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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 [Video]

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


How to Build a Stone Planter

Building a stone planter might look complicated, but it’s an easy weekend project that can improve the look of your yard and provide good drainage for your plants. Not to mention, there is nothing quite as satisfying as cultivating a garden in a planter built by hand. Overview Difficulty: Easy Est. time: 1–2 hours Materials. . . Read More


How to Navigate a Daunting DIY Paver Project [Video]

Have you ever wanted to look out your window at a beautiful paving stone patio, fire pit, or retaining wall? Kim’s family did, so they set out to build it themselves. Daunting? Sure. Doable? You bet. When Kim and her husband moved into their home in West Linn, OR, Kim described the backyard as a. . . Read More


How to Remove Efflorescence from Your Paving Stones

You work hard to make your hardscape look just the way you want. However, you may notice that sometimes your paving stones look a bit lighter or duller than usual. Likely, you’re looking at efflorescence. Let me explain. When you boil it down, paving stones are just small blocks of concrete. The thing is, concrete. . . Read More