• Landscaping

    Pros and Cons of Sod vs Seed

    Which is the better choice when planting a new lawn – sod or seed? It can be a tough decision for some and a more obvious one for others. We’ve done both recently. We laid sod around our pool area because we wanted that space to be finished so we could enjoy it this summer. And we sewed grass seed on our side yard where we had to build up our yard to bring the pool in. Since this part of the yard was far from the pool, we were willing to wait for the grass to come up. To figure out what’s best for your situation, you need to look at the pros and cons of sod vs. seed.

    August 4th, 2021
  • DIY

    How to Lay Tile for Pool Decking

    We decided to go with ceramic tile for our pool decking because we felt like it would be easier as a DIY. We’ve laid plenty of tile in the past and felt confident that we could get the job done and be happy with the end result. Of course, using tile meant that we would first need a slab of concrete poured to lay the tile on. This added some extra expense, but we offset that plus some by installing the tile ourselves.

    July 31st, 2021
  • Outdoor Living

    Our Backyard Pool Area Reveal

    We’ve finally completed our backyard pool area! Well, almost. We’re still waiting for the automatic cover to be installed, but that hasn’t stopped us from already enjoying our pool during these hot summer days.

    Going into this project, we knew that it was going to be a big undertaking. We didn’t have much of a backyard, and what little bit we had was on a pretty steep slope. So we had to bring in a lot of shale to build it up and level it out. Even though it took a lot to get here, we are so happy with the way it turned out. And we think that creating this usable space has added value to our home.

    July 19th, 2021
  • Landscaping

    How to Grow and Care for Schip Laurel Shrubs

    We recently planted schip laurels around our pool area to create a hedge. The schip laurel is low-maintenance and it grows under a variety of different conditions. It’s a beautiful shrub and it was a breeze to plant once we decided where we wanted it to go. We are really loving the look and feel like they’ve made a great addition to our landscaping. Schip laurels are also known as skip laurels or schipka laurels.

    July 13th, 2021
  • Outdoor Living

    6 Pool Decking Options You Should Consider

    Pool decking is the hardscape area that surrounds your pool. You also may see it referred to as a surround. There are quite a few pool decking options that you should consider before making your final choice. They all have their pros and cons and after you learn about them, you should be able to make the best decision for your space and lifestyle.

    June 29th, 2021