Creating A Stone or Brick Garden Path

If you scroll through Pinterest enough you will find yourself dreaming of a garden pathway that looks like it was ripped straight from a fairytale. Lush greens and flowers growing wildly surround a rustic stone pathway that leads to anywhere and everywhere.

Image this path beginning with an arbor covered in v vines and blooms! (Pinterest)

Image this path beginning with an arbor covered in vines and blooms! (Pinterest)

Well, you’ve got your arbor (that was easy) now it’s time to get your hands dirty! If you want that etherial pathway lined with flowers you first have to plan and define it.

Creating your own garden path may seem like a real chore but it can be fun and simple if you plan ahead and have the right tools…and like a bit of hard work!

Materials: First you have to choose what kind of path you are going to create. Do you want to use stone? Brick? Gravel? Or something more organic like mulch? Deciding on your material makes a huge difference in how you are going to create the path. So first look at the space you have and the aesthetic. If you don’t have so much room maybe a path of large stones won’t work. For a stone or brick path keep on reading!

Measure and dig: With string and pegs measure and map out your path. Remember if you want a certain edging to include that when you measure. From there dig enough dirt out to accommodate the sand and gravel that will make up the bottom of the pathway. Also remember to make the path slant at an angle sightly for proper drainage. Once that is finished use some wood to enclose the pathway by securing it to the pegs you added to map out the path earlier.

Gravel and stone: Get your gravel and spread a layer on the pathway, tamping it down afterwards. Next spread a layer of sand making sure it is perfectly level and filled. After you can lay your stone or brick into the sand, tamping them down so they are securely in the sand and level with each other. After you are finished fill the gaps between bricks or stones with fine sand, finishing off with some more decorative gravel on the surface.

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Summer Essentials: Outdoor Shower

Before you know it the sun will be shining and the mercury rising! Summer is finally here.

The only way to truly enjoy the season is by spending as much time outside as you can… which is precisely why now is the time to install that outdoor shower.

If you have a pool or live by the beach an outdoor shower is a no-brainer and can save your interior from salt, sand and water damage. But not only is it practical, it’s actually a lot of fun too! Enjoy the warmth when you move your daily shower outside – it’s a simple pleasure that can make a big difference in how you start your day.

Walpole Outdoors has a wide variety of options when it comes to outdoor showers. You can find designs in both natural cedar and AZEK low-maintenance wood alternative. Standard kit showers come in 15 styles both attached and free-standing so you can place it wherever you want. You can also get a custom shower installed to incorporate your home’s unique look.

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Custom AZEK shower with inlaid lattice.

Free-standing outdoor shower enclosure kit in AZEK with Pergola.

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Attached outdoor shower kit crafted in AZEK.

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Chatham Outdoor Shower Enclosure Kit in AZEK.

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Step into the privacy of a Walpole shower, and relax in comfort. Add even more comfort to your enclosure with towel racks, utility cabinets, cedar decking and more.

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Combined with an attractive privacy fence, this custom shower enclosure located in the corner of the deck smartly meets the needs of the outdoor location.

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This handsome Walpole Chatham shower enclosure with separate changing area is crafted in natural cedar and stained gray by the owner.

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In crafting and installing a custom AZEK cellular PVC Sandwich shower enclosure, Walpole incorporated the homeowner’s request for an adjoining 6’ high by 3’ wide AZEK gate.

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This tall custom enclosure surrounds AC units that have been raised above the high water mark. Included within the structure is a Walpole outdoor shower unit.

Outdoor showers also come in natural cedar.

Outdoor showers also come in natural cedar.

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Outdoor shower backless Cedar or AZEK cabinet with two shelves for shampoo and soap. We also offer mirrors to match!

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Custom Enclosures For Unique Spaces

Sometimes a standard structure just isn’t what you are looking for. Your home, business or development is a unique space and deserves an enclosure that will both stand out and blend in as well as suit your specific needs.

Custom Color Chatham Shower Enclosure Kit in East Falmouth, MA

Custom Color Chatham Shower Enclosure Kit in East Falmouth, MA

Enclosures can be utilized for a myriad of reasons – to conceal garbage cans or outdoor equipment, conceal outdoor storage, create a safer space for gardening or composting or as a barrier for a beautiful new outdoor shower. Whatever the need, we can build it.

One of the most popular enclosures for residential spaces is outdoor shower enclosures. An outdoor shower is ideal for a home by the beach or with a pool or hot tub that sees a lot of activity – but they are great for any home if you want to shower under the stars! Outdoor showers keep the chlorine, sand and dirt outdoors throughout the summer so you don’t have to worry about damaging the interior of your home after using the pool or swimming in the ocean.

Outdoor shower enclosures can be purchased in standard kit form or custom built by Walpole design experts. Both options are designed with beauty and function in mind and will last season after season.

Consider what you might stow away securely under your deck and you will see how beneficial lattice screening would be.

Consider what you might stow away securely under your deck and you will see how beneficial lattice screening would be.

Many of our other popular enclosures involve concealment. Walpole offers many types of concealing enclosures from the duly-concealing board fence to lattice enclosures seen here. Each enclosure does what you need it to while still allowing easy access to the area inside. Enclosures can be built to match existing fencing and can be custom pained to blend in seamlessly with your home or business.

Take a garbage enclosure for example. These enclosures are built to house two (or more) garage bins. Not only do they conceal the bins but also protect them from pests (including raccoons) and keep them secure in the event of a storm or high winds. Not having to clean up your yard after a raccoon has gone through a bin or the wind has taken it for a spin is worth the investment itself!

Browse through more of our custom and kit enclosures on our website to get some inspiration then setup a free design consultation to see what we can create at your home or business!

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Gardening Around Your Mailbox Post

Spring is here! After a long and cold winter you can finally break ground (literally) on some of your spring projects. While the season is still in transition now is the perfect time to make some smaller changes to you home and garden. The perfect place to start is with a simple yet beautiful mailbox post or lantern post.

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We manufacture a variety of mail and lantern posts in a variety of materials. A mailbox post or lantern post is a great way to add some curb appeal to your home and create a classic elegance to your landscaping. One of the funnest part of having a beautiful mail or lantern post is getting to add some seasonal touches to the area around it.

Around the post: Spring is full of possibilities. Garden around your mail or lantern post with bright flowers and simple planters. A great way to start is to add mulch or potting soil to a circular area around the post. From there add some kind of edging like stone or brick. If you don’t want an edging make sure the edge between dirt and grass is clearly defined. After creating the space add some simple spring plants that can add some color. Add a few small shrubs to create some lush greens and add a few bushels of colorful tulips, daffodils, or bunches of pansies. If you want a more rustic look go big with larger plants with smaller flowers and grasses.

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Go tall: If you like something more vertical plant a climbing plant like clematis or climbing roses! These plants will quickly climb and add a beautiful mix of colors and greens that will bring your post to life. If you take this route be sure to keep an eye on your post to make sure the plant is growing in the right direction and is well pruned. Read up on five of our favorite climbing plants to get some ideas!

Fun planters: If you want to keep the ground area around your post simple add a few plants in pots and containers. A great way to celebrate spring is to utilize a small wooden barrel cut in half, filled with colorful flowers. Another fun idea is to fill an old watering can with soil and plant some tulips in it and place it next to the post. The post is already a focal point in your yard so make it fun and seasonal! Look through our past post for some inspiration on container gardens.

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Elements Of Curb Appeal

We all have that home or business we drive by and silently envy. Whether its the building or the landscaping curb appeal makes a big impact on our unconscious judgment of homes and businesses.

Do you want to make your home one that people remember, are inspired by or just silently envy? Do you want to make passerby notice and remember your business before ever coming inside? Boosting curb appeal doesn’t have to be a huge expensive undertaking it just requires smart use of what your property already has going for it.

Create an Area of Interest

An arbor is a beautiful structure to add interest to any front ward.

An arbor is simple structure that can add interest to any front yard.

A surefire way to boost your homes’ appeal is by adding an external structure that will serve as a point of visual interest. A great example of this are homes that feature pergolas near the front of their yard or attached to the home. Pergolas are stately and never go unnoticed. A sleek white structure that extends or adds on to the home will draw interest and boost your home’s value.

If a pergola is too much of a change to your home’s structure consider a much simpler arbor. Arbors come in a variety of styles and can be customized fully insuring you have a structure as unique as your home. This structure adds a whimsical element to an entryway instantly pulling the space together.

Create a Memorable Entry

Even a tiny space can be transformed into a positive and memorable entryway.

Even a tiny space can be transformed into a positive and memorable entryway.

The entry to any building sets a tone – if patrons see old, un-maintained fencing or a creaky gate you are putting them in a negative headspace before their encounter with your business even begins. If overhauling the facade and landscaping is too pricy or unrealistic a good place to focus your attention (or begin a larger project) is the entrance.

Simple improvements like replacing old fencing and adding a new gate can go a long way. Smaller touches also don’t go unnoticed – think planters and window boxes with season flowers and a lantern on a sturdy lantern post lighting up the walkway. In conjunction with simple garden maintenance you can make any home or business look welcoming.

Larger structures like pergolas make great entryway additions as well and can be customized to create a one-of-a-kind impact.

Maintain Your Investment

A custom pergola installation makes a truly grand entrance.

A custom pergola installation makes a truly grand entrance.

You could spend thousands overhauling the exterior of your home or business but if you don’t maintain your new hardscape or landscaping it will go back to looking dull pretty quickly.

Luckily Walpole structures made with the state-of-the-art AZEK cellular vinyl material are virtually maintenance free! This material has the look and feel of real wood without the decay, splintering, chipping and weather related damage. AZEK structures are installed and will never need to be repainted or repaired (under normal conditions). The occasional cleaning will help with seasonal accumulation (pollen, leaves) but your structure will look the same as the day it was installed years later.

 

For more information on how Walpole Outdoors can help boost curb appeal for your business or development contact us at 508-668-2800 or email Clint.caban@walpolewood.net.

 

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