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HARDSCAPE HERO: Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray

For the Grays, winning is a family tradition. Jeff Gray and son Jeffrey are no strangers to winning the HARDSCAPE HERO award, and Jeff also claims the title of 2017 HARDSCAPE HERO OF THE YEAR. Their latest winning project shows the same exemplary craftsmanship and skilled design that continues to wow their clients and win… Read more »

Wonderful and Warm: 2020’s Best Fire Pit Accessories

It’s prime fire pit season! The mosquitos are gone and the temperature is perfect for spending time outside. Make sure you have everything you need for a fun and safe time with these new fire pit accessories. Butane Torch  Unless your idea of a good time is rubbing sticks together to create a spark, you’re… Read more »

Project Addition: Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Upgrade Your Patio

Many homeowners assume that patio installations and upgrades to their outdoor living space are best completed during the summer months. However, fall is also a great time to either install a patio or make upgrades to your existing space. Here are a few reasons why: Spare your landscape – most landscaping is dormant during the… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Eric Beaune, Beaune Brothers Landscaping

A properly designed outdoor living space can completely change the personality and atmosphere of a home. First time HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Eric Beaune of Beaune Brothers Landscaping, recently helped his client transform the backyard of an Airbnb property into a beautiful and functional space. Thanks to Beaune’s design expertise, the new outdoor living space not… Read more »

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Flavorfall: Grow Your Own Teas and Herbs

With fall approaching, consider adding some dimension to your garden this summer by incorporating a tea shrub. Tea shrubs are fairly easy to maintain, and one plant (camellia sinensis) can be used to make green, oolong and black teas.   Typically, tea shrubs are hardy Zone 8 plants. Zone 8 includes the Midwest and Southern… Read more »

Peek-a-Boo!: The Best DIY Halloween Décor

If the thought of preparing for Halloween gives you the chills, we’ve got just the thing to exorcise your decoration demons. From ghastly ghosts to zombie hordes, these easy DIYs will haunt your house in no time. Cheesecloth Ghosts This project is a perfect cost-effective way to decorate a large space without spending a lot… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Joel Cross, JC Design, Construction & Landscape

Having a community to rely on can make completing any project easier. July’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Joel Cross of J.C. Design, turned to his network for help on his first winning project, and it paid off. The project began when a high school friend contacted him, after seeing some of his other work online. “They… Read more »

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: How to Keep Your Soil Healthy

Healthy soil is the foundation of a lush yard, a thriving garden and a lively ecosystem. It can reduce pests, improve plant disease resistance, reduce weeds and conserve water. However, healthy soil can’t be bought. It has to be built. You may be tempted just to add purchased topsoil to existing landscaping or gardens, but… Read more »

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Summer Sweets: Cold Homemade Desserts

As sweet summer serenades you with rolling thunder and the hum of cicadas, make sure to spend some time on your patio soaking it all in and relaxing. There’s no better way to do that than with a delicious and cold treat to enjoy. Here are a few recipes for easy frozen treats to make… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Patrick McGrath Virginia Beach Patios

It’s rare to be met with a “job well done” before starting a project. But that’s exactly what happened for Virginia Beach Patios’ Patrick McGrath on his most recent winning project– his third career HARDSCAPE HERO victory.   “We’ve been putting a lot of effort into our social media presence since about 2018, and it’s… Read more »

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Rum Ready: Refreshing Rum Cocktails

Rum isn’t just for pirates anymore! The flavorful spirit has experienced a revival in recent years, with craft bartenders bringing it back into fashion. Rum cocktails are perfect for sultry summer nights on the patio and these refreshing recipes are just what you need to start mixing at home. Scorpion Bowl Bring tiki tastiness to… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO; Eric Ellington, Glen Allen Grounds

Faced with the challenge of changing grades and embedded anchor points, Eric Ellington of Glen Allen Grounds used his expert design skills to create a beautiful outdoor living space. This project is the 2019 HARDSCAPE HERO of the YEAR’s first HARDSCAPE HERO win of 2020.   “We started the project after a business partner introduced… Read more »

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Flavorful Fourth: Delicious Seafood Recipes for Independence Day

Your Independence Day barbecue may look a little different this year, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t still cook up some delicious food for your family to enjoy. We’ve got great recipes for hamburgers and hotdogs on our blog – but, this year, try shaking things up with some tantalizing grilled seafood recipes. Seafood… Read more »

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Headspace: How to Create Your Own Outdoor Yoga Studio

Practicing physical distancing doesn’t mean giving up everything you love. While you probably aren’t able to attend a yoga class, you can still take time for yourself at home. It’s easy to transform part of your outdoor kitchen or living room into a tranquil personal yoga studio. Pick a Place Start by choosing a flat… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Scott Prunty of Solid Structures

April’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Scott Prunty of Solid Structures, shows that perseverance is the name of the game when it comes to completing complex projects. This is his second winning project and one that took almost a year and a half to complete due to zoning regulations.   “The project was interesting for a few… Read more »

Hands On: How to Make DIY Bird Feeders

As we embrace the challenges of physical distancing in a COVID-19 world, having a beautiful backyard to spend time in has become even more important. Attracting wildlife to your outdoor living space can help bolster your mood, improve your local ecosystem and bring an energizing and exciting element to your backyard. Who doesn’t love waking… Read more »

Brighten Up: Functional & Beautiful Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting will transform your entire patio space. It can add depth to your yard and accentuate certain features, and it’s essential for safety around stairs or pools. We rounded up some of the best new lighting options for 2020 and talked to some of our HARDSCAPE HEROES to help you make an educated decision… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Kenny Oriole, Oriole Landscaping LLC

It’s true that you can’t judge a book by its cover, and in many cases, you can’t judge an outdoor living space by its surface. March’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Kenny Oriole of Oriole Landscaping, LLC, installed a beautiful outdoor living space after completely reshaping the homeowner’s backyard to accommodate the installation. “The space was essentially… Read more »

Plan Ahead: Your Spring Landscaping To-Do List

Take your spring cleaning one step further and follow these tips to spruce up your outdoor living space to be sure you’re summer-ready. Start with a Clean Sweep Give your managed gardens, walkways and children’s play areas a solid once-over with a rake and some trimmers. Clearing out dead plants, sticks and rubbish opens up… Read more »