Posts with Category: Landscaping Tips

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 […]

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 […]

Troubleshooting your Gas Fire Pit
May 13, 2019

Troubleshooting your Gas Fire Pit

As an alternative to a wood burning fire pit and the inevitable messy clean ups, you chose a gas-fuelled option that came in a kit and was relatively easy to install. You built an attractive and comfortable, low-maintenance backyard retreat that is the envy of your Rock Valley, Iowa neighborhood and everything was rosy and […]

Protecting Your Fire Pit in Rainy Climates
May 6, 2019

Protecting Your Fire Pit in Rainy Climates

Ahhh, it’s the end of a long day and your outdoor fire pit is just the thing you need to unwind. Fire pits are great for gathering family and friends for a relaxing evening of good company and making memories, and you invested a great deal of time and money into the centerpiece of your […]

Winter Care Tips for Hardscapes
April 29, 2019

Winter Care Tips for Hardscapes

Maintaining residential landscapes in winter goes beyond caring for cold-sensitive plants and shrubs. Hardscapes including flagstone patios, brick walkways, and concrete driveways need some love too, especially with our severe winter weather here in the Rock Valley and Sioux City, Iowa regions. Rugged hardscapes might seem tough enough to stand up to a little cold […]

What’s the right height for your retaining wall?
April 22, 2019

What’s the right height for your retaining wall?

Retaining walls add to the curb value of your home as well as being a practical tool for landscapers. To successfully discern how high your walls should be, you should take the following steps. The first step in determining the right height for your retaining walls is to consider the use of the area you’re […]