Paving and Landscaping Resources
The benefit to sealcoating goes beyond curbside appeal. It is part of the maintenance process and greatly impacts the life of your asphalt. Unavoidable elements of nature – such as oxygen, water, UV rays and freezing/thawing – naturally degrade your pavement. We recommend sealing every 2-3 years or 3-5 years depending on which sealer you use. All of our residential and commercial service estimates include the option of a Conventional Coal Tar Sealer or a Polymer Modified MasterSeal Asphalt Base Sealer. Their composition is different, which impacts the frequency in which they're applied.
Turf & Bed Maintenance
Do you know how often you should be cutting your lawn?
Do you wonder why your lawn doesn't look the same as others'?
Have you purchased and applied fertilizer and/or weed killer and aren't getting the results you expected?
What do you consider before picking out new garden plants?
Let us help you stop wasting time and effort on projects that don't turn out up as imagined. Contact us for a free estimate and glance at our articles to educate yourself further.
- Aeration – Lawn aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to alleviates soil compaction thus allowing air, water, and nutrients to better penetrate the grassroots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
- Bed Edging – Creating a distinctive border around planting beds that may extend above or below the soil's surface. This is often performed aesthetic reasoning, however, there are functional conveniences to having your planting beds separated when lawn mowing, performing turf or bed applications, etc.
- De-thatching – The mechanical removal of dead turfgrass. The buildup of excess thatch or heavy organic debris under the grass surface can impact the long-term health of your grass by starving the roots from essential elements such as air, water, and nutrients.
- Duocide – A lawn treatment typically used for grub management.
- Hardscape – man-made structures incorporated into a landscape such as walkways, retaining walls, patios, pavement, etc
- Pre-emergent – A lawn care product intended to eliminate weeds before the signs of growth. Products are not non-discriminatory, that is, they target some but not all species. A common use would be an early use crabgrass pre-emergent, applied before the weeds are showing.
- Slit Seeding – A method of lawn seeding that mechanically inserts a seed under the lawn surface to place the seed directly in contact with the soil as opposed to merely dispersing the seeds throughout the lawn on its surface. It is an effective means to germinate a new lawn or to renew your existing lawn or and improve its density without having to remove the existing sod.
- Softscape – A process that focuses on adding and maintaining plants, trees, flowers, and shrubbery to the surrounding area of the building.
- Alligator Cracking – Cracking in asphalt surface that resembles the belly of an alligator. Alligator cracking begins on the bottom of the pavement and is the result of deflection or bending of the pavement under wheel load or failure in the sub-grade.
- Oil Spot Primer – A product that can be used on areas of asphalt with hard-to-clean oil spots in preparation for seal coating.
- Skin Patch – A repair option for when an area of asphalt is showing signs of deterioration but the underlying foundation is structurally sound.
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Products & Technical Specs
Here are some of the products and materials we commonly use. Click the name for product details and Tech Spec for more technical data:
- Polymer-Modified MasterSeal Asphalt Based Pavement Sealer – Better Sealer Option (more years between applications) (Tech Spec)
- Conventional Coal Tar Pavement Sealer – Good Sealer Option (Tech Spec)
- CrackMaster 3405 Crack Filler – Hot Rubberized Crack Sealant (Tech Spec)
- FASS-DRI Sealer Additive – Occasional Option, Facilitates Faster Drytime (Tech Spec)
- Liquid Road – Occasional Parking Lot Option (Tech Spec)
- ColorPave HD Tint – Colorant Tech Spec)
If you’re looking for asphalt repair product information, helpful tips, interesting articles, or just more service information, then you’ve come to the right place. Our helpful FAQ’s give customers the answers they need for the projects they want—but if that doesn’t work, then contact JR Boehlke to speak directly with an associate to get the answers you need.
YES. We provide free estimates for all of the services we offer.
Typically every 2-3 years, although now we offer a second sealer option which can extend this to every 3-5 years. We advise re-sealing when about 60% of the aggregate has worn of. Waiting until there is little to now signs of sealer left means it has been more subject to nature's elements, while resealing every year typically isn't necessary and it may lead to flaking and chipping of the sealer.
You should be able to walk on your driveway in 8 hours, but please wait a minimum of 24 hours — ideally 48 hours or longer– to drive on it. Weather conditions and sun exposure/tree coverage makes the dry time of every driveway vary. It may appear ready to drive on but that doesn't mean its ready for the friction of your tires. Additional tips to care for your newly sealed driveway: be especially cautious when driving on it with your lawnmower; the ability for a lawn mower to turn in a tight radius causes a much greater amount of friction that driving in a straight line. Also, we also advise you not to pivot your vehicle tires when stationary.
If you have a neighbor that is interested in having their driveways all sealed at once, we'll gladly propose a group rate. We must factor our trip, labor, and material costs into each job – so our main stipulations is that everyone must have the work done on the same day, and we insist on collective billing (separate checks OK) for large parties so we are not tracking each resident down.
I don't know if I should install a concrete or asphalt driveway – what are the pros and cons to each?
Each comes with its advantages and disdavantages, plus you must consider your budget. We understand the demand for both in our industry, however we favor moreso towards asphalt due to its cost effectiveness, ability to do smaller repairs, and the climate in which we live. Click here to see an article that elaborates on the pros and cons.
When alligator cracking appears it means water has penetrated the subgrade layer and the pavement is no longer as supportive of the weight of traffic. It is a sign of advanced pavement deteriotation which requires pavement reconstriction to truly fix. There are products on the market to repair such cracks, but we've concluded that the material is not flexible enough as it dries too hard and cracks.
Unless it's close to new, no. The sealer itself can appear uniform when newly applied on a driveway in good condition. But as your driveway degrades and cracks begin to form, crack filler may be used – which does not blend in with the sealer. Crack filler is designed to expand and contract with temperature fluctuations so it would not be appropriate to try filling cracks with the same product we seal with. The better you maintain your driveway, the slower it will deteriorate, and longer it will keep up both its function and appearance.
Depends on if you have fairly uniform covereage and just desire to maintain and freshen up the appearance of the beds, or if beds have little to no coverage left. To determine the area of your beds, you can do a precise measurement or guesstimate your stride and pace out the length and width of each bed, multiplying the length by width to get the area (sq ft). Use your judgement on if you need to deduct a percentage based on what you have in your beds since wide tree trunks will take up more space than many plants and bushes.
What's the difference between the mulches you offer?
Answer: For starters, the mixed hardwood and premium hemlock are natural mulches, where as an enviro mulch is synthetic. Natural mulches have numerous benefits which you can read about here. Our mixed hardwood is about 80% oak, which greys out fairly quick with sun exposure. Our premium hemlock has a rich color that lasts much longer. We prefer natural mulch, however we understand the desires of some of our customers and make chocolate (dark brown) enviro available to them. Mostly people want it because it is affordable and they want their beds to stand out. Since enviro mulches are processed, they do not naturally degrade. This initially would be appealing to some but really it has it's complications. Enviro mulch doesn't maintain it's dye/color year after year, so homeowners continue mulching to keep it looking fresh. So with a typically base of 2-3" coverage, even if you only an inch annually to have that appeal — you would eventually have the strenuous task of removing old mulch so you didn't have 10" of mulch built up. Also, it doesn't function as well as a weed barrier as a natural mulch would, nor does it fulfill many of the other benefits of a natural mulch.
Our pest control applications can be extremely effective but can not be expected to last the whole season for a variety of factors. In essence, the way the product works is by leaving a small amount of residue on the surfaces we apply it to (and we apply it to near everything in sight). When a mosquito or other pest that it can target lands in contact with this residue, the product will have its impact. Over time, elements such as rain will decrease or eliminate the residue, however the pests continue breeding, sometimes rapidly. Unless we have substantial rainfall, you should notice its impact for the first 3 weeks or so. We don't book the service too in advance so we can watch the forecast and find an optimal day to provide you the best results. For those who have nearby water sources and attract mosquitoes much of the summer, 3 spread out applications should provide decent seasonal maintenance and we can adjust the timeframe to factor any events you want the greatest effectiveness during.
To avoid the product wearing off (rain, etc) before the big day, you don't want it too early in advance. However, if we do it the morning of/night before — the mosquitoes haven't had much of an opportunity to be in contact with the product. Because of this, we typically shoot for a 3-7 day window before an event to have its greatest impact on the population of those pests.