Big Rock Landscaping Blog

If you think your trees and shrubs don’t need to be watered during the winter, you are in for a surprise! The plants in your yard definitely go dormant during the winter months, but not enough that they don’t need a drink during the dry spells of winter. Read on to find out the steps you can take to keep your trees and shrubs healthy throughout the winter.

Your outdoor living space can be one of the most used rooms of your home. From choosing the right furniture to adding the right plants and fire features, we can help! Keep reading for tips and advice on how to make your yard into a haven of relaxation and enjoyment all year long.

If you're looking to add some natural beauty and charm to your yard, why not try mountain-style landscaping? You don't need a lot of space to get started–even a small porch or garden area can be turned into a tranquil oasis. And if you already have a lawn, don't worry, there are plenty of ways to incorporate natural mountain landscaping into your grassy areas. So, get inspired, and start creating your own little piece of paradise utilizing these mountain home landscape ideas!

Many people find that planting shrubs around the pool is a landscaping trick that delivers well on both form and function. Shrubs around the pool can be aesthetically pleasing, but they can also be used as a natural fence to ward off prying eyes. Not sure what shrubs to plant around your pool area? Not to worry. We’ve got all the information you need to help you choose the right shrubs for your pool.

Landscaping is a great way to improve the appearance of your home and yard, but landscaping costs can also be expensive. Learn more about landscaping costs and get a quote from us today! We will help you get your yard looking beautiful and save you money on landscaping costs.

Did you know that landscape lighting can add a little extra curb appeal or create an inviting atmosphere for gatherings with friends and family? We are passionate about all things landscaping and are here to share some of our favorite landscaping lighting ideas!

Thinking about designing and installing a landscape fountain? Whether you are looking forward to digging into a DIY project, or want to hire a professional, jump into this post to get your creative juices flowing. We have some great inspirational ideas that will rock your neighborhood block!

Parking strips are usually designed as an afterthought, or really, not designed at all. Bring that area of your yard to life with these drought resistant parking strip ideas that look good, and are low maintenance too.

If you are a homeowner in Utah, you’ve probably worried about how to lessen your water usage while keeping your lawn and other greenery happy. It can feel like you have to either completely drench your lawn or rip out your lawn and xeriscape everything. But the team at Big Rock Landscaping believes there is an option that is somewhere in between, helping you keep your lawn and use your water efficiently. Check out our watering guide for Utah homeowners and keep your lawn green!

If you’re panicking about how to keep your plants alive during the drought this year, read on for these expert tips on watering plants during a drought, how to care for your trees when you’re trying to save water, and how to make sure your backyard landscaping is perfectly suited to your region, this season and always!

There is really no one better qualified than Big Rock Landscaping when it comes to backyard lighting ideas and installation. If you’re looking for inspiration, and an inviting yard that will welcome you outside all year long, night or day, look no further than Big Rock Landscaping. We specialize in the small details–like backyard lighting–that can truly complete your landscape.

With summer just around the corner, many of us are dreaming about spending a lazy afternoon or evening out on the patio. Even though patio lighting is one of the best things you can do for your patio ambiance, most homeowners neglect this very important landscaping element. Don’t settle for mediocrity–elevate your patio to the next level with our inspiring patio lighting ideas.

Ever look out into your backyard and envision a covered, cozy space to gather with friends and family? If so, chances are that you’ve thought about installing a pergola in your backyard space. Now the question becomes: do you tackle this yourself, or hire a professional? This article reveals pergola installation tips and common mistakes. If hiring a professional is what you need, Big Rock Landscaping has got your covered.

It’s small details like landscaping borders that make the difference between take-your-breathe-away landscaping and mediocre landscaping. If you are looking for ideas and tips on how to choose the right landscape border, you are in the right place!

Pruning is an important part of taking care of a fruit tree, and if it's done at the wrong time or the wrong way, it can actually do more harm than good. Wondering when is the best time to prune fruit trees? This article will help you get your fruit tree pruning schedule done right.

Plant your spring garden with bees in mind! Providing food and a habitat for these marvelous pollinators is a fantastic way to give back to the environment.

Mulching your yard is a critical step in a full, stunning garden during the spring and summer months. Not only does mulching moderate the temperature of the soil, but it traps water and prevents weeds from overtaking the area. But when do you add mulch to your garden and flower beds? There’s definitely a right answer, and we’ll cover everything you need to know to help your garden succeed!

We are honored to have recently received both the Houzz Design Award and the Houzz Service Award. While these awards are given by Houzz to showcase unique designs and unparalleled customer service, what we are most excited about is that these awards show that our goals of client satisfaction are being met. Our client’s satisfaction is the greatest award of all!

“Taking to the waters” is no longer something we have to trek miles and miles to do. We can indulge in the splendors of our private pools just feet away from our back doors. Swimming pools are no doubt worth the design efforts and time you put into them to be able to relish in […]

It’s no great mystery that the much-sought-after perfect ambiance for any setting, public or private, is what shines through the little phosphorescent baubles we call light bulbs and the fixtures that secure them into their carefully designated places. That’s why it’s such a thrill—the ultimate cherry on top—to choose the perfect lighting to complete any […]

The Holm’s home is one of a kind. Set on a hill with incredible views and a rugged mountain backdrop, it’s a landscaper’s playground. The end result of this project is nothing short of a dream come true for the clients who wanted plenty of room for outdoor entertaining, a family friendly yard, a hot […]

Ever thought of adding a deck to your house? Ever thought of adding that deck yourself but then realized, hey…I don’t know how to add a deck to my house myself? So you started an online search for deck design ideas and some DIY-confidence-boosting articles and the decking gods landed you here? Well, what a […]

Everyone loves a before and after of a landscape project, the instant gratification of seeing a disheveled, outdated space becoming an oasis in just one swipe of your finger is not only visually appealing but also gives you that sweet hit of dopamine. But the team at Big Rock Landscaping knows there’s so much between […]

Creating a luxurious landscape design can be a work of art. Each element added into a landscape can either bring beauty and awe or frustration and challenges. A properly placed stone can add natural whimsy or, if improperly placed, an eyesore that isn’t easily moved. Big Rock Landscaping knows how important a well-executed landscape design […]

Until you’ve experienced a water feature in your yard, you really don’t know what you are missing. It isn’t just the aesthetic of water moving, but the gentle sounds of a waterfall or the mellow feeling when you watch a koi in the pond that takes your yard from average to heavenly.  The beauty of […]

If your landscape is looking for a refresh, or you’re just starting to create your dream home, consider adding the landscaping trend of xeriscape design. Xeriscaping has won the interest of many homeowners who are looking to conserve water, save some money and make a valuable impact on the environment. Xeriscaping 101 In Utah In […]

Thinking about starting a backyard landscaping project? Maybe you’re interested in a new stone pathway to the garden or perhaps you’ve got your sights set on a total backyard renovation. Maybe you’re interested in some professional landscaping services. Whichever the case, you’ve got to know where to start. We’ve researched the top questions about backyard […]

Spring has sprung, and you’re ready to start that garden! First step is to find your favorite overalls and sun hat. Then it’s time to buy some seeds. We’re big advocates for buying local seeds for your garden, and here’s why.

Investing your time, money, energy, and—yes—emotions into your landscaping means that when something gets damaged or dies off, it can feel like a little (or big) piece of your heart has broken along with it. And is there anything worse than realizing that the same beautiful blanket of white that has covered your lawn with […]

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, we’re all excited about spending more time outdoors. But is your yard ready for its debut? Did it even survive the winter? Big Rock Landscaping is walking you through how to prepare your yard for spring and beyond with this easy to follow spring yard checklist.

Ready to enjoy your yard again? Our spring landscaping to do list includes 8 ways to jump back in to taking care of your yard after a long winter and to ensure that you’ll be ready for a beautiful summer.

Roses are the perfect landscaping addition for your front or backyard. Roses offer a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes so you can customize them to fit in your perfect landscape design. We share our staffs 5 favorite rose choices for landscaping!

Unless you’re a bonafide Yeti, you’re bound to need to get rid of some snow sometime. This also probably means that you’re going to want to know the best way to do it. So we’re getting into the top questions asked about snow removal, our best snow removal tips, and some truly awesome pyrotechnics that […]

Have you ever seen a luxury home only to be utterly disappointed by the landscaping? Or maybe saw a home during construction that seemed underwhelming, but once the home and landscaping were finished together, the only word that came to mind was luxury? How about happening upon an average home that’s landscaping was the total […]

Hardscaping is not a new concept, but the term is becoming more and more industry-standard because of how many people are opting to implement residential hardscape ideas in their own homes. But why are they? What is it about hardscaping that makes it so appealing? Do you wonder what hardscaping really entails? Have you seen […]

You may have never considered the idea that your own outdoor space could be worthy of, let alone considered for, an award of excellence. But what if it was? What would your dream backyard or garden or front walkway look like? What are the landscape design ideas that make you swoon and wish it was […]

When you hear the phrase “luxury landscape design” your mind automatically flashes to dollar signs. Sure, luxury landscaping projects tend to have a bigger budget than normal residential projects do, but that’s not the only thing that makes a project high-end. Luxury landscaping is about creating a space that feels luxurious. It’s about utilizing a […]

Maybe you’re starting with a blank patch of dirt, or maybe you have a yard that is lackluster, or just not working for you. If you’re thinking about tackling a landscaping project in the near future, but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. We’ll walk you through the basics of landscape planning, […]

Roses are the perfect landscaping addition for your front or backyard. Roses offer a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes so you can customize them to fit in your perfect landscape design. We share our staffs 5 favorite rose choices for landscaping!

It’s that time of year again! Man, the heart-pounding scramble for that just right gift is a killer, amirite?? But take a breath, because we’re here for you with a proverbial wheelbarrow full of awesome gifts for the landscapers in your life. Gifts are meant to save time, alleviate hassle, and help your loved ones […]

Fall is the season that seems to come and go in the blink of an eye every year. It rarely feels like there is enough time to get your bucket list of festive activities done, let alone take care of your yard! But with these simple yard tips for fall, you’ll have your lawn shedding […]

How important is commercial landscaping? How much money should you spend on landscaping for a business? And does it even really matter what the outside of your business looks like? Most people are out of their depth when it comes to understanding commercial landscaping. They know it’s necessary, but aren’t sure how to go about […]

In the last few years, it seems we’ve all been given a hearty dose of the DIY attitude. And in many ways, that’s a great thing! Most people are more capable than they give themselves credit for, so it’s great to see skills improve and creativity increase. But when it comes to commercial landscaping, you […]

If Mother Nature had a catchphrase, it would probably be something like, “I do what I want.” That’s why it’s difficult to make absolute timelines for things like winterizing sprinklers. The weather patterns change every year, so your irrigation schedule must be managed differently depending on the needs of that year. Fall sprinkler care can […]

Fall, especially fall in Utah, is magical. The crisp air, the explosion of color from all the changing leaves. It’s all quite beautiful. Well, up until all those leaves come off the trees and land in your yard. Then it’s more exasperating than breathtaking as you have to decide how to dispose of leaves. There […]