The Outback Blog

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.