Gettin’ Down and Dirty

Photo courtesy of Dirty Boys Landscaping
Photo courtesy of Dirty Boys Landscaping

Photo courtesy of Dirty Boys Landscaping

Dirty Boys is ready to help you make an outdoor space that you can celebrate all summer long.

Okay, Minnesotans. You know the drill: It’s summer, which means every second must be spent outside before everything freezes over again. In fact, you better be reading this while sitting outside, soaking up the sunshine, right now.

I used to live in Downtown Minneapolis in an old building from the 1800s in Elliot Park. It had a rooftop, so my partner and I spent almost every summer evening sitting up there, watching the sunset. When there were concerts down the street at U.S Bank Stadium, we’d go up to the roof for a free listen.

Now we live in the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul. Our apartment is nearly three times the size of our Downtown Minneapolis one, but we no longer have an outdoor space of our own in which to lounge, sip wine, and enjoy the sunset.

Which is why it’s my goal to, when we eventually buy our own home, have an HGTV-worthy outdoor living space, complete with a garden, fire pit and patio. My plans are more in the “dream” stage right now, but if you’re lucky enough to have a home and the space for an outdoor living area, look no further than Dirty Boys Landscaping.

“Outdoor living remains to be the biggest trend in the Twin Cities,” says Dirty Boys owner-designer Rawley Rohan. “We in Minnesota love to spend as much time as possible outside, so extending the living space will always be a great investment. Outdoor kitchens and fire pits will always be popular. We are finding pizza ovens to be a hot trend right now, too.”

Landscape design and installation is the primary focus of Dirty Boys, but they are also a distributor for Solo Stove. And Dirty Boys’ sister company, Perfectly Arranged Planters, offers a subscription-based service where you receive planters delivered seasonally to your home.

“It’s important to think of your outdoor space like you do a room in your home,” Rohan says. “Make sure that you add creative accents and details like a great landscaped backdrop. Planters with annuals for color. Bring indoor elements outdoors such as candles, décor and pillows.”

Photo courtesy of Dirty Boys Landscaping

When creating an outdoor living space, Rohan says that most people have a difficult time taking out trees. “It’s a good idea to take out aged and diseased trees,” he says. “Consider replacing them with newer disease-resistant species being developed, many by the University of Minnesota.”

If you’re ready to get started on adding an outdoor living space to your home, be sure you’ve set aside the appropriate amount of time to complete the project. Rohan says that Dirty Boys typically takes about one or two weeks depending on the size and scope of the project.

Because the pandemic forced most of us to stay home much more than we had before COVID-19 hit, Rohan says that it’s important to make the most of your home living spaces, especially outdoor ones, so you and your family can make the most of our short summers in Minnesota.

“COVID-19 impacted us in a good way as more people were looking to add more living space for the family by way of using their yard,” Rohan says of Dirty Boys’ experience during the pandemic. “People are turning their yards into gathering spaces to be used for family, kids, and workspaces.”

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