a trail like a catwalk. Stores can even cut the larger 4’x8’ sheets into half 2’x8’ strips to keep them lighter and easier to carry and to double the length per sheet is laid end to end. This 2’ wide path will prevent wheel barrow ruts and impact from trampling feet on the turf from repeated trips with heavy material.