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6 Tips for Functional Outdoor Living Spaces

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

How does your outdoor space define you?

Whether you have a small backyard or an expansive one, making your living space functional is key. After all, what good is owning a home if you can’t entertain, relax and have fun there? Check out these six tips will help you infuse beauty and charm to your outdoor spaces.

1.    Establish Clear Traffic Patterns

Despite the size of your yard, your outdoor living spaces will gel better if you clearly  establish traffic patterns throughout. You can achieve this in many ways. You may want to:

  • Lay down formal walkways
  • Create shifts within hardscape materials
  • Plant shrubs or trees to establish borders, lines and corners

2.    Add a Fire Source

Got a fireplace inside your home? Then you know how cozy and comfortable it can be to curl up to. Why not have one outside as well? Sit with a good book on a quiet night or gather with friends on a chilly night. A source of fire draws people together, points out Better Homes and Gardens, so if you have the space and budget, try a full-size version; if not, try a smaller fire pit for flexibility and affordability.

3.    Offer Many Seating Options

From benches and chairs to pint-size stools and retaining walls, it’s wise to incorporate as many choices as you can when it comes to making your outdoor living space functional. Do it for the adults, of course, but also for children, with scaled-down kid versions of sofas and sectionals. Just don’t include so many seating options that traffic patterns are cluttered.

4.    Create Focal Points

A well-designed indoor room builds off one element, such as a piece of artwork or a sofa. Likewise, you should do the same with your outdoor living space, as it gives the eye a focal point to land on, with the remainder of the furnishings and accents supporting that piece. A small pond or other water feature can be the central gathering point, for example. This allows you to orient your views and place furniture in a pleasing arrangement.

5.    Add Eclectic Items

Interesting conversation pieces make great accents outdoors, as they create dynamic outdoor living spaces. Check out area flea markets or architectural salvage shops for items such as sculptures that lend an unmistakable visual appeal.

6.    Establish Discovery Senses

Paths make wonderful functional and visually interesting tools within outdoor living spaces that help people find their way through nature. You can incorporate a gentle curve in the design, instantly transforming a simple aimless path into a walkway that encourages discovery and exploration inside your vibrant garden. For example, a brick-lined path can meander its way to a quiet sitting area.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

To get more inspiration, contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas at 214-328-5296 or email us at info@outdoorhomeliving.com. We are based in Mesquite, offering you proven excellence in transforming typical outdoor spaces into residential paradises through landscape design services.

 

 

5 Benefits of Residential Lawn Maintenance and Management

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

A well maintained lawn is important

 

Maintaining your lawn doesn’t happen through neglect. It only occurs through patience, dedication, and a lot of TLC. But while you may understand the demands of what makes a good landscape great, you may not have the time, equipment or patience to do it yourself. That’s where a professional comes in – one that’s skilled in residential lawn maintenance and management.

Getting on a regular maintenance schedule will ensure no steps are missed and you enjoy a beautiful, lush, healthy lawn no matter the season. On top of that, keeping up with your landscape every week can mean an increase in your property value of up to 20 percent, says Better Homes and Gardens. Whether that involves pruning in the spring to remove dead leaves or mowing in summer, this is an easy way to boost the curb appeal of your yard as well as its safety for guests, family members, kids and pets.

Here are five benefits of regular lawn maintenance.

1.    Consistency

Consistent regular services: this is one of the major advantages to hiring a pro to care for your lawn every week, month, etc. You don’t have to worry about scheduling service, inspecting your lawn or hassling with what needs to be done. You get peace of mind knowing that every week, someone will show up to mow the lawn and that every season, a certain checklist of services will be gone through with precision. It’s all right there in your contract. You don’t even have to be home.

2.    Healthier Lawn

While you may have little problem with basic tasks such as mowing and watering, a truly healthy lawn needs so much more. In fact, it requires year-round attention to landscape details that can alert you to potential problems. It requires knowledge and skill about the right mowing techniques and height, soil types, plant growth patterns, climate conditions, feeding and pruning schedules, and the best lawn care products for your lawn.

With many landscape contractors having educational backgrounds in landscape architecture or horticulture, they know exactly what your lawn and plants need to thrive.

3.    Curb Appeal

How your lawn looks makes a big impact on the impression people get from the curb. A well-maintained property adds character and beauty to your home, creating an inviting entrance and increasing property value. A neglected lawn and landscape with weeds and overgrown shrubs can have the opposite effect. Especially if you plan to sell your home in the near future, you will need to have a front and back yard that attracts potential buyers and increases the selling price. Plus, your neighbors will appreciate your efforts because a nice lawn reflects well on them too.

4.    Professional Knowledge

Having a professional landscape contractor on your side means you have access to expert knowledge of lawn care products and procedures. Who has the time to educate themselves on the best lawn care procedures? Instead, hire a pro who appreciates the advantages and disadvantages of various lawn care products and processes.

Your lawn’s overall health and appearance will depend on professional landscape knowledge and quality care for services such as:

Planting: Choosing the wrong grass or variety of plants, shrubs and trees can lead to bare spots, poor growth, plant diseases, weeds and insects.

Fertilization – Most soils can’t supply the necessary nutrients your lawn needs. You must add the right blend of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to keep it healthy. Fertilizers promote strong roots and healthy growth, but using too much or too little can prove disastrous.

Mulching – This material offers a protective layer on your soil that helps with healthy root and plant growth.

Pesticides – With so many pesticides and herbicides containing chemicals, it’s imperative to know which ones are best for your lawn, your kids and your pets.

5.    Weed Control

As you already know, aggressive weeds can invade your lawn in no time. Keeping them under control could be a full-time job if you don’t do it right. You’ll need the right weed control solutions to get to the root of those weeds in order for them to be effective. Crabgrass in particular can take over your entire lawn extremely quickly if not caught early.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

If you’d like to set up a regular residential lawn maintenance and management schedule, contact us at 214-328-5296. From general and seasonal cleanup to mulching and pruning, our team can ensure your lawn stays beautiful and healthy all year long.

5 Benefits to Incorporating Stonework into Your Landscape

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

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If you’re looking to dramatically enhance the natural beauty and functionality of your landscape, one solution is to incorporate stonework fixtures. From fire pits and retaining walls to patios and garden pathways, there are many ways to beautify your property in various shapes, textures and styles. Not only will your entertainment value go up, your property value will as well.

Let’s take a look at five main benefits to making stonework pieces a part of your Dallas yard.

Benefits:

1.      Weather Resistance

Let’s face it, stone is tough. Sure, it’s beautiful but at its core, it’s meant to last. With its ability to withstand a variety of weather conditions such as rain and intense heat, stone has an innate ability to look Mother Nature in the face and scoff. It’s less likely to move and shift with changing moisture levels, and many types even resist fading from UV rays, which is important in sunny locales like Dallas.

2.      Curb Appeal

Nothing says class like stone pathways, outdoor kitchens and water features. Even a well-placed retaining wall adds visual appeal and helps with erosion at the same time, while tidying up the space and lending an unparalleled beauty to your home, says Southern Hospitality. A curbside facelift is always money well spent, whether you’re preparing to sell your home, increase your equity value or just for your own enjoyment.

3.      Flexibility

By installing one piece of stonework, you are paving the way (literally)for other features down the line. Adding on other stone hardscape elements such as waterfalls, ponds and fountains adds a longevity and uniformity that can continue to evolve your landscape for many years to come. This gives you the option of choosing just one element now, such as a fire feature, with the ability to add on later when your budget allows, such as expanding to a complete outdoor kitchen.

4.      Eco-Friendly

Because stone is a natural product, it’s inherently earth-friendly, offering a variety of attractive attributes for those who value the environment. From an enduring lifecycle to recyclability, the use of natural stone puts control in your hands for embracing your own natural environment. This is the ultimate way to conserve resources, prevent pollution and minimize waste through eco-friendly green building, says the Natural Stone Council.

5.      Cost Effective

Depending on the type of stone you choose, many options are more affordable than you may think. But aside from initial cost, natural stone is actually quite affordable to maintain and clean. And with less long-term maintenance to worry about, as compared with, say, wooden features, you won’t have to spend a lot of your time worrying about cleaning. Occasional sweeping and washing is all that is needed.

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Contact Outdoor Home Living

Whether you want to create a cozy outdoor ambience with the addition of a fire pit or to add a beautiful accent or retaining wall, contact us at 214-328-5296. Thepossibilitiesareendlesswhenitcomestonaturalstone, soletuscreateanoutdoorlivingspacethatwilllastthetestoftime.

 

 

8 Wow-Worthy Hardscaping Ideas

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Making the outdoors an extension of your home using strategic hardscaping solutions has never been easier. Embracing your home’s style starts with a carefully crafted landscape featuring both natural and man-made elements. From fireplaces to arbors, hardscaping balances the vegetation of your landscape with carefully crafted architectural features.

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Here are some ideas to incorporate:

1. Sunken Garden: Like a hidden oasis in your backyard, a sunken garden gives the illusion of solitude and solace highlighted by a one-of-a-kind copper kettle water feature flanked by stucco perimeter walls. Because proper drainage in a sunken garden is key, installation must be performed by an experienced professional.

2. Fire Feature: A unique fireplace, fire pit or fire feature can transform any outdoor living space from ho-hum to fabulous. Whether you’re trading stories on a cool evening or roasting marshmallows on a summer night, a custom fireplace coupled with stonework walls and even benches can provide the perfect gathering spot for family and friends.

3. Arches, pergolas and pavilions: Enhance the beauty of your patio or garden by incorporating an archway covered with creeping fig vines balanced by a neutral stone patio. A pergola offers partial shade and a nice architectural element, or perhaps you want to try a circular or pentagon shaped gazebo with open or screened-in sides. Either way, you have the perfect strategy for entertaining friends or just sitting in the backyard with a book and a cold drink.

4. Giant chessboard: If you have always had a fantasy of having an oversized chess board in your yard, it’s easier than you think when you have pros on the job. Channel your inner Alice in Wonderland with stone crowns atop columns leading the way to a giant chess board constructed of prefab 2×2 concrete squares with exposed pebbles. Flanked by red roses on one side and white roses on the other, this look can be finished off with an ornate stone loveseat for sitting and thinking of the next move.

5. Bridge over water: If you get a kick out of walking on water, try a unique take on a custom pool that uses a concrete bridge to link one patio to another. A key part of knowing how to best blend hardscaping and landscape design is determining how you will navigate the space, says HGTV.

6. Walls and seating: Who says your patio has to be one open space? Place low walls strategically to divide the space at just the right height for seating. Try a bluestone cap topping fieldstone walls for a smooth, comfortable surface.

7. Define an area: Hardscaping doesn’t have to be big or functional. It can be used to define a specific area, such as a patio or garden. For a minimalist yet impactful look, line your brownstone garden with a bluestone border to delineate the formal lawn from the rest of the space.

8. Switch up your stonework: Patio flooring doesn’t have to be uniform. Define each area with a different type of flooring, such as New England fieldstone in one, antique cobblestone in another and reclaimed granite for steps and pillars.

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Contact Outdoor Home Living for Landscaping in Dallas

To schedule a design consultation for your next hardscaping project, contact us at 214-328-5296 or fill out our contact form for more info.

5 Benefits of Water Features to Your Landscape

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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Running water can have a calming effect. You know this if you ever spent time near a pool with a fountain, or a waterfall, or the ocean…you get the idea. Well, you could incorporate a water feature into your own yard and it wouldn’t cost a fortune. You can get as simple or elaborate as you want — no trip to the waterfalls of Hawaii required! It’s time to add some natural features to your backyard to truly turn it into the oasis you’ve always wanted. Here are some benefits to adding water features in your landscape.

1. Sounds of Nature:

You work hard all week. You just want to come home and sit in your backyard with a cold drink and a good book. You don’t want to have to travel all the time to witness the awe of nature. So why not make nature come to you? Relax with the soothing sounds of nature to reset your body and reduce your stress level.

2. Ecosystem enhancement:

Water not only attracts humans, it attracts animals as well. When you install a water feature in your yard, you’ll start to see some visitors coming by for a visit. Local wildlife like deer and birds will be attracted to the sound and temptation of drinking or bathing water. Your yard is now a haven for beautiful wildlife, which enhances your local ecosystem. Get out your camera and get ready to snap some pictures of your new friends. Plus, use this as an educational opportunity for your kids, says Gardenerdy. In addition to wildlife, your plants will flourish too.

3. Low maintenance:

Compared with other backyard enhancements, such as swimming pools, pondless water features give you all the benefits of natural surroundings without the hassle and stress of cleaning and maintenance. Perhaps you would like a wall fountain or maybe a cascading, rushing waterfall is more your speed. When you have water features that are constantly circulating, bacteria has a very tough time growing and accumulating. These types of water features are also safer if you have pets and small children who could otherwise fall in and drown with a stagnant pool of water.

4. Unique Landscape:

Water features ensure no one else in your neighborhood offers quite the same experience as you do. By designing your own system, you can get as creative as you want and it won’t look like everybody else’s. You can design hand-carved rocks, for instance, to complete your waterfall, or add natural stepping stones to complete your serene water garden.

5. Adaptation:

Even if you don’t have a large backyard, you can still make use of the space you have with an adaptable water feature. When you have a professional on your side who can design a unique pondless water element, you can make a big impact in a small area. You can tuck it away into a corner of your property as part of your garden, or you can have it front and center near your patio and pool. Got an awkward space? A water feature can be adapted to fit just about anywhere. And if you have always wanted to make better use of a poorly-used area of your yard, this is the perfect solution.

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Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

Does a water feature sound like a great idea? Contact us today at 214-328-5296. From swim-up bars to waterfalls, we can custom design anything to your unique needs from concept to completion.

Your Fall Dallas Landscaping Checklist

Monday, October 9th, 2017

 

It’s that time of year again: prepping your lawn for the upcoming winter. There’s lots to be done this fall in order to ensure your landscape makes it through the colder months. That’s because cooling temperatures slow above-ground growth, with moister soil encouraging strong root development, says This Old House. Here’s a handy Fall Dallas Landscaping Checklist to keep you on track.

 

Prune trees and shrubs:

This is an important step in fall landscaping so as to encourage growth next season. However, put off doing any major re-shaping til the dormant season, advises the Dallas County Master Gardener Association. Remove leftover annuals from the summer and get the dead blooms off the warm-season perennials. You can wait till later this season to re-shape those overgrown perennials.

Plant perennials right for your zone: Consider Mexican mint marigold, Mexican bush sage, purple coneflower, yellowbells and autumn sage. By planting these in the fall, you’re allowing them to establish deeper and healthier roots over the cooler months. As such, you’ll enjoy a more robust growth come spring.

Dig up and divide perennials: Sometimes it’s good to give your perennials some much-needed breathing room, like daylilies, cannas, wood ferns, violets, Shasta daisies and bearded irises. These tend to form large clumps or bulbs when left alone too long.

Keep an eye out for insects: Specifically, scale insects like hollies, euonymus and camellias. If you have a St. Augustine lawn, look out for brown spots, using fungicide if needed.

Relocate potted plants indoors but check for insects first. You don’t want those to breed indoors.

Rake leaves as they drop rather than wait till you have a bed of them covering your lawn. This can attract bugs and disease. You can use shredded leaves in your mulch or just add them to your compost pile.

Refrigerate tulips and Dutch hyacinths by late October, which will give them two full months of prep before you have to plant in late December.

Aerate your lawn: Soil gets compressed over time, which prevents nutrients from getting through. Use a garden fork or aerator for this job, depending on how big your yard is.

Plant trees now, not in spring: Most people mistakenly think spring is the best time to plant trees but actually autumn is. That’s because trees planted now will get a head start on establishing good roots before summer returns next year, says Dallas News.

Fertilize the lawn: Texas Home and Garden recommends using a lawn fertilizer with a ratio of 3:2:1 or 4:2:1 of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Figure about one pound for every 1,000 square feet of grass. Don’t over-fertilize; read the package instructions before attempting. Make sure you give your lawn a good soaking right afterwards. Avoid using a winterizing fertilizer until early November.

Plant some herbs: Now is the perfect time to plant an herbal garden. Include anything from dill and fennel to parsley and cilantro. Even thyme, oregano and rosemary are great additions.

Mow one last time: Trim your grass to about an inch and a quarter to close out the mowing season. This will make it harder for disease to attach to the grass. Just don’t trim too much or you’ll compromise its food production.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

Contact us for more information on our residential lawn maintenance and management services at 214-328-5296. We would be happy to handle these tasks and more for you this fall.

3 Summer Landscape Design Trends

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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It’s summer in Dallas and you’re looking to spice things up in your front yard. How can you stand out and do something a bit different than everyone else? It’s time to incorporate some trendy summer design residential landscaping ideas into your property. Here are three helpful tips.

1. Color Blocking

We’ve been seeing this trend in women’s fashion for the past two seasons. It seems natural to make the cross-over into landscape design. At the heart of color blocking is the ability to utilize bold blocks of color to turn nature into an eye-catching piece of art. You can achieve this with anything from backyard fences to concrete patios — basically anything that creates visual interest can transform a ho-hum yard into an amazing modern outdoor space. Backed by detailed craft work and over-sized motifs, you can achieve color blocking in a myriad ways. Color-blocked patio walls are all the rage right now, all part of a movement to frame or highlight a specific plant or area. Even a simple splash of color on a wall can provide the perfect backdrop for a row of potted plants or form the backdrop for an outdoor sofa, says Garden Design Magazine. Don’t have a wall to paint? Throw down a solid-color outdoor rug or porch curtains to achieve the same effect.

2. Go Hyperlocal

Locally sourced plants are hot in garden design, not just with native plants but endemic plants as well — also known as plants native to a particular ecosystem. More and more garden designers in Central Texas say they are planting more and more of these hyperlocal plants, which can be hard to come by in local nurseries. This necessitates the transplanting of existing plants and the sourcing of building materials hyperlocally. Put simply, you can use existing rocks and create posts from on-site junipers in a pinch. This regionalistic approach to landscape design takes into account the surrounding climate, particularly as it relates to climate change. The challenge here is to achieve a balance between natural elements and human use.

3. Using Plants That Thrive

Dallas can go a long time without seeing rain, which can really put a damper on your landscape design. By using drought-resistant plants, you can ensure a beautiful-looking yard throughout the year. Even when the rain is scarce and the heat is relentless, plants like Black-Eyed Susans, Zinnias, Madagascar Periwinkle, Portulaca and blanket flower can brighten up your outdoor decor. Edge your lawn, top your retaining wall or fill your window boxes with vibrant purple verbena or Mealycup Sage, which is not only native to Texas but also attracts beautiful butterflies to its long blooms, says Southern Living.

In terms of the lawns themselves, more and more Dallas homeowners are forgoing the traditional neatly manicured lawns that are so dependent on rain in favor of grass mixes that don’t require mowing. Even native turfgrass and taller, prairie-type mixes are being seen on lawns across the area. Artificial turf is also making the scene for its easy maintenance.

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Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

For more ideas into the latest summer landscape design trendscontact us at 214-328-5296 or email us at info@outdoorhomeliving.com. Look to us to transform your boring outdoor spaces into residential paradises through our landscape design and maintenance services in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

How to step up your Dallas landscaping this summer

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

As a homeowner, you know you’re facing a long summer of watering and mowing the lawn. That’s all well and good, but there are other things you can do to step up your game this summer in terms of landscaping. Once you’ve got the lawn down pat, make your yard realize its potential with a few structural additions, stone pathways, gardens, and other visual pops of interest that are sure to add value and curb appeal. We can help you be the envy of your neighborhood with these tips.

Make a Path

Whether meandering or streamlined, pathways add a clearly defined structure to your yard. It doesn’t have to lead to anywhere special. It could guide guests to your front door or maybe to a side-yard garden area with bench. Or maybe down to a babbling brook in your backyard. It could even lead to a patio area or hammock for restful summer reading. Country Living suggests lining your pathways with lavender, which is virtually indestructible, is available in several beautiful shades, and is resistant to the curiosity of nature’s creatures such as deer.

Another way to welcome people to your home is to add a white picket fence with country garden gate. Go one step further and add fragrant star jasmine over the top as a climbing vine. A rustic looking patio off to the side completes the look. Add thyme in between irregularly shaped stones for a cottage country look. Boxwood hedges add even more charm to your pathways, whether you want them rounded, squared off, or snaked through other types of borders.

Add Accessories

Even a lush green lawn needs something to help it stand out against the expanse of your yard. Arbors, pavilions and pergolas are a perfect way to complement your yard and add visual interest. It’s easy to dress up your home and outdoor living space with these items while expressing your personal style. Add value to your property as well as curb appeal with a custom-built arbor structure, pavilion or pergola. They all provide some degree of shade. Which one you choose will depend on your lifestyle. If you want partial shade, a pergola or arbor is wise; if you want full shade, go with a pavilion. A pavilion offers you more entertaining space because of the shade provided, so it’s perfect for adding a full patio set, outdoor furniture or picnic table under. As such, pavilions are more functional.

On the other hand, an arbor or pergola offers more of a visual appeal that doesn’t provide much recreational space but can certainly make for beautiful pictures. Intertwine vines and flowers around these structures for a charming way to welcome people to your garden, small sitting area, bench or pathway.

Gazebos are another option to consider. Best for larger spaces, gazebos are the ultimate destination for family photos through all seasons. From circular to pentagon, you can choose one with a roof and open or screened-in sides. Make it your personal retreat at night to have a glass of wine and socialize with the neighbors.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

Want help sprucing up your outdoor landscape this summer? Contact us at 214-328-5296 to learn how Outdoor Home Living can help propel your Dallas landscape to the top of the neighborhood’s trendy list.

It’s Spring: Prep Your Yard for the Season

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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Spring is a busy time of year for your yard, and there’s no better time to spruce it up than now. From landscaping to exterior maintenance, here are some tips on how to prep your yard for spring.

Inspect Your Tool Shed and Plant Window Boxes

If you’re like many homeowners, your shed is decorative in nature, perhaps mimicking the color and style of your home. If you have window boxes, add soil and plant colorful blooms. Clean out your tool shed at this time to get everything organized, get rid of any nests that have cropped up over the winter, and make any necessary repairs. Check the status of your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment, sharpen all tool blades, clean off the equipment, and stock up on gas for your mower.

Clean the Gutters

You may not see it from the ground, but from the street level, overstuffed gutters are unsightly and can detract from your curb appeal. Worse than that, debris such as leaves, acorns, and twigs can easily clog your gutters. With nowhere to go, water run off will accumulate around your foundation and leak into your basement. All that standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, too. Use a cup or scoop to get out the debris. While up there, check for a secure attachment on the gutters to your home. Then, check that the downspouts are pointing in the right direction, well away from the foundation so erosion or flooding doesn’t occur.

Take Care of Your Lawn

Remember, the three basics of lawn care are sun, water and fertilizer. Take it step by step, as a beautifully landscaped lawn is a careful balance of all the right ingredients.

  • Test the Soil: Pick up a test from the store to indicate the pH level of your soil. You could also send your soil out for testing by your state or local college’s agricultural department. Always strive for an even balance of acidity and alkalinity.
  • Regular Watering: With spring’s mild temperatures, water just once a week until the lawn is established. HGTV says you should “water deep” once summer hits, meaning give it a weekly soaking that will encourage roots to dig deeper into the soil. Thatching can result if you water lightly on a frequent basis. If your lawn is newly-seeded, water it daily for five minutes; once grass has sprouted to about a half inch, increase to 15 minutes.
  • Feed Your Lawn: Spring is the perfect time to fertilize. Use one with micronutrients like sulfur, copper and iron. Every third year, add dolomitic lime to restore the pH and add calcium and magnesium — minerals your lawn thrives on.
  • Aerate: High-traffic areas can compact your grass, which in turn stifles the roots. Give those roots air to breathe by aerating your lawn in the spring.

Contact Outdoor Home Living

If you need assistance with lawn care, come to Outdoor Home Living. You need an advanced horticultural approach to residential landscape maintenance and management in order to keep your landscape groomed throughout the entire year, but particularly in spring. Our experts make weekly visits and maintain annual maintenance procedures. Book an appointment now for spring clean-up in Dallas at 214-328-5296. From pruning back shrubs to planning out the season’s landscaping, it’s time to get going!

Fire and Water: Features That Enhance Your Backyard

Thursday, April 13th, 2017


From fire pits to waterfalls, there’s no better way to incorporate two opposing yet complementary elements in your yard. When looking to enhance the comfort, aesthetics and functionality of your backyard, not to mention the relaxation factor, you may want to consider adding water features and fire features to your property. Merge the elements of fire and water to create a backyard paradise that your whole family and all your guests will enjoy year after year.

Fire Features

From sunken fire pits to traditional custom stone work, you’re sure to boost the satisfaction of your outdoor entertainment needs with a fire feature. Take this natural stone fire pit on HGTV that features a fire brick interior capped in bluestone. The wide nature of the fire pit rim allows for additional  seating. Speaking of stone, here at Outdoor Home Living, we can create custom stonework to contain your fire feature, whether you’re looking for a fire bowl, table, or insert. The material you use to harness the power of your fire is important for safety reasons. That’s why stone works so well.

Whether you use your fire feature for grilling food in the warm months or you just want to create some ambience, the type of fire feature you choose says a lot about your lifestyle. Recessed fire pits are great for modern patios, preferably with no children running about. A stacked stone fireplace is a rustic, kid-friendly addition to any patio, or perhaps even a table-top four-unit pit that shows off your contemporary image.

Water Features

From waterfalls to decorative ponds, water features are a welcome addition to any backyard because they’re relaxing and calming. Not only do they look great, they sound even better, adding to the tranquil nature of the space. Depending on how extensive you want to get, water features provide a focal point and can even attract wildlife in the case of ponds. Your water feature can even go beyond the functional and double as an art piece, like this stacked stone wall. You can get really intricate with a water feature that features varying levels of water spilling over a brick wall, encircling the patio, flowing underneath a decorative bridge and emptying into a fish pond.

Just for a few examples, take a look at what Outdoor Home Living can do with water features:

  • Swim-up bars
  • Built-ins
  • Pool Finishes
  • Decking and Coping
  • Water Features (fountains, waterfalls, jets, etc.)
  • Lighting
  • Hot tubs
  • Spillways
  • Water troughs
  • Bird baths
  • Garden streams
  • Bubblers
  • Add-ons (slides, diving boards, etc.)

Blending the Two

Fire and water: two opposing elements yet complementary in so many ways. How do you bring them both together aesthetically, functionally and safely? Try a combined fire put and waterfall in one. A circular stone fire pit surrounding a large basin of overflowing water featuring a fire in the center is an amazing sight to behold. Or, try something grand like this with a modern horizontal waterfall flanked on both sides by giant tiki torches set in stone bowls. The key behind blending the two features is to hire a professional skilled in water and fire feature design.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas TX

If any of these ideas sounds good to you, call us so we can come up with a unique plan for your yard. Contact us now at 214-328-5296. We are based in Mesquite TX but serve all surrounding areas of Dallas.