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Drought Tolerant Grass

Drought Tolerant Grass

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If you live in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, or Buena Park, you know that droughts are not all too uncommon. That is why it’s so important to plant drought tolerant grass in your yard. The curb appeal of your house doesn’t have to be expensive. All you have to do is plan accordingly based on your climate and seek the advice of trained industry professionals.

First, lets explore a variety of common types of drought tolerant grass that are widely used in areas that receive very little rainfall. Kentucky Bluegrass can be commonly found at any home improvement and lawn care store and helps prevent that horrible brown grass in your front yard from making you the laughing stock of the neighborhood. According to a study conducted that explored the most drought resistant grasses, it was found that a hybrid breed of Bermuda grass is the most drought tolerant. This is more than likely because it was first cultivated in Bermuda where it can sometimes go weeks without receiving rain. It is important, however, to weigh the cost to benefit analysis of choosing more expensive types of grass depending on the size of your lawn.

Next, we can look into some alternatives if you don’t want to plant drought tolerant grass in all or part of your yard. Planting a great deal of Thyme in your yard, for example, can greatly reduce the amount of water needed to keep it thriving. This means not only will it be drought tolerant, but it will also lower your water bills each month. For areas of the country that don’t get to hot but still see long periods of drought, moss is another alternative that not only looks great, but also requires very little water to remain healthy.

There are a variety of ways for you to implement any kind of drought tolerant grass. First, you have the option to simply spread the seeds of your choice on your lawn and water thoroughly. Unfortunately, during times of drought, there are some areas that require a water restriction. In these types of areas, it may be best to utilized pre-grown sod. This way, the sod can just be rolled out onto the lawn and will begin to take root shortly thereafter. No matter what you ultimately decide, it is important to seek the advice of professional landscapers such as those at Douglas Masonry & Pavestone

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Patio Design

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Orange County, California, has some of the most beautiful houses in the country, but its residents are always looking for ways to improve their properties yet further. One great upgrade is to add a patio or walkway made of stone pavers. The general advantages of patios with interlocking pieces are durability, beauty, and versatility of design. But there are numerous patterns to choose from. Below, we introduce you to the major laying patterns. This will give you some perspective and help you choose the pattern that’s right for you.

The most traditional patterns for patio pavers use rectangular stones and may sport a cobblestone-like look. These are especially a good option for smaller spaces. Here are the three main traditional patterns. Running Bond patterns are laid out in unidirectional rows. Tone, color, borders, and row direction are variables. Herringbone patterns “zig and zag” and may have a border of a contrasting color to add extra “pizzaz.” Basket weave patterns are laid out to form boxes, or blocks of specific colors or sub-patterns.

Patio Design for Orange County, CA

A more modern look, often used on larger patios, is created by using “modular shapes.” These patio pavers may be shaped square, rectangular, or even use asymmetrical stones. The patterns here will not be as repetitive and may use three or four different types of paver pieces. You can also lay down more traditional paving stones in a less traditional manner. Natural paving stones may be used to create a randomized, natural look. And you can also add “false joints” to create polygonal shapes without finding and fitting such unusually shaped pieces.

Finally, also consider the border type you will use. Simply laying the same type of paving stone at a different angle can create a border. Alternating colors, shapes, and styles enhances the contrast. A simple solider course, rectangles in a row, is the most popular border-type. A sailor course, with rectangular pieces laid lengthwise and, perhaps, in multiple rows, is also common. Inlaid borders are especially aesthetic. Inlaid designs can run through the center of patios even as they also line their borders. Finally, consider lining your stonework with local, drought-resistant plants to take advantage of the SoCal WaterSmart Program and help the environment. To learn more about patios and paving stones or for a free consultation, contact Douglas Masonry by calling 714-393-8556. Douglas Masonry serves residential and commercial customers in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Buena Park, Stanton, Tustin, Irvine, Fullerton, and other Southern California communities.

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Paver Installation Orange County

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Putting in a new paved driveway or backyard patio can be quite a challenge, but the results can far outshine what you get with ordinary concrete. You may want to use pavers made of concrete, brick, or natural stone to achieve a durable, attractive finish. The patterns you can create for your patio or drive can be very unique. It’s a great way to express your own style or match and extend your home’s “outdoor ambiance.” Many will prefer to call a professional for paver installation in Orange County. Some will go the DIY route and merely buy material and get sound advice from a contractor. Either way, you can count on Douglas Masonry to help you with your project.

Preparing a solid, firm, level substrate is the first step. One option is to prepare the surface yourself but then hand the job over to a provider of professional paver installation in Orange County. If you choose to lay the pavers down yourself, start along the longest straight wall nearby. But never assume a foundation or curb is perfectly straight. Always use a plumb line set a quarter-inch from the starting point. If you begin even a little off, the problem will grow with each new row of pavers. A tiny gap up against a wall won’t be noticed, however.

Tips on Paver Installation

The next principle for proper paver installation in Orange County is to leave about an eight-inch gap between pavers. Laying them down too tight can lead to problems that are hard to fix. Every once in while, use a new plumb line to see how straight you are running. If you are off a bit, just gradually adjust the inter-paver gaps till you catch back up. Also be sure to use a restrainer of some kind to keep your paving stones from drifting. If left to themselves, they will naturally move out of place. You don’t want to deal with large, gaping gaps in your pavement later on. Better to prevent it than to fix it. Finally, always use a plate guard when tamping down stones. And be sure to read and follow the instructions for applying the polymeric sand.

But if you would rather count on a reliable contractor to handle your paver installation in Orange County, Douglas Masonry has a solid reputation in the area. They have long served residents in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Buena Park, Stanton, Tustin, Irvine, Fullerton, and other Orange County communities. Feel free to contact Douglas Masonry for a free consultation by calling 714-393-8556 or by filling out the online contact form.

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Brick Pavers Orange County

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Brick Pavers Orange County

Many home and business owners in Orange County, CA, opt for the look and durability of paving stones over concrete and asphalt. Skilled brick pavers in Orange County can create unique patios, walkways, and driveways for each client. You can choose the material, shape, size, color, finish, and style that works best for you. And the interlocking pavers allow for interesting patterns, besides better resisting harsh weather. It is no surprise that paving bricks are so popular. But how do you choose among the three main paver materials: brick, concrete, and natural stone?

Brick pavements allow for a wide range of colors, textures, and patterns. They are also very strong, durable, and resistant to staining. Bricks can be easily cleaned with only a broom and a hose. A little detergent can also help to wash them on occasion, but only heavily oiled areas need sealing. Thus, you may wish to seal bricks near a grill or where a car leaks oil, though sealing is helpful in preventing fading as well. Also, never use calcium chloride to deice brick-paved driveways since it could lead to efflorescence. We at Douglas Masonry & Pavestone have long experience as brick pavers of Orange County. We have the expertise to help you with design, installation, and repair of all manner of brick-paved structures.

Brick vs. Concrete vs. Natural Stone

A second popular material brick pavers in Orange County often install is poured-concrete. This is not the same as the solid driveways that so often crack and spall. Solid concrete-bricks are formed with molds and interspersed with aggregates to add strength. They can be dyed to mimic the look of bricks and sealed to protect their color. The system of interlocking concrete-bricks prevents most damage from snow and ice. And you can expect your drive, patio, or walkway to continue undamaged for many years.

Douglas Masonry & Pavestone is one of the most versatile groups of brick pavers in Orange County, and we love to work with natural stone. Normally, this means flag or field stone, but we also install limestone and numerous other types of stone as requested. Stone does cost more than the other two options covered above, and it isn’t always best in the highest-traffic areas. However, its beauty and uniqueness makes it a great choice for many applications. For commercial and residential paver projects of all descriptions, contact Douglas Masonry & Pavestone at 714-393-8566 or by filling out our online contact form. We also specialize in drought-tolerant landscaping and can help you qualify for the Socal Watersmart Program. We serve Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Buena Park, Stanton, Tustin, Irvine, Fullerton, and all of Orange County.

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Why Patio Pavers Instead Of Concrete

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If you are planning on building a new patio soon or reconstructing an existing one, you will immediately be facing the decision as to whether to use concrete or patio pavers. Both are popular patio materials in Orange County and Southern California, but there are many reasons why pavers are a superior choice. Some suppose that paving stones will cost too much or too difficult to install. In reality, however, concrete-pavements are more costly and problematic in the long run.

The first reason to opt for paving stones is the high level of customization they allow. Paving stones give you a wide array of colors and styles to choose from. They also allow you to create customized patterns that complement your landscaping and your home’s exterior. Concrete’s only versatility lies in selecting shape in which to pour the pavement. You definitely give your creativity greater freedom when you choose paving stones. And besides that, you also create a far more “upscale” ambiance and a much “homier” look than concrete-pavements.

Patio Pavers VS Concrete

The second major reason to use patio pavers is that it is durable and easy to repair. It is well known that concrete’s weakness to spalling and cracking due to winter’s freeze-thaw cycles. This also leads to a dulled surface look, over time, and creates a tripping hazard. The truth is that concrete can only handle four thousand pounds of pressure per square inch. Pavements built of paving stones can handle twice the pressure. The reason for this difference is twofold. First, paving stones reinforce each other, and the weight is distributed among the many stones. Second, the stones are denser than concrete-pavements to begin with. Finally, note that pavers are much easier and less expensive to repair since you can replace just the damaged stones.

While patio pavers are superior to concrete-pavements in many ways, it is also crucial to use only an experienced contractor. In Orange County and surrounding areas, Douglas Masonry and Pavement has been a trusted name in the industry for many years. They offer top-tier workmanship, friendly service, and long, valuable warranties on their work. They have a long track record of satisfying both residential and commercial clients. And they will customize your patio to your exact specifications. Douglas Masonry and Pavement serves Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Buena Park, Stanton, Tustin, Irvine, Fullerton, and other cities in the area. Contact them by calling 714-393-8556 or by filling out the online request form.

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Orange County Stone Pavers

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If you are looking for a unique, attractive, durable, and affordable way to improve your home’s curb appeal, specifically in regard to your pavements, interlocking stone pavers are a prime option. They have distinct advantages over the other options, such as concrete, asphalt, and brick. They do not ultimately cost more, after adding maintenance and replacement costs into account. In Orange County, California, Douglas Masonry & Pavestone has been installing, repairing, and upgrading residential and commercial stone pavements for many years, and they stand ready to handle your upcoming pavement job as well.

Homes and businesses alike can greatly beautify their outdoor areas with stone pavers. Interlocking paving stones create a tight, firm, durable fit and a finished look. These stones come in a wide variety of colors, textures, shapes, sizes, styles, and finishes. There is truly something for everyone, and you can arrange the stones in an unlimited number of patterns. Both as to color arrangements and as to the dimensions of the paved area itself. From driveways, walkways, backyard patios, to pool surrounds. Paved stone is a fitting, beautiful material that will add to and complement your desired “outdoor ambiance.”

Stone Pavers by Douglas Masonry & Pavestone

Stone pavers create a look much like cobblestone and are thus considered “a nostalgic touch”. They certainly bespeak elegance and beauty. However, they are also a very practical product. Paving stones come in a much wider variety of colors and styles than do concrete and asphalt. They virtually never crack, are very low maintenance, and when there is a problem, it is easy to just remove and replace the one or two problem stones. Pavers also resist staining better than concrete and brick and are easy to sweep off and keep looking their best.

At Douglas Masonry & Pavestone, we specialize in all manner of stone and masonry work, including installation or repair of paving stones. We have worked hard to build strong relationships in local Orange County communities. Using only the highest quality materials, customizing every job to the customer’s exact specifications, and including valuable warranties. We take great pride in our workmanship. We realized that our pavements will be displayed throughout Orange County and in use by our customers for many years to come. Our promise is to deliver a product of the highest quality in a reasonable amount of time and at a competitive rate. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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Orange County Contractor

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Orange County Contractor

Douglas Masonry is an Orange County contractor specializing in installation of top-quality concrete and stone structures. This includes decorative patios, retaining walls, driveways, garage and basement floors, pool surrounds, unique water features, and much more. Their experienced, dedicated crew is adept at both residential and commercial masonry work. They do both indoor and outdoor projects. They are skilled at both construction and demolition. Douglas Masonry has the tools and expertise to efficiently complete all manner of masonry projects to your exact specifications at an affordable rate.

One service that Douglas Masonry provides and excels at that is not offered by your typical Orange County contractor is specialty concrete. It takes a special skill to transform ordinary concrete into a beautiful work of art. Douglas Masonry can color concrete via acid staining techniques and produce a pleasing, evenly distributed color. They can use stenciled or stamped overlay to incorporate decorative designs into the pavement surface. If you are looking for the right company to handle a challenging, complex concrete job that simply must look perfect, do not hesitate to contact Douglas Masonry.

Orange County Contractor for Commercial and Residential

If you need an Orange County contractor to take care of your landscaping features, consider Douglas Masonry. They are equipped to provide rock and stone retaining walls, loose aggregate pathways, rock gardens, and drainage optimization. They also can help you upgrade your lawn to a more environmentally friendly status. This will involve planting it with drought-tolerant, southern Californian species. You will reduce water usage, pesticide usage, and maintenance costs, while benefiting the local ecosystem. It will also qualify you for valuable rebates under the Socal Watersmart Program. Socal Watersmart encourages residents to more efficiently conserve water as the regions’ population continues to grow.

Douglas Masonry is one of the leading and fastest-growing providers of masonry and related services in the southern California area. They are an Orange County contractor fully accredited with the Better Business Bureau. They have earned the loyalty of their customers through many years of reliable service to the community. To talk to a representative or to schedule a free consultation, visit Douglas Masonry online at You can also call them at 714-393-8556. For special offers and promotions, sign up for their newsletter while visiting their website. Douglas Masonry serves all of Orange County and southern California. This includes the municipalities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Buena Park, Stanton, Tustin, Irvine, Fullerton, and more.

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Santa Ana Masonry

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Santa Ana Masonry

If you are looking for a Santa Ana masonry company that is capable of handling all of your concrete, stone, and brickwork projects, Douglas Masonry Pavestone has the experience and tools it takes to get the job done right in a minimal amount of time. Our contractors offer a wide range of services to both residential and commercial clients in Santa Ana and throughout Orange County, California. We use only high-grade materials that will last for many years to come, and we utilize both time-tested, traditional techniques and cutting-edge, high-tech methods to render you the best possible quality for your investment.

Our versatile crew can accommodate you on an extensive variety of Santa Ana masonry projects. We can pour concrete foundations, driveways, garage floors, sidewalks, and curbs. We offer stamped, decorative concrete, stenciled overlays, acid-staining, and specially designed mixes. If you have existing concrete you need removed or sawed, we have the tools to do that as well. Our crew is skilled at a variety of stonework projects, including: retaining walls, block walls, paved patios and pathways, pool surrounds, counter tops, and interior flooring. Finally, we also have deep experience in brickwork jobs such as fireplaces and chimneys.

Experts With Wide-Ranging Expertise

Douglas Masonry Pavestone also offers Orange County residents valuable landscaping services. Our Santa Ana masonry company can build special water features in your yard or create decorative rock gardens. We deal in hardscapes like natural stone, cultured stone, gravel, pebbles, and various exposed aggregates. We also, however, deal in greenery and help you conserve water and help the environment through our Drought Tolerant Program. The program involves using native and drought-tolerant plants in your landscaping. These type of plants require less watering and less pesticide, while qualifying for certain State of California rebates and incentives.

We are a Santa Ana masonry contractor dedicated to working with our customers’ projects in a convenient way. This is particularly critical with many commercial clients who must minimize or eliminate the downtime that masonry projects sometimes cause. Our staff always takes the greatest care to avoid damaging your property while working on it. We always fully clean up before leaving the job site, licensed and insured. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us at 714-393-8556. You can also sign up for our free newsletter to receive periodic promotional offers.

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Douglas Masonry Recent Customers Testimonials/Reviews

“From the first day on the job, these guys were top notch. It is hard, these days, to find a business that provides A One Service. They provided the 66ft wall we needed and then some. Every day, the guys came, in this heat, no complaints. There were no smokers in the group, so no butts laying around. After the job was done John and his crew cleaned up beautifully. We will call on him again. If you want honest, hard working people call on Douglas Masonry.” -Johan Rocha

“If you want honest, hard working people call on Douglas Masonry.” -Google Review

“It is hard, these days, to find a business that provides A One Service.” -Google Review