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Patio Privacy Please

Whether you live in a rural, wide open space or a densely populated subdivision, you may want to incorporate some privacy elements into your new or existing landscape design to avoid feeling “watched over” from passers-by or your neighbors. There are lots of ways to create a little privacy and, depending on your porch or [&hellip

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Still Inspiring Dreams of Freedom: The Statue of Liberty

We’ve all heard of Liberty Island, home to our nation’s most beloved and iconic symbol of freedom, The Statue of Liberty.  But did you know that the island was originally named, Bedloe’s Island? Located in the Upper New York Bay and covering approximately 14 acres, Bedloe ’s Island was at one time a small pox [&hellip

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John Adam’s Independence Day Party Ideas

While he was off by two days with his prediction, John Adams definitely had the right idea about how to celebrate Independence Day. John Adams, in a letter to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it [&hellip

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Tips on Working with a Larger Landscape Design Plan

‘Tis the season to be outside! Summer has officially begun, and by now you’ve probably broken out the furniture and cleaned off the patio pavers. Over the years, landscape design hascome to include patios that are a true extension of the home. Cooking outside on the grill has evolved into full outdoor kitchen installations; homeowners [&hellip

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Creating a Secret Garden, Right in Your Own Backyard

They are said to be magical. Ever since Frances Hodgson Burnett first penned A Secret Garden in 1909, young and old alike have been fascinated with secret gardens. These smaller gardens enchant us by allowing us to create a small fantasy world right in our own backyard. The good news is creating a secret garden [&hellip

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The Benefits of Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

So you’ve decided to create an outdoor living space! After deciding the size of your new patio, you’ll need to select the type of material to use. The good news is, you’re not limited to the poured concrete patios of yesteryear that stain and crack after just a few short years.  One rough season can [&hellip

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Get Your Splash On-It’s Pool Party Time!

If you have a pool, chances are you’ll either be hosting a children’s pool party birthday celebration or an adult only cocktail party, this summer season.  Maybe even both. You can either send out formal invitations or invite your guests by word-of-mouth, either way, you’ll need to plan and set up your outdoor living area [&hellip

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Lowering the Cost of Curb Appeal

The weed-free, green lawn that dominates landscape design in suburban America today didn’t exist until the late 18th century. Our forefathers were the original organic gardeners with front “yards” that were much smaller and they were functional in nature. America’s extreme temperatures allowed homeowners to grow seasonal vegetables and herbs, and the thought of taking [&hellip

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Rock Solid Ideas for Dad this Father’s Day

It is estimated that American’s spend more than $1 billion in Father’s Day each year. Standard gifts are sporting goods, socks, neckties, and the ever popular “World’s Best Dad” mug. While all of these are heartfelt gifts, this Father’s Day, why not take it outside and turn it up a notch? Here are a few [&hellip

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Lighten Up: Accent Lighting in Your Backyard

When it comes to your patio or landscape design, make sure to include lighting in your plans. Just as with interior design, different types of lighting fixtures are used for specific functions when lighting a residential outdoor space. Security Lighting: Deterrent lighting is a focused spotlight that is commonly used over doors and garages; it [&hellip

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