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How to hardscape?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by CROCODILE, Oct 28, 2006.


    CROCODILE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Hello folks,

    I am very interested in learning about the techniques on hardscaping, such as proper retaining wall builds. Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to learn about this? Are there any books that someone can recommend to me?

    I appreciate positive feedback:)
  2. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Take some courses... or work with someone who has experience and learn. (thats probably the answer most would give)

    In my case... I educated myself with as much research as I could. Theres a lot of material on how to's and do it yourselves on the internet. Thats where I first started. Followed that up with a few books and magazines fromthe local book store. Realised the construction techniques were very similar, but like most things, change slightly over the years. So what your read publshed recently, will very slightly from something published in the mid 90's. But the basics are still the same.

    Do a small project. Something in your own yard or for a family member. Take some courses when you can, they offer a lot of good technical info. Attend some seminars. If you know someone who does hardscaping, ask if you tag along on a job or two. Even offer to help if you can.

    These were some of things that worked for me, and I'm still learning every job we do. Its a continous process.
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Check with your local suppliers. Sometimes manufacturers will give courses at their locations, or have info on others. :)
  4. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Yes, good suggsetion. Many suppliers offer manufacturer sponsored courses. Now is a good time to find and attend theses courses. You'll find a lot of classes are held between Nov and June, during the "off season". Same with landscape/hardscape/ shows at local convention centers.

    Start with a call to your local suppliers, give them a call and ask if their having any hardscape classes coming up.

    Great idea, paponte
  5. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    1. ICPA.org

    2. Versa-lok.com

    3. uni-lock.com

  6. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association??

    I think he meant ICPI.org
  7. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    Yup, Your right! Not sure how Iput the A in there.


    Thanks for catching that.


    CROCODILE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Thanks guys.
    I appreciate the advice. I will be sure to pursue your suggestions. I respect the people that do this sort of thing, and would like to get involved, but only after some training.

    thanks again,

  9. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Goto the National Hardscapes trade show in TN in March nect year. Look it up on www.pavetech.com

  10. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Every one here just posted sincere quality information. I respect you for being honest and wish you luck. We are used to people bidding or obtaining a hardscape job then asking us how to do it and what to charge.

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