Spring is here! That means it’s time to start your gardening projects in time to have delicious, fresh veggies and herbs, or a bountiful flower garden all summer long! Not enough space in your backyard for a big vegetable or flower garden? Raised garden beds are the perfect solution for gardeners with limited space! In this blog, we’ll run through a step-by-step guide on how to create a raised garden bed for vegetables or flowers. 1. Choose Your Materials Select your bed frame materials. This can be as simple as regular 2x4’s or even patio retaining wall blocks. The size is up to you! The height of the bed should be at least 6 inches high, which gives the plants’ roots plenty of room to grow. Check out some great YouTube videos on how to build wood raised garden beds.   2. Mark the Perimeter Once you’re done putting together your raised garden bed, it’s time to select a sunny spot ideal for growing and relocate the frame. Remember, if you’re growing vegetables, you need to find an extra sunny spot with plenty of late date sunlight. Using an edger or spade, mark the ground around the perimeter of the frame.   3. Prepare the Soil Now that you’ve created the frame and marked the perimeter, set it aside so you can start preparing the soil. Use a sod cutter or grub hoe to skim away the grass layer, if one exists.   4. Anchor the Raised Garden Bed Once you’ve leveled it out, dig a 5- to 6-inch deep hole for each of the corner posts. Then sink each post into the ground, using a 4-foot level to level it out.   5. Add a Layer of Hardware Cloth to Keep Out Pests Gophers and moles can sometimes be an issue with garden beds. To keep them out of your garden, add a layer of hardware cloth before you pour in your planting soil. Rake an existing soil at the bottom of the bed to level it out. Then smooth it out. Line the bed bottom with hardware cloth, making sure the cloth is flat against the bottom of the bed and touching each side. Secure the cloth by stapling it to the sides of the bed.   6. Add Your Soil Fill the bed with a 50/50 mixture of planting soil and compost. Once the bed is full, rake the soil smooth and moisten it with a slight spray from the hose.   7. Plant! Now it’s time to plant your vegetable, flowers and herbs! Plant anything you like that works in your area.   7. Water Regularly Don’t forget to water your plants often! After all, you’ve spent a long time putting together your garden bed, so you want to make sure you are taking good care of your vegetables and flowers.   Now get started on your spring garden bed project and start enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables and gorgeous flowers and plants!     Click Here to find everything you need to create your beautiful garden with help from GNH Lumber. And contact us if you have any questions about your garden or landscaping project!

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With smart planning, painting and staining your outdoor furniture can take place in less than a weekend.

There are many different types of outdoor furniture types—wicker, wrought iron, aluminum and plastic—but wood is by far the most popular. Whether you go with an opacity that allows your wood furniture’s natural grain to show through or opt for an opaque solid in your choice of 3,500+ colors, a fresh stain on outdoor furniture will yield a great new look.

Staining and painting outdoor furniture is a lot easier with expert advice from Benjamin Moore to guide you. Follow these steps to achieve the best results. And, when in doubt, don’t forget to ask the paint and stain experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips!

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DIY: How to Create a Raised Garden Bed

Raised Garden Bed

Spring is here! That means it’s time to start your gardening projects in time to have delicious, fresh veggies and herbs, or a bountiful flower garden all summer long!

Not enough space in your backyard for a big vegetable or flower garden? Raised garden beds are the perfect solution for gardeners with limited space!

In this blog, we’ll run through a step-by-step guide on how to create a raised garden bed for vegetables or flowers.

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5 Things to Include on Your Yard Cleanup List

yard cleanupCan’t wait to get back out into the garden? Well, here’s the good news! It’s time to get a head start on your spring cleaning checklist, and that includes taking care of your yard and garden beds.

To look and feel its best after the harshest winter months, your yard and gardens requires spring cleaning the same as the inside of your home. Taking a weekend to clean up as the weather begins to warm will save you time later, and it helps prevent some problems further down the road in summer.

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First, look over your yard before creating a specific checklist of what needs to get done to be ready for the season.

To help you get started, don’t forget these 5 things when cleaning up your yard this spring:

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Snow Removal Tips

Top 9 Snow Removal Tips for Your Home

Snow Removal Tips

One of the most frustrating parts of winter is the need to shovel snow. You might just want to wait until springtime and just let it all melt. However, the effort must be given.

If you’re tired of wasting time and effort on removing snow every winter, it’s time to use these 9 snow removal tips for your home to get the job done easier, more effectively, and better than ever before.

Top 9 Snow Removal Tips:

 

1. Use Tall Stakes Around Driveways and Walkways

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How to Care for Vinyl Windows

How to Care for Vinyl Windows: “Dos and Don’ts”

Wondering how to care for vinyl windows? Maybe you’re considering new vinyl windows for your home and want to learn what kind of care they require.

Atrium windows and doors are designed for easy care and maintenance. Just a tiny bit of elbow grease from time to time will extend the life and beauty of your windows and doors.

Below are some quick and basic tips for caring for your Atrium windows and doors.

 

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Here are a few easy care and maintenance tips to keep in mind to extend the life and performance of your vinyl windows:

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Prepping Your Deck for Staining

Prepping Your Deck for Staining

 Prepping Your Deck for Staining

Are you planning a deck or porch staining project? Adding a few coats of fresh stain to your wooden deck or porch is one of the easiest ways to beautify your outdoor space! It also protects and preserves it for years to come. But there are several important steps to take to ensure a good result when prepping your deck.

Inadequate prep is the most common reason for deck stain failure.

Set your deck up for success with these deck prep guidelines from Duckback Stain.

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How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

 How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

If your wooden deck is fading or peeling, a new coat of stain goes a long way to restoring it to beautiful condition! But how do you choose and apply deck stain?

You may be overwhelmed by all the choices in staining products, or by the prospect of a deck staining project. Well, it’s easier than you think to choose and apply deck stain.

As an additional bonus, staining your deck regularly will help protect the wood from moisture, traffic and sun damage, extending the life of your deck.

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The type of stain you choose depends on the appearance and durability you want to achieve. Not sure which stain to choose for your project? Here’s a quick guide from Duckback:

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How to Clean and Prep Your Deck or Porch

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If your wooden deck is grey, dull and weathered, or if it no longer repels beads of water, then it’s time to clean and treat it! Pressure-washing alone isn’t enough. Regular maintenance, combined with select cleaning and restoration products, will help protect your wood deck surface, ensuring a longer lifespan and many years of enjoyment. Plus, it looks amazing!

So, why not restore your deck to its original glory for the outdoor entertaining season? With a little bit of time and effort, your rough-looking old deck can look brand new again! And now is the perfect time to revitalize your deck and SAVE!

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If your wood deck looks rough, but most of the boards are still intact and the structural components are sound, then you are a prime candidate for deck restoration. Here’s our step-by-step guide for how to clean and prep your deck or porch:

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Choosing Deck Railing

Tips for Choosing the Right Deck Railing

Choosing Deck RailingThe deck railing system you choose will be your deck’s most visible feature, so making the right railing choice is key to having your finished deck look as good or better than you imagined it at the start.

Are you in need of a partial or full deck renovation? GNH Lumber is ready to help you transform your old deck into an outdoor space your friends and family will enjoy all season long! Visit us in Greenville or Windham to discuss your decking project.

If you’re unsure where to begin the deck railing selection process, don’t worry! Here are some tips from TimberTech® that will help you choose the ideal deck railing for your backyard decking project:

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LP Siding

6 Colorful Ways to Compliment Neutral Trim & Siding

LP SidingThere are many benefits to choosing a neutral color palette for siding and trim. For one, neutral colors appeal to the broadest range of potential home-buyers, making your home more marketable when it comes time to sell.

Neutrals also may be the top pick in your particular neighborhood, and therefore necessary to help your home blend into its location. And because siding is something that will potentially grace your home for decades, neutral siding and trim colors are a timeless choice.

Even if your current siding color palette is quite basic, this doesn’t mean your home can’t have personality and curb appeal.

There are many creative ways to accent neutral siding if you’re looking for just a pop of color. Try these ideas to give your home a fresh new look!

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