Welcome to our blog. Here you’ll find how-to’s, new product information, and tips on entertaining, landscaping and more – everything you need to get the most out of your hardscape all year long.

Patrick McGrath, Virginia Beach Patios


Planning any patio project requires strong attention to detail and the ability to turn a customer’s vision into a reality. Planning a patio with integrated water features, gas lines, and changes in grade takes precision and patience. November’s HARDSCAPE HERO Patrick McGrath of Virginia Beach Patios was excited when faced with such a tough project… Read more »



Fall Foods: How to Store Your Summer Harvest


You worked hard all Summer to make sure your herb and vegetable gardens were thriving. Now that the season’s over, you’ve probably got a ton of fresh produce and don’t want it to go bad. Canning vegetables and preserving herbs are old skills that used to be commonplace and may seem harder than they are,… Read more »



Live Big: Making the Most of Small Spaces


Not everyone is blessed with sprawling acres of trees, waterfront property and animals frolicking in the sunlight. But that doesn’t mean you can’t maximize your space to create a beautiful outdoor living area. Of course, a paver patio makes a great foundation, but where you go from there can make even a small space seem… Read more »



Poppin’ Bottles: Tasty Holiday Beers


The holidays are upon us! Maybe you’re looking for something tasty to sip next to the roaring fire, or something to pair with a holiday dinner. We rounded up some of the best holiday beers for you to try at your next festive get-together! Tröegs Mad Elf Mad Elf has become a renowned holiday favorite… Read more »



Project Report: Virginia Tech Students Complete Service Learning Project


Students in the Agricultural Technology program at Virginia Tech University recently completed a project using Eagle Bay pavers for one of their classes. Led by Senior Instructor Tom Martin, the class focuses on the principles of landscape architecture while benefiting an organization or homeowner in need. This project was completed at a private residence and… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year: Jeff Gray, Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray


On a beautiful Fall day in Richmond, dozens of HARDSCAPE HEROES gathered from across the region to spend the day together celebrating and discovering who would be named HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year. In the afternoon, the Heroes competed in the Techniseal Clay Classic, which was followed by the annual HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year… Read more »



A Day with Champions; The HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year 2017 Recap


What started as a modest program to reward our hard-working, talented partners has quickly grown into a revered, industry-leading initiative. Last year, the first annual awards dinner featured a night at Quirk Hotel and a fantastic dinner at the Boathouse, where we celebrated the first-ever HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year, Donald Sherbeyn. This year’s HARDSCAPE… Read more »



Eric Ellington, Glen Allen Grounds Management, LLC


Sometimes the best way to complete a patio project is to help a long-time customer realize the value of an outdoor living space. October’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Eric Ellington of Glen Allen Grounds Management, LLC, did just that. Eric, who is the vice president of the company, has been in the hardscaping industry for a… Read more »



Keep Growing- The Science of DIY Greenhouses


The onset of cooler temperatures doesn’t have to mean the end of harvesting fresh vegetables from your backyard. DIY greenhouses can be built for less than $500 and will give you the space and means necessary to keep your garden going all year round.  The Principles Plants need five things to survive: light, warm temperatures,… Read more »



Introducing Ridge Rock II Retaining Wall


We’re excited to formally introduce Ridge Rock II to our product line – a retaining wall system designed with speed and stability in mind. The system utilizes the Flexible Wall Positioning System (FWPS) to make installation a breeze. Every Ridge Rock II unit has positioning wings on either side, which create additional shear resistance while… Read more »



Fall from Afar- Fall Recipes from Around the Globe


Fall’s here, and you’re probably sick of eating pumpkin spice everything. Expand your palette with these awesome Fall recipes from around the world. Apfelpfannkuchen You may not be able to say it, but you can eat it. Apfelpfannkuchen, German apple pancakes feature seasonal, caramelized fall apples and a delicious egg base. What You Need: For… Read more »



Jobsite Report: Techniseal® Color Boost Demo


Regularly cleaning and sealing pavers is crucial to extending their life and protecting them from stains and other corrosion. We recently visited a jobsite completed by HARDSCAPE HERO winners Jay Ball and Stevi Brockwell of Garden Sanctuaries Landscaping to see some of Techniseal’s products in action. We were joined by Aaron Phifer of Techniseal, who… Read more »



Petrifying Patios: Spooky Backyard Halloween Decorations


Halloween is nearly upon us! Transforming your backyard into a haven for ghosts, goblins, and ghouls is as easy as spending an afternoon crafting. Check out these eerily easy backyard decoration ideas and go from home sweet home to Nightmare on Elm Street in a couple of hours. Lawn Skeleton Everyone’s seen the funny tombstones… Read more »



Jesse Dunlap, DSD Landscaping


It’s not every day that you’re asked to complete an 8,000-square-foot job for a Major League Baseball player. September’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner Jesse Dunlap of DSD Landscaping, Inc. was asked to do exactly that, and he knocked it out of the park. “I love building relationships with clients,” says Dunlap. This project was no different…. Read more »



Leaf Me Alone: 5 Great Leaf Blowers for Fall


Fall is a magical time full of beautiful fire pit weather, holidays, and (unfortunately) piles and piles of leaves to rake up. To help you spend more time making s’mores and less time working in the yard, we compiled this list of five awesome blowers to make your leaf-wrangling efforts that much easier. Before we… Read more »



Patio Sippin’: Fireside Fall Cocktails


The fire is crackling, you’re wrapped in a comfortable blanket and the kids are asleep. Make the perfect evening even better with one of these fall cocktails. Their flavors draw from the essences of the season to make fall evenings even more relaxing. Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned Spice up this classic drink with the flavors… Read more »



Eagle Bay Fire Features: Product Guide, Cleaning & Safety


An Eagle Bay fire pit or fireplace makes the perfect centerpiece for any thriving outdoor living space, extending and enhancing your outdoor entertaining season. We currently offer dozens of variations on our fire features. This helpful guide will make understanding the differences between our available options easier. Fire Pits Eagle Bay fire pits come in… Read more »



Project Feature: The Denbigh House Clubhouse for Brain Injury Survivors


The Denbigh House has been reaping the benefits of their patio and garden this summer, harvesting different vegetables that are used in communal meals. The center is a “clubhouse model program for individuals with brain injuries,” says Club House Director Jessica Dupuy. The center is designed to help individuals rehab from brain injuries, and their… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Josh Franklin, Deckscapes of Virginia, LLC.


Congrats to August’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Josh Franklin of Deckscapes of Virginia LLC, located in Catharpin, Virginia. Josh has been in the hardscaping industry for 6 years and is originally from Tappahannock, Virginia. When he’s not designing beautiful outdoor living spaces, he spends his time hunting and fishing. “My whole family gets together after I… Read more »