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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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



Grill So Good: Easy Recipes for Spring Cookouts


If you’ve been eyeing your grill for the last month, it might be time to get outside and start cooking up some tasty meals. We’ve gathered up some great recipes to get you back into the swing of things and make sure you spend more time enjoying your patio and less time stressing over what… Read more »



Sweet as Honey: The Benefits of Backyard Beekeeping


Keeping a hive of bees in your backyard may not be something that’s ever crossed your mind. If it has, it may have seemed a bit intimidating. Backyard beekeeping is actually no more difficult than maintaining a garden, and it comes with some serious benefits. Bee Basics First, bear in mind that bees can travel… Read more »



Plants With a Purpose-What to Grow This Spring


Spring planting season is almost here, and you’re probably starting to think about how to bring some color back into your yard. What you may not be thinking about is how plants can best serve your outdoor area and will help improve it year after year. These plants do more than just look good; they’ll… Read more »



Pour Winter Cocktails Like The Pros


Seasonal cocktails are an excellent way to round out an evening around your fire pit, or on your patio with friends. We recently sat down with Preston Tran, bartender at the VMFA’s Amuse Restaurant, to talk about his three favorite Winter beverages. Preston’s been tending bar at Amuse for almost two years and has been bartending… Read more »