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Fun Family Activities You Can Do in Your Backyard

It’s finally that time of year in Arizona—when the weather has cooled down enough that we can get outside and enjoy our backyards again! After a long summer spent inside with the air conditioning, we’re all ready for a little more outdoor fun. Here are some ideas of fun backyard activities the whole family can enjoy. Outdoor games Fun outdoor games are a must-have for any backyard. If you have a big yard, croquet and frisbee are classic, family-friendly games. […]

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Pros and Cons of Lawn-Free Front Yard Design

A front lawn is almost a given of home ownership…but it’s not an obligation that everyone wants to take on. Some people opt to design their front yard in a way that does not include a full lawn of green grass.  Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the pros and cons of choosing to keep your front yard lawn-free. PROS CONS Now that you’re aware of some of the major pros and cons of lawn-free front yard […]

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Tips for Designing a Backyard Garden

Good design can change everything—and that is just as true outside your home as it is inside it. When you’re working on a backyard garden, for example, a deliberate, well thought out design will make all the difference in making your garden exactly what you want it to be. Today, we’re sharing some of our best tips for designing a garden that is perfect for your home backyard. Know your goals. Is this a vegetable garden, a flower garden, or […]

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Reasons to Use a Drip Irrigation System

When it comes to keeping the plants, trees, or flowers in your yard healthy and thriving, there are a couple important things to consider, but none are as important as water. Without the right amounts of water at the right times, any plant will die—period. Of course, staying on top of a strict watering schedule can quickly become a big hassle. And that’s where drip irrigation systems come in.  What is a drip irrigation system? A drip irrigation system is […]

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Fun Landscape Elements to Enjoy This Winter

One of the best things about winter in the Phoenix area is that while most of the country is hunkering down for the bitter cold, we are finally getting to venture outside! Mild Phoenix winters mean plenty of sunshine and bearably cool temperatures. Of course, winters are still too cold—even in Phoenix—to use an unheated pool, splash pad, or other water feature. But there are plenty of fun elements you can add to your yard that will make the winter […]

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Things to Consider When Purchasing Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture can add a lot to your outdoor living possibilities, but it can also be a big investment. For that reason, it is definitely worth putting some thought into the decision before you hit “add to cart.” Here are some of the main things to consider when shopping for and purchasing outdoor furniture. What will you use it for? The first step is creating a vision for your backyard furniture. What do you want to use it for? Do […]

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What Is a Living Wall? (And How to Add One to Your Home or Yard)

The best landscape design elements don’t just mimic the beauty of nature—they actually recreate it. That is definitely the goal when it comes to “living walls.” This trend isn’t just about transplanting plants to a vertical space; it’s really about helping plants grow and thrive on that space, creating a very natural-looking element that works just as well inside as it does outside. So what exactly is a living wall? And how can you create one for your space? Those […]

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Options for Outdoor Fireplaces and Firepits

There are plenty of fun ways to add visual interest and useful function to your backyard, but by far, one of the most popular ways is including a fireplace or fire pit.  But as with any design choice, adding a fire feature to your backyard requires more than a single decision. And with so many options available to homeowners, it might be a little overwhelming at first. We’re here to help, with a quick overview of some of the basic […]

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Add a Splash of Color to Your Landscape with These 4 Plants

When it comes to yard design, most Arizonans take one of two directions: either they choose to make their yard lush and green (with grass, trees, and bushes), or they embrace their surroundings and go for more of a low-maintenance desert vibe (with rocks and cacti).  But no matter which direction you take, you’ll probably want some way to add a splash of color to your yard. Color keeps things interesting and creates focal points in your landscaping. Not to […]

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Water Features to Install Instead of a Pool

Almost every homeowner in the Phoenix area has at least thought of installing a pool at one point or another. With swimming season extending almost year-round, it’s easy to see how a pool could be a worthwhile investment for your home and family. That said, pools aren’t for everyone. They require a lot of upfront cost, along with maintenance and upkeep expenses. Plus, they present a significant safety hazard for many families.  The good news is that even if you […]

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