Outdoor Activities to Enjoy This Earth Day

Happy Earth Day from everyone at WickerCentral.com.

Looking for easy, affordable ways to celebrate outdoors today? Here are some ideas to get you outside and giving back to our planet.

Plant a Tree
No, we’re not joking. One single tree can absorb as much as 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide during its lifetime. Thankfully, there are plenty of agencies you can connect with that will help you find the right place to plant, or you can simply plant one in your backyard.

Pick up Litter
Maybe this isn’t the most glamorous suggestion, but picking up litter is crucial for the health of your local plants, animal, and environment. Whether you clean up your front yard, the neighborhood gutters, walking down the street, or even in your favorite park, simply taking a few moments to pick up waste and either recycle or dispose of it properly can have a huge impact.

Visit a Park
Take some time today to visit state park, a national park, or even your local park right down the street. Enjoy your favorite park with your family and show how much it matters to have these resources available to your community.

Start a Garden
You don’t have to have a big backyard space to try your hand at gardening. Even if you live in a small apartment, you can try container or vertical gardening, so that you don’t need a lot of space. Garden will provide your family with fresh veggies, herbs, or flowers.

Don’t Stop at Today
Earth Day is a fantastic holiday to celebrate outdoors, but don’t stop at today. Try to enjoy your environment every day in little ways. It will make you happier, healthier, and have more appreciation for your neighborhoods and communities.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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How to Choose Outdoor Furniture Replacement Cushions

nci-tpIt’s time for a refresh.

But how do you choose the right replacement cushions for your outdoor furniture? This handy little guide can help point you in the right direction.

Find the Look
Are you a fan of neutrals? Looking for a pop of color to add an extra special accent to your patio? First decide what color combinations you’re looking for, and how they’ll fit with your home’s motif. Outdoor style magazines and sites like Pinterest can offer lots of inspiration if you’re feeling stuck in your style.

Still need a little help deciding? Request free fabric samples from WickerCentral!

Determine Your Collection
It will be much easier to shop for wicker furniture replacement cushions when you know the brand and collection of your outdoor wicker furniture. Do you have Lloyd Flanders, North Cape, Harmonia Living, or Tortuga Outdoor brand furniture? We can help identify the collection and choose the right replacement cushions for your set.

If you’re still not sure, take a few photos of your furniture, and email Wicker Central’s customer service team at sales@wickercentral.com.

Get Some Help
Want to skip the hassle and find the right outdoor wicker replacement cushions for your Lloyd Flanders, North Cape, Harmonia Living, Tortuga Outdoor, or other outdoor wicker furniture set? Shop for your outdoor furniture replacement cushions now at WickerCentral.com.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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Get Ready for Summer Holidays with Wicker Central

key-west-sofa-set-3_2Yes, spring has only just arrived. But when you’re shopping for the perfect outdoor wicker furniture for your patio, it’s never too early to be prepared for spring and summer holidays and outdoor entertaining.

To help you get ready, we’ve listed a few of the upcoming holidays and common get-togethers over the next several months, and a few items and ideas for how to make the most of your outdoor gathering.

Remember, most outdoor wicker furniture ships in two to four weeks. That makes now the right time to begin shopping for all of your wicker patio furniture so that it arrives just in time for your favorite holiday.

Need your furniture fast? Why not shop WickerCentral.com’s Quick Ship wicker patio furniture and accessories, and get your items within two business weeks with free shipping included.

Featured Collection for Large Gatherings – Get ready for the big crowds with a South Sea Rattan 11-piece Key West outdoor wicker furniture set.

Featured Collection for Small Parties – Enjoy intimate conversations with friends with the Lloyd Flanders 7-piece Mackinac Collection.

Featured Item for Barbecues – Keep your grill looking shiny and protect it against the weather with outdoor grill covers from WickerCentral.com.

Dates to Remember

  • April Fools Day – April 1
  • Easter – April 5
  • Memorial Day – May 25
  • Mother’s Day – May 10
  • Father’s Day – June 21
  • Independence Day  – July 4
  • National Relaxation Day – August 15
  • Labor Day – September 7
  • High School and College Graduations
  • Family Reunions

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.



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Why Your Backyard Needs a Zen Garden

This is a guest post by Jane Blanchard courtesy of Modernize.com. From time to time, The Patio will publish posts from other lifestyle or home improvement blogs. Want to write for us? Let us know at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

As Zen Buddhism traveled through China and into Japan, it brought with it the beauty of the zen garden. These gardens are designed to promote peaceful contemplation, leading to reflection and meditation.  You needn’t be Buddhist to find peace by building a zen garden in your backyard, but one thing is for sure: these gardens can add serious wow-factor to your outdoor space.

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Deeco Art-Deck-Oh! Geo-Vase Interlocking All Weather Wicker 5 Piece Furniture Package

If you are looking to liven up your outdoor space, look no further than Deeco. Make your garden an oasis with fun and functional interlocking furniture, fire pits, chimineas and copper cauldrons. The possibilities are endless. Your garden is the first thing that people see, so let them into the magical world you’ve created.



The Structure of Zen

Asian Landscape by Detroit Design-Build Firms Daryl Toby – AguaFina Gardens International

In one small space, the world can be examined and meditated upon — the mountain, the land, the sun, and the shadows. As you rake the land structures each day, think about your own world and how you need to order it as well.


Nearly Anywhere Can Support a Garden

Asian Landscape by Los Angeles Architects & Building Designers Whipple Russell Architects

This is a splendid example of design blended with Zen. The space, being mostly protected from the elements, will maintain the rakings and keep out most leaves and twigs. The structure supports the garden, and the garden beautifies the structure.



Japan Comes for a Permanent Visit

Asian Landscape by Other Metro Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Garden Mentors

This is a perfect rendition of a Tokyo zen garden. The use of the Shoji screens, as well as the plantings of moss and bamboo with the pebbles and the water features bring a total awareness of what the garden should be.



A Zen-Inspired Backyard

Asian Landscape by South West Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Katherine Roper Landscape & Garden Design

This corner of the backyard takes inspiration from the garden, along with space to sit and contemplate it all.



A Zen Masterpiece

Traditional Landscape by Napa Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Richard Kramer

This is a city lot design which promises true sustainability, low maintenance, and the real spirit of zen. Once the structures are put into place, this outdoor space will do well with only some occasional leaf sweeping.




A Zen Water Garden

Asian Pool by Boynton Beach Stone, Pavers & Concrete Yardco Rock and Stone

This stunning design allows the reflection of the sky, the statuary, and the fountains. The rock gardens and plantings encircle the pool, providing tranquility any time of day.

A Real Rock Garden

Asian Landscape by Adelaide Media & Bloggers Jeni Lee

This is a splendid example of a zen rock garden. Constructed with flat river rock and gravel, this took some significant planning.


Your Turn
Now we want to hear from you! Do you have a zen garden? Tell us about it in the comment below, and share your design tips and tricks.


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