Preparing Your Yard For The Cold Weather


The seasons are-a-changing! Now is the time to pack up the summer supplies and start giving your garden and backyard a little TLC before the cold really hits. Preparing your garden and storage shed for the cold weather not only improves the look of your yard but also helps ensure a beautiful growth come spring.

Prepare The Garden

Prepare the ground by assessing the growth from spring and summer. Weed the soil, divide out overgrown plants, and remove under-performing bulbs. Trim back plants that have grown a little too much and remember to deadhead blooms that have faded with the cool weather. Also don’t forget to remove the summer annuals and store them for the next season. The more prep you do now saves you from digging up frozen ground in the winter and rushing come springtime. Protect what’s already in the ground by adding some fresh mulch and peat moss that can provide protection from the elements and add much needed nutrition to the soil.

Prepare The Lawn

To avoid a patchy look in the springtime take the time to work on the lawn. Once you’ve removed all the leaves (which can be a task in itself) you can give your lawn a good dose of nutrition with a natural fertilizer. Fertilizing now will enable the grass to store carbohydrates and grow better and greener in the spring regardless of how cold the winter gets. Now is also a good time to get rid of weeds that have taken root to make sure they die off with the cold. Use natural herbicides or other natural methods to spot remove weeds to keep your lawn healthy and only kill off the troublesome plants.

Prepare The Tools

Fall is an ideal time for a post-season tool cleaning. Disinfect tools after you have done your fall garden cleanup and put them away someplace where they will not get wet and rust also add a little oil to the metal and wood parts to keep them in good condition. Do a good once over in the shed as well! Check expiration dates on chemicals and throw away anything that will be expired in the spring or that looks suspect. Replace through the off season to both save money and be ahead of yourself next spring.

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Photo Gallery: Kit Pergolas

Walpole Outdoors Pergola Kits feature exceptional style and unmatched construction. Standard pergola kits are crafted in your choice of natural cedar or low maintenance wood alternative AZEK and fit a wide variety of outdoor locations.

Arched Top Shade Pergola with canopy at a retail store.

Arched Top Kit Pergola with round columns outside a retail location.

Arched Top Kit Pergola with round columns at a senior living center.

Freestanding AZEK pergola at the Norfolk Public Library in Massachusetts.

Freestanding AZEK pergola at the Norfolk Public Library in Massachusetts.

Arched Poolside Pergola with ShadeFX Canopy Extended installed by builder for a new home.

Arched Poolside Pergola with ShadeFX Canopy Extended installed by builder for a new home.

Standard kit pergola integrated with deck railing.

Standard kit pergola integrated with deck railing.

Kit pergolas with canopy on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Kit pergolas with canopy on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Five kit pergolas with extended canopies on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Five kit pergolas with extended canopies on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Shade pergola kit installed at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola kit installed at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy at a Bed & Breakfast.

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Outdoor Space Solutions: Kit Pergolas


Adding a place of interest or an outdoor focal point can be invaluable for any business, store, government building, country club, restaurant, school or sports and leisure center. Creating a space for people to relax, eat or otherwise just enjoy the outdoors is key in creating a relaxing and stress-free environment. Creating that space can also be stress-free as well with the simple and beautiful Walpole priced pergola kits.

If you don’t want to spend the money or time building a custom structure our selection of priced pergola kits is the perfect solution for you. Each pergola is crafted in finely sources materials including natural western red cedar and the low-maintenance wood alternative AZEK. Available in a variety of styles priced kit pergolas can add unmeasurable value and interest to an outdoor space of any kind and last for years and years to come with little to no maintenance required. Contractors can offer them to their clients, buy them from Walpole and install them with ease.

Why a priced kit pergola from Walpole Outdoors?



Completely Pre-Manufactured: No fabrication in the field is required. Components arrive pre-fabricated and factory finished. Structurally reinforced seamless beams are pre-drilled, and joists pre-notched.

Easy To Install: Unskilled workers find it easy from start to finish. Assembly components include uncomplicated brackets and fasteners. These are powder-coated stainless steel. See how simple the installation will be. Call and we’ll send you the installation instructions.

More Size and Style Options: Freestanding or attached, from 10′ x 10′ to 14′ x 14′, with straight or arched tops, rounded or square columns. Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 24″ beyond the center of the columns. Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.

Versatile: Can be quickly erected anywhere – hardscaping (bluestone, pavers) or on a deck. All of our kits – including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas – have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.

Completely Factory Finished: Sherwin-Williams® VinylSafe paint with a 25-year warranty so you can get the perfect color to match your outdoor space.

Smart Delivery: Arrives in wrapped pallets with easy-to-follow detailed instructions for even a novice installer. Motorized or manual shade canopies optional.


Give us a call at 800-343-6948 or request a free design consultation online to get started on your pergola project. We will happily discuss our variety of styles to help you find the perfect pergola for your outdoor space!


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Sophisticated & Simple: Kit Pergolas


Outdoor structures add a certain sophistication to any outdoor space. But sometimes you just want a simple, priced structure without all that measuring and customization. If this sounds like you then you will love our selection of quality, beautiful and durable kit pergolas. In a variety of styles and materials our kit pergolas are priced up front and come in standard measurements so you know exactly what you are getting before it arrives at your home.

The handcrafted quality you find in a Walpole Shade Pergola Kit is far superior in many ways to other kits on the market. Here are four excellent reasons why:

  • True sizes: Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 18″ beyond the center of the columns.
  • Detail: Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.
  • Flexibility: All of our kits – including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas – have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.
  • Ease: Pergola Kits are crated and shipped motor freight, canopies arrive ready to install.

Whether you are looking for something that can add some shade to an existing space like a patio or a structure to build a space around a kit pergola is a smart choice. The hardest part is deciding which one you like the most!

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola


This classic free-standing pergola can turn your poolside space into a resort! The perfect structure to cover a dining or seating area with or without a shade canopy. Transition the space in the fall with a fire pit and twinkle lights up the pillars.

Standard pergolas handcrafted in AZEK are available in six sizes, arch top or classic straight top, with round or square berglass columns. Factory nished with white, Sherwin- Williams paint which is warranteed for 25 years. Each pergola style and size is o ered with a ShadeFX manual shade canopy. Choose Sunbrella® rain resistant, waterproof or commercial fabrics. Motor freight.


Natural Western Red Cedar Shade Pergola Kit

Western Red Cedar Pergola

Western Red Cedar Pergola


Looking for something a little more natural and rustic for your home? A great structure for you would be the Natural Western Red Cedar Shade Pergola Kit. This pergola looks great in the garden as well as providing shade to a patio or outdoor seating area.

This kit feature stunning, select grade and knot-free kiln dried Western Red Cedar. The Walpole “E” end cut style is standard. Your kit is unstained and will weather to a beautiful silver gray and is yours to paint or stain as you see fit. Add a ShadeFX canopy and extend your outdoor enjoyment significantly.


Arched Top Shade Pergola Kit With Square Columns


Arch Top Shade Pergola Kit

Arch Top Shade Pergola Kit

A classic, elegant look for any home. The delicate arched beams on this kit pergola add a beautiful architectural touch to any home or backyard. For added shade and comfort install a ShadeFX Canopy that’s a breeze to open and close to allow you to enjoy your pergola in any weather.

Sizes are measured on-center of the posts and have a 1 1/2’ overhang. Square fiberglass columns with recessed panels, capitals and decorative base. Crafted in AZEK, cellular PVC. Factory primed and painted. Manually-opeated shades offered in over fifty Sunbrella rain-resistant, waterproof and commercial fabrics. Crated and shipped motor freight. Arrives ready to install.


Discover more of our beautiful pergola kits online and find the perfect style for your home!


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Enjoying The Last Days of Summer

It may be hard to believe but summer is starting to wind down. Kids are headed back to school and families are finally unpacking from their summer vacations. Instead of breaking out the fall sweaters savor every ray of sunshine left! Here’s how you can get the most out of the last few weeks of summer…

Spend Evenings Outdoors

pexels-photo-26135The cool weather of fall and icy weather of winter makes spending time outside when the sun goes down difficult and unpleasant. But don’t put away the outdoor furniture just yet! Get as much use out of your outdoor spaces until you see the first frost blanket over the grass.

Make it a point to eat dinner outdoors as much as you can while there is still a little bit of the sun in the sky. Enjoy the fireflies and crickets once the sun goes down by lighting a fire in your outdoor fireplace or fire bowl. Break out the marshmallows while you’re at it! Try some unique recipes for smores… you will be amazed by just how many there are!

Get Some Sun

You may not be getting as much use out of the pool this late in the season but you can still enjoy sitting by the water. Now is the best time to catch a few rays (responsibly, of course). Move your weekend relaxation and lunch outdoors to catch the last few summer rays. Take a nap in the chaise or just read a book – the idea is to get out as much as you can before you have to retreat indoors.

Get That Fall Garden Started Now

The lovely Doylestown Planter.

The lovely Doylestown Planter.

Keep the flowers blooming well into fall by starting, or at least planning, your fall garden now. Carve out some space in your summer garden and start working the soil to accommodate your autumn blooms. Get the seeds started now so you have lush color right as the temperatures begin to cool.

Start something new by adding a fall planter garden to your front entry! Find the perfect vessel and choose some of the best seasonal plants. Get them started outside now and transplant later or just start it off right in the planter. Choose from classic square or rectangle planters or go for a more unique shape like the Tapered Panel Planter.

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Private Clubs and Athletics Partnerships

Walpole Outdoors has been working with architects to create memorable spaces for decades. In addition to providing beautiful spaces for public use Walpole has also been crafting custom pergolas, fencing, railings and more for private clubs and athletic centers all over the United States. From yacht clubs to golf courses and tennis courts Walpole Outdoors has continues to contribute to the beauty of private outdoor spaces.

New Jersey Boat Club

Custom Expansive Pergola with Blue ShadeFX Canopies

View from under the shade canopied pergola in New Jersey.

Many commercial enterprises – here, a private boat club – choose Walpole Outdoors to create handcrafted custom pergolas for a specific purpose. This large double shade pergola allows club members to enjoy socializing outdoors, sheltered from gentle rain or blazing sunlight. Walpole’s ShadeFX canopies can be operated motor driven or manually. We handcraft our pergolas in AZEK advanced cellular PVC, a material that looks exactly like natural wood, but won’t rot, split, or warp, and requires no maintenance for years. Walpole works from detailed drawings, sketches, or photographs.

Beach Club in Watch Hill, RI

Proportionate attached trellis and pergolas over stair area. Custom Railing posts prepared for cable railing.

Custom railings at an entry to a private Beach Club in Watch Hill, RI.

This entry pergola and facade pergolas with supporting brackets add drama and eye-appeal on the beach club’s facade. Also handcrafted in solid cellular vinyl are Walpole decorative trellis sections that extend along the walkways. In addition to the more decorative elements Walpole also crafted custom durable railings along the raised walkway and stairs. Crafted with AZEK for lasting, low-maintenance use.

Tennis Courtside Rockport Planters

Planters form a safety “railing” at the tennis courts.

Overlooking the tennis court, on the wall are large, rectangular Rockport Walpole planters that feature detailed, vertical boards. Planters serve as a stylish alternative to a traditional barrier between the courts and viewing area. Crafted in AZEK , the planters require no liners or maintenance and add greenery and protection courtside.

Lattice Tennis Court Enclosure

Lattice fence and gate tennis court barrier.

While tennis whites are no longer de rigueur on the court, these Walpole customers certainly found the color to be appropriate for their stunning enclosure. It consists of a lattice fence with a sweeping curved rail and matching double gates. The gates sport sturdy, hot-dipped galvanized hardware that ensure many years of trouble-free use.

Integrated into this lattice fence is a wire mesh system that helps keep wayward tennis balls within reach. As tennis court enclosures can be as varied as each player’s level of proficiency, Walpole works with clubs and homeowners alike to create a solution that is extremely functional and classically styled.

Dockside Covered Bar Area

Boat Club bar pergola and furniture.

Walpole partnered with this private boat club to create an oasis just feet from the dock! This dockside retreat features a full bar with pergola to provide shade and comfort. The stylish yet classic setup features the MAD Bar Side Chair, Arm Chair and Bar Table.

Country Club in Greenwich, CT

Universal Drive Gate at Country Club

A country club chose Walpole to handcraft a Universal style drive gate at the rear entrance to the property. This multi-functional gate system has the flexibility to open for large vehicle entrance, or as a single gate for employees performing daily tasks. The imaginative design incorporates stylish crisscross bracing on both sides.

Wing Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY

Custom walkway bridge at Wing Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY

This beautiful custom rustic bridge was designed for use at Wing Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY. This installation features beautiful rustic touches that enhance the natural surroundings.

Walpole has many years of experience handcrafting custom bridges for commercial and residential customers. We work with architects, landscape architects, and home building companies, and homeowners. Send us photographs, sketches, or detailed drawings, and we will create a bridge that is beyond your expectations and perfectly matches your location and needs.

Decorative and Functional Outdoor Products

Custom hand-carved signs and posts.

Custom doorway trellis system.

Classic wooden adirondack chairs.

Western Red Cedar details including fencing, railings and structures.

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Creating the Best Staycation

Give the beach a run for its money.

One of the best parts of summer is taking a long trip to someplace unfamiliar and spending the time relaxing and forgetting about all of your normal worries. But sometimes you can do just that without leaving your home! We’re talking about a staycation.

Creating the optimal staycation is all about bringing those resort luxuries to your own backyard and hushing those reminders of work and responsibility.

Whether you are on a budget or not you can create a memorable staycation with a little prep work and a true dedication to the art of relaxation.


The first task in any good staycation is turning off the alarm clock, disabling your calendar reminders and simply just shutting off your phone and putting it somewhere out of reach. With your work emails and messages only a click away it’s hard for anyone to get any real time away aside from leaving the country. Once you’ve disconnected you have time to relax without the constant distraction of dings and pings.

Create a resort-like space

Kick back on that hammock…

Since you will be spending a lot of time finally enjoying the warm summer weather you have to do a little prep work to create the perfect outdoor space.

What are your favorite parts of going on vacation? If you love lounging poolside invest in a quality chaise that you can melt into. If you love spending time reading or napping set up a hammock in a quiet place and surround it with flowers and other accessories that make it feel a little more like an island resort than your backyard.

Once you have that space created the only thing left is to use it!

Skip cooking (at least inside)

Put household tasks on the back burner and indulge a little. A great way to do this is by ditching the kitchen. Prep some indulgent meals and desserts for your staycation in advance or simply have them delivered so you don’t have to lift a finger! If cooking is something you love simply move the kitchen outside to the grill or outdoor kitchen.

Put your diet on hold and think vacation. What would you be eating at a resort? Indulge on delicious seafood and rich desserts. Plan ahead and create some island cocktails by the pitcher that taste as good with lunch as they do with dinner!

Treat yourself

Relax and treat yourself with all of your favorites!

This is the perfect opportunity to take some time out and focus on you. Find a masseuse that makes house calls and enjoy a massage outside followed by a long dip in the hot tub. Play up that theme by turning your bedroom and bathroom into luxurious spaces with aromatherapy candles, plush overstuffed pillows, terrycloth robes and high thread count sheets. Organize all of your beach favorite books in a shelf by the pool so you don’t have to move a muscle.

Even better sleep outdoors under the stars! Bring comfy bedding outside and setup a wonderful outdoor bedroom in your backyard in a tent or under the pergola.

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Wonderful Weathervanes

Nothing adds a classic rustic touch quite like a weathervane. No matter which was the wind is blowing a quality weathervane sits atop your home or barn like a small beautiful statue made to catch the sun.

Every Walpole weathervane is made to last out of durable materials and careful craftsmanship in a variety of finishes. Out large collection includes nautical, classic and rustic pieces for every type of home aesthetic.


Mermaid With Starfish Weathervane

From fish to sharks and boats – even mermaids! If you are looking for a beautiful nautical weathervane you have looked in the right place.

A beautiful way to dress up a Walpole cupola is with the Racing Sloop Weathervane. Crafted in polished copper this weathervane features a detailed sailing ship sat atop directional rods to ensure you always know where the wind is coming from.

Or if you are feeling a little whimsical look at the lovely Mermaid with Starfish Weathervane. Crafted in either blue verde or polished copper this piece will make you smile for years to come and will serve as a great conversation piece.



Jumping Horse & Rider Weathervane

A classic choice for many homeowners is a weathervane with a swooping eagle or another bird in flight.

Animals in motion make wonderful weathervanes and evoke the feeling of the blowing wind. A beautiful piece is the Blue Heron in Flight Weathervane which features a detailed heron gliding in the sky. This weathervane, crafted in polished copper, is a great way to embrace the grace and elegance of birds in flight.

Another classic animal in motion is the Horse Weathervane. This piece showcases the magic of a galloping horse against the power of the wind. In blue verde or polished copper this piece is not just for horse lovers!



Smithsonian Arrow Weathervane

There are a number of classic weathervane themes and styles that don’t feature an animal or nautical theme. The Banner Weathervane is a great example of a classic image utilized to show the blowing of the wind. This piece suits any style of home and has a timeless appeal.

When you think of a weathervane chances are the first image that pops into your head is a shiny brass arrow. Our Smithsonian Arrow Weathervane evokes that classic image with beautiful details in either blue verde or polished copper.

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Amazing Outdoor Kitchens

Key West with Champagne Finish Outdoor Kitchen

What better way to celebrate the summer than outdoors? A great way to really embrace the outdoors is to bring all the functionality of the kitchen poolside! An outdoor kitchen is more than just a grill – it is a beautifully crafted kitchen area complete with beautiful cabinets for storage and plenty of counter space to create the perfect meal.

Danver Outdoor Kitchens can meet any homeowners needs. European-style frameless cabinetry meets today’s demand for top quality, fully functional outdoor living rooms and entertaining areas.

Designer colors and wood grain powder-coat finishes – applied directly to modular stainless steel – can match the color scheme of your outdoor furniture or home’s interior. A wide selection of door styles helps you create a kitchen that perfectly complements your taste and lifestyle. Choices in cabinet sizes accommodate any kitchen footprint or layout. Danver also distributes American-made grills, refrigeration, and specialty cooking appliances to personalize your space even more.

Urban Outdoor Kitchen

Urban Outdoor Kitchen

Urban and rural landscapes or rooftops and multi-family spaces, the location of your outdoor living space is no longer a concern, as the color and style options available to you enhance your dream design to perfection.

Mix and match stainless appliances with one of our many woodgrain or powder coat finishes for a custom look unique to your personal style. Add a custom handle of your choice to complete the design.

This fence is part of a Public Television This Old House renovation undertaken in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood in 2014. An urban outdoor kitchen is afforded privacy and exceptional style by a Walpole inlaid lattice courtyard fence in Verde green.

Rooftop Kitchen Space

Rooftop Kitchen installation.

No backyard? Limited space? Combine your rooftop seating area with an outdoor kitchen and you’ve crafted the perfect spot for relaxing and entertaining anytime.

Walpole Outdoors offers top-rate Danver Outdoor Kitchens with choice of grills, burners, sinks, refrigeration, bar centers, and more. Cabinetry options can create the look and feel of what matters to you most in outdoor entertainment and lifestyle. This rooftop kitchen, in a special order color option, is sleek, finished, and professional with a Hampton door style.

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Low Maintenance Structures for Public Places

Walpole Outdoors has decades of experience working with cities and towns to create outdoor structures for the public to enjoy. From pergolas to fencing Walpole Outdoors provides structures that are not only aesthetically pleasing but low-maintenance and long-lasting so citizens can enjoy them for years and years to come.

Como Regional Park Historic Lily Pond Restoration Saint Paul Minnesota

The Como Regional Park Historic Lily Pond in St. Paul, Minnesota was built in 1895, and was once a public favorite. However, over the past couple of decades, the pond’s dilapidated conditions forced the area to undergo a complete restoration. As part of the Como Regional Park’s restoration efforts, Walpole Outdoors provided a unique semicircular pergola on stone pier bases for a seating area on the west side of the pond.

Semi-circular Pergola on the west side of the pond.

The beautiful pergola adding a unique touch to the natural beauty of the lake.


Danada Equestrian Center DuPage County Preserve Wheaton, IL

Walpole Outdoors manufactured custom long-lasting AZEK features for the restoration of the Danada Equestrian Center in DuPage County Preserve in Wheaton Illinois. The updated center features a classic and beautiful entryway with fencing and pergola structures to provide some closure to the space.

Restoration project manufactured in AZEK

Danada Equestrian Center DuPage County Preserve Wheaton, IL

A closer look at restoration work done with AZEK materials.


New York City Dog Park

This Walpole kit pergola is constructed from Western Red Cedar. The choice of many builders and homeowners alike, this stunning wood weathers to a beautiful silver gray.  Our kit pergolas, featuring sturdy handcrafted construction that is unmatched in the industry, are crated and shipped motor freight.

Beautiful Western Red Cedar Pergola shading some park benches.

This pergola adds a shaded area for people and dogs to enjoy.


Sea Isle City, New Jersey Boardwalk

A majestic pergola creates an outdoor room that is an open invitation to sit, relax, and interact, whether the setting is a college, senior housing location, or a public space. Walpole will work with you to deliver custom solutions that are both stylish and enduring.  We provide design expertise, structural planning, and unmatched handcrafted manufacturing in cellular PVC – an advanced material that looks like natural wood, but requires little-to-no maintenance for years.

Five Kit Pergolas on a Boardwalk

Beautiful pergolas provide shade along this boardwalk.


Flint Cemetery in Ohio

Whatever the shape and purpose of your pergola – commercial or residential — Walpole has the skill and experience on staff to work with you and create a structure of enduring impact. Column height and width, as well as curved or straight beams, and color choices, are determined in person or even by telephone or online if you are located outside an area represented by a Walpole Outdoors store.Radius memorial pergola with seating at Flint Cemetery in Ohio.

This panorama pergola provides a place to sit and reflect.


Pergola at The Missouri Botanical Gardens

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri. It is also known informally as Shaw’s Garden for founder and philanthropist Henry Shaw. This restoration project featured a pergola top manufactured in AZEK in a wood-tone paint on existing pillars.

Pergola top manufactured in AZEK and painted to match existing pillars.

A full package of drawings in AUTOCAD format is provided to the contractor for sign-off approval on every project. All materials are finished, kitted with fasteners, and shipped nationwide for straightforward erection by contractor personnel.

For projects in the planning stage, designers can download many of our standard products from the web by going to our website at and clicking on the red CADdetails logo on the home page.

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