Outdoor Living

Incorporate Functionality into Your Lancaster, PA, Patio Design

Incorporate Functionality into Your Lancaster, PA, Patio Design

A quality patio design usually turns out to be as functional as it is beautiful. To incorporate functionality into your next Lancaster, PA, patio design, consider the various components that go into a patio and the reasons why the best patios become the prime spots for family outdoor enjoyment, relaxation, and entertaining.

6 Fire Pit Design Ideas for Your State College, PA, Backyard

6 Fire Pit Design Ideas for Your State College, PA, Backyard

What’s better than gathering around the fire with friends and family? Built-in backyard fire pits encourage outdoor living, for as many days in the year as the seasons allow. To give you inspiration, here are six ideas to consider for your State College, PA, fire pit.   

How to Assist York, PA, Clients When Choosing Hardscape Materials

How to Assist York, PA, Clients When Choosing Hardscape Materials

Getting your client to express their true wants and needs for their landscape isn’t always easy. Some homeowners have trouble visualizing a finished hardscape, and they rely on you for advice. Here is how to assist York, PA, clients when it comes time to choose hardscape materials.

Transform Your Client's Courtyard into a Private Outdoor Living Space in York, PA

Transform Your Client's Courtyard into a Private Outdoor Living Space in York, PA

If your client’s York, PA, home features a courtyard, you may be looking for ways to make that prime feature more functional, aesthetically pleasing, and private. Here are landscape design ideas for transforming a courtyard into a beautiful outdoor living space that will be used often.

Enhance Your Outdoor Lighting with FX Luminaire’s Luxor System, Now Available in PA

Enhance Your Outdoor Lighting with FX Luminaire’s Luxor System, Now Available in PA

As of January 2019, we are extremely proud to now offer FX Luminaire lighting as one of our lighting brands. FX Luminaire offers a vast variety of lighting fixtures, including uplights, downlights, underwater, and specialty lights. One feature that amplifies the thrill of their outdoor lighting and optimizes its convenience is the comprehensive Wi-Fi control enabled by the Luxor App.

4 Tips for Taking Your Client's Fall Outdoor Living Experience to the Next Level in Lancaster, PA

4 Tips for Taking Your Client's Fall Outdoor Living Experience to the Next Level in Lancaster, PA

For many, fall is a favorite time of the year when the weather cools off, the scenery brightens up, and pumpkin everything is in season. In Lancaster, PA, it’s also a fantastic time for being outdoors, and your clients’ landscapes should be ready for it. Here are some great tips for making sure they have what they need to fully enjoy outdoor living this fall.

Complement Your Hardscape Project with a Stunning Fire Pit in State College, PA

Complement Your Hardscape Project with a Stunning Fire Pit in State College, PA

Homeowners have many options for making their backyard truly unique among the neighborhoods in State College, PA. One option tends to stand out among the rest these days: They can make one of the more popular hardscape features—the fire pit—their own. Besides the flexibility in design choices, fire pits add visual interest and create a cozy place for people to gather. Consider the many ways that a fire pit could complement your next hardscape project.

Must-Have Outdoor Kitchen Appliances for Spectacular Outdoor Living in State College, PA

Must-Have Outdoor Kitchen Appliances for Spectacular Outdoor Living in State College, PA

The benefits of expanding outdoor living with a kitchen outside seem endless. In the warm seasons, homeowners with outdoor kitchens in State College, PA, get to cook in the open air and don’t have to miss out on the festivities when having friends and family over for a BBQ. To make sure they enjoy their outdoor kitchen to the fullest, equip your clients with all the essentials.

Keep Mosquitoes Away from Outdoor Living Spaces with an Effective Mosquito Repellent System in York, PA

Keep Mosquitoes Away from Outdoor Living Spaces with an Effective Mosquito Repellent System in York, PA

Summer is almost here, and it’s finally time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. Unfortunately, mosquitoes can put a damper on outdoor summer fun. You can help your clients avoid nasty chemicals and cumbersome traps with a mosquito repellent system.  Make any York, PA outdoor living space a pest-free zone with attractive mosquito repellent solutions from Watson Supply Inc.

5 Trendy Lighting Ideas for Summer Outdoor Living in State College, PA

5 Trendy Lighting Ideas for Summer Outdoor Living in State College, PA

An updated, trendy lighting plan is one of the most effective ways to breath new life into a State College, PA, landscape without extensive renovation. With summer almost here, here are some stylish lighting ideas to brighten up your landscape projects.

Complete Landscape Design with an Outdoor Audio System from Our Garden Supply Store in York, PA

Complete Landscape Design with an Outdoor Audio System from Our Garden Supply Store in York, PA

Take outdoor entertaining to a new level with an outdoor audio system. Outdoor entertaining is increasingly popular in York, PA—just look at the exponential growth of outdoor kitchen and landscaping businesses in the area. Too often, top-notch audio systems are sequestered indoors. But with the innovative products on the market today, the outdoor audio system is an absolute necessity.

Outdoor Lighting for Improving Safety and Security of Properties in State College PA

Outdoor Lighting for Improving Safety and Security of Properties in State College PA

A lighting plan is an essential part of any landscape design. Skimping on this important design and installation phase can not only impact the usability of a State College, PA, landscape at night, but also compromise the security of the property.

Stunning Natural Stone Walls for Hardscape Projects in State College

Stunning Natural Stone Walls for Hardscape Projects in State College

If built with quality stone, walls are an attractive and functional addition to any State College, PA, landscape, and can be used to break up or separate outdoor spaces, provide seating, or hold back soil. Selecting high-grade stone that offers a versatile color palette will ensure beauty and long-term durability.

3 Features that Make Outdoor Living More Convenient in State College

3 Features that Make Outdoor Living More Convenient in State College

The patio or poolside is meant to be a sanctuary to which homeowners can escape after a long week at the office. This entails being able to dine, converse, and enjoy the scenery in a relaxing and effortless manner. However, many of your clients may still be struggling to cart food from the home to the patio and may feel cramped or uncomfortable in their outdoor oasis.

3 Products for the Perfect Outdoor Fireplace in State College, PA

3 Products for the Perfect Outdoor Fireplace in State College, PA

An outdoor fireplace can be the focal point of any State College, PA, home’s backyard. Not only does it provide a warm gathering point for friends and family, but it also adds an element of style and elegance to a yard, making it a highly popular element with clients of landscaping contractors. However, choosing the right products with the right aesthetics, as well as quality, are vital to ensuring customer satisfaction.

Ideal Outdoor Kitchen Building Products from Unilock in PA

Ideal Outdoor Kitchen Building Products from Unilock in PA

For a flawless kitchen design in Lancaster, PA, it is important to choose materials that will not only match the style of your landscape but also boost the value of your home. Unilock offers a wide range of quality products, ideal for grill islands, bars, and seating that will impress with their stunning design and offer comfort.

Will my LED landscape lighting melt snow?

It seems that winter is finally coming to central PA, and if you are anything like me, you are probably thinking "I wonder if my new LED landscape lights will melt the snow?"  OK, so maybe you weren't thinking it before, but you are now, right? Well, the answer is yes.  And no.  Most professional grade LED fixtures generate enough heat to melt any snow that falls when they are on.  Many less-expensive LEDs on the market do not produce very much light since they are under-powered.  Because of this, there is not a lot of heat generated, limiting their ability to melt snow and ice as it hits the fixtures.  So the answer is "Yes" if you buy high quality LED fixtures, but "Maybe" or "No" if you buy low-quality LED fixtures.

Quality LEDs (the ones that quality landscape contractors install) will radiate more heat.  Why is this?  These fixtures are designed with internal heat sinks that pull the heat away from the LEDs and out into the housing.  This is done to increase the longevity of the LEDs, with the added benefit of heating up the housing. While they won't get hot enough to burn you (unlike incandescent light fixtures), they will heat up enough to melt the kind of snow and ice events that we typically receive here.

Now if we get completely buried in snow or ice, particularly during the daytime when the lights are off, it might take some time (hours or possibly even days) for the melt to occur after the lights come on.  This kind of snow event is rare enough around here that most people are not going to worry about what their landscape lighting looks like for that short period of time.  The benefits of LED lighting far outweigh this concern in most peoples' minds.

So the bottom line is this... Have a quality designer install quality LEDs, and you can enjoy the benefits of LED landscape lighting all year long, including during all but the very worst of snowstorms that come along.

Last minute lunch on the Primo XL

I forgot to bring lunch to work today, so what's a guy to do?  Cook some chicken thighs on the Primo XL, that's what! A quick trip to the grocery store for some chicken, a little seasoning, and back to work to get everything cooking.  I started our Oval XL and stabilized the temperature around 325 degrees (this took about 15 minutes).  While it was heating up, I washed and dried the chicken, sprayed it with some cooking oil, and rubbed on some spices.  I seasoned 3 pieces with SeasonAll, 3 with an Italian Blend, and 2 pieces with nothing at all.  Variety is a beautiful thing!

I set up the grill for indirect cooking by using the firebox divider and putting lump charcoal in only one side, and put in the drip pan rack, ceramic reflector plate, and a foil drip pan on the other side.  I wanted to get the chicken up as high in the dome as possible, so I put in the regular cooking rack and then the extender rack, too.  Here is a picture of the set-up...

I like to use the Primo Remote Thermometer, which allows you to monitor the grate temperature and the food temperature simultaneously.  The grate stayed at 325 degrees for the whole cook without any adjustments at all, and 45 minutes later when the chicken internal temperature reached 190 degrees, I took the chicken off... I knew it was going to be good when juices squirted out of the chicken when I picked it up with the tongs!  Here it is just before I pulled it off, and then plated.

(If you look at the before and after pictures, you can see how little of the lump charcoal was burned during this cook.  Closing up the vents puts the charcoal out, to be saved for the next cook.  Cooking with the Primo is incredibly efficient, and very little cleanup!)

If you'll excuse me, I've got to go eat!  The smell from this chicken is awesome!