Composite decking and steel tine rake

Want to enjoy outdoor living at its finest? Then regularly maintain your deck and lawn.

June 18, 2019 (Fairhope, AL) – Outdoor living is a way of life for today’s homeowners. But just like any other area of the home, outdoor spaces have to be maintained. Today, Danny Lipford, host of “Today’s Homeowner TV and Radio,” hosted a national satellite media event to share his best advice for upgrading outdoor spaces, and keeping them comfortable, low-maintenance and looking great.

Lipford kicked off his broadcast from a residence in Fairhope, AL, to an audience of 25+ million viewers. Throughout the morning, he connected with 33 media outlets across the country, offering inspiration and practical advice for any outdoor space.

Composite decking is a durable, low-maintenance alternative to wood decks.

First, he tackled one of the most dreaded outdoor living chores for homeowners – deck maintenance. Decks are common for many homes, and serve as the hub for outdoor gatherings – so they need to be safe, secure and in good shape. Lipford pointed out that wood decks are popular for their natural beauty and affordability, but they do require a higher level of time and money to maintain than some alternatives.

Lipford showcased a new composite deck that he and his team recently installed on an episode of his TV show, “Today’s Homeowner.” The decking material is part of the Enhance line from Trex, and requires little-to-no maintenance. Made from more than 95% recycled materials, the boards need an occasional soap-and-water cleaning to stay looking great – no sanding or staining. And the best feature is they come in a variety of colors — all with a 25-year warranty.

Another benefit of the featured deck is its unique drainage system. The
RainEscape system that Lipford installed protects the area below the deck from moisture, making it perfect for storing lawn tools and equipment. As an added benefit, the system directs water away from the home’s foundation, avoiding costly damage.

AMES’ Ergo Gel Trowel

AMES’ Ergo Gel Trowel

Yardwork is another chore that challenges many homeowners, so Lipford offered tips to make it a little easier.

Danny Lipford Today's Homeowner host

Danny Lipford

“As with any home improvement project, you need to make sure you have the right tool for the right job,” Lipford said. “No one wants to spend more time or energy than necessary sweating it out to get a beautiful lawn and landscape.”

Lipford introduced viewers to several specialized tools from AMES designed to make yard work a breeze. First, he focused on container gardening with the Ergo Gel Trowel and Hand Cultivator. Because these tools are designed with an ergonomic handle and gel-grip insert, they help prevent fatigue and are especially beneficial for gardeners with arthritis or limited hand strength. They’re also the perfect tools to plant lavender, rosemary and marigolds in containers, or add them to existing beds since they naturally repel mosquitoes and other outdoor pests.

For homeowners needing to define borders for flowerbeds or walkways, Lipford suggested the Landscape Border Edger, which makes the job easy with its serrated edge, footstep and wide handle.

Saving the best for last, Lipford discussed how homeowners can achieve the lush, green lawn they crave.

• Keep it debris-free. Lawns need to breathe and can easily get overrun with weeds and thatch. Using a steel tine rake helps remove these and other debris that can suffocate grass.
• Water weekly. Lawns need at least one inch of water per week, and more when the heat is severe.
• Raise your mower blade and keep it sharp. Taller grass is more drought-tolerant, grows deeper roots, and provides shade to keep weeds at bay.
Add stepping stones or pavers to high-traffic areas. This will minimize damage to your grass when it’s most vulnerable.

To fully enjoy any backyard paradise, Lipford encourages homeowners to add some shade to their outdoor spaces. A variety of options that are budget and DIY-friendly, include:
Installing an awning
Building a pergola
• Adding a piece of sailcloth

The media event was sponsored by Trex and AMES Tools. A broadcast-ready clip with Lipford’s advice is available to the media. Find additional convenient smart home technology tips and home improvement advice at

About Today’s Homeowner Media

“Today’s Homeowner” is a trusted home improvement authority delivering fresh, original, practical advice to consumers across diverse media platforms including the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” television show, now in its 21st season and its radio counterpart, the nationally syndicated Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

Additionally, the media brand hosts the top home enthusiast destination website,, drawing more than 2 million monthly visitors, robust social media channels and the award-winning lifestyle blog and web series, ”Checking In With Chelsea.” 3 Echoes Productions, the professional production arm of the brand, serves an impressive national clientele with expert video services.

Host and founder of the brand, Danny Lipford, is among the most sought-after home improvement experts in the country. The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 190 national television appearances on “FOX & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” FOX Business Channel, “Rachael Ray” and more. He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets each year.