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Fence Calculators: A Great Place to Start!

April 27th, 2012

CalculatorHow many calculators do you use in your day-to-day life? You probably have one calculator on your mobile phone, another at your desk and perhaps a third in your checkbook. Today we’re introducing another type of calculator that comes in extremely handy for those considering a new fence installation:

Click here for our complimentary fence materials calculator.

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Mix It Up: Using More Than One Fencing Material

April 25th, 2012

When you’re designing a fence, combining more than one material opens up design options that are not available using single material methods. Stone, wood, metal and vinyl fencing materials can be combined in countless ways to achieve stunning results that will enhance the overall value of your property. Cinder blocks and brick may also be incorporated, particularly when retaining walls are needed. Property owners may want to consider composite materials, as well.

The first step in creating a mixed-materials fence is to figure out why you’re building a fence in the first place. Below, is a look at common reasons homeowners give for building a fence, along with a suggested fencing material or two for each goal. Here’s a basic overview of how each fencing material can achieve different goals:

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Fence Design Solutions for Transitional Outdoor Spaces

April 23rd, 2012

Vinyl Picket GateSeveral factors should be considered when designing outdoor spaces. First, it’s important to think about how you and your family will use different areas. Garden and fence design should also address how entrances and pathways direct the general flow of energy (think people and pets!) around the property. When done well, a fence design can contribute to flow and compliment transitional spaces.

The point of this article is to give you ideas about how fence design can delineate and ornament the transitional areas in your yard, with tips on how to accentuate transitional spaces through fence design. Read the rest of this entry »

Retaining Walls: Best Place to Show off Easter Bulbs and Bloomers

April 20th, 2012

IMG_8516Retaining walls serve a very practical purpose: They hold back earth. In some instances, retaining walls are needed to protect a home’s structural stability. For example, a retaining wall may be constructed to prevent mudslides; you may have seen this on our nation’s motorways.

Beyond these utilitarian engineering concerns, retaining walls also serve as an excellent place to showcase stunning plant specimens. Sometimes, homeowners install retaining walls mainly to create flat planting areas. Below is a look at why retaining walls are such superb planting locations, as well as tips for designing unique, eye-catching retaining walls to act as canvases for your favorite flora. Read the rest of this entry »

Earth Day: Preparing Your Cedar Deck for a Planting Party

April 19th, 2012

On the deckEarth Day is a time to enjoy and preserve the great outdoors. What better way to build appreciation for nature than to enhance its presence in your own backyard? This Earth Day, consider hosting a planting party to show your friends how enjoyable and easy it can be to add beautiful, eco-friendly flora to any home. Planting just one new tree or plant makes a difference for the earth. More plants means more fresh oxygen and less planet-warming carbon dioxide, since plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen naturally. An Earth Day planting party is a fun, social way to do your part for the planet.

As aficionados of cedar deck design and construction, we’d like to suggest holding your Earth Day planting party right on your own cedar deck. After all, a cedar deck is a flat, durable surface that can be easily cleaned up after your party. Read on to discover our tips for throwing a fabulous planting party on your cedar deck this Earth Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Treated Wood Safe for a Vegetable Garden?

March 29th, 2012

Cedar Fencing
Nothing lasts forever, not even cedar fencing or decking materials. No matter how many times you reseal and re-stain, that cedar fence or deck will eventually succumb to the elements. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reuse old fencing and decking materials. One of the most popular applications is to turn old fences and decks into raised vegetable garden beds.

If you’re eco-friendly enough to prioritize reusing rather than simply trashing old fencing and decking materials, you’re probably also earth-smart enough to recognize the potential hazard of using pressure treated wood in food production. Pressure treated wood is created in a tank; the air is vacuumed out, and then preservative chemicals are added in a highly pressurized setting. Because there is no air barring their way, these chemicals go deep into the wood pulp, thereby extending its durability. Read the rest of this entry »

A Vinyl Fence in Two Minutes

March 29th, 2012

Vinyl FenceHave you ever wondered what’s involved in a vinyl fence installation? If so, have we got the right time-lapse video for you! Surf on over to YouTube or the video section of our website to watch our production, “A Vinyl Fence in Two Minutes.”

To create this video, we set up several cameras and took pictures at a consistent rate while one of our experienced vinyl fence installation crews dug postholes, set the posts for the vinyl fence, and installed rails and center fence sections. Later, we ran all the photos together, as if each were one frame in a film, to give the impression of time passing quickly.

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How to Build a Scarecrow for Your Garden Fence

October 5th, 2011

Happy Scarecrow CouplePortland fencing materials serve very important purposes. They protect families, provide boundaries and create safe, enclosed zones where kids can play. Beyond these utilitarian uses, however, you can find many fun ways to take advantage of your fence materials. Portland homeowners can turn any fence into a habitat for an eye-catching scarecrow, for instance.

Here are some tips on building a scarecrow for your garden fence. Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween Fence Installation: How to Transform Your Yard into a Cemetery

September 25th, 2011

For many adults, seeing munchkins run around in costume is the best part of Halloween. One way to attract more trick-or-treaters to your door is to decorate your home in a seasonally appropriate way – and nothing says “Halloween” quite like a graveyard.

By substituting inexpensive trellising, salvaged fence materials or PVC pipe for wrought-iron fencing materials, Portland homeowners can create a spooky cemetery scene right in their front yards. Here are some ideas to get you started:

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How to Grow Pumpkins on Your Fence

September 19th, 2011

Pumpkin climbing the fence in front of the chook houseA fence is a fence is a fence. Except when it’s also a nursery. Trellising vegetables along a fence is a wonderful way to add verticality to any garden – not to mention a tasty selection of produce. Few vegetables are as enjoyable to grow as pumpkins; with the passing of each crisp autumn day, you can watch your pumpkins swell in size.

However, because pumpkins can be quite heavy, they require a little extra planning in order to be grown on fence materials. Portland fence owners can grow pumpkins on their chain link or cedar fence materials by following the tips listed below. Read the rest of this entry »