How To Choose a Manual (Push) Mower

How To Choose a Manual (Push) Mower - Greenwood HardwareAs we learn more about the depletion of our earth’s resources and the strain the population of the world is putting on our precious earth, it is only natural we want to do what we can to stop the devastation. One way to do that is to take a step back. Yes, technology is great and automatic tools are lovely but think back to the days of our grandparents. They were a very hands-on generation. Wouldn’t it be nice to take a page out of their book and mow our lawns like they used to? You wouldn’t have to worry about running out of gas halfway through or dealing with the endless engine problems if you were to use a manual mower. Yes, those vintage mowers are making a comeback with some really cool improvements. Our folks at Greenwood Hardware want to help you help your environment and have some tips on how to choose the right manual mower for you and your needs.

Wide or Narrow

If you have a large yard that you will be mowing every week, you will want to go for a wide mower. This will mean fewer passes you will have to make and will speed up the process. The smaller, more narrow push mowers are perfect for small to average lawns.

Heavy or Light

This is going to depend on the type of grass you have. You don’t want to go for a heavy mower if you don’t have to. Grasses like St. Augustine or Bermuda are thick and will require a heavy mower with seven blades. Fortunately, most of the best-growing grasses in the northwest are light, which means you can stick with a light mower and still have excellent results. Look for mowers with at least five blades.

Accessory Options

If you don’t want the benefit of leaving grass clippings behind, you can buy push mowers that include bags to catch the clippings. You will want to have nice, sharp blades so make sure you buy a sharpener as well.

Push mowers are becoming more popular as people move away from gas mowers. The peace and quiet of walking back and forth across your lawn is actually quite relaxing. If you have been thinking about a push mower, now is the time to buy. Head into Greenwood Hardware and see what options you have available right in your own neighborhood. Come on in, or contact us today.

 

 

How to Care for Citrus Trees in the Pacific Northwest

How to Care for Citrus Trees in the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareThe Pacific Northwest is famous for the cool, wet temperatures that stay at a pretty even keel all year ‘round. Rarely are there drastic weather changes. When you think of the cool climate, you don’t necessarily envision rows of citrus trees blooming. Citrus is most traditionally grown in places like southern California and Florida where it gets nice and hot, and the winters are very mild. Imagine being able to grow citrus trees in the Pacific Northwest! You can, and our folks at Greenwood Hardware want you to get the most out of your adventure into your own urban orchard.

The trick to getting fresh citrus fruit from your very own tree is to put the tree seedling in a pot. This makes it portable and will allow you to bring in your tree when the temperatures dip below 40. Most citrus trees cannot tolerate freezing temperatures for more than a couple of hours. If you have a greenhouse, you can move the pots in there. They do need lots of sun!

Citrus trees need rich, acidic soil which you can make happen with a fertilizer solution added to the pot once a month.

It is best to start with cold-hardy citrus trees. These will generally be dwarf trees that are hybrids. They have been crossbred to withstand the cooler temperatures and will have shorter growing seasons as well.

Cut back any “suckers” that grow out from the bottom of the tree’s trunk. These little suckers drain the energy and nutrients from the tree and can cause problems with growth and leaf production.

Use a layer of mulch to keep the soil moist between watering. If you start with a small tree, make sure you gradually move up in pot size to allow the tree to grow and the roots to spread. It is a good idea to give the tree new soil once a year but keep about an inch of the old soil.

If you are ready to start growing your citrus trees, head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up the supplies you will need to be successful. Fresh, homegrown lemons and oranges are in your future! Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Add Privacy to Your Seattle Backyard

How to Add Privacy to Your Seattle Backyard - Greenwood HardwareWith spring upon us (well, once the rain lets up…), we are all itching to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Our backyards are our sanctuaries! Spending time alone or with your family in your backyard is relaxing and will give you plenty of fond memories to reflect on. Unfortunately, backyards are not always quite as secluded as we would like. Our team at Greenwood Hardware understands your desire for a little privacy and has some tips to help you make your time in the backyard just a little more private.

Now, there are probably going to be some laws and codes about how much you can do with the landscaping. You aren’t necessarily going to be able to build a 12-foot privacy fence around the backyard. However, you can add a few little things here and there that are pleasing to the eye and add just a touch of privacy without violating any building codes.

Lattice

One quick and easy way to make your patio space private and secluded is to put up some lattice board. The boards are available in vinyl or wood. The vinyl is available in a few different colors, or you can go with wood and paint it any color you like. The lattice panels can be hung on one side or enclose the entire space. You will still be able to see out, but a curious neighbor won’t be able to see everything happening on your patio or deck. Planting some climbing roses or another climbing flower at the base of the lattice will provide a gorgeous screen during the spring and summer months.

Chain Link Fence Slats

This is a classic method of transforming that boring chain link fence into one that dazzles and shields your backyard. Choose a color that contrasts the color of your home or blends right in. You can create funky patterns with different colors or stick with the classic colors.

Pergola

This is the ideal option for providing shade as well as a shield from annoying drones flying overhead or neighbors in second story windows. You can plant some gorgeous plants to climb the pergola. You will love the blooms and the seclusion the plants provide.

Evergreens

Tall, gorgeous evergreens are a beautiful addition to any backyard. They provide shade, privacy, and décor all in one. If this will be your plan, you want to get those shrubs and hedges in now. Combine your evergreens with shade trees for additional privacy. Evergreens thrive in the Pacific Northwest climate and will grow quickly.

Vertical Gardens

Build a vertical garden from a pallet painted in a pretty color or throw up a few 2x4s to attach pots to around your patio. Imagine having a beautiful, aromatic herb garden around your patio. It will provide privacy, a nice environment and a delicious addition to those barbecues you will be having.

Head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up what you need to add beauty and privacy to your backyard area before summer gets underway. Come on in, or contact us today.

Has Your Kitchen Sink Sprung a Leak?

Has Your Kitchen Sink Sprung a Leak? Greenwood HardwareLife is full of surprises, and some of those little surprises include something going wrong with the house. It is part of life! The only thing you can do is roll with the punches and know what to do when little things like a leaking sink throw a wrench in your day. Our team at Greenwood Hardware knows how things like a leaking sink can put you in a pinch.

Here’s what to do if you discover a leak that threatens to become a real problem if you don’t take immediate action.

  1. Turn off the water supply to the sink. This is usually directly under the sink. If you shut off the hot and cold valves and it is still leaking, you will need to shut off the water main to your house. This is typically next to or above your water heater.
  2. Next, you will want to find what is leaking. Is there a crack in the pipe leading to the sink? Is the drain seal nice and tight? Check the supply lines—are they loose or cracked?
  3. If you are unsure where the water is coming from, use a towel to dry everything off. Wrap a paper towel around your pipe and the supply lines. Turn on the water and see what part gets wet. If the towels stay dry, but you see water, it could be around the drainage area.
  4. If you are comfortable with a little DIY, you can replace a supply line pretty easily. The PVC pipe isn’t a big job, and you can do it in a single day.
  5. If you can’t find the source of the leak or are concerned it may be in the wall, you are best off calling a plumber to investigate.

If you are ready to get your hands a little wet, head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up all the supplies you need to change out those leaking supply lines. Changing out the PVC or drain will require a little more work. Make sure you make a list of everything you need so you don’t have to make multiple trips! Come on in, or contact us today.