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Don't Forget to Winterize Your Automatic Sprinkler System

Don't Forget to Winterize Your Automatic Sprinkler System

Posted in: Product Info, Outdoor Living

Winter has not fully set in so if you have not had your in-ground sprinkler system winterized, now is the time to do it. The approaching holidays keep everyone busy, but if you wait much longer, it may be too late!

Your sprinkler system saves you time, money, and keeps your landscape looking its best during the spring and summer months. However, it is best to think about the winterization process once cold weather arrives and the grass goes dormant. Winterizing your sprinkler system means you take the steps necessary to ensure that your system's pipes will not freeze and break during the cold winter months.

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Fall for These Outdoor Decorating Tips

Fall for These Outdoor Decorating Tips

Posted in: Outdoor Living, Fun Stuff

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?

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Welcome to Our New Blog

Welcome to Our New Blog

Posted in: Product Info, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living

Welcome to our blog where you'll find lots of information about Long® Fence products, services and related information. Long® Fence is an industry leader in residential and commercial fencing and related products and has been serving clients since 1945. Long® Fence provides commercial clients with perimeter security fencing, controlled access solutions, gates, bollards and accessories. For the residential homeowner, Long® Fence furnishes and installs fencing, driveway gates, decks and screened porches, paver patios and walkways, railings and ironworks, sunrooms and accessories.

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Surviving the Dog Days

Surviving the Dog Days

Posted in: Outdoor Living, Fun Stuff

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.

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Say You're Welcome!

Say You're Welcome!

Posted in: Home Improvement, Outdoor Living

Your front porch is like a handshake, welcoming visitors, serving as a connection point with the neighborhood, and role-playing as the first (and sometimes only) impression for passers-by and neighbors.

Whether your front porch is large or small, or even if it’s more of an entrance way than a porch, there are simple things you can do to make it more inviting without breaking the budget.

For instance, one of the easiest things you can do that will have a big impact is to paint the front door. A high gloss coat of paint in a color that pops will instantly give your home a new look.

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Deck-orate with Eco-Friendly Luminaries

Deck-orate with Eco-Friendly Luminaries

Posted in: Outdoor Living, Fun Stuff

With a little creativity, tin cans can become surprisingly elegant luminaries instead of trash. Save money on expensive candle decor with this fun project.

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What's Next?

What's Next?

Posted in: Decks, Fencing, Product Info, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living

First an earthquake, then a hurricane! From the sound of our phones this week, we know that many of our friends out there suffered some type of property damage during Hurricane Irene. No matter how well you prepare for a storm of this type, the force of the wind on your trees and other structures can have devastating results.

In the same way you prepare to keep your house and family safe during a major storm, you can prepare your yard to minimize damage. Here are some measures you can take:

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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted in: Decks, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living, Fun Stuff

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!

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Best Father's Day Gift Ever

Best Father's Day Gift Ever

Posted in: Decks, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living, Fun Stuff

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.

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Get Your Game On this Memorial Day Weekend!

Get Your Game On this Memorial Day Weekend!

Posted in: Outdoor Living, Fun Stuff

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.

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