Easy Tips For Hosting A Tailgate Party On The Patio

23307793_lWith football season set to get into full swing, it’s time to start preparing to host gatherings to watch the game. Your patio can be the perfect spot for pre-game fun with friends and family. Here are 5 easy tips for hosting a tailgate party on the patio this fall:

Plenty of snacks. Snacks are a must for any get together, so be sure to stock up for a tailgate party. Grab bags of potato chips, tortillas, salsa, dips, pretzel sticks, and other easy finger foods. A veggie tray is a tasty and healthy option. Keep appetizers coming that you can pop right in the oven and warm up.

Coolers for cold beverages. Cold drinks are essential, so keep a few coolers on the patio that are stocked up with water, soda, and beer. Disposable coolers are affordable and convenient. Just make sure to fill them up with enough ice to last through the day.

Prepare easy eats. While you’ll have plenty of snacks on hand, your guests will want to east something hearty, too. Prepare a big batch of chili in the crock pot, or roast beef with Kaiser rolls for simple sandwiches. Side dishes like baked beans, pasta salad, potato salad, and Cole slaw are the perfect complement.

Fire up the grill. No tailgating party on the patio would be complete with firing up the grill. Have burgers, steaks, hot dogs, kabobs, and grilled veggies for guests to enjoy.

Hook up the flatscreen. There’s one thing that a tailgate party absolutely has to have, and that’s live coverage of the game. Hook up a flatscreen on the patio so everyone can watch the action.

Light the fire pit. Since it starts to get pretty chilly in the fall, you’ll want to have a heat source so your guests stay comfortable. A fire pit is the perfect place to gather as the temperature starts to drop. Put out a few flannel blankets and outdoor pillows for added comfort.

As you prepare for your tailgate patio party, keep these helpful tips in mind. Serving good food, making a comfortable place to hang out, and stocking up on cold drinks will ensure a great time is had by all. Friends and family will love watching the game at your place when you show them that you’re a host who thinks ahead!

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Fall is Ideal For Landscaping Redesign

1625729_10152040817452083_566120464_nThe leaves start to change color and fall to the ground and the weather is getting colder. Now is the ideal time to schedule that landscaping redesign that you’ve talked about for months or maybe even years. Contrary to popular opinion, fall is the best time to plant trees and bushes, sow a new lawn and do similar improvements to your property. Even though it may seem like a contrary notion, planting in the fall places less stress on your new landscape because there is less stress from and drought in autumn.

Think of it this way. When do gardeners plant spring bulbs? In the fall, of course. This is one of the most practical landscaping tips homeowners can remember. If flowering bulbs are placed in the ground in the autumn, why wouldn’t new trees, grass and other plants fare just as well? Flowering bulbs are dormant in the fall and should be planted at a depth that is twice their size for best results. While bulbs remain dormant until the spring, the roots of other plants continue to grow as long as the soil temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Planting at this time allows landscaping elements to develop a strong root system, making the plants ready to withstand heat and lack of water the following summer and have less of a chance of dying due to disease or possible pests.

Fall landscaping tasks should also include pruning trees and bushes, removing dead plants as well as cleaning up fallen leaves and removing spent growth from perennials. When these tasks are accomplished, its often easy to see gaps in your landscaping, making these months the ideal time to accomplish a redesign. In addition to adding new elements, plants that must be moved will be less prone to injury.

Have Hidden Creek Landscaping design and construct new flower beds, retaining walls or other features at the same time to give your property a whole new look that will heighten curb appeal. By accomplishing landscaping redesign in the fall, you]ll get a head start on next year’s growing season and have a lush, manicured property that is ready to be enjoyed.

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Back-to-School Landscaping Tips

shutterstock_174565160As the summer season draws to a close, life becomes more hectic for families. There’s a lot of preparation needed to get kids ready for the school year and a new schedule, and tending to the lawn can easily fall to the bottom of the to-do list. However, it’s important to upkeep the landscaping at this time of the year, even as winter is approaching. Here are a few simple and smart tips for homeowners to keep up with landscaping during the back-to-school rush:

Mow in the Evening. Mowing your lawn in the evening is a smart way to beat the heat during the summer, and it can be a good time to squeeze in the task during the week. You won’t have to worry about becoming overheated. Just don’t want until it’s too late in the day, since it starts to get darker earlier in the fall.

Feed the Lawn. The fall is the ideal time for grass growth, since it typically rains more, and the colder overnight temperatures allow dew to form on the lawn in the morning. By feeding it in the fall, it will have the nutrients that it needs to stay strong and healthy through the harsh winter months. When Spring finally arrives, it will bounce back quickly.

Hire Professionals. If you really cannot fit lawn care into your schedule during the back-to-school rush, hire a professional landscaping service to cut your grass. It saves you time, and you won’t even have to think about it. The crew will simply show up, mow the lawn, and leave it looking great. They can also provide services like aeration and fertilization, both of which are essential for proper landscaping.

Fall is one of the most important; if not the most important, time to take care of your lawn. Make time to work on it, even if you have a packed schedule, or turn to a professional service. You’ll be glad that you maintained it, especially once spring rolls around. Keep these simple landscaping tips in mind, and you will have a healthy, attractive lawn in every season.

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Landscaping Tips to Prevent and Minimize Poison Ivy Growth

7365563_lProperty owners are typically dismayed to come upon poison ivy in their garden or lawn. This type of plant features shiny yellow or orange-colored leaves that grow in a distinct three leaf pattern. When humans touch the leaves, an unsightly and uncomfortable itchy rash is often the result. This is because poison ivy contains the allergen urushiol. Therefore, when searching for landscaping tips and ways to prevent this plant from spreading, you will be pleased to know there are steps you can take to eliminate it from your property.

Pulling Up the Plants.

Tips concerning poison ivy include simply pulling up the plants by the root. Always wear heavy-duty rubber gloves, long sleeves and full-length pants to complete such tasks. Chop the vines and roots into small sections, as longer sections may flail through the air and come in contact with exposed skin. Use a “reacher” to place the vines and roots in a plastic-lined trash bin.

Keep in mind that roots often boast 100 times more allergy causing oils than the leaves, and therefore it is vital to avoid contact with roots. Cover the area where you removed the roots with black plastic and anchor pins and place light rocks to hold the covers down so the roots will eventually die.

Washing Clothing and Tools.

After you have finished, wash all shoes, gloves and clothing three separate times. Because tools may also become contaminated, all garden equipment should be cleaned with Technu lotion to avoid spreading the poison ivy to people or other household items or tools.

Minimizing Your Chance of a Poison Ivy Rash.

Thoroughly wash with soap and water if you think you have touched the toxic resin found on poison ivy plants. Do not touch other people or animals if you think you have been exposed. Among other practical summer tips is the recommended purchase of a barrier lotion from an outdoor supplier if you know you are going into poison-plant regions. Finally, eating the ivy leaves to “immune yourself” from their poison is an old wives tale and can cause a very dangerous reaction in your body. Although it is not always possible to avoid poison ivy, the tips outlined above will ensure your risks are minimized.

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