The other day I started writing a post about all of the cool things that you could get at Costco.com to enjoy dressing up your yard this Spring. Unfortunately, for me, I only made it through talking about all the great flowers and plants that they have. So, today I’m going to try to finish up the post with some of the other stuff that I found while browsing the Costco website. They just had too much stuff for me to fit into a normal sized post! I mean, they have 15 categories listed under ‘Outdoor’, which makes for a lot of items to browse through and a lot of things that look tempting to me.
They have four different choices of rubber mulch that you can get on Costco.com. All of them are enough to do quite a bit of mulch work since they come in pallet quantities of 75 – 80 cubic feet of mulch. This stuff would be great under play equipment but it is also nice just around your walkways or plants. I’ve got some in a patch of my yard that is really shady and the old, ‘real’ mulch just broke down too quickly from being constantly wet. So, after we put this in last year we found that it worked so much better because we haven’t had to do anything but rake it around a little bit to even it out once in a while. We bought bags at our local Costco, but if I were doing more of the mulched areas I would definitely consider buying it this way because the bags were $19.49 for 1.6 cubic feet and it would take a ton of them to do more than a little area. At prices ranging from $800.00 to $1,000.00 (including shipping), it isn’t the most inexpensive item even at Costco, however, you don’t have to keep replacing it year after year so I think it probably evens out after a few years. Plus, it has that new mulch color years and years and years, instead of a month. And after you’re finished adding your rubber mulch, you can get some plastic grass. While I am just kidding, if you haven’t seen the samples of this stuff at Costco, you should try to check it out when it’s in your local store. It’s amazing! It looks just like real grass. Real grass that never needs to be moved or trimmed or weeded even. It looks way better than this stuff used to, and feels better as well.
We have an area in our yard that is just crying out to have some kind of patio or deck. Right now it is covered with little pebbles which look okay, but are a bit of an annoyance honestly. So, I’d love to use these very cool EternalWood Composite Deck Tiles. While I risk sounding a little like I’m working for the recycled plastics lobby, these too are made from a composite of waste natural fiber and recycled plastics. The Costco website says it provides”the luxurious look and feel of wood, without the hassles of annual maintenance. It requires no sanding, staining, or painting. And it will not crack, split, splinter or rot. The Composite Deck Tile is ideal for high rainfall or high humidity locations or as an easy to care for alternative to conventional wood tiles.” All of which sounds ideal to someone that doesn’t want to be babying their deck and lives in hot and humid Texas. And it has a 10 year warranty, which is great just in case. For 10 tiles, or 10 square feet, you’ll have to pay $69.99 (including shipping). And I’m sure that is a much bigger initial cost than some treated lumber from Home Depot, but then with that you have to do stuff every year to keep it looking fresh and nice. I’d love to hear from anyone that has actually installed something like this, just to know if it is really as low maintenance and good looking as they make it sound. Some friends of ours have a deck made out of a similar product that they just love because it looks like wood but they don’t have to do anything to it at all, ever.
This might seem like a weird thing, but I’ve wanted a misting system since we lived in Tucson. It is amazing how much cooler your patio area can feel with just a little bit of mist in the air! If you’re not familiar with a misting system, it really isn’t that complicated. It’s basically a little bit of tubing and some nozzles that you can hook up to a water spigot and when you turn on the water, voila, mist comes out of the little nozzles to cool you down. I’ve also heard that these are great to keep away mosquitos, but I don’t know if that is really true or not. The system they have at Costco, the Cool Patio 30 Misting System, covers 10 linear feet of misting area with 17 ultra-fine mist nozzles, and it is all assembled and ready to go for you. They say that it can reduce the ambient temperature by as much as 30 degrees! You get all that for $29.99 (including shipping), so it sounds like a really great deal if it helps you actually enjoy sitting outside during the warmer months.
There are so many great things that you can get this time of year at Costco – either online or in the stores. They’ve got everything from plants to lawn tools to patio furniture. You can get green houses or really great pergolas too. Every year we spend plenty of time, and money of course, at Costco to buy things for our yard. Now, if I just had a yard this Spring.