Snow days provide another opportunity for creating unique outdoor memories on your patio. Because snow creates unique challenges, it's essential to be prepared so that you can make the most of the experience.
In this article, we provide the tips needed to properly prepare for a fun snow day on your patio.
Gathering around a fire is arguably the best snow day experience you can have on your patio.
If your fire feature is wood-burning, you won't be able to have a snow day fire without firewood. When snow enters the forecast, make sure that your firewood is fully stocked.
Additionally, if your firewood is exposed to the elements, make sure to cover it so that it remains dry. Damp wood is difficult to start and results in a smokey fire.
When gathering around a snow day fire, you'll want a dry place to sit. If you don't have furniture covers, you can pull seats together and cover them with a tarp. Or, if you haven't already, simply bring the cushions indoors.
A snow day fire experience would not be complete without S'mores. When stocking up before the storm, be sure to include graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars on your shopping list.
Along with S'mores, don't forget to pick up everything you need to make another snow day essential. Whether it's an instant mix (Swiss Miss anyone?) or the ingredients for your preferred recipe, be sure that hot chocolate is also on the shopping list!
Though metal shovels are often great for cutting through ice patches, they should never be used on paver patios. Metal shovels will permanently scuff and scratch your pavers, causing irreparable damage. If you want to clear snow off your paver patio, be sure to have a plastic snow shovel.
De-icing salts can permanently damage concrete and inexpensive pavers. Before applying any de-icing products to your outdoor space, research your materials to ensure you won't cause irreparable damage.
At Outdoor Dreams, we proudly use quality, durable Techo-Bloc pavers that are resistant to de-icing salt damage.
When the snow day arrives, be sure to start small with the fire. On really cold days, it's important to allow your fire feature to warm up. Starting off with a large, hot fire could cause your masonry work to crack. Even refractory brick (manufactured to withstand high temperatures) can crack if it goes from extreme cold to extreme heat too quickly.
Whether it's for a game day party, a chili cook off, or just a run of the mill Tuesday, we recommend kicking your chili up a notch by making it outdoors. In this article we provide all of the tips you need to prepare chili on your grill or smoker.
In this article, we suggest a wide variety of landscape plants that can be used to make wonderful and unique flower arrangements. We hope that this comprehensive list inspires you to start clipping the garden and bringing it inside!