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Building The Perfect Garden Enclosure

Posted on 2022-09-06 by Walpole Outdoors

If you have ever spent time gardening you know that keeping your plants safe from pests is difficult, especially if you live in an area with a lot of nature. The only way you can truly protect your plants from animals is with a sturdy garden enclosure. But what kind of garden enclosure is right for your garden?


If you have a garden chances are you have battled some kind of pest at one point or another. Some gardeners have to deal with smaller animals like bunnies and groundhogs while others have to deal with larger animals like deer. No matter what you are trying to protect your plants from you can do it with a garden enclosure. Persistent animals will only be dissuaded with a physical barrier they cannot get by.


You may put up some wire fencing every year but that is only temporary and can easily fall or bend. If a hungry bunny is motivated enough it will be able to climb or tunnel right under a flimsy wire fence. What every gardener needs is an enclosure that will stand secure each and every year without having to install and uninstall it at the beginning and the end of every season.


So if you are looking for a garden enclosure for the first time what are some questions you want to ask yourself? Here are four of the most important questions:


Is It Secure?

The most important aspect of a garden enclosure is whether or not it will keep your plants safe. If you have problems with smaller pests you want to make sure that your enclosure has gaps that are tighter and will keep them out. You also need to make sure that the structure is built 1-foot underground to prevent tunneling. Animals like these would do best with some kind of wire fencing they cannot get through.


If deer are the problem you need an enclosure that is much taller to keep them from jumping in or leaning over to eat your tomatoes. For a structure like this you will need something 6-10 feet high that includes a gate for easier access. 


If your garden enclosure cannot protect your plants then you have just installed a very attractive area of fencing that will ultimately not serve its intended purpose.


Is It Sturdy?

Another important aspect of a garden enclosure is how sturdy it is. If you are dealing with smaller pests you may be able to get away with an enclosure constructed with less sturdy materials since the animals are small and won’t be able to knock it over. But if you are dealing with deer you need something much stronger.


If you live in the Northeast or somewhere with a lot of snow and inclement weather you need to take into account whether or not your enclosure can withstand high winds and large amounts of snow. Likewise for anywhere where there are frequent hurricanes. You want your enclosure to stand for years to come and that will mean it will likely see some severe weather from time to time.


Is It Stylish?

When choosing a garden enclosure you want to make sure you are addressing the practical issues first. But once those are taken care of you can focus on what kind of fencing is the most pleasing to the eye and what compliments your home best.


There are a lot of different styles a homeowner can choose from when creating a garden enclosure. You can go for something simple and natural that will blend in with the natural surroundings or you can go for something unique and fancy.


One garden enclosure that has embraced beauty is this rose garden enclosure that features classic sweeping Chestnut Hill picket fencing with matching gates and spindle top arbors. This garden enclosure is built to not only protect the roses inside but to create a magical space all its own.


On the flipside you can create something like this custom post and rail enclosure – a perfectly sturdy and simple enclosure that is meant to look natural and rustic.


Will It Last?

If you are working with Walpole Outdoors on creating the perfect custom garden enclosure you don’t have to worry about whether or not your structure will be long lasting. All Walpole fencing is crafted out of the highest quality materials including AZEK, the low-maintenance wood alternative that will last years without decaying or tarnishing.


Final Thoughts

Regardless of what kind or size garden you have it can benefit from a sturdy garden enclosure. Before you break ground make sure that you have selected something that best suits your needs, climate and style so you will be happy to look out the window at it from season to season.



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How To Plan Your Spring Garden In The Fall

Posted on 2022-08-24 by Walpole Outdoors

Caring for your tools, storage sheds and preparing the soil

No matter where you live, the cooling temperatures mean the end of the gardening season. Instead of waiting for the weather to warm up next year there is plenty you can do right now to prepare your garden for the spring.


Fall doesn’t mean it's time to pack up your garden and move inside. Even if you don’t plant any fall vegetables or flowers there is plenty you can do to get a jump start on spring. Set yourself up for success next season! Do you have a game plan for next year? How is your storage shed looking? Do you need to replace any equipment? Does your soil need nutrients? Your plate is plenty full!


If you are winding down your gardening for the season and don’t know what you can do during the fall and winter here are a few ways you can be productive and proactive for the next season.


Garden Bed Cleanup

When you have harvested your final vegetable or your last flower has bloomed your garden beds will now remain vacant until the next season. Before you walk away from your garden beds take the time to prepare them as best you can for next season. 


Once you have finished with your garden beds make sure to thoroughly rake any debris or leaves from the soil. Also ensure you pull any and all remaining plants or weeds to make sure the beds are as clear as possible. Clearing out your garden beds now will save you time in the spring and protect the soil for future planting. You will still need to do a bit of cleaning come spring but your beds will be in much better condition.

 


Plant Early Bulbs

Depending on what you want to harvest next year you may want to start planting bulbs in the fall. Flowers like crocus, daffodils and tulips all require you to plant their bulbs in the fall so they are ready for an early spring bloom. If you want to try planting early spring flowers next year you have to plant them much earlier than you think!

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Caption: The Pine Harbor Quivett Cape storage building.

Clean And Store Tools

Even if you don’t live somewhere with snow, cleaning and safely storing your tools is important in keeping them in the best condition. The fall is a great time to invest in a quality storage shed to have a clean, dry and safe place to store all of your outdoor essentials.


If you have a shed make sure that it is free from holes and rot to keep the moisture out. Before you store your tools make sure that you clean them thoroughly and make any necessary repairs. If you use any tools that require gas or electricity make sure that you have a safe place to store them.


Prepare The Soil

One of the best things you can do for your spring garden is to prepare the soil so it has all the nutrients your garden will need come spring. Once you have cleaned out your garden beds be sure to layer shredded tree leaves or compost into the soil and turn it in. During the colder months the leaves and compost will continue to break down and release nutrients into the soil.


If you have a larger space you may want to plant a cover crop to keep the soil in its best condition. Planting a cover crop like clover will add nutrients to the soil like a fertilizer while preserving the soil through moisture, snow and freezing.


Make Plans

Once you have stored all of your tools in your new shed, cleaned your garden beds and planted a cover crop it's time to start planning. Take the time to make a map of your garden or home area you plan on using for next year and mapping out what you want to plant and where. Fall is a great time to do some research to look at the growing season of certain plants and the sun and temperature progression of your area. Maybe you want to try out some new plants next year? This is the perfect time to make sure you are prepared for whatever your plan is next year.


Final Thoughts

Cold weather doesn’t mean you have to give up perfecting your garden. Use the time when the temperature goes down to give your garden beds and tools some much needed TLC. Don’t have a storage shed? Now is the time to install one to protect all of your tools and equipment. If you have ever thought about planting something new, this is the time to do your research to make it happen!

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Curb Appeal: Why Making A Great First Impression Is Important

Posted on 2022-08-23 by Walpole Outdoors

Have you ever been walking or driving down a street where one home jumped out so much that you had to take another look? That is the power of curb appeal!


Say there are two identical homes right beside each other. Everything about these two homes are the same on the inside but the outside of each home is cared for in a different way. One has an old fence with chipped paint, patchy lawn and non-working exterior light by the entryway. The other has a well cared for lawn, classic lantern on a post at the start of the walkway and a well cared for and clean entry gate. If these two homes were for sale, which one do you think would get more attention? Which would sell for more?


Curb appeal has the power to make lasting first impressions. You would certainly favor the home with the more cared for exterior in the scenario laid out above even if everything about the homes themselves were the same. The unkempt home could even be larger and better maintained on the inside but it still wouldn’t get as much interest as the home with the prettier exterior. First impressions are just that hard to change!


What Is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is the attractiveness of your home from the outside. It is the impression someone has of your property when they are visiting it for the first time. How appealing is your home from the curb? That is curb appeal.


Everything that can be seen from the front yard matters when determining the curb appeal of a home. This includes landscaping, paint, exterior structures, paving and layout. This could include large things like fencing, stairs and the home’s paint or siding and smaller things like attractive light fixtures, mailboxes and decorative elements like planters.



Why Does Curb Appeal Matter?

Curb appeal may not seem like the most important thing on the planet but it has a huge impact on how people perceive you and your home. If you are concerned with property values or the sellability of your home, curb appeal becomes even more important.


Curb appeal deals in first impressions, which are notoriously hard to change. The first impression someone has of a person or a place colors how they perceive them for weeks, months, even years to come. If you are planning on selling your home first impressions are crucial because you don’t have months to try and change a buyer’s first impression of your home.


Impacts Perception

Curb appeal has a direct impact on people’s perception of you as a homeowner. If your home is unkempt and messy from the outside that impression is going to stick with any visitor or passerby. This kind of negative first impression can be hard to shake and overcome. If you are looking to become a more active participant in neighborhood activities, having an unattractive home can really put you at a disadvantage in your neighbors eyes.


Curb appeal also impacts the perceived value of your home. If it looks nice from the outside your home will look like it is worth more than it is. If it is not well maintained it will look like it is worth less.


Critical For Selling

If you are looking to sell your home either now or in the future then curb appeal is something you cannot ignore. In a competitive market the homes with the most curb appeal get the most views and the most interest. More interest equals more offers.


Real estate experts stress the importance of curb appeal and say that it is one of the most critical factors for success if you are trying to sell your home. People make snap judgements, especially when browsing home listings online, in as little as a few seconds. Having a home with a lovely exterior will extend a buyer's interest and make a great, lasting first impression.


This doesn’t mean that only homes with expensive exterior renovations will be successfully sold. Cleaning up the front yard, doing a little landscape maintenance and updating some exterior fixtures is a great way to make your home more appealing to buyers.


Can Increase Your Home’s Value

While it’s not definitive, curb appeal in many cases can actually increase a home’s value. According to the National Association of Realtors just investing in a professional landscaping service can increase a home’s value by 15 percent. If you maintain your landscaping yourself with regularity you could see an increase of 7 percent.


If just maintaining the landscaping can lead to an increase in value just think of what other additions can do for your home’s value! Adding a fence or other outdoor structure can give your home a sizable boost. Smaller things like mailboxes and planters can also work with your landscaping to maintain the manicured appearance.


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