Bi-State Landscape Landscape Supply

April 12, 2012

Bi-State Hosting Ladies Party!!!

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WINE & CHEESE EVENT

Sat. April 21st

2-7PM

AT:

Bi-State Landscape Supply

3112 Pleasant View Dr.

High Ridge, MO 63049

WINE TASTING-By Barrens Winery

L IVE MUSIC-By Tracey & Red

NECK & SHOULDER MASSAGES-By Prism Touch

Goodie Bags to the first 200 Ladies

Portion of sales going to benefit:

Jefferson County Library Foundation

August 11, 2011

Attended Snow Magazine’s Snow & Ice Management Seminar Series

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Cardinal Lawn & Landscape Inc. is our lawn service, property maintenance and snow removal division.

Bill Richardet of Cardinal Lawn & Landscape Inc. attended Snow Magazine’s Snow & Ice Management Seminar Series in Chicago, IL on July 19th. The seminar featured comprehensive information on how to manage every aspect of owning and operating a snow and ice removal operation from pricing to plowing. Topics included pricing jobs, growing your business, deicing, insurance, and contracts. Bill learned how to improve operational efficiencies – routing, hiring, dispatching and working with subcontractors and using the latest technology to his advantage. He is now able to apply what he has learned and raise the quality and effectiveness of his snow and ice management services. Cardinal Lawn & Landscape Inc. has been in the snow removal business for 4 years.

To learn more about Cardinal Lawn’s snow removal services please visit www.bi-stateservices.com/cardinalhtml or call 314-608-2630. Cardinal Lawn is located at 3112 Pleasant View Dr., High Ridge

Now Selling Propane

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Bi-State Landscape Supply Inc. is now in the business of selling propane. They can refill your tanks from your barbecue grill, boat, RV etc. Filling is quick and easy onsite at their High Ridge location. Hours are seasonal so please call or check their website for up to date hours of operation.

Employees at Bi-State Landscape Supply Inc. have been certified by the Missouri Propane Gas Commission after completing a training program. The training program included an on site instructor, curriculum based on PERC’s Certified Employee Training Program, written exam and hands on training. The curriculum covered state rules and regulations on handling liquefied petroleum gases. It is a nationally recognized program by the National Propane Gas Association. Attendees had to score a 75% or higher to pass the written exam. To stay certified employees will need to retrain every 3 years. Fire extinguisher techniques are taught annually and to all new hires.

To learn more about propane refilling please call 636-677-3677. Bi-State is located at 3112 Pleasant View Dr., High Ridge.

January 18, 2011

Landscape Design with Natural Stone

Filed under: Landscape Design — Tags: , , , — lindsay @ 3:58 pm

OK!  Having set the radio to your favorite radio station (KDHX.org) and tossing a coupla more pieces of firewood in the fireplace and a steaming cup of tea at hand, lets now take our landscape design to the next level. 

Deciding on bed border material several things need to be considered.  What will compliment the existing home, building, landscaping.  If the home or building is of natural stone veneer or has an actual stone foundation, then a similar type of stone would compliment existing.  Is the existing stone “native” to the area?  If so, maybe stick with that theme.  Natural stone, while a bit more challenging than manmade blocks to install in some ways they are also more forgiving in the “natural look” via your personal touch. Laying natural stone in a wall, patio or walkway is like handwriting, everyones efforts will render a diffinitive result.  Kinda cool when you get down to it.

If height is not needed then bed definition can be achieved with natural stone edging.  Typically this edging stone comes in pieces 4” thick and 8″ to 10″ in length.  Most often they are tumbled to give them that worn, “old” affect.  Examples of these would be Blue River, Cedar Ridge, Wind River, Stoneybrook, Confederate Gray tumbled edgers.  Some natural stone wall building material can be very irregular and “natural” in shape.  This type is referred to as natural drywall.  Examples of this type would be Blue River,Cedar Ridge, Fon du Lac, Indian Creek natural wall.  When this same natural stone is more consistent in thickness (usually 3″-4″) and has been cut to a certain width (usually 8”) with random lengths then this type is referred to as (the name of the stone) 8″ drywall.  The 8″ drywall variety is easier to install for a homeowner as it has more consistencies.  There are also lots of flat, easy to stack wall stone ( Apache, Old English, Weathered fieldstone, Tumbled Sandalwood, Tumbled Buckskin) to name a few.  With the variety and colors available you can design a very personal, distinguished look. 

All the above mentioned natural stones can be dry stacked (no mortar) up to 2′ without any adverse effects especially if the bed is back-filled as the wall is being dry stacked.  On back-filling I recommend a thick landscape fabric be installed on the backside (bedside) of the wall along w/ some 1″ clean limestone rock or equivalent for drainage.  With 12″ of drainage rock and the thick landscape fabric between the soil and the back of the wall this will eliminate any soil from permeating through the natural stone and defacing the front of your wall. 

Most all these natural stone choices can be complimented by choosing step material of the same type should steps be a part of your landscape design.
A Natural stone wall can enhance your home and your living experience with its timeless character and natural beauty.

Next time we’ll explore the assets of manmade blocks.

Natural Stone Wall with Backfill

Natural Stone Wall with Backfill

January 6, 2011

Spring Gardening and Landscape Projects

The fullness of winter is upon us all.  It’s a great time to plan for spring gardening and landscape projects and put your landscape and gardening ideas to paper.  It’s also a great tonic for these long winter evenings to draw out landscape bed designs, select wall building materials (man made blocks or natural stone), and to research and select plant materials.  List the type of soil prep (soil amendments) to assure plant stability and growth.  On a sunny day measure out the areas you have in mind for change.  Record the measurements and do a “rough sketch” of your idea, all on paper.  Once back inside and after throwing another couple of pieces of firewood on the fire, sit down with your notes and measurements, elaborating on your rough sketch with a more realistic design using the actual measurements.  Remember to think not only of your use for these areas right now but also how these property improvements will work with future plans for your property. 

Some questions to ask yourself:

What bed border compliments your house decor? 

Will you be installing the bed border or wall yourself or will you hire a contractor?

Do you have a local landscape materials company that offers instruction for installation?

What are your capabilities for assuming the project on your own?

Project knowledge?  Time?  Tools?  Desire?
Whether you choose a local reputable contractor to work with you or you decide this is something you could enjoy doing yourself…. it’s your project, at your house, so you can certainly be a part of the project to whatever degree you choose.
Design the bed to accomodate your area. Give the wall or bed border character by incorporating curves into your design.  Perhaps design the area so that it has to be experienced (walked through) to appreaciate its entirety. 

Some things to consider:

 Would a water feature or fountain be a welcome addition to the design? 

 Installing an electrical outlet at that area would be advised.  If low voltage lighting is a part of the plan then again provide electrical access in your design.  Conduits strategically placed now can save dollars in the future by providing an easy to get to, hidden access, incorporated in your design now. 

 Will gutter downspouts also be hidden in the design and does your design take into consideration for proper drainage away from your house? 

Will the newly designed area need irrrigation?  Automatic (more expensive) or drip system (more manual)? 

Again providing access to these features now in the planning stage can save big bucks down the road as an “after thought” once into the project.
Next time we’ll talk about the virtues of both manmade landscape blocks as well as natural stone to help in your property improvement project.

July 29, 2010

Bagged Products Sale…

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We’re having a sale on most of our bagged products. Check out the good deals on our Sales/Special page.

July 7, 2010

Difference Between Masonry Sand and Sharp Sand and How They Can Be Used

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This time of year people are furiously working to get their pools open for some relief from the hot and humid weather which plagues the midwest in the summer months. 
above ground pool pic
Therefore we start to get lots of questions like,

 ”What’s the difference between masonry sand and sharp sand?” and “What can they be used for?”

Both excellent questions and easily answered.

Masonry sand is very fine, smooth and screened which results in a very workable product.  The most common uses for masonry sand is for the underlayment of above ground pools, bricklaying and for children’s sand boxes.  For this reason it is sometimes reffered to as pool sand or play sand.  It is typically white or a light golden tan in color. 

For a pool application here is a great estimated sand volume table to help you figure out how much you will need.

Sharp sand is made of angled rocks.  You can use it as a soil amendment for it’s percolation qualities.  It should be used sparingly, most commonly on a 6 to 1 ratio depending on the plant and soil types.  Sharp sand is usually a deep brown in color.

May 13, 2010

What Are the Benefits of Mulch & How Much Mulch Do I Need?

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Mulching has many benefits for your plants & trees.  It helps in many ways to maintain healthy landscaping plants.  When applied properly, it can be very beneficial to both your landscaping and the soil in the following ways:

  • Mulches prevent water loss from the soil by evaporation.
  • Mulches reduce the growth of weeds, when the mulch material itself is weed-free and applied deeply enough to prevent weed germination or to smother existing weeds.
  • Mulches maintain a more even soil temperature by keeping the soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
  • Mulches help prevent erosion and keeps soil-borne diseases from splashing up onto the plants.
  • Organic mulches can improve the soil structure. As the mulch decays, the material becomes topsoil. Decaying mulch also adds nutrients to the soil.
  • Mulches improve the absorption and movement of water into the soil thereby preventing crusting of the soil surface.
  • Mulches prevent the trunks of trees and shrubs from damage by lawn equipment.
  • Mulches help prevent soil compaction.
  • Mulches can add to the beauty of your landscape by providing a cover of uniform color and interesting texture to the surface.
  • Mulched plants have more roots than plants that are not mulched, because mulched plants will produce additional roots in the mulch that surrounds them.

How Much Mulch Should You Apply?

Weather you are top dressing an existing bed or creating a new bed, an application of 4” should do the trick. 

How Many Feet Does 1 Cubic Yard Cover?
Cubic Yard to Square Feet Conversion Chart

 
 

 

 

How Many 2 Cubic Feet Bags Do You Need?bags of Mulch to Square Feet Conversion Chart3

April 29, 2010

Giving Back…

Bi-State likes to give back in multiple ways to the community which has supported us for the past several decades.

We accomplish this by sponsoring or donating time and/or materials to local charities, events, fundraisers, projects etc.  We are approached regularly by groups and individuals looking for a company that is interested in being involved in the community.  Most of these are located in High Ridge, House Springs, Fenton, and Cedar Hill but not all. 

Currently on staff we have a memeber of the High Ridge Rotary Club as well as a board member for the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.  They are on the scholarship committee for both which award multiple scholarships each to local seniors looking to continue their education.  These two entities do numerous community works throughout the year including but not limited to food drives, health fair, career day at Northwest High School , and scholarships for high school seniors.  Rotary is an international club which is known for it’s goal of eradicating polio worldwide via vaccinations.

We feel strongly that Jefferson County Missouri is a wonderful place to work and live and strive to help further the development of the area in any way that we can.  We look forward to other opportunities in which we can serve our community.

April 15, 2010

What is Mushroom Compost and When Should You Use It?

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What exactly is Mushroom Compost Anyway?

Mushroom Compost is a high powered organic fertilizer comprised of chicken litter, straw, horse bedding, Canadian peat moss and cocoa beans. It is a sterilized useful by-product of the mushroom farming.  Thus, you do not need to worry about contaminating your flower beds with foreign weeds, bacteria or pests.

When & How do I use Mushroom Compost?

If you are planning a perennial or annual bed and especially a vegetable garden then mushroom compost  is for you. It will improve the structure of the clay soils which are so prevalent here in Jefferson County. You can integrate it into the soil before planting or use it to top dress your plants. Due to the high concentration of mushroom compost you do not want to plant directly into it. Instead, you should spread the mushroom compost at least 2 inches thick and then till it into the existing soil (we recommend pulverized topsoil) about six inches deep..

Mushroom compost is beneficial to your soil by improving drainage and enriching the soil with microbials. It is a great fertilizer providing nutrients to your plants. What flower bed, vegetable garden or new lawn couldn’t benefit from mushhroom compost? None that I can think of.  We usually only have to sell mushrrom compost once…after that it sells itself.

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