SAND

Green Century Services have a wide range of Sands for Landscaping and Gardening.

Whatever your need, we’ve got a sand to match.

 ABOUT SAND 

 

 

Sand is a great natural landscaping material. Different types of sand are used for different reasons. Playground sand, for instance, is (obviously) good for sandboxes, but also volleyball pits and beach themed landscapes. On the other hand, other types of sand can be useful for household construction projects. Mortar sand, for instance, can be used to place between pavers to create a decorative patio.

Sand is often used as excellent landscaping alternatives to create something different while still maintaining a balance of beauty and sophistication. From rock gardens to gravel-based walkways, there are plenty of creative ideas that can come from gravel and sand.

 

 DO-IT-YOURSELF INSTALLATION  

 

The process of placing the sand also requires attention to detail. Pour the sand onto the pavers and sweep it into the joints. Using a broom handle or some other blunt object, tap on the pavers. This will cause the sand to consolidate. Sweep more sand into the joints until the sand is within 1/8” of the top of the pavers. You don’t want the sand to be even with the top of the paver, especially if the top of the pavers has a bevel. If the paver is beveled the sand should be even with the bottom of the bevel. Using a small broom or brush carefully sweep all sand off the pavers. If you have access to a leaf blower, adjust to the lowest setting, hold the blower about waist high and blow excess dust from the pavers. Be careful that no one is standing immediately downwind. Once ALL dust has been removed, you are ready to spray water.

 

MAINTENANCE  

 

When adding sand to your landscape, there are some special considerations to keep in mind. Plants don’t often thrive in soil once you add sand. If you’re still planning on having trees, flowers or vegetable gardens then you’ll probably need to keep them in a separate area of your yard. Adding a border around your sand garden to help keep it in place could also be a solution. As far as borders go, there are plenty of options also, you could use anything from rock to concrete, pavers or brick.

If you are incorporating a beach theme along with an actual body of water then obviously, you’ll also need to plan how to keep the sand away from the water to keep it clean. The most common choice, in this case, is to add a large deck or patio to separate the sand from the water feature/pool. If you’re starting from scratch then you’ll want to install the pool or water feature before bringing in the sand. Another good idea is to create a sloping grade that leads out to the water. This will make it easier to create a relaxing space to lay out near the water.

 

Types of Sand

Masonry A Washed White Sand

Used in playground areas and volleyball courts.

Masonry An Opaque Tan Color Sand

Great for pavers and wet spots.
Also used for brick mortar.

Sharp Sand

Also, know as concrete sand.
Meets ASTM C33 Fine Aggregate Specification
A sharp feel to the sand. A larger sand granule that allows moisture to percolate faster through the soil.
Used for drainage.

Bank Sand

Basic sand that has a yellowish color to it.
Used for fill material or to build a base under concrete.
No nutritional value.

Fill Sand

Clay that has been pulled from a sand pit.
Sizes of the clay will vary from a clod the size of a softball to a clod as big as a basketball.

Most common usage is to vibrate clay down with a vibratory compactor or a dozer to build a clay base pad before laying concrete or adding road base material.

Is the most cost-effective method of filling up large holes

Some Sand Installations