It’s Time To Get Growing

Though it may not feel like it, we are well into spring. You may not think it’s warm enough to get your garden in shape but there are many ways to get your early spring garden in order.

Get Weeding

Before you can get growing you have to tend to the soil.

Before you can get growing you have to tend to the soil.

The first and most important thing you can do is weed your garden and yard. After months of snow and intense storms if you live in the Northeast your garden is going to be a mess.

Grab your tools and gloves and spend some time doing a thorough weeding of the area you will be using to plant this year. This may be a good amount of work so break it up and work on small areas at a time so you don’t hurt your back.

Prepare Your Soil

It's time to get a little messy.

It’s time to get a little messy.

The cold wet winter can really suck the nutrients out of your soil. Early spring is a great time to start tending to the soil since it is unlikely to freeze again. First start by tilling the soil about 8 inches deep where you are planning to plant. Remove all rocks and debris that may have found its way over during the winter.

After cleaning you will want to add some nutrients in the form of some kind of fertilizer. If you have a compost now is the ideal time to put it to use but you can also use store bought soil or add some coffee grounds to the dirt to add some needed nitrogen.

Get Seeds Started

Start your seeds indoors if the cold is still persistent.

Start your seeds indoors if the cold is still persistent.

If you can’t wait to get planting and it is on the cold side then start your seeds indoors! Get a few seed trays or small containers and plant seeds now.

Keep them by the sun and water them well and once the weather improves or you finally have the opportunity to spend some time in the garden transplant them.

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Adding Interest To Your Business

For a business owner, architect or developer creating a lasting impression is important when imagining the exterior of a business. The shape and size of a building and its paint color are important but even if you are working with an old building or cannot renovate you can still do a lot with exterior structures and architectural touches.

Small Touches Have A Big Impact

Custom planters in Cambridge, Mass.

Custom planters in Cambridge, Mass.

Have you ever heard the saying “don’t sweat the small stuff?” Well in this case, ignore it. Small exterior details can be crucial at establishing your business because that’s the first impression any prospective customer or client will ever have.

Small items like lanterns, posts, mailboxes, window boxes and planters can help create an inviting and classic look without a ton of effort. Planters with flowers or greens flanking an entryway or a beautiful lantern post right out front can give a great boost to your business’ curb appeal.

Structural Elements

A custom pergola installation makes a truly grand entrance.

A custom pergola installation makes a truly grand entrance.

To make a bigger impact add a larger structure to the exterior of your business. A great investment is an attached or freestanding pergola. This kind of structure creates an exterior space to relax under or a covering to a walk or entryway that is sturdy, refined and long-lasting.

Walpole pergolas are crafted in the finest cedar or wood alternative material AZEK™, a material that looks and feels like wood but will not rot, split or chip and requires no-maintenance.

Another option is to add something smaller but impactful like a beautiful arbor to add interest to an entryway or a a trellis above doorways and windows.

Create A Border

Post and Rail perimeter fence at Merrimack Premium Outlet, Merrimack, NH.

Post and Rail perimeter fence at Merrimack Premium Outlet, Merrimack, NH.

Fencing has more power than establishing privacy – it can also be a big factor in increasing curb appeal. A smart, clean, classic fence establishes structure to the exterior of a building and defines the space. The clean lines with posts and pickets add to the positive perception you are trying to create for your prospective clients.

Add a unique or eye catching gate or pillars and you can have an enviable entry.

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Planters In Commercial Spaces

Crafting an outdoor space is as much style as it is function. Stylish planters can serve as beautiful accents to other structures or become structures of their own – becoming barriers when placed together on a perimeter or as support when used to construct a self-anchoring pergola.

Rockport Planters utilized as a barrier.

Rockport Planters utilized as a barrier.

Fencing and railings are beautiful ways to create a perimeter but sometimes a space just calls for a little more. Here you can see our stylish Rectangular Rockport Planters used as an outer border to a series of tennis courts.

This space already has fencing where height is needed but the area alongside the court needed a little something different. The planters are durable and useful in every season as well as a great way to add some life and color to an otherwise open space.

 

Planters act as support for this anchored-pergola.

Planters act as support for this anchored-pergola.

Larger planter styles can also function

wonderfully as living privacy screens or as bases for anchored-pergolas on rooftops. These planters serve as the base for the lattice beam that supports this roof-top pergola – a clever and safe way to construct a structure in an un-traditional location.

Need something that will fit in to existing decor style? Walpole will handcraft custom planters in any style and to the dimensions that meet your specific needs.

These are crafted in AZEK™, a low maintenance material that looks just like natural wood, yet won’t rot, crack, or split, and will hold its pristine appearance for years. AZEK planters do not require liners.

We will also pre-paint your planters in your choice of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors, which come with a 25-year warranty.

Planters are also great for their traditional use – beautiful accents to outdoor and indoor areas. Planter gardens add a little splash of life to wherever they are placed and can be moved and changed depending on the season. All planter boxes have pre-drilled drainage holes. For interior use or easy seasonal changes we offer copper and plastic liners for our Small Square Planter, Small Rectangular Planter, and Large Rectangular Planter.

 

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4 Ways To Use A Planter At Home

A pop of life is always a good idea in a residential space. That’s why a quality planter box is the perfect accessory for your home in every season.

At The Entryway

Standard planter boxes frame the doorway.

Standard planter boxes frame the doorway.

Put your planter in a place where it will get seen the

most! An entryway planter is a great way to bring some life to your front door season to season. In the spring and summer add lively blooms in vibrant colors and transition to deeper hues and evergreens in the autumn and winter.

Depending on what kind of space you have you can opt for one square planter box or a duo to frame the doorway! But those aren’t your only choices – we have planters in just about every shape and size ready to be customized to your home.

At Windows

Window boxes covered in beautiful blooms!

Another way to brighten up the exterior

of your home is too add some color to the space outside your windows. Whether just a few or several, adding a window flower box adds a burst of plant life without taking up any ground space.

Window boxes are crafted with low-maintenance AZEK ™ materials so they will hold up for years and years without rotting and can be painted to perfectly suit the exterior of your home.

As A Boundary

Rectangular planters line a lattice panel in this outdoor entertaining area.

Rectangular planters line a lattice panel in this outdoor entertaining area.

If you don’t want to add a planter to

the entryway of your home there are still many places to choose one, like alongside a fence or lattice or as a barrier all its own.

Larger, rectangular planters are best suited and can make a handsome border for a front yard, garden space, outdoor entertaining area or to establish a property boundary. Add a few or add a bunch and create a space that is both structured and natural.

To Anchor Large Structures

Planters anchor this city pergola.

Planters anchor this city pergola.

A more unconventional use for planters

is to use them as anchors for structures like pergolas. On this rooftop in Boston we used planters to anchor this freestanding pergola so that it fit securely in the space without needing to damage the building or rooftop.

But if you don’t need to anchor anything planters are still great for placing at the base of pergola or pavilion pillars too add a little something extra to that entertaining space.

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Outdoor Planning: Spring Ideas

It may feel like winter will never end but spring is closer than you think! And what better way to welcome spring than by adding a nice new touch to the exterior of your home or garden. You can go all out with a brand new structure or add small touches that can boost curb appeal and add endless charm…

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A Walpole garden enclosure is durable, attractive, and keeps foraging animals from destroying your well-tended plantings.

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Walpole’s Shadowbox fence presents a pleasing profile. As shown here, the clever spacing and overlapping of the vertical slats creates an airy yet private look that smartly disguises unsightly air conditioning units.

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Here’s a refreshing idea for summer. Have fun creating a shower enclosure customized to match your home or pool house architecture.

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An attached pergola is the perfect covering to your hot tub.

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A refreshing alternative, this well designed and constructed outdoor shower enclosures is a handcrafted model offered by Walpole.

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A boot of curb appeal is a refreshing spring makeover.

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A stylish mailbox and post can add tons of charm to your outdoors.

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Add a sign to your lantern post for a unique touch.

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Natural wood fencing adds a natural touch.

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Add a lattice panel (or two) for a big pop of spring color.

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Adding sophistication and charm to this Walpole Sag Harbor garden enclosure is the homeowners’ choice of three Walpole Chippendale style side panels and a complementing Chippendale pathway gate.

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Standing 6’ high with embedded sturdy wire mesh, Walpole’s Sag Harbor garden enclosure is designed and constructed to discourage even the most determined foraging animal. This enclosure – which is crafted in low maintenance AZEK cellular PVC, which won’t rot, warp, or peel – features an impressive and a stylish 5’ wide double gate with an Annisquam scalloped top.

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Outdoor 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.

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A kit pergola could be just what your backyard needs.

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?

 

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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.

 

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Pergolas: Simple Structures To Standout

Looking to add something to the exterior to your business or development that will help it stand out? You don’t need something gimmicky to make a lasting impression – simplicity can sometimes be more memorable.

An AZEK pergola, with the look of wood at Lulu’s Restaurant, Brighton, MA.

An AZEK pergola, with the look of wood at Lulu’s Restaurant, Brighton, MA.

A pergola is a structure with grace and simplicity that adds charm to a building or home and purpose to an outdoor space.

Pergolas add value to just about any kind of space. At a restaurant it provides shade for diners to enjoy a meal or drinks outdoors, expanding seating and adding an amenity that will be popular in the warmer weather. At a housing development, senior center or country club it provides a communal area for people to gather and relax while still enjoying the outdoors. At a shopping center or public business area it adds a hint of charm and structure that can keep people there longer and give them space to relax.

Adding an outdoor structure like a pergola to a space only expands its usefulness but even if it isn’t utilized often it’s still a handsome structure that can be dressed up with decor and plants. Pergolas are aesthetically pleasing and will leave visitors to your business or development with a positive impression.

Freestanding pergola at a Senior Living Center in the Washington DC area.

Freestanding pergola at a Senior Living Center in the Washington DC area.

All of our pergolas can be constructed in

natural cedar wood or our state-of-the-art wood alternative, AZEK®. AZEK is a cellular vinyl like material that has the look and feel of wood but won’t split or rot. AZEK is virtually maintenance-free and has a long life free of chips and weather related damage. You are going to want to invest in AZEK!

For more information on how Walpole Outdoors can help create a lasting and unique pergola for your business contact us at 508-668-2800.

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New Year, New Pergola

The beginning of the year is a time for makeovers – health, body and finances are always popular choices but there is another you may have not considered… your yard.

Though you can’t do too much outside right now with the sub-zero temperatures you can certainly shop around and make plans for renovations come spring. Start getting that check-list ready. You are going to want to start with the big pieces first and then get to the finer details like decorations and flower choices closer to springtime.

A picturesque pergola.

A picturesque pergola.

A great way to start a yard overhaul is with a new structure to anchor the space. A structure like a pergola serves as a central piece to build off of, a first step like a foundation in building a house.

Pergolas are regal and offer you a little space of shade and privacy in any kind of natural setting. You can build one that is large and expansive or one small and decorative. They can be constructed freestanding away from the home or attached to it almost serving as an extension of the living space.

These structures can be customized in a myriad ways to suit a variety of spaces including shape, material and color. Utilize one in the garden with a few chairs and benches or on by the pool with an outdoor kitchen and plush furniture.

Self-anchoring rooftop pergola with recessed lighting in Boston.

Self-anchoring rooftop pergola with recessed lighting in Boston.

Our pergolas are constructed with start-of-the-art AZEK® cellular vinyl wood alternative. AZEK is a material that looks and feels like real wood without ever splitting or rotting and requiring little to no maintenance over the course of its lifetime. AZEK can also be customized to suit your needs in every way including a large selection of colors.

Use the winter months to find out what pergola best suits your needs. Do you want round or square columns? Arched or straight top? Make your list of needs and start a conversation to find exactly what you need before you need it.

Get started getting your new pergola by requesting a free design consultation with one of our design experts and give your yard the makeover it deserves this year!

 

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Refresh Your Yard For 2018

If you need a fresh start in 2018 a great place to focus your energy is on your yard and garden. Now is the time to start planning that new feature, new structure, or brand new outdoor space. Take some chances! Make an investment!

Refreshing Your Fencing

 

This green fencing pairs perfectly with the home's paint and finish.

This green fencing pairs perfectly with the home’s paint and finish.

When was your fence installed? Does it still look like it did when it was new? Has your style changed since you installed you fence? These are the questions to ask yourself to see if you are in need of a fencing refresh in 2018.

If you need something new take your time choosing a style so you can find the one that you will still love 10 years from now. Sick of the classic white picket? Go for a green board fence. Tired of the rustic post and rail? Take on a classic Nantucket Picket.

You have a few months of cold to go over your options to be ready for springtime. Give us a call for a free consultation with one of our design experts who can walk you through every detail in deciding which fence is right for you.

Invest in that Structure

 

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy.

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy.

Nothing brings your outdoor space to life quite

like a beautiful structure to tie everything together.

Is 2018 the year you finally add that pergola you’ve had your eye on?

Pergolas are not only an attractive addition to your home, yard or garden but a practical one at that. The shade and protection a pergola provides will ensure that you will spend a lot more time enjoying the outdoors in 2018 and the following years. And isn’t more time outdoors a good thing?

Whether you are looking for a customized structure or something a little more straightforward we have the perfect pergola for your space. All of our pergolas are built in either the finest cedar wood or AZEK® wood alternative materials that mimic the look and feel of wood without all the maintenance required of it.

Get Gardening

 

A home with a beautiful garden enclosure.

A home with a beautiful garden enclosure.

Make this the year you don’t have to chase animals

out of your flower beds and vegetables! Take your garden to the next level in 2018 with a garden enclosure.

Garden enclosures don’t have to be fancy or expensive but they can if you would like that. From wood and wire to beautiful AZEK lattice paneling there is an option to suit almost everyone.

Take a look at some of our most popular styles for garden enclosures as well as some of the custom work we’ve done all over the country in our previous blog post.

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