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.

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 »



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 »



5 Great Gadgets for Outdoor Living This Spring


Spring is here! We’ve gathered a list of some of the best new outdoor gadgets to make your grilling and chilling as relaxing as possible. Bamboombox The Archeer 25W Bluetooth Speaker is a stylish way to bring some tunes to your patio.  It boasts a huge subwoofer for deep bass and an 11-hour rechargeable battery…. Read more »



The Eagle Bay Design Studio: VizTerra in 2017


Since we launched our Design Studio last April, we have created hundreds of VizTerra 3D renderings for our contractors. However, a lot has changed since then. Cole Lineberry, our Residential Designer, has spent countless hours learning the program and expanding Eagle Bay’s capabilities within the software. We’re excited to share this technology with our customers… Read more »



Eagle Power: Eagle Scout Project Completed With Eagle Bay Pavers


Only four percent of Boy Scouts nationwide achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank possible in the program. In order to become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must fulfill a number of requirements, including planning and executing a project designed to benefit the local community. Nolan Zunk, a 17-year-old junior at Clover Hill… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Trey Watford, Williams Landscape & Design, Inc.


Congratulations to February’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Trey Watford of Williams Landscape & Design, Inc. Trey has four years of professional hardscape experience, and he has been interested in landscaping and landscape design since he was a child. “I’ve been into art and the outdoors ever since I was young. I loved doing art projects and… Read more »



Second Look Stories: Shane Vent


Shane Vent became a HARDSCAPE HERO in September of 2016. We recently caught up with him again to see how he was doing. “Having won the award gives me a sense of pride. It’s great knowing all of the people who saw my job and voted for me think it’s exceptional work,” Vent says. Every… 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 »



Eagle Bay 2017 Dealer Day


Earlier this month, we hosted our annual Dealer Day at the Hilton Richmond Short Pump Hotel and Spa. Dealers from all over the region joined us to learn about market trends, our VizTerra Design Studio, and new products and colors. The day started with Greg Kirkman, Director of Sales, giving an in-depth presentation on dealer… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Matt Daly and Ellis Wiltshire, Rock Creek Innovations


Congratulations to January’s HARDSCAPE HERO winners, Matt Daly and Ellis Wiltshire of Rock Creek Innovations. Matt brings six years of experience to the Rock Creek Innovations team, and Ellis is a recent HARDSCAPE HERO, having won in July 2015. Matt worked closely with the clients to design the winning project, which includes a pool, an… 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 »



Introducing the Brisa Freestanding Wall from Eagle Bay


The Lab at Eagle Bay has been busy creating new colors and products this Winter. We recently announced two new colors, Mocha and Potomac, and now we’re proud to announce Brisa, a new freestanding wall from Eagle Bay. The Brisa Freestanding Wall mimics the look of natural stone and is ideal for straight or curved… Read more »



The Science of Dust: The Lab at Eagle Bay


Within the heart of the churning production facility at Eagle Bay Headquarters sits a quiet room. This room is lined with test tubes of aggregate, sand, concrete and color. Drawers are stacked high with color samples of the same paver rendered over and over and over again. There’s a machine for sifting, a pool for… Read more »



ASLA Merit Award Recipient: Devil’s Backbone Brewery Basecamp


Photo by Windridge Landscaping Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Devil’s Backbone Basecamp is a sprawling facility centered on a beautiful beer garden. David Anhold of Anhold and Associates, PLC, designed the facility to fulfill the vision of Steve and Heidi Crandall, the owners. The Crandalls traveled to several European biergartens and… Read more »



Brock Environmental Center Receives Virginia ASLA Commendation


Photo by Hourigan Construction The Brock Environmental Center (BEC) located at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, VA, is a one-of-a-kind building, completed in part thanks to SWM PAVE Permeable Pavers. What makes the BEC unique is its status as a Living Building and that it holds a LEED Platinum certification. To achieve this, the… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Mike Halliday, Bluehill Landscapes


Congratulations to December’s Hardscape Hero, Mike Halliday of Bluehill Landscapes. Mike is a previous Hardscape Hero, having won in January 2015. Mike brings 15 years of experience to hardscape projects in and around Charlottesville, VA. He loves wakeboarding and says “I take my kids and my friends any time I can and try to spend… 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 »



Get Out! The Best Outdoor Heaters For Your Patio


Outdoor heaters are a great way to get more usage out of your patio during the Winter months. They’re also a great addition to installing a fire pit. Outdoor heaters are generally smaller and will burn cleaner. What To Look For There are a few primary types of outdoor heaters available. When shopping, you can… Read more »