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5 Landscape Lighting Trends You Need To Know

Landscape lighting first made its sparkling debut in higher end residential properties thanks to Frank B. Nightingale. Nightingale’s passion for light and nature appropriately earned him a loyal following as the “Father of Garden Lighting.” His precursor light fixtures were a bit bulky and expensive and utilized 120-volt power. But, these ancestors of modern-day lighting paved the way for a powerful evolution in landscape lighting. Fast forward to the present and we are continuing to enjoy the foundational elements Nightingale created several decades ago, while capitalizing on modern advancements in landscape lighting design and installation. The newest trends in this

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10 Ways to Use Planters in Your Pool Deck Design

So, you finally have your dream pool all set up and ready for use in your backyard. The water is crystal clear, cool, and beautiful, but now, what can you do to really ramp it up to the next level? What about some attractive poolside planters to accentuate an already outstanding landscape design? Planters are an excellent way to bring in a pop of color to your pool deck and add a bit of personality to your outdoor oasis. 1. Custom Planters For homeowners who haven’t finished installing a pool, custom planter boxes can be a great choice. Custom planters

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Stressed Out? Install a Spa in Your Backyard

As the weather turns warmer, Minnesotans look forward to enjoying all that their outdoor spaces have to offer, which can include a relaxing escape from busy day-to-day routines. By creating an oasis in your backyard, you can easily unwind after a long day or enjoy a relaxing staycation without having to leave your home. One way to achieve optimal relaxation in the comfort of your own space is by installing a spa. What Is a Spa? The term spa often describes a heated body of water built into the ground, kind of like an in-ground pool. It is often used

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The 7 Best Types of Pool Deck Pavers

Your pool deck is both an aesthetic and a functional landscaping element. It creates a smooth visual transition from your pool to the rest of your garden or backyard, covering the bare dirt to create usable space around the pool. If you want to enjoy long days lounging by the water, your pool deck makes it possible. You can even expand your deck with enough backyard space to accommodate poolside furniture or a dining area. The material you select for your lawn’s hardscaping can make a big difference in appearance and practicality. This guide highlights the seven best types of

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Brick Paver Installation and Maintenance Practices Experts Know

The charming brick paver streets of Midwestern and New England towns were installed more than a century ago. In Europe and other parts of the world, they date back thousands of years. The brick materials at the time could be wood or granite but for the most part, were clay pavers. These paving installations gave way to more economical asphalt and concrete paving. In fact, many brick-paved streets were simply paved over with asphalt. Those clay pavers may have crumbled from the elements and years of wear but nevertheless proved a suitable base for less durable materials. Modern brick paving

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Backyard Landscape Structures And Features For Family Activities

  Your backyard can be your own little slice of paradise if it’s properly designed with activities in mind. Landscaping is important, of course, but architectural structures and elements introduce new levels of interest and activities, whether for play, family entertainment, or relaxation.  While backyard structures can be built from durable materials, such as hybrid metal and vinyl composites, traditional wood carpentry gives them the warmth and natural appearance and feel to the touch that many people admire. When expertly combined, all of these materials create unique designs that suit specific environmental and lifestyle needs.  Whether the style of your

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