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Are you ready to elevate your outdoor area? Looking for landscaping ideas for the front of your home and ideas for your backyard? From landscape design, edging your yard, and selecting the best outdoor landscape lighting, we will help you take your outdoor area to the next level. Transform your backyard into a retreat you’ve been hoping for with a perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality.

 

More than offering suggestions for improving your landscape, we partner with you with expert advice on  lawncare maintenance and nurturing your yard’s beauty and your DIY hard work. 

How Do I Manage My House Drainage?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
House drainage

Let’s be real – no one likes drainage problems near their house.  Stormwater management is critical to resolving drainage issues in your lawn and near your house.  To accomplish this task, consider where the stormwater originates and how to manage the flow on the ground. So, it rains—on your roof, on your lawn, on your…

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Concrete Slab Height – How high should my slab be compared to my yard?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
house slab

The most important consideration is getting the water away from the foundation of the house. To do so, local governmental regulations dictate the height of newly constructed house slabs.  Once constructed, you should be able to see approximately 4-6 inches of concrete foundation above the surrounding walks, drives, grass, and flowerbeds. From immediately next to…

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Why Are There Joints in Concrete?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
concrete joints

Perhaps you have often wondered why joints are placed in your concrete driveway and sidewalk.  They detract from the smooth look of the driveway and sidewalk. And they often allow weeds to grow in the cracks.  Ugly? You bet! But these joints serve a very important purpose.  Properly installed, they help control random cracks in…

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The Purpose of the Backflow Preventer

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /

What is this thing in my yard? It is ugly and not easy to hide with landscape plants. Well, this is a Pressure Vacuum Breaker (PVB) Backflow Preventer used to protect the drinking water of your house. PVB’s are required by code to be installed at the connection of your lawn irrigation system to the…

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Spring Home Maintenance

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
Spring Home Maintenance

Springtime is just around the corner, and most people are thinking about house maintenance as the frigid winter draws to a close. Consider this basic checklist for maintaining your home. Depending on the size and features of your house, developing a maintenance list may feel daunting. A suggested approach is to walk around your home…

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Asphalt Driveway Repair

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
Asphalt Driveway Repair

Many streets, and even some driveways, are constructed of asphalt. Asphalt is a mixture of aggregate (rocks) and tar, which is heated, poured, and smoothed out by large heavy machinery. The result is pavement with few or no joints that is smooth, quicker to install, and less expensive than concrete. It’s the perfect paving solution,…

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Lawn Irrigation – An Overview

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
lawn sprinkler system parts

Common Approach to Landscape Watering Along the coastal Gulf South, we typically receive adequate rainfall to mitigate watering needs for lawns and landscaping. However, at certain times of the year – and certainly lately during historic high temperatures and the absence of regular summer showers – we are seeing our landscapes suffer from lack of…

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Single Zone Faucet Connection For Lawn Irrigation

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
faucet sprinkler system

In our overview of irrigation article, we introduced a system that connects directly to an exterior faucet and provides control for a single zone. This design is the least expensive and most easily installed irrigation system.  Benefits of a Faucet Irrigation System Cons of a Faucet Irrigation System How a Faucet Sprinkler System Works The…

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