Edward Abbey stated “You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.” Yet, you can study the darkness by illuminating it with light. The key is knowing the difference between flooding and illuminating.

Some people think landscape lighting is purchasing a few floodlights so the nighttime looks like the daytime. But, then you lose the magic of the nighttime.

So, what does it mean to illuminate your landscape to study the darkness?

How do you know what chainsaw fits your needs? Where is the best place to purchase one? How do you take care of a chainsaw, or for that matter operate it?

A chainsaw can be a handy piece of equipment to have around. From tackling the dead apple tree in your backyard to taking down the limb hanging over your neighbor's parking spot, it's never a bad idea to have one in your tool shed. Here we will answer some common questions about buying and using a chainsaw. 

When the next big garden project is set to begin, and you've got all of your shrubs and flowers picked out, their location, their color, their price, etc... why wait to choose a paving material until last? After all, the paving material you choose is going to last much longer than all of the plants, especially during the cold Rockville and Frederick winters, it'll have to work with all of your color palette choices, and ultimately you'll be building everything around it anyway. So why not pick it first? 

Here's what you need to know about stone paving materials:

Are you tired of your concrete driveway? It’s old, cracked and discolored. Or you have an asphalt driveway that doesn’t look appealing, dragging the value of your home down? Or your dirt/gravel driveway becomes a treacherous stretch when it rains or snows? Are you familiar with any of these scenarios? If your answer is yes, it’s time to consider driveway pavers. The power of pavers to be both functional and aesthetic cannot be underscored enough. Here’s why:

Not all patio pavers are created equal. You know you want to have an artistically designed patio and you know you need to invest in quality paving. But which paver materials are right for you?  Do you sacrifice style for affordability? And if you are one of those homeowners who likes to change things up every few years, which patio pavers are most convenient for DIY transformation? Here are four things you should know when it comes to patio pavers that may help guide you toward making the best decision.

Fence styles can sometimes send a real statement about who you are, and especially in how much you protect your property. While fences can be both short or tall, the material you use on your fence sends not only a stylistic statement, but also how much maintenance you're willing to do or not do. Take a look at the advantages of the most common styles and what kind of maintenance you may need in order to bring the best aesthetic to your fence. 

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

This is true of people and landscapes. Your landscape can sparkle and shine in the sunshine, but what does it look like in the dark? It is dark and foreboding? Does it contain hidden hazards? Are there shadows that are slightly scary?

Why not make your landscape have true beauty in the night? How can that happen?

“I like to make the mundane fabulous whenever I can.” (Rufus Wainwright) We couldn’t agree more with this American-Canadian singer, songwriter, and composer. We also like to take the mundane landscaping and make it fabulous. How do we do that?

Now that the weather is getting colder, you may not be thinking about relaxing outdoors too much.  However, doesn’t that make it the perfect time to give your backyard a much-needed face lift?

When it comes to why you would want a gravel walkway, one thing immediately jumps out. If you close your eyes, the sound of gravel crunching beneath your feet as you walk over it has the ability to make you believe, however briefly, that you have managed to put the hustle and bustle of modern city living far behind you. If that reason doesn't top your list of why you want a gravel walkway, then one of these probably will.

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