Stone patios are a great place to host dinner parties, engagement celebrations, and weekly meetings of geology clubs whose members have never seen a stone up-close before. Turn backyards into hot spots with today's Groupon: for $2,999, you get a residential, natural Oklahoma flagstone-patio installation for an area up to 20'x20' from Duke's Tree & Landscape (a $6,000 value). The service area includes locations up to 30 miles from Rowlett, with an additional $10 per mile for homes beyond that designation.
Duke's Tree & Landscaping owner Dawn Duke, armed with 17 years of landscaping experience, personally oversees the installation of patios to ensure that all customers are thrilled with their backyard stone stage. Dawn swings by for initial consultations in which she collaborates with homeowners to design a rock-laden hub tailored to flatter backyards of any shape, size, and garden-gnome population density.
The subsequent one- to three-hour appointments begin when a crew of expert artisans lays Oklahoma flagstone, a sediment 1/2 to 2 inches thick, into predetermined configurations atop lawns. Staffers fill in crevices with mortar and seal stones to protect against boisterous partygoers or lawn flamingos playing keep-away with patio furniture. Dawn treads on terraces for a final walk-through to ensure that the foundation is sturdy and that each patron is at punch-grade levels in terms of being pleased.