Time to Start Spring Garden Prep

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Every day that passes is one day closer to the growing season. Are you prepared to start your garden this spring? Preparation is key when tending a successful garden throughout the season. There are many ways you can prepare for your spring garden without actually having to get out there and start planting. Use your winter wisely and consider these steps to starting a successful spring garden.

1. Start with a plan. Even if you are recreating the same garden you have had in years past it’s always a great idea to map out exactly what you are going to do to get the appropriate amount of supplies and spend less time measuring in the spring. Grab some graph paper and a pencil and map out your garden including any of the plants you plan to grow. You can go into as much detail as you want but having a plan is the best way to be able to budget your time and money.

2. Gather seeds and plant seedlings. If you haven’t already you should start gathering seeds for what you want to plant. Many gardeners take it a step further and begin their plants indoors with seedling trays. If you are going to do that then make sure to place them in your home near a lot of light and water them regularly. This way your plants will already be growing by the time they are suitable for planting outdoors giving you weeks more to enjoy them!

3. Think about new plants you can add. Spend a little time online, talking to other gardeners to garden professionals to zero in on the latest trends and colors you can add to keep your garden modern! Every new year brings new trends in the gardening world, if you can identify them early then you can save money stocking up before the season begins.

4. Get all of your tools ready. One of the best time to buy gardening tools and supplies is during the off season when stock is high and prices are low. Take a look at what you already have and think about what could use a replacement or upgrade. This is a great time to also consider adding larger structures to your garden like an arbor or obelisk. You can get more one-on-one time with a professional during the off season and have your structure ready to go at the start of spring.

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Brighten Up Your Winter Garden

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While the weather outside may be frightful, it can also be colorful! Winter doesn’t mean you have to put your green thumb away until spring; there are still many things you can do to make the exterior of your home beautiful and vibrant.

While you are out hanging holiday lights and shoveling snow off of your driveway spend a little time making a few festive touches to your garden and home exterior. Here are a few ways you can still keep your garden design juices flowing this winter…

Container Gardening: While container gardening is always in season it’s a key part of your winter landscape. Your containers become your best friends giving you space to plant and design while the ground is frozen. Fill you planter 2/3 with sand and fill with dried perennials and dried twigs and grasses to keep with the season. Go for some killer evergreens to make it a truly winter inspired arrangement! The best part is you don’t have to water it because everything is dried. Add some coneflowers and some seasonal accessories as the season changes. Once spring comes just dump it out and get to planting things that will grow!

Window Boxes: Window boxes are also great places to create non-growing arrangements that can provide as much color and charm as blooming flowers. Approach a window box like a planter using sand to anchor the stems and filling it with dried perennials and evergreens. Add a few holiday items to make it seasonal or wait until it snows and you have that wonderful look of a coating of snow on top.

Add Lights: You can still enjoy some of your outdoor structures in the winter with a few twinkling lights. Snow and lights are a great combination. Wrap a few lights around your trellis, lamppost, or container garden. Use smaller white lights to make it look less Christmas-like and enjoy throughout winter!

Birdbath Transformation: Since the birds have gone away for a while, turn your birdbath into a wonderful seasonal pedestal. Add some evergreens, berries, and pinecones for a seasonal look. Add a focal point to the display like a small statue or big holiday ornament to draw the attention to the top center of the display.

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Give The Perfect Gift – Photos

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Giving The Perfect Gift

It’s the season for gifting! If you have a homeowner or gardener in your life that takes pride in their home and yard we have a few gift suggestions this season.

A gift for the home is personal. What we put in our homes and gardens is a reflection of our style and taste and also the home we want to make. But giving a gift for the home doesn’t have to be difficult to be perfect.

Small items can make a house feel like a home. From lanterns to planters to birdhouses and feeders finding a quality gift for the home is easy if you look in the right place.

Lanterns & Posts

A classic Beacon Post Mount lantern lights up a winter entryway.

A great gift item during the holidays is a lantern.

Choose from dozens of styles that range from classic to nautical to contemporary.

All you have to know is what style your friend or family would more appreciate and in what way they would be mounting it. If they are likely to put it by a walkway or driveway you will want to go with the post mount lantern. If they would prefer to add some light to the doorway go for a side-mount lamp.

You can also go the extra step and purchase the post in which the new lantern will be mounted if you have an idea on the recipient’s specific needs.

 

Bird Houses and Feeders

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The popular Lazy Hill Large Shingled House.

A bird house is a charming gift that can bring joy through

the spring, summer and autumn. All of our birdhouses are constructed either in natural white cedar or the long lasting wood alternative AZEK. The AZEK structures will fit in beautiful with nature without rotting or splitting like natural wood does over time or during weather events.

The Lazy Hill collection of houses and feeders is one of our most popular and features dozens of handsome homes for the birds.

 

Mailboxes & Posts

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The eye catching Copper Mailbox.

If you own or live in a home then you are always in

need of a mailbox. A great gift for the holidays or a housewarming is a brand new mailbox.

A mailbox is something you see each and every day so you might as well enjoy it. Choose from one of our beautiful sturdy boxes in a variety of colors.

Each mailbox is ready to adhere to a post so you can get to using it right away.

 

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Birdwatching & Senior Centers

A few Lazy Hill bird houses and feeders in the outdoor area of a senior center.

A few Lazy Hill bird houses and feeders in the outdoor area of a senior center.

If you are developing a retirement community or senior center you have to keep in mind the kinds of activities the facility will be able to accommodate. One of the best activities for seniors is also one of the most inexpensive – birdwatching.

Birdwatching is a great solo or group activity that encourages seniors to spend time outdoors.

Though you can travel the world and walk miles birdwatching it’s also an activity that can be done in a smaller space or garden. Watching the birds that come and go in your own backyard is a great way to truly appreciate the place where you live and the season around you.

A Lazy Hill birdhouse in the courtyard of a senior center.

Localized birdwatching can boost seniors mental alertness and get them using all of their senses as they watch and wait. It also helps develop patience and relaxation as you watch and wait to see what comes by for some seed.

You can achieve this with very little cost by adding a few beautiful birdhouses and bird feeders to your grounds that can accommodate a number of bird species.

Put a few closer to the buildings and keep a few inside a garden or more wooded area to create different outdoor recreation areas.

Birdhouses and feeders also add some charm to an outdoor area and make it feel a little more like home, something that is a goal when creating a living or recreation space for seniors.

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

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The Perfect Gift: Bird Houses and Feeders

Finding the perfect gift every year can be stressful. But what better way to celebrate your friend or family member who loves the outdoors than a piece they can appreciate for years and years to come.

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Coppertop Mini Feeder

A great gift this holiday season is a Walpole bird house or feeder, a piece that your friends and family can enjoy all spring and summer long! Walpole bird houses and feeders come in a variety of shapes and sizes for all types of homes. We offer simple classic hanging houses and feeders to more ornate post houses and feeders depending on your taste and the look of your outdoor space.

Birds will come flocking to Walpole Outdoors products strategically placed around your yard. Our more classic birdhouses are crafted in low maintenance AZEK cellular PVC, pre-finished white and have decorative finials. Bird feeders are crafted from clear polycarbonate and steel hardware to ensure long life. Ceramic birdbaths bring a daily splash of pleasure until your visitors fly south. And, with a handcrafted AZEK cellular PVC or cedar post, you can locate your birdhouse or feeder anywhere you choose. Houses and posts are sold separately.

Place your house or feeder within sight of a window so you can watch the beautiful birds enjoy their new outdoor space! Here are a few suggestions…

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A smartly crafted house with a great deal of room inside. At home in a yard where birds are always welcome. Painted white with color accents to match your choice of faux copper or verde finished metal roof.

Small, 11 3/4″H, 8″sq. Medium, 16.”H, 10 1/2″sq.  Large, 22 1/4″H, 13 1/2″sq.

 

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Yes it is possible to enhance the charm of a classic Walpole fence. Simply add a delightful bird house, designed to fit snugly and invitingly on a 5½” sq. post. Equally appealing, of course, on a Lattice Obelisk. Painted white. Metal roof in copper or verde finish.  17½”H, 9″ sq. base.

 

 

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Birds love to eat from it but squirrels can’t. When a squirrel steps on the perch, a connection is made with a motor that makes the perch spin and the squirrel is flipped off. Unit comes equipped with rechargeable nicad battery and a recharger. 4 qt. capacity. 21″ H

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Everything For The Birds

We may be headed toward winter but there is still time to enjoy the birds!

A Lazy Hill bird house or feeder is a wonderful addition to any yard in pretty much any season. These high quality structures are stylish and durable creating a place for birds of all kinds to find food and shelter. And with a variety of styles there is a house or feeder to suit any home’s decor.

With the holiday season right around the corner Lazy Hill bird houses and feeders also make great gifts!

Bird Houses

 

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Adaptation of an English dovecote with eight compartments.

Lazy Hill bird houses truly bring the charm.

Crafted in Maine from the wood alternative AZEK each house is unique, low-maintenance and beautiful.

One of our more popular birdhouses is the Lazy Hill Large Shingled Birdhouse that features a shingled roof, decorative finials and eight compartments for a family of birds.

Each house is pre-finished white and ready to be mounted on a post, railing or on your fence.

 

 

Bird Feeders

 

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The lovely Lazy Hill Square Feeder.

Our selection of bird feeders is just as wonderful.

Choose from large to small, shingled and rustic to sleek with copper or verde roofs. Each feeder has ample room for multiple birds to feed at once whether from a tube or from loose seed.

A popular selection is the lovely Lazy Hill Small Tube Bird Feeder. This smaller feeder features a 4-inch acrylic tube for dry seed with a stamped copper shingled roof and an AZEK body.

 

Shop the entire Lazy Hill collection over on our website or at any of our retail locations.

 

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Three Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient This Winter

 

If you live in the Northeast, like we do, you have probably noticed that our nights are now dipping below freezing on the thermometer. We are rapidly approaching the winter months and dozens of cold nights and days.

One of the biggest expenses for any homeowner during the winter is heating your home. With a winter that can last from November through March that can get really expensive. Instead of throwing your money out of the window take a few steps to make your home more energy efficient so you can put your money to better use!

Sealing and insulation: The best way to save energy is to insulate your home properly. There are a myriad of materials you can use for insulation (depending on your home, your needs) but having an insulated attic can make a huge difference on your heating bill. Another step you should not forget is sealing around windows, doors, and outlets and switches in your home. Even a tiny gap between the door and doorway can cost you, letting heated air out and cold air in.

Programmable thermostat: Keep the temperature in your home regulated with a programmable thermostat. There is no sense in keeping your home at a balmy temperature if you are going to be out all day. A programmable thermostat will allow you to program the temperature of your home so that heat isn’t being used and wasted while no one is home.

Energy efficient doors and windows: One of the bigger steps you can take, and that you should take at some point, is the installation of energy efficient doors and windows in your home. Old doors and windows are almost as bad as holes in your walls in regards to heating efficiency. Old windows let heat out at an alarming rate making your home heating system work twice as hard and costing you a lot more money. Newer windows are built with thick glass that works to keep the heat inside and the cold outside, reducing drafts and saving you money.

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Photo Gallery: Lantern Posts

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Light Up Your Autumn

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Hammond Lantern Post with Beacon Lantern

There’s no better time to give your outdoor lighting an upgrade. As the days grow shorter the need for a little light in the driveway, walkway or at the front entry is no longer just a style choice but a practical one as well.

A lantern and post is an investment that will not only provide you with much needed light in areas of high foot traffic but one that will also boost your homes’ curb appeal. A great lantern and post will last you years and years and give you great opportunities as far as seasonal decorating and landscaping are concerned. A wreath at Christmas or a bed of flowers in the springtime – Can you picture it?

One of the most popular and versatile lantern posts is the Hammond Lantern Post. This beautifully crafted post features four recessed panels and a decorative cap, all crafted in low maintenance AZEK, an advanced wood alternative material. The Hammond Lantern Post can withstand even the coldest winter weather and requires little to no maintenance – no peeling and no rotting.

The Arlington Pillar Post

The Arlington Pillar Post

You can also add your own touches to your Hammond Lantern Post with size options as well as your choice of Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint if the standard white doesn’t suit your outdoor aesthetic. Additionally you can add a mounted bracket that can hold a hanging hand-crafted sign of your choice.

Another popular lantern post is the beautiful Arlington Pillar Post. This post is bold and sturdy complimenting a variety of lantern styles. The Arlington features recessed panels on two sides and a decorative collar giving your home a stately look.

Each post compliments any one of the dozens of lantern styles we offer online or at our retail locations. A popular style (and the one featured in both of the above images) is the Beacon Lantern. This is a traditional lantern with single bulb and hurricane glass enclosed by four panels of glass and a beautiful brass finish. This classic lantern look also comes in a side-mount version for lighting up your front entry.

Whether your style is more traditional or contemporary we are happy to help you find the perfect lantern and post combination for your home. To see our entire range of lanterns and lantern posts visit our website or drop by a retail location.

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