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Comparing Stone Pavers vs. Concrete Pavers for Patios & Walkways

Comparing Stone Pavers vs. Concrete Pavers for Patios & Walkways

Making the choice to expand your outdoor living space is an exciting one, especially when you choose to add on a new custom patio and/or walkways in your yard. Investing in hardscaping is a big decision, and you want to ensure you pick materials that will last a long time and can be enjoyed for years to come. Patios are a popular choice among our clients, especially since they consistently provide a solid return on investment when they resell the property.

At Wingate Landscape, our hardscape contractors use a wide variety of durable materials to construct new patios and walkways in Gardiner, Waterville, Augusta, and surrounding areas of Maine. Learn about the benefits of concrete pavers and stone pavers in this handy guide.


Stone pavers offer limitless options but do tend to cost more.

Stone paver walkway at a Augusta, ME home.

While stone pavers do cost more than concrete pavers, they offer limitless options for color, size, and shape. Our expert hardscapers can use any type of stone for your patio or walkway, including:

  • Cobblestone
  • Cottage ledge stone
  • Federal stone
  • Hollandstone
  • Slate
  • Flagstone
  • Tumbled bluestone
  • Quarry stone

When you opt for natural stone, you are getting a patio that looks like it could have always been there. Stone will last forever and is made to withstand the long, harsh winters we often get here in Maine. Installing a stone patio will take more labor and time, as the pieces of stone do not come pre-cut and will need to be adjusted to fit the...

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Hydroseeding vs Sod Installation in Maine

Hydroseeding vs Sod Installation in Maine

If you are in need of a new lawn, then you are probably looking around trying to figure out the best way to repair it. There are a few avenues you can take in this instance, such as overseeding, sod installation, or hydroseeding.

At Wingate Landscape, we offer both sod installation and hydroseeding, which involves spraying seed, fertilizer, and mulch onto the soil. These are both popular choices for residential and commercial properties in Augusta, Gardiner, Waterville, and the nearby communities in Maine. Learn which one may be the best for your individual property.


Price: Sod does cost more than hydroseeding.

Stacked sod ready to be installed near Augusta, ME.

Overall, sod has a higher cost due to the longer time to install it and the extra labor involved. With sod, you are also paying for grass that is already grown. You also have to buy sod by the pallet, which means you could end up purchasing more than you actually need for your property. Hydroseeding is done in one application and takes much less time to apply. Overall, hydroseeding can cost four times less than sod installation.


Time to New Lawn: Hydroseeding will take longer to establish itself.

Sod installation will give you an instant lawn, so if that instant look is important to you, you should opt for sod. However, if you are not prioritizing the instant lawn, then consider hydroseeding services. A hydroseeded lawn will take around 4-6 weeks to fully grow in although you may start to see new growth within the first seven days...

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