Prep Your Yard for Fall in 6 Easy Steps

With the fall weather approaching, take advantage of the last warm days of summer to tidy up your backyard. You'll be able to relax better inside knowing your yard outside is ready for the cold weather. And Orchard is here to help with six tips to get your yard prepped for the fall.

1. Sharpen your chainsaws, pruners, and loppers

Keeping your blades sharp is important year-round, so why not use the changing seasons as a reminder? Orchard makes it simple– just bring your dull blades to our Workbench and we'll sharpen them for you right then and there.

2. Get to the gutters with a ladder

Don't wait until it's windy and rainy to clean those gutters! Carefully climb up there with a ladder and remove all the debris that has collected during the summer. Thinking ahead will help you avoid clogged gutters when the wet weather hits.

3. Break out your pruning, raking, and leaf-gathering equipment

The same goes for the debris that has gathered on the ground. Give your yard a once-over with a rake and prune away dead plant growth. Now is also the perfect time to make sure you have the appropriate leaf-gathering equipment before they start to fall.

4. Keep the lawn and hedges trimmed and tidy

Trim around the edges of your lawn and hedges to make sure you start the season ahead of the game. Cutting your lawn slightly shorter in autumn also helps prevent the grass from matting down under leaves.

5. Re-seal your deck to protect it from rain

You've enjoyed your deck all summer long, and now it's time to make sure it stands up to the harshest weather. Repair sun damage and general wear and tear from those long summer days by re-sealing your deck before fall begins.

6. Stow your outdoor cleanup equipment in a storage shed

Once you’ve tidied up your yard, you’ll need a place to store all of your equipment. A storage shed will provide organization and allow you to easily find your equipment again should you need it during the colder months.

Don’t wait until the cold weather hits to tidy up your outdoor space. Instead enjoy a hot drink and some peace of mind knowing your yard is ready for the changing seasons.

Pork Butt Burnt Ends & BBQ Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Don’t just serve the same old thing at your next tailgate. Change it up and get a little smoky with our favorite Pork Butt and BBQ Brussels Sprouts recipe.

Ingredients

3 ea 3-4 lbs boneless pork butt

2 lbs ​halved brussels sprouts

10 oz of your favorite pork rub

2 bottles of your favorite BBQ sauce​

Instructions

  1. ​Liberally coat the pork with ½ of the rub
  2. Smoke or roast the pork at 250°F, rotating every couple hours (4-5 hours)
  3. Season the brussels sprouts with ½ of the remaining rub and place in a foil pan in the refrigerator
  4. Once the pork has reached an internal temperature of 170°F, remove the pork and cut into 1 x 1 in cubes
  5. Place cubes in foil pan and toss in BBQ sauce and the remaining rub
  6. Increase smoker temperature to 375°F and place pork back on the grill (in the foil pan uncovered)
  7. Place the brussels sprouts on the grill in the foil pan, uncovered
  8. After 30 minutes, lightly sauce the brussels sprouts with the BBQ sauce
  9. Stir both the pork and the brussels sprouts every 10 minutes so they don’t burn
  10. Cook for another 30-45 minutes to tighten the sauce and crisp them
  11. Serve and enjoy!

Our mouths are watering just thinking about this juicy, hearty recipe. Try it out for yourself and post a picture using #OSHmoment. Yum!

Top 10 Garage Organizing Tips

Nothing’s better then going in to fall knowing there’s a place for everything in your garage and everything is in its place. So take the time now while the weather is still nice and save yourself a bunch of time in the future. Don’t know where to start? That’s where we come in! Here are our top ten tips for getting the garage you’ve always wanted.

#1: From the ground up

Start by coating your garage floor to protect it from the elements and make it look a little better.

#2: Peg it to the walls

The name of the game in garage organization is getting everything up off the floor. Use pegboard and hooks to hang everything from tools to towels.

#3: Hang hooks everywhere

For heavier objects, attach hooks directly to the walls in order to secure them for safekeeping.

#4: Stick it to the ceiling

Garage ceilings offer so much storage space that often gets overlooked. Hang racks or a storage lift on the ceiling and make use of the extra space.

#5: See what you store

Stash items away in clear storage boxes so you can easily see where everything is next time you need it.

#6: Mason jar magic

Use mason jars to store everything small, from loose screws and nails to paint samples.

#7: Labels, labels, labels

Label everything! Use a label maker or a sharpie and duct tape to make sure you know exactly what every container holds.

#8: Put it on wheels

Make your garage mobile. Attach wheels to workbenches, storage chests, and anything else that must sit on the floor. 

#9: Invest in organization

If you want to go all out, think about investing in an organization system. Choose the exact drawers and cabinets to suit your needs.

#10: Childproof your garage

If you have kids, the final step in creating your dream garage is to childproof. With the potentially dangerous assortment of things we keep in our garages, taking this extra step is essential.

And there you have it! Ten simple steps to your dream garage. Happy organizing!

Sit, Stay, Build a Feeder for National Dog Day

We know you love your dog each and every day, but with National Dog Day coming up, now’s the perfect opportunity to show your pooch some extra attention. So why not get crafty and create a personalized dog feeder for that special pup in your life? The raised height places less strain on your dog's neck and joints while it eats, and it has storage space for toys and treats.

Stop by your neighborhood Orchard for all the materials and then simply follow the instructions below.

Materials

Let's Get Started

  1. Cut plywood into two 12x12-in pieces and three 12x24-in pieces.
  2. ​Trace where you want the bowls to go onto a piece of 12x24-in plywood.
  3. Measure the inner diameters of the tops of the bowls. If it's 6-in or smaller, use a hole saw to cut a hole in the plywood (not so big that the bowl falls through). If it's larger than 6-in, trace the circle and cut it out with a handsaw.
  4. Use wood glue to attach the uncut pieces of plywood together to form the rectangular shape.
  5. Drill screws into the sides of the feeder.
  6. Let it dry.
  7. Stain or paint wood to preferred color.
  8. Decorate however you like. You can write your pet's name on the side of the feeder using a paint pen, paint brush, or spray paint.
  9. Attach the top using a piano hinge (or any hinge that you prefer).

Patches' feeder was painted by our associate Jessica Perez in Clovis, CA.

Time to Chow Down!

Got questions? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard today and one of our team members will be happy to help. Then get ready to see that tail wagging! We’d love to see how your pet feeder turns out – share your pic with #oshmoment and don’t forget to include your furry companion!

Get Out of That Summer Slump With SLIME!

Don’t let the slow days of summer get you down! Grab the kids and try our slime recipe. It’s a fun activity for the whole family.

Ingredients

  • Glass bowl
  • Borax
  • Glue
  • Warm water
  • Food coloring (optional)

Step 1

Grab the glue and squeeze about 4oz (or half a cup) into the glass bowl.

Step 2

Mix 4oz (or half a cup) of warm water with the glue. This will make a 1:1 mix of glue to water.

Step 3

At this point, if you want to make colored slime, add a few drops of food coloring! Be careful though – a little goes a long way!

Step 4

Mix 1 teaspoon of Borax into 4oz (or half a cup) of water. Next, slowly add this solution to the glue mixture you’ve made.

Step 5

Continue to stir in the Borax solution until slime slowly starts to form. You may not need all of the Borax solution to make the slime.

Step 6

Using your hands, knead the slime. It might feel wet and gooey, or even stringy at first. Keep kneading your slime until it holds together.

Once you’ve made your slime, you can play with it all day! Store it in a plastic container to save for playtime later on, too. If you want to make different colors of slime, just repeat the process with new food coloring. Kids will love playing with something they got to make with their own two hands.