How to protect your landscape during winter
October 14, 2019

How to protect your landscape during winter

Winter is coming. Northern tier states have already seen frosty nights and some have even been pummeled with several feet of snow. Pretty soon kids will be sledding and skating and throwing snowballs. But bitter cold will soon follow and bring with it ice and temperatures plunging to depths we’d rather not think about. Cold, […]

The benefits of a natural stone patio
October 7, 2019

The benefits of a natural stone patio

An outdoor patio opens up a whole new world to your home’s backyard environment. A new patio space inspires neighborhood gatherings and weekend barbeques and children’s random, unfettered play. If you are thinking of incorporating an outdoor patio into your Rock Valley, Iowa home’s landscaping look, consider natural stone’s many appealing features and benefits. Ruggedly […]

The different materials used in block retaining wall installation
September 23, 2019

The different materials used in block retaining wall installation

At first glance, a block retaining wall is just there to hold back a whole lot of dirt but these walls are incredibly versatile and are used in everything from college campus commons areas to office building landscaping accents to park benches and planters. Retaining walls can stay true to their eons-old construction purpose or […]

Why the base is so important when installing pavers
September 16, 2019

Why the base is so important when installing pavers

So you’ve decided to include pavers in your Rock Valley or Sioux Center, Iowa backyard landscape design. It is a fine choice and a common one among many homeowners. Pavers come in dozens of material types including natural stone, brick, concrete, and permeable. All of these have their own unique benefits and construction differences and […]

Some important facts about building retaining walls
September 9, 2019

Some important facts about building retaining walls

Retaining walls do so much more than hold back dirt. Sure, their intended purpose is typically to keep soil on a steep incline in place but these versatile walls can do so much more, such as erosion control on a troublesome incline, creating planting beds, or adding some flair to a pancake flat yard. Whatever […]

How to choose the best pavers to surround your pool
September 2, 2019

How to choose the best pavers to surround your pool

You’ve dreamed for years of having an in-ground pool in your backyard and now it’s in there. All pool systems are go and the final step before you fill it with water and jump in is to select pavers for final landscape design touches. Sounds easy enough. How hard can it be to choose some […]

Choosing the Right Materials for a Backyard Patio or Walkway
August 26, 2019

Choosing the Right Materials for a Backyard Patio or Walkway

Landscaping and hardscaping are the two main elements of any backyard space and striking the right balance results in the function and beauty homeowners prefer.  Once you have your landscape design on lockdown with zones for grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees, it’s time to consider how you’re going to lounge and move around in your […]

Get More Use Out of Your Yard with a Fire Pit
August 19, 2019

Get More Use Out of Your Yard with a Fire Pit

There are a lot of ways to improve the functional and aesthetic appeal of your backyard.  Once you have a plan for landscape design and you’ve decided where you want patios and walkways to go, you might start to think about adding an in-ground pool for summer fun, or a smaller water feature for Zen […]

What are the Key Points in Outdoor Kitchen Design?
August 12, 2019

What are the Key Points in Outdoor Kitchen Design?

There’s no denying the utility of an outdoor kitchen, which allows you to stay social when cooking for family, friends, or large parties during the summer months when everyone wants to be outdoors.  While there’s certainly some expense inherent to installing an outdoor kitchen, you’ll also add tons of value to your property in the […]