Cleaning Your Outdoor Structures


With the warmer weather coming in you will be spending more and more time outdoors. So naturally you will want your outdoor structures looking their best! Here are some tips to giving your outdoor structures, including fencing, a good clean to get them back to looking their best.


Wood and Natural Structures

If you have natural wood fencing you know that it requires a little maintenance to keep in tip-top shape. Whether your wood is natural or stained you generally clean it the same. The first step is to make sure there is no rot or warping - no weak sections. Once you have given it a thorough inspection you can now clean it. We recommend power washing it simply with water to preserve the look. If the structure has heavy staining clean it with a solution of three-parts water to one-part bleach. This should remove the stains without damaging the wood. 


AZEK and Cellular PVC

Cleaning your AZEK structures is easy! If you have an AZEK outdoor structure you know that it generally requires less upkeep than its wooden counterparts. You will want to give your AZEK structure a similar power wash with water to remove normal weather related dirt and stains. Generally AZEK won't stain like wood but if it has significant staining then using the three-parts water to one-part bleach solution is recommended. You can also things like Magic Erasers and Simple Green Cleaner to clean your AZEK structure if you would rather do it by hand or only have a few spots that need attention.

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Handcrafted Post Caps & Finials


In addition to crafting beautiful custom fencing Walpole Outdoors also specializes in creating decorative post caps and finials. Whether you choose something classic like a Sphere Finial or Acorn Finial or a custom design it will be handcrafted in our Maine facility out of our durable wood-alternative AZEK material. Take a look at how these pieces are crafted in the video below! 


Custom Finials: The Linden House

We also specialize in recreating and updating historical designs like we did at the Linden House in Washington, D.C. The Linden House is the oldest all natural wood residence in D.C. The house itself originated in Boston and was shipped to Washington D.C. in the early 1900's and rebuilt. The house has weathered many storms and today is a lovely three story home with solid oak varied plank floors and multiple fireplaces. When replicating the historic design of the exterior the fence and gate fabrication was made to exact dimensions but crafted in a wood-alternative material to last longer. The home features a number of unique post caps and finials that were replicated to exact dimensions to preserve the beauty of the original home.


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Things To Do Around The House (While You're Stuck There)


Home is where the heart is - it's also where everyone is! If the stress of the news has you feeling blue you need something to take your mind off it. These at-home chores and tasks will give your day some much needed substance while also creating a more pleasant space to be in.


Early Spring Cleaning

It is just barely spring but you can still get to work with that spring cleaning! A top to bottom cleaning of the home will make your home look great as well as give you a little peace of mind. Start in the kitchen with a full refrigerator and stove/oven cleaning. These are normal tasks people hate because they are involved and take time but you will be so happy once it is done. Going through and cleaning other major appliances is also a great way to really get your home in tip-top shape. 


Closet Clean Out

Another true undertaking is a full closet clean out. Find all of your clothes, and we mean ALL of them and assemble them in a room. Go through each item, try things on and evaluate whether you should keep or ditch. If you have some near new items you can try and sell them on secondhand apps and websites but otherwise any thrift store or charity would love to have them. Once you have gone through everything you now have the opportunity to fully reorganize! Maybe re-do your drawers like Marie Kondo? Maybe you've always wanted to have a color coordinated closet? Now is the time! Make it fun - listen to some music, a podcast or audiobook while you work. 


Spring Yard Cleaning

Now is the time to really get your yard in shape for the spring and summer season. Your outdoor tasks will depend on your specific yard and whether or not you have a landscaper but there is always something that can be done! Getting rid of the branches and leaves left over from winter is a great way to get started. If you have the supplies on hand you can also replant or fertilize the grass, trim bushes and small trees and get the garden area started for planting when the weather gets a bit warmer. You can also take this time to clean your structures! Whether you have wood or AZEK (or any other vinyl) your fence or pergola would love a good cleaning.


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Green Thumb: How To Start Seeds Indoors


You don't have to wait for the temperatures to rise to get started on your spring garden. Many gardeners, beginners and experts, start planting seeds during the winter to get their gardens going right away when the weather is right. Starting your seeds indoors can be a great way to ensure you get the most out of your garden this year. How can you do it? We break it down into a few easy steps.


1. Plan What You Want To Plant

The first and biggest step is to decide what you are planting this year before you start. Many flowers and greens do well when the seeds are started indoors but you have to make sure you check if your fruit and vegetable choices are suitable. Some vegetables should not be started indoors and can be very difficult to move if you make that mistake. Check out a planting calendar or other resources from the Farmers Almanac to make good choices from the start.


2. Gather Materials

The next step is to plan out what you need and hit the store! First you will obviously need seeds but then grab some potting soil or ideally some seed starting mix and pots or containers with drainage holes. Making sure your seedlings have good drainage is a must!


3. Plant Your Seeds

Once you have your materials you can start to plant your seeds. While planting keep in mind that you will be moving these seedlings outside in a few weeks so make sure they aren't too deep or in a difficult to transition container. Check the instructions and recommendations for the specific seeds to see how deep they should be planted but a good rule of thumb is to plant them 3x as deep as they are wide.


4. Care For Them

For the first few weeks keep your seeds moist and in a warm place. Make sure they are regularly watered but not saturated. Once they sprout you will want to move them to a location near a window that has ample sunlight. You can also use fluorescent lamps as supplemental lighting if you don't have a ton of natural light. During this stage it is best they are kept somewhere on the cool side.


5. 'Harden Them Off' Then Plant Outside

When it looks your seedlings will be moving outdoors prepare them for their new location by 'hardening them off.' This simply means cut off fertilizer and water them less often so they can get used to the conditions of the outdoors. A few days before you permanently transplant them keep them outdoors so they can acclimate.


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New Touches For Spring


Spring is approaching and what better way to welcome it than with a little home refresh? Making small updates to your homes' exterior can give your home an updates look while boosting curb appeal.


Lattice Additions

Lattice panels are a great way to dress up an empty space. Whether that space is in your yard, garage, pergola, barn, porch or on your home there are a variety of panels to fit. Lattice panels look great hanging from an empty space on your home whether they have climbing plants on them or not. You can go for a basic rectangular lattice panel, something with simple curves or something entirely custom! This lattice panel is a lovely custom creation attached to a pergola. Not only is it expansive but features a charming sailboat motif at the center. 


Updated Railings

How are your exterior railings looking right now? Maybe they are a little boring. Maybe they aren't in the best shape. Now is the time to give them a much needed spring makeover! Our railings are crafted in AZEK cellular PVC which will give you the look and texture of wood without that eventual splitting or decaying. Your new railings will last you years and always look amazing. You can choose something classic like the well-loved Jamestown Railing or something a with a little more intricate style like the Chippendale Railing. 


Architectural Elements

Don't want to add a lot? Simple architectural elements can give your home a fresh look. Depending on which areas of your home you would like to enhance and what kind of style the structure is you can add a number of different decorative touches like dentils, corbels, fascia boards and raised window panels. These simple touches can improve the look of your home more than you think!  Browse through additional architectural elements on our website!


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A Matter of Style: Lanterns


Decorating the exterior of your home is not just about style, it's about functionality and durability. When attaching something to your home or securing a post to your yard you want to make sure it is both aesthetically pleasing and something that will last through winds of summer and snow of winter. When it comes to outdoor lighting style and quality are key elements in making a decision. Luckily all of Walpole Outdoors' products are made to the highest quality so all you have to do is select the perfect style for your home. As the days get shorter outdoor lighting is going to be something that is more and more necessary. There is no better time than now to find and install a brand new outdoor lighting unit. Walpole Outdoors boasts a great selection of copper, bronze, and brass lanterns that appeal to traditional, historic, and contemporary styles. Styles and materials come in a variety of post mount, side mount, and hanging options in a selection of heights and widths. Here are a few of our favorites...



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Let There Be Light!


Add some stylish light to your home! At Walpole Outdoors we have a large catalogue of lanterns in every style imaginable. Add one to a post at the end of your driveway or at your front door for safety or simply add them for their timeless beauty! With choices that include every kind of mounting, you are sure to find the perfect lantern for your home. Here are a few of our favorite lantern varieties to make your search a little bit easier!


  • Augusta Side Mount: Copper Bronze Finish with beveled glass. Available two sizes. Large: 11.25"W x 27" H. On large size top arm bracket can be removed and overall height would be 23".
  • Savannah Side Mount Lantern: A classic lantern crafted in copper. 9 1/2" W, 22" H.
  • Hermitage Post Mount: Three light lantern with clear glass. Antique Bronze Finish 11"W, 20 1/4"H.
  • Seafarer Hanging Lantern: A hanging nautical lantern in Bronze finish. 7 1/2"W, 15 1/2"H, and 54 1/2" H with chain.


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Amazing Outdoor Kitchens


A great way to really embrace the outdoors is to bring all the functionality of the kitchen poolside! An outdoor kitchen is more than just a grill - it is a beautifully crafted kitchen area complete with beautiful cabinets for storage and plenty of counter space to create the perfect meal. Danver Outdoor Kitchens can meet any homeowners needs. European-style frameless cabinetry meets today's demand for top quality, fully functional outdoor living rooms and entertaining areas. Designer colors and wood grain powder-coat finishes - applied directly to modular stainless steel - can match the color scheme of your outdoor furniture or home's interior. A wide selection of door styles helps you create a kitchen that perfectly complements your taste and lifestyle. Choices in cabinet sizes accommodate any kitchen footprint or layout. Danver also distributes American-made grills, refrigeration, and specialty cooking appliances to personalize your space even more.


Urban Outdoor Kitchen

Urban and rural landscapes or rooftops and multi-family spaces, the location of your outdoor living space is no longer a concern, as the color and style options available to you enhance your dream design to perfection. Mix and match stainless appliances with one of our many woodgrain or powder coat finishes for a custom look unique to your personal style. Add a custom handle of your choice to complete the design. This fence is part of a Public Television This Old House renovation undertaken in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood in 2014. An urban outdoor kitchen is afforded privacy and exceptional style by a Walpole inlaid lattice courtyard fence in Verde green.


Rooftop Kitchen Space

No backyard? Limited space? Combine your rooftop seating area with an outdoor kitchen and you've crafted the perfect spot for relaxing and entertaining anytime. Walpole Outdoors offers top-rated Danver Outdoor Kitchens with choice of grills, burners, sinks, refrigeration, bar centers, and more. Cabinetry options can create the look and feel of what matters to you most in outdoor entertainment and lifestyle. This rooftop kitchen, in a special order color option, is sleek, finished, and professional with a Hampton door style. Browse through additional styles and outdoor kitchen installations for inspiration on our website!


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4 Ways to Protect Plants From Winter Cold


The incoming high winds and heavy snowfall got us thinking -- what are the best ways to protect your plants from winter weather? Can you protect everything? How do you go from season to season without having to completely re-build your garden? How do you add a covering to your garden? Winter gardening is a task in itself and mostly occurs inside your home or in some sort of greenhouse or outdoor shed. Your beautiful spring garden, however, lives outdoors and even though many of the plants have been removed after their season ended you are still left with a few, along with your home's landscaping. So blizzards beware! Here are a few ways you can protect your garden from winter.


  1. To avoid a springtime rebuild always choose plants that are compatible with your climate. Especially for landscaping choose plants that can last through whatever winter weather your area usually gets. Every spring you will certainly plant more seasonal items but shrubs and greens could get very costly if they have to be replanted every year.
  2. If your garden has some plants that might freeze or get carried off by harsh winds cover them up. The best way to do this is with a blanket or tarp. The covering will give it some warmth and protection from freezing and winds. These plants are likely dormant anyway so you won't be smothering them, only protecting the stems and roots so they can flourish again come spring.
  3. Another great covering is mulch. Mulch is used in landscaping regularly but it is also an insulator and would do a great job keeping your plants safe from the cold winds and frost. Before or during the winter spread a thick layer of much on your garden to cover the plants that remain. Just remember that mulch needs to be raked away when the weather warms up, otherwise it could prevent plants from beginning to grow again.
  4. If you love it, bring it inside. The best way to save plants from the harsh winter is to simply bring it indoors. While you can't bring everything inside you can definitely uproot a few of your favorites or most delicate plants to keep indoors until the weather warms up a bit. If you can't bring indoors consider getting a cold frame or constructing a temporary sanctuary or greenhouse for your beloved greens!


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2019 Holiday Gift Guide


Anyone who loves their home will love a gift from Walpole Outdoors! Aside from our large scale custom creations like fences and pergolas we also offer some great smaller items that will bring a little extra joy to any home. 


Birdhouses & Feeders

A birdhouse or feeder is a great gift because it always fits! A beautiful bird structure is a great addition to the backyard of any home, bird enthusiasts and novices alike. One of our most popular is the Lazy Hill Large Shingled House. This house is and adaptation of an English dovecote and has ample room for several birds. The recipient can install it anywhere they like and watch as birds flock to it! If you would rather gift a feeder try the Lazy Hill Loretta Feeder. This feeder features a lovely shingled roof and elegant arched openings. 


Planters & Window Boxes

Another great way to show someone you care this holiday season is with a simple planter or window box. Regardless of their style these pieces will fit right in. Each can be transformed with arrangements and seasonal decor. One of our favorites is the classic Rockport Square Planter, available in black and white. This planter is the perfect size for a number of locations around the exterior of a home including right beside the door. If you would rather gift a window box you can't go wrong with the Bullnose Window Box. This is a great white box with a clean smooth surface. 


Mailboxes & Mailbox Posts

What better gift for a new homeowner than a mailbox and post? Walpole mailboxes add class and curb appeal to thousands of homes all over the US. Start by choosing from a number of post designs like the popular Liberty Mail Post or the Dover Mail Post. Next choose a mailbox like the Aluminum Strongbox or go for something with a little more modern style like the Copper Mailbox.


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