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Trusted Regina Landscaping Experts share a tip on the key benefits to using Brock Paver Base

Find  TRUSTED REGINA Landscape & Yard EXPERTS here.

 Here they share the Key Benefits to using Brock PaverBase:

- Less destruction of the property and related mess
- Less cost to repair yard damage, such as re-sodding lawns and replacing broken plants
- A less expensive patio when compared to putting in 6-8” of traditional base
- Shortens construction time, which is always a good thing
- Better guarantees on the patio

 

  

Frequently Asked Questions about Brock PaverBase 

Brock PaverBase system characteristics when compared to traditional base construction 

Q: Can Brock PaverBase really spread the load over the sub-grade so the patio will stay flat?
A: A 250 lb weight placed on a single paver over Brock PaverBase results in less than 7 psi on ground. Because it comes in panels, it is a great load spreader.

Q: What happens to the material over time? Does it degrade?
A: Polypropylene has a LONG life and is proven in many construction materials, such as pipes, geofabrics and rope. It is chosen because of its durability and its resistance to mold, bacteria, decay, cracking and in the case of pavers, compression.

Q: A stone base has insulating properties and protects the ground from freezing and heaving. How does Brock deal with this?
A: 20mm PaverBase provides the same thermal insulation properties of 9” stone. It has the same “R” value as EPS so it is essentially similar to the Polystyrene used to insulate houses, only much more durable to withstand a paver application.

Q: Does Brock PaverBase drain?
A: Brock Paver base, with a vertical permeability rate of over 100” per hour, and far exceeds the permeability rate of the pavers themselves. Brock PaverBase also drains both vertically and horizontally to move water quickly away from the area.

Q: How much do the panels weigh?
A: A bundle of Brock PaverBase panels that covers a 55 Square foot area weights 12 lbs. That is about 1/100th the weight of the stone required over the same area. You can put 600 square feet of base in the back of a pick-up truck, and one person can move it.

Q: How do I cut the material to fit?
A: Brock PaverBase can be cut with a razor knife for curves and edges, so no special tools are required.

 

 

 

Learn how to install Perfect Turf...

Become a DIY pro... 

We are often asked if its hard to install our synthetic turf products, Our response, “Its fairly simple, if you have the right instructions, tools and guidance. Our DIY PRO training will teach you all the important fundamentals of how to properly prepare the area and install our synthetic turf. Like any project, there are special tools required, don’t worry, WE GOT YOU COVERED! With our tool rentals, instruction manuals and local support, you’ll will be ready to install like the PROS!

 

Key topics of a perfect install:

Excavation & Soil Preperation: Removing the existing landscape and preparing the ground for the base material.

Building the base:  This is THE most IMPORTANT aspect of the installation. Key topics we will discuss; drainage and positive grade; leveling and compaction; types of edging.

Installing the Turf: This is when the fun part really begins! Key topics discussed are; Power-brooming; Advanced seaming techniques; cutting around edges; anchoring & securing the turf; infill application; Popular “Do’s & Dont’s” discussions, PLUS MUCH MORE!!

Spring & Fall Clean-up: Much-like everything in your home, a little maintenance and regular cleaning will keep your investments looking great & last for years. We will discuss the proper tools and techniques for your seasonal clean-up.

To help your project go smoothly, we are pleased to offer our “Curb Side” Waste removal & product delivery services, as well as our exclusive turf tool rental centre. Rest assured, from start to finish, we are here to ensure your turf project installs smoothly!

 For a quote contact Sara@trustedcanada.com and reference Regina landscaping

Trusted Regina shares a tip on Provincial Grants for Residential Property Owners


A great tip on Provincial Grants for Residential Property Owners:

 

Energy experts are ready to help!

Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) was developed by the government of Saskatchewan to help you make choices that improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

Independent energy advisors, licensed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), are available to visit your home to identify how your home both uses energy and where it is being wasted. Advisors will explain to ways to reduce your energy use while ensuring a healthy indoor environment for your family. They will perform an air leakage test on your home and provide you with an EnerGuide label displaying how efficient your home is.

The Government of Saskatchewan subsidizes half the cost of the evaluation fee reducing your up front costs to participate in the SEGH program.

Based on the retrofits completed, it is estimated that the average home will reduce their energy consumption by 20% and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 3 tonnes!

Grants are available for energy efficient retrofits 

The Government of Saskatchewan provides grants to property owners who complete energye efficient retrofits based on the results of their SEGH evaluation.

The grant amount is based on carrying out specific energy efficient retrofits such as upgrading your heating, cooling, and ventilation system; increasing insulation levels; upgrading your domestic hot water system; a solar hot water system and/or a drain-water heat recovery (DWHR) system. As well, other energy saving recommendations such as ENERGY STAR windows, light fixtures and clothes washers, and gas clothes dryers.

Only homeowners who have completed a pre-retrofit evaluation by a licensed energy advisor will be eligible for a grant.

For a complete list of eligible retrofits and the corresponding grant amounts, please contact a SEGH service organization or visit saskenergy.com.

Experience the benefits of Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses 

Find out where your energy dollars go:

You can have peace of mind knowing the energy advisors are providing you unbiased advise.A thorough basement-to-attic assessment of your home’s energy use is completed. The energy advisor’s report will help you plan priority retrofits so you know which changes will save you the most energy and money.

Compare your home’s energy use to other homes:

After both the pre-retrofit evaluation and post-retrofit evaluation your energy advisor will provide you with an EnerGuide for Houses rating label that proves your home’s energy efficiency and increase after upgrades. It also displays where your home rates in comparison to other homes.

Grants to help cover a portion of your retrofit expenses: Your grant is calculated based on specific improvements and the impact those improvements have on the energy efficiency of your home. For example, upgrading your furnace to an ENERGY STAR® qualified furnace with a 95% AFUE with a brushless DC motor will increase your home’s energy efficiency substantially and will qualify you for a $650 grant.

Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and help our environment:

Excess energy use is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions, the largest contributor to climate change. By using less energy you are helping create a greener future.

Who is eligible?

Any homeowner can participate if they own and live in or rent out their property. This includes detached, semi-detached, fully serviced four season properties and low-rise residential buildings that are no more than 3 stories high (with a footprint of less than 600 square meters), as well as mobile homes on a permanent foundation. Small businesses or organizations that use esidential-sized equipment in a structure similar to a residential dwelling may also be eligible.

For full details on eligibility criteria, contact an SEGH service organization.

Homes that are more than 25 years old have the potential to reduce their annual energy use by up to 35%, which adds up to significant savings on your utility bills.

How does Saskatchewan EverGuide for Houses Work? 

The SEGH service includes:

  • a detailed energy evaluation of your home carried out by a licensed energy advisor;
  • a series of specialized tests including a “blower door” test to find air leaks;
  • a printed report that shows where your energy dollars are being spent and what you can do to improve your home's energy effeciency; and
  • an EnerGuide for Houses rating label that shows how energy efficient your home is compared to others in Saskatchewan 

Your energy advisor will review eligible improvements, explain the details, and answer any questions you have about your home’s energy efficiency. SEGH is not a pre-purchase home inspection — it deals specifically with energy efficiency. If you are concerned about the structure or overall condition of your home, it is recommended you contact a home inspector.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Book a pre-retrofit evaluation

Contact a licensed SEGH service organization to book a pre-retrofit evaluation. The latest date to have a pre-retrofit evaluation completed is June 30th, 2013. There is a cost for the evaluation, please discuss with the service organization atthe time of booking, including mileage if applicable. The provincial government subsidizes half of the cost of the pre- retrofit

Step 2: Evaluation and review the results

An energy advisor will come to your house and perform an energy evaluation. They are required to take pictures of your home and specific equipment during the pre-retrofit evaluation. You will receive a homeowner report approximately two weeks after your evaluation with a list of recommended measures, eligible grant amounts, and an EnerGuide label.

Step 3: Complete your retrofits

You have 18 months from the date of your pre-retrofit evaluation or until October 31st, 2013, whichever comes first, to complete your retrofits and have your post-retrofit evaluation completed.

Step 4: Book a post-retrofit evaluation.

Book an evaluation with the same SEGH service organization that completed your initial evaluation prior to the 18 month deadline or October 31st, 2013, whichever comes first. Make sure to call your Service Organization early to book a evaluation to ensure they can schedule your appointment prior to the deadline. The provincial government subsidizes half the cost of the post-retrofit evaluation up to $100.

Step 5: Receive your grants

After your post-retrofit evaluation is completed, the SEGH service organization will submit your file to SaskEnergy who administers the grants on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. You don’t need to do anything else — the grant will be mailed to you within 90 days.

The maximum grant per property is $5,000.

Your privacy is protected!

Personal information is required to process your grant application. Any personal information that you provide is protected under the federal PrivacyAct. The application form provided to your by your service advisor provides full details on why data is collected and how it is protected.

Schedule your evaluation today!


               

Ideal Journey Trusted Regina weightloss and health pro shares tip on 6 restaurant tricks that make meals unhealthy

Ideal Journey your Trusted Regina weightloss and diet professionals  share a tip on 6 restaurant tricks that make meals unhealthy:

Restaurant meals may taste amazing, but they can also be loaded with unhealthy ingredients that sabotage your diet. Here's what to watch out for:

Butter

 

In the soup. In the sauce. On the meat. On the vegetables. Using butter is the easiest, quickest way to make things taste rich and wonderful (the recipe for Buffalo-style hot wing sauce? Equal parts butter and pepper sauce). Most restaurants go through huge amounts; never mind that it's pure saturated fat. 

 

Cream

 

Used just like butter. Cream is the star of many restaurant soups and sauces. And of course, cream is a key ingredient in many luscious desserts. 

 

Oil

 

Another way to make foods taste richer is to use lots of oil. Sometimes it’s olive oil, and sometimes it’s more exotic nut oils for unique flavor. At lower-cost restaurants, it’s old-fashioned vegetable oil. (As evidence, take note of what collects on the bottom of the container the next time you get takeout food.) This is also why fried foods taste good: They're sponges for the oil they're cooked in. While most food oils aren’t bad for you in small amounts, they are a type of fat, and so are particularly high in calories. 

 

Animal fat

 

The next time you see steaks or hamburgers described as juicy, remember: Meat “juices” are mostly just melted fat. And truth is, for many of us, animal fats are delicious. Crispy chicken or duck skin, bacon, a well-marbled steak or pork chop, all taste wonderful thanks in large part to fat – saturated fat, the worst kind for your health. 

 

Salt

 

Cook at home, and you shake a little salt in as you go. At a restaurant, it's poured in to extract maximum flavor. And it’s used on everything, even salads and sweets. 

 

Sweeteners

 

Ever have a side dish of vegetables that tasted sweeter than the dessert that followed the meal? That’s because they added sugar to boost its flavor appeal. 

 

 

 


Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions a Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts share a Grass Seed Comparison Chart

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions in Regina is a family owned business that has helped their customers achieve sod quality lawns at less than half the price.They also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of all types of turf grass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products.

Rapid Lawn - The EASY and ECONOMICAL way to GROW GRASS

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions are your Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts! 

Here they share a Grass Seed Comparison Chart:

Why type of grass seed should you use? Check out RTF Water :Saver Grass Seed, highly recommended and used exclusively by Rapid Lawn Hydroseeding.

Scientifically designed, superior grass seed: the best of both worlds.

RTF Water Saver Grass Seed combines the best qualities of traditional high maintenance Kentucky bluegrass seed with the water saving ability and versatility of a tall fescue grass to create an ecologically safe, superior seed, scientifically designed to promote a dense, durable, weed resistant turf you can enjoy all year round.

Canada falls in the “cool season” grass category. Following is a chart that compares the two leading types of grass seed used in Canada with new RTF Water Saver grass seed.

For more infrmation on RTF Water Saver Grass Seed, please feel free to contact us today.

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions has several tips to help you with your landscaping.

 

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Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions a Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts share a great tip on the Benefits of Hydroseeding

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions in Regina is a family owned business that has helped their customers achieve sod quality lawns at less than half the price.They also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of all types of turf grass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products.

Rapid Lawn - The EASY and ECONOMICAL way to GROW GRASS

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions are your Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts!

 

Here they share a great tip on the Benefits of Hydroseeding:

 

Cost Effective

 

Hydroseeding is definitely the most economical choice for establishing the growing results desired without the expense, time consumption, material costs or installation demands of sodding or traditional hand seeding methods. A great looking lawn can also significantly increase the value of your home.

Hydroseeding typically costs 50-80% less than the price of sod, and coupled with labour charges, the overall expenses associated with sodding can be astronomical. With the savings in material costs and installation expenses, a lawn could be fully established for half the price of sod or less.

Hydroseeding is also the cost effective solution over hand seeding as well. While the average hand-sewn lawn takes about half the day, the same area can be hydroseeded to completion in about an hour to an hour and a half. While maintaining even more beautiful results, a healthier lawn, costs savings and faster germination, hydroseeding is truly the cost effective choice and wave of the future.

Quality

The lawn quality that hydroseeding affords is much healthier, greener and longer lasting than sodding or hand seeding applications. The root establishment is grown deeper into the soil and avoids the shock of being transplanted into foreign soils, which is what occurs with sod methods.

Hydroseeding typically yields superior results the first time it is installed and the seeds are more resistant to external problems because it has been adjusted to its present soil conditions. Hydroseeded soils hold moisture better than sod or hand seeded types, therefore the seeds can germinate quicker.

Additionally, hydroseeding includes fewer weed seeds, no layering of soils, and incorporates a tackifier coagulant that will not experience wash out. Consequently, it is fairly common for a peat moss covered seed to wash out in the event of moderate inclement weather.

With hydroseeding, it is possible to customize the application of different grass seed preferences to meet the quality expectations of the client’s aesthetic appeal, traffic needs and surrounding environments.

 

 

Coverage

Hydroseeding provides a thicker, more uniform lawn that essentially consists of a mat of interlocking fibers creating the ideal growing environment that doesn’t have the threat of seams showing as with sod or sparse, patchy areas with hand seeding. Hydroseeding creates an evenly covered area that forms a barrier to keep seed stabilized and retain moisture, fertilizer and other healthy growth-enhancing nutrients, while ultimately resulting in a full, lush lawn.

Other beneficial coverage advantages of hydroseeding are its ability to cover large, difficult and inaccessible areas, such as slopes, that are too steep for sod, hard seeding or mat applications. Coupled with increased plant survival and faster germination, hydroseeding is ideal for covering projects ranging from golf courses to roadside erosion control.

Erosion Control

Erosion control is the most prevalent reason for using hydroseeding in an effort to hold moisture and protect against erosion from wind, rain, sun and pests through the binding of seed, mulch, tackifiers and other soil conditioners that encompass the hydroseeding slurry to bind with the ground surface soil.

Versatility & Use

Hydroseeding has become increasing popular, overshadowing both hand seeding and sod, for a wide array of job sites and applications. Some of these uses include residential lawns, erosion control, hillside stabilization, vegetation restoration, wildfire repair, roadsides, national parks, soil renovation, landfills, city parks, airport dust control, and many other versatile uses.

Hydroseeding is used primarily to establish permanent lawns or landscaping, however it is also known for serving as temporary cover for dirt that will eventually be moved. One of the benefits of hydroseeding is that the seed varieties that are added to hydroseeding slurry mix are as unique and varied as the job sites themselves. It is accommodating to be able to mix and match different seed blends to satisfy the needs of the clients and job. One of the main separations between hydroseeding and other methods of seeding is its ability to economically seed large, hard-to-reach areas where alternative seeding methods may not be easily accomplished.

Health

Hydroseeding creates the ideal microenvironment for germinating seed because the slurry materials enhance the seeds germination process and stimulates the seeds to grow a healthy, deep-rooted system in the ground where moisture is at its greatest.

In comparison to sod, hydroseeding is grown right at ones home, rather than some distant sod farm, so the threat of transplant shock or soil adaptation problems are not an issue. A hydroseeded yard maintains full growth and resists disease and weeds.

Because the hydroseeding slurry is a combination of different elements to help maximize seed growth, each of those individual elements adds various benefits to the hydroseeding process. Mulch fiber helps prevent wind and water erosion, while simultaneously protecting the surface from sun damage and soil temperature fluctuation. Ultimately the mulch fiber decomposes and adds nourishment to the soil to enhance the germination process. Working together with the mulch, fertilizers have high phosphorus content to enhance the root growth and soil amendments improve the pH levels of the soil.

Traditional hand seeding methods will have considerably less grass growth than a hydroseeded yard because hydroseeding provides a moisture retaining mulch that allows the undisturbed seed to germinate and root faster.  

Speed

Although hydroseeding doesn’t afford the “instant lawn” gratification, such as sod, the combination of cost, quality, coverage, erosion control and health definitely tip the scales in favour of the plentiful benefits of hydroseeding.

Hydroseeding is faster and easier to install than sod, and this rapid application is managed without the downfall of outstanding labour expenditures. A properly hydroseeded and watered lawn will start to grow in about 7 days, and under normal conditions, will be fully established and ready to mow in 3-4 weeks. In comparison to other methods of seeding, seed applied in a hydroseeding mix will generally show growth and develop turf faster than if it was applied in a broadcast fashion.

Safety

Hydroseeding is a completely safe and non-toxic method of growing grass that is harmless to kids, pets, wildlife and the environment.

Labour

One of the major advantages of hydroseeding hydroseeding is simply manpower. In a typical hydroseeding application, one can fully depend on less than 3 men to accomplish what is would take 6 workers to fulfill given the same amount of work time using erosion blankets or sod. Not only is hydroseeding the ideal seeding application to attain a beautiful lawn at a fraction of the material cost and labour expenses as sod, but ultimately it requires very little intense labour to install.

In addition to sod, hand seeding can be even more labour intensive and physically demanding, and usually results in lumpy, inconsistent results that don’t warrant the challenge of the installation.

Water Retention

With hydroseeding’s ability to retain up to 10 times its weight in water, it’s definitely proved to be the best method for fast, healthy germination, high plant survival and protection of seeds with a moisture sealant. No other method of growing grass, whether sod or hand seeding, has the advantages of hydroseeding when it comes to water retention. In the hydroseeding mix, fiber mulch and tackifiers are used to anchor the mixture to slopes and help seal in moisture. The water is then slowly released, along with nutrients, to the root system to constantly replenish itself until the next rainfall. A hydroseeded ground starts growing grass from the root first, allowing the root system to go deep into the ground where moisture is at its greatest, making a very drought-tolerant lawn. On the contrary, when using sod, the ground has a difficult time establishing a root system making it weak in drought type conditions, and with hand seeding, the watering demands are twice as much as a hydroseeded lawn. 

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