Landscape Services

Softscapes and Hardscapes Custom-Designed for Your Yard


Take your lawn to the next level with Custom Outdoor Designs! Our team of master gardeners provide expert insight for your home’s lawn, flower beds and gardens.

The team at Custom Outdoor Designs is dedicated to providing you with quality lawn service capable of withstanding the test of time and Mother Nature! Our goal is to improve your home’s curb appeal while remaining within your budget.

Below is a list and short description of a few of our landscape design services:

Softscapes: Softscape lawn design services are focused on elements with a lifespan like soil, plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, vegetables, vines and more.

Here’s a Custom Outdoor Designs tip: Learn what climate zone is best for your home’s landscape. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Mid-Missouri typically falls between zones 6b, 6a and 5b. It’s vital to plant according to the proper zone for the landscape design to be successful!

Hardscapes: Hardscapes designs stay the same for years on end and include rocks, sidewalks, retaining walls, paver patios and more.

Retaining Walls: Does your yard need extra support to keep the soil or earth from eroding towards your home? Then a retaining wall may be the answer! Retaining walls have a basic function to keep soil in place. However, retaining walls are no longer utilitarian and can be designed to be a beautiful addition to your home’s landscape and exterior.

Excavation: Sometimes to achieve the best landscape design, we need to roll up our sleeves a little for an excavation project. Excavation requires our team to move large amounts of soil to solve drainage problems or to improve your landscaping aesthetic.

Let us help you create your dream design. Give us a call today to get started.


Why should I choose a professional landscaping company for my hardscape project?

The landscape designers at Custom Outdoor Designs in Columbia, MO can create beautiful hardscapes to maintain your lawn’s integrity as well as compliment your house’s exterior. Our variety of outdoor concrete construction projects, such as paving a new sidewalk or building a retaining wall, will be custom designed where form meets function, elevating the curb appeal of your home.

What benefit does a landscaping company provide for a softscape?

Our professional landscaping team has the knowledge needed to design a successful softscape for your property. With years of experience in landscaping, the Custom Outdoor Designs team will plant the right trees, flowers, shrubs and perennials in conjunction with our Mid-Missouri climate zone. Plus, softscapes and plants bring a landscape to life – giving your property color and sophistication. Our softscape designs offer:

  • Design Flower Beds
  • Mulching – delivery, spreading & bulk drop off
  • Flower, Shrub & tree planting services
  • Low Voltage landscape lighting
Softscape design Columbia, MO


Why is excavation necessary?

Excavation is the process of moving large amounts of earth to improve the quality, health and overall aesthetic of a lawn or property. At Custom Outdoor Designs, we understand the idea of an excavation project can be intimidating. However, our excavation team uses state-of-the-art equipment and training to effectively complete your excavation project.

Why do I need to hire a professional landscaping company for my excavation?

When an excavation project is properly completed, your lawn should be self-sufficient – successfully managing drainage problems and providing a safe, level surface for your to enjoy. If the excavation project fails you run the risk of having standing water in your yard or water flowing towards your home.

Don’t trust an excavation project to an inexperienced landscaping company, call Custom Outdoor Designs – we’re here to solve problems!

Landscaping Drainage Problems

If you are having landscape drainage issues, drain tiles could be the perfect fix for this annoying problem. Don’t let the hard work you’ve invested into your lawn and gardens get ruined after a hard rain and uncontrolled drainage. We specialize in:

  • French Drains
  • Gutter Downspouts
  • Providing proper drainage to prevent erosion and property damage.
  • Sea Walls
  • Hardscapes
  • Fire Pits

How do I get rid of standing water in my yard?

One of the most common questions we get from clients is, ‘How do I get rid of standing water in my yard?‘. At Custom Outdoor Designs, our drains can redirect water, so drainage problems stop hurting your landscape and start helping it flourish.

Contact one of our expert landscape designers if your nervous about choosing the right drainage solution for your home – we’re here to help!


How do I know if I need a professional landscaping company to build my retaining wall?

Retaining walls serve as a barrier between your home and eroding soil. If you leave your foundation exposed to moving earth you could expose your home to irrevocable damage. With today’s accessibility to tips and tutorials, a lot of homeowners have installed retaining walls without the advice of a professional. Here are a few things to consider before starting a retaining wall DIY:

HOW TALL IS YOUR RETAINING WALL? If you’re going to build a wall higher than 4 feet, you may want to check with your city before you go too far. Most municipalities require a homeowner to have a building permit and design from a licensed engineer if your wall exceeds a certain height. Additionally, building a tall structure without the proper equipment is dangerous.

WILL THERE BE CARS PARKED NEAR THE RETAINING WALL? Your home could receive a lot of damage if vehicles are parked on or near a poorly built retaining wall. You should always consult a professional when a retaining wall needs to support vehicle parking or a heavy snow load.

HOW WILL YOUR RETAINING WALL MANAGE DRAINAGE? The ability for your retaining wall to perform depends on a properly installed drainage system. In fact, faulty drainage is the leading cause of retaining wall failure. If you have questions about drainage tiles, call Custom Outdoor Designs today!

How do I choose the right retaining wall?

There are so many benefits to adding a retaining wall to your home. Despite the obvious use, providing extra support to prevent erosion, retaining walls can often add a beautiful design element to your home’s exterior.

At Custom Outdoor Designs, we offer three different types of retaining walls:

  • Belvedere
  • Versa-Lok
  • RosettA