Category Archives: Yard and Backyard

Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Ideas

You know, not too long ago the only spaces in your home that you had to worry about designing were those that are inside. But, that’s simply not the case anymore. Even in the coldest climates, homeowners are paying an increasing amount of attention to the design of their outdoor living spaces. Truthfully, it’s for…
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Backyard Gazebo Ideas

A Gazebo somehow conjures up memories of a different time—when moonlit strolls and long conversation on summer evenings were more common. As such, these decorative, functional and often beautiful outdoor structures remain hugely popular, even in an era when "gentleman callers" have transformed into "gentleman texters." Because of their popularity, gazebos are now available for…
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Beautiful Rock Garden Ideas

Beautiful Rock Garden Ideas In designing and building a home garden, you need to consider these rock garden ideas. Beautiful garden for home should not be only with neat lawn, greens and flowers. More natural accents should be also invited, such as rock, stones, gravels and even water feature. However, sometimes it is limited to…
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Backyard Landscape Design Ideas

You’ve spent all the time necessary to make the inside of your home a splendid place to be, and now it’s time to turn your attention to your backyard. While life inside your home is all well and good, your outdoor living spaces are the places where you’ll form some of the strongest memories you…
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DIY – Adirondack Chair and Table

It's a good thing that so many plastic patio chairs are designed to stack, and the aluminum ones fold up flat. That means we can get them put away and stored out of sight as quickly as possible. But, if you think outdoor furniture should enhance your yard and garden, consider a chair that evolved…
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DIY – Modern Concrete Fire Pit

So, let's build our own DIY concrete fire pit, yes? This version is cast of affordable, weather-resistant concrete that creates a sleek, modern look. It's portable but sturdy, and uses gel fuel, making it possible to have a quick 30-minute post grill session fire. It take a bit of care and proper prep, but this…
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Designing an Outdoor Dining Area

Always start with a goal! Here at Garden Design for Living, we always start the design process by defining a specific goal. Outdoor dining means different things to different people, so before going out and shopping for your dining furniture, start by defining your goal. Ask yourself what do you want from your dining area.…
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What You Need to Know About Retaining Wall Material

Learn about and compare natural stone, wood timber and stacked concrete block retaining wall systems. The article shows installation methods and discusses advantages of each retaining wall material. Concrete blocks Modern concrete block walls are fairly sophisticated systems designed for strength as well as for fast, easy assembly. You simply stack the blocks on top…
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10 Most Common Gardening Myths Busted!

If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly. Sorting out the good from the bad is sometimes difficult, especially if you are a…
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Front Yard Landscaping Ideas and Tips

Front Yard Landscaping Ideas The builder's bit of lawn, two trees, and few foundation shrubs fall far short of the existing possibilities. Streetscaping is an excellent investment in both present enjoyment and future value. A pleasant view from the street gives a sense of individual pride and accomplishment. And it adds greatly to your property's…
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Pool Supplies – Swimming Pool Maintenance

One of the best investments that you can make in your home is adding a swimming pool in the backyard. A pool is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. It is also a place where family and friends gather to have a good time. If you are planning to put…
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DIY – How to Build a Pergola

Here's a structure that won't provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It's a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and…
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Fantastic Backyard Fences

Fences are the poor man's wall: they might not prevent someone from trespassing, but they'll certainly imply that you would rather that they didn't. Or as Robert Frost put it in his poem, “Mending Wall,” "Good fences make good neighbors." But does that mean you can become a better neighbor by making a better fence?…
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Centipede Grass

Centipede Grass If you're looking for a low-maintenance lawn that adjusts well to poor soil, consider using centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides). entipede Grass is a low, medium textured, slow growing, but aggressive grass that can produce a dense, attractive, weed-free turf. It is more shade tolerant than bermudagrass but less shade tolerant than St. Augustine…
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Care For Bentgrass Planted From Seed

Care For Bentgrass Planted From Seed A beautiful, fine-bladed, tufted grass that takes lots of tender loving care, Bentgrass (Agrostis Spp.) is often included in luxury lawn seed mixes. When you see the rolling lawns of English country estates in the movies or admire those lush golf course putting greens, you're probably looking at bent…
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Organic Lawn Care: Season by Season

A guide on how to care for your lawn without using any harmful chemicals and materials. Organic lawn care is growing in popularity, and when done correctly, you should create a hostile environment for weeds and encourage grass to grow and thicken enough to naturally overpower and discourage weed growth. Spring Organic Lawn Care Remove…
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