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The Best Plants for your Patio

Do you have plants inside your home? Most of us do – plants improve air quality and add color throughout the house, effectively bringing the outdoors inside. Many people think that, because a patio is already outdoors, it doesn’t need additional plants. The garden is right over there, after all.

But, like indoor plants, incorporating flowers or greenery to a patio can add additional color and vibrancy to your outdoor space, making it even more of a relaxing retreat. Today, we’ll share some of our favorite plants for the patio, with tips on planting in shade and sun from The Spruce.

Best in Full Sun

  • Pelargoniums produce bright clusters of flowers, and do best when placed in full sun and watered regularly.
  • Gardenia hails from the south, making it a good option for sunny patios.

Shade Lovers

  • Caladiums grow well in full shade, but they do not like cold weather. When the temperature goes up, they’ll grow quickly.
  • New Guinea impatiens produce bright, colorful flowers. Keep them out of the hot afternoon sun for maximum growth.

Drought-Tolerant

  • Begonias are hardy, easily tolerating dry conditions, and happy in sun or shade.
  • Lantanas bloom continuously in the summer months, and are especially drought-tolerant when planted in large containers.

Bee-Friendly Plants

  • Pentas have star-shaped flowers in white, pink, red or lavender. These pollinators flower all summer long, reaching 18 to 24 inches by summer’s end.

Whether your patio is large or small, in the sun or in the shade, adding a few plants can enhance the feelings of relaxation and reprieve of any patio.

Ready to overhaul your patio? Want to install an outdoor fireplace, oven or other accent? Give Borgert a call today. We can answer questions and direct you to a certified distributor or installer.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Welcome Guests with a Well-Designed Front Yard

We’ve previously discussed tips for creating an inviting front entry, but today we want to tackle another key aspect of a home’s curb appeal: the front yard. With strategic planning and thoughtful design, you can create a front yard that is lovely to look at and welcoming to guests – but that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance from year to year. We’ll share a few tips, inspired by Better Homes and Gardens, below.

Finalize Hardscaping

Hardscaping is the more permanent aspects of landscaping design – the paver walkways, driveways, retaining walls, and the like. (Visit our hardscaping vs. softscaping blog post to learn more.) The first step in overhauling your front yard design is to choose paver products and install these permanent elements. Then, use the color blends as an inspiration for plants, trees, shrubs, and other softscaping components.

Plan to Scale

When it comes to planting beds, think big. Experts advise installing beds that span at least half of the width of the house, and that extend from the house to the sidewalk or road. This will ensure that the beds are to the proper scale to complement the house.

Keep it Simple

It’s incredibly tempting to buy every perennial at the garden store, but it’s best to limit the number of flowering plants in the front yard – at least to start. This will create a more controlled, cohesive look. Start small and add plants as needed.

Repetition is Key

To create unification and symmetry, repeat plant forms and textures strategically throughout the yard. For example, plant a blooming perennial near the sidewalk, then again along the walkway and next to the house.

Design for All Months

When choosing trees and perennials, select plants that will bloom throughout the year, from bulbs that pop up at the first sign of spring to evergreen trees that maintain color in the drab winter.

If you’re planning to incorporate a paver walkway, driveway or retaining wall into your front yard design, give Borgert a call – we can answer questions and direct you to a certified distributor or installer.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Patio Inspiration: Strassen Fire Ring Cap

At Borgert, we want to help you spend as much time outdoors this summer as possible. Even though these summer days are long, the temperature often drops as soon as the sun goes down. But that doesn’t mean you need to leave the patio! Our Strassen fire rings and fire ring caps are the perfect addition to any patio, large or small.

The Strassen fire ring caps are precast, which makes installation fast and maintenance a breeze. In addition, both our caps and firepit pavers are constructed with mortarless veneering, improving safety and durability. The fire ring caps’ clean lines add simplicity to a busy patio, drawing the eye to the desired focal point and creating a focus for patio design and décor.

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Minnesota River Fire Ring with a Charcoal Fire Ring Cap

 

Although our fire ring caps are precast, there is still plenty of room for customization. They are available in three different color blends, which highlight various shades from the six available color options in our Strassen fire ring wall units. This allows you to choose a combination that fits with the overall design of your patio and outdoor space.

North Shore Fire Ring with a Limestone Fire Ring Cap

 

Create a warm and welcoming outdoor space with Borgert and King of Hearths fireplaces and outdoor ovens. Visit our product gallery for ideas and inspiration, then find a Borgert Products distributor or contact us to learn more about how our high-quality fireplace products can fit into your outdoor vision and design.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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How to Choose Colors for your Paver Patio

You’ve chosen a paver and decided on the design of your patio. Now all that’s left to do is pick a color. Easy, right? Not necessarily. Often, selecting a color blend that will partner well with the colors of your home, outdoor furniture, and other hardscape or softscape elements can be quite challenging.

Borgert is here to help! We’ve created a color selection guide that lays out the available color options for each of our premium concrete pavers, walls, step units, fireplaces and fire rings. More information is available in our resource guide and 2019 catalog. Today, we’ll share a few tips on choosing colors for your Borgert paver patio.

See Colors in Person

Don’t choose your paver colors based solely on our website photos – that won’t allow you to get a complete and accurate assessment of the shades. Colors vary in print reproduction, so it’s important to find a Borgert certified distributor and view the pavers in person.

Understand the Blend

Our color blends consist of two or three colors. In some, one of the colors is dominant, but in others, the shades are mixed throughout. In addition, some blends contain pavers of each color as well as pavers with blended shades. For best blend results, make sure to select from multiple cubes.

Incorporate Colors into the Pattern

Our resource guide contains several pattern options and ideas. Think about how the colors and blends will factor into the design and the overall look of your patio pattern.

Ready to get started on your paver patio? Need help choosing colors that fit with your landscape design and vision? Give Borgert a call today – we can answer questions and direct you to a certified distributor or installer.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Hardscaping Inspiration: Step Units

Whether it takes 5 or 50 steps to get up to your front door or back patio, adding steps can be an expensive project. The Borgert step unit is a more affordable alternative to some of the costlier step materials like natural stone or granite. And because our step unit is attractive, durable and easy to install, you’ll save time and money without sacrificing the overall appearance of your steps.

Here are some of our favorite step unit designs. Visit our product gallery to for more inspiration!

Lush Landscaping

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We love how the combination of softscape materials and low lighting play off the natural appearance of the concrete step unit, in our Minnesota River color blend.

 

Clean and Simple

Our Limestone color blend creates a look that is both minimalist and sophisticated.

 

Unique Combinations

Our color blends allow you to customize the exact look of your steps, as demonstrated here in this unique layout of our Minnesota River blend.

 

Staggered Steps

Incorporating landings in to the step design allows for visual breaks in the steps (as shown here in our North Shore color blend), as well as physical breaks for those who climb them regularly!

 

Contrasting Colors

Use surrounding materials, such as rocks, mulch and wall units, to create contrast with steps. Here, our Buff color blend was installed with lighter-colored rocks and darker mulch to create gorgeous contrast.

 

Make your yard memorable! Calculate your project needs with our paver calculator, then contact us to learn more about how our high-quality step units can fit into your outdoor design.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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How to Choose a Patio Door

A patio door is more than just functional. With so many different options on the market today, you can choose a door that fits the overall vision for your patio and outdoor space. But the availability of those many options can also make it challenging: how can you decide which door is best for your patio?

Borgert is here to help! We’ll break down the various patio door types and materials, as detailed in Better Homes & Gardens, to help you determine the type of door that will work best for your design, budget, and climate. For more patio inspiration, check out our product galleries to see how our customers have incorporated our premium concrete pavers into their patio designs.

Design Types:

The type of door you choose will likely be determined by cost and space.

  • Sliding: Perhaps the most common type of patio door, these feature doors that move open by sliding on a track. They don’t require any clearance to open, which makes them good for smaller patios or indoor spaces.
  • Swinging: As the name implies, these doors swing open like any standard door in a home. Furniture will need to be placed accordingly to give the doors clearance to open, so they can be more difficult in tight patio spaces.
  • Folding: These doors open in hinges, folding like an accordion with multiple panels (usually three or more). They need some space to open, but generally not as much as swinging doors. Folding doors are often used to create a wide connection with a large outdoor living space.

Material Types:

Temperature, climate and cost will play a big role in the material you choose.

  • Aluminum: This is a lightweight, cost-effective option that does not need painting and can stand up to most weather extremes.
  • Fiberglass: This material does not warp or swell like wood, and it does not need painting.
  • Wood: The cost and characteristics vary based on wood type, but this is generally a costlier option.
  • Steel: This is the strongest option against weather-related maintenance issues, such as rust.
  • Vinyl: A durable, cost-effective option.

The type of glass you choose will also play into the overall cost and durability of your patio door.

Ready to get started with your patio project? Give Borgert a call today.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Driveway Inspiration: DrenaPave™ and DrenaMontage™

Do you deal with excessive runoff after a heavy rain? Are you looking for a more sustainable option for your driveway? Or do you simply want a unique, attractive driveway pavement option that is easy to maintain? Whatever your goals, consider using our DrenaPave™ and DrenaMontage™ specially-designed permeable concrete paving stones to mitigate storm water runoff.

Our DrenaPave™ or DrenaMontage™ permeable concrete pavement systems provide stormwater management right in your driveway. The pavers naturally filter out harmful pollutants such as oil and nitrates, reducing harmful runoff and improving overall water quality. In addition, rain is absorbed through the interlocking stones, which minimizes spot flooding and prevents water from running off into ditches and drains.

The best part? Our permeable systems have the same strength and durability as traditional interlocking concrete pavers, and maintenance is simple.

We’re sharing a few of our favorite DrenaPave™ and DrenaMontage™ driveway ideas below. Visit our product galleries for more!

Inspired by Up North

DrenaPave

Reminiscent of the natural beauty of Northern Minnesota, the Iron Range family of colors creates a warm, inviting look for any driveway, entryway or parking lot.

Warm Tones

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The Minnesota River blend creates a warm look that complements brick or natural tones in a home and landscape design.

Contrasting Colors

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Using different color families for edging and accents creates visual interest and a unique look. Mix and match pavement stones for a custom, memorable look.

DrenaPave™ and DrenaMontage™ is an excellent way to achieve a high-end driveway look while minimizing your effect on the environment. Contact us to learn more about these innovative products!

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Patio Heating Ideas for Cool Summer Nights

When the sun goes down, temperatures drop – even on the steamiest summer days. But that doesn’t mean your night on the patio has to end! There are a variety of patio heating options that can keep you warm long into the night, effectively extending the life of your patio – and of the party.

Fireplace

We all love cozy winter nights around the fire – so why can’t we have that in summer too? An outdoor fireplace creates a safe, easy way to create warmth and ambience on the patio. And not only does a fireplace provide heat, it also creates a focal point for an entire patio and outdoor space.

Fire Ring

For a similar effect with a lower price point, consider a fire ring. This is also a good option for smaller patios without the space for a fireplace. Our Strassen® precast fire ring cap provides a clean, sophisticated look with easy installation and maintenance.

Chimenea

A chimenea is a decorative fire feature, usually made of metal or clay. It often comes with chimney extensions to vent smoke, making them a good choice for patios.

Heat Lamps or Lanterns

One of the most commonly-known outdoor heat sources, portable patio heaters are popular because of their ease and small footprint. Most commonly fueled by propane, one lamp will heat between 15 to 25 square feet of patio space.

Blankets and Rugs

Simple, yes – but effective! Keep a few cozy blankets in a waterproof storage box or just inside the door, and bring them out when temperatures drop. Similarly, rugs can help keep the chill off bare feet.

Borgert is proud to be an exclusive dealer of King of Hearths fireplaces and ovens. Contact us to learn more about how a fireplace or fire ring can fit into your outdoor design.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Create Curb Appeal with an Inviting Front Entry

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply upgrading the exterior, the front entry is a good place to start. It’s the first thing guests see when they arrive at your home, and it establishes the look and feel of your interior and exterior design. Perhaps most importantly, upgrading the front entry doesn’t cost a lot of time or money, and small changes can make a big impact.

Continue reading for front entry ideas and inspiration, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

Install a Unique Front Path and Steps

Don’t simply pour a concrete path. Borgert Products’ concrete pavers, permeable pavements, slabs walls and step units will help you set the tone for your exterior design with a unique pathway and steps. With a variety of color, design and pattern options, our pavers will allow you to create a memorable, custom look.

Accent with Color

Make your home stand out from the rest with a brightly-painted door, window boxes or other accent.

Consider Container Gardens

It’s easy for shrubs and trees to grow out of control, blocking doors and windows and making a front entry look messy. Consider planting pots in containers, which are easy to maintain, rearrange, and change out seasonally.

Follow Your Home’s Lead

Does your home fit within a certain style or era? Do a little research, then look into architectural features – such as columns, trim and brackets – that fit with your home’s style.

Add Seating

Who doesn’t want to sit on the front porch and watch the world go by? Look into outdoor furniture such as chairs, a bench, or even a swing to make your home more inviting.

Light it Up

Lighting is important not just for aesthetics, but for safety. Illuminate pathways so guests can make it to and from your front door safely, and consider motion-sensing lights near the front door.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Four Ways to Make Your Yard More Sustainable

Sustainability is no longer simply a buzzword – it’s become a way of life. Homeowners and designers alike are incorporating sustainability into all parts of a home, including the lawn, garden and patio.

We’re big fans of sustainability at Borgert Products, so we wanted to share a few tips on making your outdoor space more eco-friendly, courtesy of Gardenista.

Install Permeable Pavers

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Sustainability begins with the surface of your patio. Permeable pavement systems minimize harmful rainwater runoff, instead allowing water to slowly seep into the ground. This provides natural filtration of pollutants, helps water to cool, and provides a slower flow into drainage systems and bodies of water. Borgert Products’ permeable pavement systems are strong and durable, with minimal maintenance required. Contact us to learn more!

Consider Grass Alternatives

Grass can look and feel lovely, but it takes a lot of water to maintain a lush, green lawn. One alternative is planting ground cover, like sheet moss, in shadier areas – it’s a cost-effective alternative that requires minimal maintenance. Another idea is to forgo turf entirely with a wild meadow of native wildflowers, which – bonus! – will attract birds and bees.

Be a Friend to Pollinators

If you’re not ready to turn your lawn into a meadow, consider converting even a few feet into a pollinator-friendly garden. Plant wildflowers and pollinator-friendly plants, such as bee balm, salvia, snapdragons, black-eyed Susans, sunflowers and many more. In addition, avoid using harsh pesticides on your lawn and garden, opting instead for pollinator-safe alternatives.

Collect and Save Water

Rain barrels require an upfront investment, but they can save a lot of money – not to mention water – in the long run. In addition, consider an irrigation system, which deliver water straight to plant roots in a slow drip, avoiding water waste.

Ready to get started with your sustainable patio? Give Borgert a call today.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Patio Lighting for Long Summer Nights

It’s only May, but we’re already dreaming of summer nights on the patio, lingering outside with family and friends long after the sun goes down. Even if you have an outdoor fireplace or fire ring, you’ll need some lighting to keep the patio bright enough to enjoy after the sun goes down.

Read on for easy ways to light your patio and outdoor space, courtesy of Houzz.

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Place Lights Low

Lights placed at eye level – whether sitting or standing – are distracting and irritating, and will actually make it harder to see. For a more pleasant atmosphere, keep lights low, lining the ground or railings with lights. There are many ways to do this, such as installing lights directly into the patio, or by hiding continuous LED strips below walls, steps or seating.

Opt for Strings

In addition to lights placed low, consider stringing lights from the house, pergola or other overhead fixtures. This will provide soft light while avoiding harsh lights shining directly into the eye.

Bury the Bulbs

Any light fixture in which the light bulb is clearly visible will cause glare and eye strain. Choose fixtures with frosted glass, or even better, that hide the bulb deep inside.

Light Up the Trees

Want to make your patio feel bigger? Place lighting on trees or landscaping, or on nearby decks or patio walls. This will give off plenty of ambient light while making your outdoor space feel more expansive.

Ready to upgrade your patio? Borgert Products offers a variety of patio pavers, slabs, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Visit our website or contact us to learn more.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Five Tips for Buying Patio Furniture

After you’ve planned, purchased and installed your new patio, it’s time to furnish and decorate your new outdoor space. Easier said than done, right? Between online and mass-market retailers, furniture and specialty stores, it seems like there are a million patio furniture options on the market today. So how do you choose?

Borgert is here to help! We have a few simple tips, courtesy of Gardenista, for buying outdoor furniture that fits both your patio and your lifestyle.

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Focus on Quality, Not Price

Outdoor furniture can be expensive, which makes it tempting to buy the least-expensive option. But you’re going for longevity here. Splurging on a well-made set will cost less in the long run (and will be better for the environment) than buying a new, cheap set every few years.

Consider the Material

Make sure the material you choose is well-suited for your climate. For example, rattan is best suited for dry climates, while lightweight aluminum doesn’t do well in areas with high wind.

Plan for Rainy Days

Just because furniture is designed for the outdoors doesn’t mean it can completely hold up against rain. This is especially true for cushions. They can repel some water, but heavy rain will cause damage. Consider buying protective covers or an outdoor storage box to protect them from the elements.

Avoid Slender Chair Legs

Skinny chair legs can easily slide into grooves between pavers or other hardscape elements. Don’t let your guests get stuck in your patio: buy chairs with thicker legs!

Place and Protect Furniture to Avoid the Elements

When deciding where to place your new furniture on the patio, look up. Furniture placed under a tree will likely fall victim to leaves, twigs, berries, acorns, or worse: bird droppings. If patio furniture has to go in the line of fire, look into fabric protection, and remove cushions whenever possible.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Expert Tips for Patio Décor

Will this be the summer you spend outside? We hope so. A patio is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, but it takes some thought and planning to turn it into a comfortable and relaxing space. We’re sharing a few patio décor tips today, courtesy of Real Simple. (Don’t have a patio yet? Visit our product galleries for ideas and inspiration!)

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Consider the Patio an Extension of the Home

We do many of the same activities on the patio as we do indoors – cooking, eating, relaxing, and spending quality time with family and friends. So why not make the patio as comfortable as the inside of your house? Lay down a rug, set out candles and lanterns, place pillows on furniture, and add other personal touches that will make the patio feel like home.

Don’t Be Constrained by a Patio Set

Skip the patio set! Mix and match patio furniture to fit the space and your needs.

Incorporate Lighting

Don’t rely on those harsh floodlights. Create ambience by hanging lighting over the patio, if possible, or by placing indoor-outdoor lamps, lanterns and candles throughout the patio.

Go Big

If you have a small patio, it’s tempting to fill the space with small furniture. But larger items, such as couches, fire pits or planters, can actually make a small space feel bigger and less cluttered.

Establish Zones

For larger patios, it’s smart to divide the space into zones. For example, you may have a cooking and dining area that is separate from a fireplace surrounded by lounge furniture. This will create a more cohesive and comfortable feel.

Are you ready to upgrade your patio? Borgert Products offers a variety of patio pavers, slabs, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Visit our website or contact us to learn more.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Hardscaping vs. Softscaping: What’s the Difference?

When embarking on a landscaping project, it’s important to understand the different design elements that go into outdoor living spaces, and how they interplay with one another. These elements generally fit into one of two categories: hardscaping and softscaping.

While these may seem like obscure industry terms, it can be useful to understand the difference between the two. This will help homeowners and designers create an appropriate design for the space, using hardscaping and softscaping elements appropriately and in concert with one another to create a fully functional landscape.

We’ll begin with basic definitions.

Hardscaping:

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The Spruce defines hardscaping as the “non-living elements” of landscaping. This includes paver patios, retaining walls, driveways, fences, benches and the like. Generally, hardscape elements are more practical (patios, fences) but can also be decorative (benches, pergolas). In addition, features such as outdoor fireplaces or water fountains are included under the definition of hardscaping.

Softscaping:

In comparison, softscaping refers to the living, horticultural elements of landscape. Ultimately, softscape means plants – from grass and shrubs, to annual and perennial flowers, and even vegetables in a garden.

The challenge of creating an effective landscape design is figuring out how to mix hardscape and softscape elements together to create a cohesive, functional outdoor space. The two complement each other well – for example, softening the appearance of a fence with tall spring bulb plants, or covering a wall or pergola with vines for a lush, earthy effect. One easy way to mix hardscaping and softscaping is by placing container plants on the edges of a patio. The possibilities are truly endless!

To find out how Borgert Products can help make your hardscaping vision come to life, visit our product galleries or contact us for more information.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Patio Inspiration: Kastle Flats

Our outdoor living spaces are true extensions of our homes. We eat and entertain on patios, laying poolside and hosting friends on warm summer nights. So why shouldn’t a patio be stylish? With Kastle Flats slabs, that is easily achieved.

Borgert Products’ Kastle Flats bridges the gap between modern and contemporary, bold and classic. With three available sizes and two color families, this distinctive slab creates endless possibilities for a custom design. The large scale and light texture makes a Kastle Flats patio or walkway unique and memorable.

We’ll share a few photos of our favorite Kastle Flats patios below. For more, including pattern examples, visit the product page, idea gallery, or check out our latest catalog.

The Right Shade

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Kastle Flats is available in two shades: Sterling Gray in gray tones and Classic Bronze in brown tones. Here, Sterling Gray was used to perfectly complement the black building and the gray rock, creating a cohesive – and stunning – look.

A Unique Pattern

This close-up shows one of the many patterns that can be made with Kastle Flats slabs. Mix and match the three available sizes – 8×16, 16×16 and 16×24 – for a one-of-a-kind design.

Large Scale Projects

In larger projects, such as this expansive patio and walkway, small pavers could appear too busy and actually make the space look smaller. Kastle Flats’ slabs fit the large space more comfortably.

Perfect for the Pool

Don’t pour a concrete pool deck! Instead, create a high-end poolside experience with Kastle Flats slabs. This beautiful patio shows the color variations in the Classic Bronze color family. Notice how the colors differ slightly to create yet another unique look.

 

To learn more about the Kastle Flats slab, or to get a custom quote, visit the product page and contact us today.

 

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Manage Stormwater with Interlocking Concrete Pavements

There are many benefits to using a system of permeable interlocking concrete pavements for a walkway, driveway or parking lot. In addition to aesthetic appeal and durability, our interlocking concrete paver systems offer a stormwater management solution that functions as a pavement without taking up any extra space. We’ll discuss a few additional benefits of managing stormwater through permeable interlocking concrete pavements below. To learn more, please get in touch!

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Stormwater Filtration

Our permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems naturally filter out harmful pollutants such as oil, grease, nitrates and phosphorous. This reduces the amount of harmful runoff and improves the overall quality of the water. In addition, the water is naturally cooled as it infiltrates the system.

Flooding Mitigation

Stormwater is absorbed and filtered through the interlocking concrete pavements, which prevents water from simply running off toward drains and ditches. This can mitigate downstream flooding while recharging the existing groundwater.

Low-Cost Option with Easy Maintenance

Installing a permeable interlocking concrete pavement system will eliminate the need for a separate stormwater management system, saving both space and money. Our systems do not frost, heave or crack, and ice does not form on the pavement surface. The systems have the same durability and strength as traditional interlocking concrete pavements, and maintenance is easy.

Borgert Products permeable interlocking concrete pavements are an attractive, durable and cost-effective system for managing stormwater on parking lots, driveways and walkways. Systems are ADA compliant and may qualify for LEED credits.

 

To learn more about the many benefits of these systems or to get a custom quote, visit our permeable product pages or contact us today.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Making the Most of a Small Patio

If you’ve browsed Pinterest or Houzz for patio inspiration, you’ve probably seen a lot of images of big, beautiful patios, with a fireplace, large grill, lounge seating and a table for 10. But what if you, like many of us, simply don’t have that kind of space? A small patio can still be a comfortable, lovely space to enjoy the warm months. It just may take a bit more creativity.

We’ll share some of our favorite small patio ideas from Houzz. We’d love to see your small patios – share ideas and photos on our Facebook page!

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Use Built-Ins

Turn a wall into a bench to add seating without taking up extra space.

Create Continuity

Using the same pavers on the patio and surrounding spaces (i.e. walkways and steps) will avoid visual disruption, making the patio appear larger than it actually is.

Add Landscape Lighting

Lighting can make a huge difference in the atmosphere of a patio. Use lanterns and stakes at ground level to create ambience without taking up much space.

Scale Furniture Appropriately

If you have a long, narrow patio, choose a table with the same dimensions. You could also push the table against one wall to add space, pulling it out only when you have a larger number of dinner guests.

Consider Café Furniture

A bistro table and chairs won’t take up visual space on a patio, and is easy to fold up and put away when not in use.

Go Vertical

Add greenery without sacrificing space by choosing climbing plants and trellises.

Add Color

Brightly-colored plants, furniture and furnishings will give your patio a unique, sophisticated flair, no matter its size.

 

Ready to upgrade your patio? Visit our product gallery to find the best pavers for your small patio!

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Removing a Concrete Patio to Make Way for Pavers

Will this be the year that you finally get rid of that old, cracked or crumbling concrete patio? Tearing up a concrete patio and replacing it with durable, versatile Borgert Products pavers is a great way to update the look and feel of your yard, as well add visual appeal and value to your home.

Tearing up a concrete patio seems daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right equipment (or a good contractor), it can be done quickly and easily. Read on for tips from the experts at Houzz.

concrete patio

The Details:

Typical project length: one day

Project considerations: Utilities should be contacted to ensure that there aren’t any gas lines beneath the patio. The project will probably be noisy, so it’s a good idea to give neighbors a heads-up.

Permit required: Typically no permit will be required for the demolition, but it’s a good idea to check with the city just in case.

The Process:

Before beginning demolition, place plywood over nearby windows, in case pieces of concrete spray and crack or break the glass.

Next, begin removing the concrete! If you’re not removing the entire patio but just reducing its size, use a concrete cutting saw to cut concrete joints out. If you’re taking out the whole patio, use the saw and a jackhammer to break the concrete into chunks that can be manually removed. Check with your municipality for guidelines on how to dispose of old concrete, or repurpose it somewhere else in your outdoor space, such as a stacked garden wall.

Finally, replace that old outdated patio with beautiful and durable Borgert pavers! Check out our galleries for patio inspiration, or request a catalog!

 

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Tips for Installation of a Borgert Outdoor Fireplace

A fireplace is a practical and eye-catching addition to any patio or outdoor space. In addition to the visual impact, an outdoor fireplace will provide warmth, effectively extending the life of your patio during the cooler spring and fall months.

As an exclusive dealer of King of Hearths fireplaces and ovens, Borgert Products offers an outdoor fireplace unit that is constructed from lightweight concrete. It is fully lined with fire brick for maximum safety. Our fireplaces are engineered for mortarless veneering, and are exceptionally strong, ensuring that they will withstand weather and remain in peak condition for many years.

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Here are a few tips on outdoor fireplace installation. For a detailed step-by-step installation guide, visit our Borgert Resource Guide.

Pad

You will need to remove all plant matter and topsoil from under the slab or hearth. Replace that organic material with gravel which must be compacted for support. If a pad is required (which will depend on fireplace size and positioning), ensure it’s at least six inches deep, with other measurements customized to the type and size of the fireplace unit. Install a rebar mat in a checkerboard pattern with 12-inch centers. Cure the pad for seven days before placing the fireplace.

Conditioning

Once the fireplace is placed per specific installation instructions, it is recommended to build a few small fireplaces before the facing is applied. This will temper the unit, helping to bring the materials to a near final rest before the facing is applied.

Safety

There should be no combustible materials placed within four feet of the fireplace opening. This includes trees and plants, wood decking and furniture. The fireplace stack is equipped for a chimney cap – ensure that the cap has a spark arrestor. Only burn wood; never garbage or other materials. Make sure the burning area is completely dry before starting a fire.

 

Get the most out of our short Midwest summers with a Borgert Products outdoor fireplace. Contact us to get started.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Winterize The Patio to Prepare for Spring

Here in the Midwest, winters are long and summers are short. Many homeowners spend a good deal of time and money on gardens, lawns and patios, creating beautiful outdoor spaces that allow us to enjoy those short summer months to the fullest. With winter well underway, now is the time to make sure your lawn and patio are, in fact, ready for winter. By taking the time to properly winterize, you’ll ensure that your outdoor space is ready as soon as warm weather arrives.

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Patio Furniture

To winterize patio furniture, first give it a good cleaning. Use water to wipe off dirt and debris, and let it dry completely. Then, either store furniture indoors, or cover it with a patio furniture cover that is tightly secured to furniture legs.

Cushions

Use dish soap and water to scrub cushions, then let them dry completely – it’ll probably take a few days. If you find mildew, leave them in the sunlight for a few days, then rub loose mold spores with a dry sponge. Once cushions are dry, store them indoors in a garbage bag or old sheet.

Umbrellas

The umbrella’s fabric and level of cleanliness will dictate how it should be cleaned. If the umbrella just has loose dirt on top, simply brush it off. If it needs to be scrubbed, use dish soap and a sponge. For vinyl umbrellas, look for detergent that’s made for convertible car tops. Then, let the umbrella dry completely (are you sensing a theme?) and store it indoors.

Grills

Before cleaning the grill, turn it on for a few minutes to burn off residue. Turn it off and use a wire brush to scrape off any remaining bits of food. Wash the grate and grease tray with soapy water, and wipe down the exterior surfaces. Detach the propane tank before moving the grill indoors for the winter – cover it loosely with a large plastic bag and store it in a safe spot. If you leave the grill outdoors, make sure it’s tightly covered.

Winter is long, but spring will be here before you know it. Keep those long, warm nights in mind while you winterize!

 

Are you ready to upgrade your patio for summer? Give us a call.

Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. We are based in Minneapolis and serve the entire Twin Cities metro area and beyond. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Four Practical Applications for Borgert Pavements

Many think of pavers and pavement products as designed only for patios, walkways and steps. But that’s far from the case. There are several lesser-known applications for Borgert pavements in private and commercial spaces. And by using our versatile, durable products, you can create a space that is unique in appearance and easy to maintain. We’ll discuss a few practical applications for Borgert pavements below, and make sure to visit our project galleries for more ideas and inspiration!

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Streets

If you’re in a cold climate, you know that spring means potholes. The many freeze-thaw cycles that occur throughout the winter weaken asphalt and cause holes to form. This is not the case when streets are surfaced using pavers. Borgert pavements are flexible to withstand freeze-thaw cycles, and any pavers that do crack or break can be replaced quickly, easily and affordably.

In addition to the practical benefits, there are aesthetic advantages as well. Create a unique, beautiful space, using pavers instead of paint to delineate lines and spaces. The options are endless!

Public Spaces

Using pavers in public spaces allows for the creation of unique spaces that can be customized to fit a business or community. Apply pavers in patterns to create a one-of-a-kind design. Our pavements are made to meet the high standards of architects and designers, creating durable and enduring public spaces.

Plazas and Entryways

Create a memorable first impression and elevate the visitor experience with a unique and easily-identifiable entryway or plaza. Our wide selection allows you to complement existing styles with matching colors and designs.

Universities

Use different colors and textures to create unity, consistency and visual appeal throughout campus, increasing aesthetic value while lowering maintenance costs. Pavers can be used to delineate spaces or create designs, creating distinction among departments while maintaining unity.

Ready to discuss pavement options for your commercial project? Give us a call.

Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. We are based in Minneapolis and serve the entire Twin Cities metro area and beyond. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Driveway Inspiration: Permeable Pavements

Permeable pavements are a great choice for driveways, walkways and patios – for several reasons. The pavements will act as a stormwater management solution, reducing harmful runoff and naturally filtering out pollutants like oil, grease, phosphates and nitrates. Permeable pavements are durable and strong. They don’t frost, heave or crack, and prevent ice from forming.

Our DrenaPave™ and DrenaMontage™ permeable pavement systems are perfectly designed for driveways, as well as walkways and patios. Available in three colors and ADA compliant, they’re an excellent choice for any driveway project. Here are some of our favorite driveway looks to get you started!

Radial Accent

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Add contrast and visual interest to your driveway with radial accents. The DrenaPave™ and DrenaMontage™ Permeable Pavements allow for easy customization, so you can achieve the design and look you want!

 

Contrasting Colors

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Mix sizes and colors for a unique and memorable look. This is the Minnesota River blend of three colors, which is the only permeable random pattern in this market. There are three size options – 6×6, 6×12 and 12×12.

 

Perfect Choice for Big Projects

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Got a big driveway, patio or walkway? The DrenaPave™ and DrenaMontage™ Permeable Pavements are an affordable and cost-effective option for large-scale projects.

 

Extend the Look Past the Driveway

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Our permeable pavements are perfect for more than just driveways! Create a streamlined look throughout the exterior of your home and business by installing DrenaPave™ and DrenaMontage™ in your walkway, patio and even the parking lot! Mix and match colors and sizes for a custom yet cohesive look.

 

Inspired by any of the driveway looks you see here? Let’s chat.

Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. We serve the entire Twin Cities metro area and beyond. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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How Borgert Innovates with Lighter Retaining Wall Blocks

Borgert is constantly innovating the pavement industry to bring you the best solutions. Did you know how our PanoMur® Retaining Wall saves you money down the line? Borgert PanoMur® Wall is a lighter, more cost-efficient solution to getting more bang for your buck.

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Double the Product for Less Cost

Our PanoMur® block only weighs 49 lbs. per block versus our competitors’ average 80-82 lbs. per block. The PanoMur® Wall can fill up about 646.8 square feet on the semi-truck, compared to our competitors’ average of only filling up 386.1 square feet of materials per truck load.

This means semis can ship up to 48,000 pounds on one load which is a whopping 21 pallets. That means less trips with the semi and more savings direct to you, as well as less waiting around for larger quantities of stock to arrive.

About PanoMur® Wall

The PanoMur® Wall has a hollow core and these units allow maximum flexibility and ease of installation while maintaining high structural integrity for gravity walls. Currently, the colors available for our PanoMur® Wall units are Sterling Gray, Minnesota River, and Buff, and these units can be curved or straight faced. Another bonus of our PanoMur®Wall is that our block is self-supporting with built-in legs and does not require pins.

Check out our PanoMur® Wall in action in our galleries.

Truck with Retaining Wall Blocks

Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, slabs, and retaining walls. We are based in Central Minnesota and serve the Midwest including MN, WI, ND, IA, SD, Northern IL, MT, CO, NE. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Find your local Borgert distributor.

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Patio Inspiration: Walls

Our Strassen® Wall collection is a free-standing wall, is very versatile, and can complement any backyard feature. These walls can have installed waterfalls, are good for seating walls, can have tops for planting greenery and much more. Be inspired by how Strassen® Walls can enhance your backyard.

Backyard Oasis

Escape to a fairy tale oasis that’s complete with greenery planted in Strassen® Walls, perfectly placed spotlights to light up the path, and a candlelight dinner for two!

Cozy Campfire

Invite over friends for a fun evening sitting around a fire ring and enjoying the outdoors. Feel secluded from the world and all of its troubles with our enclosed Strassen® Wall and surrounding trees and brush.

Color Splash

Splash up your backyard with these colorful Strassen® Walls that use both fun peach spring and summer colors as well as the gray tones that will match the fall and winter seasons. Pair these retaining walls with rock landscaping, grassy areas, tables and more- the possibilities are endless!

Summer Day Chilling

Sit back and relax after a long day of work. Our Strassen® Walls are not only pieces to enjoy looking at, but they are also practical- no more setting down your drink and magazine under you chair and then tripping over them later! Utilize the Strassen® Wall as a perfect place for setting your books, glasses and more!

Waterfall Paradise

Enjoy the sounds of nature with the trickling water fall feature installed in our Strassen® Wall. You won’t have to go far to feel like you are sitting by a creek or a waterfall in the forest; you will have your own waterfall in your front yard or backyard!

Inspired by any of the looks you see here? Let’s chat. 

Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, slabs, and retaining walls. We are based in Central Minnesota and serve the Midwest including MN, WI, ND, IA, SD, Northern IL, MT, CO, NE. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Find your local Borgert distributor.

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How to Care for Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement

Permeable interlocking concrete pavement is a great stormwater management solution but it must be maintained to ensure proper drainage to get the longest life out of your pavement. The tips below will also ensure that your pavement is able to properly drain rainfall and snow.

Preventative Maintenance:

Joint Material: Keep the joints filled with the proper material, check and refill every 6 months. The fill should reach the top of the chamfer.

Surrounding Vegetation and Planting: Ensure that the adjacent landscaping is strong, prevents erosion of soils onto the pavers, and does not contribute to clogging from falling leaves or fruits. Promptly remove grass clippings.

Awareness: Ensure anyone working near the site is aware of the system and does not place landscaping materials on the system or close enough to cause future runoff and no snow is piled throughout the winter. Do not allow sanding during the winter.

Lack of maintenance will cause the system to clog, defeating the purpose of using permeable pavement. Clogging will also cause deterioration of the paver as it will sit in a constant state of saturation.

Winter Maintenance:

Snow Removal: Shovel or plow as immediately as possible following a snowfall. Do not pile on permeable surface.

Salt/Deicing Chemicals: Do not use sand. The best option is to use the joint material for grit.

Salt: When the system is clean and snow is removed promptly, far less salt/deicing chemicals should be used. Use proper judgment to gauge the amount of ice. There will most likely be little ice accumulation on the surface.

Maintenance Plan:

  • Inspect the area directly following a rain event to check for standing water (after a major event & at least 3 times a year)
  • Use small-scale techniques to address small areas of clogging
  • Maintain the correct level of joint material
  • General preventative maintenance to reduce the need for major restorative techniques
  • Regenerative Air Vacuum: when major clogging occurs. Recommended 1 – 2 times a year for commercial applications and once every 1-5 years for residential applications, vacuuming frequency depends on usage.

How to Tell if Your Pavers are Clogged:

  • Standing water during or directly following a minor storm event
  • Visible debris in the joints
  • Water running off or pooling in large areas
  • Weed growth

If your pavement is clogged, you can use an air vacuum to remove the top layer of debris and joint material. You can then re-fill the joints and your pavement will infiltrate as normal. If you need assistance, please contact us or icpi.org for more details on maintenance.


Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. We are based in Central Minnesota and serve the Midwest including MN, WI, ND, IA, SD, Northern IL, MT, CO, NE. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Find your local Borgert distributor.

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Patio Inspiration: Cobble Series™ Pavers

Are you searching for that perfect patio look but just haven’t found it quite yet? Take a stroll through some of our favorite looks featuring our Cobble Series™ Pavers for some patio inspiration.

Enchanting Garden

cobble stone pavers next to a small pond

This look isn’t for the fainthearted. If you really want to cultivate a calming, serene space we recommend pairing our Cobble Series™ Pavers with ambitious landscaping. We love how the circular pavers add harmony and balance to the rounded ponds.

Folksy Fireplace

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Pairing natural elements with concrete is the perfect way to create a folksy, enchanting look. We love the combination of our Cobble Series™ Pavers with a fireplace and vines draping around a patio wall.

Follow the Brick Road

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Follow the brick road (Cobble Series™ Pavers) to an oasis in your own backyard! It will feel like you are in a place “somewhere over the rainbow” with surrounding waterfalls and magical landscaping!

All Day Fun

Experience the outdoors all day. Enjoy brunch on the patio and then go play a game of backyard football for a fun family afternoon!

Seeing Double

borgert cobble swirls

This swirly look is captivating and deceptively simple to install. Two circular patterns using our Cobble Series™ Pavers is better than one! These areas are easy to make your own – try adding a wall (as seen above) or some chairs for a nice gathering spot.

Inspired by any of the looks you see here? Let’s chat. 


Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. We are based in Central Minnesota and serve the Midwest including MN, WI, ND, IA, SD, Northern IL, MT, CO, NE. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Find your local Borgert distributor.

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Patio Inspiration: Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Now that summer’s in full swing, it’s the perfect time for one of our personal favorite summer activities: hanging by the fire pit. Now’s the perfect time to upgrade your patio with a brand new fire pit or fireplace. Here are some of our favorite looks to inspire you.

Radial Fire Pit

Borgert Fire pit

This classic look is well-rounded (no pun intended). Shake up a simple fire pit by adding a radial pattern with cobble pavers. Placing it in the center of your patio leaves plenty of room for entertaining.

Products featured in this look: Cobble Series™, Cobble Circle and Strassen® Wall Fire Pit by Borgert Products

Here Comes the Sun

Borgert Fireplace

Make a gorgeous fireplace even more stunning with a custom detail – we love this simple sunflower to brighten up any patio.

Products featured in this look: King Arthur by King of Hearths with Strassen® and Madera Walls by Borgert Products 

All-in-one Entertainment

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Now this is a true home entertainment system! This gorgeous fireplace features convenient storage and an attached TV. This setup is a must-have for sports fans to grill out while watching the big game.

Products featured in this look: Guinever Fireplace by King of Hearths with Strassen® Wall Veneer by Borgert Products

Cook It Up

Lancelot Pizza Oven

If you love to cook, this is the perfect setup for you! This fireplace features an attached grill for easy grilling and cooking. The brick oven is perfect for making delicious pizzas and other tasty treats.

Products featured in this look: Lancelot Oven by King of Hearths with Strassen® Wall Veneer by Borgert Products

Special Space

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If you’ve got the room, set your fire pit apart from the rest of your patio with a designated space. We love pairing our Cobble Series™  with a wall unit for a designated fire pit space.

Products featured in this look: Cobble Series™ and Cobble Circle by Borgert Products

Inspired by any of the looks you see here? Let’s chat. 


Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. We are based in Minneapolis and serve the entire Twin Cities metro area and beyond. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Find a distrubor of Borgert Products near you. 

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How to Install Interlocking Concrete Pavements

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Congratulations on your new interlocking concrete pavements! When you’re ready to install, follow these steps for a smooth, uniform look.

Tools Needed:

  • Wooden Stakes
  • Wide blade masons chisel
  • Masons string ( twine)
  • Stiff bristle street broom
  • -5lb. rubber hammer
  • Hard tooth garden rake
  • Chalk Line
  • 25’ ft. measure tape
  • 1” diameter sand screed guides (pipe, wood, etc.)
  • 6’-8’ ft. 2” x 4” or 2” x 6”
  • Small pry bar
  • 4 ft. Level
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Flat shovel

Equipment:

  • 3hp to 5hp plate compactor ( not a jumping jack)
  • Mason Diamond Saw
  • Block/ Paver splitter

Installation:

First measure area you intend to pave. Determine the square footage by multiplying ( length x width= square footage) and add 5% for breakage. Measure lineal feet of open edges and the lineal feet will indicate the PAVE EDGE required. Draw a plan that shows all of the important dimensions and then take this plan to your supplier so that they can help you determine the amount of materials needed for your project.

Use the 3-4-5 triangle method to determine a perpendicular line and then measure parallel lines from the perpendicular line to find a boundary. Place stakes at every 4-6 feet and at corners. These stakes should be 8” outside of the edge of the pavers.

Excavation:

Note: Before any digging, call your local utility companies to locate any underground lines.

Use a flat shovel to cut evenly to remove sod/dirt to a depth of at least 7” to allow room for a 2 ⅜” paver, compacted sand, and a minimum of 4” compacted crushed stone base. If your house has a new foundation, we suggest you increase base thickness to 6” or a total excavation of 9” within 2 ft. of new foundation. Excavation should be 6” wider on sides where the paved edge restraint is to be used.

Base Preparation: Use either ¾” or ½” graded base material that includes sizes down to fine dust.

Method of Compaction: Run your plate compactor over the excavated soil ( the soil should not get stuck on the bottom of the plate compactor). Each pass should overlap the previous one by 4”. Next, spread your gravel base material out evenly in about 2” layers.

Start around the outer perimeter with the plate compactor and again overlap each pass about 4” working towards the center. You should make at least two passes for each layer. Use the hard tooth garden rake to smooth out any unevenness. When you are finished with the base, there should be no more than ¼” maximum gap anywhere along the straight edge and the base.

Slope and Grade:

It is best to plan a ¼” per foot drop, but try not to exceed ½” per foot.

 Sand Setting Bed- ASTM C33: Lay your screen guides ( 1” electrical conduit, 1’ strips of wood or other suitable rigid 1” guide) 4’ ft to 6’ ft apart and parallel. Work from side to side with your screed guides, screed a 10’ section of sand. You will use the 6’ ft. to 8’ ft 2” x 6” to loosely spread the sand and to strike off any excess.

  • Do not walk on your screeded sand. You will fill the voids with sand and trowel them smooth as you are laying the pavers.

Laying the Pavers ( for small areas only)

Starting from a permanent edge, lay your first paver starting from either side ( as you lay your pavers, work right to left, then left to right and so on, one row of pavers at a time). Set the pavers lightly on the sand and allow 6” to pave edge on the open sides later. If you are starting with pave edge, run a string line across the front of the playing edge every 4’ ft.

Set the pavers hand tight, but do not use a hammer to adjust the pavers or set them.

Cutting the Pavers: You will need to cut the pavers if you have to go around a post or come up against an existing structure or where a radius is desired. You do not need to cut on sides where pave edge is installed. Mary any stones to be cut with a crayon or chalk and allow for up to ¼” gap between the stone and the edge. This will be filled with sand later. You should use either a diamond blade mason saw or a paver splitter.

Pave Edge Installation

  1. Before Sand Screeding: Snap chalk line on base material before you screed sand if you are going to start laying your pavers from a pave edge line first. Spike edging so that the chalk line remains visible. Spike every two feet with 10” x ⅜” diameter steel landscape spike.
  2. After Pavers Have Been Laid: Finish placing the pave edge spikes. First, use a trowel and cut straight down the side of the pavers into the sand down to the base ad pull back the sand. Be careful not to scrape up the base material. Placing the edging flat onto the base, push pave edge frost heave lip under the sand, using a hammer to tap against the back of the pave edge until the edging is tight to the pavers. Now, spike the edging approximately every two feet. Pound the spikes in until the head of the spike is touching the edging.
  3. Use Pave Edge Rigid for Straight Areas

 Use Pave Edge Flexible for Curved Areas ( The Final Step)

  1. Sweep any debris or loose sand off of the Pavers
  2. Using a vibratory plate compactor, 3 HP to 5 HP, you should make at least two passes over the pavers. Starting around the perimeter and working inward overlap each pass 2” to 4” inches. Make the second pass at a 45 degree angle to your first. The first pass of the compactor will accomplish:
  • Level the Pavers, compact the sand bedding, and force sand up into the joint
  1. Use a dry medium or coarse washed sand for the joints, spread a thin layer of the jointing sand over the surface. Use a stiff bristle street broom and sweep back and forth over the entire pavement until sand has stopped filling into joints.
  2. Now, alternating between compacting and sweeping, continue to work the material into the joint. If when you make a pass with the plate compactor and no more joints open up, you are then finished.

Congratulations! You have now installed a high quality pavement for your patio or walkway. For maintenance see icpi.org


Borgert is a family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. We are based in Minneapolis and serve the entire Twin Cities metro area and beyond. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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