Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography
What do you do on those weeknights when you can’t go to the lake? Head to your backyard, of course. That’s what Barry Davidson of Valley Landscaping likes to do. This month, we toured his barbecue-worthy patio, complete with a built-in grill and outdoor fireplace. Come along with us as we enjoy an evening in the Davidsons’ yard with the homeowner himself.
Meet The Homeowner
Davidson is originally from the small town of Enderlin, North Dakota. Though he attended college to study finance, Davidson discovered that he loved working outdoors, which has brought him to where he is now. Today, Davidson and his family live in Fargo, where he is a part-owner of Valley Landscaping.
The Front Yard
Because he has worked in landscaping for many years, it is no surprise that Davidson’s front yard has added curb appeal or that his backyard is barbecue-worthy. The front of the home features a combination of soft and hardscaping. The softscaping features lilies, hastas, hyacinths, karl forester grass and a limelight hydrangea tree. Meanwhile, the hardscaping consists of limestone and Dresser Trap stone, which is smaller and darker in color. “For the stone, I wanted to use something that we work with often at Valley Landscaping. As far as the plants go, I picked things that I liked and that will have color year-round,” Davidson said.
The Davidsons moved into their home in October 2014 and started landscaping the following summer. The patio was the first thing to be installed in June 2015. By the time that all of the work was completed, Davidson was extremely happy with the results. “The backyard is exactly what I envisioned. Our kids are into sports, so we left most of it open,” he explained.
An Evening On The Patio
For Davidson, his favorite part of the backyard is the patio. “When you’re not at the lake, it’s nice to have a place where you can start a fire, kick your feet up and relax at the end of the day,” he said. In addition to an outdoor fireplace, Davidson’s patio features an outdoor grill complete with barstool seating, which is great for hosting barbecues.
4401 12th Ave. N, Fargo