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Once your great new plants are in the ground, brightening up your landscape, it’s time to decide the finishing touch — what goes on top?

Mulch? Rocks? Or keep it simple with a top dressing of soil?

Let’s take a look at mulch vs rock vs soil and see how it all shakes out.


Pergolas are beautiful garden structures that add drama to your landscape and provide the perfect little getaway spot in your own backyard.

But there are some decisions to make. What size pergola do you need? Should it be attached or detached? What material is best?

Let’s take a closer look at pergolas, how they can improve your landscape and how to decide what size is right for you.


Everybody loves to come home to green lawn, shade trees, pretty flower beds. So when potential renters are looking at apartment buildings, appearances matter.

Landscaping plays a huge factor in an apartment building’s curb appeal. Beautiful, well-tended landscaping tells potential occupants that property managers care about the place.

A few key areas need special attention. Let’s take a look at a few great landscaping ideas for apartment buildings.


Retaining walls are practical and aesthetically pleasing elements to include in your backyard or front yard landscape.

They can help solve a variety of problems in your landscape, as well as create unique planting opportunities. Retaining walls are most often used on sloped terrain to restrain soil and improve the value of your space.

With the help of retaining walls, landscape designers and architects can ensure soil is bound between the levels of a hillside, as well as create picturesque views in your landscape.


Grilling out, enjoying drinks with friends and spending time in your backyard: Those are all things you can do with an outdoor kitchen.

To make sure you can actually do all of those things, though, you need to have a well-designed outdoor kitchen space.

Here are seven common outdoor kitchen design mistakes to make sure you avoid.


You’re ready to make your outdoor living dreams a reality by hiring a landscape designer. But what should you do to prepare for your first meeting with the landscape designer?

Getting prepared for your landscape design consultation will not only speed up the process, but it will also help them create the perfect design for you and your property. So, make sure you take the time to plan.

Here are five things to do to prepare for your meeting with a landscape designer.


It’s time to stop gazing sadly into your ho-hum backyard and create your dream backyard.

Not sure what you need? We have lots of innovative ideas for high-end backyard designs.

Not sure how much it will cost?

Our landscape designer Kirk Jeppesen offers a price range for eight of the hottest backyard enhancements, from low end to high end.

Relax — we’ll make this easy. 


Wonder exactly what goes into a major backyard landscaping renovation?


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?


You probably know how often your landscaping company mows your lawn and replaces your mulch.

But do you know how seriously they take safety?

You should.

At Outback Landscape, safety is our top concern.

"We want to make sure everybody who comes into work goes home uninjured," says Outback owner Chase Coates.

Here's how we do it.


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