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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 »

How to Create an Outdoor Room

Adding an outdoor room to your house is a great way to increase both its value and your living space. Creating an outdoor room can be as simple as installing a patio and decorating it thematically to create a distinct vibe. We’ve gathered some tips to help make designing your outdoor room a breeze. Have… Read more »

Pick Your Look: Techniseal Patio Sealants and Cleaners

Your patio or driveway will get a lot of use, and over time, it may start to show. However, our line of sealers and cleaners can keep your patio looking fresh for years to come. Techniseal makes some of the most advanced paver sealants and cleaners on the market, and we’ve created a short list… Read more »

Project Feature: Veteran Gets New Backyard

HARDSCAPE HERO Scott Prunty of Solid Structures recently completed a project with Give a Hero’s Welcome, a collaboration that Mike’s Hard Lemonade runs in partnership with Boot Campaign and local sponsors to help a veteran’s family get the backyard of their dreams. Friends and neighbors are encouraged to nominate veterans who are enduring hardship after… Read more »

Jay Ball and Stevi Brockwell-Garden Sanctuaries Landscaping & Design, LLC.

Congratulations to July’s HARDSCAPE HERO winners Jay Ball and Stevi Brockwell of Garden Sanctuaries Landscaping & Design, LLC. Jay and Stevi are a team based out of Amelia, Virginia. Jay is the team’s designer, while Stevi acts as the project manager. We recently spoke with Stevi about their winning job and Garden Sanctuaries Landscaping &… Read more »

Smoky Trend: Unique Mezcal Cocktails

It’s been made the same way for over 200 years and is the perfect way to spice up your cocktail menu. Mezcal has a smoky, distinctive flavor that comes from roasting the heart of the agave plant. This complex flavor profile can be tough to master, so we’ve gathered some easy cocktail recipes for you… Read more »

Burger Boosters: Epic Recipes to Spice Up Your Burgers

It’s halfway through summer and like most grill-friendly families, you’re probably suffering from burger burnout. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Tempt yourself with these unique and creative burger recipes. Canyon Creek Burger It’s a burger smothered in cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and a runny egg. What’s not to like? This hangover killer from food blog Iowa… Read more »