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Home Landscaping Tips and Ideas for Summer

home landscaping tips

Summer is here, and that means people are going to be outside mowing their lawns and maintaining their gardens. Here are some home landscaping tips for the aspiring gardener and landscaper.

Use Native Plants

Not only is it less expensive to maintain plants native to your region, but it also gives you a cool way to learn more about the community you live in.

Just Add Water

Lately, more and more people are adding water features to their gardens and landscaping projects. Water walls, fountains, ponds, and urns reuse water, so they’re less expensive and cost less to maintain than a swimming pool. Plus, they’re relaxing and nice to look at.

Include Interesting Lighting

An often-overlooked element of landscaping is taking your lighting into account. It can add more visual interest to a garden after night falls. It also helps illuminate walkways so visitors don’t trip in the dark.

Don’t Overlook Ornamental Grasses

If you have any blank spots in your lawn or garden, or simply need to add some visual variety, consider adding ornamental grass here and there. Ornamental grasses are low-maintenance and versatile, so you can add them to many areas.

Use Planters in Tight Spaces

Ran out of room in your garden? No worries. Add a few potted plants and flowers around your deck or patio.

Keep these home landscaping tips in mind when you set out on your next big DIY project.

 

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Things to Do in Little Beaver State Park

In the heart of Beaver, West Virginia, Little Beaver State Park is a 562-acre park featuring an 18-acre lake at the center, with activities ranging from camping to hiking to paddle boats and all sorts of outdoor recreational attractions. With an indoor facility located onsite, playgrounds, geocaching, five picnic shelters that can be reserved, and 46 different campsites on the Little Beaver Campground, there is something to do for everyone here.

On the campgrounds, Little Beaver State Park offers thirty sites with water and electricity hookups, as well as an additional sixteen sites with just water hookups. Sites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet long. All sites and roads on the campgrounds are gravel-based, and firewood and ice, as well as a wireless connection, are available at the camp store.

Little Beaver Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities and seasonal boat rentals, as well as paddle boat rentals. Additionally, there’re eighteen different trails for biking, hiking, and walking near the lake, and the picnic areas and shelters are located near an enclosed playground. The park is also located near four other major state parks, a national park, as well as local attractions like Tamarack, the Crossroads Mall, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, and Theatre WV Outdoor Dramas.

Little Beaver State Park is a great place to go if you’re looking for a place nested in the heart of nature and tucked away in the woods. Civilization feels so far away, but it’s located near US 64, which makes nearby towns and cities easily accessible in case of emergency. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of camping or just one day of fun on the lake, Little Beaver State Park has something for you to do.

Little Beaver State Park

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Four West Virginia State Parks to Visit this Summer

Did you know that West Virginia is home to over 50 state parks and forests just waiting to be explored this summer? Your next daytrip, weekend excursion, or full-fledged vacation may be mere miles down the road. Check out four of our favorite West Virginia state parks, all less than an hour from Mountaineer Mitsubishi in Beckley, WV.

 

  1. Little Beaver State Park: Just 15 minutes from Beckley, Little Beaver is home to a variety of outdoor activities. An 18-acre lake stands in the center of the park, where visitors can fish, canoe, or kayak. Visitors can picnic, hike, and bike their way through the park’s many trails.
  2. Twin Falls State Park: Take a short ride to Twin Falls, less than 40 minutes outside of Beckley, boasting a lodge, cottages, campsites, and an 18-hole golf course. Guests are able to hike one (or more!) of the park’s twelve trails, go swimming in the pool, or visit the Pioneer Farm, a restored living history 1830s homestead.
  3. Plum Orchard Lake: About a half-hour from Beckley rests Plum Orchard Lake, spanning over 200 acres. The lake has 6.5 half miles of shoreline and, with a maximum depth of 40 feet, makes for good fishing and boating. Hunting is allowed at Plum Orchard Lake, a wildlife management area, where deer, wild turkey, and squirrel abound.
  4. Pipestem Resort State Park: Drive 55 minutes southeast of Beckley and arrive at Pipestem Resort, where you can stay at one of two lodges, rent a cottage, camp, golf, and more. Park visitors can see West Virginia plant and animal life in the Nature Center, participate in weekly resort activities, fish in Long Branch Lake, and hike the numerous trails throughout the park.

 

Whether you head to a state park near or far this summer, remember to take advantage of the many attractions West Virginia has to offer, including those local to Beckley. Need a new set of wheels to get you there? Make a stop at Mountaineer Mitsubishi and let us give you a hand. Happy trails!

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Pack your family up in the Mitsubishi and visit one of these great West Virginia state parks!

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