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The Outdoor Living Blog

Bahler Brothers Blog

This blog addresses many of the questions, issues and design options for paver and wall installations.

Jen Kloter

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Landscaping  |  Retaining Wall

Do I Need a Retaining Wall on My Property?

Retaining walls are found around many homes, businesses and schools. But chances are, you’ve never really noticed them. Though they can be beautiful additions to a property, they serve a fundamental purpose: expanding your useable outdoor living space.

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Landscaping  |  Pondless Waterfeature  |  Ponds  |  Water Feature  |  Water Garden

Using Water Features in Your Landscaping

Landscaping doesn’t have to be restricted to hardscapes and plantings. When you add a water feature, you open up your yard to much larger opportunities for visual impact. A water feature such as a pond invites many interesting visitors, like birds, dragonflies, frogs, and other wildlife, as well as offers a tranquil setting in which to relax and enjoy. But before you start digging, make sure you’re ready. Water features can take time, energy, and a healthy budget to install. This post will help you decide if a water feature is right for your home. Take our patio style quiz for insight and inspiration!

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Contractor Comparison Worksheet

Contractor Comparison Worksheet

Take the frustration out of comparing bids from different landscape contractors with our Contractor Comparison Checklist

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Built-in Grill  |  Outdoor Kitchen  |  Patio Design

Outdoor Kitchens 101: Your Fundamental Design Considerations

You may not need a kitchen on your patio, but installing a grill, prep area or more can be an amazing and effective use of your space. An outdoor kitchen is a luxury that not only gives you more flexibility, but it’s a great way to spend more time in fresh air. The idea of designing a patio that offers comfort, beauty, relaxation and functionality may be overwhelming – especially if you don’t have the help of a landscape designer or outdoor living space specialist. But if you understand how to approach designing your outdoor kitchen, you’ll have a much easier time choosing the right elements.

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Patio Cost  |  Pavers

How much does a Paver Patio Cost?

UPDATED 4/24/18: That's a great question and one that we get on a regular basis.  The question I would pose to you is 'what are the functions you would like it to perform?'  Jen wrote a fabulous article for Bahler Brothers a while back called 6 Things to consider when designing a paver patio.  In this article, she lays out the thought process that a homeowner should consider when they begin to think about a patio. 

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Landscaping  |  Maintenance

Getting Your Yard in Shape: Proper Pruning Techniques

After the beating your yard took this winter, you’re probably looking at it, wondering how you’ll ever get it back in good shape. A few weeks ago, we shared some tips to help you get your yard ready for spring. There are many simple steps you can take to get your yard to where you want it to be for the warmer weather. And one of those steps is pruning.

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Pavers

The Pros and Cons of Paver Patios

In our years of business, we’ve heard a lot of misconceptions about paver patios. The internet is a valuable tool that contains a wealth of information. However, we’ve also found that not all of the information is accurate or showing the complete picture. When looking at paver patios, it seems that information can be skewed against them. We’ve seen firsthand that they are an excellent option for many people looking to spruce up their landscaping or outdoor living space. We’d like to bring a lot of the info together so that you can make your own choice. Read on to learn the real pros and cons of paver patios.

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