Category: Landscaping Tips

What to Do with White Residue on Pavers

A common problem that often arises with newly installed pavers is the appearance of a white haze that won’t seem to come off. The most likely cause of this is a naturally occurring phenomenon called efflorescence.  What is Efflorescence? Efflorescence occurs when water-soluble salts within concrete migrate to the surface and react with carbon dioxide […]

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Gearing Up Garrow Park for the Summer Games with Durahold

From July 28 to August 12, 2017, Canadians will be visiting Kenora’s Rowing Club to watch one of the big events of the 2017 Canada Summer Games – the rowing event. In preparation for this event, the City of Kenora was tasked with creating a new functional space along the hillside bank of Garrow Park. […]

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Five Backyard Ideas to Improve Your Spaces at Home

Terra Nova offers a wood like appearance, but it is actually concrete tile. Terra Nova is cast using 40 different cuts of wood. Backyard Landscaping Ideas The best backyards are multifunctional extensions of the home. They provide a space to unplug, entertain and play. Unfortunately, most backyards are woefully underutilized, especially when considering that the […]

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From the Ground Up

A big change was required to give this back yard in Winnipeg a dramatic transformation. Silver Stone Landscaping, the contractor tasked with this project, installed this in May of this year. Instead of installing one large patio, the yard was divided into four distinct zones, including a putting green, fire pit area, raised patio and a place to […]

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Back to Square One with Cube Planters

With the long, harsh winters and blistering hot summers, large shopping malls are a big part of urban shopping in Canada, making it hard to believe that malls have only now become popular in the past forty years. Landscape architects are looking for the right sustainable product that connects modern interior and exterior spaces, and […]

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Hidden Gem of Saskatchewan

Rock Solid Landscaping is a contractor in Estevan who uses Barkman products exclusively. We’ve had a relationship with them right from the time that they started their business approximately ten years ago and have done what we can to help develop and support their growth through the years. Rock Solid has done some great work in the Estevan area, including multiple […]

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Representing Outcropping and Kodah in Edmonton

“The introduction of Rosetta Kodah to the retaining wall family at Barkman could not have come at a better tiime,” according to Gary with M.D. Lawn Care & Landscaping Ltd. Gary has been installing retaining walls for Landmark townhome projects in the Greater Edmonton area for years, initially using Pisa2 and RomanPisa, then as recently as two years ago, the Landscape Architect […]

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Summer Student Builds Fireplace Kit

This summer I, JayZ, a summer student here at Barkman Concrete, was given a challenge to build a Compact Fireplace. At first, I did not think I would be able to build it because of my total lack of construction skills, but after some reassurances and encouragement, I decided to give it a go.  Now, […]

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Spotlight: Forest Retreat

Some of the most dazzling backyards in the prairies can be found down dirt roads, hidden from view in groves of birch or pine. This poolside patio, installed last summer, is a prime example. Barkman Concrete has profiled this location before, but with a space like this, it’s worth going into a bit more depth. Terra Nova slabs, laid in a […]

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Rosetta Outcropping Showcased at Banff National Park

Located approximately 45 minutes west of Canmore, along the Trans-Canada highway, you will find a small rest area where travelers can stop to take in all the sights and sounds that Banff National Park has to offer. At this particular rest area, you will find a unique layout of paths and information posts that wind […]

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