How Installing Stone Pathways Avoid Problems

Stone pathways are more than just a pretty feature. They can help prevent damage to your yard as well as provide benefits that go beyond their looks. Walkways are a great hardscape investment to make because they require little maintenance and enhance the overall safety of your property.


Installing Stone Pathways Overcome Problems

Installing pathways can add value to your landscape by helping solve and reduce complications, providing utility, and becoming beautiful accent features. Implementing stone pathways is an easy solution to clean up your landscape for each of the following problems:


  • Muddy paths: Some homeowners struggle with muddy pathways caused by excess rain or other natural causes. Stone pathways can be installed over unfinished paths, to create new, high-end, walkable paths, while avoiding damage to your grass.
  • Exposed dirt: Prevent soil erosion from too much exposed dirt by covering affected areas with walkways.
  • High traffic grass damage: Constant usage from your friends, family, and pets can cause your grass to decline, which will lead to bald spots, compact soil, and weeds. Install a stone walkway over areas of your yard that receives the most foot traffic to avoid excess grass damage.


Benefits of Stone Pathways

Stone pathways will remain an unceasing fixture to your landscape that will allow for beautiful additions without the cost and extra maintenance.


  • Provides variety: Stones come in all shapes, color, and sizes, which allows your walkway to be unique and personally customized.
  • Safety features: Inclement weather or low-light situations can be dangerous if walking over grass. Walkways provide a firm walking ground, making maneuvering around your yard safe and easy.
  • Better foot traffic: Pathways provide better traffic around your home to family and friends.
  • Affordable: Stone pathways are a cheap hardscaping consideration, allowing you to save money while upgrading your landscape.
  • Low maintenance: Because stone pathways do a great job managing foot traffic, you won’t have to worry about chips or cracks, minimizing maintenance efforts.


As long as your know how to properly prepare your hardscape for the offseason, your stone pathway will prove to be successful in avoiding landscape problems. Stone pathways are a sound investment to extend your outdoor living space and navigation, as well as curb appeal if you ever decide to sell.


At Dolan Landscaping, we’re here to help with all your landscaping and hardscaping needs. With over 25 years of experience, we’ll make your stone pathway one-of-a-kind. Contact us for more information.



Choosing the Right Trees for Your Property

When selecting the perfect trees for your landscape, it’s important to consider which trees would work with your property’s region and climate. Other factors such as aesthetic, maintenance, shade, privacy, and appearance are also vital considerations. Trees offer social, environmental and economic benefits throughout their lifetime, so it’s essential to understand which trees would be best for your landscape.

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Why Should I Invest in Hardscape for My Home

Hardscaping can considerably improve the appearance of your home by creating additional space between a home’s interior and exterior. Your overall outdoor living space can be the centerpiece of your landscape, allowing for an expanded and open gathering spot for family and friends. From patios and outdoor kitchens to driveways and walkways, hardscaping is the perfect solution to enhance your home’s exterior for both work and play.


What is Hardscape?

Hardscaping is the use of either natural or manufactured stone to create patios, walkways, driveways etc. Hardscape provides definition and a sense of organization to the natural areas and features of your yard. Our hardscaping services include:


  • Patios
  • Walkways
  • Concrete brick paver driveways
  • Permeable concrete pavers
  • Retaining walls
  • Cleaners and sealers for brick
  • Concrete and stone
  • Granite steps, posts, and cobblestones.


Benefits of Hardscape

Hardscaping is a great way to increase the appeal of your landscape and functionality. Some benefits include:


  • Low Maintenance: Once your hardscape is designed and built, parts of your backyard will be set for years to come. Unlike traditional landscapes that require constant watering, mowing, pruning, and trimming, the parts of your yard with hardscape installments offer a nearly yard-work-free environment. The most you may have to do is clean your hardscape which is also quick and easy.
  • Water-Efficient: Hardscaping is a great solution to fight water waste because you won’t have to worry about watering plants or grass.
  • Increase Property Value: This outdoor extension to your home adds more usable square footage and allows your home to have a better chance of attracting buyers because outdoor living spaces can be a huge selling point.
  • Extend Entertainment Space: A backyard hardscape increases your family’s outdoor experience with more places to sit and socialize with one another.
  • Add Dimension: Add verticality to your yard that is pleasing to both the eye and flow of the landscape with raised gardens, retaining walls, and hardscape paths and steps.


Why to Invest in Hardscaping/Landscaping

Not only are the benefits of hardscaping reasons to invest, but for many projects, the return on investment (ROI) is significant. Hardscapes that offer the most ROI are projects such as patios or walkways because they expand the living area, add sociable features, and often increase the safety of the home.


Importance of Choosing a Trustworthy Company

Choosing a trustworthy company like Dolan Landscaping for your hardscape services is important to ensuring its upkeep and well-being, allowing your hardscape to last for years. Hardscape is not just a one-time job as it requires a time commitment with a lot of involved work, which is why Dolan Landscaping might be right for you! For further information on how to create the perfect hardscape for your home, contact us at Dolan Landscaping today!


For further readings about the perfect hardscape for your landscape, check out some of our other blogs about hardscape firepits, patios, and concrete paversers.


How to Maintain High-Traffic Grass

Although it’s a tough plant, your grass will eventually decline due to high usage from people (and pets). This decline can lead to bald patches, compact soil, and weeds. High-traffic lawns include areas like apartments, condominiums, park and sporting areas, and just active family yards. Fortunately, through key preparation and treatment steps, you’ll be able to minimize damage and quickly repair your lawn. Continue reading How to Maintain High-Traffic Grass

The Process and Benefits of Overseeding Your Lawn

What was once a promising layer of grass has turned into a thinning and discolored one. It’s important to keep up with lawn care so your lawn remains healthy and full throughout the season. However, your lawn can bounce back with the process of overseeding, which can be a complicated endeavor but luckily, we’re here to simplify it. Below lists the procedure to follow when overseeding and how you’ll benefit afterward.

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After the Installation: Caring for Your New Pond or Fountain

A country house with a beautiful backyard behind the house, landscape designNothing beats the experience of having calm running water flowing from your new pond or fountain. Not only do ponds and fountains bring strong aesthetics to your property, but they also improve the overall health of your environment. Unfortunately, a lack of proper maintenance of a fountain or pond can bring negative effects to its appearance, function, and ecosystem. Today we will take a look at what you can do to keep your pond or fountain looking beautiful. Continue reading After the Installation: Caring for Your New Pond or Fountain