Category: Patio

Custom Landscaping Project: Before & After

Today we have some awesome backyard landscaping pictures to share with you! We want to highlight a recent landscape design we completed for Scott and Lisa. They have a beautiful home that was not being showcased due to the overgrown beds in the front of the house. They also were not fully utilizing the beautiful setting they had in their backyard with a wonderful lake just a few steps out their back door. They had a number of landscaping ideas, but were unsure of how to execute them, which led them to Second Nature, one of your premier local landscaping companies in the Lee’s Summit area. Our team of designers worked with them to create a custom landscaping plan with one of the best backyard desks we have seen in a while!

Before, the front of the house had visually been taken over by the out of control bed.


After, the bed will complement, not compete, with the house. We also added a new retaining wall.


Before, the back deck area was overgrown and almost unusable. It was a dark and uninviting area that was mostly used for storage.



After, we implemented some of our best deck design ideas to create an amazing space for Scott and Lisa to relax, enjoy their hot tub, or entertain friends! With their outdoor living area they now have an outdoor kitchen, seating area, and fireplace. With the area around the patio and deck cleared out, they now can enjoy the serenity of the lake while they are relaxing outside.

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Before, the back of the house was completely obscured by the overgrowth surrounding the deck.


Now you can see the house, the deck, their amazing outdoor living area, and the expanded deck we built, which were all key components of the backyard landscape design we created for Scott and Lisa.


Before, the beds along the house were overgrown and undefined.


After, now Scott and Lisa have beautiful beds along their home along with a new and defined walkway that gives them easy access to the backyard!


Here are some additional photos of the final result of Scott and Lisa’s deck landscaping project.12



If you are ready to make some changes to your home’s landscaping call us at Second Nature, your local landscapers in Lee’s Summit, MO! We would love to discuss all your backyard ideas and help you create deck landscaping or landscape design ideas and plans!

Entryway Landscaping Ideas

Tips for Enhancing your Front Yard Landscape Design

The entryway of your home plays a key part its overall design. Most of the time the entryway is visible from the street, so enhancing your entryway will also enhance and improve your overall curb appeal. An appealing entryway is also a great way to welcome guests into your home. Looking for some easy ways to update your front yard landscape design entryway? Keep reading..

Garden Ideas For Your Entryway

When you’re considering landscaping ideas for your front garden beds make sure you are planning to use plants that are appropriate for the soil type, light conditions, and climate. Even if a plant has the exact design element to complete your landscape plan it will not work if it requires full sun and your entryway is shaded for the majority of the day. If the plants are not in their ideal conditions they will not thrive, which means they won’t look their best! It is also a good idea to consider plants that match your lifestyle. If you have a busy lifestyle and find it hard to devote time to upkeep you may want to look for plants that are low maintenance.

Match The Design Elements

When considering your front yard landscape design you want to make sure that the design elements of the front garden design match that of the design of your home. If you house is modern with clean lines you may not want to fill your garden beds with romantic wildflowers. You also need to ensure that the plants within the beds complement each other and share design aspects.

Accent Your Front Door

Painting your door a unique color that complements the design of your house is a great way to enhance the look of your entryway. Flanking the doorway with flowered plants and planters that coordinate with this color is a great way to update the entry of your home and enhance your front yard landscape design.

Add An Arbor Or Trellis

Adding an arbor or trellis is a landscaping idea that can complement your entryway to invite your guests to your home. An arbor or a trellis is a great way to add a vertical component to your front yard landscape design. A trellis covered with vines can add interest to a boring wall provide the perfect space to display hanging plants.

Small Patio

If you have an area near your entry that isn’t well suited for plants or grass you can easily turn that into a small patio. With the patio you can add landscaping ideas such as a potted plants, a small seating area, or other decorative touches.

If you are looking for further direction on how to cultivate a more inviting and welcoming entryway please contact our design experts at Second Nature!


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Tips for Hosting the Perfect Summer Patio Party in Kansas City

We are deep into summer and everyone is looking to spend time with friends and family in the hot weather. Whether you want to show off your patio or relax in the pool, inviting your friends over for a summer patio party in Kansas City is a great way to spend time with everyone. To pull off an excellent summer soiree, here are our tips for hosting a patio get together.

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Summer Patio Party Tips

  1. Tell every guest what they should bring. If you are supplying everything, let them know they only need to bring themselves. If you want people to bring beverages or side dishes, assign items to each attendee to complete your event.
  2. Evaluate your patio space. How much room you have on your patio will partially dictate how many people you can invite so everyone is comfortable. If you plan on directing people to a backyard pool, then you don’t need to worry about your patio size too much. However, if you are spending all your time on your patio, be sure there are plenty of comfortable seating options. Avoid sitting people in the grass during your summer patio party.
  3. Make sure your landscaping is up to par. If you have dirt patches or dying plants around your patio, it can ruin the vibe of your summer patio party. It is wise to put in plants on dirt patches or prune plants that have dying sections. If you do not have a green thumb, hiring a landscaper to spruce up your patio space before guests come over is a wise investment.
  4. Shoo away mosquitos! Lots of mosquitos or biting flies can take a bite out of your summer patio party. To keep mosquitos away, be sure to remove any standing water in your yard and set up a light breeze on your patio. Putting a small fan out on low to create air movement will discourage mosquitos from landing.
  5. Create the perfect summer patio playlist with the classics that everyone knows as well as some fun and funky summer alternative music peppered in to change it up. Don’t turn up the music too loud, however, as it can make it hard to hold a conversation.
  6. Provide guests a way to keep cool as they enter your summer patio party space. Provide handheld fans in fun summer colors that people can use to cool off or shoo off any stubborn mosquitos. Make sure there are plenty of ice cold beverages to sip on. You can even go so far as offering cold compresses to guests to keep them chilled out.
  7. Go the extra mile with your disposable dishware. Instead of the standard Styrofoam plates, offer colorful and summer-y disposable dishware that matches your summer patio party theme. If you have an outdoor kitchen with a sink, it is a great idea to invest in some colorful plasticware that is easy to clean and break-proof for the outdoors.
  8. Set the mood with lighting! You can choose to string lanterns, twinkle lights, torches, or candles on your patio so everyone can see once it gets dark. Consider installing a fire pit for everyone to gather around at dusk, expanding your summer patio party to the rest of your yard.