Enjoying a New Living Space

by | Jul 10, 2019 | Landscaping, Market News

Rain, Rain Go Away!  This has been a rough spring and early summer for us to stay on schedule with all the rain we have had as of lately. Pahl’s Landscaping has had a great year so far with the amount of work we have done and still have on the schedule. We recently did a project in Apple Valley that I am going to share with you that involves removal and disposal, and installation of a new retaining wall, paver patio, flagstone and some mulch.  I will inform you on the steps it took to complete this lovely new living space.

It first began with the homeowner contacting Pahls to schedule an appointment for someone to come out to take a look at their project.  I was the lucky one that got the privilege to take this project on.  I met with the client back in May and she showed me the areas that she was looking to have redone so I took my measurements and notes I needed to bid the job.  Once I sent over the proposal the client replied back to me and wanted to proceed.

We started the project on June 11th and it took about 3 days to complete. The crew started by removing the existing timber walls, paver walkway and sod.  Once they disposals were out they started excavating the soil for the new retaining wall and paver patio to be installed.

The best and most rewarding part of any job is the installation process. The crew got all the removals done and they started installing the class 5 base for the retaining wall and paver patio. When building a wall or patio the base is the most important part. You need to make sure you have a minimum of 6” of class 5 base packed in approximately 2” lifts. Once the base was completed for the retaining wall the crew began to install the first row base block by leveling each block. After they installed the base block they were able to stack the rest of the block until they got to the appropriate height.  Now the block is installed they will finish the wall off by installing a wall cap that is glued on top of the last row of block.  We used Country Tribute wall block and cap with Canyon Brown for the color.

After the crew completed the retaining wall they started installation of the paver patio.  The first part and most important part of any paver patio is in the base.  After the crew excavated the proper amount, they added class 5 in 1” lifts and compacted until they reached there desired height.  Next came the installation of the sand followed by the paver installation.  This particular project we used Borgert Cobble Circle Series, Minnesota River Color with a Charcoal Border.  The darker border really makes for a cool look.  The last part of the paver patio installation was the installation of the paver edging around the outside edge and polymeric sand installed between pavers.

With the hardscapes installed the crew was almost finished with the installation. All that was left was to install chilton flagstone for the walk path followed up with spreading granular weed preventer and red colored mulch throughout the landscape beds.


The installation of the project was complete so all the crew needed to do was spread some seed throughout the yard that may have got damaged from the skidloader and clean the entire property.  It was great to stand back and look at how fantastic the project turned out. The homeowners were very excited to have a great gathering place to spend time with their family and friends.

With a packed July schedule of landscape jobs I am excited to see what project we get to share with you next month.


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