Projects to Get Your Yard Ready for Summer in The Pacific Northwest

Projects to Get Your Yard Ready for Summer in The Pacific Northwest - Greenwood Hardware

It is that time of year! Summer is just around the corner and soon you’ll be itching to spend time outdoors enjoying the warm temperatures in your own backyard. Our yards are something we take great pride in because, let’s face it, our yards make a huge first impression. A neat, tidy yard adds curb appeal to your home and gives you a sense of pride. There are plenty of little extras you can do around the yard to make it even more appealing. You can head to Greenwood Hardware to find everything you need to take your yard from gorgeous to spectacular with these projects.

Garden Fence

Protect your vegetable garden from being trampled on with a pretty fence. You can add a little personality to the typical white picket fence by painting the wood a vibrant shade of blue, green, red or whatever color suits your fancy. The green plants will provide a stark contrast for the bright colors. The fence doesn’t need to be very high. In fact, a small 24-inch high fence will alert animals, kids and guests that your garden area is not to be walked through. This is also a great idea to protect a flower garden as well.

Sprucing up the Front Door

Your front entryway is the second phase of the first impression a guest will get when they visit your home. You can do a couple of things to add life and personality to your front door area.

  • Buy and hang new house numbers. Shiny brass numbers in a fancy scroll look beautiful and add elegance to your front door.
  • Put a few pots filled with blooming flowers around the entry way. If you have an overhang, install a hanging pot filled with blooms that trail down. You can also buy hanging devices that mount to the side of your house.
  • Add a pretty doormat that delivers a nice message, like “home” or “welcome.”
  • If you have a mailbox mounted to the house, spruce it up with a new coat of paint or buy a new one that matches the numbers on your house.
  • Install lighting leading up to the front door. Solar lights are super easy to install and are available in a variety of styles.
  • Update the porch light to create a more modern look.

Raised Garden Beds

Raised beds look so nice and are much easier to control weeds that tend to take over our vegetable gardens. You can make a raised bed with just a few supplies and a little work. Fill your bed with flowers or vegetables.

  • 4 pieces of lumber (treated is best) 2x2s or 2x4s are perfect. The length will depend on how big you want the bed. You can make rectangles or squares.
  • Nails or screws to hold the sides together
  • Potting soil to fill your new raised bed
  • Wood stain to treat the wood or paint to add a little extra life to the bed
  • Seeds or plants to fill your bed

Paint or stain the wood and let dry before building your box. Secure the lumber together with screws or nails in the desired shape. Place the box on level ground and fill with soil.

Trellis

You can add a beautiful trellis to the side of your home or to a fence to break up the monotony. Plant jasmine or honeysuckle at the base of the trellis and watch it grow and bloom to add gorgeous color to the side of your home. Place the trellis next to a window to take advantage of the natural scent of the blooms when you open your windows in the evening.

You can buy a trellis already completed or choose to make your own with treated 1×2 lumber. For an easy project, you can make a square trellis, resembling a tic-tac-toe board.

  • 5 1x2s 6-foot in length
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Wood stain if desired

Construct the trellis following the grid plan of a tic-tac-toe board. Place 2 of the pieces of wood vertically with about 3 feet of space between.  Lay one of the pieces across the lower portion of the 2 vertical pieces about 12 inches high. Place the next piece 24-inches above the first and the top piece would be 12-inches from the top. Use brackets to mount the trellis to your fence or house.

These are just a few things you can do to add a little something extra to your yard. These are great weekend projects that take very little time. You can find everything you need at Greenwood Hardware. And if you have questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online. Get started on your next yard project today!

Home Repair DIY – How to Fix Minor Wall Damage

Home Repair DIY - How to Fix Minor Wall Damage - Greenwood Hardware

The walls in your home are subjected to a lot of abuse and sometimes, they don’t always fare well. Small holes can happen from a door being thrown open, furniture pressing against an area or even the occasional unwitting victim of a temper tantrum. Nail holes can also be unsightly once the pictures come down. Even the smallest hole can look very unsightly. You will sit in your chair and stare at that hole and ponder how you can cover it up. Or, you could repair the damage to the wall with very little effort! You can pick up everything you need to do the wall repair at Greenwood Hardware.

You will need a few supplies:

  • Spackle
  • Fiberglass drywall patches
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint roller
  • Paint that matches existing wall color

 

Nail Hole Patch Jobs

The little holes left behind by hanging pictures are relatively easy to fix and will leave your wall looking like new again!

  1. Wipe the wall down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris.
  2. Use the putty knife to get a small portion of the spackling paste on the end of the knife.
  3. Rub the paste over the holes making a thin layer of the compound.
  4. Smooth out the paste with the edge of the putty knife.
  5. Allow the spackle to completely dry and then use a fine grit sand paper to smooth out the area.
  6. Use a paint roller to paint over the repaired area with a matching paint.

 

Holes Bigger Than a Quarter, Smaller Than 2 Inches

Fixing a small hole is essentially the same steps as above. However, you will want to use joint compound instead of spackle for a small hole repair. Spackling paste is thicker and doesn’t spread quite as easy as the joint compound.

  1. Clean the area you will be fixing.
  2. Apply a self-adhesive fiberglass wall repair patch over the hole.
  3. Use a putty knife or drywall knife to spread joint compound over the patch until it is completely covered. Smooth out any bumps in the compound with the drywall knife.
  4. Allow the compound to completely dry before sanding the area until the surface is smooth.
  5. Apply a second layer of compound and repeat the drying and sanding process.
  6. Paint over the area with a matching paint.

Wall repair is a lot easier than many people think. Walls that are free of holes give your home a quick facelift with very little effort. If you don’t know the exact shade of paint on an existing wall, head to the hardware store and pick up some swatches to try and match it. If that doesn’t produce results, consider repainting the room with a new color of paint.

Check out the paint section at your local hardware and you are sure to find a color that appeals to you and will really give your home a whole new look. Don’t suffer any longer! Head to Greenwood Hardware today and pick up the tools you need to take care of those little holes in the wall that have been bugging you. And if you have any questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online today!

Spring has Sprung! How to Transform a Dark Corner in the Yard to a Place of Tranquility

Spring has Sprung! How to Transform a Dark Corner in the Yard to a Place of Tranquility - Greenwood Hardware

Spring has finally sprung and now is the time to take care of those little jobs outside that will make your favorite outdoor space into something you can be really proud of. If you have been dreaming of creating a quiet corner in the backyard filled with lush vegetation and a space for you to relax in the fresh air, Greenwood Hardware has everything you need to make your dream a reality.

Sitting outside on a weekend with your favorite book and a glass of cold tea is one of the little things in life that doesn’t cost a thing. Whether you choose to enjoy your sitting area alone or with a loved one is your choice, but no matter whom you spend it with, it is sure to give you great pleasure. If you need help making the space a little more comfortable or beautiful, we have you covered.

Flowers

Flowers are a telltale sign of spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are lucky to have plenty of moisture that flowers love. Choose a variety of flowers in contrasting colors that will add life to your corner. Reds and oranges are vibrant and the contrast is stunning when the flowers are in full bloom. Purple and yellow are another amazing combination. If you are going for a more subdued look, choose greens like Lamb’s Ear, ribbon grass or reed grass. Choose flowers that appeal to you and will make you feel most comfortable. Rose gardens are always brilliant, but you must be prepared to take care of the roses to aid in the blooms.

Trees

An ornamental tree can provide shade as well as beauty. Some of the more popular trees are Dogwoods and Flowering Plums. These trees are fast growers and will be adding beauty to your space in no time. If you want a shade tree, maples are excellent choices for the yard. They grow rather quickly and provide a great deal of shade. You can also use shrubbery to provide shade and privacy for your corner.

Trellis

Your corner in the yard may include a fence or some other barrier that indicates it is a different section of the yard. A trellis is a doorway so to speak into your little backyard sanctuary. You can find a variety of trellises in different colors and styles. Choose one that matches the theme of your landscaping. Add more beauty to the trellis by placing vining plants near the base. Climbing roses, clematis, jasmine or honeysuckle are all great vines for the Pacific Northwest.

Ornaments

It is only natural you would want to add some additional beauty to your corner space by placing yard ornaments or statues. A fountain is also a great idea and will add the serene sound of flowing water. You can choose a couple of reflective gazing balls to add a little brightness to the area or keep it subtle with a statue that speaks to you. There are plenty of different options depending on your sense of style. Quirky garden gnomes or cute ceramic animals add a little flair and make the space reflect your personality.

Lighting

It is very likely the evenings and mornings will be an ideal time of the day for you to relax in your favorite corner. You will need to have adequate light in the space. You can place solar lights in the area to provide some soft light. If you have opted to place a water feature or statue in your corner, a spotlight will make sure you can see the focal point even in the twilight. There are various styles of solar lights to choose from. You can choose lights that are colored and in the shape of butterflies or crystal balls or the standard black sidewalk lights. Again, it is your space and you want it to reflect your personal style.

If you are ready to transform the drab corner of the yard into a space you can relax and enjoy, head to Greenwood Hardware and pick up everything you need. And if you have any questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online today!

What Edibles Grow Best in My Pacific Northwest Garden?

What Edibles Grow Best in My Pacific Northwest Garden? Greenwood Hardware

Spring is here and it is time to get started on your gardening chores. Before you come in to Greenwood Hardware to get a great deal on seeds or starter plants, you need to know which plants are best for the Pacific Northwest weather. Unfortunately, there are some fruits and vegetables that do not grow well in the mild climate we love here in the Pacific Northwest. Because of the short growing season, you will need to choose your plants carefully and you will need to have an array of supplies to help your garden be the best you can grow. You can find everything you need at Greenwood Hardware. When choosing seed packets, look for plants that will be ready for harvest in 120 days or less.

Some edibles that grow well are listed below:

  • Beans
  • Sweet peas
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce/Cabbage
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Strawberries

Our drizzly weather makes for some very lush soil, which most plants love. You will need to pay close attention to your garden to make sure it is not becoming oversaturated. Too much water can lead to root rot and leave plants vulnerable to disease. When the fruit has formed on the plants, it is important to keep cucumbers, strawberries and tomatoes fairly dry. During a particularly rainy season, it is a good idea to cover your plants with a row cover. These are also great tools for keeping pesky bugs off your plants as well.

Speaking of bugs, all our wet weather makes the Pacific Northwest a lovely place for aphids, slugs and snails. These pesky critters may be small, but they can do a lot of damage to your plants. You will need to protect your plants from these pests. You have several options to choose from and can find a variety of products at your local hardware store. You can also opt for manual removal, but this can be very difficult and time consuming (and it’s not so easy on your back, either).

Before planting any of your edibles outdoors, pay attention to the hardiness of a given plant. It is advisable to wait until your area’s last frost date. In the Pacific Northwest, the end of April to beginning of May are typically the ideal planting times. Plants like strawberries, onions, garlic and beets can handle the cold and are generally safe to plant in early April. You can add a layer of protection for your plants by adding mulch around the plants for better insulation.

A greenhouse is an excellent option to get a jump start on your gardening. You can start seeds inside your greenhouse and have healthy plants ready to go out as soon as the risk of frost is over. If you would like to get started on your edibles garden, head on into Greenwood Hardware and pick up what you need to create your own sustainable harvest. And if you have any questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online today!

How Can Shopping Local Add Value to Your Home?

How Can Shopping Local Add Value to Your Home? Greenwood Hardware

Guest post by Bill Brunelle, Independent We Stand

There are a lot of reasons for consumers to shop local.  Local businesses like Greenwood TrueValue Hardware return a higher percentage of revenue to the local community than big box hardware stores, contribute more to local charities and causes, and create more jobs.  But a study by American Express OPEN, also showed that home values in neighborhoods with strong independent retail districts grew at a much faster rate over a 14-year period than those without.

To help local businesses tell this story, Independent We Stand, the national movement of local businesses and consumers dedicated to spreading the “buy local” message, has developed a Home Value Calculator.  The calculator gives homeowners an easy tool to determine how supporting their locally owned, independent businesses – and encouraging more to open in their areas – affects the value of their home.

The Home Value Calculator joins our Economic Impact Calculator, which shows the direct impact on the local economy if each family spent just $10 each month with a locally owned business instead of at a national chain. Both calculators are part of our ongoing campaign to educate American communities about the positive economic benefits of buying from locally owned, independent businesses whenever possible.

We certainly hope that you will join the cause and help revive your local economy by shopping at the locally-owned businesses in your community. Buy their products. Eat their food. Use their services. In turn, these locally owned and operated businesses will continually pump your hard-earned dollars back into the local economy by way of taxes, payrolls and purchases.  Not sure where how to find your local businesses?  Our local business search and mobile apps make it easy to find a locally owned business whether you are at home or on the road.

Studies continue to prove that buying local can improve the economy – from the neighborhood level up. Independent business truly is the lifeblood of the American economy and we hope that you will join Greenwood TrueValue Hardware in joining the movement.