As we approach summer, people will be spending more and more time outdoors. And with many of our usual summer plans on hold because of coronavirus restrictions, it’s the perfect time to revamp your yard to create your own little summer oasis at home. Make this year’s staycation the best yet. Give yourself somewhere beautiful to dine alfresco, entertain the kids, and just unwind.

Things to Consider:

  • Buy a new patio set
  • Power wash your siding and walkways
  • Upgrade your grill situation
  • Add a fire pit
  • Set up an outdoor theater
  • Get a hammock
  • Hang up some twinkle lights
  • Treat the kids to some new outside toys

And if you need some assistance getting your pool and the yard itself in its best shape, there are local experts that can help. The following 2020 Happening List Winners and Finalists are pros at what they do and are offering safe ways to prepare your home for the upcoming season.

Public pools might be closed. Camps might be cancelled. Traveling might be on hold. BUT, summer is still coming. Prepare your home, so you can enjoy it!

Create a Garden

Fingers crossed, we seem to be past the danger of overnight frost, so it's safe to get out in the garden. Decide if you want to plant pretty flowers and shrubbery or healthy (and tasty!) fruits and veggies, or do both! Then get planting. These local garden stores are offering safe options for online and in-store shopping, and the staff can help with all of your gardening questions.

Gasper Home & Garden – 2020 Happening List Winner

316 Tanyard Road, Richboro
215-364-2400

Gasper is responding to COVID-19 by offering several ways to shop with them. If you would still like to shop in the store, they have implemented a variety of precautionary measures such as wider aisles (where possible) for better browsing and safe distancing between customers, outdoor checkout area that includes a safe distance between cashier and customer, a sanitizing area for shopping carts, and more. All flowers, plants, shrubs and trees are available in a safe, outdoor environment. They are also offering “Senior Hours” Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

If you prefer to shop from your home, you can have your order delivered.

Seasons Garden Center – 2020 Happening List Finalist

1069 River Road, Washington Crossing
215-493-4226

Seasons Garden Center is offering several ways for you to shop. Choose from delivery, curbside pickup, or shop by appointment. To place an order (or set up a shopping visit) give them a call. They're happy to guide you through the process. Be sure to follow along on Facebook, as they're attempting to post photos as they receive new deliveries.

Froehlich's Farm and Garden – 2020 Happening List Finalist

3143 York Road, Furlong
215-794-8733

As of May 2, Froehlich's is now OPEN for in-store shopping Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required, and please only send 1-2 people per family. Read more about the guidelines on their website. Curbside pickup is offered Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more information on how to place your order.

Fairless Hills Garden Center – 2020 Happening List Finalist

636 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills
215-428-2550

Fairless Hills Garden Center is open for in-person shopping. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days a week. They're asking that Seniors and those that are immune-compromised shop the first of last hour of the day. Customers that choose to shop in the store should shop alone or just in pairs (no large groups or families), practice social distancing – staying at least 6 feet away from other shoppers, pay with a credit card if possible, and wear a mask. They're actually selling 20-packs of masks for $14.99 right now if you need some.

For gardening tips and even more local places to shop, read this article

Get the Pool Ready

If you're lucky enough to have a pool already, you're probably going to be using it more than ever this summer! So you'll want to make sure everything is clean and running properly.

Dan Steinhauer Pool Service – 2020 Happening List Winner

215-257-3388
www.danspools.com

Located in the heart of Bucks County, Dan Steinhauer Pool Service is a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys for over 40 years. Their specialty is inground vinyl liner pools but they offer a wide variety of other services, including new pool construction. They also offer free estimates. They're currently scheduling pool openings, so give them a call if you want to get on the list.

Raines Pool Service & Arctic Spas – 2020 Happening List Finalist

561 Durham Road, Newtown
215-493-8288

Raines Pool Service has been providing professional swimming pool service to the community since 1984. They are currently offering swimming pool maintenance and service including openings as well as water testing. If you need water tested (it's free!), you can leave a sample at the front door with your name, address and phone number. They'll test the water and then let you know the result. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers must wear a mask and practice social distancing. You can also shop chemicals, supplies and equipment with curbside pickup or with no fee/minimum home delivery.

Aqua Pool Services – 2020 Happening List Finalist 

1061 Second Street Pike, Richboro
215-322-4292

1753 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville
215-364-7665

Aqua Pool offers two retail stores as well as a number of at-home services such as pool opening, cleaning and maintenance, repair, liner replacement and new equipment installs.

Spruce Up Your Landscaping

To fully enjoy your yard, you're going to want it to look its best. Lush green grass, fresh mulch and beautiful plants do wonders for creating your little haven. Whether you need to completely revamp your landscaping or just need someone to come for regular maintenance, there are local experts that can help.

Menzen & Company Landscaping – 2020 Happening List Winner

267-614-6903

Menzen & Company Landscaping is a family business operating in the Bucks and Montgomery counties area since 2006. They specialize in high quality landscaping and tree care and are available to help your family whether you need a complete landscape overhaul, routine maintenance or only periodic help around the yard.

Foraker Landscaping & Hardscaping – 2020 Happening List Finalist

215-946-4691

From tree pruning and maintenance yard work to landscape design and patio planning and installation, Foraker does it all. If you're considering adding a whole new seating area or even designing an outdoor kitchen, they can help you with everything from choosing your products, measurements and more.

Bolton Lawn Care LLC – 2020 Happening List Finalist

267-885-8534

Bolton Lawn Care is a lawn care and landscaping service that operates in Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery County. They have been in operation for over 60 years. Andrew, the current owner and operator, is the third Bolton to run the business. Their services include weekly lawn mowing, leaf removal, mulching, power washing, lawn care, planting and pruning.

Executive Branch Tree Service – 2020 Happening List Finalist

215-301-6255

Executive Branch Tree Service has been providing tree service for over 20 years and strive to be the best in the industry. If you are looking for someone to help out with something as small as a branch hanging over your fence or something as big as a complete tree removal, they have you covered.

Lucky Gardening LLC /Rebecca Conte – 2020 Happening List Finalist

215-817-0806

Lucky Gardening will have your yard looking better than ever. Their services include: Mulching, wedding, edging, trimming, perennial cutback, planting, garden design, bed install or ripout and stone install or removal.

Protect Yourself from Tiny Pests

You've created the perfect, relaxing yard experience. But how can you relax when you're worried about ticks, hornets and mosquitoes!? (Oh my!) Let these local businesses take care of that for you.

Terminators Pest Control – 2020 Happening List Winner

215-781-3115

Terminators Pest Control has been servicing homes in the Delaware Valley since 1975, providing family-friendly, safe and prompt pest control. Their services include 100% all natural kid, pet and environment safe mosquito misting service, spotted lanternfly extermination, and eco-friendly flea and tick control.

Roughneck Pest Control – 2020 Happening List Finalist

267-580-9115

Ants, mosquitoes, carpenter bees, and more. Roughneck Pest Control can help.

Herold's Pest Control Inc. – 2020 Happening List Finalist

215-348-2909

Ants, wasps, hornets and more. Herold's Pest Control can provide a variety of treatment programs including one-time treatments, bi-monthly, 3 x a year and quarterly. All materials used are low in both toxicity and odor.

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