Category: Hardscapes


Create Your Backyard Hot Spot

After a cold winter and chilly spring, the idea of spending time outdoors is enticing. And it’s about to get even more exciting. Now is the time to think about that outdoor fireplace or fire pit you’ve always wanted. The design and installation experts at JK Landscape can help create your backyard hot spot and give you so much to look forward to this summer.

Supplemental Space

An outdoor fireplace or fire pit area creates more usable space outside and extends your living area. Instead of spending your evenings curled up on the couch, enjoy fresh air under the stars in front of your fire feature. Whether you have room for a grand paver patio and fireplace or just enough space for a practical fire pit, our team will work its magic to deliver perfection to your property.

Gathering Guests

With that extended living space comes more room for hosting guests.

Invite family and friends over to gather ’round the fire. Swap stories and catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while. Socialize and stay warm on cool summer nights or even into the fall months. Your fire feature can be the designated backyard hot spot to get the gang together.

Making Munchies

You can also use an outdoor fire pit or fireplace for a secondary spot to fix meals or make munchies. Roast marshmallows or make S’mores for an afternoon or evening treat.

Or put those flames to good use and cook up a family meal outside. Pretend you’re camping and make hot dogs with the kids or prepare more extravagant dishes and use your fire as a heat source. Then, relax around that fire and enjoy dinner together.

Beautiful Backdrop

The attractive design and craftsmanship of an outdoor fireplace can add charm to any back yard. Create a focal point with your fire feature and enjoy the ambiance of a quiet, romantic evening or the relaxing crackle from the fire.

The hardscapes experts at JK Landscape work with materials of varying colors, shapes, and sizes to install a beautiful and eye-catching masterpiece that you can enjoy for years to come.

Cozy Comfort

Most importantly, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit is designed to keep you cozy and warm long after the sun goes down. The summer nights can get cool, but you don’t have to worry. Huddle near the fire and wash away any worries from the day by the flames’ mesmerizing glow. Enjoy the quiet stillness of each night with your beautiful new backyard hot spot.

The award-winning team at JK Landscape can custom design and install the outdoor fireplace or fire pit you’ve always dreamed of having. Our designers can discuss with you the best options for materials and placement in your yard to take full advantage of space and accessibility. In doing so, you’ll welcome new possibilities for outdoor living and create your backyard hot spot to enjoy throughout summer and even all year long. Contact us today to get started on your outdoor fire feature project.

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Enjoy Backyard Living with Help from JK

We’ve finally reached the start of spring, with summer close on its heels. The longer days and warmer nights allow for more time outside. Make sure your exterior space is comfortable. These projects and others like them will ensure you’ll enjoy backyard living with help from JK Landscape.


Enhance your outdoor experience with a well-designed, durable, and practical deck. A new or improved deck serves as an extended living area that’s ideal for hosting family and friends, grilling out, dining, or simply relaxing.

The experts at JK Landscape have constructed these outdoor spaces in varying shapes, sizes, and colors. We will work with you to determine the right design and materials to fit your home, style, and budget. With so many options, you’re sure to appreciate this structure for years to come.


Installing a paver patio is another way to add dimension and flair to your outdoor living space. Pavers come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles to appeal to any taste or compose the most artistic design.

That empty space in your yard might be just the spot for an open-air paver patio. We can design and construct a place to gather guests, entertain, or simply relax. This cost-effective transformation can breathe new life into your yard and help you utilize an area that may have otherwise been forgotten.

Outdoor Kitchens

The outdoor kitchen is one of the latest features to elevate backyard living. Your home’s kitchen is a meeting room. It’s the place where family and friends come together to catch up and talk about their days while snacking or preparing a meal. This is the heart of the home, and a custom-designed outdoor kitchen can extend that essence beyond the walls to the outside.

These designs can be as intricate and detailed as you want and can include built-in grills, gourmet brick or pizza ovens, mini refrigerators, and sinks. A stylish kitchen can also include a bar top and plenty of counter space for food prep, dining, or hanging out with friends.

Need space for storage? You can have that, too, with cabinets that will withstand all weather elements while keeping things tidy. Our team will work with you to determine exactly what you want and need from an outdoor kitchen area.

These are just a few of the outdoor projects we can design and install to help you enjoy backyard living this summer and beyond. That special sanctuary or entertainment spot you’ve always wanted can be your reality with help from the experts at JK Landscape. Our designers, landscapers, and construction professionals are ready to get started on your next project. Contact us today.

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Tips and Tricks for Frosty Landscaping

You’re probably not surprised that snow is already covering the ground. After all, this is Minnesota. Cold weather takes its toll on a lot of things, including your yard. These tips and tricks for frosty landscaping can help ensure your yard will look its best once the blanket of winter snow is gone for the season.


Take care of your lawn this winter by keeping vehicle and foot traffic at bay. Frequent driving or walking on frozen turf can damage the grass’s crown. This is a vital segment of a plant’s design because it’s where growth occurs. Without a healthy crown, the grass can’t grow.

Areas of thick, fallen leaves can also destroy turf crowns if left on the grass throughout winter. As the weather allows, gently rake and remove large piles of leaves to alleviate the potential for them to damage your lawn.


To help protect your trees from winter weather:

  • Lay a thin layer of mulch under the dripline to help reduce water loss and insulate soil and roots from fluctuating temperatures.
  • Blanket the trunks with tree wrap to help prevent the bark from cracking under the daytime sun and nighttime cold. Remember to remove the wrap come springtime.
  • Use plastic tree guards to deter rabbits and other critters from feasting on and damaging outer and inner tree bark.
  • Inspect and trim broken or problematic branches.


Winter’s idleness provides the perfect opportunity to scan your yard and landscaping for stark spots that may need a little something extra. Notice which areas grab your concentration and consider adding visual attention to those focal points.

Perhaps a statue or stone bench could help accentuate an open space. Maybe adding a trellis or arbor would help highlight your garden or a walkway.

Easy on the salt

When keeping your driveway or sidewalks clear of snow and ice, be careful with ice melt. These products often have a high salt content and can prevent tree roots from absorbing water and nutrients. The salt can also harm your grass, leaving bare spots.

Try using sand or kitty litter or look for ice melt options that contain calcium, potassium, or magnesium chloride.

Whether or not we’re ready, winter conditions have moved in. However, with these tips and tricks for frosty landscaping, you can look forward to the spring thaw and a healthy yard. The experts at JK Landscape Construction are here to help with any questions or concerns or to help you with ideas for your next project. Contact us today.

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Spend More Time Outdoors This Fall

Cooler temperatures are an obvious sign of the fall season, but that doesn’t mean you need to retreat indoors. Despite the crisp air, you can stay comfortable and warm in your backyard. Keep reading to discover ways that you and your family can spend more time outdoors this fall.

Stay Warm

The biggest challenge with outdoor living in cooler weather is to make sure everyone stays warm. Install a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to create a cozy and inviting centerpiece that gives off enough heat to keep even the coldest toes toasty warm.

No matter the size, style, or color, the design experts at JK Landscape can help create the perfect fire feature for your needs.

Stay Comfy

Enhance your gathering space with a pergola or paved patio area.

These features are uniquely designed for your taste and location and can turn any backyard into an extended living space. Be as artistic as you like, with endless options for detail, materials, color, and style.

Go one step further by adding furniture to the mix. Bring the indoors out with a practical courtyard dining set, cushy outdoor lounging chairs, or a relaxing patio sofa.

Stay Safe

Shorter days mean less daylight, but you can still keep things bright. Let landscape lighting create the perfect serene ambiance or simply help you navigate your backyard hideaway.

Maybe you’re looking to brighten a path or walkway, highlight a special feature, or add a little glow on or around a pergola. JK Landscape offers many options for large- or small-scale lighting features.

Stay Nourished

Summer isn’t the only time for cooking outdoors.

Install an outdoor kitchen to elevate your grilling game and continue making meals outside into the fall season. Entertain friends or simply gather the family for meals in a true natural environment. The best part is you can customize your kitchen space for layout, appliances, and any other chef requirements.

Outdoor living doesn’t have to end just because the seasons change. Turn your backyard into an extended living space and spend more time outdoors this fall. JK Landscape can help you get started with these ideas or others. Contact us today and fall into comfortable and personalized outdoor living.

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5 Hardscaping Tips for Smaller Backyards

Hardscaping refers to the manmade or structural aspects of your outdoor living space, while landscaping typically only encompasses vegetation. Most yards need a blend of both to create a functional and attractive area. When space is limited, however, you may need a unique approach to fit in hardscape elements without overwhelming the property. Here are a few practical ways to outfit your smaller yard with hardscaping features.  

Hardscaping Strategies for Small Outdoor Spaces

  1. Incorporate Vertical Elements
    While you may be limited in terms of what you can incorporate at ground-level, there’s always vertical space to leverage. For instance, you might use a trellis to showcase climbing plants. You can also hang garden lights around your perimeter to direct the eye upwards.
  2. Consider Raised Beds
    Another way to make use of your backyard’s vertical space is to use raised beds for planting flowers, vegetables, or herbs. You may not be able to create a sprawling garden, but tiered rows of blooms and other plant life will still allow you to exercise your green thumb.
  3. Use Open Fencing
    Solid fences can create a closed-off look, but you can still seal off your perimeter without sacrificing your aesthetic by opting for open fencing. Picket fences, wrought iron, and lattice designs all work well for smaller spaces. If possible, keep your fencing’s height short, which will also help to prevent closing off the space.
  4. Stick With One Paving Material
    Even small yards can accommodate a little patio area, perfect for a bench or table and chairs. If you plan to incorporate any walkways or patios into your backyard, just be sure to use the same pavers throughout. Keep in mind, too many mixed designs can lead to a crowded, busy effect.
  5. Add a Water Feature
    Water features add visual and audial elements to your space, creating a soothing atmosphere. However, if you don’t have space for a pond, you can still purchase a small fountain to bring your backyard to life.

No matter the size of your outdoor space, JK Landscape Construction is your source for quality landscaping and hardscaping in Clearwater, MN. Serving the community since 2006, they specialize in designing and constructing decks, pergolas, landscape lighting, and expert landscaping. Browse through some of their hardscapes online or call (320) 558-4445 to discuss your vision with a team member.

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