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 great way to start a yard overhaul is with a new structure to anchor the space. A structure like a custom AZEK 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. 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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Brighten Up Your Winter Garden


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!
  • Bird Bath 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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Time to Start Spring Garden Prep


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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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 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

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

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


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.


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.


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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

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

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. 


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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. 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...


Single Family Square Houses

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. Mini House Post Cap Decorative House


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 5" sq. post. Equally appealing, of course, on a Lattice Obelisk. Painted white. Metal roof in copper or verde finish. 17"H, 9" sq. base.


Yankee Flipper Feeder

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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Transitioning To Fall


Believe it or not the seasons will soon be changing! But before the leaves begin to fall you can start taking steps to transition your outdoor spaces and gardens so they are ready for everybody's favorite season.


Container Gardens

Nothing gets us in the autumn spirit like some classic fall decor. While your summer blooms start to wither away get started on your fall container gardens. What makes a good fall container garden? It's all about rich, deep colors and lush greens. Fall container gardens are a lot less about colorful flowers and more about hearty plants that can sustain a good cold spell. But if you want some blooms try pansies! Surprisingly the delicate flowers are very good at tolerating colder weather as long as they are planted while there is still some warmth in the soil. Other ways to transition your container garden include using ornamental grass to get that rustic look, as well as dark foliage plants and added touches like pumpkins or gourds. 


Outdoor Lighting

As the autumn creeps in the daylight will soon become sparse. What better time to add a new lantern or lantern post to your home to light up your walk or entry? Not only will this addition make walking safer in the evening but it provides you yet another opportunity for autumn decorating. We offer lanterns and outdoor lighting in styles from classic to contemporary in both side-mount and freestanding. 


Making Spaces Cozy

Your favorite outdoor spaces don't need to be abandoned once the temperature dips below 70 degrees. All you need to do is add a few new cozy touches to enjoy until the first snow. Pergolas are great spaces to use well into fall. Switch out summery patio furniture for couches or plush cushions and load up on pillows. Grab some string lights and run them around the pillars and through the top beams to add some soft light for nighttime enjoyment. Add a throw rug and place a few strategic mums and pumpkins and voila - instant fall sanctuary. Just be sure to keep an eye on the weather so you don't have to deal with soggy pillows!


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5 Amazing Autumn Flowers


Fall is everyone's favorite season of change - turning of the leaves, crisping of the air and ripening of the apples. One way to celebrate the transition is to replace your vibrant and delicate summer blooms with heartier stock in deeper colors. There are dozens of amazing flowers that thrive in autumn with a few standouts impossible not to love.


Black-Eyed Susans

One of the oddest names in nature the black-eyed susan is a classic fall flower with it's bright marigold petals and black center - kind of like tiny sunflowers. Black-eyed Susans begin blooming in the summer but continue to thrive well into fall and can handle a little chill in the air just fine. These blooms grow best when planted in the springtime but adding a few just before fall will still yield you some enviable color. Be sure to plant them close together so they have support as they grow tall.


Goldenrod

If you aren't the greatest gardener you are going to need a few pants that are difficult to mess up. One of these varieties is the bright goldenrod. This plant grows bright and vibrant in poor soil and containers alike. Goldenrod do best when planted earlier since they begin to bloom in the summer but regardless of when you make the addition to your garden they will give you full color through much of fall.


Coneflower

Sometimes you just need a pop of purple, even in an autumn garden. A fall favorite, the coneflower, gives you that much needed dose of color while also providing sustenance for bees and butterflies. Coneflowers have a unique cone-like shape that is hard to miss and comes in it's famous purple as well as a slew of other shades thanks to overachieving gardeners. This flower may look delicate but it is known to be quite hardy even in the chilly weather.


Chrysanthemum

One of the most popular of the fall flowers, garden mums are lush and colorful and go great with a pumpkin or gourd display. Many plant mums along walkways or in gardens and many keep them in pots in the home or by the mailbox or lantern post. There is no wrong way to use a mum!


Sedum

A great fall grower, sedum is also a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. The tiny flowers create beautiful puffs of bright colors atop long green stems. These look great in container gardens or as part of your landscaping. After the blooms have run their course dry them out and then use them as part of a flower arrangement later!


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5 Mid-Summer Projects


We're deep in the midst of summer and there's no better time to get those outdoor projects done. Before the evening sunlight begins to fade and the leaves fall, get that outdoor list fully checked off.


1. Take Charge of Storage

When winter hits you are going to hurry to store all of your tools, planters, pots and other outdoor accessories. Now is the best time to get storage squared away - you have time to shop and time to build. You can take the leap and finally get that beautiful and spacious storage shed you've always had your eye on or go for something that will meet the needs of right now like the Cedar Cubby storage unit. Now is also time to tackle the constant struggle of pool area storage. Never lose a noodle again!


2. Add A Visual Focus

It's always wise to do your building when the ground isn't frozen solid. So that's why now is the time to get started on that outdoor visual focus. Whether a sculpture, fountain or structure a visual focus is a piece of decor that ties your outdoor space together. Now is a great time to shop for ideas and get your yard ready for installation.


3. Try Raised Beds

If you love to garden but don't have the best area or soil for gardening trying your hand at a raised bed could be beneficial before the summer comes to a close. Raised beds allow you to garden with better soil conditions on top of your yard or spruce up an area with a little contained nature. You can buy quality cedar raised beds from us or build your own!


4. Fix Your Fence

If you're fence isn't pristine and you aren't ready for a new one take time this summer to make repairs and prep for the coming cold. Now is the time to make fixes to your wood fence to keep it functional and vertical for the winter. Take some time to repaint or stain and sure up any areas lacking structural integrity. Getting this done while the sun is shining will make your life a whole lot easier than digging through leaves or snow.


5. Add Some Fire!

What better way to enjoy the summer nights than around a fire?! This is an addition that doesn't have to be permanent or costly and can expand your outdoor enjoyment well into winter. If you want to take on a project build your own DIY fire pit or seating area just take a look online or talk to a friend with a setup you envy. If you would rather leave the fire to the pros you can focus on creating a cozy seating area around a fire bowl. This new space can be enjoyed anytime the sky is clear!


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