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The Advantages of Buying from a Landscape Center


 by Jason Sensenig (Sales Associate, Landscape Center Manager)

When it comes to picking out product for your hardscape project, you of course want to shop around to see what all product is “out there.” A wise person will do his research before making a larger investment like that.

Today, most people do research online. This can be very helpful! I also do a lot of research online before I make a purchase…especially a purchase of any size. When a consumer searches “pavers” or “wall block” online, there are several large stores that come to the top of the search engine. I will not mention the names of these stores, but they are a great place to go if you are looking for lumber, building materials, plumbing supplies, etc. But when it comes to hardscape products, there are some disadvantages to going to that type of store. Below are 5 advantages of buying hardscape products at a landscape center, such as Tussey Mountain Mulch Landscape Center, over, well… stores that sell landscape products that aren’t landscape centers!

  1. Product availability: We keep a large inventory of pavers, retaining wall, edging, steppers, and much more! All these products come in different colors and styles. Those other stores may not have the options, or quantity.
  2. Customer service: At Tussey Mountain Mulch Landscape Center, you are more than just “another customer.” We love seeing repeat customers, learning to know you, and simply being a friend to you.
  3. Knowledge / education: Our staff is educated in the landscape industry. Our employees attend events / seminars that are geared specifically to the landscape industry. We are not only educated in the product we carry, but can also educate you in the installation process. We even offer FREE Hardscape Seminars for you! (you can see a schedule of seminars on our website:
  4. Consistency: If only I got $10 for every customer that comes through our doors, carrying a paver or wall block from “one of those stores”, looking to match it, I would be rich! While every hardscape company has the potential to discontinue product that doesn’t move, the chances of that happening are a lot less if you buy from a quality company like EP Henry or Techo-Bloc. Most of the products that we sell have been on the market for years. Oh…and if you are looking to match something that you got elsewhere, we probably will not be able to match it exactly, but we might have something close… somewhat.
  5. Quality: Not much to say about this point. Simply said, there is no comparison between the quality of product.

So before you make the decision to make that hardscape purchase, think twice. Cheaper isn’t always better. Give us the opportunity to help you make wise a decision. A decision that you won’t regret in a few years.



Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by admin | Comments Off

The Benefits of Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

The Benefits of Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

-originally posted by EpHenry

So you’ve decided to create an outdoor living space! After deciding the size of your new patio, you’ll need to select the type of material to use.

The good news is, you’re not limited to the poured concrete patios of yesteryear that stain and crack after just a few short years.  One rough season can destroy it. Although concrete waspopular for many years because of its cost, decorative pavers have bridged the gap between pouring a concrete slab (on the low end) or installing natural stone (on the high end).

While poured concrete can be the cheapest patio option, it really offers very little to beautify an outdoor living space, and return on investment is low. So much so, that there are literally hundreds of sites on how to stain, paint, stamp and cover up a concrete patio.

Stamped Concrete

In recent years, stamped concrete has wiggled in and become an option. At first glance, stamped concrete seems like a decorative low-cost answer. A concrete base is poured to size, and then before it cures, large stamps that resemble natural stone are placed over on top of the concrete and tampered down to stamp patterns into the wet concrete.

What homeowners need to realize is that concrete, stamped or not, inherently cracks. We’ve all seen the different colored concrete repairs and patches on driveways. It happens over time due to weather, water, ground shifting, tree roots and usage. While it’s a nuisance to repair and correct in a driveway, imagine how frustrating, costly, and near impossible it would be to repair a colored and stamped patio.  Even small cracks are unsightly and spoil the illusion.

concrete cracked

Pavers, or paving stones, are installed individually leaving a narrow gap that is filled in with special paving sand. This method puts no stress on the pavers and allows them to shift without cracking in cases of ground movement, such as is caused by freeze-thaw conditions . An additional feature is that they have higher psi (pounds per square inch) strength t

han concrete and asphalt. Should damage to a paver ever occur, replacing them is relatively easy since they can be replaced individually and can be ordered by their color, shape and size.



The World is not Flat

Since pavers come in a variety of colors, textures, shapes and sizes homeowners can custom design a patio that accommodates an uneven terrain. Look for a single-source paving manufacturer that also produces steps, walls, and outdoor kitchens. These manufacturers specifically design textures and colors that complement their patio pavers.  This will allow you to create not only a patio, but a true outdoor living space; and by doing so, you’ll add valuable livable square footage (and value) to your home.

Other Points to Consider:

  • Reputable paver manufacturers guarantee that their pavers won’t crack or spall; you cannot obtain a similar guarantee for stamped concrete.
  • Stamped concrete requires expansion joints every 10 feet or so, which are very distracting in some patterns.
  • Patterned concrete pavements don’t allow access to underground utilities or the ability to make repairs.

So why spend all of your time and money on poured concrete repairs? At virtually the same price per square foot installed, pavers are clearly a superior choice.



Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

DIY Project-Matt Zunich

One of our loyal customers, Matt Zunich from Portage, PA, opens up his backyard to show how a backyard can be transformed into a beautiful retreat and entertainment area. The amazing part is that he did this all with his own two hands! Matt, you did a great job. Thanks for your business.

This is a Firerock fireplace covered with EP Henry Adirondack Ledgestone. Mr. Zunich added woodboxes to the side with Techo-bloc York cap.

This outdoor kitchen is constructed with a Junior Series RCS grill, an Eldorado kitchen box, and EP Henry Adirondack Ledgestone, matching the fireplace.

This raised patio has a Old Towne Cobble Circle Kit for the patio, with double sided Imperial Wall.

Watch the video below to see the entire project and hear his comments.

This summer Mr. Zunich added another component to his backyard retreat-a pondless waterfall. Once again he did it from start to finish with his own hard work and ingenuity! Check out the pictures.

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

Create a Perfect Paradise – with a Patio

Your yard is an important part of your home where you can both relax and display your personal style. Why not enjoy the outdoors while maintaining the comfort of the indoors with a new patio? Nothing beats curling up with a good book and cup of coffee out in the yard.

A stylish patio has many benefits. Not only does it provide you with the ideal place to spend time with family and friends, but it also adds significant value to your home should you ever want to sell it. Family gatherings in the summer will be even more enjoyable when you all have a place to enjoy the outdoors. Do you need inspiration? Check out the beautiful photos below. This could happen in your backyard-a great way to create your own backyard retreat! Stop by here at Tussey Mtn. Mulch to wander through our displays and to speak to a sales associate to make it all happen!

2013 catalog 25b

2013 catalog back cover

2013 catalog 86 fire pit

Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

EP Henry: The Top Five Hardscaping Trends for 2013

The following article is shared from EP Henry’s blog:

The weather is warming up and everyone is getting ready to move the party outside!

We decided to reach out to some professionals to see what they are hearing in the “field” regarding upcoming trends for enhancing outdoor living spaces!

Topping the list of outdoor design trends for 2013 are:

  • Outdoor living rooms.  “Adding a roof structure over patios allows people to spend more time in their outdoor space,” said Joseph A. Nardo, owner of Private Paradise Construction and an EP Henry contractor.  A recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) indicated outdoor living spaces earned almost a 95 percent rating in popularity from respondents.
  • Multifunctional “kits.”  This year, EP Henry introduced its Solitaire Kit, which allows customers to convert their fire pit into a fish pond or an aquatic garden. This enables the feature to serve a dual purpose as both a heating source in the cool early spring and fall months and a refreshing water feature in the summer months.
  • Outdoor kitchens. Adding to outdoor living spaces, certain amenities such as built-in grills, refrigerators, countertops and concrete seating walls make for a versatile outdoor space that can be enjoyed day or night.
  • Sustainable products.  Environmental concerns continue to be a strong driver with outdoor projects.  Products such as permeable pavers help the environment by allowing rainwater to recharge the ground, reducing stormwater runoff. They can also be used to harvest rainwater for multiple purposes, such as watering gardens, replenishing ponds and fountains or washing cars.  EP Henry’s ECO line of permeable pavers brings beauty and functionality to sustainable design.
  • Natural-looking stone products.  “Many of our customers don’t like the look of concrete blocks,” said Chip Bunch, president of Shan-Gri-La Contractors and an EP Henry contractor.  “But the natural look of Cast Veneer Stone™ coupled with its price point makes it a popular product.”

For more ideas on ways to enhance your outdoor living space, call us at 696-1920 or stop by our landscape center!

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

Public Landscape Auction… coming right up! (Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012)

Click here to watch a video overview of our Public Landscape Auction

If you enjoy auctions as much as I do, then you will be excited to read this announcement! Just around the corner (Saturday, Oct. 13) we are hosting a Public Landscape Auction at our Mulch Processing Facility along Charger Highway (3 mi South of Hollidaysburg on Rt. 36).


  • Discontinued Hardscape
  • Natural Stone
  • Overstock Patio Furniture
  • A huge selection of plants from 3 different greenhouses/nurseries
  • Hundreds of Columner Arborvitae – see pictures below
  • Sheds and chicken coops from Lake View Sheds…

will be among the grand selection to be auctioned off.

There will also be a Concession Stand serving BBQ Chicken Meals, drinks, and ice cream. (What’s an auction without food… right?) We are looking forward to this event and hope that you will mark this off on your calendars! If you have any questions about this event, don’t hesitate to ask one of us. Hope to see you there!

CLICK HERE to view a printable version of an Auction Flyer. Auctioneer: Wisecarver’s Auction Service. CLICK HERE to go to their site and see our Auction listed.

We will be selling hundreds of Columner Arborvitae. Some will be dug beforehand and others at a later date.

Columner Arborvitae are…
  • excellent plants for creating a natural privacy fence without forfeiting yard space
  • a fast-growing buffer
  • very hardy and require very little maintenance
  • great at retaining their deep green color all year
  • capable of being sheared back to limit their heights.


Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off
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