Spear’s Landscape working with Michele Tafoya and KQRS

We have exciting news!

Michele Tafoya

Over the next few months, Spear’s Landscaping and Michele Tafoya, longtime NFL sideline reporter on NBC’s Sunday Night Football and co-host of the KQ Morning show on KQRS, will join forces on air and in the backyard.

Tafoya, Emmy Award-winning sportscaster, entertains fans across the nation on TV and radio. Spears Landscaping, featured four times on popular HGTV shows Landscape Smart and Curb Appeal, creates upscale, residential outdoor living spaces that leave neighbors envious.

So, you might be wondering how these two leaders, in very different industries, are coming together, right? While Michele Tafoya does her magic on the radio, creating ads for us, we will be planning, designing, and creating the outdoor living space of Michelle’s dreams.

For updates on the progress of Michele’s outdoor landscaping project, tune into the KQ Morning show, and check our Spear’s Landscaping blog.

New Landscape Project?

Why To Choose Pavers Over Concrete for a Patio

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Many of us in the Twin Cities metro live in clay soils.  This means that the soil retains water and come spring, is more prone to heave.  Yes concrete is cheaper in the short term, but heaving means those unsightly cracks and uneven areas on your concrete patio.  Because pavers are segmented, your patio will not crack as concrete would.  Also, when installed, a geotextile fabric under the base that the pavers sit on acts as a blanket so when the soil moves, the whole patio moves with it, and then settles back as one.  This keeps your patio at one level, as opposed to “lips” that can form with concrete.

Let’s also not forget the aesthetic advantage pavers bring.  The endless number of combinations of types, colors, textures, as well as inlays or banding of pavers can create a patio that will truly be unique and fit the function and look that you desire.  And the compliments you will receive about your paver patio from Spear’s Landscape will surely bring a smile to your face.

So before you jump at the fact that concrete is cheaper from the beginning, think about the long term advantages.  If your concrete cracks and heaves, the cost to replace it will be greater than the cost of pavers would be in the first place.  Also, the longevity and aesthetic value pavers have over concrete should make pavers an essential part of any new landscape patio or walkway.

 

Time to Start Thinking About Your Landscape

Spring is here!

The warmer temperatures means people want to go outside after the cold winter.  And there’s nothing better than to spend your time outdoors in a landscape that you can truly enjoy.  Whether it’s a simple fire pit patio to elegant outdoor kitchens and living areas, your landscape can extend the comforts of your home into the outdoors.  These are places where you can relax with friends and family and enjoy throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Give us a call today so we can help transform your yard into a beautiful place that everyone will want to be!

 

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2014 Contractor of the Year

Belgard World Class Awards

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Spear’s Landscape is proud to announce that we are Belgard’s 2014 Contractor of the Year!

Belgard is a nationwide leader in the development and supply of hardscape materials.  These materials include pavers, retaining wall block, fireplaces, brick ovens, and outdoor kitchen elements.  It is an honor to be recognized for all the hard work our team has put in throughout the years.  From the creative design and sales team to the knowledgeable foremen and installers, countless hours have been spent transforming our customers’ yards into outdoor living spaces that exceeded their dreams.  Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to the success of our company and we look forward to providing more amazing projects for our customers to enjoy with family and friends for years to come!

 

 

It’s Not Too Early To Think About Next Year’s Project

Next spring may seem far away, but it’s not too early to start planning your landscape project for next year.  Whether you are thinking about a small planting project or an extensive hardscape project with an outdoor kitchen and patios, planning ahead will ensure that your project will exceed your expectations!

There are many benefits to planning over the winter.  The first one is that we can get you on the list so that you will be one of the first projects installed in the spring – allowing you to enjoy it throughout the summer.  Another benefit is being able to lock in this year’s pricing, as prices go up year by year.  And finally, the time over winter can be spent planning every detail of your project.  Our 3D design capabilities allow you to see your project and make any changes necessary to make sure you get everything you want and more!

Give us a call today or visit our website to see some of our work!

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Winter Problems with Decks and Patios

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This winter was especially cold, which caused the frost line to go deeper than most winters before.  Patios, decks, and other outdoor structures may have moved as a result of heaving.  This happens when moisture in the ground freezes and expands, which forces the ground to move.  If footings aren’t deep enough or there are drainage problems, your deck or patio could move and create problems.  There is help if this has happened to you.  Spear’s Landscape can fix your existing deck or patio so that it won’t happen again.  Grading or installing drains may also be installed to keep water away from where it may be harmful to your landscape.  Winter is hard enough, so don’t let it impair your favorite outdoor area for the summer.  Call us today if you would like help with your patio, deck, or other outdoor structures!

 

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Spring Water Problems

With the snow starting to melt, it’s hard not to notice all the water standing around.  And if your yard isn’t properly graded and landscaped, this water can cause problems and possibly find its way into your home.  A new landscape from Spear’s can make sure your property has the proper drainage.  Grading can make sure that water stays away from any foundations and can channel water to run off in an efficient manner.  Rain gardens and plantings can be used to catch water as well, so that the actual run off amounts are drastically reduced.  Drains can also be installed to channel water away, while staying out of sight.  If you have water problems on your property, we can easily fix them so you won’t have to worry about water again!

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Warm Weather is Approaching!

Time to Start Thinking About Your New Landscape

This winter has been especially cold and full of snow, but thankfully spring is just around the corner!  With that, now is a great time to start the design process on your new landscape.  Imagine enjoying the company of friends or family in a new outdoor living area.  This could be new paver patio with a firepit or possibly an elegant fireplace.  Or how about a nice outdoor kitchen with a pergola?  The possibilities are endless.  Whatever it is, Spear’s Landscape can design a beautiful landscape that will be functional and fit your style.  Contact us today to meet with one of our designers and create an outdoor area that you can enjoy for many summers to come!

 

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Magnesium Chloride

The Best Winter Care for Your Hardscapes

Most people have always used some sort of rock salt to melt and prevent ice during the winter months on steps and sidewalks.  But these rock salts have many negative consequences that go along with them.  They can eat away at your concrete (including pavers) that sacrifices the aesthetic quality of your hardscapes.  Also, the salt may be harmful to the surrounding plant material.  And one more thing, what about people tracking salt into your home?  All of these things are reasons not to use general rock salt during the winter.

So what should you use?  The answer is magnesium chloride.  Because of its effectiveness, magnesium chloride is a high performance deicer.  Found in pellet, flake, and liquid solutions, it will melt snow and ice effectively down to -13 F.  But the pest part is that it is also the most environmentally-sound choice.  Magnesium chloride provides very low impact to landscape surfaces as well as plant material.  It is also pet friendly as its low toxicity is comparable to Vitamin C.  The liquid is best used as a preventative before a winter event occurs, and is great as it does not track into the home.  The pellet and flake forms work just as well, so it’s up to you to see what works best for your situation.

Magnesium chloride has exploded in use and demand over the past two decades because it balances high performance with low environmental impact.  So before you put down that general rock salt, try magnesium chloride instead and preserve the condition of your landscape!

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