Tips for a Low-Maintenance Landscape

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Who doesn’t love a beautifully landscaped backyard? Color and design come together to celebrate the seasons, while offering water management with tree plantings and strategically-placed walls or walkways? There really is something to be said about a landscape that wows at any time of year. The downfall? It often takes significant time and money to keep the lush beauty of your yard and garden in shape year-round. Depending on your schedule and budget, this can be a detractor to invest in your yard to create that idyllic space. However, there are low-maintenance landscape options that will allow you to have your cake and eat it, too.

The End of the Driveway Dig-Out – Three Budget Tier Options

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As the weather turns colder and frost begins to layer on your yard, car and driveway each morning, we all know where there is frost, ice and snow are soon to follow. The bane of many a homeowner, winter’s little gift of ice and snow blocks up driveway access and hinders vehicle mobility. But technology provides an answer to this backache-waiting-to-happen with some really interesting options that fit just about any budget.

Do you Trick-or-Treat? Two Different Halloween Patio Décor Styles

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Depending on the weather on Halloween night, some people like to greet trick-or-treaters from their porch or patio, where they can sit in comfort and watch the kids make their way up and down the street as they enjoy the evening. Since most of the little ghouls are bound to come to the front door looking for their goodies, use your walkway to lead them around to your sitting area, where they can barter for their treats. It’s here that you have to make a decision about your décor. Do you lean more towards the “trick” side of Halloween, where you look to add a little horror-based fun for your trick-or-treaters or do you like the fun, friendly side of the holiday?

Tips for Easy Sustainable Landscaping

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Your yard and garden are your pride and joy, the setting for everything from parties to relaxing days outdoors. You’ve designed your landscape to fit your unique style and color pallet to accent your home and create the outdoor living space you’re proud to share with your friends and neighbors. Anyone who has even a slightly-green thumb knows the time and dedication it takes to create and maintain a beautiful yard, but there may be a simpler way to keep your garden vibrant that saves you time and money. Interested?

Party on the Patio: Fall Kids Crafts

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There is so much to love about the fall, from flavors to colors to the cooler temperatures that allow you to enjoy the backyard and your patio without excessive heat. It’s also a fun time for kids to create some seasonal crafts they can show off outside the home, so gather up some munchkins and create some fall décor to place around your yard and patio this season.

Joacquin Watch: Landscape and Hardscape Designs that Help Deter Flood Damage

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With most of the east coach experiencing some residual effects of Hurricane Joaquin, it’s only apropos to talk flood water. As the more volatile weather of fall sets in, many areas in the eastern United States start seeing more occurrences of flooding and high water. Avoid the cost and mess of having to pump water out of your basement or crawl space by adapting your landscape to redirect the excess moisture with the following solutions.

Party on the Patio: Fall Harvest

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There’s nothing like the autumn season. Colors shift from green to a vibrant and warm array of oranges, burgundies, yellows and browns, the air cools off and most of the resident insect population moves on or goes down for their winter’s nap. Along with these changes come culinary delights like pumpkin and spice flavored foods, harvests of apples lend to the menu and hints of caramel and cinnamon enhance many a recipe. Celebrate this fabulous change of season with a party on your patio – with a focus on the fall harvest and all its bounty. Gather in the backyard, or around the fire pit, to enjoy the tastes, scents and colors that fall offers.

Extend your Season with an Outdoor Kitchen

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Fall may just be starting but, depending on your region, there could be plenty of time left to plan for outdoor activities including pumpkin painting and carving, bonfires with s’mores and hayrides with warm (or cold) apple cider. An outdoor kitchen is the ideal setting for your party, offering the accoutrements of your indoor kitchen with your backyard patio and the beautiful backdrop of fall as your setting.

4 Must-Do Tips for End of Summer Landscape Maintenance

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As fall inches closer, and the days shorten, our focus on our yard or garden may wane, but now is not the time to ignore your yard. The end of summer and early autumn bring the need of yard prep, to ready your outdoor spaces for the coming harsh weather of winter. Take some time in the next few weeks to attend these little projects to ensure your yard and landscape are ready to weather the winter before making a fresh start next spring.

It’s Time: Bring Fall Decoration to your Yard

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While summer still has a few days left on the books for 2015, with pumpkin everything being sold at every coffee shop and retail outlet, Halloween costumes jumping out at you in just about every store and the kiddies back in school, fall is here. As mums bloom at local farm stands and apple cider is pressed, people are readying their yards for this colorful season, looking for unique ways to add color and life to a backdrop that is starting to lose foliage. We’ve got 5 fun and easy-to-manage ways to add color and spice to your yard this fall.

Using Walls, Paths and Patios to Reshape Your Backyard

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No matter how large or small you backyard is, there are always ways you can partition and redesign your space to fit your outdoor living lifestyle. Depending on the complexity of the project you have in mind and the space you have to cover, you can phase the project to fit your budget and timeline as needed. By using pavers to build a walkway or patio or by installing a garden, seating or retaining wall to break up your space, you are investing in your property and adding to the value of your home.

It’s Time for Kick-off – Great Recipes for Tailgating by your Fire Pit

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Hold on to your helmets, it’s time for football! Wait a minute, is it football season or is it tailgating season? What’s a game day without congregating in a parking lot with like-minded football fans and reveling in the excitement of game day with great food, beer, friends and, be honest, a little smack talk? But what if you’re watching the game from home? Gather your tailgating pals and head out to the backyard, where your fire pit and a few well-placed outdoor chairs will provide the central focus for your festivities. It’s almost fall, people, and the temperatures will continue to drop. You will need a fire pit to kick off the game right and stay warm while you’re at it.

Backyard Patio Ideas on a Budget

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When you envision your home in your mind’s eye, the patio is the center of your outdoor living space. It combines the soul of the kitchen, dining and living room with the notion of escape, privacy and relaxation plus entertainment, wrapped in the glorious outdoors and punctuated with the sound of nature or the laughter of friends and family. This space deserves the attention the rest of your home gets, but sometimes budgets can be an issue.

10 Fantastic Design Ideas for Pergolas

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Some claim that the pergola was brought to us by the Italians during the Renaissance. This may be true considering the fact that Italy is famous for its green tunnels formed by the heads of plants bound together to form a spectacular arch. A pergola is one of the most outstanding ways to decorate your garden, to create an exquisite outdoor living space, to show your guests you have an imagination beyond limits. A cozy place, aimed to offer peaceful shady moments, the pergola kit is a stunning feature in any garden.

Patio Privacy Please

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Whether you live in a rural, wide open space or a densely populated subdivision, you may want to incorporate some privacy elements into your new or existing landscape design to avoid feeling “watched over” from passers-by or your neighbors. There are lots of ways to create a little privacy and, depending on your porch or backyard layout, you may only need to enclose one or two sides of the space.