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Arbor Hills Landscaping Project: The Mueller Home

We had a great time working on this project…

See the Mueller Landscaping Project we did last year on our Houzz page.

This was a new construction landscaping project. Some unique project features include site built Out-Door Kitchen including storage room for pool supplies and Kegerator. Granite counter tops on the bar top. We used local Omaha suppliers for all materials. Over 500 Sq Ft of pavers and rock around the pool coping. This project was completed in mid summer of 2014.

For more details on how we can work with you to build the landscape of your dreams, please call Arbor Hills Trees & Landscaping at 402.895.3635 or email: arborhills@cox.net



Softscaping VS. Hardscaping – Whats the difference?

If you’ve ever talked to professional landscape company, you have DSCN1638probably heard the terms “hardscaping” and “softscaping.” They are two types of landscaping, and many landscape design companies like Arbor Hills, offer both services.


DSCN2052The basics: Hardscaping and softscaping design are really just two different types of landscaping. In fact, it shouldn’t really be thought of as hardscape vs. softscape design, but rather hardscape and softscape design – the best landscaping actually combines both.

Hardscaping and softscaping should complement each other and landscaping1create a nice balance. You need hardscape designs to make up the core of your landscaping, but remember, no landscape design is complete without the plants and flowers (softscaping)!


Meaning: Hardscaping refers to the solid, hard elements in landscape design that stay the same for several years.

Examples of hardscape designs are:

  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Driveways
  • Walkways and stairs
  • Water features
  • Retaining walls
  • Outdoor kitchens

Many different materials are used in hardscape designs, which include:

  • Slate
  • Flagstone
  • Terrazzo
  • Brick
  • Concrete


Meaning: Softscaping is unlike hardscaping in that it doesn’t have that long-term or permanent quality.

Examples of softscaping includes:

  • Plants
  • Shrubs and hedges
  • Flowers
  • Vines
  • Trees
  • Turf

Softscape designs change more often. You’ll probably change your plant design annually or more often than that, but once you install a new patio, you’ll keep it for a long time – probably 10 years or more.

Landscaping design and flood prevention


Landscaping design and flood prevention for many homeowners, goes hand in hand. With the amount of water we’ve seen this Spring in Nebraska, it may be a good idea to create a overall plan for drainage combined into your landscaping design.

Raising soil levels for flower and shrub beds to keep heavy downpours away from foundations is a great place to start. Raised beds in front of your house is a great way to divert rain water in to a drain. That allows water to flow away from your house.

Did you know? For older homes and foundations especially, an overall landscaping design may be a necessity to change the flow of water coming towards the home.

DSCN2178Having a hardscape layout with pathways may be a good idea too. Hardscapes and pathways can offer water a way to flow away from your home and can be a good drainage plan for your landscaped yard. With a properly placed pathway, water can be directed to flow into the lawn.

Also consider various trees species for damp places in your yard where water builds up during a storm. For example, a willow tree does well growing in “wet spots” in a yard. When it matures, it can help decrease water build up in problem places throughout your landscaping.

Landscaping Basics – Sun and Wind Patterns


When preparing to enhance your backyard with a landscaping plan, don’t forget to take into account — the sun and wind patterns. You might want to place a patio on the west side of the house, but it will get lots of afternoon sun, which means dinnertime in August won’t be relaxing — just hot. And wind whistling around a corner will quickly extinguish a fire pit. Arbor Hills Landscaping can help you plan for these snafus. Our design professionals will help you take into account what the sun and wind do at different times of the day and year.

Retaining Wall Inspiration – Rethinking Traditional Retaining Walls

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The retaining wall is one of the most functional elements in all of landscape design.

The purposes of the retaining wall are first and foremost to do things like prevent erosion,

seepage and water damage. But don’t let the utilitarian nature of retaining walls

blind you to their more decorative and aesthetic possibilities.

High Foundation Illusion

Those living in houses built on a high foundation also have

reason to love the decorative possibilities of a retaining wall.

Retaining walls and rock beds that stretch along the line of the

foundation of a property that slopes downward can serve as a screen that creates the illusion of the house appearing to be constructed lower than it is.


A retaining wall needn’t be just a big, less than attractive structure.

If your situation is one in which a stream or creek needs to be directed away from your property, a retaining wall that softly slopes

away from the house can be transformed into a more attractive waterfall system of effluence.

Landscaping the water source with rocks and plants can serve to transform

the aesthetics of what would otherwise be a purely functional operation.

Garden Wall

Anyone who loves gardening can learn to love the decorative potential of a low-level retaining wall. Suddenly, your low and lowly retaining wall takes on a much more colorful appearance.

How much does landscaping cost?


Each landscaping project is different. We like to come out and look at the project site and discuss various options. This includes going over how large you want the planting beds to be, what type of plants and shrubs will work best for you, and color you prefer the plants and shrubs to be. Other factors to consider are how much sunlight will the planting beds receive and what budget are you comfortable with. Once this information is determined, we will come back with a planting plan, pictures of all the plants and a detailed estimate for you. Ready for some new landscaping? Call Arbor Hills TODAY to set up your project!

Fire Pits and Patio expansions are some of the most popular home improvement requests this spring

Trees & Fire Pit

There’s much more to your outdoor living space than grass, flowers and trees. A fire pit and patio built with decorative brick pavers or stamped concrete goes a long way to create a warm, inviting space at just about any time of year.

Outdoor entertaining really is possible when you have a cozy space dedicated to drawing your favorite people together in fun and festivities. A fire pit offers a warm, dry space as long as the skies are clear. Permeable pavers can even expand the “dry” by reducing the effects of precipitation on your patio.

Arbor Hills Landscaping is introducing its new Patios and Walkways – Castel Stone Patio and Fire pit installation.  All new colors for 2014’ –  Most patios or walkways can be installed in 2-3 days.  Stamped concrete or Pavers.  Call today to discuss your project with Ed.