The Wicked Yard

The Rich History of Woodbury Gray Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 14, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Quarried in the town of Woodbury, Vermont, Woodbury Gray granite, one of several granite types offered at Swenson Granite Works, has brought timeless style to buildings across the country for over a century.

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Topics: History and Heritage, Granite, Woodbury Gray

Radon Exposure from Granite: Debunking Health Concerns

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Like all stone, granite contains trace amounts of radium, which decays over time into a naturally-occurring gas called radon, emitting low levels of radiation. Stone quarry workers are surrounded by massive amounts of granite on a daily basis. Should they be concerned about their health? Should homeowners be concerned about the granite inside their homes?

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Topics: Granite, Radon

From Flowers to Foliage: Your Ultimate Fall Planting Guide

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Sep 18, 2019 8:43:47 AM

Amber leaves, golden blooms, scarlet shrubs — nothing says ‘fall’ like an abundance of nature’s most brilliant colors.

“Fall is a great time to plant and relax outside while working in the garden,” says Andy Grondalski, Nursery Manager at Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield, MA. While it’s a common misconception that you can’t plant in the fall, the cooler climate is ideal for a wide array of flowers and foliage.

This fall planting guide will show you a variety of flowers, trees and plants that will add festive hues and textures to your landscape, while complementing natural stone hardscape features.

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Topics: granite steps, fieldstone, flowers

On the Road with the Truck Drivers of Swenson Granite Works: Part One

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

At Swenson Granite Works, customer service is just as important as the quality of the natural stone products we produce. As a family business for over 135 years, each of our employees plays a unique role in fulfilling our commitment to unmatched craftsmanship and dedication.

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Topics: granite steps, mailbox posts, contest

10 Technical Advantages of Using Granite Curbing for Your Next Project

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Functional elements are often the most important factors to consider when selecting curbing for commercial, residential and public properties. While the visual appeal of granite curbing speaks for itself, this versatile option offers a range of technical benefits for property owners to consider when planning their next project.

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Topics: Granite, curbing, granite curbing

8 Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home with Granite and Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Whether you’re interested in increasing the value of your home or simply refreshing the look and feel of its exterior, granite and natural stone are the most versatile ways to add curb appeal. These materials are unrivaled in terms of aesthetics and durability, adding timeless style and dimension that will last a lifetime.

All nine Swenson Granite Works stores offer a range of granite products, from natural stone accents to custom fabricated steps, that will complement both your house and front yard landscape to create a lasting impression.

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Transform Your Outdoor Space with Summer Blooms

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

 

From brilliant blue hydrangeas to vivid geraniums, summer flowers are an excellent way to add vibrant pops of color and texture to any backyard. With thousands of unique varieties available, the options are nearly limitless when creating your ideal landscape with summer blooms.

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Topics: Granite, garden, Landscape Design, flowers

What’s Cooking Outdoors: Trends in Outdoor Kitchen Design for 2019

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 14, 2019 5:29:37 AM
 
Whether grilling by the pool at a bustling family barbecue or savoring a quick meal on the patio on a quiet evening, the simple joy of eating outside is a pleasure in and of itself. However, cooking outdoors with all the amenities of a fully-furnished kitchen can transform outdoor dining into an experience that will delight recreational cooks and professional chefs alike.

From granite countertops to natural stone veneer, your local Swenson Granite Works’ store can provide you with a range of products to create a timeless outdoor kitchen that makes a bold statement of unmatched durability.

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Topics: Outdoor spaces, Countertops, Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, veneer

10 Outdoor Living Essentials for The Ultimate Summer Pool Party

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There is no better place to spend a hot summer day than poolside. By combining reinvented summer essentials with timeless granite and stone features from Swenson Granite Works, a backyard pool can become a favorite hangout spot for parties all summer long.

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Topics: Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, Pools

Buying Local and Tips for Increasing The Value of Your Home with South Hadley, MA Real Estate Agent Aimee Kelly (And May 18 Open House Invite Too!)

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Last spring we opened our South Hadley location, celebrating Swenson Granite Works’ ninth store opening in New England and our fifth store in Massachusetts (Rowley, Medway, Hanover and Shrewsbury). It’s been fun getting to know the community. One year later, we heard from a few of our new neighbors, including realtor Aimee Kelly, that they thought we weren’t open to the public. Wow! That was a big surprise to us and we’re about to change that impression in a big way.

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Topics: mailbox posts, curb appeal, Open house, Massachusetts

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