The Outback Blog

A nice little low-maintenance backyard pond sounds lovely.

So you head out back with a shovel and a garden hose and wonder out loud where you can get a few pretty fish to toss in.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Building a backyard pond is a bit more complicated than that.

Does landscaping increase your home value? It absolutely does. 

But some improvements are worth more to home buyers than others. 

Add a deck or patio? People love that. 

Tear up the lawn and install a skateboard park? Only your 14-year-old loves that. 

You want to be smart with your landscaping so you get a good return on investment (ROI.)

Landscape planning? No problem. It’s well underway, right? You’ve been pondering this for years.

Let’s see, your dream landscaping includes a multi-level patio; fully equipped outdoor kitchen with pergola; a stunning grove of river birch; luxury lighting; an expansive fire pit; a babbling brook with a splashy waterfall; and a mini golf course. The heliport might have to wait till Phase 2.

Nothing brings people together outdoors like a fire pit.

The evening seems luxuriously longer. Chill? What chill?

Then somebody breaks out the marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

Here are 6 important things to consider before adding a fire pit to your landscape: