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.


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​


  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!

Finishing our Bedroom with Vanity Lights and Tropical Touches

Ravayna Coe is the creator of the lifestyle blog Love Ravayna. She has an eye for fashion and loves traveling. Ravayna is currently transforming her new Los Angeles house into a chic home.

Getting our new house into shape has admittedly been slow going, but progress is being made… in the master bedroom at least! I’m lucky to have had good bones- it is spacious, with good light and lovely original hardwoods. Painting it palest blush pink (Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink, to be exact) brought some beautiful warmth, but the space still felt a little barren. So when I partnered with Orchard Supply Hardware to improve this room, I knew adding light and life would bring both the functionality I needed and Palm Springs ‘jungalow’ vibe I was craving.

My DIY Vanity

As cute as my vanity was before this project, it was not super functional. It’s tucked in the corner of the room, near my closet rather than the window- far from ideal makeup lighting. I needed Hollywood dressing room type lighting, without spending a zillion dollars- more like under a hundred. And with a little youtubing, some amateur electrician work on David’s part (have I mentioned what a good sport he is?), and some help from the kind employees at Orchard Supply Hardware in Culver City, we totally made it happen!

There are a zillion tutorials on YouTube for this project- just search ‘diy vanity lights.’ We got all the supplies at Orchard, picking up vanity light fixture panels, globe bulbs (never soft white- it reads too warm for makeup), short extension cords, a power strip, command strip picture hangers, and a lamp remote kit. For a quick summary, David cut off the receiving ends of the extension cords, and wired the plug ends to the base of the light fixtures. They attach to the walls with the command strips for no long-term damage, and the wires snake behind the desk to the remote base, which plugs into the power strip. As a note- we needed to Gorilla Glue 1/4″ inch thick strips of wood to the back of the light fixture panels, and attach the command strips onto that. It needed a little gap for the cord to pass through since the fixture I chose goes flat to the wall.

The lighting is SO SO GOOD, but the remote is probably my favorite part- I’ve been behaving like a toddler when flipping the lights in and off again. I love that it’s helpful for energy conservation, but it’s also such a little thrill of luxury so easily and inexpensively. And once the lights were up and on, I was all about living my best plant lady life.

Bringing the Room to Life

I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to bring the outdoors in- our complex is a lovely little desert garden oasis, full of palms and ferns, succulents and lots of greenery. In the pursuit of my greenhouse bedroom dreams, I might have gone a little crazy. If you consider making David drive slowly down side streets with a 10-foot-tall corn plant hanging out the window of our compact car a little much, then yes. But I don’t even care- beyond fresh air, plants bring me so much joy.

​I’m especially obsessed with the dangly succulent hanging above the vanity. It’s called ‘string of pearls’ and I’m already looking forward to when it drapes all the way down around the mirror.

The pot is from Orchard Supply Hardware too- I just gave it a little upgrade. I cut off the jute and replaced it with golden chain (it’s on big spools at the store and sold by the foot) that I braided into a four-strand braid to add heft and visual interest.

I put plants all around my big floor mirror, and am loving the effect! But if you are looking closely- at my ficus especially- I’m due to fess up. I have the blackest of black thumbs. I’m a notorious plant murderer, of even the hardiest species. The only reason I feel comfortable bringing all these green beauties home is because I purchase my plants at Orchard, and their lifetime plant guarantee is a total lifesaver. And if you join their rewards program, Club Orchard, it keeps track of your receipts so you don’t even need to – you just go exchange your dead plant for a live one!!

And in the spirit of full transparency, that fiddlehead fern has dropped several leaves and in general seems rather displeased after being stuck in the backseat of my car, repotted, and moved about, so let’s all cross our fingers that I can avoid taking Orchard up on that return policy.

love, Ravayna​

Read Ravayna's original post here.​

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.


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!