Last week we got in our annual truckload of Scotts fertilizer. In my 45 years in the business, there hasn’t been a year go by that this wasn’t our go-to, top of the line, lawn fertilizer product for our customers. But over the last few years there has been a number of organic options available
-13° below zero for heaven’s sake! And what, -40° wind chill? Schools, businesses, mail/paper delivery, and sporting events closed for days. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen that kind of temperature extremes around here. Hopefully you got through it OK, but how’d your house do?
You made it! You made it once again to the end of the holiday season. So now what? How about just hunker down in your Lazyboy with a good book and wait until spring? Well just wait a minute. I have a few suggestions! Get out your pencil – take notes! It’s January job jar list time! I bet there
A customer came in last week and was having a little electrical problem. He said that all of the sudden the circuit breaker that was connected to his living room outlets kept tripping. The first thing I asked him was if there was something new he was plugging into an outlet. “Just a little electric
The most popular way to seal up any type of leaky window is
During WWII, a lady that worked in an ordinance factory, Vesta Stoudt, mother of 2 Navy sailors, noticed that the tape they were sealing ammunition boxes with was not waterproof and would not easily tear off, t
While it’s not time to start putting those plastic sheets up on the ‘ole windows yet, it is time to put your fall job list together.
Here are a few reminders to get you think
Hopefully everybody has weathered the storm of the attack of the Japanese Beetles. For a solid month customers purchased a ton of all
Every year in the hardware business we plan for the unofficial beginning of spring. Because once the weather breaks, our customers start their annual outdoor spruce up and fix-up chores, which naturally brings them into the
Most of my lawn care customers know that you have to put down your crabgrass preventer early, and that you better be ready for the attack of the dandelions following right behind. Well that
Your calendar says spring is here. The robins and the 1st plants of spring say that spring is here. And finally, our average highs for the day seem to say that spring is here. So, Mother Nature is ready…are you?
In the hardware business, our spring prep consists of bringing in our truckloads of mulch, top soil, decorative rock and all those ba
I am frequently amazed by the projects that my customers tackle. Some because I am so darned impressed with the pla
Ice melter comes in many different strengths, with many different ingredients, with many different results available. Probably the
In the 60s when I was just a kid we had a toy department during the hol
40 years ago, when I started in dad’s hardware store, there was one type of furnace filter. The good ‘ole basic fiberglass mesh, see-thru, made
Gutters – Last week, on one of those warm days, I decided to check out my gutters for leaves. Boy was I glad I did, wha
SOWING GRASS SEED.
There is plenty of time to thicken up your yard for next year with a little grass seed spreading this fall. Getting those bare spots seeded now will give the new gras
Have you seen the reports on the evening news where someone had a video camera mounted on their front porch and it caught someone sneaking up and taking a UPS package? Or a video camera that catches someone walking up to a back door of a home in the middle of the night?
Recently at the Do It Best Hardware convention we found
That seems to be the most asked bug question that we get in our hardware stores!
The small ants that invade your house are generally there for 1 thing, food. They’re headed to the pantry, kitchen counter, candy drawer, dog food and even after the late night snack that your teenager left on the table.
What do you do?
Start by m
You guessed it! It’s probably your toilet.
Flame a little uneven? Igniter not igniting? Nasty flare-up? So if you didn’t do it earlier, now is the time to get that gas grill tuned up for the rest of the grilling season. So let’s get started!
Personally, I find that the cooking grates are always a good place to sta
Let’s look at your house, and more specifically, at the paint. Starting to blister a little bit? Wife wants the front door color changed to something she saw on the House Beautiful cable TV show? Or is it just time for a fresh look to the living room?
No problem. Paintin
By now you’re starting to get an idea on how your yard is going to come out of its winter dormancy. Depending on the amount of rain, sun and the temperature lows each night, it could be time to mow!
Here are a few tips to remember a