Central PA Fall Destinations

Central PA Fall Destinations

Fall in Central Pennsylvania is so rich with possibilities that it can be overwhelming. Everywhere you turn there are harvest festivals, outdoor education events, and new places begging to be explored at this beautiful time of year. We couldn’t possibly tell you about...

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Outdoor Cooking Considerations

Outdoor Cooking Considerations

Are you a beginner at the idea of outdoor cooking? Here are some highlights of a few of the most popular options as well as questions to ask yourself before adding a cooking feature into your backyard.  Cooking over an open flame can be a fun, shared activity....

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Throwing a Backyard Fall Bash

Throwing a Backyard Fall Bash

Look- we love fall and all that comes with it- flannel, mums, pumpkin spice everything, scarves that are maybe just blankets. If loving fall is basic, we don’t want to be cool. If you’re an unashamed autumnal admirer as well, here are a few tips for hosting a cozy...

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Working from Home Fall Edition

Working from Home Fall Edition

More than a year and a half after offices declared they were shutting down for two weeks, many of us are now permanently working from home. We’ve talked before about tips for working outside in warm temperatures, but as summer gives way to fall, spending extended...

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Keeping Things Pinteresting

Keeping Things Pinteresting

Where do you find inspiration for your outdoor projects? Walking around your neighborhood? Flipping through magazines? Scrolling through Instagram? Pinterest is an amazing place to organize all of those pieces of inspiration and find many, many more. If you’ve never...

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Tips for Turning Your Backyard into your Summer Office

Tips for Turning Your Backyard into your Summer Office

While some offices may be opening back up, many U.S. workers are electing to continue working from home either full-time or part-time. One of the advantages of working from home is that there’s no need to be stuck in one spot. From late spring to early fall you could...

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Kitchen Gardens for Absolute Beginners

Kitchen Gardens for Absolute Beginners

If you’ve never grown your own food it can be intimidating to know where to start. Try not to take an all-or-nothing approach. You absolutely do not need to turn your backyard into a meticulously planned out mini-farm in order to reap the benefits of home-grown...

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Everything You Need to Know About Brood X Cicadas

Everything You Need to Know About Brood X Cicadas

Have you heard the buzz? Pennsylvania is about to be invaded by the largest brood of cicadas seen since 2004. Read on for everything you need to know about these temporary visitors, how to prepare for them and how to manage them.  Cicadas are present in...

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When Do I Need to Start Mowing Again?

When Do I Need to Start Mowing Again?

Every neighborhood seems to have an over-eager mower, and the sound of their lawnmower in the very early Spring can set off a wave of anxiety down the block. You might ask yourself, “Is it time to start mowing yet? Will my yard be the neighborhood eyesore if I wait...

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New Year, New Outdoor Space

New Year, New Outdoor Space

Did your New Year’s resolutions include spending more time outdoors? How about prioritizing time with your family? Or maybe you resolved to move to a new home and you want to make improvements on your current home in preparation for a sale? Focusing on improving your...

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A Must-do Winter Storm Prep Checklist

A Must-do Winter Storm Prep Checklist

When winter storms are looming in the forecast, do you know what to do to prepare your outdoor living area? Hint: panic buying every roll of toilet paper and loaf of bread on the grocery store shelves is not the answer. Instead, spending just a few minutes on small...

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Looking Forward: Our Favorite Outdoor Trends for 2021

Looking Forward: Our Favorite Outdoor Trends for 2021

2020 brought many challenges but perhaps one upside was a renewed interest in maximizing outdoor spaces for personal enjoyment and safe entertaining. Spending more time than ever at home provided homeowners with plenty of opportunities to daydream about new ways to...

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Outdoor Living Ideas That Stand the Test of Time

Outdoor Living Ideas That Stand the Test of Time

When we invest in our homes, we expect it to last. Exterior upgrades enhance the look of your property and can offer recreational benefits. But not every renovation, however, will be something you'd still enjoy a decade or more later. If you want to refresh your yard...

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Does Curb Appeal Increase Home Value?

Does Curb Appeal Increase Home Value?

We all know, first impressions matter. The term “curb appeal” refers to the first impression that people get of your home. When they pull their car up in front, what do they see? Well-kept flower beds, a neatly cut lawn, and fresh paint? Or weeds, overgrown grass, and...

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The Essential Outdoor Prep… For Fall

The Essential Outdoor Prep… For Fall

Autumn’s gently tumbling leaves seem so peaceful, but they are also a reminder that winter is coming. Fall landscape maintenance tasks are just as important to the health and beauty of your landscape as they are in spring and summer. Preparing your landscape for the...

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Why Better Lighting = Better Living

Why Better Lighting = Better Living

As summer winds to an end, the days begin to shorten. But that doesn’t mean we should enjoy our backyards any less! Outdoor lighting is all about enjoyment. Outdoor lighting has a huge impact on your landscape and can elevate any yard into a beautiful space for...

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New Year, New Outdoor Space

Destress with These Outdoor Living Ideas

Who isn’t feeling a little stressed these days? Your backyard should be a place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors. We’re sure you will agree with us that feeling the sun shining on your face, the breeze blowing across your skin, or breathing in the...

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5 Design Ideas to Turn Your Yard into an Oasis

5 Design Ideas to Turn Your Yard into an Oasis

Summer is just around the corner! We cannot wait for the lush foliage and bright green grass of the warmer months. Whether your idea of summer backyard fun is quiet nights having dinner al fresco with friends or relaxing poolside, we have 5 design ideas that can...

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Front Door Plant Combinations for Maximum Curb-appeal

Front Door Plant Combinations for Maximum Curb-appeal

First impressions matter. For most homes, the front door and porch reflect who you are and how guests and neighbors perceive you as a homeowner. Bright flowers and colorful foliage are the easiest ways to bump up your curb appeal. Turn your home's entry into an...

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The 5 Biggest DIY Landscaping Mistakes

The 5 Biggest DIY Landscaping Mistakes

We love Do-It-Yourselfers in fact, our Pinterest account is chock-full of landscaping ideas! But while it's fun to get inspired by scrolling through your Pinterest feed, you have to keep in mind the time, money, and resources that go into a seemingly simple photo....

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Planning a Successful Hardscape Installation

Planning a Successful Hardscape Installation

Adding hardscaping to your landscape is an ideal way to expand your home’s living area outdoors. Some hardscaping projects are smaller in scope and others are grand, taking significant planning and installation time. Regardless, when investing in an outdoor living...

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The Essential Outdoor Prep… For Summer

The Essential Outdoor Prep… For Summer

Just as you think you can’t bear anymore dull, dreary days, spring swoops in. Summer in Pennsylvania is one of our favorite times of the year. We cannot wait for the lush foliage and bright green grass of the warmer months. But before summer gets here, we suggest you...

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Trending: Outdoor Design Colors of 2020

Trending: Outdoor Design Colors of 2020

Envision an outdoor living space that invokes calm and peace. A place where you can stop, take a deep breath and slowly exhale. This sense of tranquility is becoming more and more popular in the design world. Possibly because of today’s often hectic and fast-paced...

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Summer Dreaming: Our Favorite Pool Designs

Summer Dreaming: Our Favorite Pool Designs

If you’re like us, this cold weather has you summer dreaming. We cannot wait for the lush foliage and bright green grass of the warmer months. We especially can’t wait for pool season! If you haven’t taken the plunge into pool ownership yet, we highly recommend it. A...

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The Essential Outdoor Prep… For Spring

The Essential Outdoor Prep… For Spring

Our winter chores are long done and soon the snow will be just a memory. It’s time to rake up those leaves and get back in the Spring of things! Spring cleaning will be a breeze with this handy guide to remind you of all of those easy to forget areas. To have the...

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The Next Big Thing in Outdoor Living

The Next Big Thing in Outdoor Living

Can you believe it’s already 2020? While we still may be waiting on our flying cars, it can’t be denied that outdoor living is certainly becoming more sophisticated. A simple deck with weatherproof chairs and a portable grill just won’t do the trick anymore. People...

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When Do I Need to Start Mowing Again?

Landscape Maintenance: Expectations vs. Reality

We understand there are some misconceptions about landscape maintenance. And it’s no wonder when there are so many companies and levels of service, especially in our area. Landscape maintenance is a relatively easy business to start, little-Joey next door included....

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The Essential Outdoor Prep… for Winter

The Essential Outdoor Prep… for Winter

The winter may not be a very active time for your yard, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need any TLC during the season. Preparing for winter is just as important as preparing for any other season. In Pennsylvania, the cold can bring different types of challenges to...

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Your Guide to Pennsylvania Winter Damage

Your Guide to Pennsylvania Winter Damage

You would never venture out into the harsh winter weather without proper protection (right?), and your outdoor living space needs the same attention. Winter temperatures and weather can be harsh on your trees, landscapes, and even hardscapes. A few common-sense tips...

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Bringing Native Pennsylvania Plants to Your Yard

Bringing Native Pennsylvania Plants to Your Yard

In case you’re not familiar with native plants, those are any flora that occurs naturally in a particular region without direct or indirect human intervention. When William Penn settled here way back in the 1600s, almost 90 percent of the state was covered in forest,...

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