Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gravel-Lok is great for Xeriscaping!

(via - solutions for sustainable living)

Xeriscaping refers to the conservation of water through creative landscaping.

Originally developed for drought-afflicted areas, the principles of xeriscape today have an ever broadening appeal. With water now considered an expensive and limited resource, all landscaping projects, residential or commercial, can benefit from this alternative.

Xeriscapes do not have a single look - almost any landscaping style can be achieved. The principles can be applied to all or part of a yard, in any geographic region of North America.

Xeriscape Benefits

Saves Water. For most of North America, over 50% of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 50 - 75%.

Less Maintenance. Aside from occasional pruning and weeding, maintenance is minimal. Watering requirements are low, and can be met with simple irrigation systems.

No Fertilizers or Pesticides. Using plants native to your area will eliminate the need for chemical supplements. Sufficient nutrients are provided by healthy organic soil.

Improves Property Value. A good Xeriscape can raise property values which more than offset the cost of installation. Protect your landscaping investment by drought-proofing it.

Pollution Free. Fossil fuel consumption from gas mowers is minimized or eliminated with minimal turf areas. Small turf areas can be maintained with a reel mower.

Provides Wildlife Habitat. Use of native plants, shrubs and trees offer a familiar and varied habitat for local wildlife.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gravel-Lok Demo - Penn Stone - Lancaster PA

Authorized Gravel-Lok Dealer, Penn Stone in Lancaster, PA, demonstrated how Gravel-Lok can lock up loose stones. They mixed Gravel-Lok liquid together with Royal Blend decorative gravel and troweled it out over an existing base course of CR6 (crush and run). This bonds the stones and creates a durable porous pavement.


Friday, September 24, 2010

C&S Companies install Gravel-Lok pathway in Syracuse NY

C&S Companies, ranked as one of the nation's leading engineering and architectural design firms, recently hired Anthony DeMarco & Sons to install a 2000 sf Gravel-Lok pathway at their campus headquarters in Syracuse, NY.  C&S has been in business for 42 years, has 8 offices throughout the US, and employs over 400 people.

They learned about Gravel-Lok through Paragon Supply in Syracuse, NY, an authorized dealer of Gravel-Lok C&S prides themselves on advancing creative ideas and practical solutions and found Gravel-Lok to be appealing for its "green" feature of permeability combined with the beautiful look of natural stone.

The pathway meanders through their campus and past a sediment pond.  They used a non-woven geotextile fabric, Cell-Tek's 3" cell depth recycled Load Support Grid (LSG-3), filled the cells with #57 clean, washed, angular stone, and added a layer of 1/2" size decorative stone before applying the Gravel-Lok liquid to bond the stones together.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Commercial Use of Gravel-Lok for Bike Rack Pavement

Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects, wanted to promote the eco-friendly "Ride Your Bike To Work" program at their Baltimore, Maryland offices.  In keeping with their green endeavors, they chose to install Cell-Tek's Gravel-Lok system to achieve a 'green' porous pavement, a popular trend in cities everywhere to prevent the harmful effects of stormwater runoff on our nation's waterways.  The system included a non-woven geotextile fabric, Cell-Tek's LSG-2, recycled 2" Load Support Grid filled with #57 clean, washed angular stone, a layer of 1/4" size Royal Blend decorative stones and Gravel-Lok to bond the stones together.

Before Applying Gravel-Lok

After Applying Gravel-Lok

Letter of Appreciation