This Rocks! Your guide to incorporating rocks into your landscape!


With a little creativity, you can give your landscape a makeover with just the use of rocks and stones!

Photos were taken from our “This RocksPinterest Board.



Check out these DIY Garden Globes! Want to make your own?

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DEJJGTBXcAA8L8aUse large rocks to become a planter for Spring succulents and other garden plants such as lettuce, aloe vera, penta and more!

e781e332007d584f8a5b3d43ffa3ac5cCelebrate your family in your garden by making a “family tree” out of rocks!

1c12767800ae42851f87ed9b82124110Looking for a featured piece for your landscaping? Try a spiral rock garden!

e44592c1707a3d75135c6a67f73431a0Create a stacked-stone totem for an all-season focal point in a planting bed.

Want to make your own? Click on the photo to bring you to the pin.

2fb7ce2b93125abff4798eaf59d2df64Make a dry Creek Bed out of smooth stones and rocks!

Don’t forget to use landscape edging to provide a crisp edge.

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Paint the rocks in your garden to add a little pop of decoration with your plants!

5 steps to planning the perfect family friendly landscaping!


Are you looking to change up your landscaping? Why not make it family friendly so kids and parents both want to be outside! Here’s five ideas for creating the perfect family-friendly yard:


  1. Determine your child’s favorite outdoor activities.

From tree houses to tire swings and trampolines to rock climbing walls, there are tons of ways to boost your children’s outdoor play! And by including these type of activities, your yard will be one of the most popular in the neighborhood! Decide what activities are right for your family and then keep these in mind as you design your landscape.


  1. Make sure there’s room!

There’s nothing wrong with having a large open space! In fact, it’ll be beneficial for your children’s entertainment. Kids need lots of space to run and play; playing soccer isn’t easy to do in a small patch of land.


  1. Identify your needs and wants.

Does your family play a lot of basketball? A basketball court might come in handy! Do you have a green thumb? Then be sure to leave space for a garden – one that the kids can help with too! Figure out what needs would go along with your wants!


  1. Be aware of the plants you choose.

You’ll want to steer clear of anything poisonous or potentially harmful – especially ones for kids. Having edible plants or a garden full of fruit or veggies are kid-friendly and beneficial as they allow and encourage your kids to eat fruit and veggies!


  1. Allow the kids to contribute.

Landscaping is a great family activity! Your children will enjoy the planning and decorating of your yard! Try some DIY decorations that you can do with your kids for additional fun!


Get started on your landscape today – plan carefully, do it in stages and before you know it, you’ll have a landscape that your whole family will enjoy!


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Give Your Landscaping A “Step Up!”

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Do you have lots of hills in your landscaping? Is your yard and patio on different levels? This is your summer guide for incorporating steps into your landscaping!

6c4d4916527632f96fbd05a9d10104c8If you’re going for a natural looking garden or landscape, this pea-stone design gives the steps a great earthy feel!

7e6937ccfe6677508e4a1dc52e344b68Try something unique like this. They used mostly the grass for the steps, but added some stone to finish the look!

863ffaebc5e9f15b67dfa0ed7aabc4c3If you really want to separate your yard from your patio, you can install something like this!

Doesn’t it look sharp?

634255125f8a0256426070797772edebCheck out these cedar-framed stairs with decorative gravel fill.

Great design and inexpensive to do!

c59d697fcb9046325fe123dc67bafad4Use tree trunks or large timber or treated wood pieces to naturally blend with the surrounding!

d9a76d92452fbbf01dd4154908b54c04Speaking of wood! Make use of the tree stumps left over if you’ve had to remove a tree!

They make great steps!

ff4c4921315737892c20dfb3da03529eIf you like the look of stone, we highly recommend this one!

The accent stones make the entire design!

Which is your favorite? Do you have another design? Share them with us in the comments below!

Four Must-Have Backyard Accessories!


It’s summer time. You’re spending a lot more time outside, enjoying the sun and vacation. Here’s our four must have backyard accessories!


  1. Speakers!

Music, Summer and Social Gatherings all go together! You’ll want a reliable and water safe (because you never know when a water fight might break out) option to entertain your friends and family! There’s tons of options – they can look like rocks so they blend in with the garden landscape or you can even invest in a pair of floating wireless speakers for your swimming pool!


  1. A Fire Pit!

Who doesn’t like a good old bonfire? Every backyard should have a fire pit placed in a strategic location surrounded by some comfy lawn or patio furniture!


  1. Lighting!

A well-lit backyard will allow the summer parties to continue. Even after dark! Lights can be embedded in stepping stones, mounted in fences or walls, or even placed in the pool! If you’re looking to add a “remote island” feeling to your backyard, try out some Tiki Torches!


  1. Mosquito Repelling Plants and Candles!

No one likes mosquitos! Yet it might feel like there’s no escape from them during the summer months! Try planting mosquito repelling plants such as lavender or lemongrass around your backyard and patio. You can also try Citronella candles… Many stores have cute lantern type candles to add a creative summer flare to your yard!


There you have it! The top four things your backyard needs during this warm summer weather! What is on your top four list? Share in the comments below!

Our Top Picks | The Pool Edition


Maybe it’s the summer vibes or the warm weather, but we’re enjoying the many pool designs we’ve found on our Pinterest Board.

Here’s some of our favorites!


Every pool needs a waterfall!


Or at least an awesome fountain!


Who doesn’t want a shallow end for sun bathing!


But sometimes simple is best! c4e8c3be539db4980232639d88847a6b

Especially a kid friendly pool like this!


Then again… You can’t go wrong with a pool that looks like a beach in your backyard.

e5f9e1f9da1733685e09ec1eb18de10f  Or one that looks like a luxurious resort!

fe2690e273a6de2d552ff8e2abd70333And if you have the money… Why not make a swimming pool that looks like a lake?!

What’s your favorite pool design? Tell us in the comments below.

Happy Independence Day!


Happy Fourth of July!

Here’s some of our favorite decorations!

61a167ff5520b6c3de9c9c59be033378Utilize your porch swing!

20408cb4c7fb1213d74fbb0934439c03And your white picket fence!

a24b9b90e139e4c1fb0962c6ed4c9674Or ANYTHING rustic you can get your hands on.

c7990aa515d159c1c53462b5029b6266Find a old pallet and some paint!


Don’t forget to add a wreath!


There’s tons of designs!

64e903be8f8705b7ad923bda065fe463And creative ways to celebrate!

dca197c484d52fba3a469363a1bee843Create a decorative #DIY sign.

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Tell us your favorite #DIY decorations in the comments below!

Our Top Picks | The Porch Edition


Here are some of our favourite Porch Designs and decorations!


1fe111cbcdcba520e2654715c61cac04We love how the red just makes the whole porch pop!

3b81ba611030bda73fd46fee923bbb12We love how the furniture matches the accents on the door!

4a785d3f2cd2edc107cef459e7c6f8baThe colors just lighten the whole porch!

7e7480305cd4ba0c07b3656a119eaf5fThis porch just needs friends and a pitcher of sweet tea.

8ae51889478a42e3da9d0e213f7744d1We just love the hand-hewn posts and railings and the local fieldstone clads the porch walls.

a3e3f509039550bcbb0a5d3965f7ba70Look at this Gorgeous Farmhouse Front Porch!

f161d029f3cef7c16e02e83bf88c5504We just love this down to earth cottage porch.

f44520b8aff81bd6f3d2fa9fce32144bThese neutral colors and rustic touches make the entire porch!

What’s your favourite porch design? Tell us in the comments!

Inexpensive Ways To Increase Curb Appeal


Looking for some inexpensive but easy ways to increase your curb appeal? Here’s 16 ideas!


  1. Add a plant to the front walkway! pexels-photo-117467
  2. Put out a welcome mat.
  3. Paint your door! pexels-photo-104982
  4. Add a decorative wreath or welcome sign.
  5. Install Window Boxes. pexels-photo-102611
  6. Add a table and chairs for outside visits!
  7. Add shutters to your windows.pexels-photo-139383
  8. Create a walkway to the door if you don’t have one already!
  9. Add lights around the pathway.
  10. Install Landscape Edging around your gardens. Buy yours now. AluminumEdging9
  11. Add attractive house numbers.
  12. Upscale your planters from cheap plastic to something more elegant!floral-967113_960_720
  13. Add molding and paint around the front door.
  14. Give your mailbox a makeover. mailbox-507594_960_720
  15. Give your garage door a makeover. See examples here.
  16. Build a tree bench. Capture

Our Favorite Picks: The Patio Edition




Are you enjoying the summer weather? We are!

So we thought it would be fitting that we share with you some of our Favourite Patio designs!

e2e7614d2f5cfe59cea932662784fb4cWe love this slightly rustic, natural toned patio. It looks like it would be a cozy place to read a book or visit with friends as the sun goes down!

dc66f079dbe9a06d638ffdd0a7052220Check out this modern, lush outdoor living space where you will be surrounded with green growth!

6e4cba6c2562310b1288cbde44703b9cSomething about this patio says cool and comfy; Imagine lounging while drinking your morning coffee!

020e51865aa3f2415db79801828ddf39Why not bring the cooking outside too? Perfect for hosting dinner parties out on the patio!

fdb0ba83ddf48851c3ad64e5ff6f1a2cNow you can enjoy family movie night as well as the summer weather!

e56bcbbb4ea495529f6add474da8b3ffWhy choose between the two styles of patio furniture when you can have both?

It’s perfect for every occasion!

What’s your favourite design? Tell us in the comments below!

And don’t forget to check out our website for your Landscape Edging needs!