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Design Review: 2020’s Upcoming Design Trends

The new year is almost here and with it comes the shifting terrain of new design trends and styles. If you’re in the process of planning an outdoor living space or want to add some new flair to your existing patio, these trends will keep you at the forefront of fashionable outdoor design. Mix It… Read more »

Smart Patio: Top Outdoor Tech for the New Year

You’ve heard about smart homes, but how about a smart patio? These nifty gadgets will propel your outdoor living space into the future. Santa Clara Indoor / Outdoor Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker It’s the latest addition to the outdoor speaker world. The Santa Clara Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is the pinnacle of tech evolution. It’s stylish,… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO Chris Rowsey; Rowsey Brothers LLC.

Not many HARDSCAPE HERO winners have heard of the Rooster of Riga in Latvia, but Chris Rowsey of Rowsey Brothers, LLC. certainly has. His second winning project of 2019 included a pool, water feature, custom audio/visual installation, and a steel rooster crafted by a local blacksmith known for his work on the Washington Memorial and… Read more »

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5 Must Make Fall Fish Recipes

With cold weather approaching, we’re all seeking the savory deliciousness of comfort foods. Fish may not seem like an obvious choice, but with a convincing list of health benefits, these savory recipes will easily become a staple in your winter repertoire. Cod Chowder with Bacon, Butternut Squash, and Thyme With savory flavors of smoked paprika… Read more »

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It’s All About the Stout! 4 Tasty Stouts for Fall

Stouts are the beer to drink during the fall and winter months. Breweries often release stouts around Christmas, meaning they’re at the peak of freshness at this time of year. Their dark and robust flavorings pair well with savory stews, and as the popularity of stouts has expanded beyond true beer nerds, breweries are getting… Read more »

Toasty Tips: Everything You Need to Know About Eagle Bay Fire Features

Eagle Bay fire features are durable, dynamic pieces, capable of elevating any patio both aesthetically and functionally. We spoke to some of our HARDSCAPE HERO winners and asked what they think homeowners should know when considering adding a fire feature to their project. Understand Your Options Knowing the options you have to select from is… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Chris Johannsen, Commonwealth Curb Appeal

The team at Commonwealth Curb Appeal has a long history of creating beautiful, creative and HARDSCAPE HERO–winning projects. Their latest project also clinches their fifth HARDSCAPE HERO title, making them the current leader in winning projects. With their latest major installation, they’ve adapted and built on plans provided by the original contractor. “The project wound… Read more »

Fall Flourish—The Best Plants for Year-Round Color

Many people assume that after the leaves fall, we’re stuck with a bland, gray yard until the following spring. However, these luscious fall plants keep their color long into the cold season, helping to brighten up and fill out your outdoor living space. Chrysanthemum Mums are a traditional fall flower, and their wide range of… Read more »

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Winter Wildlife: How to Attract Wildlife during the Winter Months

The winter months can make your backyard feel a little sparse. Luckily, it’s easy to liven up your outdoor living space with these lush plants and by trying out of some of these tips. Provide Food Sources Animals are constantly seeking out new food, especially in the winter months. Therefore, adding specific food sources to… Read more »

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Flavors of Fall—Delicious Bourbon Cocktails

Bourbon is possibly the perfect spirit for fall. Its warming, rich flavors find their way to the center of your chest, radiating heat and enjoyment throughout. Cozy up to one of these tasty cocktails around your fire pit or fireplace to enjoy crisp air and good times. Bourbon-Spiked Hot Chocolate Hot chocolate is a fall… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Jeff Gray, Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray

Winning the HARDSCAPE HERO award isn’t always about submitting the biggest, most elaborate job. Three-time HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Jeff Gray of  Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray—also winner of 2017’s HARDSCAPE HERO of the YEAR—knows that planning, creativity and research can come together to create a winning job. “The homeowners originally wanted to put in a… Read more »

5 Creative Ways To Store Firewood

With colder weather right around the corner, it’s time to start stocking up on firewood for your fire pit or fireplace. When that pickup full of wood arrives at your door, do you know where you’re going to stack it? Of course, the Eagle Bay Dublin Woodbox is a great option, but if it doesn’t… Read more »

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Terrifying Tech: Smart Home-Compatible Halloween Décor

Scare the pants off your neighbors from the comfort of your couch! These high-tech Halloween hacks will turn your house into a modern Amityville horror. From DIY tricks to contemporary decoration pieces, check out this terrifying rundown. Digital Decorating Kit This high-def display kit from Atmos FX allows you to project images of demons, ghouls… Read more »

7 Screening Plant Styles for Privacy and How to Use Them

Choosing the right plants for your outdoor living space can create seamless transitions between different areas while also offering you more privacy. Here are seven great options for your outdoor space. Evergreen Trees   For year-round coverage, there’s no better option than evergreen trees. They are capable of creating a dense privacy screen while also… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Clinton Ferris, Ferris Landscaping

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson This month’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Clinton Ferris of Ferris Landscaping, knows what it is to take a leap of faith, try something new, and succeed. His winning project involved taking a steep and unusable yard and… Read more »

Sun Health: The Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

It’s science! While spending time outdoors has been proven to have dramatically positive effects on your overall health, the sun has gotten a bad reputation. Of course, over-exposure can have negative consequences, but spending time in the sun, be it reading on your patio or swimming in your backyard pool, has many positive benefits as… Read more »

Keep It Buzzin’: Backyard Bee Attractants

Photo: Pixabay  Flora and fauna both benefit from the presence of bees. Bees promote cross-pollination and are a critical link in most ecosystems. Due to the decline in bee populations, it’s more difficult to attract them. Here are some tips to keep your local bee population thriving, benefitting your garden and landscape. Offer Cover Photo:… Read more »