Update Your Landscape: Unleash Creativity with Landscape Pavers.

Jacksonville, with its warm climate and coastal influences, provides an idyllic backdrop for outdoor living. But how do you make your garden truly stand out and, more importantly, reflect your personal style? Enter landscape pavers! These versatile beauties offer a palette of endless creativity for your garden, allowing homeowners to add functionality, flair, and a touch of artistry to their outdoor spaces.

Why Choose Landscape Pavers?

Before diving into the creative uses, let’s take a brief moment to appreciate why landscape pavers are the go-to choice for many Jacksonville homeowners:

  1. Durability: Pavers can withstand Florida’s unique climate, from its hot summers to its rainy seasons.
  2. Variety: Available in an array of colors, shapes, sizes, and materials, pavers are every landscaper's dream.
  3. Low Maintenance: With minimal upkeep, these stones retain their beauty for years.
  4. Flexibility: Pavers are adaptable to various design visions, from classic to contemporary.

Creative Uses of Landscape Pavers in Your Garden

Paver Pathways: Perhaps the most common use, but with a twist! Instead of a straightforward path, create a winding journey through your garden. Combine different shapes and sizes or intersperse with grass or ground cover for a mosaic look.

Paver Planters: Elevate your plants—literally. Construct raised plant beds using stacked pavers. It provides a unique visual dimension to your garden and helps with soil drainage, ensuring your plants stay healthy.

Artistic Mosaics: Why settle for plain when you can have art? Use colored pavers to create beautiful patterns or even depict a scene. This works exceptionally well for large patio areas or central garden spaces, turning them into conversation pieces.

Paver Benches: Create a paver seat bench with a back wall. Throw on some outdoor cushions, and you have the perfect spot for those tranquil Florida evenings.

Paver Driveways: A popular choice for homeowners who prioritize durability and aesthetics. They are made of interlocking bricks, making them incredibly sturdy and long-lasting. Moreover, pavers come in a wide range of colors, textures, and shapes, so you can customize your driveway to match the style of your home.

Lush Lawn Grids: Create modern, geometric grids by placing large square pavers with equal distances apart and letting grass grow between them. This design works especially well for contemporary homes, offering a neat yet vibrant lawn alternative.

Circular Patios: Round patios are gaining popularity and for a good reason. They offer a focal point, are aesthetically pleasing, and provide a gathering space. Use radial patterns with your pavers to accentuate the circle.

Paver Borders: Outline your garden beds with pavers to create clean, defined edges. It’s a simple addition but makes a world of difference in making your garden look organized and polished.

Tips for Unleashing Creativity with Pavers

  1. Mix and Match: Don't be afraid to combine different types of pavers. This can add depth, contrast, and intrigue to your design.
  2. Level Up: Play with levels. Raised areas, sunken lounges, or multi-tiered gardens can add depth and dynamism to your garden.
  3. Integrate Nature: Let moss grow between certain paver joints, integrate creeping plants, or use the pavers to frame existing trees.
  4. Light It Up: Embed LED lights within your paver structures. This not only enhances safety but also adds a magical ambiance during the evening.

At Earth Works, we pride ourselves on helping Jacksonville residents bring their garden visions to life with our expertise in landscape pavers. If you’re ready to revamp your garden, we’re just a call away! Let’s transform your outdoor space into a masterpiece of paver artistry.


Pavers and natural stone address backyard erosion problems with remarkable beauty.

🌿 Join Patty Sanders for a breathtaking backyard transformation. Watch as an unused space by the pool becomes a lagoon-style paradise, and discover the creative solutions for erosion control. Enjoy the artistry of Patty's team, including Tim, Mike, and Dylan, as they bring this project to life. Don't miss the stunning before-and-after shots that showcase the magic of outdoor makeovers!

Celebrate Fall the Florida way with this

"Tropical Fall" container blend!

Why envy regions with falling leaves when your garden can radiate with

these autumnal shades? The vibrant golds, oranges, reds, and purples from crotons, heliconias, and bromeliads showcase a uniquely Floridian Fall. And sure, sprinkle in some mums to infuse classic autumn charm into your display.

  1. Heliconia, also known as a false bird of paradise, enjoys full to partial sun. They rely solely on the hummingbird for pollination. They make excellent cut flowers.
  2. Croton Petra is known for its stunning foliage, which features bright, bold colors in shades of yellow, red, orange, and green. Easy care.
  3. Bromeliad is in the same family as the pineapple! They are known for their long-lasting, vibrant blooms. They make a lovely, colorful houseplant as well.
  4. Creeping Jenny Lysimachia nummularia is the perfect spiller for containers and hanging baskets. It also "creeps" and makes an excellent ground cover.
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The skinny on soil pH

Did you know that pH stands for "potential hydrogen," one of the most critical factors affecting your plants' health? All soil falls on the pH scale, which monitors the concentration of hydrogen ions and ranges from zero to fourteen. Soil with a pH level below seven is acidic soil, while soil pH levels above seven indicate alkaline soil.

Most garden plants require neutral or

slightly acidic soil.

0-6 on pH scale:

In soil that leans too heavily toward an acidic pH, nutrients like phosphorus can become challenging to use by plants, while other nutrients, like aluminum and manganese, can become toxic. Acidic pH levels are also unwelcoming to beneficial soil bacteria.

7-14 on pH scale:

Too alkaline, and nutrients like iron, manganese, copper, zinc, and phosphorous cannot be utilized by plants.

The Duval County Extension agency offers soil tests for a low fee that will evaluate pH and nutrient levels in your soil. You can be doing everything correctly, but your plants can suffer because the pH isn’t balanced for the plants growing there. A baseline pH test will allow you to know what adjustments need to be made to amend your soil to achieve maximum plant health and vitality. Learn More

How to lower your pH

Incorporate organic materials. A natural method to decrease your soil's pH level is by introducing soil enhancers. Consider using organic substances such as compost, mulch, pine needles, sphagnum peat moss, and used coffee grounds.

Think about applying acidifying fertilizers. Consider integrating an acidifying fertilizer enriched with elemental sulfur, such as ammonium sulfate or aluminum sulfate in situations where your soil pH is significantly elevated. Use these fertilizers with caution. Clay-based soils might need a tad more, whereas sandy soils need slightly less.

Patience is key. Please wait for a few weeks before re-assessing your soil. Organic additives and fertilizers need time to permeate the soil and influence the pH. Introduce changes gradually, and be cautious to keep your soil manageable. Without vigilant oversight, there's a risk of excessively lowering the pH, resulting in highly acidic soil.


Are You a Microbiologist?

You are if you maintain your pond the Earth Works way. That is to say if you treat your pond with one of the various natural microbiological solutions we provide. The products we carry are safe for all living things, and they include itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny microbes that do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to keeping the pond clean and crystal clear.

Earth Works ponds are designed to replicate what happens in nature, which reduces maintenance to a minimum. The balanced ecosystem pond relies on biological and mechanical filtration units, plants, a gravel bottom, and billions of hungry microbes that break down organic matter like leaves and debris.

Your Ponds ECO System

Pond ecosystem diagram

1 Skimmer

The skimmer filter removes

debris from the pond before it can

sink to the bottom and decay,

helping to keep your pond water

clean and clear.

2 BioFalls

Biological filtration is provided the BioFalls filter. The included BioBalls and filter mats provide surface area for bacteria to colonize. The bacteria break down toxins and excess nutrients, thereby ensuring healthier pond water.

3 Rocks And Gravel

Biological filtration is provided by your

new BioFalls filter. The included BioBalls and filter mats provide surface area for bacteria to colonize. The bacteria break down toxins and excess nutrients, thereby ensuring healthier pond water.

4 Water Circulation

Water movement and circulation is another extremely important component to the ecosystem pond approach. Proper water flow throughout the pond maintains necessary oxygen levels, optimizes water quality, and minimizes maintenance in your pond.

5 Fish

Pond fish are an integral part of your ecosystem. Fish minimize algae growth by grazing on excess string algae growing in the pond. In addition, fish waste provides important nutrients for your aquatic plants

6 Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plants help balance your entire pond ecosystem, minimizing maintenance and maximizing optimum water conditions. Plants

absorb nitrogen, ammonia, nitrates and other minerals that can lead to unsightly water conditions.

Keeping the water clear doesn’t require a degree in biochemistry. All you need is a bottle or two of Aquascape’s blend of microbial solutions that can be added manually or with an automatic dosing system that is easy to operate.

Keeping your pond balanced can require a little restraint, however. Ponds with too many fish or fish being overfed usually lead to cloudy water or algae blooms that can be challenging to manage. In nature, Koi and Goldfish will eat algae as a regular source of nourishment and will help maintain a clean pond if not overfed with pellets or flakes. Not only does overfeeding keep the fish from eating more algae, but the uneaten food and extra waste that drops to the bottom will fuel further algae blooms.

If you need help keeping your pond clean and clear, stop by and chat with one of our pond professionals. We’d love to show you our ponds here at the garden center and help you develop a system that will help you reduce maintenance and enjoy a beautiful

crystal-clear pond.

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The Sanctuary on 8th Street

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Two FUN Fall events at our favorite place!

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

If you haven't discovered this Jacksonville gem yet, here are two great events to check out. The gardens and trails provide a place where you can find peace, and connect with nature while you enjoy the award-winning natural trails and their picnic area.

Saturday, September 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We are so excited to announce the third annual Tails & Trails on Saturday, September 23rd, dedicated to our four-legged friends! This family-friendly event celebrates one of our favorite features of the Arboretum – dog friendly trails.

For $10 per ticket, you’ll enjoy a variety of pet vendors,

food trucks, live music, signature cocktails and more!

Pawtography will also be there for fun photo sessions with your pup!

This event is sure to sell out!

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Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens invites you to a magical evening of

Halloween-themed entertainment at our second annual Halloween Lanterns Festival.

This event will include:

    • Delicious Food Truck  • Festive Music • A Lantern Parade • Silent Disco • And more!

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