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Living Under the Deck

When dreaming of outdoor living spaces you would like to see in your back yard, why not take advantage of the most overlooked space?

How to Stay Cool Without A Pool

Landscapes designed to provide shelter from sun and comfort during the heat of the summer.

Bees and Other Pollinators

A few facts about the 300 species of native bees in Minnesota and their benefits to the environment.

Spring Gardening Tips from the Pros

Here are a few spring gardening tips that can take anyone from rookie to a gardening wizard! Southview Design gardening specialists are available to answer questions and provide gardening tips for serious and beginning gardeners.

Spring Gardening Do's and Don't's

Suffering from Spring Fever? Eager to get out there and plant? Your garden will thank you if you wait until after May 15 to plant seedlings and follow these other spring do's and don'ts.

Trends in Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor cooking is hot, hot, hot as backyard enthusiasts add cool features and convenient amenities to outdoor kitchens. Making it more fun for cooks and more comfortable for guests!

Trends in Luxury Landscape Design

Although "back-to-nature" waterfalls are still a favorite, homeowners are choosing to transform outdoor spaces into comfortable and luxurious living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens.

Backyard Playgrounds

More homeowners are combining the passion for "their" sport and the convenience of their back yard to add sports courts and other games.

How to Sell Your Home Faster

Easy. Spruce up your front yard and turn up the curb appeal. Here are practical and high-impact landscaping strategies for attracting buyers.

Outdoor Rooms: Low-Key to Luxury

With or without walls, outdoor rooms can be low-key or luxurious, casual or elegant, depending on your lifestyle and budget. Each outdoor living space is as unique as the family and frequently is an extension of the indoor spaces. Simple to elaborate, contemporary to country, Asian to Victorian… each outdoor living space should reflect: the architecture of the home, the design/style of the landscape, and the needs of the family.