How To Create A Year-Round Colorful Garden In Seattle

How To Create A Year-Round Colorful Garden In SeattleWith autumn colors already starting to fade, you may be a little sad to see the beautiful colors coming to an end. Fall offers a great deal of color if you have trees, but it can be rather drab around the yard and garden. Winter can be downright gloomy! The cold and wet combined with the lack of color in the yard is enough to bring anybody down. Our folks at Greenwood Hardware don’t want you to feel down and out. We have put together this list of plants that will help you add color to your garden, all year around.

Spring

Spring is an excellent time to show off bulbs. Of course, bulbs will need to be planted in the fall for spring and summer blooms. Things like;

  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Crocus
  • Peony
  • Pansy

Summer

The hot days of summer are great for most flowers, but some will positively thrive in the full sunshine.

  • Day Lily
  • Rose
  • Hydrangea
  • Zinnia
  • Coneflower

Fall

Fall flowers and shrubs are a beautiful compliment to the backdrop provided by the bright orange and red trees that are changing colors.

  • Fall crocus
  • Mums
  • Pansy
  • Ornamental kale
  • Flowering Cabbage

Winter

Believe it or not, there are some plants you can add to your landscaping that will give you a bright splash of color that looks even better with a blanket of snow.

  • Chokeberry bushes
  • Holly
  • Flowering cabbage—when in pots it does great through winter
  • Firethorn
  • Sedum

You can still have a beautiful garden or a nice and bright patio area with these plants all year around. Head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up what you need to get your fall and winter garden off the ground. Don’t forget to pick up the bulbs you will need for next year! Come on in, or contact us today!

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How to Grout a Tile Floor

How to Grout a Tile Floor - Greenwood HardwareIf you are handy (or even if you are not), you can lay your own tile floor. This is a fun, weekend project you can do! It doesn’t take a lot of skill, but you will want to watch some video tutorials before you tackle the big job. A new tile floor looks amazing, and you will be very proud of your work. If you don’t want to put in a new tile floor, but just want to give your old tile floor a facelift, you can do it by replacing the grout. Grout tends to break down after a while, leaving gaps between the tiles. At Greenwood Hardware you will find the tools you need to grout your tile floor.

Grouting the floor isn’t all that difficult, but it can be time-consuming. You will need a few tools before you get started.

  • Grout—pick a color that complements your tile. You can get premixed grout in a tub, which is great for small areas or buy a bag and mix yourself. Sanded grout is the best option for any spaces bigger than 1/8 of an inch
  • A grout saw will help remove any old grout if you are redoing the floor, you won’t need this if it is a new tile floor
  • Grout float
  • Grout sponge

Make sure the tile is set before you begin grouting. If the grout is premixed, you are ready to get started. Dip the grout float into the grout, scooping up a blob of grout. Run the float across the tile, pressing down at a diagonal angle. You are pushing the grout into the crevices. Holding the float at the same angle, run it over the area, cleaning up the grout and pushing it further into the crevice.

Wait for 15 to 30 minutes after you have laid the grout, get a grout sponge and go over the excess that is on the tile. The sponge will wipe away the grout. Wipe away as much as you can and let the grout sit overnight. You will probably notice a bit of a haze over your tile. Use a dry cloth or cheesecloth and rub the tiles to remove the haze. Using a wet sponge will just create a mess.

You will find just what you need to grout your tile floor at Greenwood Hardware. Come on in, or contact us today!

 

 

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“Soil, mulch, compost: I’m so confused!” What to buy depending on your needs

“Soil, mulch, compost: I’m so confused!” What to buy depending on your needs - Greenwood HardwareIf you are new to the gardening world or even having your own lawn and landscaping, you probably have some questions. You know you need some dirt or soil additive, but there is a lot more than simple bags of dirt available! It can be a little overwhelming when you are looking at rows of mulch, soil, and compost. Which do you choose? Our folks at Greenwood Hardware are here to break down and explain when you would need the three main types of soil and additives you are likely to find in the gardening section.

Soil

Soil is dirt that is enriched so plants will grow nicely. You need potting soil to fill your containers for container gardening. You would also use potting soil for replanting houseplants.

Top soil isn’t going to have everything a plant needs to grow and thrive. It is meant to be placed in the garden over already tilled soil. It is loose enough to plant seeds and helps to top off raised garden beds.

Seed mixtures or soil-less mixes are best for starting seeds indoors. The bags are very light and contain no actual soil. They are generally a mixture of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. The light compound makes it perfect for delicate seeds to sprout. Once the seed has sprouted, you can transfer the seedling to a container filled with potting soil or into the garden.

Mulch

Mulch is often pretty red shredded or chunks of bark that enhances the look of the landscaping or garden while preserving the moisture in the ground. Mulch can also be straw, shredded newspaper or even grass clippings. Mulch is placed on top of the soil, around the base of a plant. The mulch helps keep the ground moist by preventing the sun from baking the earth underneath. It is a nice addition to flower beds, garden paths and around vegetables in the garden. You will need to reapply mulch several times throughout the season. As it breaks down, it will feed the soil and give your plants additional nutrition.

You wouldn’t typically need mulch for potted plants as the moisture will not evaporate nearly as fast as a garden bed.

Compost

Compost is organic material that is mixed into the garden soil to help balance out the nutrients in the dirt. It is a natural fertilizer comprised of decayed, organic material. The organic mixture contains a great deal of nitrogen that will help feed the plants in the garden. You can add compost to the garden before planting to help condition the ground and throughout the growing season if you notice issues, like yellowing leaves.

You can buy compost or make your own by composting things you would normally toss into the trash. Things like leaves, fruit rinds, newspaper and coffee grounds are all excellent things to compost.  A compost bin is a quick and easy way to recycle while feeding your garden. Compost can be used in the soil around trees, flowers and shrubs as well.

Fall is a great time to add compost to the soil and mulch around plants and trees that need a little extra protection from the cool temperatures. Head into Greenwood Hardware and choose from a variety of organic products that will help you have a beautiful garden. Come on in, or contact us today.

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Ten Toolbox Essentials Every Homeowner Should Have

Ten Toolbox Essentials Every Homeowner Should Have - Greenwood HardwareHaving a toolbox stashed away in a closet or the garage is a very smart move whether you live in your own home or an apartment. You never know when you are going to need to do a quick repair or even open the back of one the kids’ toys to replace the batteries. Our team at Greenwood Hardware knows not everybody wants or needs a big, bulky toolbox stocked with every tool ever made, but everybody has a need for a screwdriver now and again.

Check out the following list of toolbox essentials everyone should have tucked away in case of a minor or even a big emergency around the house.

  1. A mid-size hammer will work great for hanging pictures or putting together a garden box. You don’t need anything too big. A small tack hammer is okay if you are not planning to every drive a nail into wood.
  2. A set of screwdrivers in a variety of sizes. Philips and flat heads are a must!
  3. Pliers will come in handy if you need to pull a nail, staple or fix any wire fencing around the yard.
  4. A tape measure will come in handy when you are working around the house or building flower boxes outside. You can use it to help you landscape your yard or hang pictures as well.
  5. Leather work gloves will protect your hands while you are using your tools while improving your grip.
  6. An adjustable wrench will come in handy if you have to do any kind of work that involves pipes or bolts.
  7. An electric drill makes life so much easier when you are trying to put together wooden furniture around the house or put up fencing outside.
  8. A level will help you get those pictures hung perfectly straight or install a perfectly level fence post.
  9. Duct tape may not be a tool, but it is a valuable addition to any toolbox and can help fix just about anything quickly while you wait for a permanent fix.
  10. A mini flashlight should be kept with your toolbox. A headlamp is even better because it allows you to use your hands while shining a light directly on the area you are working in.

Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the essentials for your new toolbox. You may just discover there are a few more things you can’t live without! Come on in, or contact us today.

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