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5 Reasons You Need a Fire Pit

Do not get us wrong--we love the bright sunshine and vibrant green grass of a summer’s day, but there’s something about an autumn evening that just cannot be beat. So besides pumpkins, cinnamon scents, and cooler temps, what could make your fall season even better? A fire pit.


You don’t have to choose between comfort or fresh air.

Before you had a fire pit, you had to sit in the stale air of your family room or bring out every blanket and fuzzy hat in an effort to enjoy the cool temperatures without risking freezing. But now, you’re free to sit in your sweater and breathe in the crisp autumn air while your feet warm by the crackling logs. A win-win if we say so ourselves.


Need we say s’more?

There are many foods that just taste better when cooked over an open flame; hot dogs, popcorn, steak--and of course, s’mores. Nothing toasts a marshmallow to perfection faster than a fire pit. Check out these ways to add even more flavor to the perfect campfire snack.


Extend the life of your outdoor space.

After a wonderful summer of enjoying your backyard, the drop in temps can feel like you’re being boxed into your own home. Say goodbye to looking longingly out the window at your patio space. Thanks to a fire pit, you can comfortably enjoy the same space and warmth as you did all summer long.


Like going camping, but better.

All of the fun of sitting around a campfire telling stories and laughing, but when you get to sleep in your own warm, snuggly bed.


It brings people together.

Social calendars take a dive when people aren’t outside as much, but you can still be the talk of the neighborhood as you wave people over to join your cozy fire pit. Host your own fire pit party! Here’s how.


Sold yet? Contact us today to get yours installed before the autumn and winter seasons!


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It’s that glorious time of year. The grill is fired up for Labor Day, the temps are finally dropping to a reasonable 85--and your yard is full of patches of dead grass.

Areas of dead or matted grass in your lawn can be a result of many external factors. Most often, weather and foot traffic are the two major culprits. However, if you’re not sure how your lawn ended up so raggedy, give us a call. We can come out to inspect, diagnose, and treat whatever issues your yard is facing.

But if you already know that your lawn’s enemy is feet, animals, and the summer sun, then overseeding may be the right answer for you!

Overseeding can breathe life back into your lawn, using fresh seed to bulk up your grass. In addition to enhancing your curb appeal, overseeding is also great for the quality of your lawn. Fresh new grass will ward against weeds, many insects, drought, and the usual wear-and-tear that every good ole American lawn goes through.

Here are the three steps to overseeding your lawn this autumn:

Get the lawn ready.
For seeds to take to the ground, they need to touch it. If your grass is too tall, or your yard is covered in brush, the new seedlings won’t attach and thrive. Before you put your seed down, be sure to clear your yard.

Lay the seed.
Your method for laying seed will be determined by your equipment, your experience, and the size of your land. You can use machinery, raking, or even your own two hands.

Tend the land.
Water the seeds after you lay them, and cover them over with a thin layer of straw if there is no live grass around. Then steer clear. Wait a week or two until the seeds begin to germinate before walking on or mowing your lawn.

Got questions? Give us a call for more expert advice on keeping your lawn up to snuff.
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This is not a drill: Before we know it, it will be labor day and we’ll be closing the pools and getting out the pumpkin spice and turkey. But don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to make the most of the remainder of summer!

Get Out(side)

Don’t underestimate how much you’ll miss walking outside to beautiful scenic views of bright colors and green grass. Invite the neighbors, friends and family over to have a pool day! The best part? The pool does most of the work! Have a simple lunch or snacks for your guests, and the rest is off your shoulders! 

Don’t have a pool? No problem! There are so many ways to stay cool and have fun doing it. If you have a younger crowd to please, try sprinklers, a homemade water slide or even a baseball water slide! If you’re gathering is more adult-focused, have plenty of fans and shade around, and provide cold snacks and beverages.

Make Everything An Occasion

This is the time to live it up before you’re stuck inside! Be over the top with your space, and get more enjoyment out of the everyday! Here’s some ideas to get you started:
  • Make “just a glass of wine” with friends more festive with snacks and decorative glassware!
  • Add some festive pool floats to bring fun and personality to any gathering!
  • String lights make almost any gathering feel like a party- liven up your space by stringing them under a pavilion like our client above, along a fence or deck!

There’s Always Something To Do

Summer is the one time you are not allowed to say you’re bored. There’s simply no time for it with the restricting cold weather slowly sneaking up. Cape Girardeau has awesome summertime fun that you have to check out for yourself:

Cape Splash
We make sure the landscaping and atmosphere is beautiful and fun at Cape Splash! Head there, or your neighborhood pool, for a fun-filled day! Bring along a picnic lunch, and you have an easy outing that everyone will enjoy.

Ice Cream Heaven
In Cape Girardeau, we know our frozen treats. Check out the best places to get ice cream in Cape, and cool down the best way we know how! 

Downtown Livin’
We are lucky to have such a fun and lively downtown atmosphere. There’s something for absolutely anyone on Main St from shops to great food and bars.

 

We hope we gave you plenty of reasons to take the ending of summer more seriously. If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments!

 

 

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Unfortunately, your home needs more than a great personality to sell. This month's Yard Envy is all about putting the wow factor into your front yard!

Everyone knows the phrase ‘Curb Appeal’, but that phrase takes on a whole new meaning when you want to sell your home. Your front yard is the first thing someone sees when they pull up; making that first impression a crucial aspect for the tone that is set for the buyer, before they even look inside.

We narrowed it down to the top 5 ways you can liven up the look and feel of your home!

Paved Driveways and Sidewalks

A paved driveway or sidewalk adds a classy and customized look to your residence. Not only can it improve the overall look and feel; it gives it an inviting characteristic that will appeal to anyone looking for a place to call home. With so many colors and shapes to choose from, there is an option for any color or type of house.

Bright Colors & Green Grass

There’s nothing less homey than an untouched and impersonal landscape. If you want someone to be interested in your home, show them how great it can be! Whether your lawn needs fresh seed or just a little watering, it’s worth your time and effort to make sure it’s green and bright. To add some character and beauty to your front yard, flowers are a quick fix. Always search for flowers that are good in the summer heat (you know Missouri weather), and get planting!

Landscape Lighting

Let’s light up the night! But really, nothing makes your home look more elegant than perfectly aligned lights to show it off. Landscape lighting used to be a few lights along you sidewalk, but times have quickly changed! Now, the trend is to light up your whole house with perfect angles and distinction, and it’s easy to see why. Displaying the value and architecture of your residence 24 hours a day will increase the average amount of people that can see it’s potential.

Water Features

There’s nothing more inviting than a fun and entertaining water fountain or pond. Water features look and sound beautiful, but most importantly, they add a unique characteristic to your home that no one will forget. 

Comfort

When someone looks at your house, you want them to visualize their family living there and making it their home: That becomes pretty hard to achieve when you have a blank yard with no homey or intimate features. There are many ways to add character to your yard, but the best way is to shoot for comfort. You can achieve that look of comfort with something as simple as a rocking chair or even better, outdoor furniture and accessories!

 

From larger projects like paving and water features to minor updates, Stork can work with any need and budget. Reach out to us today; we would love to evaluate your property! 

 

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Is this the summer you want to turn your outdoor space into the place everyone wants to be? We can tell you how to create an environment that will impress and entertain, in this month's Yard Envy.

So, what's the secret for outstanding outdoor entertaining? We could go on all season, but instead we narrowed it down to the top three essentials for the perfect outdoor destination for summer fun.

Be Creative with Different Seating Options

A great seating arrangement can transform the feel and flow of your outdoor space. Giving guests the choice of where to sit will not only make them more comfortable, but it will open the door to them sitting by who they choose to. That means more conversation, more good times and a gathering that suits everyone! Don't know where to start? Here are some great ways to change-up your sit-downs:

  • Create the perfect flow by having separate lounging areas with seating and places for guests to easily set down their food or drinks.
  • Make it comfortable! Everyone likes a pleasant place to sit; outdoor couches and other furniture are a great addition to any outdoor space, and they are becoming more popular and affordable each year.

Atmosphere is Everything

Even the best party can be brought down by a dull backdrop. When you think of summer, you think of bright colors, green grass and tiki torches. Ok, maybe that's a little specific, but you can see where we're going! Bring the summer spirit into your patio or yard with some of these fun extras:

It's All About Variety

We won't ask you to plan a special performance or hire flame throwers just for a barbecue, but providing some extra things for guests to do is the perfect way to please a group of people. Whether it's variety in what you serve, different games or places to chat, you'll have a stress free night of entertaining. Here are some likable idea's to liven up your next gathering:

Now you're pretty much set to have the best summer ever. Need any help making your yard look 5 star? Give us a call- we would love to work with you!

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