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It’s Easy Being Green: Tips to Create a Sustainable Patio

HGTV just named green patios one of the top backyard design trends of 2017. If your goal is to create a beautiful outdoor living space while being environmentally conscious, we’ve got some great ideas to help you turn your patio into a sustainable, beautiful space. Get Buzzed One of the easiest things you can do… Read more »

Backyard Bliss – A New Video Series from Eagle Bay

We’re proud to present our new video series, “Backyard Bliss with PatiYogi Steve.” Acknowledging the everyday struggle to balance work and play, this series of short videos follows our confident, quirky, hopelessly optimistic hero Steve as he tries to cast aside daily distractions and find his inner calm. Even with a beautiful backyard, that can… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Austin Cutter, Cross Creek Nursery

Congratulations to June’s HARDSCAPE HERO, Austin Cutter of Cross Creek Nursery. Cutter is based out of Richmond, and he has 15 years of experience in the hardscape industry. Cross Creek Nursery is a full-service landscaping firm offering services in everything except tree removal and irrigation. The coolest part? Cross Creek Nursery runs a 28-acre nursery… Read more »

Thank You for Smoking: Beginner’s Guide to Smoked Meats

Preparing the perfect smoked butt can take an afternoon to learn and a lifetime to master. We caught up with Tuffy Stone, a master meat smoker, to get his best tips and tricks for cooking like a pro. Tuffy is a world-class smoker with an amazing story—a classically trained French chef, television personality and accomplished… Read more »

High-Tech Gadgets for the Pool

Take your aquatic shenanigans to a new level with these amazing high-tech pool toys. They’re perfect for entertaining the kids or for adult swim. Power up and take a dive! Submergency The Submergency dive toy is an awesome way to help your kids burn off some energy and keep people hopping in and out of… Read more »

Introducing GroundWork from Eagle Bay

At Eagle Bay, we pride ourselves on being easy to do business with. We understand that shopping for pavers and learning about hardscapes can be daunting. To make it easier, we developed an educational video series called GroundWork. GroundWork is designed to help our customers, dealers, and contractors quickly and easily learn about the products… Read more »

Project Feature: Eagle Bay Patio Becomes Community Hub

Tradition Brewing’s got it all: great beer, fun events, and an amazing patio. However, the patio at Tradition Brewing has grown beyond just a place to enjoy a tasty beer with friends on a Saturday afternoon. It’s turned into a community hub for the Newport News area. Tradition completely renovated a section of a larger… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Jeff Gray, Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray, LLC.

Congratulations to May’s HARDSCAPE HERO, Jeff Gray of Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray, LLC. Based out of Newport News, he has 15 years in the hardscape industry. His company is best known for large, multi-feature patio designs. Gray runs a tight ship, with most of his crew having been with him for 10 or more… Read more »

Quick-Start Guide for Easy Gardening

Summer’s here, and you may be kicking yourself for not getting more of a jump on your gardening. Luckily, it’s possible to plant year-round and still have bountiful harvests. Here are some quick tips to help you get your Summer garden going in no time. Raised Beds Raised beds are great for a couple of… Read more »

Backyard Water Features Beyond the Pool

Pools are awesome, but they aren’t the only way to bring water into your patio design. Water features are great ways to add even more beauty and ambiance to your backyard. Here are a few options for adding a water feature to your patio without breaking the bank. Pond in a Pot A pond in… Read more »

Poop There It Is: How to Compost in Your Backyard

Compost is great for fertilizing your garden or lawn and reduces your overall waste and environmental footprint. In fact, it can reduce your household waste by up to 30%, according to the EPA. A compost pile allows you to use naturally occurring microbes to turn organic waste and some household waste into a soil amendment… Read more »

Project Feature: American Legion Post 247

HARDSCAPE HERO OF THE YEAR winner Donald Sherbeyn of Sherbeyn’s Lawn & Landscape recently completed a project at American Legion Post 247 that’s been garnering attention from the local community. The American Legion enlisted Sherbeyn to improve the curb appeal of its newly built facility. The post has been at the same location since 1946,… Read more »

Project Feature: Refreshing the VA Beach Oceanfront with Techniseal

Eagle Bay and Techniseal hosted a joint product demo at the 20th Street beach connector in Virginia Beach last month. The project included revitalizing a 20-year-old compass inlay and donating a custom-made Virginia Beach city seal to be installed at 26th Street. Making the project even more special, Techniseal and Eagle Bay contacted Justin Hampton,… Read more »

Project Feature: COVA Idea House

The 2017 COVA Idea House, located in Ashby’s Bridge, is a testament to the power of teamwork. Fifteen of the area’s best designers, builders, and suppliers, including Stephen Alexander Homes and Neighborhoods, Visionscapes Land Design, Inc. and Eagle Bay, combined forces to create the perfect house for coastal living. The COVA Idea House showcases the… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Brian Gillespie, Ultimate Hardscapes

Congratulations to April’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Brian Gillespie of Ultimate Hardscapes. Based out of Newport News, Virginia, Ultimate Hardscapes recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. We caught up with Brian to talk about his winning project and how working with The Eagle Bay Design Studio is improving the way he does business. “I was one of… Read more »

Garden of Youth: The Benefits of Gardening with Your Kids

A simple backyard garden is a great way to get kids outdoors, teach them about how plants grow, and produce some tasty veggies. Time outdoors is beneficial for everyone, but it’s crucial for children’s development. Sarah Sinclair, owner of Oakwood House (a nature-based childcare) explains, “Gardening is a great way to introduce children to a… Read more »

How to Manage a Backyard Rain Barrel

Harvesting rainwater in your backyard offers a ton of benefits. Rain barrels cost as little as $30, and this easy home improvement is a great way to add some value to your backyard. Simply put, a rain barrel will harvest runoff from your roof or gutter system. Typically, they’re placed right against your house, with… Read more »

Project Feature: Eastern Mennonite University Memorial

Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg will soon complete a memorial for a prospective softball player who was tragically killed weeks before the start of the school year. Kaitlyn Aylor was slated to attend the University in the fall of 2016 but was killed in an ATV accident just a week before school started. The athletic… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Dean Johnson & John Guidon, James River Nurseries

Congratulations to March’s HARDSCAPE HERO winners, Dean Johnson and John Guidon of James River Nurseries. Dean has been in the hardscape industry for 17 years and John has been in the industry for 31 years. The team at James River Nurseries works together on most jobs and we recently spoke with Dean and John about… Read more »