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Farmington, CT Interlocking Retaining Walls including Steps & Pavers & Landscaping

With a sloping front yard a creative way to transition an elevation change is with a terraced wall system.  Here the Rinox interlocking concrete wall system has been used for the wall structure.  Six foot granite steps are used in this example for the steps leading from the driveway to the front walkway.  An advantage to the granite steps is that they are one solid piece of stone.  They are not slippery like a granite counter would be which is a common question.  Rather than a polished finish they have a very natural finish.  The best way to see what that is would be to come by the displays on Route 5 in South Windsor to see the comprehensive displays at Birch Mountain Earthworks, LLC.

The walkway in this example is constructed with Interlocking Concrete Pavers.  A big advantage with the pavers is that they can move with frost action during a freeze – thaw cycle.  Unlike poured concrete that often will crack and break apart under the same type of conditions.

Finishing the landscape is the plantings, topsoil, mulch and lawn work.  On any landscape project, this part is what gives the finish look to the job.  The other advantage to the landscape component of the project is that it acts to stabilize the soil to help cut down on erosion as the new landscape is becoming established.

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Glastonbury, CT Stone Retaining Wall

One of the most popular styles of walls built today are natural stone boulder walls.  Structurally they are a superior design because of the physical mass of the boulders themselves.  Specialized equipment is used to bring them into the yard and create the example that is shown here at a home in Glastonbury, CT.  The walls are constructed with a set back.  What that means is that the walls are actually leaning back into the slope they are supporting.  This way, the weight of the wall itself is acting to help hold itself in place.

Birch Mountain Earthworks, LLC has extensive experience in boulder wall building.  Literally hundreds of tons of boulders are used every year to construct amazing stone walls throughout Connecticut.  Most of the walls constructed have been created with stone brought in from the large inventory of boulders at the Birch Mountain Earthworks, LLC materials yard located on Route 5 in South Windsor.  Some landscape projects do utilize stone that is already on site.  Often times if an addition is added to a house or a new inground pool is installed boulders are discovered and certainly can be used for this purpose.

It is important to mention that every wall is unique.  No two walls look alike.  The best way to get a feel for the stone is to visit a variety of projects.  In addition a trip over to the materials yard will show the large variety of stone that is used to construct the walls.

Complete yard renovation – Hartford, CT

Many landscape projects expand as they progress.  Other times it is obvious what needs to be done as a design is developed.  Within this project, when Daren first looked over the project many aspects of the landscape were considered.  First Daren went over the customer’s objectives with them.  Upon learning what was hoped to be accomplished a plan was laid out to meet those objectives.  The first order of business for an overhaul of this yard was tree pruning and removal.  Without allowing sufficient sunlight into the yard the new plantings and sod would not last too long.  Although some plants do well in shade it is limiting and the sod definitely needs sunlight.

One the tree work was done the next order of business was a clean up of the remaining debris and laying out the walkways and patio.  The hardscape of a project along with grading is the first logical component of the work.  Once these items are in place the stage is set for the planting beds as well as the new lawn areas for sod.  Although the yard looked amazing at this point, it was not comparable to what was about to come with all of the wonderful plantings that finish the landscape.

Laying out the plant materials is an exciting time for the landscape project.  It is the first time the home owner gets to see what the landscape is going to look like when it is complete.  It is at this point that the landscape comes alive.

The final touch for this project was the driveway.  With an apron of pavers up to the bluestone sidewalk you know to expect more than the average yard when you drive by this home.  The bulk of the driveway was dressed with a three quarter inch CT natural stone the customer picked out from the Birch Mountain Earthworks, LLC showroom.  The stone reminded the customer of stone they had seen while vacationing in Cape Cod, MA and they knew it was the perfect touch to complete their landscape.

South Windsor Pool & Poolscape Construction

With all projects it is important to establish the level of difficulty or practicality of doing a job.  Some yards may look like there is no hope of getting a usable area.  At this project we proved once again that with the right planning and design it is possible.


The first step to this project was bringing in several large truck loads of fill material and compacting each truck into place with a large vibratory roller.  Once the grade was established to a workable level, the pool was able to be dug.

With the structure of the pool in, the next part of the project was building massive boulder walls that support the pool and terrace the yard.  Next came working with the pool company to install the pool equipment and plumbing work along with an electrical contractor to power everything.

With a yard that once offered no usable space, next a trampoline and pool house were installed along with a huge patio, steps and a fire pit.  With all of the hardscape established, the part of the job to bring everything together came next.  With a tractor trailer load and more of plantings, shrubs, trees and perennials the yard was transformed from a construction site to a backyard paradise.  Finishing touches included sod and a comprehensive watering system for the sod and plantings to protect the investment that was made.

A visit to this amazing backyard has already inspired other customers to have Birch Mountain Earthworks, LLC create a backyard paradise for them!


Hello from owner Daren Rokicki!

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