Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking Offers Tips for Creating a Low-Maintenance Landscape

May 13, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
Portland, OR Fueled by busy homeowners with little time for yard care, demand for low-maintenance vinyl fencing is expected to grow nearly 10 percent annually for the next few years, reaching $2.8 billion in 2013. Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking knows homeowners need quick solutions to their lawn care problems and offers the following tips for creating a low-maintenance landscape:

-Choose vinyl fencing instead of cedar fencing. Consumers are drawn to the minimal upkeep associated with vinyl fences, especially in the Northwest, where frequent rain and extreme temperatures can cause excessive weathering to wood fences. Vinyl fences require no painting, staining, sanding or sealing-only occasional cleaning. A vinyl fence not only saves homeowners time, but it saves them the long-term costs associated with caring for a cedar fence.

-Add landscaping structures. Accent your landscape with a low-maintenance feature such as a durable vinyl pergola or WestStar composite deck. These structures not only enhance your outdoor living space, but they add interest to your yard without adding work to your to-do list.

-Use clover or moss as an alternative to grass. It's possible to achieve a soft, carpeted lawn without the typical maintenance requirements of grass. Moss is a low-maintenance plant that grows well in shade, where grass struggles, while clover makes a hardy, insect-resistant ground cover that needs only minimal water and mowing.

-Apply mulch to flower beds and problem areas. A layer of mulch 2-4 inches thick not only helps suppress weeds, but it keeps the soil beneath cool and moist, significantly reducing your watering needs.

To meet the Northwest's rising demand for vinyl fences, Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking has significantly increased the production capabilities of its vinyl re-manufacturing facility in Salem, Ore., where virgin PVC profiles are converted into vinyl fencing components.

By creating a more streamlined production system, the revamp will increase production capacity tenfold and allow Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking to process online orders for vinyl fence kits, putting the Northwest fencing and decking supplier on par with large national manufacturers in terms of its ability to handle and package vinyl fencing materials.

"A vinyl fence is easier to build than many other types of fences because of its ability to snap together in sections. As a result, many consumers are choosing to purchase vinyl fencing materials for do-it-yourself installation," said Rick Stanley, founder of Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking. "With our increased production capabilities, we will be better able to keep up with the demand for low-maintenance fencing."

Oregon and Washington residents can purchase vinyl fencing kits produced by Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking at any of its five store locations.

About Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking

Since 1980, Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking has become one of the largest fencing and decking retailers in the Pacific Northwest. With locations in Gresham, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Salem and the Tri-Cities, the company has built a reputation for providing high-quality materials and top-notch construction expertise. Rick's specializes in custom deck and fence designs, materials and installations for both residential and commercial properties.

For more information about Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking, visit www.RicksFencing.com

Contact:
Nick R. Marshall
Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking
Phone: 503.648.7830 x515
nick.marshall@ricksfencing.com
www.RicksFencing.com