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Summer Planning: Is It Time for A New Deck?

Yes, it may be cold outside, and you may not be spending much time in your yard, but you may have noticed that your deck is not in the best of shape. Perhaps, at the end of the summer, it was obvious that repairs or replacement would likely be imminent in order to continue usage and enjoyment for the years to come? Since spring and summer are now on the horizon, this could be considered a great time to perform an initial inspection. Then you can sit down to determine what measures should be undertaken to ensure that you can take full advantage of your outdoor space when the sunshine is plentiful and pleasant.
To Replace or Not to Replace? The average maintained wood deck has a life expectancy of 10-15 years. The type of wood can impact the lifespan. Exposure to the elements causes depreciation, so no matter the age or material, decks should be inspected thoroughly for wear and tear prior to each season that the deck is in use. If you are gazing at rotted or chipping wood, it could be p…

Celebrating Valentine's Day in Your Sunroom

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you may be considering something a bit different to celebrate than a routine restaurant dinner. Sure, there are a multitude of alternative options available, however, sometimes it may be extra special to celebrate at home. While a formal dinner in your dining room may be the first thought that comes to mind, if you have a sunroom or other multi-season room, you can elevate your time together by enjoying dinner and other activities while surrounding yourselves with mother nature. 
Your room may look out to a body of water, a wooded forest, a beautifully manicured yard. What could be a better backdrop for love and togetherness than this?
Initial Staging  Exposure to the outdoors is the key to creating the ambiance. If you have any form of window treatment, be sure to raise or position them in a way that delivers full exposure to nature’s beauty. You may already have the ideal intimate setting if you designate the space as a secondary living ro…

Weeding Your Lawn in Winter

Basics for getting your backyard weed free and spring ready With a chill in the air and frost on the ground, it may seem that tending to your lawn is counterproductive.  However, if you have been looking out your windows or taken a close look at your yard lately, you may have noticed that clovers are thriving and other sprouts have started popping up. Before these nuisances gain the optimal conditions to proliferate, go ahead and get a head start on prepping your grass to minimize your to-do list and to maximize your time enjoying your outdoor spaces when it becomes nice outside.
Locate and Plan If you remember back to the warmer months when it seemed that the landscape was plagued with unsightly and infinitely multiplying weeds, you will likely get a good sense of where many of these patches are located.Right now, it may also be easy to pinpoint the spots because of the new buds or the yellowish, dried leaves. Besides finding them within the grass, they will also be present in mulch an…

New Year, New Trends for Gardening and Outdoor Living

In addition to bringing us into a new decade, 2020 delivers new trends for gardening and outdoor spaces. Many of these trends mimic what is popular with everything else in our lives, as we see a strong push for efforts such as environmental friendliness, saving time, and utilizing the latest tech on the market. Most ideas are feasible to introduce without doing a major upheaval to existing space and are perfect suggestions for those who have not yet embarked on the mission to build up outdoor spaces. 
Eco-Friendly  Artificial may be more appealing. This may seem a bit anti-mother nature, but one way to have a consistent, aesthetically pleasing yard space is to install artificial grass. Although it is man-made, synthetic grass requires significantly less upkeep (think less mowers, less pollution) and no dependence on natural or chemical resources required to nurture live grass. For homeowners that prefer to stick with natural grass, high-tech, fully programmable irrigation systems help t…

Creating an Outdoor Retreat

You may be looking outside at a blank slate or a yard which has already become an outdoor oasis. With visions of tranquility and relaxation in mind, there are quite a few things that can be done to initiate or further enhance your backyard retreat. 
Privacy
Generally, the first step to creating this place of bliss, would be to make it restricted to family members or guests. Putting up a fence that limits visibility and access to outsiders is a possible solution, or you can use more natural elements such as trees and shrubbery to line the perimeter of your property. Read more about creating privacy in our previous blog post (https://bit.ly/2QYqvaL). 
Natural Additions
Populate with plants! Add some landscaping or find decorative planters in an array of colors and patterns to house your preference of flowers and other greenery (be sure to understand what works for your climate, optimal placement for sun exposure and planting timeline). Any of these can be placed on decking, patios, and with…

Protecting Your Outdoor Spaces During The Winter

Winter is here, which means that you should officially be checking off the outdoor winterizing that’s been on your to do list for months. Outdoor spaces can be a cherished secondary living space to us, especially given the level of time and money that we dedicate to the design and upkeep. When the spring comes, we often jump at the chance to set all of our outdoor items up, start planting, and restart lawn maintenance. But, when the leaves start falling and a chill hits the air, we long to hold on to those endless summer nights. For this reason, many people put off important maintenance required to preserve external assets.
Striving to minimize damage to patios, decks, sunrooms and other outdoor objects should be at the top of your to do list during the fall each year. Preventative tasks will help prevent costly repairs or replacement. With a little bit of sweat equity or help from third parties that specialize in this process, you can assure that you are taking the appropriate measure…