There’s a certain appeal to gravel paths and patios. They somehow manage to at once be both casual and formally elegant. A gravel path says “let’s go somewhere, and you don’t need a tie to get there.” The thing is, a gravel path can be downright awful if not installed properly. Gravel can spill out and mix with adjacent grass and mulch. Weeds can overrun the gravel. Most … [Read more...] about How to build a gravel path the RIGHT way
In Roman days, genius loci referred to the protective spirit of a given place. Today, we refer to it as the atmosphere or general “feel” that a location has. I’ve been to public gardens all over the country, and while they’re all beautiful I’ve never been to one that embodies its location quite like the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens. Pittsburgh is one of my favorite … [Read more...] about Why you need to visit the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens
Late at night you're driving down a dark, deserted suburban avenue and trying not to think about the Stephen King novel you re-read last week. Suddenly, in the corner of your eye, something catches your attention. You turn and scream at the balls of faint blue light hovering like tiny sad ghosts in the yard next to your car. Relieved but embarrassed, you drive on. Why … [Read more...] about Are there warm LED landscape lights?
If you're like a lot of homeowners, you've been looking at your landscape plants with a little bit of worry lately. The cold has been brutal. If the Weather Channel is saying that Valentine's weekend was "potentially life-threatening cold," what does that say for the trees and shrubs that can't come inside to warm up? As I'm so fond of saying, a big part of landscaping and … [Read more...] about Winter plant damage: watch for these 3 problems
Outdoor kitchen design is a lot of fun, but it’s also easy to make some pretty serious mistakes along the way. No matter what your outdoor kitchen has to work well for you. Awkward angles, nowhere to set things down, all these can contribute to a huge problem that will keep you from loving your Virginia outdoor kitchen design - and we can’t have that, can we? Here are some … [Read more...] about Avoid these 3 outdoor kitchen design mistakes!