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Here at Outback, we love getting our hands in the dirt, building patios brick by brick and feeling the sun on our faces.

It’s why most of us got into this business in the first place.

But we love technology, too.

Landscape industry tech has exploded lately, and we use it every day. 


We’ve all seen them. Houses with lighting so bright they could be in Vegas. Homes with winding paths dotted with — are those fireflies? Nope, just barely noticeable solar powered lights.

And that house with so many different kinds of outdoor lighting fixtures it looks like a display model for a lighting company.

Landscape lighting mistakes are pretty common. Homeowners make them. Even less skilled professionals make them.

Here’s a few to avoid. The good news: we can fix them.


When you gaze out into your back yard after dark, what do you see?

Go ahead — take a look. We’ll wait.

Nothing to report?

That’s too bad. There are a bunch of great things going on back there that are worth illuminating.

Think about all your favorite backyard features. Your cool deck. Your beautiful garden plants. Your home’s architectural features. Your stately old trees.

Chase Coates, president of Outback Landscape, has five landscape lighting ideas that will take your back yard to the next level.


The right lighting changes everything.

It turns a dark corner of your yard into an inviting entertainment area. It brings safety and security to your front door. It transforms trees and plants into artwork of light and shadow. It keeps you from tripping over your kid's skateboard in the driveway.

But all the decisions involved in choosing landscape lighting can be a bit overwhelming.

Let’s take a look at how to choose landscape lighting for your Idaho property.


Your yard can be a festive, magical place once the sun goes down. The key? Landscape lighting.


From sustainable features to relaxing spaces, there are a lot of exciting things going on with outdoor living areas.

Get ideas for what you can do to enhance your landscape with the Top 6 outdoor living trends for 2016.


When you think about retaining walls, you probably imagine stacks of stones that contain parts of the landscape, prevent soil erosion and manage sloped terrain.

But, there are actually several other uses for these hardscape features beyond those practical purposes. About 50 percent of the retaining walls we install into an Idaho Landscape are out of necessity, while the other half are to add other elements.

They can add aesthetic elements, create seating, serve as a windbreak for features, improve planting areas and increase your property’s value. You can use materials like segmental concrete or boulders to construct the wall, and there are a range of colors to choose from.

Here are four ways you can incorporate retaining walls into your Idaho landscape, beyond just restraining soil.


You want your house to stand out from the rest this holiday season with lights and festive décor.

Whether it’s an outlined roof or illuminated wreaths you want, a professional holiday lighting company can help you with all of your decorating desires.

But what should you look for with a company, and how can you know if they will do a good job?


Unless you want to spend your holidays searching the attic for decorations, untangling endless strands of lights and trying to figure out which bulb has gone bad, you should hire a professional lighting company to give your home some festive flair.

But, what will that cost?


The Top 4 Outdoor Lighting Trends

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The days are getting shorter as we head into fall, but that shouldn’t mean you have less time to enjoy your outdoor space.

You can still entertain and relax in your yard well into the night with outdoor lighting.

You can add lighting to patios, steps, walkways, pools, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, sitting walls and other areas to enhance and add safety to your space.

There’s a wide range of products, technology and applications for outdoor lighting, making it a top request from customers.


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