Five Memorial Day Home Improvement Projects

Five Memorial Day Home Improvement Projects - Greenwood HardwareInstituted three years after the end of the Civil War in 1868, Memorial Day is a  federal holiday in which we remember those who died while serving in our armed forces.

Memorial Day weekend has also become the official kick-off to summer barbecues, camping excursions and distant family coming to visit. The three-day weekend is the perfect time to catch up on those chores around the house that have been stacking up the past couple of months. With the end of May, the rainy season in the Pacific Northwest slows down, and it is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the weather. You will want to take advantage of the beautiful weather, holiday sales and the extra day off to get your home ready for another gorgeous summer. You will find everything you need to do just that at Greenwood Hardware!

Here are some home improvement projects you may want to tackle this Memorial Day weekend.

Clean Out the Garage

After a long winter, it is time to go through all the clutter that was tossed into the garage. Tidying up the tools and getting rid of the stuff you don’t need is going to leave you with lots of space. You won’t be embarrassed to open the garage door when the neighbors are out and about. You can find all sorts of organizational tools to help you keep it clean all summer long.

Fix the Lawn Furniture

After a long winter, the lawn furniture may need a little sprucing up. Applying a fresh coat of stain to the wooden furniture or a fresh coat of paint to the metal chairs and tables is one way to make it all look new again. You may need to replace cushions and tighten up wobbly legs as well.

Stain the Deck

It is a big job, but staining the deck will help extend the life of your investment. Applying a fresh coat of stain with a sealant will help prevent it from rotting. It also looks so much nicer!

Clean the Cement

A little power washing and an environmentally safe cleaning product can really make a difference when you clean the driveway and any cement walkways around your house. It brightens everything up, and you won’t have to be embarrassed by those unsightly stains that build up all winter.

Clean the Windows

With the constant rain coming to a halt, it is time to clean the outside of your windows. You want to see all the blooms and the greenery the Pacific Northwest is famous for. For homes with second story windows, extending squeegees are a must.

Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up all the supplies you need for your weekend at home. You may be inspired to take on a few extra projects once you see everything the neighborhood store has to offer. Come on in, or contact us today.

Good Versus Evil in Your Seattle Garden: Bees, Wasps, and Hornets, Oh My!

Good Versus Evil in Your Seattle Garden: Bees, Wasps, and Hornets, Oh My!With the recent warm weather here in the Pacific Northwest, spring has sprung into action practically overnight. The tulips have bloomed, and now it is time for us to get our lawns nice and green and the garden growing. When things start blooming, you will have some new guests showing up. Some those guests are going to be uninvited. Bees and their ilk are one of those things you might have a love-hate relationship with. At Greenwood Hardware, we understand you may want to annihilate every little bee that dares to get close enough to sting you or the little ones. But honestly, complete annihilation isn’t always the best choice!

As you probably know, honey bees are welcome guests in your garden. You need them to pollinate in order to have vibrant flowers in your beds and lots of blooms on your vegetable plants. Sadly, there are some bees that are not quite as helpful in the garden. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can be nuisances. They tend to be very aggressive and make being outdoors a bad experience. Even though they are annoying, they do serve some purpose, like eating webworms and other destructive insects.

It is almost impossible to find every nest and eliminate it, but you can be a bit more proactive. Using traps that invite unwelcome bees in is one option. Use yellow jacket traps baited with a solution that is only inviting to meat-eating bees. You could also use canned cat food or ground meat. This is one way to ensure honey bees are immune to the pull of the trap.

Cans of spray are also a nice option to have when you do happen upon a nest. Always wait until the evening hours or early morning hours to spray the nest. This will give you the best chance at taking out as many of the wasps as possible. There is also less chance of you getting attacked by angry bees!

A natural option includes setting out a solution of vinegar, sugar and salt in a little bit of water. This solution will need to be replenished often. This is a natural remedy, but it does attract honey bees and other insects that are beneficial to the garden.

If you are already inundated with bad bees, head into Greenwood Hardware to get what you need to make your yard a little safer for you and your family. You want to share the outdoors with the bees without being bullied back inside. Come on in, or contact us today.


Ten Spring Cleaning and Organizing Ideas for Your Seattle Home

Ten Spring Cleaning and Organizing Ideas for Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareIt is that time of year that gives you a boost of energy and a desire to clean your house inside and out. Spring has a way of making things look new again, and the mood is contagious! You will want to do some spring cleaning in the house to give it a fresh, new look as well. Spring is the perfect time of year to get rid of the clutter that has been collecting around the house since you went through your last spring cleaning spree. The rainy spring weather in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect time to take care of those chores around the house while you wait to get outside and into the garden. You will find all the organizational tools you need at Greenwood Hardware.

Here are some tips to spring cleaning your home this spring.

  1. Recycle light bulbs and other items that can’t go into the trash. They are probably sitting in a corner in the garage or in the back of some closet. Get rid of them by taking them to your local recycling collection place, or check with us to see what we might be able to recycle for you.
  2. Go through the closets and consider donating clothes you and your family are no longer wearing.
  3. Tidy up the cupboards and drawers in the bathroom and get rid of old makeup. Towels that are worn and shoved to the back of the closet can be put into the rag pile.
  4. Dig into that drawer—the drawer with a little bit of everything and clean it out. Use trays to keep like items together and give the drawer a much neater look. You will appreciate how much easier it is to find things.
  5. Clean up and organize the pantry. Adding new shelving can help keep you organized while giving you more room.
  6. Give the windows a good thorough cleaning inside and out. For second story windows, use an extending squeegee or use a cleaning solution designed to attach to the hose.
  7. Give your wooden floors new life by buffing and waxing. They will look like new again, and you will be protecting them from damage.
  8. Remove the lime buildup from around your kitchen and bathroom sink by soaking a paper towel with vinegar and placing it over the stain. Let it sit for an hour and then clean the area.
  9. Use a little dishwashing soap and water to clean your lawn furniture.
  10. Invest in color-coded storage bins to organize your linen closet or the toys in the kids’ bedroom. This will make putting away the laundry and tidying up the kids’ room quick and easy. With the color system, everybody in the house will know right where everything belongs.

Your home will look and feel as good as the day you moved in when you give it a thorough cleaning and decluttering. Make it a family weekend in and get everyone involved! A trip to Greenwood Hardware will help you get all the cleaning tools you need as well as some new organizational tools to keep things in their designated spot. Come on in, or contact us today.

Think Green this Spring: 5 Tips for the Pacific Northwest

Think Green this Spring: 5 Tips for the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareWashington is famous for the lush green forests around the Pacific Northwest. The evergreen state is something in which people in the area are very proud. Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year in the Pacific Northwest with the tulips in full bloom and the grass coming out of dormancy and soaking in all the rain. It is a vibrant time of year, and it makes you appreciate nature’s beauty a bit more. As you look around your neighborhood, you may be inspired to go a little greener to help preserve all the natural beauty. The folks at Greenwood Hardware have made huge strides helping the community by offering a variety of recycling programs.

Here are some other things you can do to make your home a little greener this spring.

  1. Switch out those old light bulbs for more energy-efficient LEDs and CFLs. The cool lighting uses less energy, and the bulbs last much longer. That means fewer bulbs are headed to the landfills.
  2. A hot water heater is a major draw on your electricity. Investing in a new hot water tank will make your home more energy efficient. Reducing the amount of electricity you use saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint.
  3. Using eco-friendly paints to spruce up your home this spring will make you feel better about your family’s health and will reduce the risk of toxic fumes being released into the environment.
  4. Consider using natural gardening solutions for your flowers and vegetable garden this year. Organic composts and fertilizers are perfect for your garden and safe to use without hurting the environment.
  5. Fixing those minor leaks on your outdoor faucets and inside the kitchen and bath will reduce the amount of water literally going down the drain. Every drop saved counts. It doesn’t take much to replace a washer and stop the dripping.

You are proud of where you live and keeping it beautiful is something everyone will appreciate! Changing a few habits and fixing some very minor problems around the house can go a long way to saving you money and making your home a little greener. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up what you need to go green this spring. Come on in, or contact us today.