We're excited to share with you how to install your very own outdoor water feature, and give your lawn the instant upgrade it deserves. Don't worry if you've never done anything like this before, we'll guide you through step-by-step.
Now, I know what you're thinking: "How long will my patio really last?" Well, that depends on the quality of the materials you choose, but a properly installed paver patio can last for around 30 years. Today I want to take you behind the scenes of a recent project where we transformed a small backyard space into something simple, yet amazing. We'll be sharing a closer look at how to lay a proper foundation for your paver patio, as well as my simple method for choosing the right pavers for your space. Keep reading to learn more!
Today, we're diving into the wonderful world of pond plants. We recently joined our friends John and Lisa from KGTropicals as they completed their beautiful pond. Now, it's time to bring in some lush greenery and vibrant flowers to create a natural oasis right in their backyard. So, grab your gardening gloves and let's get planting!
Are you tired of feeling like your outdoor space is missing something? Do you struggle to bring your design ideas to life? Are you looking for ways to create a space that your friends and family will love? If so, you're in luck! In this blog post, I'll be sharing five hardscape design rules that will help you transform your outdoor space into a beautiful and functional oasis.
Goldfish ponds can be a delightful addition to any garden or backyard. However, maintaining their cleanliness and creating a balanced ecosystem can be challenging, especially when using the common "pump and dump" method.
In this blog post, we'll explore the process of transforming a murky, pump and dump pond into a clear, thriving ecosystem using the principles of biomimicry, while also being mindful of a budget. Additionally, we'll discover the innovative use of a spillway bowl and an Aquablox panel to create a budget-friendly bog, providing efficient filtration and nutrient balance for clear, healthy water.
In today's world, where environmental consciousness is on the rise, planting a pollinating garden has become a popular and responsible trend. By creating a habitat that nurtures our local pollinators, we not only help them thrive but also contribute to the overall health of our ecosystem. There are a few valuable insights I want to share on how we can make our gardens and landscapes more welcoming to pollinators, and I’ll be emphasizing the importance of focusing on the right food sources, trees as host plants, and year-round considerations. So let's dive in and discover how we can play a crucial role in supporting our local pollinators.
Summer is the perfect time to transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis, and what better way to do that than by building your own patio? However, the idea of a DIY patio may seem daunting, especially with the horror stories of uneven surfaces and weed-infested cracks. But don’t worry, with a few practical tips, you can create a beautiful and functional patio that will enhance your outdoor space and make your summer dreams come true.
In this blog, we're answering some common questions about using pavers or concrete for your next backyard project, including:
If you’re thinking about replacing a driveway or installing a new patio for your outdoor space, you’re probably looking at all of the options and wondering which choice is going to be best for you. In this post we teamed up with our friend Adam from Commercial Concrete to talk about six important differences for you to consider when comparing concrete versus pavers.
Today we’re going to talk about how to pick a good contractor for your next outdoor home project and what possible red flags you should look for before hiring someone to fill that role.
To make sure we didn’t miss anything, we sat down with our supplier, Jacob, from Yorktown Materials. Jacob works closely with contractors and homeowners alike, so he has a unique view of the industry and had a lot of great information to share!
Our goal is to educate others about what to look out for and what questions you should ask before hiring a contractor for your outdoor space. After all, you’re about to invest your hard earned money into a space that YOU have to live in, so you need to choose the right person to get the job done!
Are you landscaping around the ugly parts?
It’s not uncommon to have something in the yard you want to hide. Utility boxes, telephone poles, fire hydrants, maybe a power box. Unfortunately, these are often in the middle of the yard, creating an unsightly feature in a place where you are trying to relax and enjoy nature.
For a lot of people, the prevailing wisdom might be to plant a group of bushes around these utilities to hide them. Some use a clump of flowering drift roses or maybe some low Ligustrum, I even see some grasses with a boulder and river rock placed around unwanted yard elements.
I usually discourage from this practice. Even if the plants add beauty to the yard, placing them right next to the object you are trying to hide often draws even more attention to it. Sure, there might be a beautiful bed of white roses...but you'll also notice the power box behind the bush as you enjoy your flowering plant. Even worse, in the winter, flowers and bushes are often bare, which creates layers of objects that you'd rather draw attention away from instead of highlighting them!
So the question reminds: how can you hide ugly parts of your yard or installations that you wish you could move? My vote might surprise you: just leave them alone! Instead, spend time and effort creating an amazing landscape at the front of the house. A welcoming entrance and landscaping can pull attention to your home, which in turn draws the eyes away from those yard elements that you wish would just disappear.
Here are a few examples of some homeowners who did just that using outdoor lighting, beautiful landscaping, stunning patio designs, and more!
Recently, Micah got to appear on the Hampton Roads show to talk about all the various options for outdoor lighting. He covers everything from the type of lights we use (low-voltage lighting that takes no more power than a cell phone!) to the surprisingly small number of lights we typically use and how these lights compliment water features that we install.
Watch this short video and let us know what surprised you about the segment!
I was honored to be the featured guest on a recent episode of the Hampton Roads Show. We talked about the advantages of having a water feature, from quiet moments in the garden to the practical elements of owning one, including what upkeep looks like for the average homeowner.
I personally love having an ecosystem pond (no surprise there!), so sharing my passion for this type of backyard installation was a joy. The best part was watching the host, Chris Reckling,, come to a new understand about all the advantages of water features.
View the video below to hear our chat, and let me know if I was a natural on camera...or not! 😆
What happens when you're having a party and your backyard just isn't ready? Well, for this homeowner, giving us a call was the first step, and we took care of the rest. Watch the process for this beautiful backyard patio renovation at Cypress Creek in Smithfield, Virginia. Learn how we:
Do you think we made it under the deadline? Watch the transformation happen and find out!
Spring: my favorite time of year! I love seeing the new buds, blooms and bustling wildlife activity. Here are a few tips for getting your yard in shape- and keeping it there throughout the summer and fall.
Winter annuals (weeds) rarely get out of hand. However, pesky spring and summer invaders are a completely different story. Crab grass, henbit, chickweed, dandelions, pusley, and broadleaf plantain all seem to run rampant if nothing is done. There are many pre-emergent products on the market, one of the more popular being Preen. Preen works well, and won't harm any perennials or sensitive plants.
I strongly encourage clients and friends not to use a weed barrier or fabric, unless they are laying out stone or gravel. As the mulch breaks down on top of the fabric, it creates a perfect haven for the weeds to germinate in the mulch. Fabric can also keep the mulch from building healthy soil as it breaks down. Instead, apply a pre-emergent a few times a year to keep the weeds from even germinating.
2) Hard Pruning
Hard pruning is best done just before spring breaks through the winter. It’s a perfect time to shape your plants, and also remove gangly branches or obvious winter kill. Ornamental trees should follow the "no crossing, touching, or rubbing" rule. Late winter is also a great time to cut back overgrown shrubs. We will frequently take holly bushes down from 48" to just 12" and let them regrow.
If you are thinking about a new pond or have just had your new pond installed- Welcome!
It is an exciting journey. Water gardening is rewarding, fish are peaceful, and the sound of water is relaxing.
Check out this guide for your new pond. Many of the questions you may have are answered here. If you have any further questions, please give us a call or email.
As residents of Coastal Virginia, we are used to storms and flooding. I’m sure many of us remember Hurricane Isabel in 2003; the weeks without power, countless fallen trees, damaged homes and crushed vehicles.
I am thankful Hurricane Isaias was quick moving and has done comparatively little damage. However, as we all know, even a quick moving storm can leave us with plenty of cleanup to do. There will be some trees that need to come out, torn up yards, and definitely plenty of scattered debris.
If you live in Hampton Roads and need some help finding the best yard care company, I've compiled a list of resources to get your yard back in shape after a tropical storm or hurricane.
There are so many options and a wide, wide range of prices. Let’s walk through a few common questions and explore the possible options!
Written by Bernie Kerkvliet
What are they?
What do they do?
Where do they come from?
Ecologically speaking, they are known as an Ecotone. An Ecotone is a transition between two diverse communities which contains organisms native to each overlapping community as well as organisms characteristic to the Ecotone itself.
Today we're excited to introduce you to our friend Tim with Soft Works Power Washing talking about an area of expertise in his line of work that we know will help you to keep your outdoor spaces grime-free for the long haul!
Whether you have simply concrete patio with a grill, or a garden fountain paradise, it is important to keep your area safe, clean and free of unwanted growth. We clean a lot of backyard spaces, especially in the spring as people gear up to spend more time outdoors. Decks and patios are often plagued with continuous growth of mold, mildew, and algae thanks to the humidity of eastern Virginia. At the bare minimum this can cause your outdoor space to appear less bright and appealing than it used to, but even more importantly it will become slippery and make your surfaces dangerous. It is impossible to avoid power washing completely, but here are a few ways to keep your area cleaner for longer!
I've been known to experiment with different cocktails. I enjoy assembling a crisp mojito, a cucumber spritzer, or even the classic gin and tonic with a squeeze of lime. So refreshing! I love to grab these creations, sit outside with my wife, enjoy our water feature, and let the kids play. It makes me wish spring and summer would last all year!
Through my constant search for new concoctions, I stumbled across a new recipe. A Berliner Weisse Mojito. I know - now you think I am crazy. You're saying; "Beer and a mojito?!" You have to trust me on this one. It is beyond fantastic! Plus, I did not use just any beer - I used Das Yummy, a Berliner Weisse style ale excellently crafted by my friends over at Oozlefinch.
Welcome to southeastern Virginia, specifically the Tidewater region! We love our sandy soil near the coast, but a little further inland, the easy digging can come to an abrupt end when you hit clay or a clay blend. Planting in the clay soil that Hampton Roads has to offer is difficult, and establishing plants is even harder. I hear many friends say they have a black thumb and then give up. In reality, they are just dealt a poor hand.
The short answer:
You're looking at $8,000 to $50,000, maybe more if you want a fancy pizza oven.
Basic grill islands with counter space are a straightforward addition to just about any patio or existing outdoor area, and the sky's the limit from there! Updates like a refrigerator, sink, underlights, bar area, or even a TV (getting excited here!) will take your space to the next level, and could very well add another zero to the price as well.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of welcoming friends and family into your home. And if you’re like me, no dinner party is complete without gathering outside after the meal with a cold (or warm!) drink in hand, catching up on life, and watching as the kids run free in the grass. Designing the perfect outdoor space doesn't have to be intimidating, and you can do it on a budget. While we often think of summer evenings as being the ideal time for outdoor entertaining, here are a few hints for creating a backyard space that feels warm and inviting, no matter what the season! Whether you are looking for an outdoor fireplace, patio designs, or ideas for a small backyard, here's how you can entertain year-round.
Spring is in the air! It's time to plant grass!
Actually, it's not.
[Did you hear the sound of that record scratching?!]
To clarify- you can definitely plant grass in the spring, but you may not get the long term results you're hoping for. The best time to plant cool season grasses (fescue) in the fall. The cooler temperatures we have during the fall months allow the grass to germinate, establish, and build strong roots through the winter.
When grass seed is planted in the spring, however, your new lawn can’t catch a break before the summer heat kicks in. The grass seed will look great and fill in well, but because the roots aren't fully established, the heat will stress the new fescue plants. The density of the grass will then fall off during the summer, and patchy areas can form, requiring more seed.
Growing a lawn takes time, so don't give up when you don't see immediate results. If you're starting from scratch, be ready for it to take 18-24 months to fully establish. If you already have some existing healthy turf, expect about a year to get it built up. Here are some ways to ensure that when springtime comes, your yard is looking its best.
What are they?
Bagworms are actually a type of moth. They create a very distinct spindle-shaped bag which resembles a small pine cone. Bagworm eggs will overwinter in these bags attached to branches by a silk thread. There can be well over 500 eggs inside a single bag! So what factors cause bagworms to show up in your landscaping, and how can you get rid of bagworms for good? We have a few suggestions...
About Easton Outdoors
We started out as the neighborhood lawn boys – a group of high school friends trying to make some pocket change. It soon became more. We realized how much we enjoyed landscaping. Over the years, we've transformed hundreds of properties, beautified countless landscapes, and made many homeowners proud. This has become our passion!