Commercial Lattice Uses


When designing an outdoor area or building facade for a client or a project a lot of thought goes into the functionality of each structure. Will it last? Is it strong? While keeping that in mind, think more about the details of the project - Is this striking? Will this create a positive association in people's memories? A great way to accomplish both is by utilizing lattice panels as both decorative and functional structures.

 

Privacy Screening

Custom lattice has a unique way of creating a more private space while also not making a space feel suffocating. Clients have used lattice panel fencing, custom large-scale lattice pieces and even lattice fence toppers to create breathable areas of privacy. Rooftop gardens, pool areas, storage enclosures and courtyards have all been improved with beautiful and low-maintenance AZEK lattice panels and fencing. Large scale projects are also a great way to introduce some natural elements into the design of a building or outdoor area. Just coax some ivy or another climbing plant and any outdoor area is bright to life. 

 

Areas of Visual Interest

Creating a beautiful lasting memory is the goal of any designer or developer. A classic way to do this with an outdoor space is to utilize standard or decorative lattice panels. Panels can be custom made in any size and can be attached to bare walls or freestanding. Lattice panels provide an almost limitless number of opportunities to be creative in a specific area of the garden - with spectacular results. The custom Lattice Arch shown here was handcrafted for a function facility and serves as an appropriately charming backdrop for treasured photographs. 

 

Enhancing Architecture

While beautiful in a garden, lattice panels don't always have to be where nature is. Adding symmetrical panels to either side of an entryway is a great way to create some visual interest at the first point a visitor is in contact with your space. Made with a long lasting, maintenance-free AZEK wood alternative, Walpole lattices are fully customizable to truly fit the aesthetic of your building.




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Lattice Panels For The Home


Adding some charm and interest to your home or garden doesn't have too be difficult or even too expensive. You can go big or small with something geometric or with romantic curves. Custom lattice panels come in all shapes and sizes and fit into almost any home or garden setup. If you can dream it we can do it!


Small Attached Pieces


Small lattice panels are a great way to add a little interest to a bare wall attached to the exterior of a home, garden enclosure, shed or garage. You can go with something simple and rectangular like the Standard Decorative Lattice Panel or something more custom that is built to match your exact spec. Each piece can be made to order in any size that you need to complete your project and each AZEK lattice panel is finished in white but can be painted any Sherwin Williams vinyl safe color to best suit your needs.


Large Free-Standing Pieces


A little creativity goes a long way. We've helped customers bring their unique visions to life by crafting the intricate large-scale free-standing lattice structures in their imaginations. Each structure serves a unique purpose whether it be a visual statement, fence or a privacy screen. Lattice panels provide an almost limitless number of opportunities to be creative in a specific area of the garden - with spectacular results.


Historical Replication Lattice


Preserving the look and feel of a historical location is important when renovating. Walpole has worked with numerous clients to craft lattice panels that maintain the historical appearance of old, treasured buildings. In 2013 a New York City customer sought Walpole's help in replicating an historical lattice motif for their rooftop garden at a location originally built by Fred F. French in the 1920s. This distinctive lattice was handcrafted in cellular PVC, so the apartment owners will have little maintenance concerns for years as they enjoy the great looks of this classic presentation high above the bustling metropolis.




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Getting The Perfect Gift For Mom


What says "thank you mom" like a gift for the home or garden?! This Mother's Day surprise mom with a gift for the home or garden - one that she will see and use everyday. From birdhouses to garden helpers, you can't go wrong with a gift from Walpole Outdoors.


Birdhouses

A great gift that will get plenty of use all spring and summer is a classic birdhouse. Whether she likes to birdwatch or just likes adding whimsical touches to her outdoor spaces you are sure to find a piece she will love. One of our classic houses is the adorable Lazy Hill Large Shingled House. Our selection of Lazy Hill birdhouses are made in the USA from vinyl and wood. If you are looking for something with some modern touches try the Lazy Hill Ultimate Martin House. Fabricated in solid cellular vinyl, the homes have a roomy interior and handmade copper roof. Shop our range of birdhouses online or at any Walpole Outdoors showroom.


Kitchen Garden Tools

If mom is an avid gardener (or even a novice) she would really appreciate a piece from our collection of cedar garden tools and helpers. A great simple gift would be our Garden Hod Basket to use carrying tools while she works or as a basket when picking flowers or foods to bring in the house. Versatile and adorable, this garden helper truly lends a hand. Another great gift is the Suburban Gardener's Bench. This attractive wood bench setup is the perfect place to store tools and function as a workstation for repotting and transplanting. This setup would work perfectly outside near the garden or inside a potting or storage shed.


Wind Chimes

Make the wind sing with a beautiful wind chime. This is a great gift for Mother's Day if mom spends a lot of time on the patio, in the garden or just has the window open in the spring and summertime. Each wind chime is finely crafted with a personality all its own. A great example is the Pinecone Wind Chime; an iron chime that embraces the sights and sounds of nature. The pinecone blends in with nature producing an enjoyable sound. If you are looking for somethings little more classic looking then the Harbor Bells Wind Chime would be an excellent choice. Designed and produced here in the USA.




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It's Time To Get Growing


Though it may not feel like it, we are well into spring. You may not think it's warm enough to get your garden in shape but there are many ways to get your early spring garden in order.


Get Weeding

The first and most important thing you can do is weed your garden and yard. After months of snow and intense storms if you live in the Northeast your garden is going to be a mess. Grab your tools and gloves and spend some time doing a thorough weeding of the area you will be using to plant this year. This may be a good amount of work so break it up and work on small areas at a time so you don't hurt your back.


Prepare Your Soil

The cold wet winter can really suck the nutrients out of your soil. Early spring is a great time to start tending to the soil since it is unlikely to freeze again. First start by tilling the soil about 8 inches deep where you are planning to plant. Remove all rocks and debris that may have found its way over during the winter. After cleaning you will want to add some nutrients in the form of some kind of fertilizer. If you have a compost now is the ideal time to put it to use but you can also use store bought soil or add some coffee grounds to the dirt to add some needed nitrogen.


Get Seeds Started

If you can't wait to get planting and it is on the cold side then start your seeds indoors! Get a few seed trays or small containers and plant seeds now. Keep them by the sun and water them well and once the weather improves or you finally have the opportunity to spend some time in the garden transplant them.




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4 Ways To Use A Planter At Home


A pop of life is always a good idea in a residential space. That's why a quality planter box is the perfect accessory for your home in every season.


At The Entryway

Put your planter in a place where it will get seen the most! An entryway planter is a great way to bring some life to your front door season to season. In the spring and summer add lively blooms in vibrant colors and transition to deeper hues and evergreens in the autumn and winter. Depending on what kind of space you have you can opt for one square planter box or a duo to frame the doorway! But those aren't your only choices - we have planters in just about every shape and size ready to be customized to your home.


At Windows

Another way to brighten up the exterior of your home is too add some color to the space outside your windows. Whether just a few or several, adding a window flower box adds a burst of plant life without taking up any ground space. Window boxes are crafted with low-maintenance AZEK materials so they will hold up for years and years without rotting and can be painted to perfectly suit the exterior of your home.


As A Boundary

If you don't want to add a planter to the entryway of your home there are still many places to choose one, like alongside a fence or lattice or as a barrier all its own. Larger, rectangular planters are best suited and can make a handsome border for a front yard, garden space, outdoor entertaining area or to establish a property boundary. Add a few or add a bunch and create a space that is both structured and natural.


To Anchor Large Structures

A more unconventional use for planters is to use them as anchors for structures like kit pergolas or custom pergolas. On this rooftop in Boston we used planters to anchor this freestanding pergola so that it fit securely in the space without needing to damage the building or rooftop. But if you don't need to anchor anything planters are still great for placing at the base of pergola or pavilion pillars too add a little something extra to that entertaining space.




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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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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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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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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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