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WamBam Fence’s “Helping Hands” Program!

WamBam Fence is a company that likes to help out those in need, and with 2017 being such a great year for the company, we knew we had to give something back. During one of our team lunches, the idea arose to take the money the company was going to donate to a charity and do something more personal with it.  We asked each employee, “Is there someone you know that can benefit from a donation?  It could be a family, friend or a special charity that you believe in.  We will split the donation equally among all of you and you can donate it in your name”.  Our employees at WamBam are some of the most caring individuals we know, and they loved the idea!  So, we weren’t surprised at the level of thought and excitement they put into the program. The best part was that the employees got to see how their donation helped people in need.  Some employees even added their own money to the donation to help even further! Over the next few weeks, we will be posting the stories of these donations to this blog, so stay tuned for the stories of WamBam Fence’s first “Helping Hands” Program!

 

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The 2017 WamBam/Zippity Photo Contests have begun!

Every year our customers send us pictures of their beautiful WamBam and Zippity fences, often installed by their own hands, and every year we post their photos to our Facebook pages to show off their hard work, and to give them a chance to win prizes! We’re very excited to announce that 2017’s contests are officially underway, and if you have an active Facebook account you can participate by voting for your favorite entries in each line! This year’s contests are our biggest yet with over 75 total entries between our two product lines, WamBam and Zippity! Between the two lines, you can see installations not just of fencing but of mailbox posts, privacy screens, shower kits, and more! One of our favorite things about these contests is seeing the creative “outside-of-the-box” ways in which people use their products, and this year doesn’t disappoint! Both contests end on Friday, January 26th, and the winners are determined by popular vote. You can submit your votes by simply “liking” the photo you want to vote for. There is no limit to the number of photos you can like, so show as much love as you’d like! The top 3 photos from each contest will win the following cash prizes:

1st Place: $500

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $100

So if you want to see some great fencing and more installed by homeowners all over the country, check out our Facebook pages and vote for your favorite! And remember to check out our full product lines for WamBam Fence and Zippity Outdoor Products and you may be one of next year’s winners!

-WamBam Fence Contest can be found here

-Zippity Outdoor Products Contest can be found here

 

 

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Rhonda Schwartz uses the Madison Fence to enclose her beautiful flowers!

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Kris Wickwire does a great job stepping her Plain Jane Fence around the pool!

 

 

A Guide to Creating Dog Friendly Gardens

This piece on dog friendly gardens was written by freelance contributor Sally Perkins.

Image by David Clode on Upsplash

Image by David Clode on Upsplash

Fence Out The Pests: 5 Fast Facts About Animal Control

Did you know that since 1990, 60% of new houses are built in areas that are close to natural environments? This means that wild animals might mistake these new backyards as a part of their territory — after all, it likely was a part of their hunting grounds before the house went in. These five fast facts will give you a picture of how wildlife interacts with our backyards, and what we can do about it.

Snake Bites Are On The Rise

Experts estimate that over 1,300 children in the US get bitten by snakes each year. These numbers have been rising over the past several years. Dr. Robert Glatter, a doctor in New York City, says that the rise in bites is connected the expansion of housing developments.

Glatter says it this way: “With extensive urbanization and encroachment of housing developments into the natural habitats of snakes and other reptiles, children playing outdoors are at greater risk for encountering a snake and consequently suffering a snakebite.”.

There Are Five Species of Foxes In North America

Did you know that there are five different kinds of foxes in the US? These include the kit fox, red fox, arctic fox, grey fox, and island fox. These animals are omnivores, meaning that they hunt for small prey, such as rabbits, and also eat vegetation. Small animals, less than 5 lbs, are at risk of being killed by foxes. Home owners should pressure wash exterior areas such as fences, outer walls and sheds to remove any debris that foxes might be attracted to.

Coyote attacks have become more frequent in the past 30 years

Coyotes are small animals that are not usually identified as a threat to humans. However, the pattern in recent years is that attacks on humans, especially small children, is becoming more frequent. Coyotes in the Northeast are sometimes called Coywolves because they are wolf hybrids.

Millions Of Americans Need Help With Pest Control

Statistics show that in the early months of 2017, pest control was on the nation’s mind. 6.32 million Americans reported that they were planning on calling pest control help for their households over the next year.

Alligators

Alligators are common in Florida. These large animals can move quickly and have been known to bite humans. Fences deter alligators so that you don’t have to worry about encountering one when you step into the backyard.

Pests come in all shapes, and yard hygiene can help you keep them all out — from slithering snakes to surprisingly aggressive coyotes. Wild animals can be exciting to observe, but they can also be dangerous. They could present a threat to your, your family, and your pets. One important aspect of animal control is a secure, sturdy fence around the yard.

Safe Garden Fences for Dogs

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This piece on garden fences was written by freelance contributor Sally Perkins. Check out her website www.oudoorartpros.com.

Safe Garden Fences for Dogs

Dogs love being out in the garden, playing, sniffing, digging and exploring their environment. A good doggy garden needs to be secure so you are certain that your dog can’t get out, or into the neighbor’s garden, where they might not be welcomed visitors. Investing in good quality garden fencing is essential. You might also want to put smaller fencing round flower beds or vegetable patches to make sure that your dog keeps out of areas you want kept beautiful. 

Dogs that love digging

Some breeds of dogs are notorious for digging, huskies and spitz dogs create earth bowls to roll and sit in to keep cool. Terriers love to go digging to search for vermin and rodents and this can cause damage. Beagles and basset hounds commonly dig under fences to try and get to prey like squirrels. Younger dogs are often the culprits when trying to make a bid to escape under garden fences. Installing vinyl or PVC fencing that goes below ground level, protecting your dog from getting into any mischief. 

Strategic planting for safety

Some dogs are not diggers, but acrobats – they love to jump over the fences. Rather than putting up fences that are too high and obstruct the view out of the garden, it is a good idea to plant large, bushy shrubs in front of your fences. This will be a deterrent to dogs that are high leapers. Boxers are famous for this. When you are creating your dog friendly garden, just make sure that the shrubs you plant are not of a spiky variety. 

Using safety mesh

If you already have slatted wooden picket fencing around your home, using wire safety mesh is a good way of keeping small dogs from escaping the garden. Chihuahuas and toy breeds of a similar size can easily slip underneath fences. Look for a galvanised metal that doesn’t rust. Using mesh is a cost-effective way to ensure that your dogs is kept safely in your garden and can easily be taken up or down using heavy duty tackers and staples. It is unobtrusive and won’t detract from the quality of your picket fence. 

Dogs are true members of the family and keeping them safe is important. The garden is somewhere that dogs can run around and enjoy being outdoors, and a good quality fencing means that they can be secure and happy.

 

 

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