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Chase Coates

Chase Coates is owner of Outback Landscape in Rexburg, Idaho.

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Here at Outback, we love getting our hands in the dirt, building patios brick by brick and feeling the sun on our faces.

It’s why most of us got into this business in the first place.

But we love technology, too.

Landscape industry tech has exploded lately, and we use it every day. 


Right plant, right place. 

Sounds easy enough. 

Choose plants that are well suited and happy where you plop them, and they’ll flourish, with healthy root systems and just the right amount of light and water. 

Miss the mark, and you’re setting your green friends up for overcrowding, disease, insect damage or just plain dying of thirst. 

Need some tips on proper plant placement and selection?

Here you go:


Got bugs?

Don’t freak out, but you probably do. 

And maybe a couple plant diseases, too. 

Chomping aphids. Slimy white lawn grubs. Sticky goo. 

You don’t have time to peer under all your plant leaves looking for suspicious activity.

We do.

Here’s a look at a few of the top plant pests and plagues we can make go away. 


Wonder exactly what goes into a major backyard landscaping renovation?


Apartment dwellers hate snow-covered, slippery surfaces — maybe even more than the rest of us.

There’s no garage, usually, so there’s a pesky trek out to the car across a potentially slick parking lot.

They want to make it out there without taking a dangerous tumble. They want sidewalks clear of snow.

They don’t want huge piles of plowed snow eating up valuable parking space.

Do you have a plan?


Fenced-in yard, plenty of fresh water, a bouncy ball for rousing games of fetch — your dog has it made in the shade, right?

Time for some tips to make sure your backyard oasis is really fit for your furry best friend.

Pet safe lawn care means knowing the rules about safe fertilizer application, avoiding toxic plants, banishing fleas and being aware of winter dangers while your lawn slumbers.

Lucky for Lucky, we know this stuff.


That sparkling white blanket of snow sure is pretty, isn’t it?

But underneath it all, your grass is going through some stuff.

Chunks get torn out. Gravel invades its tender blades. Mice tunnel around, making themselves at home.

And it starts to crave a snack.

We can fix all of that.

Here’s how we can pretty up your lawn after a long winter.


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.


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