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If you rent the home or apartment, you probably don't want to spend a lot of money on improving the outdoor living space. However, this doesn't mean that you can't make your outdoor living area feel like home. These are a few tenant-friendly tips for feeling more at home in your rented space.

Use Potted Plants in Your Outdoor Living Space

You probably don't want to dedicate a lot of time, money and effort into planting flowers and other plants in your backyard, and there's a chance that your lease forbids you from doing so anyway. You might even live in an apartment that doesn't have a lawn or that has minimal lawn space. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't enjoy the joys of live plants, however.

Instead of digging in the ground or living without plants, try adding potted plants to your outdoor living space. When kept in beautiful pots and when arranged properly, they can look great without actually being planted. Along with adding small trees, shrubs and flowers, you can even try container gardening if you would like to plant your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. Then, when you move, you can bring your plants with you, and you won't have to worry about digging up the yard at the home that you are currently renting, nor will you have to worry about living plant-free just because you're currently residing in an apartment.

Invest in Nice Outdoor Furniture for Your Outdoor Living Space

Using the right outdoor furniture in your backyard or on your patio -- or both -- can make your outdoor living space feel like home. Go ahead and invest in high-quality furniture that you can easily take with you to your next home. A good idea is to opt for outdoor furniture in neutral colors; then, you can ensure that it will match your next home, even if the color scheme is a lot different.

Even if you do opt for neutral colors, however, you can still brighten things up. A few outdoor-friendly throw pillows are great for adding comfort and color, and they can be swapped out for the seasons or can be traded for different pillows if you find that they aren't a good match for your next rental.

Install Portable Lighting in Your Outdoor Living Space

You might not love the standard-issue bright light that is used on your back patio, but replacing it isn't exactly a good option if you're renting. Luckily, there's still something that you can do about it. Try using lanterns or strings of holiday lights or party lights to dress up your outdoor living space without making any permanent changes. Another option is to use solar lights around your patio or around the backyard for an affordable touch of lighting. Then, you can bring your lights with you when you move.

Use Rugs in Your Outdoor Living Space

Look for large, colorful outdoor rugs that you can use to brighten up a boring patio. Along with adding some color, cheer and personalization to your outdoor living space, a nice outdoor rug will help prevent any spills or stains on the concrete, such as while you are grilling or enjoying a few drinks with friends.

You can then add yet another touch of customization to your outdoor living space by adding a nice outdoor rug in front of the back door. Along with brightening up your outdoor living space, it'll also help you and your guests brush your feet off so that you don't cause any stains or damage to your rental flooring, particularly if your rental has carpet.

As you can see, there are ways to make your outdoor living space feel like home, even in a rental. If you're ready to start shopping for furniture and other touches, contact us at Lawn & Leisure to find out about all of our great rental-friendly options.

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When your rental property has an outdoor space that can house patio furniture, you can leave the space empty to let a tenant decide what to do or get a patio set to furnish the space on your own.

While both options can work, you will find numerous benefits with buying resilient patio furniture. A great patio set gives you an additional selling point, will last for years, looks great in rental photos, and lets you charge more for your property rental.

An Additional Feature

Although you might have a potential tenant that will want to put in their own patio furniture, you cannot go wrong with offering an extra feature, especially when people want to use what you provide. When creating the rental listing, you can make it clear that the furniture can come with the home.

A Patio Set Guaranteed to Last

By investing in resistant furniture, you do not have to worry about the condition of the furniture. With little to no maintenance, you can provide patio furniture to your tenants for years to come.

A Patio Set Looks Great in Photos

While an empty home often looks great in photos, you can make it shine with furniture. Posting photos with an attractive patio furniture set in great condition is an effective way to increase positive exposure.

Increase Rental Value

Although it might not make a huge difference in the rental value, just about any improvement can help you increase the rental rate or justify the rate you decide on. It is for this reason that outdoor furniture can make an excellent investment to improve your property’s rental value for the next few years.

It is ideal to stick with neutral colors to avoid catering to a particular style.

If you have any questions about picking the right furniture, please contact us today.

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In the spring, fall, and summer, being outside is always a nice luxury. Especially if you have a beautifully landscaped home with a patio, deck, or just a nice outdoor living space, then you need to consider getting outdoor furniture. Nice outdoor patio furniture will really tie a space together.

What space are you buying outdoor patio furniture for?

When you begin your search for outdoor furniture, you first need to decide where you want to place it. Keep in mind the size of the space. It may be helpful to measure before you come to the showroom because people often overestimate the amount of space they have to work with.

Knowing the space and what exactly you want to do with it, like adding some couches or just some additional chairs, will help guide you in the right direction. Often times when you begin looking at beautiful outdoor furniture, you may lose sight of the space that you have available and just want to buy everything you can. Instead, be sure to know exactly what you want, because it will help to focus your shopping and make sure you get the right furniture for your needs.

Understand your outdoor patio furniture budget

Before you begin your outdoor furniture shopping, it's also important to know your budget. When you are looking for quality products then you'll want to be sure that your budget reflects that. You should also prioritize which items you want the most, and which ones you could add on to your collection as time goes on. Once you see all the beautiful options, it will be difficult not to want to get everything in sight.

What is your style?

Another question you must ask yourself: what is your personal style? Are you looking for something that coordinates with the rest of your home, or are you looking for pieces that make a statement outside?

No matter your personal style, there is outdoor patio furniture for you. If you like modern clean lines, then you can certainly find pieces to match with your taste, perhaps furniture with metal that has clean angles and lines.

Wicker is also a great product that is used a great deal with outside furniture. Wicker furniture tends to have a cozier feel to it, just because of the nature of the product itself. It's important to know that both wicker and metal are very durable and will keep your outside furniture looking new longer, and can be easily cleaned.

What functionality do you want your outdoor patio furniture to have?

When picking out the furniture to furnish your outdoor space, you want to make sure you know what you want to use it for. Perhaps you'd like to add a fire pit element to your backyard space, in which case you should be sure to look at one of the many beautiful tables with a fire element integrated right in. If you are adding chairs near a pool, you may want to be sure they have reclining features in order to allow the best soaking in the sun.

Wanting to feed and entertain guests on a regular basis? Then you'll want to consider a beautiful dining room set and a nice seating arrangement. Whether you are looking for more practical pieces, or over the top comfortable and indulgent pieces, you'll be able to find exactly what are you are looking for as long as you know what you're looking for ahead of time. 

Outdoor furniture is a great way to finish an empty space and extend your living area to outside your home. When the weather is beautiful, there is nothing better than going outside and relaxing. By having outdoor furniture you are adding even more living space to your home, adding another place to entertain guests, spend quiet time reading a book, or just relaxing together. When you are ready to create an amazing atmosphere outside, please contact us.

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The baking heat of summer added to the howling cold winds of winter spell disaster for outdoor furniture fabrics. Tis the time to store the patio furniture before the wet winter accumulations destroy your outdoor fabrics all together. There are a few considerations, though, before you slam the shed door until spring. You’ll need to ensure your patio furniture is mold and mildew free before you store them. Certain conditions could cause mold and mildew to form on your outdoor furniture while it’s in storage. Let’s take a look at what causes mold and mildew and how to prevent it forming during storage.

Outdoor Furniture Fabrics

Chances are good that your outdoor furniture fabrics are synthetic like acrylic or polyester. Canvas and mesh are also popular outdoor fabrics. Synthetics are usually coated with something that waterproofs and weatherproofs them. These coatings frequently last the life of the furniture, if they are properly maintained. However, onslaughts from the weather can and will break down anything left in its path. Outdoor fabrics left in the sun and winter winds generally last only a couple seasons. That’s before mold and mildew sink their claws into the fabric.

Mold and Mildew

Mildew is a plant, a kind of fungus, which then turns into mold. Mold is actually of benefit to the environment, because it breaks down organic matter such as leaves and debris. Once it reduces its prey to its basic denominator, it moves on to adjacent organic matter. Mold spores fly through the air and get on and into everything. Add moisture from heat and humidity to the mix and you have a recipe for brownish grayish stains feeding on your organic materials. Also remember that moisture in the form of sun lotions and bug sprays adds to the problem. Mold and mildew love warm, moist dark places where they can feed and live without being noticed. Most homeowners look for it behind walls, beneath floors, behind the wallpaper and beneath leaky windows, in basements and in attics. The truth is, it can grow anywhere anytime the environment is right.

Cleaning Mold and Mildew off Outdoor Furniture

Modern fabrics are made to be weatherproof, waterproof and colorfast. If homeowners have misplaced the instructions, allow us to give you some cleaning advice. Bleach is the best chemical with which to clean mold and mildew off outdoor fabrics. Test an unobtrusive spot to see if the bleach will fade the pattern and colors. First, rub off and vacuum the outdoor fabric. If it won’t fade, then mix one cup bleach in a gallon of warm water and spray it on the affected item. Note to homeowners: if cleaning mold and mildew is a regular problem, the bleach mixture could very well eat up the textile. If the outdoor cushions become stained and you fear mildew, then mix one teaspoon borax and one teaspoon dishwasher detergent to one quart of warm water and spray on the stains. Give it about 15 minutes and rub off. Dry in the sun thoroughly. If these things are a regular occurrence, then prevention is the key to preserving your patio furniture.

Do This before Storing Outdoor Furniture

Since washing machines, clothes driers and dry cleaners destroy the finish on outdoor fabrics, then cleaning them as we discussed above is better for the longevity of the fabric. Make very sure the items are thoroughly dry. The tiniest bit of moisture could have you gasping for air when you open the shed door next spring. Placing the cushions in a mattress bag will prevent mold from find your dry fabrics. Also placing tins of charcoal or kitty litter in the storage unit helps absorb any moisture in the air.

What’s a Suburban Survival Store without survival tips? When it comes to the outdoors and the tools for the outdoors, we know our stuff! We have known it for over 30 years, and our service guys have yet to run into a question they couldn’t answer! If you need any more information about your patio or deck furnishings, please contact us.

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If you missed your opportunity to invite your friends and family over for a fun get together over the Independence day weekend, it's not too late to throw a fun bbq bash this summer. If you begin planning now, you can have a fun end of summer party that will really send the sunny season out with a bang.

Start with your guest list. Once you know how many people you are inviting you'll be able to move on to planning food, entertainment and other details. 

Don't limit your guest list due to your current seating capacity. Extra patio furniture is a great investment, because once you have the adequate seating for entertaining, you are more likely to throw parties in the future. If you haven't shopped for patio furniture in a while, you will be surprised at the high quality of outdoor furniture that will add style to your backyard, while requiring very little maintenance. Sectional style pieces offer you the maximum amount of seating and comfort with a flexible set-up.

If you want to throw a party your guests are sure to remember, ditch the traditional BBQ foods like hot dogs and hamburgers and cook something a little more exotic on your grill. Lobsters are surprisingly simple to cook on your grill, as are clams. Grilled pizza is becoming more and more popular and there are some great recipes online, or you can invite your guests to create their own masterpieces.

If you need to transform your outdoor entertaining space, please contact us. We would love to help you create a backyard oasis that your friends and family will love to visit.

 

 

 

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As the summer season gets underway, patios and decks are often in need of a little extra attention.  Those cushions that were left outside over the winter months can be quite an eyesore in the light of summer sunshine.  What can you do to clean your deck furniture cushions and revive their look in time for those July backyard barbecues?

It is a good practice to clean your cushions at least twice a year.  A good cleaning in summer will take care of the accumulated grime left by winter weather. And autumn is an excellent time to inspect and spot clean your cushions after a summer of fun in the sun.

Follow these quick and easy tips for effective cleaning:

1)  Vacuum cushions carefully.

A surprising amount of dirt and grime can be easily lifted from your cushions with vacuuming or the use of a nice, stiff brush.  Your aim should be to get off any loose dirt you find.  Be sure to pay special attention to the seams and creases of your cushions, as grime loves to live there.

2)  Rinse with lukewarm water.

This should remove any dirt particles left from your vacuuming efforts.  No matter the degree of grime on your cushions, do not use water that is hot, as this is very damaging to the material. As an additional word of caution, never use a pressure washer for this job, as this could potentially create small tears in the fabric of your cushions, which would cause them to hold moisture and breed mold and mildew.

3) Spot clean sparingly.

Spot clean problem areas using only  1/4 cup of clear dish washing detergent such as Dawn per one gallon of lukewarm water.  Do not use oil based cleaners or harsh detergents.  Most outdoor cushions are treated to be water-resistant, and harsh detergents ruin this feature. For stubborn stains, a mild bleach/water mixture may be used very sparingly.  Be careful not to use too much bleach, as it can have the unfortunate result of ruining the color of your fabric.  If you must use bleach, take great care to blot the area quickly with a clean, dry cloth to minimize damage.

4)  Try an alternate method.

If you do not wish to risk the bleach option, alternately you may use 1 teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of borax, and 1 quart of lukewarm water.  For this method, mix the ingredients in a clean spray bottle and saturate both sides of your cushions.  Let the solution work for fifteen minutes and then rinse your cushions thoroughly.  Once you are satisfied that the solution has been rinsed well, stand your cushions on end in direct sunlight to dry.

For additional information about how to get your deck barbecue-ready and all your grilling equipment in order, please contact us.  We are here to ensure your summertime fun.

 

 

 

protect-your-outdoor-furniture-with-proper-landscaping-chantilly-vaAlthough you can use a canopy, porch overhang, or awning to protect your outdoor furniture, you may not want to use a canopy or you may not have an overhang to provide protection. However, a viable alternative is to use landscaping to your advantage, which can supply protection while also improving your yard’s looks.

Use Trees for Shade and Protection

If you already have mature trees in your backyard, you may want to consider designing your outdoor space around them, or placing outdoor furniture where the trees can provide shade.

Protection from the sun will help your furniture last longer from reduced sun exposure.

Although you can apply a water sealant on most outdoor furniture, you will find that trees and furniture in the right position can work well together for protection from the rain.

Make Sure to Prune the Trees

While there are numerous benefits to having trees near your outdoor furniture, you also want to keep your trees healthy and pruned, especially because trees that are not pruned can lead to a hazard from broken limbs.

Plant Bushes to Protect from Winds

If you get a lot of wind on your property, you can have landscaping professional’s plant bushes around area in which you are going to place your outdoor furniture. This natural barrier will prevent lightweight furniture from getting knocked over, as well as making it a more pleasant outdoor experience for you.

Carefully planned landscaping can work greatly in your favor for protecting outdoor furniture. However, you should also take your time when buying furniture to use outside to make sure it meets your wants and needs.

Please contact us if you have any questions about buying furniture or furniture maintenance.

 

 

extend-the-lifetime-of-your-patio-furniture-in-a-home-with-pets-reston-vaPets can be a joy to have, but they often come with a lot more mess than in a home without any. If you have a dog or cat that likes spending time in your patio, it’s likely that they’ll find their way on your patio furniture. The problem with this is that they can begin to make your furniture wear down, making it important for you to look into how to best care for your patio furniture.

Designate a Space for Your Pets

The easiest way to prevent your pets from damaging your patio furniture is through simply keeping them away. Dogs are fairly easy to contain with the installation of a dog run or a fence separating your patio from the rest of the yard. In the case of cats, you may want to limit their access to the outdoors altogether for the preservation of your patio furniture and their own safety.

Invest in a Patio Furniture Cover

A great way to keep your patio furniture safe from scratches and pet hair is through buying a furniture cover. These covers are generally waterproof and durable enough to last throughout all four seasons, allowing you to get the peace of mind that your patio furniture will be safe from your pets.

Choose Pet-Friendly Furniture

If you haven’t purchased any furniture for your patio just yet, it may be a good time to consider which materials would be best for your pets. Avoiding sensitive materials and opting for furniture made of wrought iron or wood can ensure that your pets won’t be able to cause any harm.

Feel free to contact us if you need any advice on caring for your patio furniture.

 

how-to-maintain-the-condition-of-plastic-deck-furniture-great-falls-vaPlastic furniture has long been a popular choice for decks due to its cheap price and durability in most climates. While plastic outdoor deck furniture has many benefits, it still needs to be cleaned regularly to continue looking it’s best. Following the right steps can ensure that your furniture continues looking great in the years to come.

Wipe Away Any Debris

The first thing you’ll need to do when caring for your deck furniture is removing any leaves and debris that have built up. If you haven’t used your deck in a few months due to poor weather or being away from home, it’s likely that your furniture will need to be rinsed thoroughly.

Use a Gentle Cleaning Solution

Once your deck furniture is free from large pieces of debris and leaves, you can move on to using a cleaning solution. The easiest option is combing the following two ingredients in a bucket and scrubbing the furniture with a soft sponge.

  • 1 tbsp of natural liquid dish wash detergent
  • Warm water to fill a 5-gallon bucket

After the furniture has been scrubbed, you’ll need to rinse.

Use Patio Furniture Covers

While it’s always helpful to clean your deck furniture on a regular basis, you can extend the time between cleanings by using a cover. Choosing covers that fit snugly onto your deck furniture can prevent them from getting dirty as fast and help maintain their condition.

Keeping your plastic deck furniture in great shape is easy when making cleaning a habit. If you’re interested in plastic furniture for your deck, please contact us.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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With Lawn & Leisure you'll find a diverse selection of lawn equipment, outdoor patio & deck furniture, and outdoor fireplaces & grills here in Fairfax County. 

We've been in Virginia since 1982 providing quality service and unrivaled, dedication to our customers (both old and new). You can think of us as your suburban survival store, because with the number of products and services we offer, we’ve become your one-stop-shop for outdoor living in Fairfax County. Our selection variety products from top-of-the-line manufactures makes doing business with us worth your time and effort. Not to mention, we always give you the best bargain by selling everything at the very lowest prices our manufacturer will allow. Furthermore, we guarantee our price at or below any competitor’s verifiable price. We go out of our way to keep your wallet fat while keeping your outside living space pristine and relaxing.

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The reason why we’ve been in business so long is because of our unrivaled dedication to our customers here in Fairfax County. While other companies are snoozing, we’re here for you 7 days a week. And, because we are a family owned and operated lawn equipment business, we treat you with the same courtesy and respect we give to our own family.

When you choose to do business with Lawn and Leisure, you’re guaranteed the best selection and the best prices for lawn equipment in Fairfax County. That’s because we sell and service the area’s largest selection of brand name power and lawn equipment. With us, you’ll also have access to the our factory-trained technicians who boast on average over 25 years of experience servicing small engines – a perfect fit for your lawn equipment needs in Fairfax County.

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We offer our clients assembly and delivery service for the largest selection of outdoor patio & deck furniture in the DC area. Our customers rave about our service because they know that our outdoor patio & deck furniture is top notch. They also appreciate our extensive knowledge of outdoor patio & deck furniture. There isn’t a question we can’t answer.

Don’t just take our word for it. If you’re not satisfied with customer reviews, we invite you take a look at our photo gallery of outstanding outdoor patio & deck furniture. To see what your outdoor living space could look like after giving Lawn and Leisure a call, click here.

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For Lawn and Leisure, the bottom line is making sure we help our Fairfax County clients make the best choice for the design and construction of their custom fireplace.

We’re the best in custom fireplaces in Fairfax County because we have fireplace experts who have received National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certifications, as well as multiple factory training certifications. With custom fireplaces you can never be too careful. That’s why when we design and construct your very own custom fireplace, the experts we have on hand guarantee that your project is being handled with years of experience. To learn more about our custom fireplaces in Fairfax County, click here.

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