It is easy to overlook stone care when there are so many other fall landscaping details to attend to. However, preserving the appearance of stone products such as walkways, patios, and steps is part of good landscaping etiquette. A well-maintained landscape will improve curb appeal and give landscaping contractors a showpiece for their portfolio. In today’s article, we will be discussing landscaping supplies, tips, and tricks to help maintain your stone products, fall edition! Landscaping professionals and contractors can find the landscaping supplies mentioned in today’s article here at FSI Landscape Supply.
First things first, remove summer furnishing and décor. There are a few reasons why this is essential. Outdoor furniture or décor can rust and eventually leak rust onto concrete pavers or stone foundations. FSI Landscape Supply tip, some fertilizers contain minerals such as iron can also leave stains and rust marks. Therefore, it is essential to sweep any loose fertilizer that has made its way onto a stone product. Rust is not permanently damaging; however, the burnt orange residue appears as an unattractive eyesore. Secondly, as the weather changes, high winds and other harsh elements can knock over and potentially drag furnishings across the landscape, resulting in chips, dents, and scratches. Therefore, be sure to store away outdoor furniture and décor safely. In order to maintain the appearance and integrity of the natural stone, a high-quality sealer should be applied seasonally. A high-quality sealer will protect stone products from stains, UV rays, prevent debris from seeping through, and weeds from popping up. A high-quality sealer also helps make clean-up a breeze. There are various stone sealers to choose from. Each sealer offers a different finish, for example, wet/high gloss or dry. As the professionals here at FSI Landscape Supply on which sealer is best for your project.
Mild rust stains, organic stains from fallen leaves, or food and drink spills can be taken care of with a spot treatment. An FSI Landscape Supply tip is to apply a simple mixture of mild dish soap and water on small areas. If soap and water does not do the trick, a more robust solution is needed. Professional hardscape cleaning solutions can be used on more tough and stubborn stains such as algae, moss, mold, and mildew. However, when using a bleaching solution or chemical solutions to clean and treat any hardscape, be sure to apply as directed on the packaging. Potent stone cleaning agents applied incorrectly can result in discolouration, a damaged finish, and a ruined surface. Ask the professionals here at FSI Landscape Supply on which cleaner to use for your unique project. We carry various stone cleaners to ensure your hardscape project looks its best no matter the season.
Natural stones tend to shift and move from their original placement over time. Whether it is because of the natural movement from the ground below, weather elements, heavy foot traffic, or erosion, natural stones need to be put back or replaced depending on the damage. Concrete sand or aggregates between the joints need to be restored and sealed. Concrete sand or aggregates are also a great way to keep weeds at bay and help to keep large natural stones in place.
Fall is the best time to address hardscape maintenance. Contact FSI Landscape Supply today for more information on which hardscape sealer and cleaner are best for your project.