With the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the news lately, many homeowners have begun wondering about how their homes cope with rainwater. Retaining walls, gutter systems, and downspouts are integral pieces of an effective strategy to protect your home from water damage. Downspouts probably garner less attention than gutters and retaining walls,…
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The weather has started cooling down a bit in the Mid-Atlantic, heralding the upcoming arrival of fall. Just because the seasons will be changing soon doesn’t mean the color in your garden and landscape have to go away. Nursery and landscaping experts have been able to help homeowners display radiant colors in their gardens throughout…
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boulder steps

Along with water features and paver patios, one of the nicest features you can implement into your landscape is a set of boulder steps. Boulders are a natural way to connect two levels of your landscape. The design elements inherent in boulder steps will depend primarily on the existing features of your landscape and what…
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Retaining walls are a unique visual component of a well-intentioned landscape design. They add a stately grandeur and dramatic flair to your landscape. However, a professional landscape designer adds these retaining walls for a very specific purpose. They are made to support the earth and create a barrier between one spot on your property and…
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A water feature is a great addition to any landscape. It adds a dynamic visual element to your property, giving it lasting beauty. Some water features can even turn your backyard and patio space into your own private oasis. What could be more relaxing than lounging in a comfortable chair with the gentle sound of…
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outdoor kitchen

Homeowners in Maryland love spending time outside, which is why patios and outdoor kitchens are at the top of wish lists all over the state. These home additions are especially valued during the summer – what better way is there to entertain your guests than cooking delicious food outside? Outdoor kitchens can be made with…
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fire pit

Do you wish you could spend more time outside during the year? An outdoor fire pit is a great option to help you extend the season and duration of your outdoor living to the spring and fall months. A fire pit can be designed and configured to integrate with your existing patio and complement the…
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Paver patios are a fantastic addition to your property that can expand the utility of your outdoor space and enhance your outdoor lifestyle. The right paver patio design creates a functional, yet beautiful, place for you and your family to relax, cook, and entertain your guests. In addition, a professionally designed and installed paver patio…
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Watering is essential for ensuring all of the plant life on your property continues to thrive. It’s especially important during the hot summer, particularly during drought and near-drought conditions. We’ve talked previously about the best way to water the plants in your landscape. If you want to keep your lawn looking green this summer, here…
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As a homeowner who has invested a significant amount of time, energy, and resources on your landscaping, one of the biggest challenges you’ll encounter is how to keep deer away from the end product. Maryland homeowners, in particular, ought to be wary of the damage deer can do to your garden and other plants –…
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