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.

Pro Tip: Midsummer To-Do’s


Now that summer’s settled in and everything’s in bloom, your yard may be taking up a little more time on the weekend than you want it to. To help, we put together a list of softscape and hardscape chores to keep your outdoor living space looking its best. Plant Perfection Caring for your yard properly… Read more »



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Ingenious Hacks to Take Your Grill Game to the Next Level


It’s the most wonderful time of the year: grilling season! Give your skills a refresh with these helpful hacks, and bring a little extra fire to the table the next time you cook out. Hot Water Test Did you know that you can measure the propane level in your tank with hot water? No one… Read more »



PERGOLA POWER: CUSTOMIZABLE DESIGN ELEMENTS FIT FOR ANY PATIO


Pergolas are a great way to provide shade for an outdoor room and provide an aesthetic anchor for your outdoor living space. They’re easily customizable and can be shaped to fit almost any area. Whether you’re planning a new patio or wanting to modify an existing one, the basic design principles for a pergola are… Read more »



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Grill Check: The Best of 2018


Summer and grilling go together like burgers and buns. We did some digging and found the best new grills on the market. Whether you’re a charcoal traditionalist or a propane master, these grills will make you want to cook out all summer long. Charcoal Grills Charcoal grills are great for smoking meats, and they add… Read more »



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Backyard Refresh: Your Guide to Outdoor Showers


Outdoor showers are something you didn’t know you needed until you experience one for the first time. Whether you’re rinsing off after spending a long day in the garden or the pool or you’re just hosing down the kids, they’re a convenient addition to any well-designed outdoor living space. The best part? They come in… Read more »



BackYARRRRRd Meals: Seafood Recipes for Your Patio a Pirate Would Love


The weather’s warming up, and you’re probably starting to plan some cookouts with friends and family. Serving seafood at your next event is a great way rock everyone’s palette and give you a break from chicken and steak. Here are a few delicious, easy-to-make and delicious outdoor seafood recipes that’ll keep your crew happy. Scallop,… Read more »



Perfect Pavers: 2018’s Trends for Outdoor Living Spaces


Patio season is heating up, and you’re probably brainstorming the best way to design your patio. Of course, a paver patio is an ideal foundation for any outdoor living space, but choosing the right décor will take it to the next level. Check out 2018’s biggest patio trends below! So Hot Right Now Over the… Read more »



Patio Trend: Edibles to the Front


Along with integrated seating and fire features, edible landscaping is one of the hottest trends in outdoor design. In fact, the National Gardening Association recently reported that one in three households were already growing food. Edibles are not only beautiful, they also double as a fresh, organic source of flavor and nutrients for your family…. Read more »



Gleeful Garden: DIY Backyard Games


Photo source: PXhere.com  Summertime is quickly approaching and your family is probably itching to get outside and have some fun. Adding games to your patio is a great way to keep your guests and kids entertained for hours. Get your outdoor living space into game mode with these easy-to-assemble backyard games. Checkmate Chill Out Photo… Read more »



Easy Ways to Attract More Birds to Your Yard


Attracting more birds to your patio is as simple as making a couple of small changes to your landscape plan. Use the tips below to create an aviary right in your backyard. Water Introducing a consistent fresh water supply is the best way to start attracting birds to your yard. Consider creating a watering hole… Read more »



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Style & Comfort: The Philosophy of Good Design


The philosophy behind your décor is just as important as the design choices you make. Crafting a unique, comfortable outdoor space takes more than relying on the sum of its parts. Taking the time to think about the functions your patio serves can make the design process and, ultimately, the results even better. We did… Read more »



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New Year’s Resolution: 2018’s Paver Fitness Plan


One of the benefits of an interlocking paver system is the relatively low amount of maintenance required compared to other patio options. By developing a regular maintenance routine, you can extend the life of your pavers and reduce the effects of weathering and wear. These helpful tips will keep your patio ship-shape all year round,… Read more »



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Deviously Delicious: 5 Great Deviled Egg Recipes


Devilled eggs are a tried and true party favorite; surprise your guests and pull out all the stops with these awesome deviled egg recipes. Pumpkin Devilled Eggs Pumpkin spice is a flavor profile that’s here to stay. Stay on trend with this simple and easy-to-make recipe from Delish. What you need: 12 large eggs 1/2… 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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »