A Quick Guide to Cleaning Your Brick Patio

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When it comes to your brick patio, a little bit of maintenance can go a long way. Taking the time to occasionally clean your patio will keep it looking like new for years to come. Here is a simple but effective patio-cleaning routine you should follow twice per year:

  • Clear your furniture off the patio. Take all of your outdoor furniture off your patio and set it to the side. You will want access to the full surface.

  • Remove any weeds growing in between the bricks. The best way to rid your patio of weeds is by pulling them from the base. If you don’t have access to the base of the plant, a chemical weed killer an effective alternative.

  • Sweep loose debris off the patio with a broom. Dirt, leaves, and grass aren’t just unsightly, they can cause uneven fading. Sweep them off of your patio with a push broom.

  • Use a stiff-bristled brush to remove stains. If you have any stains, use a one-part bleach to ten-parts water cleaning solution to scrub them away with a stiff-bristled brush.

  • Rinse the patio with a garden hose. Giving a quick wash down with your garden hose is a good way to remove stubborn debris.

  • Utilize stain remover if necessary. If there are still stains on your patio, you may need to purchase a specialty stain remover from your local hardware store.

  • Apply seal coat. A seal coat is a cheap way to preserve your brick patio by adding an extra layer of defense against water, stains, and UV rays.

  • Replace your furniture and enjoy. Once your patio is fully cleaned, put your furniture back and relax – your work here is done!

The key to a long-lasting patio is building it with durable materials. If you want the best materials for your next masonry project, you need Devine Bros. We have the largest variety of landscaping and masonry supplies in all of Fairfield County, Connecticut, and all of our materials are available for pickup or delivery. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

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3 Easy Ways to Incorporate Masonry Into Your Landscape

Spring is the perfect season for home improvements, and one of the most popular projects for homeowners is upgrading their lawns and gardens. If you are looking to spice up your yard, few things can tie a landscape together like a well-placed stone fixture. Here are three masonry projects you can try this season:

Wall” You’re at It…

Stone walls are as versatile as they are beautiful. You can implement them into your landscape in a variety of ways, including using them as a garden bed, keeping unwanted visitors off of your property, or providing a scenic border for your pool.

Lead the WayPetunias on the Brick Pillar

If you have multiple gathering areas in your yard (patio, pool, fire pit, gazebo, etc.), what better way to connect them than with a stone walkway? Not only is a stone path a beautiful addition to any landscape, it is practical too, providing your family and guests with a clear line to walk without damaging your grass.

Light Up Your Landscape

Landscape lighting is becoming increasingly popular for homeowners in Norwalk, Connecticut, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only do they accentuate your yard, but they offer safety benefits too – a well-lit exterior can prevent tripping hazards at night and makes your home less of a target for burglaries. Take your lighting to the next level by installing your lamps on top of beautiful stone pillars.

Planning a masonry project for your Fairfield County home? There is only one name you need to know: Devine Bros. With a variety of landscaping and masonry supplies available for pickup or delivery, we are the number one choice for homeowners in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, and the surrounding area. Visit our website for more information or give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

5 Landscaping Projects to Try at Home This Spring

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People love landscaping because they can let their imaginations run wild. Anything is possible with the right supplies and a little bit of hard work. If you’re itching to get started on your next landscaping endeavor, here are five projects you can try at home this spring.

Start With a Bit of Maintenance

You know about spring cleaning for the inside of your home, but what about the outside? Before diving into a new landscaping project, do some basic maintenance such as picking up sticks and debris around the yard, pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, trimming your hedges, and washing off outdoor furniture.

Build a Patio

The simple addition of a patio can turn an ordinary backyard into an extraordinary summer escape. Patios can be brick, stone, or concrete, and you can customize the size and design to match the style of your home and yard. Best of all, building a patio doesn’t require a ton of time, knowledge, or money.

Touch Up Your Mulch

If the mulch in your gardens looks old and worn, or is less than three inches deep, a re-mulching is in order. It’s not hard work, most jobs will only require a topdressing – about an inch or so. Before re-mulching, turn the old mulch with a rake to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach plant roots.

Add a Stone Walkway

Do you have a focal point or gathering spot in your yard? Lead the way there with a beautiful stone path. A quick, cheap DIY project for any homeowner, stone paths are a subtle addition sure to spice up any landscape. Make one leading to your pool, fire pit, patio, gazebo, bench, garden, or playground – the possibilities are endless!

Warm Things Up

Nothing says summertime like sitting around a bonfire with your friends and family. A metal fire pit can be bought at your local home improvement store for under $100, or you could make a DIY project out of it. Some awesome fire pits have been made out of stone, brick, and even tree stumps.

Planning any of these projects for your Connecticut home? Be sure to stop by Devine Bros. for all of your supplies! We are Fairfield County’s #1 provider of landscaping and masonry supplies, and all of our products are available for pickup or delivery. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, visit our website for more info, or call us at (203) 866-4421.

How to Clean Your Brick Patio: Step-By-Step Instructions

For those of us who are lucky enough to have a backyard patio, you know how much of a luxury they are. They provide a place to enjoy the warm weather and soak up the sun, and they can also add visual appeal to your landscaping.

Many homeowners prefer brick patios instead of concrete because they are a more attractive option. While it certainly does have its benefits, they do have a big downside: maintenance.

Keeping your brick patio looking like new takes a little bit of time, but it doesn’t have to take a whole lot of effort. Just clean it every two months using these step-by-step instructions.

  1. Remove all furniture from the patio.

  2. Eliminate all weeds growing in the cracks by pulling them from the base to ensure they don’t quickly grow back. If you can’t access the base of the weed, use a chemical weed killer.

  3. Sweep away all leaves, grass, dirt, and other loose debris.

  4. Using a stiff-bristled brush, remove any visible stains from the patio. You can use a one-part bleach to ten-parts water cleaning solution to do this.

  5. After scrubbing away your stains, rinse the patio with a garden hose and allow to dry.

  6. If there are still unsightly stains, head to your local hardware store and purchase a stain remover. Make sure to by the one specially made for your surface type: stone, brick, flagstone, pavers, etc.

  7. Consider applying a masonry-grade sealcoat to your patio to help preserve its look and durability for years to come.

Sometimes, years and years of no maintenance will lead to the premature deterioration of your patio. If this happens to you, there is no amount of cleaning that will restore its brand-new look; your only option is to reinstall it. If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut or the surrounding area and are looking for high-quality masonry supplies at a reasonable price, look no further than Devine Bros. We have a wide variety of masonry and landscaping products available for pickup and delivery – visit our website to view our inventory or call us at (203) 866-4421.