Pros & Cons to Outdoor Kitchens

Have you been tossing around the idea of adding an outdoor kitchen to your home? Before you do, it’s essential to have all the information to make an informed decision. So here are some of the pros and cons to consider before you start tearing apart your patio.

Pros of Outdoor Kitchens

  1. Entertainment Space

The best thing about an outdoor kitchen is that it gives you the space to entertain. Whether it’s a family gathering or a party with friends, an outdoor kitchen gives you the extra space you need and the luxury of entertaining outdoors.

  • Extension of Your Home

An outdoor kitchen is more than just an extra place to cook. It’s an extension of your home. It takes you outdoors without sacrificing comfort, technology, or convenience.

  • Enhances Your Yard

Instead of simply having a patch of grass and a patio, an outdoor kitchen turns your yard into a living space you can enjoy year-round.

Cons of Outdoor Kitchens

  1. Takes Up Space

An outdoor kitchen could take up valuable yard space. If your property is small or your priority is lots of grass, it could cut into your space without a well-thought-out design.

  • At the Mercy of the Weather

The weather impacts a covered outdoor kitchen much less than one open to the elements. In either case, you should add protective measures to your outdoor kitchen to keep it looking great and functioning properly, no matter what Mother Nature brings.

An outdoor kitchen is a great place to cook, eat, entertain, and hang out with family and friends. All cons aside, it’s a great investment and can add to the value of your home as well as provide some much-needed outdoor space. To get started designing and building your outdoor kitchen, reach out to the experienced team at W.P. Law.

How do Control Systems for Lawn Irrigation Work?

Every homeowner loves their automatic irrigation system! It manages all of your lawn and landscaping watering for you. No more dragging hoses around or remembering what you already watered. But how does it all work? We’re breaking down your lawn irrigation system into an easy guide.

The Irrigation System

Your underground sprinklers foundation are pipes buried about 12 inches under your lawn and landscaping. They connect to sprinkler heads where water pumped through the pipes pushes them up for watering. The water also feeds to drip lines for trees, shrubs, and flowers as well. They consist of zones, and the controller determines what zones water, when, and how long.

The Controller

The controller for your irrigation system starts in a valve box. You’ll find it somewhere in your yard buried just below the surface with a cover for easy access. Inside the box are valves that control the different watering zones. The settings on your control box regulate how long the valves operate and let water through the pipes. Then, you determine how you set the watering schedule.

Setting and Forgetting

The beauty of an automatic irrigation system is that you can set it and forget it. Or you can adjust it as needed, depending on the weather and the needs of your landscaping. Use your controller’s manual to set the zones and program the time. You can set the day your system waters, which zones go in which order when each zone turns on and off. You have complete control of your irrigation.

Control systems for lawn irrigation only work if you have an automatic irrigation system. To find out how to enhance your current system or get information on installing one, contact the lawn and irrigation specialists at W.P. Law.

How to Keep Your Lawn Looking BOO-tiful This Fall

It’s almost Halloween, which means the idea of lawn care can be frightening. Don’t let the idea of prepping for winter scare you. With some spooktacular tips and tricks, your lawn can look frighteningly beautiful throughout the fall.

Start With a Short Cut

Mowing your lawn short can help prep it for fall and winter. An inch is the right length to help it preserve energy and moisture as it begins to hibernate for the cooler weather. Be sure to keep mowing as long as it’s growing, so it doesn’t get smashed under fall leaves.

Keep Raking!

One of the worst things for your lawn this fall is a heavy load of leaves on top. Not only does it crush the grass, but if left on your lawn, it can start to rot and cause fungus and other issues. The leaves also block out the sun and deprive your lawn of essential nutrients. Be sure to remove the fallen leaves regularly and keep the grass clear of debris to keep it healthy in the coming months.

Aeration is King

A fall essential for your lawn is aeration. Removing small plugs of grass and soil helps your lawn get more oxygen and water as well as improving drainage. Aerating in the fall is a great way to get your yard healthy and keep it that way through the fall and winter.

Instead of hiding out and ghosting your lawn this fall, use these basic tips and tricks to keep it healthy starting at Halloween and going through the winter season. For help with any of your lawn care or maintenance needs, be sure to contact the experts at W.P. Law.

Tips & Tricks to Keeping Your Drain Free from Debris This Fall

Drains are common in commercial buildings and homes in the south and are essential for keeping excess water away from your building, home, foundation, driveway, and landscaping. In the fall, when leaves are falling, and there is extra debris on the ground, it’s critical to keep those drains clear. Here are some tips and tricks to help.

Rake Your Yard

Raking your yard can keep your yard healthy, but it can also help prevent drain blockages. Blowing leaves might be easier than raking. If you go that route, be sure to blow them away from drains and the street. Collect them in one place and bag them up.

Keep Landscaping Trimmed and Maintained

Excess branches and landscaping debris can be the first to clog your drains. However, regular maintenance, including trimming, can keep it out of your drains. After trimming, be sure to bag the waste, so it doesn’t end up in your or the street storm drains.

Install Proper Filters and Guards

One of the best ways to prevent debris from getting lodged in your drains is with the right filters and guards. It’s vital to ensure proper installation and to secure them so they won’t dislodge easily. Once installed, they require cleaning throughout the season and after storms that might wash debris into the traps.

Every home and business should have proper drainage. If left unchecked, those drains can fill with debris like leaves, dirt, and sticks. When this happens, your home or building could be in danger of flooding, rot, mold, and damage. Before you risk it, contact the team at W.P. Law.

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