Wintering Up Your Yard


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Wintering Up Your Yard

Christmas is right around the corner meaning we are just reaching the peak of winter, and this colder weather is here to stay for a while. With that being said, there are a few changes we recommend you make to your yard in order to prepare it for winter. In this blog, we will cover a few of those changes that we make that will just help your yard and house function properly during these next few months.

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This one seems to become more and more important every year as we get further into the drought. Depending on the amount of rain you may be able to shut your sprinklers off for a few days or a few weeks or months. However, you just want to ensure you check the weather and water your lawn and plants the minimal amount over these next few months. This will not only save you money, but will help in fighting this terrible California drought that only continues to get worse.

Flush Out Drains and Gutters

With all the leaves falling your drains and gutters can often get clogged. This is not really a problem until it starts to rain and your gutters cannot drain the water. Now we do not have heavy amounts of rain here so odds are your house may be fine without this change, but if heavy amounts of rain were to happen clogged gutters could cause damage to wood, foundation, and landscaping. Unclogging your drains and gutters is an easy process that takes a few quick minutes, and it would be a shame if your house got damaged because you forgot to spend a few minutes flushing out your drains and gutters. Don’t feel safe doing it yourself, then recruit a neighbor kid for a few extra bucks.

Put Solar Lily Pads on to Conserve Water

Even though the son is not out and shining as often your pool water is still constantly evaporating. This is why you want to put your solar lily pads on your pool in order to conserve water and prevent evaporation. In addition, these pads can help heat your pool and have it ready if you ever want to take a warm late night swim. After all, nobody wants to swim in a cold pool during the winter months. If you still do not own lily pads and are interested in what they are then check out this article. If you interested in purchasing some then simply shoot us an email and we’ll be glad to set you up.

solarlilypadsThese are just a few of the yearly changes we make to our yard and house to ensure we are ready for winter. These changes take a matter of minutes but can make a big difference in your water usage and spending. Luckily, we all live in Southern California and wintertime is not really “wintertime”. If we were on the East coast we would have to drain our pools and actually prepare for the winter. Thus, always be thankful for this awesome Southern California weather!

BBQ is the Key Element to an Outdoor Kitchen

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BBQ is the key element to an Outdoor Kitchen. In Southern California we are so grateful to be able to get outdoors for darn near 365 days of the year. The great weather allows you to use your BBQ and outdoor kitchen as an extension of your home for complete enjoyment.

I remember the days of a Cast Iron Hibachi, then a Weber Kettle and now my Viking BBQ with side burner. There is something about the romance of cooking outdoors with charcoal or a nice gas grill to get a nice sear on succulent meats. I use cast iron skillets and heavy-duty aluminum foil to cook veggies and meats then add a nice sauce for a final glaze.

Some people start to slow down on their use of the BBQ as we get into the winter months. You may want to think about a cover to protect it. You could also have a nice umbrella over top of your outdoor kitchen so that on a rainy night you can still get outside and utilize your grill.

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I find that it is quite important to keep your BBQ in shape. I have a gentleman named Lou Fallou from OC BBQ Cleaning & Repair that cleans my BBQ and makes it look brand new each time. Since we live so close to the ocean, BBQs have been known to have corrosion and other issues. Luckily, there are often ways to have igniters, burners and other guts replaced so that you do not have to replace the entire BBQ, Lou can fix it.

Feel free to visit his website at and call him directly at (949) 293-2762 or email him at

So go outside and enjoy your BBQ. Here is a timelapse video of the BBQ cleaning process.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=””][vc_column_text]Cheers, JZ[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]