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There you are, happily standing in the middle of your great new patio or strolling your nifty new deck.

The next big question: How to decorate my outdoor living space?

We’ve got you covered, with outdoor living space decorating ideas from top to bottom.  

You’ll love your stylish new hangout.


You’ve spent the past few months working hard to keep your lawn looking great.

(And you thought we didn’t notice.)

Don’t stop now.

Winter can take a toll on your lawn, from whiskered burrowing mice and voles to icky snow mold to pesky plows that gouge your pretty green carpet.

How to protect your lawn in winter?


It’s 23 degrees and blustery — would you head outside without your warm gloves, coat and hat?

Your trees and shrubs are pretty chilly out there, too. You’ve invested time and money in your green friends.

Have you thought about winter shrub protection? Are you preparing trees for winter?

Better get to it. Here’s what to do.


Oh, the landscaping plans you have in your head.

A great new patio where you can lounge on Sunday mornings with the birds and squirrels.

An outdoor kitchen, complete with a pizza oven, so you can wow your friends with that new asparagus, potato and goat cheese pizza recipe.

Or maybe you're just tired of your scraggly junipers and lackluster lawn. It’s time for a full-scale front yard makeover.

But how much does residential landscape design cost?



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We’ve all seen them. Houses with lighting so bright they could be in Vegas. Homes with winding paths dotted with — are those fireflies? Nope, just barely noticeable solar powered lights.

And that house with so many different kinds of outdoor lighting fixtures it looks like a display model for a lighting company.

Landscape lighting mistakes are pretty common. Homeowners make them. Even less skilled professionals make them.

Here’s a few to avoid. The good news: we can fix them.


Love a great-looking yard, but hate yard work?


Remember when your patio looked so pretty? Smooth, clean and weed-free?

What the heck happened?

Now it's a jungle out there, with weeds and grass sprouting between the pavers like a primeval forest.

How to keep weeds from growing between pavers? How to get rid of grass between paving stones?

Is there a way to prevent them from sprouting in the first place?

We have your weed-free answers, step by step.


When you gaze out into your back yard after dark, what do you see?

Go ahead — take a look. We’ll wait.

Nothing to report?

That’s too bad. There are a bunch of great things going on back there that are worth illuminating.

Think about all your favorite backyard features. Your cool deck. Your beautiful garden plants. Your home’s architectural features. Your stately old trees.

Chase Coates, president of Outback Landscape, has five landscape lighting ideas that will take your back yard to the next level.


Slippery, teetering ladders. Frozen fingers. Hopelessly tangled strings of lights. Numb toes.

It's time to put holiday lights on the house — the most wonderful time of the year!

Who are we kidding?

A house twinkling with lights, festooned with bright wreaths and sporting Santa on the roof is an awesome sight.

Making it all happen? Not so great.

A skilled holiday lighting and decorating expert could save your sanity this holiday season.


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