Summer has faded into autumn, but don’t let these cooler temperatures keep you indoors. Pleasant fall weather, with moderate temperatures and low humidity, should last another month or so. Autumn is a great time of year to enjoy your patio, deck or porch. Why not give your outdoor space a look that captures the spirit of the season in a simple, natural way?
During the dog days of summer, be sure to keep an extra eye on your four-legged friend. Dogs can suffer from heat stroke, often faster than a human. Your dog is at a greater risk of heat stroke if he is a working dog that exercises outdoors daily, or is confined to a crate, kennel, outdoor doghouse or vehicle. Although your dog needs shelter from the sun, if a kennel is your only option, be sure the area is well ventilated, shaded and a supply of fresh water is always available.
Nothing says summer more than Fourth of July fireworks, hot dogs and watermelon. Living in the Washington DC area, we are fortunate to have any number of major fireworks displays practically in our backyards, including the National Mall.
Our beautiful beaches on the Eastern Shore will also be a popular destination this weekend. If you aren’t brave enough to fight the crowds at either of these locations, the we suggest an alternative: Stay home and relax in your own backyard!
Forget about the tie or wallet, new golf clubs or latest cell phone.
What Dad wants is a new deck or patio. Specifically, a new deck or patio for his new hammock. You’ll be remembered for giving the best Father’s Day gift ever–a place to take a nap.
Long® Fence has low-maintenance decks in vinyl and composite so Dad can spend more time on the important stuff like resting his eyes. Most of our deck designers are dads, so they know a thing or two about all the best Dad options.
The forecast for the Washington Metro area this Memorial Day weekend is near perfect. After being inundated with rain for most of the spring, sunny, dry weather is predicted for our three day weekend. What a great time to get outside and get moving!
And what better place to move than right in your own backyard. You know it well–just one step outside your back door. Leave the car keys on the table, forget about $4.00 a gallon gas, and go play a game.
May means it’s time to plant annuals, clean the porch, and dust off the charcoal grill. Yes, I said charcoal. Gas grills are great, but I still love the flavor of a burger cooked on my kettle grill. What I don’t like is using chemical lighter fluid to start the fire. For years, I used electric starters which work well until you leave them out in the rain or they simply disintegrate after years of use.
Your home is often center stage when it comes to outdoor holiday decorating, but all elements of your landscape including your fence, deck and patio can become props. Here are some ways to add holiday magic to the outdoors this year.