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Types of Outdoor Fire Pits for Landscaping

Adding an outdoor fire pit to your landscaping can transform your backyard into a cozy, inviting space that’s perfect for relaxing, entertaining, and warming up on a chilly evening. Fire pits come in a variety of styles, materials, and fuel types, each offering unique benefits. Here’s a guide to the different types of outdoor fire pits you can consider for your own backyard. Fuel types First, let’s take a closer look at the various options available when it comes to […]

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Landscape Design Touches to Give Your Arizona Yard a Unique Feel

In any design project, the ultimate goal is to create something that is not only beautiful and functional, but is also uniquely “you.” Designing a distinctive outdoor space will transform your yard into a personal oasis that fits your taste, budget, and lifestyle. Here are some landscape design ideas that will help your yard stand out and feel more like home. Water features Water features not only add a sense of tranquility and beauty to any landscape, but also individuality. […]

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Things to Know Before Purchasing Plants for Landscaping

When designing a landscape, the right plants can make all the difference. Sure, this means thinking about things like size, shape, and color, since you want to create a lot of visual interest. But even beyond that, there is more to consider. If you want your landscape to truly thrive and to suit your lifestyle needs, then there are several factors to take into account. Here are some essential things to know before selecting and purchasing plants for your landscaping […]

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Low Maintenance Succulents for Arizona Landscapes

Arizona’s arid climate presents unique challenges for landscaping, but it provides some opportunities, too. For example, it’s the perfect environment for a variety of succulents. These hardy (and trendy!) plants are well-suited to the desert landscape, requiring minimal water and maintenance while adding beauty and interest to your garden. Here are some of the top, low-maintenance succulents that thrive in Arizona’s climate and could be the perfect addition to your yard. Aloe vera Aloe vera is not only known for […]

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Options for Adding a Backyard Spa

Most people want their backyards to be a haven of rest and relaxation, but how can you actually create that? One popular way is with a spa or hot tub. Picture this: a warm evening, gentle lighting, the sounds of nature around you, and the relaxation of sinking into your very own private spa, right in your backyard. That’s the dream we’re all chasing! Here are some of the ways you can turn that dream into your backyard’s reality. In-ground […]

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How to Help Your Plants Survive an Arizona Heatwave

Arizona is a beautiful place to live, with stunning landscapes and iconic desert scenery. But then…there’s the scorching heat. While Arizona’s residents make seasonal changes as necessary, the heat presents a particular challenge for anyone trying to keep plants alive during the state’s hottest months.  As temperatures soar during an Arizona heatwave (or on just a typical summer day), plants can wilt and wither, or even struggle to survive. Still, with a little care and attention, you can help your […]

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Landscape Design Tips for a Hillside Property

Hillside properties offer a unique canvas for landscape design—but they also present a tricky challenge. When done properly, you can use your sloped landscape to create a stunning outdoor space that blends harmoniously with nature; but without the right planning and care, you might set yourself up for disaster. Thoughtful, strategic design can help you enhance the natural beauty of your hillside property, turning it into something both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Here are some tips to help. Study the […]

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Creating an Outdoor Space for Self Improvement

These days, the pace of life is…hectic, to put it mildly. Doctors and mental health professionals are quick to point out the need for rest, calm, and personal rejuvenation, but many of us struggle to actually incorporate that advice into our daily lives. Tranquility and self-reflection are more vital than ever, but how many of us actually create time—and space—for personal growth and emotional wellbeing? The good news is, you can have such a space, right in your own backyard—literally. […]

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Is There a Difference Between Patios and Porches?

Everyone has heard the two terms “patio” and “porch,” but does everyone know what each of those terms really means? The words “patio” and “porch” are often used interchangeably, which might lead you to believe that they are the same thing. While patios and porches are very similar in a lot of ways, they are actually two distinct things with different defining characteristics and functionalities.    Let’s take a closer look at both patios and porches, including their individual features, benefits, […]

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How to Choose the Perfect Spot for Your Outdoor Fire Pit

Let’s be honest: who wouldn’t enjoy an outdoor fire pit in their backyard? The crackling flames, the warmth on a chilly evening, the cozy ambiance it creates—it all adds up to a perfect backyard feature that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.  That said, before you start envisioning memorable gatherings around your new fire pit, there are a few important things to consider. One of them is location. Choosing the right spot for your fire pit will help […]

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