All About Leaf Cleanup for Your Pacific Northwest Lawn

All About Leaf Cleanup for Your Pacific Northwest LawnRaking leaves is a chore that has been passed down through the generations. While the thought of diving into a pile of freshly raked leaves will always attract the young and old, it is important those leaves get picked up and moved off your lawn. It isn’t all about making your lawn look better, although, a clean yard is certainly a huge reason for raking those leaves, there are a few other reasons. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has the tools you need to clean up your fall yard.

Reasons to remove those leaves are as follows:

  1. Leaves that sit on the lawn all winter create a thick blanket! Unfortunately, the blanket of leaves can kill the grass below. It is essentially the same as leaving an actual blanket or piece of wood on the lawn for a long period of time. With that said, you can run a mulcher or mow through your leaf pile and allow the small pieces of leaves to sit on your lawn to provide a nice organic feed.
  2. If a thick pile of leaves is left on the lawn and there is snow on top of those leaves (especially in shady areas) in the spring, when new grass blades should be erupting, they could be smothered.
  3. Leaves are an organic mulch, but too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Leaves invite beneficial bugs as well as pests that can damage the roots of your lawn and leave unsightly brown patches.
  4. Northwest lawns are typically made up of “cool weather” grasses, which gain their strength in the fall. If the grass cannot get sunlight to replenish the nutrients in the roots, your lawn will be much weaker and susceptible to disease in the spring.

After you have had your fun in the leaves, it is time to get busy and move them to a compost pile or as a garden cover. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the tools you need to clean those leaves off your lawn. Come on in, or contact us today.

Saying Goodbye to a Nearby Neighborhood Staple — Crown Hill Hardware

Saying Goodbye to a Nearby Neighborhood Staple — Crown Hill Hardware - Greenwood HardwareA successful neighborhood hardware store is one that stocks items that are going to be useful to the folks living in that particular area. When you don’t want to drive out of your way to get what you need and prefer to shop local and support your local businesses, your friendly neighborhood store, like Greenwood Hardware, is an option. It is with great sadness we are saying goodbye to one of our fellow neighborhood hardware stores.

Crown Hill Hardware has been a staple in the community for more than a hundred years. Due to a death in the family, the store will be closing its doors for good, which will leave a huge hole in the neighborhood. The store was known for its knowledgeable staff and willingness to help you find what you were looking for. Whenever someone in the community needed screening material, they knew they could rely on Crown Hill hardware store to have everything they needed to fix up their old, tattered and battered screens without having to head out to a big box store and getting lost in a sea of everything. Mr. Palmer’s store was always very helpful at taking care of the window screens for their customers as well. You could walk in with a worn screen and leave with one that looked like new for a fraction of the cost.

Our neighbors will certainly be sad to see a staple in the community shut down, but you can still find the hardware items you need just down the road. Greenwood Hardware is a friendly neighborhood store as well and caters to our local neighborhood by stocking things that are actually useful and needed on a daily basis, including window screens so you can enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather. Stop by and see what the store has to offer and introduce yourself to our friendly staff. Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Transform and Update Your Red Brick Fireplace

How to Transform and Update Your Red Brick Fireplace - Greenwood HardwareThat red brick fireplace in your home is supposed to be a focal point of the room. Back when red bricks were cool and attractive, those fireplaces were beautiful centerpieces in a room that you could be proud of! As styles have changed and trends have evolved, those red bricks might be a bit dated. If you are planning to sell your home or if you want to give your room a facelift, it is easy to copy the ideas you have seen on the many home improvement shows. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you pick up what you need to make the transformation from dated to dazzling.

You will want to pick up a brush and painting cloth, TSP cleaning solution or something similar to remove soot and dirt from the bricks, tape and a flat paint in a color of your choosing. Grays and whites are very trendy right now. The lighter colors tend to make your space feel bigger and more open.

Use a rag and your chosen cleaning solution to thoroughly wash all the bricks. Pay special attention to the area around the fireplace opening where soot tends to be the most prevalent. Allow the bricks to dry. Tape off the area around the walls, the glass on the fireplace and the mantle if it will be painted a different color.

Now, to “whitewash” the bricks, you will need to mix your latex paint with a little water to thin it out. For a lighter color, add more water. You can make the color darker if it dries too light for your taste. Use a spray bottle filled with water and dampen a section of bricks. Dip painting cloth into the watered-down paint and spread over the damp bricks. Push the cloth in the spaces between the bricks to get a nice uniform look. You can also use a paint brush to get those tiny crevices.

Allow to dry overnight. If you want a darker white or gray, repeat the steps but don’t add as much water to the paint.

That’s it! You can transform your dated red bricks in a single weekend. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up what you need to make your fireplace look new again. Stop on in, or contact us today.

Fall Window Cleaning Tips for your Pacific Northwest Home

Fall Window Cleaning Tips for your Pacific Northwest Home - Greenwood HardwareNow that the days filled with summer sun beating down on the windows is behind us, it is time to pull out the window washing materials and give the windows around the house a good cleaning. You will appreciate the clean, streak-free windows when those rare occasions when the sun is shining high in the sky on a cool fall day. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can get you set up to give all the windows in your home a cleaning that will look like it was done by a professional.

Wait for the Right Day

Obviously, you don’t want to wash the windows on a rainy day. You will only end up frustrated. However, a nice overcast day is the perfect time. This way the sun doesn’t dry your window cleaning solution too fast, and it won’t streak.

The Right Stuff

Window washing is more than a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex. You want to invest in a good squeegee, a window washing solution, a bucket and a strip washer. Think of a gas station window washing set up.

Remove the Screens

You can’t get away with doing one side. Take off the screens to allow full access to your windows. You will appreciate the extra effort the first day the sun pours through. Give the screens a good spray down with the house. If they are especially dirty, use a degreasing solution to get rid of the grime.

Horizontal Stripes

Dip your strip washer into your bucket of soapy water and make horizontal stripes across the window, overlapping a couple of inches. Grab your squeegee and hold it at a 30-degree angle. Wipe in the same order you put the soap on. Use a towel to wipe off the soap before doing the next row.

Microfiber is the Trick

Once you are finished washing, take a microfiber cloth and wipe down the entire window to remove streaks. If you want to be extra detailed, use a buffer tool to get every last streak.

Once you have done the outside, make sure you wash the inside. The finished product is going to look great, and you will appreciate every ounce of effort it took. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up the supplies you need to get your windows winter ready. Stop on in, or contact us today.

Five Tips to Update your Dining Room

Five Tips to Update your Dining Room - Greenwood HardwareAs we move our entertaining back indoors for the fall and winter seasons, it is a terrific time to revamp your dining room! With summer officially at an end, dinnertime festivities typically end up with everyone gathered inside where it is a bit more comfortable. You can get your dining space ready for fall entertaining with these handy tips provided by your friends at Greenwood Hardware.

Repaint the Chairs

Depending on the style of chairs you have, you can go with the easy spray paint option, or if your chairs are straight back with no spindles, you can use a brush. Gel stains are very popular right now, and those can be applied with an old rag or some cheesecloth. No matter what you choose, you will love the fresh look a paint job gives your tired, old chairs. Have fun and go with bold colors are check out some of the fun gel stains that are easy to apply to any surface.

Slip Covers

If you have padded chairs, adding new slipcovers is a great way to hide stains while giving your dining area a very modern feel. This is a quick and easy way to change up the color scheme without buying new furniture.

Stencil the Walls

If you can’t afford high-end wallpaper or you don’t want to deal with the mess, you can use stencils and a small can of paint to add a splash of color and elegance to your space. Chalk paint is very popular right now and will cover almost any surface. You can add a design to your kitchen table that matches the design on your walls. Try contrasting colors for a bold look or keep it warm with browns, beiges, and maybe even a touch of gray.

Have Fun with Burlap

Burlap is another look that never goes out of style and complements a variety of themes. You can make vases with 4-inch round PVC pipe, wrapped with burlap to put in the center of your table. Add a few washers for that shine factor.

Serving Tray

Pick up a piece of wood in a size suitable for your serving tray needs. Stain it, paint it or leave it as is. Use two cabinet door pulls fastened at each end as the handles. This is a fun way to get the perfect tray for you, and the best part is you can customize it to your décor.

Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up the items you need to transform and update your dining room. Let your imagination run wild and have some fun! Stop on in, or contact us today.