The Outback Blog

Longing for a bigger yard? Maybe you haven't made the most of what you already have.

Professional landscape designers have a few tips and tricks up their sleeve to maximize the space of small yards.

They won’t make your yard bigger — but it will sure seem bigger.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for landscaping small areas.


Remember when your patio looked so pretty? Smooth, clean and weed-free?

What the heck happened?

Now it's a jungle out there, with weeds and grass sprouting between the pavers like a primeval forest.

How to keep weeds from growing between pavers? How to get rid of grass between paving stones?

Is there a way to prevent them from sprouting in the first place?

We have your weed-free patio answers, step by step.


Pergolas have been adorning landscapes for more than 3,000 years. In fact, the earliest known surviving garden plan, which was for an Egyptian high court official and dates back to 1400 B.C., included a pergola over a garden entrance.

Then the Great Italian Renaissance in the 17th century brought new life to pergolas as artistic garden elements made out of large, dramatic stone pillars.

During their long-lived existence, pergolas have served many purposes.


At Outback, we get a lot of calls from potential clients asking us about planning a design/build project. Their biggest question is: How long does it take to create a design plan?

And we tell them that the actual design/build process doesn’t take as long as they think — even though it can depend on some varying factors, such as size of the project, grade changes, time of year, etc.


Everybody loves a fire pit.

Warm, flickering flames offer the perfect gathering spot. They keep you cozy on a chilly night, extending the time you can enjoy beneath the stars.

And, one word: s’mores.

Before you break out the sticks and marshmallows, you have a decision to make: gas vs wood burning fire pit?

We get this question a lot. How to decide?

Here are 5 things to consider when choosing a wood or gas fire pit.