Design Guidelines For Outdoor Barbecue Islands & Kitchens

Outdoor barbecue islands and kitchens can range from super simple to incredibly extravagant. Some homeowners prefer the basics, but many are fond of entertaining outdoors in a fully outfitted kitchen complete with built-in appliances and seating. Here are a few helpful guidelines to get your outdoor barbecue or kitchen planning started. Outdoor Barbecue & Kitchen …READ MORE

5 Reasons Why Backyard Fire Pits Are Popular

Backyard fire pits have become much more popular with homeowners in recent years. More homeowners are installing backyard fire pits because they provide warmth while adding atmosphere to your outdoor living space. While some homeowners prefer to install a gas burning fire pit because they are easy to start-up and cutoff at the flip of …READ MORE

Why Choose Paved Concrete Landscape Steps Over Block or Stone?

Outdoor landscaping steps should be durable and visually appealing. While you may prefer the look of brick or stone, landscape block or stone steps aren’t the best choice when it comes to durability, maintenance, and flexibility in landscape design. The good news is that a brick or stone finish can be added to concrete steps …READ MORE

Helpful Tips for Landscape Lighting Placement

Outdoor lighting is certainly functional, but it can also add a great deal of beauty to your yard and landscaping. Once you have identified the reasons you’d like to add landscape lighting, it’s a good idea to contact a landscape designer that can help by providing renderings or sketches for best lighting placement. A landscape …READ MORE

Fall Lawn Care and Landscaping Tips

If you are a DuPage County homeowner, you might not be thinking quite as much about your lawn or landscaping now that the kids are back in school and the summer backyard barbecues are over. However, there are a few things that you can do now that will make a big difference when it comes …READ MORE

Creating Backyard Atmosphere With Water Features

Backyard water features have become much more popular in recent years due to the calming sounds and relaxing benefits they provide. At the end of a busy or stressful day, the sound of a waterfall can help relieve built up stress or anxiety. Plus, water features are great way to help conserve the environment and …READ MORE

Plants That Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Backyard

When you have a beautiful outdoor living space and like to entertain in your backyard, you don’t want to have to worry about pests like mosquitoes that can put a damper on your outdoor activities. Since spraying chemical insect repellents can create unpleasant and unhealthy fumes, try planting natural flowers or herbs that can help …READ MORE

How to Amend Soil for Spring Planting

Soil quality is the single most important factor when it comes to the success of your garden and landscaping. Healthy soil has the ability to properly store and process water. Poor quality soil, on the other hand, won’t hold water adequately and will make it impossible to maintain plant life. To ensure your garden stays …READ MORE

Important Things to Consider When Selecting Landscaping Steps

Landscaping steps can be constructed from several different types of materials. However, regardless of the type of material that is used, landscaping steps all serve the same basic purpose — to provide a safe and beautiful transition between two different grade elevations. Before you select the type of landscaping steps to incorporate into your landscaping, …READ MORE

Beautiful New Perennials to Brighten Up Your Landscaping

One of the best things about perennial flowers is that they come back year after year with proper care. Perennials are perfect to incorporate into your landscaping because they work well in a variety of situations. Use colorful perennials in garden beds, in combination with annuals, as an accent to shrubs, and in container gardens. …READ MORE