gardening

Calling All Green Thumbs! Let’s Get This Garden Started

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Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get serious about making your garden sensational the season? Let GNH Lumber help get you started on the path to perfection. You can cultivate the garden of your dreams – and have fun doing it!

GNH has everything you need to break ground and get the garden fenced off right!

woman gardeningFrom colorful pots and planters, to decorative garden accessories, Bloem has something unique for every gardener of every age. Their planters not only get the job done, but they provide a splash of personality to any space.

Bloem’s Lucca planters come with an attached basin, so you only have to water from the top down until the root system is established, making growing easy. Make summer easier with self-watering planters that can help plants survive in drought conditions!

How do you do it? Here are the 3 easy steps:

Step 1:

Fill your Bloem Lucca planter with soil and plant your arrangement of live goods as you would normally.

Step 2:

Water plant from the top of the planter until the root base is established. (This will allow for the root system to grow into the watering tray. In the meantime, the watering tray will act as a regular saucer capturing excess water).

Step 3:

Once the root system is established (3-4 weeks), fill watering tray with clean water or fertilizer enhanced water. Root system will wick the water up for proper hydration. Once tray is empty refill as necessary!

Need seeds to start things off? GNH is happy to support and distribute Bentley Seeds for the gardening season. Bentley Seeds are developed specifically for our geographical region, so you are likely to get great growing results. And they come with easy growing instructions – even for those small garden spaces.

Added bonus: Bentley Seeds has a Give & Grow Program – with every retail packet you purchase on their website, Bentley Seeds will send a packet to a community garden or charity.

Come browse our expanded selection and get inspired!

5 Tips for Planning Your Perfect Deck

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With the weather warming up and the days growing longer, your outdoor spaces will soon be inhabited as much as the inside of your home. Now is the time to plan the perfect deck that you will enjoy throughout the spring and summer – and also into autumn or even winter!

A deck can expand the square footage of your living space, and can be planned to match the look and feel of your home, while staying within any budget. It can also increase your home’s curb appeal and property value.

Get your deck or porch project started!

deck-designer-toolPlanning a deck that perfectly matches your needs is fun and satisfying! TimberTech’s Deck Designer Tool allows you to plan out everything from your deck’s size, shape, design, and even down to the fine details such as color, texture and outdoor furniture!

Here are 5 tips to ease the process along:

 

1. Build to the Right Size

When planning a deck, you should first consider the amount of deck space you wish to create.  You can think about things like:

  • How many people will the space need to accommodate?
  • Do you want to add a hot tub, picnic table and benches, or grill station?
  • Would you like to add built-in seating or planters? How much space will these require?
  • Will your deck require stairs, and where they can be placed to lessen the obstruction of foot traffic?

A deck that is no more than 20% of the size of your home will ensure a good visual balance. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and an emphasis on the out-of-doors can be achieved with large, sprawling ground-level decking.
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2. Imagine Using Your Deck as Another Room

We often forget that outdoor spaces are just the same as indoor rooms, except without walls and doors! Think about adding built-in lighting to stairs and railings for easy nighttime enjoyment, and shaded seating for daytime use.

If you plan for an outdoor lounge area or cooking area, you can work those details into the design as you go along. You can also create a plan that makes for an easy hybrid space that can be adjusted quickly depending on the occasion.

3. Connecting the House with the Garden

The deck is often the link between the home interior and the gardens or landscaping. When planning, imagine your deck is a gentle transitional space between the interior and exterior spaces. You can emphasize surrounding gardens by providing easy views of flower beds, and incorporating built-in planters.

You can also blend the house interior with the deck by installing sliding doors and joining functions. For example, an indoor kitchen can merge seamlessly with an outdoor grilling space via sliding doors.

4. Think About the Goals of the Space

The goals of the space you are creating will dictate the planning. Ask yourself:

  • Will the space be used for cooking, lounging or gatherings?
  • Is this a place to enjoy a mountain view or find refuge from street traffic?
  • Will the space be used as a peaceful retreat or an exciting party space?
  • Is there a way to easily enter and exit the deck from both the house and the yard?

5. Materials that Provide Lasting Quality

Most importantly, choose decking materials that are easy to maintain and provide lasting quality.
Timbertech’s materials are low maintenance, safe and durable, for all of your decking needs. They also maintain their color for years without the hassle of maintenance. And, because it resists mildew, warping and insects, there’s no need to replace rotting, uneven or termite-damaged boards.

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Get your deck or porch project started!

Garden Fence

Building A Fence For Your Garden

Now that it’s time to start planting for your garden it’s also time to make sure that you keep those animals and pests out by building a fence. All you will need is some poultry netting and fence posts- both of which are on sale this month at GNH, so not only can you start building, but you will be getting a great price on your supplies! Follow these easy steps and you will have your garden fence up in no time.

Determine where you want the fence, and how much fencing you will need. Keep in mind that your posts should be about 6 feet apart, so you will need to figure out how many posts you will need as well.

Once you have all of your supplies, push the posts into the ground by stepping on the fin at the bottom.

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Line your roll of chicken wire up with a corner post and slip the horizontal wires along the second column of wire cells into the tabs on the posts.

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Next, unroll the wire and stretch it to the next post, ensuring the wire is taunt and level.

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Hook the wire to the post in the same way you did on the first post, and continue this process until you wrap all the way around to your last post. You can even  hammer in the tabs to ensure the wire doesn’t come out.

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Cut the chicken wire with wire cutters evenly down the edge, leaving a few inches beyond your last wire column.

It’s that simple!

American Flag Pallet

Do you love the American Flag? You can easily make a very nice flag from a wood pallet.

Directions:
1. Cut the pallet in a little if you want to have a more flag shape, or leave it whole like this one! Pallets come in all shapes and sizes, so cut it how you want.
2. Fill in any holes or damages with the wood filler, sand it with an orbital sander, or leave it rustic if you like.
3. Prime the front side of the palette
4. Using the blue painter’s tape, tape off the blue stars part of the flag and the white stripes.
5. Paint the red stripes.
6. Take the tape off the blue section and paint it blue. Let it dry overnight.
7. Print out a picture of a Star and cut it to create a stencil. Paint the White stars over the blue area.
8. Hang the Flag!

See detailed instructions here:
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WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THE JOB
Supplies
  • 1 Wood Pallet
  • Nails
  • Sand paper
  • Masking tape
  • Primer
  • Paint – Red/White/Blue
  • Varnish
  • Wood Filler (optional)
Tools
  • Saw
  • Orbital sander (optional)
  • Hammer
  • box cutter
  • Printer
  • Ruler
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