Finding Calm Before the Fall: Tips for Decluttering Your Yard

August 22, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Got old pieces of fence or shrubs that don’t add to your yard’s appeal? Take a weekend and clean out your yard now in time for next spring, where you can truly make a fresh start!

For many, our outdoor spaces become our own personal sanctuary. A place where we can unwind, relax, enjoy time with our family and friends and enjoy our own personal space. But just like our indoor space, our own outdoor oasis can sometimes benefit from a substantive overhaul after a few years of tranquil indifference. Children grow older and so why keep that wooden swing set with that dented yellow slide attached to it (you know the one—we’ve all got one in our neighborhood that just sits there!)? Maybe you’ve recently looked under your deck to fondly gaze upon those 15 to 20 flower pots and think “next year, I really will use them, knowing that you said the same thing five years in a row. Maybe you wish that your spouse would just pitch those old shears that don’t cut a darn thing, but still hang in the shed only because he or she claims “they just need oil.” Yes, sometimes you need to do some spring cleaning within your yard—especially when fall is approaching! To help you restore some peace and tranquility for next year—here are some tips for decluttering your yard now!

Commit to One Weekend With Everyone Involved

Rather than promise to do the garden one weekend, the tool shed one night next week or the front lawn when the temperatures cool down, commit to a plan where you take on your yard within one dedicated weekend. Even if this brings you to a state of slight overwhelm, it’s better to work through the pain and get it done all at once! This way, you can tackle the shed, the garden the deck and any other outdoor living areas and have a sense of accomplishment when all is said and done. Before starting, take a night before the weekend and simply sit down with the other folks who share your home (yes, put them ALL to work with you so everyone shares in the fun) and develop the map to tidying up the yard.

Fall is a great time to get rid of those flower pots you say you’ll use next year…when you know you really won’t!

Preferably assign folks an individual space, create an action plan cleaning out each area together. Sure, it’s easy to have your children focus on something like their own swing set or the sandbox, or have your husband do the tool shed. However, what often happens is that folks can get distracted when left to their own devices. Taking on each yard area together means everyone plays a part in going through the entire yard at the same time! This way, you’re less likely to still feel frustrated when someone says, “I finished” and you look over and see that what they meant was that the mess has simply moved to a new position and you still have items in your yard you know need pitching!

Plan With the End in Mind

Surely you’ve read that book about those seven habits by now! Rather than just go through the motions of decluttering your yard, write out a statement that captures exactly what the yard needs to look like by the time you’re done! If your goal is to toss every tool that doesn’t work properly, then make that a goal to check off once you complete the entire process. Have a plan for your life to have only flowers planted in the ground around you? Then make it a line item to commit to tossing every single empty pot. Tired of honeysuckle in your yard? Then make one of your items to uproot it and cart it off!

The important thing to do here is recognize what it will take to make your yard an oasis again. Imagine what you want every area of your yard to look like and how organized you’d like your spaces to become.

Organize the Work

When going through the process of cleaning out your yard, divide it into areas–like under the deck–to maximize your effort in getting it done!

There are several ways you can approach the backyard clean-up effort, just make sure you choose one that will ensure you get the job done during one weekend. You could map out a plan and tackle the biggest problem areas first or start with the front and work your way back to the very end of the yard. If your worst nightmare is having a shed where the tools are scattered about, then start there! Can’t stand having a ton of items that no longer work (like old fountains or ratty looking Adirondack chairs with boards missing) under your deck? Then make that your priority for a starting place!
The bottom line is that if you’re taking on the entire yard, make a plan that you can fully work to completion and get the worst items out of the way first so that you can breeze through the less problematic areas—like maybe your flower beds.

Keep What You Love—Toss What Needs to Leave

Ever hear of the KonMari Method™ of creating blissful spaces? Marie Kondo created a great system for tidying up that results in creating spaces that leave you feeling joyful. As you’re going through the yard, Kondo’s approach encourages you to pick up every item and determine whether or not it gives you a “spark of joy,” meaning if an item is broken or brings you a sense of frustration or dread, then it’s time to toss it out, recycle it or sell it. The goal is to keep only those things that have value to you that you still need.

Have outdoor furnishings that are old and past their prime? Now’s a good time to simply let it go as part of your decluttering process!

Sometimes this process can draw up a lot of emotions—and if you have a strong reaction to something ask yourself why you’re having them. For example, it can be tough to toss out an entire swing set that your children played on for many years. However, if they’re off to college with no plans of moving back home and your main goal is to create a fresh-looking space, then maybe it’s okay to donate the swing set to a new home so a young family can create precious memories. After all, you’ll still remember you have a child each time they text you and ask to add funds to their checking account!

As you’re going through the entire yard, you can create several distinct areas for items you intend to keep, recycle, sell or donate. You can also create a “need to think about this” section so that as you draw to the end of your backyard cleaning process, you can revisit certain items that may have fond memories attached to them, but you still need to come clean about the fact that maybe it’s time for them to go. This is where doing this as a family unit can be helpful—sometimes your spouse or your child will be the one to move you in the right direction to deciding (or vice versa). Sometimes it takes someone else to help you appreciate that those nasty red clay bottoms need to go since there’s no pot to put on top of them!

Don’t be surprised at the end of the process that you realize that you need to add new items because of your efforts. Getting rid of a rake with missing teeth could mean it’s time for a new one! Maybe you need to replace that torn canopy on your pergola so water stops leaking through! (If you do own any outdoor items that you’ve purchased from one of the box stores, go to GardenWinds as they sell replacement parts for all outdoor décor!).

Be Grateful For What You Have and What You’ve Done

Once you’ve gone through your decluttering your yard, take time to appreciate your efforts and enjoy your yard again. Spend time in your yard before the temperatures turn cold and see what you notice about this newly organized space. Maybe you’ll see openings for new items to come in next year once the temperatures warm up, or maybe you’ll go online and find that the expensive outdoor furniture set you always wanted is now 60% off, so don’t feel guilty about filling up the yard with something new and beautiful! After all, it’s your own personal sanctuary—why not enjoy it the best way you can!

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Once you’ve decluttered your yard, you can breathe a sigh of relief and know that your outdoor oasis is always there for you!

Need a Fence to Go With that Perfect Oasis?

As you declutter your yard, consider looking at your existing fence. If it’s looking worn down and starting to fade or warp in places, then maybe it’s time to fix your fence with replacement panels or get a new one. Fall is a great time for a fence as installation times tend to be shorter and it’s often easier to get permits approved once the summer season ends. If you need help designing that perfect outdoor oasis, then let us help you put a fence around the backyard of your dreams! Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your outdoor sanctuary!

 

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Meet Our Newest Commercial Fence Team Members:
Jeff Black & Brody Barger

November 6, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Frederick Fence is pleased to announce two new additions to our team of fence design and installation experts who both bring a refined set of skills and knowledge to help us expand our Commercial Sales Division:  Jeff Black and Brody Barger.

Meet Jeff Black, Frederick Fence's newest Commercial Account Consultant

Meet Jeff Black, Frederick Fence’s newest Commercial Account Consultant

Meet Jeff Black

Jeff Black brings significant sales, construction and aluminum experience to his new role as one of our Commercial Account Consultant.  A born and bred Maryland native, Jeff spent the early part of his career in the home building industry, specializing in construction and HVAC work.  This lead to an interest in fencing to where he ran his own custom aluminum fabrication company for twelve years. When asked why he joined the Frederick Fence team, Black says he wanted a change of pace and an opportunity to leverage his years of business development in a more family-family friendly atmosphere.

Jeff’s focus at Frederick Fence will focus on cultivating relationships with our commercial fencing customers—most notably property management companies, site developers, home owner associations and general contractors between Howard and Frederick County.

Jeff’s favorite style of fence is paddock fencing as he likes a more rustic looking fence that makes use of natural materials.

Looking for a fence or commercial railing solution in the Maryland area?  Use our Chat function to contact Jeff Black and he’ll be happy to pay a visit to your business and show you how Frederick Fence can help you enhance your property!

Meet Brody Barger, our new Business Development Consultant

Meet Brody Barger, our new Business Development Consultant

Meet Brody Barger

Brody Barger brings an extensive sales and retail management background to his role as our Business Development Consultant.  Born and raised in Kingwood, West Virginia, Brody brings a solid foundation for developing businesses, having spent many years working for his grandfather, who owns and operates Childs Feed and Supply in the Kingwood area.  Prior to joining Frederick Fence, Brody worked for Lowes in their Exterior and Commercial Sales division, where he developed his extensive knowledge of outdoor environmental engineering, including fence, patio and deck installation.

In this newly created position within our Commercial division, Brody will primarily partner with existing fence contractors and home construction start-ups and help them develop and grow their businesses.

Brody’s favorite style of fence is vinyl as he appreciates how vinyl fence panels offer so many options and infinite designs where you’re limited only by your imagination when designing a fence.

Are you a DIY enthusiast who’s ready to take your passion for working outdoors to the next level? Have your own fence contractor company and need some expert business advice on how to price your projects for profit?  Use our Chat function to schedule a consultation with Brody and he’ll show you how you can create a sustainable small business!

 

 

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How to Improve Your Curb Appeal: Four Tips for Accessorizing Your Fence:

September 3, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Have you ever stood in your fenced-in yard after a few years and wondered how you could make the space more attractive?  You’ve yanked out old bushes and shrubs, replaced them with new ones, changed your outdoor furniture and still you’re looking to do something to improve curb appeal for your property.  So what should you do?

Perhaps it’s time to accessorize your fence!

It’s true—there are now plenty of after-market items to choose from that will improve your home’s curb appeal by upgrading your fence.  Many of them are minor additions but they can have a huge impact on your outdoor space—especially when it comes time to sell your home.  Here are a four ways you can accessorize your fence:

Decorative Post Caps

Decorative post caps add instant appeal to an existing fence!

Decorative post caps add instant appeal to an existing fence!

One easy upgrade you can add to your fence that instantly adds appeal to your fence is to add decorative post caps to your fence.  Whether your fence is made of wood, vinyl or aluminum, there are a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to adding post caps.  You can choose to add simple flat-tops to your fence post installation which are available in various colors, or you can add a lot of flair by selecting highly ornamental post-caps made of copper, vinyl or geometric aluminum.  For years, the most decorative option on the market was a flat top or a

Solar postcaps are great for creating additional mood lighting and beauty for your fence.

Solar postcaps are great for creating additional mood lighting and beauty for your fence.

ball-shaped post cap; however, a lot has changed and you can now purchase practically any shape, size and color.  If you’re looking for additional lighting in your yard, you can now purchase post caps with solar powered lights in them.  These caps range from as little as $6 per cap to as much as $60, depending on the materials used to create them and their design.

Flower Boxes

With some wood, nails, a hammer and some paint, you can make your own unique flower box for your fence or deck railing!

With some wood, nails, a hammer and some paint, you can make your own unique flower box for your fence or deck railing!

Love to garden and are looking for both a way to decorate your fence and plant some herbs or flowers that take up minimal space?  Flower boxes hung on the fence are your best bet!  The good news is that you can you can be as creative as you like when it comes to fence flower boxes. If you’re not necessarily a do it yourself person, you can buy a flower box from your local nursery and purchase hooks to hang the box on your fence.  If you consider yourself somewhat crafty, you can design, build and paint your own boxes to match other elements either in your yard or your home.

Shop around online and you’ll find you can also purchase ready-made flower boxes that come in various shapes and sizes that either come with either hooks or openings on the bottom of the box so you can just sit them on the fence rail.  Be mindful that if you live in an area that gets a lot of wind that you’ll want to find ways to brace the boxes so that they don’t fall off should major gusts  hit your area.

Privacy Mesh

Have a picket, split rail or aluminum fence and want to add a bit of privacy without having to replace the entire fence?  You can now purchase privacy mesh for your fence and hang it inside your yard.  If you have small dogs or other four-legged pets, privacy mesh also keeps them from crawling through the fence rails.  Likewise, privacy mesh can also keep some unwanted animals—like rabbits—from getting in your garden and chewing your flowers.

Arbors

You can easily add an arbor instead of a gate to create a lovely entrance into your yard

You can easily add an arbor instead of a gate to create a lovely entrance into your yard.

Have a gate that needs replacing and want to add some additional appeal to your yard’s entranceway? Add an arbor and you get instant beauty that allows you to either hang plants off the structure or grow vines and climbing plants off it for a more natural look.  Arbors come in all shapes and sizes and in all materials; purchase one of vinyl if you’re looking for a long-lasting maintenance free solution.

Looking to accessorize your existing fence or are ready to upgrade from wood to a longer lasting material?  Click on our chat feature or give us a call and one of our fence consultants will visit your home and show you how to add value to your current fence or price a new one! You can also visit our Contact page!

 

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Hurricane Proof Your Fence

September 1, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Take preventative measures with your fence before a windy storm.

Tropical Storm Hermine is now roughly 8 hours from landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast. It could potentially be the state’s first hurricane landfall since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  The storm is expected to head north and while we may not experience full hurricane effects here in Maryland, there may be some inclement weather coming our way.

We may not need to board up the windows, but a few of those cookouts may need to move indoors. While you’re bringing in the patio furniture and covering up the pool, consider taking the time to ensure that your fence is prepared to handle all sorts of weather. Read more…

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Best Climbing Plants to Use on Your Deck

August 25, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Make your fence unique with a lovely climbing plant!

Climbing plants do exactly what it sounds like they do—they climb! Climbing plants are a very versatile group of plants that can grow to cover or climb up many types of vertical surfaces like fences, walls, deck railings, arches, or obelisks. They do a wonderful job at helping to hide less beautiful areas of your landscaping and adding a pop of color to your deck. Here are some examples of climbing plants that will help to set your deck landscaping apart! Read more…

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Common Misconceptions About Aluminum Fencing

April 12, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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When people have the facts about aluminum fences, they’re much more inclined to choose them.

Aluminum railing systems are one of the best fences money can buy, especially if you’re a DIYer who wants to take pride and pleasure in building your own fence with our great aluminum fencing ideas! It’s literally amazing to hear people express an interest in an aluminum fence, and then try to talk themselves out of it based on limited research or what they hear from misinformed neighbors or retail store employees. Read more…

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American-Made Aluminum Fencing Right to Your Door

April 4, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Aluminum fences, made buy American workers, help keep America independent from foreign-made goods.

If you want to help support American workers, there is no better way than to buy American made fencing!

Whether you’re a business or just a regular consumer, you probably have a strict budget that you need to stick to. That sometimes means spending a few less dollars by buying foreign goods. But, there are a ton of benefits when you buy American-made products. Read more…

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The Complete Homeowner’s Guide to Fall Maintenance

September 18, 2014 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

It’s mid-September and that can only mean one thing:  Fall will soon be upon us. But not to worry, Frederick Fence has the best fall home maintenance schedule.

As we head into that amazing period where the leaves change colors, the days grow shorter and we spend less time outdoors, it’s also a time where homeowners need to prepare for fall home maintenance and get their yards and their homes ready for cold weather, snow and rain. Read more…

The Best Deck Stains for Sealing Decks and Fences

September 15, 2014 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Wood fences and decks provide an economical way to extend your living space and create a wonderful setting for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors.  However, wood fences and decks are prone to deterioration over time as both rain and sunlight work against the wood’s life cycle and can cause it to corrode, particularly in years where there is an abundance of wet weather or extreme heat.  To help prolong the life of your wood fence or deck, it’s best to use a wood deck sealer within a year of installation. Read more…