A Home For Nemo — 7 Keys To Perfect Pond Placement

A backyard pond is a beautiful and fun addition to any backyard landscape. But, before you start digging, it's vital to know how to choose the perfect location for a pond in order for it to thrive. Here are 7 key aspects of pond placement to help you decide. Sun and Shade. Choose a location that's not in the shade all day long. Most ponds — and especially pond fish — need to be in the sunlight for at least half the day. Read More 

Choosing The Right Stone For Your Landscaping Pavers

One of the best parts of landscaping your own backyard is personalizing the patio space and walkways. For many homeowners, choosing a durable material like natural stone is the best way to do just that. If you've been considering stone pavers but don't know what to choose, it's important to look at the options carefully. Here are a few of the most common types to consider as you draw out your plans. Read More 

Tips For Maintaining Your Gravel Driveway

Homeowners typically pick gravel driveways because they are easy to install and affordable and can be designed into unique patterns and colors using varying types of gravel. A professional paving contractor should be consulted when installing a gravel driveway, as meticulous drainage planning is required to ensure the driveway doesn't flood or wash out after heavy rains. Once installed, the driveway will require regular maintenance to stay solid and intact. Read on for regular care tips for your gravel driveway to help prevent it from turning into a crumbling mess. Read More 

More Than A Campfire — 5 Luxury Options For An Outdoor Fire Pit

If you want to add fire to your backyard hardscaping, you may immediately think of a basic round fire pit. But the truth is that there are many luxurious options and greater variety open to modern landscapers than ever before. Here are 5 beautiful and creative fire pit options for the discerning homeowner.  In-Pool Fire. If you're combining a fire pit and a pool, why not place the flames inside the pool? Read More 

Beautiful Retaining Wall Ideas For A Traditional Home

At heart, a retaining wall is a practical installation. A retaining wall holds back soil on one side while remaining freestanding on the other. Its purpose is typically to hold up a slope for landscaping. Depending on your yard, a single retaining wall may be sufficient, or you may need a series of terraces. If you have a traditional house, install a beautiful retaining wall that complements your home and landscaping while shoring up the yard. Read More