The Outback Blog

Before you hang out that “Do Not Disturb: It’s Summer” sign, take a minute to think about your landscaping.

Around the end of July, the hottest time of year here in Southeast Idaho, the daily average temperature is 87 degrees.

Not hot enough for your tomato plants to spontaneously combust, but plenty hot enough to stress your thirsty lawn, encourage ugly fungus, and lure apparently every creepy bug in the state into your house.

Are you happy when you look outside? Or could your outdoor life use a boost?

Maybe you dream of a great new patio where you can host everything from dinner parties to book club or do Saturday morning yoga while the birds chirp.

Or an outdoor kitchen, complete with a pizza oven, so you can wow your friends with that new asparagus, potato and goat cheese pizza recipe.

Or maybe you're just tired of your scraggly junipers and lackluster lawn. It’s embarrassing, right? Time for a full-scale front yard makeover.

But how much does landscape design and installation cost?

Some days, you just want to grill burgers in your robe.

Or lounge on the deck with your hair a mess.

And even if you love your neighbors, you don't necessarily want to watch them skim their pool or wash their dog.

Maybe you love living in the city, but the street noise interferes with your backyard chill.

You need some privacy.

Brick wall? Too fortress-like. Tall wooden fence? Too much work.

Plants might offer just the privacy you need.

Here's a look at some of the best plants to use for privacy, from trees to shrubs, grasses to vines.

You want your commercial property to be welcoming, and there are lots of ways to say that: 

Come on in!
Walk this way! Whoa, wait, not this way — you’ll trample the petunias. Yikes, not that way, you’ll step on the new grass seedlings. 

Let’s face it, not everybody on your busy commercial property is willing to tiptoe through the tulips.