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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.


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

We get it.

Not everybody loves spending weekends weeding, mowing, watering and tidying up flower beds.

It sure is nice to relax in a nice-looking yard, though.

Stick with us — we have low-maintenance landscaping ideas that will give you the great-looking yard you crave, without the work that makes you crabby.


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.


Trees can give you shade, wildlife homes and your landscape a more established look.

Add in some colorful blooms, and you’ve got a stunning focal point with some major aesthetic value.

Sounds like a real win-win, right?

There are a variety of flowering trees that will thrive in your Idaho Falls landscape, but it’s important you choose the right ones for your space.

Check out the benefits and best trees you can start enjoying on your property.


What’s your landscape design style?

Don’t know? Perfect.

You’re gonna love this.

Landscaping pro Kim Rubert, landscape designer at Outback Landscape, shares her favorite, most popular styles for Idaho landscaping.

Warning: it might be hard to choose. 


It’s time for new landscaping, and we can sense your excitement from way over here.

So many questions!

Should I get a fire pit? Should we plan on new sod? How big should the patio be? Can we fit in a couple trees?

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

You forgot a big one, right up front.

Do I need a landscape design?

Yes!


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.


5 Steps to Renovate Your Flower Beds

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Ever wonder why professionally landscaped flower beds look so great? 

Pros don’t cut corners. They take the time to properly prepare the planting bed before planting.

A few key steps to renovating plant beds guarantee success. Skip them and your bed won’t have that crisp, clean look and healthy, thriving plants.


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