It's Time To Elevate Your Gardens

2' x 4' Elevated garden planter. Other styles available.   The experts form Outdoor Essentials want to help you go from landscaping to their version of yardscaping; that is, from the expensive maintenance of traditional lawns to creating outdoor spaces that require less money and effort, but are more aesthetically pleasing and functional.   Our last post explained how landscape rocks make a yard more interesting and easier to maintain, while hiding unseemly areas. Another way to add interest, color and functionality to a yard is with raised garden beds and planters. Planters differ from raised... read more

Begin "Yardscaping" With Landscape Rocks

Landscape rock in yard.   If your yard is wearing you and your wallet thin, it might be a good time to graduate from landscaping to yardscaping; that is, from the expensive and old-fashioned maintenance of grass, flowers and trees … to creating outdoor spaces that require less money and effort, but are more aesthetically pleasing, functional and – often – more environmentally friendly.   Welcome to Outdoor Essentials’ version of yardscaping 101. Over the next few blog posts, the team from Outdoor Essentials will share a few ways to create a yardscape that is easy on the budget and requires... read more

Tips For Better Gardening From The Outdoor Essentials Experts

  The products from Outdoor Essentials not only produce more aesthetically appealing gardens, they make them easier to maintain. We want you to get the most out of your garden, with the least amount of effort.   In that vein, the experts from Outdoor Essentials have compiled the following tips to help improve your gardening enjoyment – and your yields.   1. Determine your area’s early plantings. Typically, good early plantings include brassicas, a family of plants that includes kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbages.  Other cool season crops include radishes, beets, peas,... read more

Community garden for local food bank gets help from UFP Windsor

Photo: The finished garden.   When The Home Depot in Thornton, Colo., helped sponsor the construction of a community garden in the neighboring town of Northglenn, our affiliate in Windsor, Colorado (UFP Windsor, LLC) stepped up to help. The City of Northglenn donated a plot of land and our Windsor operations provided discounted products to construct raised garden beds. Then, on April 26, some 60 volunteers, including 30 students from two nearby schools organizing the event, came together to build the garden beds, a fountain and an outdoor classroom.   The community is to hold a ribbon-cutting... read more

Universal Forest Products Affiliates Launch UFP-Edge

                              Universal Forest Products affiliates launch UFP-Edge, premium pattern, fascia and trim   Made from top-quality lumber using state-of-the art equipment and processes   Locally manufactured and sold, providing significant quality assurances       RIVERSIDE, CALIF., JULY 22, 2013 – Answering demand for premium profile products that are backed by the assurances that come from being manufactured in the region, Universal Forest Products affiliates have launched UFP-Edge: superior pattern, fascia and trim products made and sold exclusively in the Western United States.  ... read more

Abaco offers new ways to add tropical hardwood to deck railing

Abaco is offering some cool, new products like hardwood railing kits. Coming from this leader in tropical hardwood decking, you know they have to be good. And they are - they're easy to install and give homeowners several ways to incorporate the warm look and durability of tropical hardwood into their deck railings.   With Abaco's Moulded Railing Kit, homeowners can add railings and balusters made entirely of tropical hardwoods, creating a simple, uniform look.     With Abaco's Face-Mount 2x4 Railing Kit, they can add top and bottom railings made of tropical hardwood and mix them with... read more

Aljoma Lumber to showcase the best in siding and decking at 2013 FBMA Convention

If you're heading to the annual convention of the Florida Building Materials Association (FBMA), don't miss the great new products that will only be on display at the Aljoma Lumber booth # 506.   Aljoma, a leading distributor of building materials in Florida and the Caribbean, will showcase some of the industry's most advanced siding and decking products, including Trap-Loc Siding, which can withstand harsh hurricane conditions while using fewer fasteners. It's a game-changer. Come see for yourself.     Aljoma also will exhibit its line of Abaco tropical hardwood decking products. Why Abaco?... read more

Today Only Deal At

The Home Depot will feature one of Universal Forest Products’s products on it’s website today as its “Special Buy of the Day”.  This is a new first for UFP.   For one day only, a knock-down work table produced by UFP Riverside, LLC is the retailer’s featured “Special Buy of the Day” via Home Depot's daily email blast and in a dedicated section of  The table normally retails for $82 but is being offered for $59.99 online. It is featured all day today, but only available while supplies last. Get yours here.  read more

2013's Hottest Decks are Crazy for Color

Use Ultra-Bright Accessories and High-Energy Hues on Your Deck this Spring and Summer to Stimulate your Senses and Boost your Spirits Color is everywhere this year. Gone (…yawn…) are neutrals’ days of design dominance. Just ask Pantone. Widely acknowledged as the leading authority on color trends, Pantone has named Emerald 17-5641 Color of the Year and forecasts Lemon Zest, Poppy Red and Nectarine to be popular as well. Likewise, Sherwin-Williams predicts June Day, Kumquat, Exuberant Pink and Gladiola will make a big splash this spring and summer.   For deck enthusiasts, there’s nowhere more... read more

Abaco To Show At JLC Live This Weekend!

  JLC LIVE is no ordinary trade show. Which is why it’s a PERFECT place for Abaco Decking—because Abaco is no ordinary product.   Abaco will be at JLC LIVE tomorrow and Friday (March 22 and 23), Booth # 1320, and we’ll be building mini-decks so you can see all of its great benefits. Abaco is an environmentally friendly, exotic wood deck that naturally resists rot, decay and termites and is highly resistant to splintering and other problems.   We’ll show you how beautiful and durable it is. We’ll show you how easy it is to put together using the  Pro Plug® System. We’ll talk about our Class-A... read more

Abaco Tropical Hardwood: Fire-Rated “Best in Class” for Building Projects

  When large-scale residential or commercial building projects must meet the very strictest building code fire safety ratings, only wood that earns a Class A flame spread rating will do. Abaco makes the cut. What Makes Abaco a Superior, Class A-Rated Wood? According to the ICC International Building Code’s gold standard for certification — the ASTM E84-12b Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials — Abaco can boast a Class A rating. These tests analyze wood and rate it in three classes—A, B or C—based on the allowable limits of flame spread and smoke development for each... read more

Universal Forest Products To Introduce PreBuck — Innovative Manufacturer of Parapet Caps, Window and Door Framing Systems and Sill Plate Installation — at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas

  Entrepreneur Brett Schlosser has so many ideas, they’re practically bursting out of his head. So much so, he’s on the verge of single-handedly ushering in a construction revolution. UFP is proudly hosting Schlosser’s company, PreBuck, at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas in February to help debut his engineering innovations and introduce his advances to a much wider audience than the fans he’s already garnered throughout the greater Grand Rapids, MI area. PreBuck’s parapet caps, window and door framing systems, and “wet set” sill plate installation all focus on combining strength and... read more

Have Fun and Feel Good Feeding Your Feathered and Furry Backyard Friends this Winter

  Clad in soft downy plumage, the chickadee Fears no cold in its nest in the hollow of tree: And it comes to the garden to pick up the seed The dear little children cast out for its feed. - From “The Little Chickadee Warbler of the Winter Woods” by Isaac McLellan (1806-1899) Where temperatures are cold and the ground is covered in snow, feeding birds and squirrels is a very popular winter hobby. That’s probably because it takes so little time and effort to offer healthy, much-appreciated food to your backyard friends while simultaneously providing endless entertainment and educational... read more

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Deck-Lovers

  Top photo: Nate Salnick - 2011 Best Deck Contest Entry It may be cold and snowy out there, and parents may be busier thinking about their Elf on the Shelf’s next escapade rather than how to set a pretty dining table for their first barbeque next summer, but true die-hard deck-lovers dream of their outdoor living space all year round. Therefore, why not give the gift of anticipation during the darkest time of the year and bring a little taste of summer’s warmth of into their lives this holiday season? Some of the best gift ideas for the deck-lovers in your life include: Gifts for serving food... read more

Spruce Up Your Deck, Fencing and Mailbox For The Holiday Season

  Photo credits: Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun in my title. After all, decorating your outdoor features with garlands and sprays of evergreen this winter will enhance your enjoyment of the season every time you look out your windows, go outside to play with your kids or get your mail. Elegant swags of green garland draped along your deck railings and fence line, as well as beautiful sprays of evergreen on your posts and mailbox — with or without lights or additional flair like wreaths, bows or pinecones — will make your deck and yard cheery for winter. Real garland can be... read more

Decorate for the Season with Homemade Ice Luminaries

Photo credit for images: Whether you find decorating for the holidays a joy or a chore, many of us focus more on making the inside of our homes merry rather than the outside. But as the days grow shorter and colder, a bright, colorful focal point outside your windows — enjoyable both day and night — can really boost your mood. One way to add decorative fun to your deck posts, front porch, steps or walkways is with homemade frozen luminaries. This craft project is perfect for one person or the whole family. Children of all ages can participate, but it’s an easy do-it-yourself for... read more

A Whole New Reason To Give Thanks For Your Grill

If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor kitchen, there’s no better time to use it than when the weather cooperates on Thanksgiving. With more dishes than will fit in your indoor oven, and recipes needing to cook at different temperatures and for different lengths of time, your outdoor kitchen has never been handier. But with or without an extra oven on hand, don’t let your turkey hog all your precious cooking space. Grill that bird instead! Some grills offer fancy rotisserie options, and if you have one, take advantage of it. But even without a rotisserie, you can roast your turkey inside... read more

Make the Most of Outdoor Living this Thanksgiving

Temperatures in many parts of the country have been quite warm this fall; if this trend continues, your family could be treated to bonus time outdoors together over the long Thanksgiving weekend. So get ready to throw on a sweatshirt or heavy coat if necessary, and be sure to take advantage of the last pleasant days of autumn while you still can. Try a few new ideas for outside fun this holiday. You never know: you could start new family traditions! Let the kids create the Thanksgiving centerpiece – If your area hasn’t yet experienced a hard frost, chances are good your landscaping or... read more

Special Outdoor Family Nights

Though the nights may be getting chilly, autumn is a special time to get outside with your family and enjoy your deck in a whole new way: in the dark. Kids can’t resist exciting, outdoor experiences past sundown and on the safety of your own deck with all the conveniences of your house still available — grabbing more blankets, making hot chocolate, etc. — nightfall allows you to snuggle up around a fire or a movie before the clock strikes the school-year bedtime. Roasted hotdogs and s’mores toasted over your fire pit — Latitudes Deck Stones protecting your deck, of course — will create happy... read more

Creating Cozy, Outdoor Conversation Nooks

  Finding the right feng shui for your deck can sometimes be a tricky business, because ultimately, you want your outdoor living space to offer at least a few different cozy seating areas for conversation. Achieving a comfortable balance between all your various deck features is key. After considering where to cook, dine, perhaps where to roast marshmallows or where to put your hot tub, you may be left wondering where you can simply snuggle into a couple of comfy chairs or a pair of soft chaises to relax with your family, a neighbor, a good book or a glass of wine. Here’s where the phrase... read more

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