How to Install Brick Patio Pavers in Denver, Colorado

How to Install Brick Patio Pavers in Denver, Colorado

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  Brick Patio Pavers

One of the best parts about living in Denver is being able to enjoy the clean, crisp mountain air that Colorado is known for. If you are like most people who live in the area, you probably spend as much time as possible outdoors.

Even if you can’t get away to the nearby mountains, you can create your own backyard oasis. One of the best ways to do that is by installing a patio that is made using brick pavers.

The benefit of using pavers rather than pouring a solid slab of concrete is that they do a better job of dealing with the freeze-thaw cycle. A concrete slab is far more likely to crack or to experience problems when the ground freezes and thaws too quickly. Using pavers helps solve this problem since the spaces between the bricks allow for temperature-related expansion and contraction.

The process of installing pavers is fairly straightforward. Although the work isn’t necessarily easy, it is definitely worth doing. After you have your new patio installed, it will most likely become one of your favorite places to spend time.

To begin the process, decide how large you want your patio to be. Purchase enough pavers to cover the entire area, with a few extras to account for any cuts that you need to make.

Next, mark out the shape of the patio on the ground using spray paint. Remove any sod or debris from the area. Create a flat, level area that is about 6-8 inches deep. Compact the soil and then spread gravel over the surface. Using a hand tamper, tamp the gravel down so that it has a smooth, even surface. Finish by covering the surface with a 1-2 inch layer of sand.

Next, install plastic edging around the outer perimeter of the patio. You should be able to find this edging at any home improvement store.

Once the edging is in place, you can start laying the brick pavers. Begin at one edge and work your way across the patio, tapping each paver into place with a rubber mallet. If necessary, cut the edge pavers to size using a chisel and a hammer.

Once all of the pavers are in place, all that you have to do is pour a little sand over the surface and use a push broom to work it down into the cracks between the pavers. Creating your own patio allows you to enjoy the outdoors, even if you live right in the heart of Denver.

The Animals You Can See At Denver Colorado Zoo

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Those planning a vacation to the state of Colorado should definitely consider a visit to Denver Zoo. Spanning across 80-acres of land, the facility is home to over 4125 animals. The Zoo, which first opened in 1896, was the most popular paid tourist attraction in the city’s metropolitan area in 2016. Major exhibits include Bear Mountain, Predator Ridge, Tropical Discovery, Elephant Passage, North Shores and Primate Panorama.

There are over 613 unique species kept in the zoo including primates, carnivorous mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and hoofed mammals. The site really is a great place to learn more about animal biology and see some very rare species.

Bear Mountain is the most historic exhibit. It opened in 1918 but underwent a 2-year, quarter-of-a-million dollar renovation in 1987. The exhibit is currently home to coati and grizzly bears.

Predator Ridge was created to be representative of the African Savanna. At different times of the year, different African predators can be spotted in the large exhibit including spotted hyenas, African wild dogs, and Transvaal lions. The lions are perhaps the animals that most people who visit the zoo are desperate to see.

There are currently almost 200 bird species living in the zoo’s bird facilities. Many of the birds are rare and endangered. Some of the exotic birds that can be seen include rhinoceros hornbills, two-toed sloths, crested oropendolas and scarlet macaws. There are four outside exhibits in Bird World, which house kea, double-wattled cassowaries, Steller’s sea eagles and African penguin. Penguin feeding shows are regularly hosted in order to help visitors learn more about these shy birds.

Toyota Elephant Passage is a 10-acre exhibit. It cost $50 million to create and it can hold up to a dozen elephants. You can see Asian elephants, Malayan tapirs, Indian rhinoceros and clouded leopards in the exhibit.

The Zoo organizes a range of popular events including “Boo at the Zoo” and “Zoo Light”. Boo at the Zoo is a Halloween themed event targeted at young children. Those who have been have said it is lots of fun. In December, Zoo Lights operate in the evening. Visitors can walk through a wonderland of Christmas-themed lights. Many of the lights are animated and shaped into representations of some of the animals kept at the zoo. You can find more information about key events on Denver Colorado Zoo’s official website.