The Outback Blog

Four Ice Melt Products For Taking on all Kinds of Surfaces

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If you had to choose one winter safety issue to be concerned about on your property, it would be slippery, invisible, treacherous ice.

Ice means falls. Property damage. Traffic accidents.

When it slicks up your sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and patios, your number-one need is for it to disappear.

It takes a whole menu of ice melt products to do the job right. Here’s a look at how the crews at Outback Landscape keep surfaces safe.

The Future of Landscape Automation

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Hey, the future is now.

There are gizmos on the market this very minute that will make your landscaping more tech savvy than you are. That’s not saying much?

Don’t worry. This stuff is easy.

And if you can't figure it out, the experts here at Outback Landscape know all about it.

We love this stuff.

Here are some landscape automation features we think you’ll love, too.

Why wait until the future? Nab these gadgets now — or send your robot assistant over to pick them up.

How Much Does It Cost To Winterize An Irrigation System?

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Once a chill is in the air and pumpkins perch on your porch, it’s easy to forget about your property’s summertime needs, including your irrigation system.

But your sprinklers need some critical attention before freezing temperatures set in.

We know — it’s tempting to set that aside and deal with it in the spring. That’ll save you a few bucks, right?

Actually, ignoring winterization could cost you a bundle.

How much does it cost to winterize an irrigation system? And how much could it cost you if you ignore it?

We’re glad you asked.

The Best Plants To Use As A Privacy Screen

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Some days, you just want to grill burgers in your robe.

Or lounge on the deck with your hair a mess.

And even if you love your neighbors, you don't necessarily want to watch them skim their pool or wash their dog.

Maybe you love living in the city, but the street noise interferes with your backyard chill.

You need some privacy.

Brick wall? Too fortress-like. Tall wooden fence? Too much work.

Plants might offer just the privacy you need.

Here's a look at some of the best plants to use for privacy, from trees to shrubs, grasses to vines.

When to Plant Grass Seed in Idaho (And How To Keep It Alive)

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Yearning for a healthy green lawn, but worried you missed the boat because summer slipped by too fast?

You’re in luck. Here in Idaho, where cool season grasses thrive, the fall is perfect for planting grass seed.

The best time to plant grass in Idaho is in early fall. The new grass will have time to take hold before winter and you won't have to worry about competition from annual weeds that grow in the warmer months.

After a good sleep, your new grass will emerge green and healthy in the spring.

The good news doesn’t stop there. Read on for a few tips on how to keep those tiny new blades of grass alive.

Six Fall Lawn Care Mistakes That Will DESTROY Your Lawn

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By this time of year, when summer’s over and winter’s looming, you might not be thinking too much about your lawn.

It’s been watered and mowed all season, right? Time to turn your attention to football and maybe write a check for snowplowing. So long till spring, lawn.

Not so fast.

A few fall lawn care mistakes can do a lot of damage between now and spring.

Avoid these common mistakes.

Hydroseed Vs Sod: What To Expect

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Your bare feet just can't wait for plain old grass seed.

You want a speed lawn — an envy-inducing spread of grass so green and soft, you might just throw away all your shoes.

So, hydroseed or sod? Both are shortcuts that will get you that lawn much faster than planting seed and waiting.

Here's a look at both methods, and what you can expect from each.

Per Push vs Seasonal Snow Contracts: Which Snow Removal Option Is Best?

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When the snow starts piling up on your commercial property and Olympic ice skaters could train in your parking lot, you need that frozen stuff gone.

But there are different ways to get there.

You can pay a snow removal contractor “per push,” paying each time they plow your property through the winter months.

Or you can opt for a seasonal contract. Pay one fixed price to have your property plowed for the season, no matter how many — or few — times it snows.

Which method is best for you? It depends.

Here’s a look at both snow removal options.

The Outdoor Holiday Lighting and Decorating Survival Guide

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Yes! It's time to get ready for your outdoor holiday lighting display!

Drag that bin of tangled lights out of the basement and see if you can make any sense of the mess.

Make your way to the back of the garage to get the ladder. Watch out for the gas can, the rake, all the bikes, the wheelbarrow and that overflowing recycling bin.

Where are those little clips that attach the lights to the roofline? Is somebody home who can hold the ladder for you? Where’s the extension cord?

Is it getting stressful in here, or is it just you?

Relax. We're here to simplify outdoor holiday lighting, hassle by hairy hassle.

Landscape Maintenance Budget Planning: Seven Items You Need To Plan For In Your Budget

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Turf care. Check.

Seasonal color. Check.

Routine maintenance. Check.

As you plan the budget for your property's landscape maintenance, if feels good to have all the bases covered.

But do you?

Unexpected problems can pop out of nowhere throughout the year, from storms to disease to irrigation issues.

Don't be caught by surprise. Make sure your landscape maintenance budget planning includes funds for situations like these:

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