Fun Landscaping Ideas for the Fall

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Oct 3, 2015


"Landscaping around your carport with evergreen trees is one way to set it apart"

The arrival of fall brings along with it some breathtaking colors. I love to see the red, yellow, and orange leaves appearing on the trees all around my neighborhood. You may think you have to wait until next spring to spruce up your yard, but that's not true. There are plenty of imaginative landscaping ideas perfect for autumn. Here are a few examples to get you started. Enjoy!

Create Ground Cover

One way to add some fall color to your yard is to plant ground cover. For instance, cranberry cotoneaster is fast-growing ground cover that features dark leaves and bright red berries in autumn. In the springtime, you get to enjoy its pale pink flowers. A cranberry cotoneaster can grow to be three feet tall and cover up to five feet of ground. It does best when planted in an area that receives full sun. Another popular type of ground cover is Zeblid Scarletta. This type of ground cover grows to be about three feet wide and three or four feet tall. In early spring into summer, it has fragrant white flowers and burgundy leaves. In the fall, its leaves turn a deep shade of copper. This plant flourishes in an area with partial shade. I like the idea of having plants that continue to transform themselves right through the fall season; don't you?

Get a Pergola

A pergola is a great addition to a yard any time of the year! It's the perfect place to hang strings of white lights to decorate for a gathering with friends on a cool autumn evening Or, you could embellish the look of your pergola with Virginia creeper vine. The deep red leaves of this plant are practically a symbol of fall. Decorating a pergola with English ivy is another idea if you're looking for attractive vining that does well in the cooler weather.

Plant Evergreens

Fall is an excellent time to plant evergreen trees and shrubs. By planting them in the fall, you're giving their roots time to develop in the warm soil. Evergreen trees are available in many shapes and textures that can lend year round interest to the appearance of your yard. Plus, thick evergreen trees and shrubs serve as shelter for many birds that don't fly south for the winter.

Plant Flowers That Love the Cool Weather

Did you know that there are flowers that flourish in the cooler temperatures? These blooms are something to consider when creating your fall landscape. Polar pansies are available in brilliant blue, pink, yellow, white, and orange. These flowers can be planted in the fall and are frost-tolerant. It's an incredible sight to see these beautiful blooms pressing upward from beneath a late February snowfall! Russian sage is another plant that loves the cool weather. This sturdy plant features a unique silver-blue color. Chrysanthemums, Dianthus, and snapdragons are other flowers that aren't afraid of the cold temperatures.

So now you have some fall landscaping ideas for your backyard this year. As the mornings get cooler, don't forget to put a scarf and winter hat on your favorite garden gnome! Thanks for reading. - Alan

This is How You Should Be Using Pallets In Your Yard

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Oct 3, 2015


"This is how Alan's Factory Outlet Amish made gazebo kits are delivered on a pallet"

Do you have a wooden pallet or two sitting in one corner of your shed or garage? If so, you have the basic materials for a fun item for your yard. As long as a pallet is in good condition, it can take on new life and make your yard a more pleasant place to be. This week's post is all about the creative ways you can transform a discarded pallet. Enjoy!

A Comfortable Bench or Chair

A pallet bench or chair is a sturdy addition to any backyard. A few cushions or decorative pillows can instantly add an element of comfort to these outdoor furnishings. If you want to make a piece of pallet furniture more attractive, I suggest you give it a coat or two of paint. Make sure the paint is suitable for outdoor furniture. An Adirondack-style chair in pale blue or a white bench decorated with stencils are just two ways to dress up your pallet furniture.

A Coffee Table

If you choose to create a bench, chair, or sofa out of pallets, you'll likely want a coffee table to complete the picture. You can make a coffee table with casters using a couple of large pallets. I think one of the best things about this coffee table is that you can move it around the patio with ease. Once again, staining or painting your pallet table makes it all the more stylish.

A Sandbox That Can Be Tucked Away During the Cold Weather

Do you have kids who dream of having their own sandbox? Well, you can make that dream happen with the help of some discarded wooden pallets. You can create a unique sandbox for the backyard that can be closed up to protect it from the elements. The design of this sandbox includes a bench for kids to sit on as they perfect their castles and moats. Not only are you making a fantastic sandbox for your kids, but you're showing them how a little bit of creative thinking can give new life to a discarded item.

An Outdoor Pallet Bar

Have your ever wanted a place to serve refreshments to friends and family in the backyard? If so, you may want to consider making an outdoor pallet bar. This particular bar features a counter made of bricks. You could also create a counter for your bar out of an old piece of plywood. Serving drinks here is one idea, or you could simply use it as a buffet table for a barbecue. Either way, it's an item that is both practical and attractive for your patio or yard.

A Vertical Garden

A vertical garden is another popular way to reuse wooden pallets. You may want to hang a pallet on a wall to make it easier to care for the plants inside it. Petunias, marigolds, and pansies are just a few of the colorful flowers that are ideal for a vertical garden fashioned out of a wooden pallet. I also like the idea of planting herbs like mint, thyme, and parsley in a vertical garden. Now that's one way to have plenty of herbs on hand for a recipe!

If you don't have any empty pallets sitting around your property, try checking with a warehouse or big-box store in your area. A business owner with a large supply of discarded pallets may be more than happy to donate a few to a do-it-yourselfer with a great idea. Thanks for reading. - Alan

The Right Way To Lounge In Your Yard

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Oct 1, 2015


I have a new addition for your to-do list: Spend some time watching late summer turn into early fall from a comfortable spot in your own yard. Whether you want to kick back in a gently swaying hammock or study the changing leaves from the comfort of an outdoor sofa, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy some time outside. There are plenty of options for homeowners who want to set up a mini-getaway in their yard. I thought I'd use this week's post to throw a few appealing ideas your way. Enjoy!

A Hammock

When you think of a hammock, you may picture the one that Gilligan slept on in the popular 1960s television show Gilligan's Island. But we've come a long way since then. There are many types available for sale, or you can make a hammock that suits your preferences. Some hammocks are made of soft muslin fabric that supports your body like a sling. Other hammocks are made of woven fabric, polyester, or canvas. If you're a homeowner with lots of sturdy trees in your yard, a hammock is a great option for you. You can also enjoy a hammock if there are no trees in your yard: There are freestanding hammocks available that can be set up on a patio or even out on the lawn. These hammocks are easy to move so you can enjoy a different point of view every time you relax outside.

An Outdoor Sofa or Loveseat

I've noticed that a lot of outdoor sofas look exactly like indoor sofas, except they're designed to endure the rain and sunlight. Outdoor sofas are great for both small and large patios because they are available in many sizes. A homeowner with an intimate patio may choose a loveseat that fits perfectly with the space. Alternatively, a homeowner with a large yard may want to invest in a gazebo and place an outdoor sofa there. Decorative pillows, colorful fabrics, and throw blankets are all appealing touches for any durable outdoor sofa.

Pallet Seating

Sometimes, making a piece of furniture adds to your enjoyment of it. If you love DIY projects, you may want to make some pallet seating for your yard. The best part is that you're making a comfortable place to sit while giving new life to discarded wooden pallets! I love when I can save an item from the landfill. Cover a pallet sofa with brightly colored cushions and place it on a large porch. Or build a lounge chair out of pallets to relax in while you admire your small garden.

A Porch Swing

Today, you can have a porch swing even without a porch. There are porch swings available that can be attached to a stand set and put in the middle of a yard. If you are lucky enough to have an attractive fishpond in your yard, I suggest you position your swing at one edge of it. You can watch the fish swim around as you swing to your heart's content. Whether you attach your swing to a porch or opt for a freestanding model, make sure you choose one with dimensions that suit your yard or patio.

Now get out there and start lounging! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Which Water Feature Is Right For You?

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Sep 30, 2015


Interested in a water feature for your backyard? A water feature can come in the form of a fishpond, waterfall, fountain, or even a bird bath. It's something that brings the sights, sounds, and even the smell of water to a piece of property. I thought I'd use this week's post to show you some interesting water features that are worth considering for your own backyard.

A Backyard Fishpond

Is there anything more relaxing than watching lily pads float on a small fishpond? A fishpond is an ideal choice for backyards of all sizes. A fishpond can occupy one corner of an intimate backyard or take up several feet of space in a sprawling backyard. In my opinion, one of the best things about a fishpond is you can be as creative as you want when choosing the plants, rocks, fish, and even the lighting that will be a part of the scene. One downside of having a fishpond is that they can sometimes develop algae that can cause the pond to take on an unpleasant odor. Also, raccoons, dogs, and other creatures sometimes invade fishponds to steal fish and tear up the plant life. But a fishpond is still an ideal option if you want a relaxing place to sit and watch colorful fish.

A Backyard Waterfall

If you want to take a basic fishpond scene a step further, you may consider putting in a fishpond with a waterfall. I think that waterfalls add beauty to a backyard fishpond, don't you? They also help to circulate the water, which can prevent algae from forming on the pond's liner. There are many attractive designs for waterfalls. A waterfall can be a small spillway disguised by decorative rocks at one end of your pond. Or you may opt for a more elaborate waterfall with water cascading down several stone steps. Though there are many benefits of having a waterfall in a fishpond, there are some drawbacks. For one, sometimes, the pump that operates the waterfall can malfunction, which may require you to remove it from beneath the water and reinstall a replacement. Also, if a waterfall involves an arrangement of stones, they can sometimes be pushed out of their arrangement by dogs, deer, and other animals. I think these risks are minimal compared to the enjoyment you can get from a backyard waterfall.

A Container Fountain

What if you're interested in a water feature for your backyard, but you don't really want a fishpond? I'd say that a container fountain may be just what you're looking for. This is essentially an attractive container with a fountain at its top. These containers are available in all sorts of designs. You could get one that looks like a large Grecian urn, an old-fashioned barrel, or even an elegant planter. There is a pump inside the container that keeps the water flowing. Depending on the container's design, the area around the fountain may feature decorative stones or flowers. A container fountain is a great idea for a homeowner who wants to go with a simple water feature for the garden. One disadvantage of having a container fountain is that the lighter ones can be knocked over and broken by pets or even older children. Plus, if you purchase one that sits low to the ground, don't be surprised if the family dog claims it as its own personal drinking fountain!

I hope you feel inspired by these water feature ideas. Why not add a little splash to your backyard this year? Thanks for reading. - Alan

How To Create Your Own Walkway

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Sep 21, 2015


Creating a walkway in your yard can lend a sense of harmony to the look of your property. You may create a brick walkway that leads from your house to the in-ground swimming pool in the backyard. Or you could make a gravel walkway that leads through your beloved garden. You won't be surprised when I say that I love seeing a flagstone walkway leading up to an attractive garden shed. If you decide to create a walkway, it's a good idea to learn what's involved in the process. Take a look at some of the most important details.

Where to Put Your Walkway

There are countless places to put a pathway in a backyard or elsewhere on a piece of property. If you have a small fishpond in your yard, you may want to put in a pathway that leads from the house to the pond. Or if you have a small fenced-in area for your dog, you could create a pathway between the house and the dog's backyard play area. Of course, it's best to choose a level piece of ground for the foundation of your pathway. Also, keep in mind that the design of your walkway can elongate the appearance of your yard or simply add interest to a flat section of ground. I suggest you take a good look at your yard before making a final decision on what type of pathway to create.

Tools and Materials Needed to Create a Walkway

Once you decide on the type of pathway you want, it's time to gather the tools and materials for the job. If you decide to build a brick walkway, your list of supplies should include a brick chisel, a level, a rubber mallet, a wheelbarrow, crushed limestone, bricks, sand, and landscaping fabric. Alternatively, creating a gravel pathway requires a materials list that includes stone pack, edging, landscaping fabric, and gravel. A square spade, a tamper, a steel rake, a utility knife, and a hammer are all tools necessary for building a gravel pathway. I'm willing to bet that you already have a lot of these tools in your garage.

The Steps of Building a Walkway

After choosing a location for your path, you have to demarcate it. Most pathways are about three feet wide. I think that's a good amount of space for one person on the path. The length of your path depends on where you want it to go. You can use wooden stakes and string to mark the area. I'll use a flagstone walkway as an example as I explain the steps involved in the building process. First, dig a trench that's about four inches deep inside the marked boundaries of your walkway. Next, attach a strip of steel edging on each wall of the trench. Steel edging prevents the foundation layer of pea stone from tumbling out of the trench and into the grass around your pathway. Roll a sheet of landscaping fabric onto the floor of your trench. This fabric keeps roots from growing up through your flagstone pathway. Pour the pea stone on top of the landscaping fabric, making sure the stones don't spill over the steel edging. The pea stone is the foundation for your flagstones. The final step is to firmly place each flagstone down on the layer of pea stone. Push down the flagstones so they sink into the pea stone, creating a stable pathway.

Just think of how much you'll love looking at a neat walkway of gravel, brick, flagstone, or mulch that you created with your own hands! Thanks for reading. - Alan

The 4 Ways to Get A Shady Backyard That Your Neighbors Will Envy

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Sep 17, 2015

The backyard is the perfect place to spend time with friends and family on warm summer afternoons. Take a moment to picture your own backyard. Maybe you have a lovely garden there or a swimming pool. Perhaps you have a volleyball net set up and ready to go for the next exciting competition. Though it's wonderful to spend time playing in the sun, every backyard should have an area where family and guests alike can relax in the shade. This week, I thought I'd look at four appealing ways to create a shady backyard area for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Embellish Your Pergola With Plants

I believe that a pergola covered with plants and vines can dress up any backyard area. A plant-covered pergola provides you with shade and can be the perfect getaway on a humid summer afternoon. There are plenty of colorful plants that are perfectly at home on a pergola. Morning glories are a popular favorite. These delicate blooms like nothing more than to twine around the sides of a sturdy pergola to show off their purple, pink, or white spiral petals. Other plants that are ideal for a pergola include clematis, yellow variegated ivy, and lilac solanum. I think that fragrant plants and flowers make a simple pergola all the more inviting.

Create an Unusual Canopy

For decades, people have been putting up canopies in their backyards to create a shady spot. However, you may want to put a new twist on this traditional option. For instance, you can get a canopy made of lightweight wood fashioned in a woven basket design. This could supply shade for a hammock, a patio table, or even a gathering of lawn chairs. Alternatively, a triangular sail shade is relatively easy to attach to poles or three sturdy trees in the backyard. Sail shades are available in a lot of colorful designs and can provide cool cover for a hammock or a chaise lounge. A retractable fabric canopy is an idea if you want to control the amount of shade in your yard. Retractable canopies are kind of like curtains except they are overhead instead of hanging on a wall.

Invest in a Floating Screen

A semi-transparent floating screen looks attractive while providing you and your guest with shade. I like floating screens because they don't inhibit my view of the sky. Floating screens made of bamboo blend in with the natural setting of your backyard. They are available in a variety of elaborate or simple designs that complement practically any area.

Install a Lattice

Installing a lattice overhead is a great way to create a shady area while improving the overall appearance of your backyard. A lattice featuring a diamond, square, or even an olive branch design creates an enchanting pattern of sunlight and shade on the grass or patio. Plus, you can further embellish your lattice by planting climbing hydrangea, wisteria, or English ivy nearby. These plants will wind around your lattice, making it look all the more appealing.

Try any of these creative ideas and you're sure to get a visit from a neighbor or two who wants to take a rest in the shade. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Why You Should Be Using Natural Bug Repellents

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Sep 4, 2015


Have you ever been chatting with a friend at an outdoor party only to be interrupted by the world's most persistent mosquito? I know I have. There is nothing more frustrating than putting on stinky bug spray only to have bugs crowd around you like you're the best thing since sliced bread. I've been hearing a lot about natural bug repellents lately and thought I'd take a closer look at some of them this week. Here's what I found.

The Benefits of Natural Bug Repellents

When you use natural bug repellent, you're avoiding the toxic chemicals contained in many of today's commercial bug sprays. A natural repellent is safe for you, your children, and any pets that may come in contact with it. I know that I have to put my can of bug spray up on a top shelf in the garage to keep it away from curious little hands. Also, do you realize that when you use commercial bug spray, you're killing flying pests along with other insects that may be in the area? Killing moths, butterflies, and other harmless insects can upset the ecological balance in our environment. Saving money is another reason to use natural repellent. Making your own bug repellent using herbs and other ingredients is a lot less expensive than buying several cans of commercial bug spray during the warm-weather months. Plus, when you purchase a can of insect repellent from the store, you are adding another can or plastic container to the landfill when all of the liquid is gone. This is one of the best reasons to make bug repellent instead of buying it. You can put your homemade mixture in a reusable jar, plastic spray bottle, or even a fancy atomizer.

Examples of Natural Bug Repellents

In my research, I found that there are certain scents that can drive mosquitoes and other pests away. Some examples include lavender, rosemary, sesame, cinnamon, and peppermint. All of these plant derivatives are easy to find. I know some friends who grow their own rosemary and lavender to use in various entrees. If you have an herb garden in the kitchen window, you're well on your way to making an effective supply of natural bug repellent. You can also make your own citronella candle with a few supplies, including beeswax, citronella essential oil, a lead-free wick, and an eight-ounce canning jar. Light this candle at your next backyard gathering and watch the mosquitoes turn and head for the hills!

Homemade Bug Repellents

If you have a lemon balm plant in your garden, then you have all of the ingredients you need for an effective natural bug repellent. You can apply crushed leaves to your skin or just plant these herbs around your patio to move the mosquitoes on to greener pastures. Alternatively, butterflies love the fragrance of lemon balm plants. Now I call that a two-for-one deal! There are several other natural bug repellents that can be made in a matter of minutes. These combine oil such as lavender, mint, eucalyptus, or clove with coconut oil. Most of these natural repellents only require a small amount on the skin to drive away pests.

I hope you give some of these natural bug repellents a chance at your next barbecue or backyard party. They can save you some money as well as give you a break from those buzzing intruders. Thanks for reading. - Alan

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The She Shed Saga: The Man-Cave for Women!

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Aug 25, 2015


You probably know what a "man cave" is, but have you ever heard of a "she shed"? Recently, dozens of she sheds have begun popping up on Pinterest. A she shed is a place where a woman can go when she needs a break from a noisy household. I looked into this growing trend and found a lot of cozy and luxurious she sheds that I wouldn't mind relaxing in myself. Like with a man cave, a woman can decorate her she shed in any way that suits her fancy. Here's a closer look at she sheds.

She Shed Designs of All Kinds

A she shed made of glass windows would be the perfect retreat for a woman who wants to lay on a comfortable daybed and gaze out at the trees, birds, and flowers all around her. The most popular she sheds have plenty of windows, creating an airy atmosphere inside the structure. I noticed that lots of she sheds have a front porch with a railing. I think a front porch makes the structure look more like a miniature house than a shed. Sheds that look like small cottages complete with a gable roof design are also popular. Regardless of its design, I suggest creating a path of natural stone or gravel that leads up to your shed. A path makes a she shed seem all the more like the ultimate retreat from the world.

Should I Buy a Shed or Build One?

If you decide you want a she shed, you can either buy one or build one. Of course, building a shed would require an investment of both your money and time. You'd need a collection of tools for the job as well as the necessary pieces of lumber. This is a great option if you're an enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer. But buying a shed is easier, and there are many designs to choose from. I have plenty of appealing options for she sheds available in my inventory. You would have the peace of mind of knowing that your well-built shed is made of quality materials.

Décor Ideas for a She Shed

Some she sheds look like elegantly decorated rooms, while others have a simple décor with lots of colorful throw pillows and beanbag chairs. Some women like to create décor based on a color. I saw one shed with a blue theme. It had a comforter in midnight blue on the daybed, baby blue curtains hanging in the windows, and a comfortable chair covered in navy blue fabric. The owner even had a window box filled with blue petunias. I also found a shed with a cat theme. There was a poster of a cat on the wall, curtains decorated with playful kittens, and a throw blanket with a cat design on it. Just like in a man cave, women like to include favorite items in their she sheds. Painting your shed is an idea for a woman who wants to improve the look of the outside of her shed. It's easy to do, and there are plenty of weather-resistant paints available.

Other fun items for a she shed might include:

  • A mini refrigerator for drinks and snacks
  • Prints, photos, and other artwork for the walls
  • A cold water dispenser
  • A large potted plant
  • Goldfish in a small tank

Have a good time decorating a she shed that will surely become your go-to place for relaxation. Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: shed for women

Extreme Playhouses

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Aug 14, 2015


I love to see neighborhood kids enjoying a playhouse in their backyard. Kids are so creative when it comes to decorating the inside of a playhouse and pretending that it's a store, a school, or anything they want it to be. I have sheds with front porches in that sometimes remind me a little of a kid's playhouse. I got curious about the different types of playhouses available today, so I did some research. Take a look at what I found. Enjoy!

Plastic Playhouses

Plastic playhouses are easy to set up and move around the yard, and they can be hosed off when they get dirty. In my research, I saw a bright purple plastic playhouse shaped like a castle with a slide and a drawbridge. There are plastic playhouses that look like miniature cottages with doors and windows that open and close. Some plastic houses are made to look like wooden log cabins. If you go with a plastic playhouse, I'd choose a shady area for it instead of putting it in the direct sunlight.

Wooden Playhouses

I found several wooden playhouses that look like miniature versions of houses. For instance, I saw one wooden playhouse made to look like a Victorian cottage. It has an A-frame roof, shutters on the windows, window boxes, and a Dutch door out front! Kids can paint the outer walls of a wooden house as well as its shutters. Another wooden playhouse that caught my eye featured a slide on one side of its front porch. The playhouse itself stands on stilts about four feet high. Kids access this house by a ladder at the other end of the porch. It's kind of like a treehouse without the tree. As long as the wood is water-resistant, wooden playhouses can endure the elements and stay in good condition.

Playhouses With a Unique Design

Have you ever heard of a crooked playhouse? This is a house that has all of the features of a traditional playhouse, but the roof or entire structure leans to one side. This is a great idea for a kid who wants a fantasy or storybook-type playhouse. I found another playhouse made of cedar with a curved roof. Its semi-tunnel design has a circular window and door. One of my favorite playhouse designs resembles a pirate ship complete with port holes and a crow's nest!

To Build or to Buy?

I wondered whether it's better to build a playhouse or purchase one. Building a playhouse can be complicated or simple depending on its design. If you decide to build, you'd need to buy the wood for the project and have the right kind of tools at your disposal. If you enjoy working on these sorts of projects, then building a playhouse would be an appealing option. Plus, it's an opportunity to teach kids how to use various tools, measure boards, and create a sturdy structure. Alternatively, if you don't feel comfortable taking on a project like this, then purchasing a playhouse is a convenient option. The prices for playhouses range from under $100 into the thousands.

Good luck in your quest to find a playhouse in a color and design that your child will love. Thanks for reading. - Alan

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Phenomenal Picnic Ideas

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Aug 7, 2015


Sitting down with family at a picnic table to have a relaxing meal outdoors is one of the best parts of summer. But you don't have to pack up a basket and drive to the nearest park in order to savor a picnic lunch. You can build a picnic table in your own backyard! This week, I thought I'd share some tips on how to build a picnic table. Also, take a look at some designs for tables that add even more fun to a gathering with loved ones. Enjoy!

Building a Picnic Table

When you think of a picnic table, you probably picture the traditional rectangular design with a bench attached to each side. These are durable tables that can be built with a collection of kiln-dried boards available at many home improvement stores. Most tabletops are made up of five boards that each measure 2 by 6. The length of your traditional picnic table depends on how much space you have in your backyard. Some tables are eight feet or longer, while most are around six feet in length. Traditional picnic tables have boards attached horizontally beneath the tabletop that provide support. Also, there are cross-braces that support the legs of the table as well as the benches that are attached to the sides. If you're looking for something a little more modern, you may want to consider building a picnic table with detached benches. That way, you can move the benches around to other areas when the table isn't in use. An octagonal picnic table is another idea if you want one that is suitable for a smaller patio. You can even make a picnic table out of a used pallet for your kids to enjoy. Regardless of what type of picnic table you decide to build, remember to apply a wood protectant so your table can endure rain and moisture without sustaining damage.

Picnic Tables With a Twist

One tremendous benefit of having your own picnic table is that you can have fun with its design. For instance, some picnic tables have a built-in drink trough. The traditional design can be modified to incorporate a small metal trough at each end of the table. Some people prefer to have a drink trough that runs the length of the entire table. These troughs can be filled with ice and loaded with sodas, juice, and other drinks. I think this is a clever idea; don't you? There are other picnic table designs that have a small grill in the center. Guests sit around the outer edge of the table and watch their meal being cooked. If you prefer to purchase a picnic table instead of building one, you can get one that folds up into a case. Store it away in the garage, shed, or even in your car's trunk! Some picnic table designs feature ornate carvings on the tabletop, allowing you to skip the hassle of washing and drying a tablecloth. You can be as creative as you want when choosing the perfect picnic table for you and your family.

Have a wonderful time creating your new picnic table. And as always, thanks for reading. - Alan

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