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Grilling Tips

Weber charcoal grills and gas barbecues give you great grilled results every time because they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method. Here we explain the secret to great grilling.

Grilling Tips
Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to broiling. Food is cooked directly over the heat source. For even cooking, food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. Use the Direct method for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook: like steaks, chops, kabobs, sausages and vegetables. Direct cooking is also necessary to sear meats. Searing creates that wonderful crisp, caramelized texture where the food hits the grate. It also adds nice grill marks and flavour to the entire food surface. Steaks, chops, chicken pieces, and larger cuts of meat all benefit from searing.

Grilling Tips
Indirect Method

The Indirect Method is similar to roasting, but with the added benefits of that grilled texture, flavour, and appearance you can't get from an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them.

Grilling safety requires placing your grill on a flat, level surface that remains free of combustible materials that could catch fire should you experience grill flare-ups or your fire produces sparks.
Building a simple deck for your grill can provide a safe location to cook outdoors without worry. Choose from several different decking materials to build a deck that fits your style and level of building experience.
Regardless of which simple deck style you choose to use for your grill, you must prepare the ground beneath the area. You may need to level the surface if you intend to install the deck on the ground rather than install a raised deck.
You can find a variety of snap together decking tiles to use when building a simple grilling deck. These tiles are made from different hardwood and composite materials, such as teak, eucalyptus, recycled woods and recycled plastics.

3 Spring Time Commercial Landscaping Tips in North Texas

Spring has sprung and your commercial property is starting to look alive again. As a property owner or facility manager, you know warmer weather signals that it’s time to give your landscape some much-needed TLC.  After the harsh winter, you likely will find that your property needs landscape enhancements or a complete upgrade. As you […]

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Spring has sprung and your commercial property is starting to look alive again. As a property owner or facility manager, you know warmer weather signals that it’s time to give your landscape some much-needed TLC.  After the harsh winter, you likely will find that your property needs landscape enhancements or a complete upgrade. As you […]

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Spring has sprung and your commercial property is starting to look alive again. As a property owner or facility manager, you know warmer weather signals that it’s time to give your landscape some much-needed TLC.  After the harsh winter, you likely will find that your property needs landscape enhancements or a complete upgrade.

As you prepare your property for spring and summer, you have to assess the damage that has been done and then come up with a plan to get your landscape ready for many months of enjoyment by guests, tenants, clients and employees. Here’s how you can revive your building’s outdoor spaces and augment your landscape with the latest outdoor trends:

1.  Inspect Winter Weather Damage

Take the time to carefully inspect your property for any signs of damage that may have occurred over the winter. In addition to severe weather conditions, the biggest culprits of winter damage are pests, hibernating wildlife, and de-icing agents like salt. While salt is necessary during icy and snow conditions to keep visitors safe, they really do a number on lawns, plants, and hardscapes.

Walk the property and take note of the damage that you see. Take into account the health of the lawn, the appearance of garden beds, walkways that could have suffered damage, and debris that needs tending.

2.  Give New Life to Your Plants

The average lifecycle of landscape shrubs and plants is 10 years, but this will all depend on disease, storm damage, and other conditions. Do you notice plants that look like they have seen better days? Your landscape may need a face lift, perhaps by adding new flowers and foliage.

Consider where you can add pops of color and whimsy to your landscape. The trend is moving more towards violets, verbena, iris, clematis, and other purple flowers into commercial landscapes. Patterned plants are also popular thanks to their detailed striped leaves and brightly-colored veins.

3.  Upgrade Outdoor Gathering Spaces

Commercial landscape design extends way beyond simple maintenance and lawn care. A nice landscape will also incorporate experiential elements, like hardscapes built for working, living, and playing. These not only enhance your overall landscape through the addition of visual appeal, they also add functional features such as patios, courtyards and built-in seating areas where tenants, employees and guests can hold outdoor meetings, eat lunch or socialize.

Popular permanent hardscape features to incorporate into your space for employees and tenants include walking paths, bicycle paths, gardens and dining areas.

Now is also the time to revamp the softscape of your property, such as flowers, shrubs, and trees. You may want to revive your building’s exterior entrance with water features, large potted plants or decorative walkways using a variety of mixed hardscape materials.

Talk to your commercial landscaping team to consider new ways to breathe life into your commercial landscape.

Contact Outdoor Home Living

To book your appointment for commercial landscaping services this spring, contact us at 214-328-5296.

 

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