Day: September 11, 2020

Why Use Pavers for Patios, Driveways and Walkways

Firmly Rooted Hardscaping Services

Pavers – an attractive and durable way to make your property stand out



Paver patios, walkways and driveways are a particularly great investment in New Hampshire. With a true four-season climate – five if you count mud season – pavers easily handle our freeze-thaw cycle. Pavers add both form and function to hard yard surfaces. Paver patios are beautiful and when properly installed, they last for years and years.


Firmly Rooted has served the Greater Manchester and Concord regions of New Hampshire for two decades and takes pride in being ICPI Certified Paver Builders. ICPI is the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. ICPI certification and designations are the industry’s recognized credentials that show a company’s professionalism and dedication to continuing the team’s education to be on the forefront of the hardscape industry. It is the industry’s way of acknowledging the many hours of education and experience we have at Firmly Rooted Landscaping.

As a result of this training and continuing education, the Firmly Rooted Landscaping team is thoroughly educated and experienced in paver installation best practices. Our ICPI certification also means you can count on us to obtain top-notch materials and to create sturdy, long-lasting installations.

We are authorized contractors for both Belgard and Cambridge, leading national companies with a wide range of high quality paver products that are aesthetically pleasing and highly durable. You can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are using a durable building material that will last a long time installed by educated and experienced paver contractors.

Why Are Pavers Such Great Building Blocks for Patios, Driveways and Walkways?

Some of the benefits of pavers include:

Lower cost of ownership:
Paver projects have a lower total cost of ownership than similar concrete projects. They do cost a little more up front, but they last longer and require much less maintenance than concrete.

Long lifetime:
Pavers stand up to harsh weather without costly repairs. The average paver patio lasts 30 years. Unlike concrete, paver projects are segmented, so even when there is an issue it means replacing a tile or two: no jackhammers required and noticeable repairs seams.

Incredible durability:
Pavers are much sturdier than most other patio, driveway and walkway materials. The average paver can withstand loads four times heavier than poured concrete. This is ideal if you plan to set up an outdoor dining space on your patio, especially if you have a grill. In the winter, you may want to use your patio for temporary storage, which also requires a high level of durability.

Pavers are seriously weather-resistant:
New Hampshire receives nearly 20% more precipitation than the national average, which causes many types of natural stone and concrete to fade, corrode, and crack over time. Weather changes cause asphalt driveways to heave and break apart. Therefore, local residents should only use yard surface materials that can withstand excessive rain and snow. The pavers that we use at Firmly Rooted Landscaping are made from corrosion-resistant materials, so you don’t have to worry that your investment will deteriorate with harsh weather.

Pavers have beautiful aesthetics:
Poured concrete is functional, but it’s not exactly pretty. You will have your patio, driveway and walkways for a long time, so it’s important to make sure you’ll enjoy looking at them. Paver surfaces add to property values. Do you want your outdoor space to just be functional, or do you want it to also be gorgeous and inviting? Our pavers come in a wide range of tones and colors. We can even help you choose the one that best compliments your property!

Pavers require minimal maintenance:
Any outdoor surface will require a yearly cleanup with a hose or power washer. Even pavers aren’t self-cleaning, but you won’t need to do much work to keep your patio, walkway or driveway looking nice. Their high level of durability means your maintenance is usually just an annual wash. In other words, you can just focus on enjoying your outdoor space!

Firmly Rooted Landscaping Install Paver Patios, Walkways and Driveways in New Hampshire

Paver patios are perfect for New Hampshire homeowners and businesses. Start enhancing your outdoor space today!


Irrigation Systems Help Eliminate Ticks

Irrigation Installation Services by Firmly Rooted

What is Lyme Disease (and What is it Doing in My Yard)?


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected ticks. The blacklegged tick (commonly called the deer tick),are prevalent in the northeastern states.


Ticks live in the grass and can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp. They are also particularly fond of attaching to pets. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.


Deer ticks are a major public health concern in New Hampshire. According to the NH Department of Health and Human Services, In 2019 the state had the 4th highest rate of Lyme disease in the nation.


What are Lyme Disease Symptoms?

Lyme disease symptoms include:

  • joint pain
  • swelling
  • meningitis (brain membrane swelling)
  • Bell’s Palsy (temporarily face paralysis on the right side)
  • muscle weakness

How Can I Prevent Lyme Disease?

You could just stay inside from April through December each year. But let’s be realistic – what’s the point of having a beautiful New Hampshire backyard if you never use it? As Lyme disease awareness has grown as has its reputation as a major public health hazard, more work has gone into prevention and treatment.

You’ll see signs on lawns about tick and mosquito control products. These types of products are only effective if they are regularly applied and can into account levels of moisture. At Firmly Rooted Landscaping, we can offer you a better alternative.


What is the BEST Lyme Disease Prevention?

We’re very pleased to offer a healthier and more seamless solution – AutoBugg. We combine our expertise in designing, installing and maintaining irrigation systems with AutoBugg, a fully automated system that sprinkles all-natural cedar oil into the irrigation system to effortlessly keep ticks and many other insects out of your yard. A tick-free lawn means no Lyme disease when enjoying your outdoor space.


Chris Champagne and Firmly Rooted Landscaping are AutoBugg’s New Hampshire exclusive irrigation specialists. Firmly Rooted Landscaping will add AutoBugg to your existing irrigation and install new irrigation systems with AutoBugg ready to go the first time the automatic timer turns on the water.


AutoBugg utilizes the cedar oil’s pesticidal properties to create a protective scent barrier around your home that will repel unwanted pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and mites. With repetitive applications and the proper coverage provided by your automatic irrigation system, the AutoBugg system provides a safe, all-natural way to rid your property of annoying and potentially dangerous insects.


Every time your irrigation system runs, AutoBugg sprays completely safe cedar oil onto your lawn, adding layer after layer of tick-repelling cedar oil goodness. 

AutoBugg is the best Lyme disease prevention solution because it:

  • Is completely safe
  • Repels the tick that carries the Lyme disease bacteria
  • Is automatic – no watering around your lawn with a sprayer on a near-daily basis!