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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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Exploring Unique, Custom Hardscape Options for Your AZ Landscape

When it comes to designing outdoor spaces, the focus is usually on the landscaping. Many homeowners often overlook the potential of custom hardscape options. While traditional choices like pavers and stone walkways are popular, there’s a world of unique hardscape options waiting to transform your outdoor living areas into a one-of-a-kind space that is all your own. Let’s explore some of these custom hardscape options you may not have considered. Gabion walls Gabion walls are a contemporary and versatile hardscape […]

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Fall vs. Spring: When Is the Best Time to Plant New Plants?

If you want to plant new plants in your yard, you’ll quickly realize that timing is everything. The decision of when to plant is crucial. Typically, two primary seasons are considered best for planting: fall and spring. That said, each season has its unique advantages and challenges, so the choice is not always straightforward.  Here, we’ll discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of both fall and spring planting, to help you make an informed decision for your yard and […]

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How to Successfully Plant Succulents

Succulents have surged in popularity in recent years. With their unique appearance, undeniable beauty, and low-maintenance appeal, succulents catch the attention of plant enthusiasts and beginners alike. These resilient plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making them an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor gardens. However, succulents require a special kind of care in order to help them grow and thrive. Here are some of the essential steps you should follow for a successful succulent […]

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Decorative Options for Block Walls

The block walls you likely have surrounding your yard serve several practical purposes: they offer privacy, create security, and define boundaries between you and your neighbors. While these walls are undoubtedly useful for these reasons, they aren’t so great when it comes to aesthetic appeal.  Still, you don’t have to accept an ugly block wall forever. In fact, you can transform these utilitarian structures into visually stunning features—with the right inspiration and know-how. Here are some creative ways to enhance […]

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The Best Plants for People with Allergies

Everyone loves a lush green landscape, and many people are passionate about caring for plants inside their homes, too. But for individuals battling allergies, it’s important to take extra care to create indoor and outdoor environments that won’t compromise their health or make them miserable. By carefully selecting both the indoor and outdoor plants they keep, even allergy sufferers can truly enjoy the beauty of nature.  Allergy-friendly indoor plants Choosing and caring for indoor plants can be fun and rewarding, […]

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Common Landscape Design Mistakes to Avoid

Embarking on a landscape design project can be an exciting journey. When you start, you have high hopes—not just for the beautiful outdoor space you’ll soon have, but also for the smooth process you’ll follow to get there. Unfortunately, the road to an idyllic landscape is fraught with common pitfalls. From budget overages to delayed timelines, these mistakes can turn your dream project into a nightmare.  Here are some of the most common landscape design mistakes to avoid when you’re […]

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Pros and Cons of Outdoor Kitchens

Nothing transforms your backyard into an outdoor living space quite like an outdoor kitchen. With everything you need to prepare a meal right in your own backyard (literally), you can enjoy the great outdoors like never before. Still, outdoor kitchens aren’t for every homeowner (or every backyard). Like any large home renovation project, there are pros and cons to installing an outdoor kitchen that you will want to consider before getting started. Here are the key points to keep in […]

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Enhance Your Hardscape With These Seating Options

When designing any space, it’s always crucial to think about style and functionality. Seating is where these two aspects of design come together in fun ways. Not only does seating make your space more useful and comfortable for you and your guests, but unique seating options can add focal points, splashes of color, or unusual textures or patterns into your space.  The same is true for outdoor seating. After all, your backyard is an extension of your home: a place […]

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