The Wicked Yard

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

New Hampshire Schools Have a Love for Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Feb 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

From stunning architecture to lush grounds, New Hampshire boasts some of the most undeniably scenic campuses in the country. For most New England schools, quality and durability are just as important as appearance when it comes to designing long-lasting, inspiring spaces for students and visitors alike.

For years, schools and universities across New Hampshire have turned to Swenson Granite Works to elevate their campuses with granite masterpieces. When carefully designed and crafted, stonework can transform ordinary spaces into long-standing campus landmarks.

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Topics: Granite, granite steps, New England, New Hampshire, signs

Installing a Set of Granite Steps: A Step-by-Step Process

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Dec 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you've ever seen a set of granite steps, you know their natural beauty enhances the home's appearance. If you own a set of granite steps, you’ve experienced their durability, low-maintenance and long-lasting quality. If you've ever installed a set of granite steps, you know they're heavy. So heavy that in order to install them, a 55,000 pound truck with an 18-foot bed and crane bolted to the back needs to deliver them to the site. That crane can reach 28 feet with about 4,000 pounds (phew!) In order to get these beautiful, durable, long-lasting (and heavy) steps to look the way they do, Swenson Granite Works personnel are trained to install them using certain tools, including straps, clamps, shims, and chisels.

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Topics: granite steps, curb appeal, tools

How to Create a Concrete or Gravel Pad for Granite Steps

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Dec 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In many ways, a home is your foundation. Having a safe and soundly-built structure brings peace of mind for every design that follows. When it comes to the entryway, a properly constructed base ensures that the steps leading into your home will remain solid for decades. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, base preparation for your set of Swenson Granite Works steps is essential.

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Topics: granite steps, curb appeal

Massachusetts Makeovers: 5 Yards Transformed with Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 6, 2018 8:30:00 AM
 
 
For a few Massachusetts homeowners, it had finally gotten to the point where old deteriorating steps, unsightly walkways, and unkempt lawns needed to go -- it was time for a makeover. That’s when they called Swenson Granite Works and the pros for help. While Tom Kraus of Natural Path Landscaping worked on these projects, he captured some photos demonstrating the transformative power of quality hardscaping. With some added greenery, you’ll see how these yards went from blah to breathtaking.
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Topics: granite steps, before and after, Bluestone, walkways, flagstone

A New England Minimalist Landscape Uses Classic Materials to Connect with Nature

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Mar 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Photography by John McCarthy

In Andover, Massachusetts overlooking the Fish Brook Wetlands sits a custom-built contemporary home that connects the interior, landscaping and natural environment in the most intriguing ways. Using classic New England materials, including granite steps, pavers and pool coping from Swenson Granite Works, Andover Landscape designed a contemporary minimalist landscape for this unique residence surrounded by traditional Cape and Colonial homes.

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Topics: Patios, granite steps, contemporary, minimalist, walkways

How To Choose And Install The Granite Step Style That’s Right For Your Home

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 9, 2017 3:37:00 PM

Your home's front door says a lot about you. It adds to the beauty and design of the exterior, impacts first impressions, and influences how people view your home.

And so do the steps leading to it.

The steps outside your home are constantly being seen and used by the members of your household, as well as guests, which is why you should take their appearance, performance, and durability into careful consideration.

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Topics: granite steps, steps, exterior, curb appeal

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