Category: Outdoor Living


Make Your Lakeshore Your Own Paradise

From sunny days in the water to late-night stories by the fire, when it comes to summer living, there’s nothing quite like doing it lakeside. But it isn’t only the lake that makes those summer cabins special. Your shoreline can be a majestic all by itself. We’ve put together a couple of our favorite landscaping ideas to help you transform your space from summer getaway to lakeshore paradise.

Create a Green Look

Are you a plant lover? Well-designed softscapes complete with flowers, shrubs and decorative edging can elevate your cabin from a vacation home to a true lakeside getaway. Adding on a natural planting buffer can help modify your shoreline to create a lush, magical environment. And this green look will also protect your shoreline from erosion.

Natural Stone is In

One of the biggest trends in landscaping? Natural stone. You leverage decorative rocks and natural-looking hardscapes as part of your outdoor living space. Even better, with rip rap—or “rock armor,” you can extend the beauty of this design element all the way to the shoreline. This also helps repair erosion and prevent future damage to your property.

How Can I Transform My Inaccessible Shoreline?

Having a beach-side home away from home is a dream come true for many homeowners. But once you’ve bought the property and are ready to bring your vision to life, it can be challenging to fine tune your new space if the shoreline itself isn’t accessible from the road.

JK Companies Barging Services make it easy. With our barge, we’re able to carry everything we need across the water to transform your beach into a paradise. Our experts assess your property for your landscaping plans. What’s more, they can also help with erosion control. Contact us today to get started on revamping your shoreline!

The experts at JK Landscape can design and install beautiful and functional landscape to help you enjoy lakeside living this summer and beyond. Our designers, landscapers, and construction professionals are ready to get started on your next project. Contact us today.

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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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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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3 Benefits of Adding a Pergola to Your Backyard

Pergolas are landscaping structures composed of four beams and a lattice top. Their primary purpose is to create a shaded area in your outdoor space, which is ideal for relaxing in the summer months or entertaining friends and family. If you’re considering renovations to your backyard to make it more functional, here are a few aspects to keep in mind. 

Why Should I Install a Pergola in My Backyard?

  1. Pergolas Make Up for a Lack of a Patio or Deck
    Having a dedicated space for entertaining in your backyard makes for a more satisfying experience. If you’re without a deck or patio, a pergola is a great alternative. These structures are much easier to install, which means you can begin enjoying your outdoor space as soon as possible. They’re also far more cost-effective than building a deck in most cases.
  2. They Protect You From the Elements
    Spending time outdoors can be difficult when the sun is at its peak during the day. With the right amount of shade, you can get the most out of pleasant summer weather without excessive sun exposure. Pergolas can be constructed in several ways so you can get the perfect amount of sun and breeze. 
  3. They’re Aesthetically Pleasing 
    Along with their practical benefits, pergolas can also be an attractive landscaping element in your outdoor space. These structures can be made from a variety of materials in all sorts of designs, from rustic and simple to elaborate and ornate. You can also decorate your structure as you see fit. Some people string lights, hang flowers or plants, or add other elements to personalize their pergola. 

Are you revamping an outdoor space in Clearwater, MN? If so, JK Landscape Construction is happy to help you enhance your home’s exterior. These landscaping professionals offer a wide range of services, including design and maintenance of lawns and gardens, as well as the installation of outdoor lighting. They’re also equipped to design and construct pergolas, outdoor kitchens, and many other structures. Visit them online for more information or call (320) 558-4445 today to discuss your project with this skilled team of designers. 

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