We’re really excited to be providing this new segment to our already outstanding content offerings for the landscaping industry. To kick off the launch of Greening we’re offering you the chance to win over $1,000 in Pave Tech tools. And all we need from you? Three ideas.

The challenge is this: submit three (or more) ideas of ways that hardscapers could be more green when installing their projects. The ideas can relate to conservation of resources, the use of different tools, different techniques, material choices, whatever. The end result should be that if a project is installed using your ideas, it’ll be better for the environment and as good as an “un-green” installation. Added consideration will be given to those ideas that have been well developed, including data supporting an idea, estimations of the change in environmental impact as well as economic impact on the company building the hardscape.

We define hardscapes as non-plant elements in the landscape, including those things that are constructed from stone, brick or wood. Examples include (but are not limited to) patios, walkways, driveways, retaining walls, pergolas, arbors, water features, outdoor kitchens and built-in grills.

To submit your entry for the contest, send a private message via the Ground Trades Xchange forums to Stonehenge (Jeff Pozniak). You can also submit your entry via email to Jeff@GroundTradesXchange.com. However, you must be a registered member of our forums to be considered for the final drawing. But don’t sweat it; becoming a member is free. Registration takes about 150 seconds.

This Green Ideas = Free Tools promotion and contest will begin today and run through April 30th. At the close of the contest our panel will judge each entry to determine which presented the most developed, feasible and impactful ideas for building green hardscapes.

The winner will receive the following from Pave Tech:

The Paver Adjuster. We use this tool in our own operations. Just slip the narrow tooth into the seam between pavers where the bond lines aren’t straight and apply a little prying pressure to scoot pavers into alignment.

The Base Rake. A wide business end and tough construction designed to push and pull heavy crushed stone in preparation for pavers or block.

The Paver Extractor. Ever tried to remove pavers after they’ve been swept in and compacted? Ever broken the heads off of flat head screwdrivers? The paver extractor is specifically designed to remove pavers from the middle of a patio. Just tap the teeth into the seams around the paver you want to remove, squeeze the handles together and pull up. Slick as snot.

The Sand Pull. Looks like a concrete float, acts like a screed board. The Sand Pull is designed to allow you to pull larger amount of sand from your base prep while standing, reducing the labor needed for installation and possibly saving someone’s back in the process.

The Screed Board Pro. Lightweight and easy to handle, this magnesium screed board won’t flex while screeding, improving the quality of your base prep. Also, it’s durability means you won’t be buying another long screed board for awhile. And it won’t get twisted out of shape if you leave it out in the rain.

The String Along. Makes quick work of setting string elevations for your hardscape projects.

The Paver Pounder. A twist on the traditional hand tamper, with the Paver Pounder you place the head of the tamper on the stone or soil where you want to compact, then use the handle on the weighted inner sleeve to provide the force for compaction. No more snapped tamper corners because you struck the ground at an odd angle.

The Paver Broom. A sturdy bristle broom with reinforced brackets and a 24″ width to make sweeping in paver sand and cleaning up a breeze.

The Paver Square. You know about the Pythagoras’ Theorem and how a triangle with sides of unit length 3,4 and 5 nets you a right triangle. But in practice, when laying out a chalk line for the paver patio or drive you’re about to lay, it’s nearly impossible to get it perfect. With the Paver Square, 4 seconds and you have a perfect right triangle to use to check square, snap chalk lines, whatever. This is a time saver and will also improve the quality of your installs by improving your bond line consistency.

That’s nine cool tools to help you make better quality hardscapes, faster. And all you have to do is give us three good ideas to make hardscapes greener.

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