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Which Patio to Install in your Durango Colorado Landscaping

So you want to spend time in your Durango Colorado backyard, and are in need of a patio, but which type of material should be used?

So you are thinking about  building or replacing the patio area on your property in Durango, CO.  It’s a good idea to envision how your family will use the space before you invite a contractor over to look at your site.  I will touch on three different hard surfaces that are common to use in the construction of backyard landscaping in Durango, Co, concrete, flagstone and manufactured pavers.

Concrete ideas:

Concrete is widely used in outdoor situations, it is versatile, durable, available in

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Concrete is good choice for small patio areas.

different colors and relatively easy to work with.  Concrete is great for very high traffic areas and for use in areas that will have patio tables and several  chairs and it is also easy to sweep or wash clean.  It is also possible to stamp patterns into concrete or to acid wash for a different look.  Concrete is readily available in all areas of the country and many contractors are familiar with its use and limitations.


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Flagstone is appropriate for low impact areas and informal uses.

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Landscape pavers are a good choice for a small patio that gets a lot of traffic.

Many people like the natural look of real stone and choose a flagstone patio for their outdoor hardscaping area.  Flagstone is available locally in several colors and textures at either Eagle Block or Durango Nursery and Supply.  In my opinion, flagstone is most appropriate for use in walkways and informal sitting areas, such as a place to sit and ponder the view or visit with a few friends.  Flagstone requires some skill to cut and fit so that it looks natural and so that it stays in place and does not settle over the years.  Take a look at our Pinterest Patio page for more examples of Flagstone Patios.


In recent years, manufactured pavers have come solidly on the market, available in many sizes, colors and textures.  Pavestone and Belgard are some of the more popular companies, but there are many to choose from.  Individual pieces are set on a sand base and compacted into place once the installation is completed.  They are very durable and suited for use in many applications, including high use areas.  The wide range of colors and textures make them a practical choice in many outdoor applications.

Gardenhart Landscape & Design would be happy to help you decide what materials would work well for your application and why they are appropriate.  We are located in Durango, Colorado and work throughout the Four Corners area.  Watch our you tube video about how we installed a pavestone patio.


David Hart

Gardenhart Landscape & Design

Durango, Colorado 81301


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Landscape Watering Dilemmas in Durango Colorado: How Much?

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How Much Do I water these Trees and Perennials?

How much do I water my SW Colorado landscape?

There is a very similar outcome when you water too much or too little.  One way to really decide whether to water or not is to actually feel the soil.  If you will dig down about three inches and grab a handful of soil and try to squeeze  it into a ball.  If it sticks together, then it still has sufficient moisture.  The problem with over watering is that the water molecules replace the oxygen in the soil and causes distress to plants.

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Sod & Grass use different amounts of water than many Trees and Plants

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It seems to me that my garden has not been growing very well and perhaps it is because it has been over watered.  The soil at my house is very hard packed river bottom and even though we have  tilled the garden area and applied compost and soil amendments numerous times, we still do not have a “well-drained soil”.  Watering here is difficult, too much and it runs off and not enough we water only the surface, which encourages shallow roots.  Ideal soil will absorb water down to about eighteen inches or deeper, then allow it to gradually dry out over a predictable period of time.  The plant roots will seek the moisture by going deeper in the soil,  thus they are less susceptible to dry times.

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How Much Water Does Sod Need?

In summary, watering is very site specific, depending on your soil composition and the requirements of the individual plants.   As long as the soil will absorb water, deep watering is preferred.  You must pay attention to what is going on with your plants and the soil they are trying to grow in.


David Hart

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