Blog Cabin

May 13

Let’s Hangout With Chris Lambton Tomorrow!

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Yard Crashers is crashing DIY Network Blog Cabin 2014 this week and we’re hosting a live Q&A with Chris Grundy and Yard Crasher’s new host Chris Lambton to talk all things landscaping.

Chris Lambton, host of Going Yard, is taking over the reins for Matt Blashaw while he works on HGTV’s Vacation House for Free. Now’s your chance to meet and get to know Chris.

If you have a question about Blog Cabin’s landscaping, post it in the comments below and it may get answered during the chat!


Tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET

  • Posted at 10:41 am on May 5, 2014
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  1. Hi Chris! I am wondering is there going to be a walk way down to the dock? Thanks!

    jensmithwiz on May 13, 2014 at 10:43 am
  2. Hi Chris. Will the fire-pit be part of the patio, down by the dock or somewhere else? Thanks.

    Sally on May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am
    • and will it be wood or gas burnig

      Gene on May 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm
    • and will it be wood or gas burning

      Gene on May 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm
    • Gas, Please!!!!!

      Florida Native on May 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm
    • wood please, gas is boring ;)

      Gene on May 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm
    • Wood fires stink, are bad for one's lungs and make a mess. Wood piles harbor unwelcome critters like mice and rats.

      Florida Native on May 14, 2014 at 10:49 am
  3. Has any thought been put into utilizing plants that deter mosquitos or other pests?

    For anyone interested, I have read the following plantings help. Some are wild and/or weeds, so if considering more research should be done.

    Citronella, Marigold, Catnip, Ageratum, Horsemint, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon balm,
    Garlic, Clove, Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Lavender, Vanilla Leaf, Pineapple weed, Sagebrush, Wormwood, Mugwort, Nodding onion, Wild bergamot, Snowbrush, Sweetfern, and Cedars.

    Can’t find one to deter alligators!

    LAUDGIRL on May 13, 2014 at 11:10 am
    • I haven't seen a gator on the lawn yet ;)

      Gene on May 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm
    • Did you watch the golf tournament 2 weeks ago, where a golfer hit his ball right next to a gator? He just poked it with his club a couple of times, and off he went, so he could hit his ball.

      Builder on May 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm
    • Since the blog cabin is located lakeside. It is bound to be swarming with mosquitos and other pests. Is there an organic mosquitos/pests spray that can be ulitlitzed?

      bosok on May 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm
    • Pyrethrum (made from chrysanthemums) is organic, naturally occurring, and deadly for insects.

      Sally on May 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm
    • An outdoor entertainment area with fridge for cold drinks, sink and grill to cook the fish you'll be catching, gazebo with comfy seats, lights, music, fan and netting for all the friends you'll be entertaining would be way cool!
      Also edible landscaping as well as fruit trees would be great

      BTW-Anyone notice if there is a garage?

      ClearSailing on May 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    • I don't think there's a garage! But even a carport would be nice. I'm seeing big palm trees right by the house! Who's the northern idiot that thought that up??? The palm trees have the palmetto bugs! Yipes whoever wins will keep the pest guy busy!!! I think no matter what you do in Florida, if you're by water you'll eventually see a gator and…..snakes. When I live in Florida if I had a 'pet' (not literally) grass snake. Couldn't get rid of that creature (unless I killed him and he wasn't bothering anything or anyone) but at my parents place we had plenty of rattlers, coral snakes, water moccasins and a 7' gator passed through our yard and tore up the neighbors patio!

      Arslife on May 15, 2014 at 9:21 am
    • We have a variety of palm trees in and around our home, yet have never had a a problem with palmetto or any other bug. I highly doubt there will be any problems with bugs inside this home, since it was so well built. Of course there will be occasional sightings outdoors, just like everywhere else. As long as property is cared for they should stay at bay.

      LAUDGIRL on May 15, 2014 at 9:35 am
    • you're very lucky! I lived in Florida for 15 years and I've had them fly out of palm trees right at me! Yes it's true if you take care of your property/home you won't have many problems but those darn palmetto's can squeeze through the smallest opening.

      Arslife on May 15, 2014 at 11:03 am
    • Palmetto bugs don't fly. To quote the entomological encyclopedia "The Florida woods cockroach (Eurycotis floridana), or palmetto bug, is a large, non-flying species of cockroach". Must have been another type of bug.

      There will be wood roaches all over this and all the other yards in the vicinity as they're endemic to the region, love wooded lots with plenty of moisture.

      Sally on May 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
    • Just some FYI I found out about our little friends!!!
      In the South, this roach is abundant in alleyways, yards, hollow trees and PALM trees. Recent studies in Florida have shown that American cockroaches and other outdoor roaches are generally associated with trees and woodpiles in landscapes. They especially prefer moist, shady areas. Sometimes they are found under roof shingles or flashing, or even in the attic. Similar studies in Texas have shown that American and smoky-brown cockroaches often prefer moist, shady areas of ground cover, which are often found around foundations and near swimming pools. The presence of automatic sprinkler systems for irrigating these areas of turf and ground cover will provide particularly attractive and favorable living conditions for cockroach populations. When conditions are unfavorable, American cockroaches and other outdoor species may move indoors.

      Arslife on May 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm
  4. Wow I am so excited. Just last night I sent in a question to HGTV to find out if Chris and his wife Peyton only did yards on the east coast. I have watched them from their time on the Bachelor and Bachelorette and have always loved them. They not only make a beautiful couple, but they make an awesome team when it comes to yards. With Chris's designs and Peyton's decorations and eye for beautiful items they always make yards look like works of art. I can't wait to see what they do at our BC. Can you tell us if there will be any type of pergola or possibly a screen in area where the bugs can't get it while people are eating outside? Will there be a special place for the kids, adults and of course our four legged friends? I am just so excited. Welcome to yard crashers. We are all very lucky and couldn't be happier for you and Peyton. God Bless. Stay safe.

    CheleRS3 on May 13, 2014 at 11:11 am
  5. As for as the fire pit goes, do you know if it is going to be one that looks like an outdoor fireplace or are you going to go with a more traditional one that is smaller and just has some chairs sitting around it? Will there be an outside kitchen with your famous pizza ovens? I am sure whatever you decide it will be great. Can't wait to see what you and Peyton come up with for this home. She is a real beauty and I know she will be even more pretty when you guys get done.

    On another note, Dylan is there anyway that you guys can post some pictures of the front of the house? Would love to be able to see what all is taking shape out in the front yard. Thank you. You are all doing such an amazing job.

    CheleRS3 on May 13, 2014 at 11:15 am
  6. Hey Chris! Welcome to our Blog Cabin! Will there be a screened in gazebo down by the dock, or anywhere on the 5 acre property! Thanks and welcome to Florida!

    jchristie24 on May 13, 2014 at 11:42 am
  7. I would like to know if there is going to be a screened in gazebo type feature in the yard? ( A pizza oven would be fabulous). Is there a covered outdoor kitchen?

    Daffie on May 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  8. One more thing Chris….will there be a fence to keep gators out of the yard? They aren't my idea of a great family pet! LOL!

    Daffie on May 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    • Question 1: Why is everyone asking about gators? Are there sightings of gators in the lake?

      Question 2: Is the blog cabin by Little Hamilton Lake or the big Hamilton Lake?

      Qestion 3: I did not see any structure that look like a garage near the blog cabin. Is there going to be one this year?

      bosok on May 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    • If you go back to some earlier blog threads – the thread dated December 24th is the best, you can read all about the big detached garage/storage shed that was already on the plot and is still there.

      This is Florida, of course there are 'gators. :) You can go on a nature tour in a jet boat to watch them on this lake.

      NW 'corner' of Big Lake Hamilton.

      Sally on May 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm
    • Gators climb found out researching the Internet last year with the Dream Home.

      grswla on May 14, 2014 at 9:18 am
    • As long as the ALLIGATOR can serve drinks on the PATIO he would be a welcome family pet (See below link).

      MAOW on May 14, 2014 at 9:23 am
    • Cute, Maow.

      jensmithwiz on May 14, 2014 at 9:46 am
    • Lol!

      Daffie on May 15, 2014 at 11:51 am
  9. Hi Chris. Is the porch light to the right of the French doors to the patio the final design?

    AnniesOwn on May 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm
  10. Hi Chris! Is there going to be an outside shower at this year's Blog Cabin?

    jchristie24 on May 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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