There are so many ways to make your home or business look beautiful. Outdoor Innovations has the skill, talent, and materials to bring the best out of your property.
Outdoor Living Area
Our design team will make your outdoor living area a thing of beauty, while still being a useful space.
Imagine a quiet summer weekend, cool wind blowing, the kids playing as you entertain your friends in your backyard. Do you have a mental image of your dream outdoor living area? The design experts at Outdoor Innovations can help make your dream a reality.
We will sit down and talk with you, to get a feel for what you are wanting to do. We’ll then take our notes and use a computer program to make your thoughts a 3D rendering. We can add landscaping with trees, flowers, and shrubs. Our team of professionals can also water and fire features, in addition to retaining walls and columns.
Perhaps you imagine a nice walking path with accent lighting and other details. We have the experience and imagination to bring your outdoor living space to life. No matter if you are located in the Quad Cities, or one of the many surrounding towns like Geneseo, Sherrard, or LeClaire, we can come to your place and work with you to plan the next step in making your outdoor living area a jewel in the neighborhood.
Some other options and accents we offer include:
We will handle everything from start to finish, communicating with you the entire time to ensure your satisfaction. We’ve worked hard to gain an outstanding reputation for quality workmanship, creative designs, and stellar customer service.
Contact Outdoor Innovations today and let us give you a free estimate and consultation on making your outdoor living area dreams a reality. We look forward to hearing from you whether you are a homeowner or you have commercial property. We have the tools, personnel, and passion for making your outdoor living area the talk of the town.
We can install water features in your backyard, recreating bubbling creeks, tranquil ponds, and waterfalls.
We all know the importance water plays in everyday life. It is one of the basic elements that all people, plants, and animals need to survive. However, water also has another effect on many people, it reduces stress and evokes memories of places we have been or thoughts of places we would like to go.
Be it on vacation, in nature, on television or in a movie we have all seen those beautiful mountain streams, rocky creeks, and quaint waterfalls, which get us thinking about what it would be like to recreate and enjoy that look every day in our backyard.
The popularity of water in the landscape continues to grow and has become one of the top requested features that we are asked to design and install.
With all of the high-quality water feature products and natural stone materials available today, we can virtually recreate any look in nature or just create a unique custom water feature that fits your vision.
If you enjoy the sights and sounds that water features create, not to mention the relaxing effects it can have, give us a call to learn more about:
Pondless Water Features
Sitting around a fire with friends is always memorable. Outdoor Innovations can create a fire feature for your outdoor entertainment area. Safer and more aesthetic than a portable one, our fire features are long-lasting and beautiful.
Most people when asked would agree that sitting around a fire is not only relaxing but also brings back many fond memories of times spent with family and friends.
Creating your own private backyard fire feature can be more affordable than you may think and also comes with certain advantages.
How Does a Fire Feature Benefit Your Outdoor Entertainment Area?
One main advantage of having a permanent location for your fire features is that we can customize it to your specific needs. A customized fire feature is also more aesthetically pleasing to be around and is typically safer than most portable units.
It has been said that “we don’t remember days; we remember moments”.
So when you are ready to start creating those moments give Outdoor Innovations a call and let us design and install the fire feature of your dreams.
Customized Fire Features Enhance and Beautify
We have many fire feature options to choose from. We’ll work with you to create a design that adds functionality, value, and beauty while matching and enhancing your already existing landscaping and outdoor entertainment features:
Gas Burning Fire Features
Wood Burning Fire Features
Poolscaping is a term used to describe how the area around a pool is enhanced to complement the pool itself.
With work and family schedules becoming increasingly hectic, a trend towards wanting an enjoyable, relaxing vacation style environment available anytime that is located just steps out your backdoor has more people choosing to invest in their homes and outdoor spaces in place of expensive, short-lived vacations that can have questionable outcomes.
Benefits of Custom Poolscaping
If a swimming pool is within your budget, make sure to remember that how you complete the area around the pool is equally as important as the pool itself.
The area around the pool should not only be functional but also should be a direct reflection of your lifestyle.
We will work with you to determine how you plan to use this area and what features would create the lifestyle that you deserve.
Brick Paver Patios
Make Your Poolscape Vision a Reality
Outdoor Innovations has the experience and resources to coordinate and install every last detail that you would want or need to complete the poolscape of your dreams.
This is why we have become the Quad Cities landscape contractor of choice when quality and experience are a top priority.
LED lights for virtually every outdoor application including decorative paths, low profile hardscape lights, water features, decks and patios, and accent lighting.
There are a lot of uses for outdoor lighting: security, accents, safety, and more. You need to make sure you have the right light for the job and Outdoor Innovations can assist you with those decisions.
When you mention security lighting, some people think about floodlights in a prison yard or spotlights. You can protect your home and property with attractive looking lights that will still fill the area with a high-intensity light. We can work them into the surrounding landscape, so they are unobtrusive until they are needed.
If you have walkways and steps, proper lighting is a must. Trip and fall injuries are the #1 claim on homeowners’ insurance. Our lighting systems can use low wattage lights or solar lights to keep your pathways lit, without running up your electric bill.
Your home and property can be lit with lighting that is both useful and decorative. Let the designers at Outdoor Innovations work with you to make the most out of the available lighting possibilities. We want to make your place stand out both day and night.
Contact us today to learn more about all the lighting options we have for your home and landscaping projects. We have the experience and creativity to make your place look unique and beautiful. We look forward to working with you to make your home or business a showpiece in the area.
Outdoor Innovations in Aledo is here to help you with all your landscaping and beautification needs in Bettendorf, Moline, and the surrounding area.
What Types of Plants Do Well in Wet Weather?
Spring was very rough in terms of rainfall this year. Many records have been broken this year for rain, but that does not mean your yard can’t look great this summer! Whether it is your business or your home, your yard has plenty of options this year. You just have to look for flowers, bushes, and trees that do well in wet or even flooded soil. Believe it or not, they exist! We can help you choose plants that will work well in wet weather, just give us a call and we will make a plan for landscaping. Otherwise, we have a list of plants they may work for your yard, especially if you have seen a lot of water or flooding this spring.
Plants for Yards that are Occasionally Wet
If your yard is occasionally wet but dries within a few days, you do not want plants that rely heavily on water. Here are a few good flowers, bushes, and trees that may work for your yard:
Sweet and swamp azaleas
Plants that can Handle Submersion
Japanese water iris
Red osier dogwood
Atlantic white cedar
And these aren’t comprehensive lists, just a few suggestions and ideas! Don’t think that just because your yard is too wet or too dry that you can’t have a beautiful yard. You can! You just have to find the things that work for you. As always, we are here to help. Landscaping, maintenance, and more; we will help you make your lawn beautiful all year round. Contact us to get started.
Outdoor Fire Pits for Fall Entertaining
It’s that time of year again! Time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather on your lawn with your fire pit. You and your friends can sit around it and enjoy the warmth while you sip on cider and watch the leaves fall in the warm glow. Your custom-built outdoor fire pit will impress your friends and family. Outdoor fire pits are a wonderful addition to any home, and they are especially great in the fall season.
Hardscaping vs. Store Bought
It may be tempting to just go to the store and get a flimsy, one season fire pit which will rust out in no time. The issue with them is not only that but they are not long-lasting, but that they usually do not complement your property and they’re not worth spending the money on. When you get quality outdoor fire pits, like those from Outdoor Innovations, you can see the time and craftsmanship that went into each piece of the puzzle. Outdoor fire pits made with pavers and stone are much more durable, long-lasting, and can be built into your existing environment instead of being sat on top of it and not matching the design.
Outdoor Fire Pits Offer More Permanent Customization Options
Hardscaping also gives you the advantage of multiple options like outdoor fire pits, fire bowls, gas burning fire features, wood-burning fire features, and outdoor fireplaces. These give you the option to work within your existing outdoor entertainment areas and provide a warm, welcoming space for friends and family to gather. For example, if you already have an outdoor kitchen design you’d like to implement, you may wish to place your outdoor fire pit in a different area of the landscape design so that it is not too close to the other fire element (the grill). This can give you multiple entertaining areas that will make your home the place to be this fall.
Outdoor Fire Pits Add Dimension to Your Landscape Design
Not only are outdoor fire pits a great fall addition for your Quad Cities home, but they are also a great extra dimension that can add to your landscape design. When you have too much of one thing in your backyard–like too many flowers or hardscaping–sometimes you need to break it up with something else. If you’ve been doing amazing landscape design, but you need an addition that helps to facilitate communal gathering for the fall, spring, and summer, look no further than the fire pit. It is a perfect gathering place for Easter and graduation parties, summer bonfires and cookouts, and fall weenie roasts and s’mores. The outdoor fire pit is a truly versatile addition to your landscaping that will last for years and years to come.
If this sounds like something you want for your backyard, it’s time to call Outdoor Innovations! We are happy to get started on giving you the perfect fall backyard outdoor entertainment area with our custom outdoor fire pits. Give us a call today for more information!
Watering Plants the First Year and Beyond
This topic seems to be something that continually comes up. Sometimes we have folks who don’t always understand watering plants or sod. This is okay! We all start somewhere, but it’s important to remember that plants and trees are living objects. They are like your children and pets. You feed and water your children and pets regularly, so why not your trees, plants, and sod? I recently told a customer to water every day through this hot and dry weather we have been having. They said, “Even on the weekends?” Yes, readers, even on the weekends!
Successful Yards Come With Successful Watering
Watering plants does take extra time, but when you invest in your yard, you want it to be successful. The most important way to be successful is to water and keep watering through the entire season until the ground freezes. This usually occurs in the Midwest in December. When it starts to get cold in October, don’t roll up your hoses and throw in the towel! Plants and trees need adequate moisture going into winter. If the plant or tree goes into winter dry, it is very hard for it to survive and thrive when spring arrives. Winter does not kill plant material, dryness kills plant material.
Spring Into the Second Year with Continuous Watering
When spring arrives, your plants are leafing out and are beautiful. You think: “Hey, everything made it; I am off the hook from watering this ever again!” Unfortunately, plant material will still need watering and fertilization in year two and beyond, depending on the weather conditions. Ask yourself during the season: Is there regular rainfall? If not, water your trees and bushes. If your lawn burns up, this is a sign that your trees and bushes need water. The root structure is not matured after one season. It takes years to establish a deep root system so the tree or bush can survive.
Struggle with Guarantees
Recently, we changed our guarantee because many of our customers did not follow our watering guide and their plants died. This is always a struggle for us because we have hundreds of plants that we keep alive every day. Although we have years of experience, we can tell you that the number one mistake is not watering your plants.
We suggest placing a hose at the base of a tree (at a slow rate) for 20 minutes every other day for the first month and then a couple of times a week (depending on the weather) for the rest of the season (until the ground freezes). For bushes and perennials, three to five minutes with the hose and skip back and forth between bushes for water to soak in. The best way to keep track is to set a timer on your phone. You will be surprised how long three to five minutes really is! Happy Watering, and please give Outdoor Innovations a call if you have any trouble with figuring out how much you should water your plants.
If you still have questions, it’s time to give Outdoor Innovations a call! We are happy to walk you through the steps on the “how-to” of watering plants, and we also recommend you watch the videos on our “Watering Instructions” page on our website to get a visual representation. If you’d like to start on landscape design in your yard, give us a call! You work with the owners each step of the way, and we work to personalize your experience and keep you updated each step of the way. Give us a call today for more information and to get started!
Landscape Pavers are a Versatile Addition to Your Property
When you look out at your yard, does it look nice but seem to be missing that professional touch? Do you want your driveway to give your home curb appeal and stand out from the rest of the homes on the block? How about giving your patio or sidewalk an upgrade? Landscape pavers are the perfect option to add that professional touch to your property, and they’re versatile enough that they can be used in many different areas.
Uses of Landscape Pavers
One of the ways that you can use landscape pavers is to create a pathway from one area to another. This could be from the garage to the driveway, from the patio to the garden, or from any other area that you can think of. These pathways are small additions to the property that look great and provide guests a clear way of getting from one place to another without trampling the freshly planted flowers or leaving wet grass to turn to mud. They are also an economical option for making your home beautiful.
If what you’re looking for is more curb appeal, a driveway of landscape pavers is a great option for you. You can have them arranged in a specific design or choose a pre-made design which will look great as well. You can choose contrasting colors or complementing ones, and your driveway will help your home stick out (in a good way!) from the other homes on your street. It’s also a great investment because if a home buyer is trying to choose between two very similar homes and yours has a wonderfully maintained driveway, chances are that your house will be chosen over the other. Not only are they a great investment, but they can be a great outlet for your creativity. We can help you create the custom paved driveway of your dreams.
A midway point between these options is a patio or sidewalk incorporating landscape pavers. A patio with landscape pavers is a beautiful option that will be sure to be a great entertaining space. Your guests will compliment you on your beautiful patio, and they will get to enjoy not sitting in the grass or having to be inside. You can also add other features to a patio with landscape pavers like built-in fire or water features. A nice fire pit with built-in seating around it would be amazing for summer nights when all you want to do is relax and be with friends. Your home could be the new hang out spot! A patio space is a great outdoor entertaining area, and you can not only use it for fun with friends but you can also count it as an investment into beautifying your home. Many people would love an outdoor entertainment area, and yours is just that more beautiful with landscape pavers.
What is the Process of Installing Landscape Pavers?
First, we will remove all grass and other landscaping from the area that you’re interested in using landscape pavers on, and then get the ground ready for the pavers to be placed and make sure that no weeds come through. This involves making room for them, making sure weeds are not able to come through, and then making sure that the soil is compacted and sturdy so that there is no sinking or settling over time. After that, crushed gravel is added and smoothed out and leveled for an even sturdier base, along with a layer of builder’s sand. We will then install the pavers, and afterward spread a layer of sand and clean it all up. Your landscape pavers are now installed! For different jobs, this process can differ slightly depending on what kind of landscaping we need to remove or how level the ground is that you would like it to be placed on. However, in general, this is the process that we will use to install landscape pavers on your property.
Interested in doing it yourself? Try D.I.Y. Pro! We supply the tools and materials, you do the install!
How to Get Started
Get started today by getting in contact with Outdoor Innovations. We can help you custom design your landscape pavers to fit with your ideas and your budget. Treat yourself to a wonderful outdoor entertainment area, a beautiful driveway with curb appeal, or a sidewalk with pizzazz while also making an investment in your home. Summer is the perfect time to start, and you know your friends will enjoy your new addition! Call us today and we can help you get started.
Spring Garden Design Ideas
It’s finally spring, even if it does feel like the weather has skipped directly into summer on certain days. However, warmer weather means more time spent in the sunshine and outdoors. If your garden design, or lack thereof, is becoming an eyesore, we’d love to give you some design inspiration and ideas.
The big trend in 2018 is mindfulness, and why not bring that concept to your garden design as well? If anything, the garden and lawn should be one of the most peaceful places on your property, where you can get away from the stress of the day and home life. One way to incorporate mindfulness and meditative thought into your design is to install a water feature. Outdoor Innovations has lots of options for water features, and we’re happy to work with you to find an option that fits your vision and your space. It might be tempting to go for a grand water feature, but a smaller and more compact feature may look better with the rest of your yard. This can be surrounded by pavers and a path leading up to it, or we can install custom boulders beside the water feature to sit and reflect.
It might seem like a garden is something that you need to know a lot about to maintain, but a garden can be whatever you want it to be. We will work with you to figure out what plants work best with your lifestyle and vision, and we can give you tips and tricks on how to keep your plants and flowers looking beautiful. One option for this is to go with a “green” option that requires less water, but also requires less maintenance on your part. This would be something like an ornamental grass. This is great for privacy and for a beautiful way to liven up your property.
Another option is a butterfly bush. This is a low water plant that will attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other insects and is deer-resistant. This would be great if you have a property, especially rural, where you encounter a lot of deer wandering on to your land. As it’s low water, it’s lower maintenance and better in water conservation than one that requires watering every day or so. It’s also beautiful and would look great in most garden design.
The typical picture of a vegetable garden isn’t that attractive, but it can be with the right garden design. Putting your vegetable garden in a raised platform on display in your property can be a wonderful way to display your greens and vegetables. Vegetable gardens are also a good way to get your kids involved in cooking and being outdoors. It’s also a great conversation piece for parties, and you can even serve the food you’ve grown yourself to your guests! This is popular in 2018 because people are looking for more sustainable options, and they want to know where their food is coming from. Outdoor Innovations is open to working with you on designing a space that is functional and beautiful for a vegetable garden.
Garden design doesn’t need to be difficult, and we hope this little bit of inspiration has motivated you to get working on your garden. If you know what you want to do, you can try DIY Pro. If you’re not sure how exactly to plan it all out, give us a call today and we will get you started and work out a plan for your garden.
Take the Plunge: Pool Landscaping
This tax refund season, treat yourself to a little something extra for you, your family, and your friends: a pool. A pool and pool landscaping can be a great investment for your home. It gives you an outdoor entertainment area, a fun place for the kids to hang out, and a great place for cookouts and parties for the whole family.
It doesn’t have to be a hassle or an eyesore.
At Outdoor Innovations, our poolscaping experts will use your input to design a great surround for your pool. We have a computerized landscape design program which we use to generate a 3D model of what your project will look like. The model is a great way to assure that your vision comes to life the way that you want it to, and it helps to be able to visualize what we’re talking about.
After we have the model, we can begin work on your poolscape. We are experienced landscaping, hardscaping, and poolscaping experts. Our crew is courteous and always cleans up any messes left behind from our work. We want your pool looking amazing so that you can host amazing parties with your friends and family. You can count on us to leave you with a great looking finished product and no clean up for you.
You can add your own flare.
Pool landscaping doesn’t have to mean a drab gray cement surround and a deck. It can mean whatever you want it to mean! There are many ways to make the poolscape project your own, and one of these could include a shade structure and outdoor kitchen, to keep everyone cool and fed. Or maybe your vision is to have a casual hangout spot for those cool summer nights? A fire pit, seat walls, and outdoor furniture could be the best option for you. These are only a few examples, but there are so many ways to make pool landscaping your own, and you can check out more on our poolscape page.
Summer Memories are Irreplaceable!
If you’ve been thinking about a pool for years now, it’s time to take the plunge. Why not create memorable summers for your kids and a relaxing area for the family? An area to have fun with friends and enjoy the beautiful summer season? If this sounds like something you’re interested in, give Outdoor Innovations a call today and we can get started on making it a reality!
Outdoor Entertainment Areas for Fun with Friends
Spring is finally here, and that means more entertaining and being with friends outside. That also means that you might be looking to create outdoor entertainment areas on your property. Whether you have a small backyard or one spanning several acres, Outdoor Innovations can help you create entertainment areas that will let you entertain with ease and enjoy the wonderful spring and summer seasons.
What do you want from your outdoor entertainment area?
This is the first question that you should ask yourself before starting any project: what do you want? Are you looking for a place to chat and have fun with friends on cool summer nights? A fire pit area may be a great option for you! Do you enjoy playing volleyball, yard games, or swimming? We can help you create an area for that and install a pool with a beautiful surround. Are you just looking to upgrade your current outdoor porch area? You may want to consider landscaping, pavers, and outdoor lighting! All of these outdoor entertainment areas could be an option for your property, but they’re just starter ideas. Outdoor Innovations is happy to work with you to create a custom-designed outdoor entertainment area.
Can I see the design beforehand?
Yes! Outdoor Innovations uses a computerized landscape design program to show you what your finished design will look like before we even begin work. This is very helpful because there are fewer surprises for you. The program will show a full color, realistic image that shows the final design. There may be small changes made along the way, but the basic design will stay the same.
How do I get started?
The best way to get started is to give Outdoor Innovations a call! We are happy to discuss your options, take your wants and needs into consideration, and create a design for you which will give you outdoor entertainment areas that allow you to enjoy yourself with your friends without the hassle. Contact us today to get started!
DIY Pro is the Answer to Your Design Woes
Have you ever been halfway into an outdoor project and realized you had no idea what you wanted to do? Maybe you could complete the project if you only had a plan, some advice, or the right tools to do so. This is where Outdoor Innovations can step in! Our DIY Pro service comes to the rescue by providing as little or as much help as you need with your project.
The concept of Outdoor Innovations’ DIY Pro program is that you provide the labor and we provide everything else. We can provide tested design ideas to make your project look professional and put together, installation advice to guarantee a safe and successful project, and access to all the same materials that the professionals use. Additionally, there’s no need to worry about trying to haul materials to your work site–we will deliver them right to your location!
The Outdoor Innovations Difference
What makes Outdoor Innovations’ DIY Pro different from getting advice from a big box store or reading advice from a magazine or website? The difference is that we are experienced professionals who are available to help you with any questions that you may have throughout the process. Our experience can help you foresee problems that may arise with your specific set of circumstances. Additionally, we use computerized design software which can help you visualize your space before you get to work. This can be very helpful in making big decisions about spaces that you want to renovate and help you avoid making costly mistakes in design.
Professional Materials and Delivery
At times, it can be hard to decide what type of stone, mulch, etc. to use for your backyard, but we are happy to assist you and provide you with all the materials that the professionals use. No more guesswork and comparisons in the store–we provide you with the quality and tested products that professionals would use on your project. This gives you peace of mind in your materials and how they will stand up over time. Plus, there’s no need to worry about hauling materials to your home or project area because Outdoor Innovations has you covered. You can’t get that kind of service from just anywhere!
Outdoor Innovations can provide as much or as little assistance as you need for your do-it-yourself landscape project. We can help you plan the design and then let you complete it, or we can work with you on each step and give you one-on-one installation and design advice throughout the process. Whether you need a little help or a lot, we are happy to provide! Give us a call when you’re ready to do-it-yourself like a pro.
Items to Consider When Comparing Landscape Quotes
One thing I have learned when working with customers is that most other companies make it difficult to compare apples to apples when comparing landscape quotes. Below are some things to consider.
Questions to Ask When Comparing Landscape Companies
1. Are the plants the same size? A lot of companies use really small landscape material to lower the cost. They do not use plants that are in proportion to the space. Ask for sizes on all plant material so you can make a fair comparison. You should never base your decisions on low prices, with the assumption that plant sizes and quality are equal.
2. What variety of plants is being used? It is also important to compare what varieties of plants are being used. For example, a plan packed full of generic low-cost plants can in most cases be of lesser value than a plan with fewer, larger, unique plantings on it. Another example: perennials are going to cost less than bushes.
3. What level of strategy are they using for planting? Value is also obtained by proper planting bed dimensions, plant spacing and installing the right plant in the right place. Ask the designer why they chose to put plants or trees in a particular space. Then listen because they should be able to tell you about sun vs. shade, soil type, size that it will get when mature, maintenance of the plant, etc.
5. Does the plan take into account all the challenges of your yard? Outdoor Innovations plans always take into consideration soil type, drainage, and how existing structure and features on the site will affect the future well being of your plants.
It’s not difficult to make a new landscape look good. The true test is what it looks like 3-5 years afterward. Outdoor Innovations constantly and consistently go above and beyond what is considered acceptable by most other companies and we are more than willing to prove it.
We also take plant quality very seriously, there are hundreds of growers around the country and we know firsthand from visiting these nurseries that there is a very broad range of quality out there. We grow the best and buy the best.
Contact us to learn more about the difference Outdoor Innovations makes when it comes to keeping your property looking its best.