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Geotextile vs. Geogrid: What’s the Difference?

Geogrid Overlapping

Geotextile and geogrid are both soil reinforcement and drainage materials for hardscape. If you’re a hardscape DIYer, you’ll likely need to use one of these materials at some point but, how do you know which to use? In this article, we explain what geotextile and geogrid are and when and how to use them. What. . . Read More


How to Set Grade for Hardscape

beautiful hardscape grade

Chances are your landscape is not level. It’s also likely that you didn’t think anything of it until you began a hardscape project.  However, there’s nothing worse than finishing your project to find out water runoff drains toward your house instead of away from it. In this article, we’ll share a few simple steps to. . . Read More


How to Match Hardscape with Modern Architecture

Modern Hardscape

The latest trend in decorative hardscapes is a shift away from the tumbled stone and broken rock toward a sleek, modern look. Urban areas are growing and, as a result, many people are interested in more modern stone families such as LaLastra, Murata, Villa Stone, our standard surface pavers, and Turf Stone to complement their. . . Read More


How to Use La Lastra ™ Slabs in Your Hardscape

La Lastra ™ is a modern three-piece paving stone family. The flat surface, beveled edge, and elegant proportions of these generously sized slabs are perfect for use in social spaces. The different sizes and modern touch of La Lastra ™ bring a great option to our growing family of paving stones. You can get La. . . Read More


What Are Permeable Pavers?

What Are Permeable Pavers?

Permeable Pavers direct rainfall back into the ground so that you can control pooling and eliminate storm sewer systems in your hardscape. In this article, we’re going to unpack what permeable pavers are, how they work, and when you should use them. Why should you use permeable pavers? Since permeable pavers are intended to promote. . . Read More


How to Install Hardscape Edge Restraint

How to Install Hardscape Edge Restraint

Overview Difficulty: Easy Est. time: 1–2 hours Materials 10” landscape spikes Plastic edge restraint Tools Work gloves Small sledgehammer trowel Snap-edge cutters, side-cutting wire cutters, saw or knife Restraint is an essential part of every hardscape project. You restrain a retaining wall with backfill. You restrain a fire pit with concrete adhesive. You restrain a. . . Read More


6 Ways to Cut a Paving Stone [Video]

How to Cut a Paving Stone

Overview Difficulty: Easy Est. time: 1–2 hours Materials Paving Stones Tools Work gloves Safety glasses Earplugs Dust mask Knee pads Tape measure Paving stone marker Hammer Chisel Paving stone splitter Circular saw Extension cord Demolition saw Garden hose Gasoline Tile Saw Masonry saw In most hardscape projects, you’ll need to make a few cuts so. . . Read More


How to Build a Retaining Wall [Video]

How to Build a Retaining Wall

Overview Difficulty: Moderate Est. time: 10–12 hours Materials Murata™ Standard Murata™ Variable ¾-0 ODOT road base gravel (or equivalent) Geogrid Filter fabric 4″ Perforated drain pipe 6” Landscape staples Wood stakes Tools Work gloves Wheelbarrow Pickaxe Shovel Concrete placer Hand broom Tamper Gas compactor Rubber mallet String line Torpedo level 24-inch level Tape measure In. . . Read More


How to Be Prepared to Install Hardscape

In this article, we’ll teach you how to prepare yourself and your property for hardscape installation. Whether you’re planning to do-it-yourself or are having a contractor install your hardscape for you, the more prepared you are, the smoother the installation process will be.  We’re assuming that, if you‘re reading this article, you’ve already selected your. . . Read More


10 Common Questions People Ask Before Installing Hardscape

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably seriously considering starting an exciting hardscape project. We hope that this article will not only answer any pressing questions that you have but will also help you feel confident about buying hardscape from Western Interlock. It’s likely that you already have a good idea of the kind of. . . Read More