Picket Fence Weblog

The Indoors Come Outdoors
April 25, 2008, 8:31 am
Filed under: Home improvement, Lawn, Links, Outdoor Enthusiasts, yard fun

The weather here has been beautiful lately. It’s almost as if we skipped Spring and went straight into Summer. I put out my deck furniture early. Flowers will go out in May. I bought an Outdoor Pillow to spruce up my patio table chair. It’s really comfy and can withstand the sun and rain. I’ll attach a pic so you can see how nice it looks. I think it’s great that you can now buy the weatherproof furniture, rugs and accessories that look as nice as the home decor you see on the inside of your home. Have you put out your deck/patio furniture yet? The time is here! 🙂

Until next time… Ann 🙂


Mulch Madness
April 16, 2008, 11:38 am
Filed under: Garden, Lawn, Outdoor Enthusiasts, yard fun

For those of you itching to get in your garden, but the weather just isn’t cooperating, I know of one thing you can do. Put your mulch in. No need to wait for flowers – this is one step that can be done even if the threat of a freeze still exists. And don’t forget to put mulch around your trees. I don’t use regular mulch for that. I buy Mulch Rings. And for outside of my garden I use Rubber Border Edge. These are two items that you buy once and then use season after season.

Happy early gardening!

Until next time…. Ann 🙂

Green Grass
April 11, 2008, 9:35 am
Filed under: Cleanup & Compost, Garden, Lawn, Outdoor Enthusiasts, yard fun

The weather is finally starting to turn! We had a week with temperatures flirting 70. Granted, this weekend it is supposed to be in the 40s, but I am choosing to ignore that fact. I did see that my tulips are starting to come up.

With the weather finally cooperating, you know that weekly lawn mowing is not far behind. That being said – now is the time to get your lawn mower out of storage and serviced. I think this year it is time to consider a Reel Mower. I will give you a few reasons why:

1) With gas prices soon to hit $4/gal. (do not even get me started on that!), it will cost you more to fill your lawn mower tank this season.

2) A Reel Mower is better for the environment and better for your lawn.

3) It’s great exercise!

So there you have it – my top 3 reasons to reel!

Until next time… Ann 🙂

Backyard Privacy
March 26, 2008, 8:50 am
Filed under: Lawn, yard fun | Tags: , , , , , ,

Do you have nosy neighbors?   Do they like to  sit on their back deck and use your family as entertainment?  I know plenty of folks who have told me similar stories.  Not only do some of these stories include neighbors just staring, but some of these same neighbors wait until you come out so they can come over and talk.  It gets tiresome.  Short of putting up a hedge fence or an expensive yard barrier fence, there isn’t much you can really do.  Giant wooden fences that surround your yard can be extremely expensive and hedge fences are, well, ugly.

Trellis Privacy Screen

This Privacy Trellis is much better looking, can be used to grow hanging plants, and will protect you from the eyes of nosy meddling neighbors.  It adds a little bit of old world charm to your backyard, too.  If this doesn’t seem big enough for protect you from those prying eyes you can try the  Outdoor Privacy Screen.


Just trying to help you keep your summer fun between you and and the fence….

As always, Art.

Summer’s coming, Get that Lawn Going
March 21, 2008, 10:30 am
Filed under: Cleanup & Compost, Garden, Lawn | Tags: , , , , ,

There has been so much talk on the news channels (take your pick of Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, etc.) of how the war in Iraq has lasted 5 full years, the economy may or may not plunge, and the ongoing presidential debate between Hillary and Obama.   It’s pretty much been the same recycled stories for the past few weeks.  I’m starting to tire of it, possibly much out of boredom.

Then, Spring suddenly arrived. I know here in Western New York the first day of Spring brought more snow.  Soon, the leaves will bud and not long after April showers we start seeing beautiful blooms.

Flower Ring Seeded

Summer really does make you seem care free, even if the worries are still there, a long quiet walk on a nice starry night might do the trick.
Solar Lamp Post

There is a bit of prep work to do as spring starts to usher in better weather.  I know the lawn is always an issue, trim, and any general yard clean up.  Somehow after the snow melts we find lots of strange debris resting all over the yard.  Get it cleaned up early and there won’t be any bare spots.  If it’s already too late, you can try Velocity Lawn Patch Plus. 

Velocity Lawn Patch Plus

It’s one of the best products to date.

So here’s to the kick off of Spring!

As Always, Art.

Time To Go Green
February 12, 2008, 11:02 am
Filed under: Home improvement, Lawn, Links | Tags: , , , , , , ,

It certainly is a hot button issue.  Every where you go you see companies boasting that they have gone green.  You hear it on the news, at work, in department stores, coffee shops, and all over the radio.  There are plenty of ways to go green, even if you’re not a multi-million dollar corporation.  Everything helps too.  From the light bulbs you use in your living room, to the small solar powered devices you buy for your yard. 

You could also save other resources besides energy.  Try to have a nice lush green lawn, one in which has strong roots and will not dry out to quick.  In a past blog, Ann talked about a neighbor who had a perfect lawn by using an underground sprinkler system.  That could be considered a waste of energy as well as water.  There are plenty of natural lawn care products that won’t fill your lawn full of chemicals, and having a strong lawn will help keep bare spots to a minimum, and keep you from wasting water trying to bring back a patch of dirt.  Try Velocity Lawn Patch Plus and/or Canada Green for the spring, to get your lawn back and help save a bit of energy.  Don’t forget about Solar Power Products too.  Every little bit counts.

As always, Art.

A little More Security
January 30, 2008, 5:15 pm
Filed under: Garden, Lawn, pond, Winter

I thought that I would touch on some more security features and products that shoppicketfence.com has.  I had been blogging about ponds and pond gardens, but today, here in western NY, it is freezing cold, windy, and snowy.  So, gardening, ponds, and lawn care are about the last thing on my mind.

At shoppicketfence.com there are more security products than just the camera that looks just like a flood lamp.  We also have a wireless driveway alarm, too.  This sends a signal to a transmitter that sounds an alarm, so you know if someone has pulled in to your driveway, or started up your walk. Many people like and use this product so they do not miss deliveries.  It’s great for businesses too.

There is also the Transonic Pro.  This is not so much a measure of security or alerts as it is to keep pests away, which is a kind of security.  The Transonic Pro can drive pests away from your garden, home, garage, or storage space.  It keeps small and large pests and rodents away for good.  I’ve heard of some folks who use this in the spring and summer for their garden and then use it for their garage and/or storage in fall and winter.  They really are multi-useful.

Just a few unique products from the QCI Direct

As always, Art.