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For any hardscape design and build project, the first step usually involves demolition and excavation. The Twin Cities area has a wide variety of soils, and our excavation techniques are tailored accordingly. Our primary objective is to remove the top layer of “organic” soils to reach the undisturbed subsoils. Depending on the project’s location, the load-bearing capacity and compactibility of the soil may vary. Therefore, we do not have a set depth that we dig on every project.

To determine the excavation depths, we use finely tuned laser instruments, taking into account the finish grade of your paver patio or retaining walls. We also consider the freeze/thaw cycles and slope to ensure water runs away from your home. Our team adjusts accordingly when we encounter less-than-ideal soil conditions, such as heavily saturated soils. We use layers of clean stone that is compacted into wet, heavy soils to solidify the subgrade before building the base. We also use Portland cement to bind clay soils together and ensure proper bearing capacity.

To ensure a long-lasting installation, selecting the proper type of aggregates is essential. It is essential to remember that what you don’t see is what matters most in a hardscape project. We go above and beyond to ensure that your project is built correctly, giving you the peace of mind that you need.

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When it comes to a professionally installed hardscape project, what you don’t see is often the most critical. At Earthworks, we use cutting-edge industry installation techniques and take extra steps to ensure your investment stands the test of time. Our innovative use of new materials and techniques has positioned us as a leader in the Twin Cities metro area.

Using the right products is paramount to the success of our installations and, ultimately, the satisfaction of our clients. We prioritize the use of high-quality materials to guarantee durability and longevity for your hardscape project. With our expertise in innovative installation techniques, we are committed to delivering a superior product that exceeds your expectations.


  • Soil separation is a crucial step in hardscape construction, preventing subgrade soil from mixing with the gravel above. Soil separation fabrics protect aggregates from soil mixtures from below and the sides, ensuring a stable base for your hardscape project.
  •  Water accumulation in soil and aggregates, particularly during a freeze-thaw cycle, can degrade the paver base. However, soil separation fabrics reduce the amount of fines and water that penetrate the base, increasing its longevity and durability.
  •  It is essential to note that soil separation fabric is not a weed barrier. Woven geotextile fabrics are engineered to separate aggregates from non-similar soils and prevent soil contamination.


  • Tensar Triaxial Geogrid is a top-of-the-line solution for subgrade stabilization and pavement optimization. Its unique triangular pattern design forms a hexagon, which enhances its ability to absorb forces from traffic loading. This results in a more resilient solution that can withstand severe weather events and other challenging environmental conditions
  • It is ideal for use in subgrade stabilization and pavement optimization. Its innovative design provides unmatched performance and durability, ensuring that your project will remain stable and secure for years to come.
  •  By incorporating triaxial geogrid into your project, you can enjoy the benefits of a more resilient solution that can withstand even the most challenging conditions. From severe weather events to heavy traffic loads, our geogrid provides the stability and performance that your project needs to succeed.


  • We are certain Pavermate Z3™ will provide faster, stronger and longer lasting results. Zero Haze, Zero Dust, and Zero Problems! Best of all, it’s RAIN SAFE in just 10 MINUTES! It suppresses weed growth and blocks ants from making their home in your new patio. 
    • No Haze: Portland-free formula cleanly sweeps to reduce any material left on the paver surface.
    • Zero Dust: Polymers bind to each other and the sand particles creating anti-dusting results…which means a cleaner and safer jobsite!
    • Problem Free: Provides protection against unexpected rain events – rain safe in 10 minutes.
  • Using the highest quality polymeric sand on the market will save us time and save you money!


Designed for small jobs that make a big impact.

  • Gator Base panels are made of lightweight, high-density polypropylene making them incredibly easy to transport and install. 

  • If your job site is obstructed by a fence or gate that can’t be moved … or perhaps involves hills or stairs that would be difficult to get heavy machinery through … then Gator Base is an option to consider.

  • One of the major benefits of using Gator Base is the fact you can save yourself from having to excavate the six inches required for crushed stone.


Our paver manufacturer create beautifully designed pavers and slabs with long-lasting color, superior strength and resistance, and unique surface textures backed by the strength and longevity of quality concrete.

  • The fine finish of these pavers features a permanent and integrally-blended layer of our high-strength concrete mix.

  • It’s the perfect combination of vibrant color pigments and dense surface materials. Choose high-quality, long-lasting pavers and slabs without compromising design or aesthetics.

  • Each unit is designed to withstand the wear, tear, weathering and abrasion that occurs in a high-traffic area exposed to the elements.

  • Genesis Face-Mix Technology provides more than surface beauty. Our pavers and slabs repel stains and withstand everyday wear and tear. Ask about our Genesis Face-Mix Technology to learn more!


When it comes to hardscape design and build projects, every detail matters, and retaining walls are no exception. At Earthworks, we select a range of high-quality products to custom-build comfortable and time-tested outdoor spaces that stand the test of time.

Our retaining walls are constructed with clean, angular drain rock backfill and reinforced with Biaxial Geogrid, which eliminates settling and improves structural integrity. Additionally, our retaining wall block manufacturer uses only the purest color pigments, finest aggregates, and densest concrete where it is visible and matters most.

By incorporating Biaxial Geogrid, we can improve the structural integrity of paver installations and retaining walls, confining and distributing load forces on weak subgrades that previously required expensive over-excavating and replacing. This not only saves you time and money but also ensures that your project is built to last.

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Transform Your Yard with Earthworks Hardscape Design Services

Find the Potential in Your Yard with Earthworks’ Hardscape Design + Build Services

Transform your outdoor living space with unique and personalized hardscape features that match your style. Earthworks offers design and build services that can turn your yard into the perfect oasis for you to enjoy. Our team is dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction, delivering amazing results that exceed your expectations. Whether it’s a fire pit patio, landscape lighting, water feature, or a complete yard renovation, we offer affordable solutions that enhance the value of your home. Let us help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams!



Bring the vacation atmosphere to your own backyard with a swimming pool. Be the house that the kids want to hang out at and the place your friends want to gather! We work with top-rated swimming pool contractors in the Twin Cities Metro, specializing in a variety of pool styles such as lap pools, traditional rectangular pools, and swim spas.

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Looking for a customized outdoor kitchen that suits your style, needs, and budget? At Earthworks, we offer complete outdoor kitchen design and installation services. Our team of experienced professionals will collaborate with you at every stage of the process to ensure your dream outdoor kitchen becomes a reality. Whether you want a built-in BBQ grill, outdoor fridge, or storage for your cooking utensils, we’ll work with you to create the perfect outdoor kitchen that enhances your lifestyle and adds value to your property.

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Enhance the beauty of your landscaping day and night with ambient lighting from Earthworks. Our outdoor lighting solutions not only increase the curb appeal of your home, but also add an extra layer of safety and security. Don’t let the darkness limit your enjoyment of your outdoor space – let us help you illuminate it in style.

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Imagine the warmth and glow of a beautiful fire pit, surrounded by friends and family on a cool evening. A fire pit is the perfect addition to any outdoor living space design, creating a cozy atmosphere that invites people to relax and connect. At Earthworks, we specialize in creating custom fire pit designs that complement your style and enhance your outdoor space. From traditional to modern, our team of experts will work with you to create a stunning fire pit that meets your needs and fits your budget. Read our blog post also.

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Boulders can add an eye-catching element to any garden or landscape. With their large size and unique shapes, boulders make striking focal points that draw the eye and add depth and texture to your outdoor space. Our team at Earthworks can help you choose and place boulders strategically to create a stunning and distinctive landscape design that reflects your personal style.

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Transform your outdoor living space with a beautiful wood structure such as a cedar pergola or composite deck. Not only do these structures provide shade and entertainment space, but they also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property. At Earthworks, we specialize in designing and building custom wood structures that perfectly fit your style and budget. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat or an entertainment hub, our team of experienced professionals will work with you every step of the way to bring your vision to life.

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At Earthworks, we take pride in our selection of diverse and captivating softscape elements, including trees, shrubs, evergreens, and perennials. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to creating a landscape that is not only visually stunning but also sustainable and functional. Whether you are looking for bold foliage, colorful blooms, or natural privacy screens, we have the expertise to design and install a softscape that perfectly complements your hardscape.

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water features


Water features are a perfect addition to any landscape design, adding value and a sense of tranquility to your home. The soothing sounds of running water can promote relaxation and peacefulness. Whether you’re looking for a simple bubbling rock or a more elaborate eco pond to sustain koi fish, our team of experts can design and build the perfect water feature to suit your needs and enhance your outdoor space.

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    We’d love to help you with your next landscaping project, contact us today about setting up a FREE consultation. Our construction schedule fills up fast, so don’t wait!