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Safe Snow Removal Tips to Avoid Injury This Winter

Winter show shoveling tips

While Boise may not experience another snowpocalypse anytime soon (we certainly hope not!), some snowfall is still inevitable as winter begins to settle into the Treasure Valley. Some careful planning before the snow starts to fall is the best way to be prepared.

Here are a few suggestions to make snow and ice removal around your home and business a little safer and easier this winter.

Shovel Safely

If you're planning on attacking your snow-covered driveway and sidewalks with a shovel, there are a few safety precautions to always keep in mind. You'll avoid injury when you play it safe and approach the task with caution.

Choosing a Gate for Your New Vinyl Fencing

choosing a vinyl gate

You've spent a lot of time deciding what type of fencing to install, and you've landed on vinyl! Vinyl fencing is popular for its beauty, low maintenance costs and wind resistance, and it's easy to keep clean, too!

Your fence contractor can help you choose fencing that matches your home, and once you've settled on a style, you'll need to consider your gate.

Choosing the Right Gate

Your vinyl fencing isn't complete without a gate, and you'll want to find the right combination of features to meet your needs. Here's what to keep in mind when making your selection.

Choosing a Gate for Your New Vinyl Fencing

You've spent a lot of time deciding what type of fencing to install, and you've landed on vinyl! Vinyl fencing is popular for its beauty, low maintenance costs and wind resistance, and it's easy to keep clean, too!

Your fence contractor can help you choose fencing that matches your home, and once you've settled on a style, you'll need to consider your gate.

Choosing the Right Gate

Your vinyl fencing isn't complete without a gate, and you'll want to find the right combination of features to meet your needs. Here's what to keep in mind when making your selection.

How Much is Vinyl Fencing?

True cost of vinyl fence vs wood fence

Many homeowners looking for new fencing opt for vinyl, and it’s easy to see why. Vinyl fencing offers wind resistance and longevity, plus it's very low maintenance.

When it comes to shopping for vinyl fencing, the question of “how much” is usually the most important one. The fact of the matter is, it’s highly variable and depends on a number of factors. This article will give you the breakdown of some of the elements that affect cost so that you know what to expect.

Need Some Privacy? Get a Cedar Privacy Fence!

Privacy Cedar Fence

There are plenty of good reasons to add or replace fencing on your property. For one, it can increase the value of your home and enhance the curb appeal. For another, it’s a great way to get some additional privacy if you’re seeking it.

Your fencing contractor can help you find the best style of fence for your particular needs, but here’s a bit about the perks of a wood privacy fence.

Privacy

Obviously, if you’re adding a privacy fence, you’re doing so for privacy, but it’s still worth discussing as a benefit.

Your fence height will help determine just how much privacy you get, but even an average height fence gives you the private outdoor space you need. It helps deter crime and keeps kids and pets safe, too.

Treating Your New Vinyl Fence Right

Vinyl fence care tips

Congratulations on your new vinyl fence! You probably already know all the perks of vinyl fencing, like its attractiveness and durability. Vinyl is a low-maintenance material that will last years to come, but there are some guidelines that can help you take the best care of it as possible.

Cleaning

It’s a good idea to clean your fence periodically. Not only will it look better, but it will give you a chance to look it over for any issues like cracks. A spray with the garden hose is really all your fence needs for cleaning. However, if you have any extra dirty areas that won’t come clean, just use a mild detergent and rag.

Get Ready for Fall Cleanup

Fall Clean Up tips

Ah, fall. Crisp mornings, changing leaves, pumpkin spice. But in addition to getting cozy on the couch, autumn also means it’s time to clean up the garden before winter. We’ve got some tips to help you prep for fall cleanup in your yard so you can have a plan of attack…followed by a nap.

Put the Garden to Bed

You might have some fall veggies planted, but if not, now’s a great time to get it cleaned out. Pull out any remaining plants and debris, then till the soil. Add compost for extra benefits when you plant next spring.

Plant Now

Since you’re putting the garden away, you can also prep for next year’s colors by planting bulbs, shrubs, and fall annuals.

Rake and Cleanup Debris

In addition to raking fallen leaves, take the time to pick up any leftover debris such as twigs or fallen foliage around bushes and flowerbeds.

Reasons Vinyl Fencing Beats Wood Every Time

Vinyl fence vs wood fence

When it comes to choosing fencing, you just can’t beat vinyl. When looking for the right kind of fence to add to your curb appeal, it’s important to also factor in a few other things besides aesthetics. Longevity is one of the most significant considerations to make when choosing fencing, and when it comes down to vinyl versus wood, vinyl beats wood every time.

Why We Highly Recommend Vinyl Fencing

Wood fencing has been the go-to fencing option for generations due to its classic appeal and the fact that it can tend to be the cheaper route (depending on what kind of wood and design). However, if you’re looking to maintain or increase your curb appeal long term and want to keep maintenance costs down, vinyl is the best choice.

How Privacy Fences Help You Deal With Nosy Neighbors

Choosing a fence

A privacy fence is more than just a structure to keep your kids and pets close to home. A fence also helps keep overly attentive neighbors out of your yard. So what is the difference between a privacy fence and a regular fence?

Privacy and Regular Fence Definitions

According to Wikipedia.com, a fence is a "structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors, and is usually constructed from posts that are connected by boards, wire, rails or netting."

A privacy fence is a solid structure that separates two adjacent properties. The fence is typically between four to six feet high and does not have any holes or spacing between boards, thus providing privacy in your yard.

Choosing between a privacy fence and another fence?

There are a few things to consider when choosing to put up a privacy fence around your property.

Is It Time to Add a Fence?

thinking about putting up a fence.

If your property doesn't already have a fence, or if it's an old or ineffective fence, you might be considering whether or not to invest in some new fencing.

Here are a few of the main reasons why adding a new fence might take top priority.

You Have Pets

If you are getting or have a dog or puppy, having fencing is one of the easiest ways to make sure they stay safe. Keeping your pets in the backyard helps ensure they don't get lost or injured, and it helps them play securely and know their limits.

If you don't have a fence, or if your current fencing isn't pet-friendly, consider adding a beautiful and safe fence to your property.

You Have Children

Even if your child is very young, you should still be thinking about fencing. As they grow older and spend time outside, you won't be able to watch them every moment, so having a fence helps keep them safe in the yard.

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