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A Garden and Outdoor Patio Go Hand-in-hand

I love to garden, and when my family moved into a new home, I was very excited at the thought of getting to plan a brand-new garden! We moved to a completely different climate, so there was a learning curve to finding out which flowers and plants would thrive in the new location. Thankfully, the project was a success, but I realized that our family didn't get to enjoy the beauty of our garden without an outdoor living space to lounge on in the backyard. We soon found a local contractor with amazing ideas on how we could turn out yard into a beautiful, outdoor oasis. I enjoyed helping him plan and watching him build our new backyard patio, and I actually learned a lot during the process. I am eager to share what I have learned with others on my new blog!

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How To Easily Sealcoat Your Own Driveway

Although asphalt is hardy and should last you many years, it will start to show signs of wear after a while. Sealcoating will help to protect it longer from deterioration and give it a fresh look. Sealcoating your driveway can be easy as long as you take care to have all the necessary tools ahead of time and do things properly. You can follow the step-by-step instructions in this article to sealcoat your driveway yourself.

Gather the tools and supplies you will need:

  • A hose with a power nozzle
  • A broom
  • Putty knife
  • Squeegee
  • Old shoes
  • Old clothes
  • Gloves
  • A long stick
  • Asphalt cleaner
  • Asphalt sealer

Follow the instructions below to sealcoat your driveway:

Start by checking the weather forecast

You want to make sure you aren't expecting any rain in the next few days. You also want to make sure it's not going to be very cold or it can make the sealcoat harder to work with.

Prepare your driveway

Clean the driveway thoroughly before you apply the sealcoat. Completely remove any weeds close to the driveway. Sweep the driveway, and then give it a good rinsing with a hose with a high-powered nozzle. Use asphalt cleaner to remove any and all oil stains.

Apply the sealcoat

You don't have to wait for your driveway to dry before applying the sealcoat. Start the process by putting on your old clothes, shoes and the gloves. Take the buckets of sealcoat and stir it well with the stick.

Start in one corner of the driveway and pour a bit of the sealcoat directly on the driveway. Use the squeegee to paint the driveway with the sealcoat. You want to apply a thin layer, while making sure to cover the entire area. Continue by pouring more sealcoat to the area next to the one you have just finished and spread it out with the squeegee. Repeat these steps until you have finished with the entire driveway.

Be careful when you get to the edges, but make sure you sealcoat right up to the end of the driveway. If you need, you can use the putty knife to cut those tight areas.

Allow the sealer to dry. This generally takes half the day, depending on the weather conditions. Once it has dried, you want to repeat the process to apply a second coat.

You want to stay off the driveway for about a day to allow it to dry completely. You should consider roping off the area to avoid having anyone walk or drive on it before it dries. Contact Norwest to learn more about sealcoating.