Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

AUG 2017

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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Fire Pit Building by Alli Rael & Andrew Soto Above At this residence in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Tyler Washburn of Out- back Landscape constructed this 4' diameter fire pit and surround- ing seating from Belgard 'Stone- gate Country Manor' retaining wall blocks. The cap for the gas fire feature is attached with retaining wall specific glue. O One practical way for landscape contractors to add warmth and inviting light to any landscape is to build a gas or wood-burning fire pit. These fire features are straightforward to build and can be purchased in pre-manufactured kits or be custom built on site. To get a sense of what is involved in building a fire pit, LC/ DBM talked to some professionals with hands-on experience. Determining Drainage Needs Working with four crewmembers, Jorge Castellanos, owner and lead contractor for New York landscaping firm Aztlan Outdoor Living, excavated 9'' down, graded the soil and installed a geotex - tile fabric liner. After this was completed, drainage was integrated into the foundation to channel stormwater away from the fire pit. According to the contractor, this is one of the most overlooked and critical steps. "Any contractor building a fire pit should plan for drainage and maintaining it," said Castellanos. "Every two to three years main - tenance has to be performed: ash and debris must be cleared from the joints around the pavers. This will prevent damage to the fire 30 LC DBM BEST PRACT ICES:

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