Save our Local Seattle Apples!

Save our Local Seattle Apples! - Greenwood HardwareWith Spring here and the trees in full bloom, it is time to start thinking about what you can do to make the Pacific Northwest a better place to live. One way to do that is by limiting the amount of waste that is produced. Another way is helping your neighbors have healthy meals, even if their budgets don’t allow for things like fresh fruit. Apple trees are plentiful in the Pacific Northwest, and they can thrive—when they are properly taken care of. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has partnered with City Fruit to encourage our neighbors to take care of the apple trees in our neighborhood.

In recent years, 12,000 pounds of fruit was added to waste heaps and composted. It is a staggering amount that was completely preventable. In 2014, City Fruit managed to harvest 28,000 pounds of fresh fruit, with the majority being donated to emergency food programs. Imagine if the 12,000 pounds of fruit that was inedible could have been saved.

With the installation of pest barriers, that is a real possibility. The apple maggot and coddling moth are often to blame for making the fruit inedible. By putting the pest barriers over the small fruits in the spring, it can ensure the crop in the fall is edible. This is a desirable method because it does not involve the use of any chemicals. It is truly a green solution!

The bags can be picked up for free this Spring. They are completely organic and will not damage the fruit or the tree. It is fairly simple to tie the small bags over the fruits. By taking care of fruit trees, you can help eliminate thousands of pounds of waste while feeding people in need in the Seattle area. Visit Greenwood Hardware today to pick up your organic pest barriers and do what you can to help save Seattle’s apples.

How to Build a Wood Storage Rack for Your Backyard Fire Pit

How to Build a Wood Storage Rack for Your Backyard Fire Pit - Greenwood HardwareIt is that time of year when families gather around a small fire in the backyard. It is a fantastic way to unwind while hanging out with the people you love the most. A fire provides warmth as well as a focal point. Whether you are roasting marshmallows or making smores, you are going to need wood for your fire. You can build your very own wood holder to keep things neat and tidy and easily accessible. Our folks at Greenwood Hardware can help you gather the supplies you will need for your holder.

Supplies

  • Seven 2×2 wood pieces approximately 36 inches long
  • Saw
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Wood stain

Directions

You can choose to adjust the wood lengths to a size that is more suitable for your needs.

Cut one of the long pieces into 12-inch lengths. Cut two of the long pieces of wood in half.

Place two 18-inch lengths parallel to each other on the ground, 12 inches apart. Use screws to place one of the 12-inch pieces between the 18-inch pieces in the middle of the lengths. This should resemble an H.

Next, you will want to attach the long pieces at each corner of your H. They will be standing straight up.

Place one of the 12-inch pieces between the two of the leg pieces that are standing up. Do this on each side.

Attach the two remaining 18-inch pieces of wood at the top of the legs, just like the bottom frame. This will give your wood rack some stability.

Stain your wood holder and allow to dry.

Load your wood, and you have a wonderful way to keep your firewood handy and tidy! You will find the tools you need to build your wood holder at Greenwood Hardware. Come on in, or contact us today.

Creative Container Gardens for Your Patio

Creative Container Gardens for Your Patio - Greenwood HardwareHaving some potted plants on your porch, patio or deck is a great way to add a little color while creating a pretty picture. You don’t have to stick with the standard potted flowers. You can get creative and add some fun flair to your containers a variety of ways. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some fun design tips to help get your creative juices flowing.

Dazzling Pots

You can stick with the classic terra cotta pots that have been adorning porches and patios for years or put your own spin on those pots with some fun designs. Have the kids color some designs or if you like that old, rustic look, you can “distress” the pots. All it takes is a little paint, a little sandpaper, and a little elbow grease. You can, of course, paint your pots in a solid color as well. Bright colors or even metallic finishes are a fun way to liven up any space.

Plant Combos

You don’t have to stick with all petunias or pansies in your containers. Have some fun and create a small garden all in one pot with tall plants, ground crawlers and a splash of color in the middle. You can choose to go with plants that contrast each other or pick a color scheme, like shades of yellow, green or red and keep it running throughout the plants you put into your container. The full pots create a remarkable display.

Veggie Garden

You don’t have to stick with decorative plants. You can create a tiny vegetable garden in your container. Mix a combination of cabbage, spinach and some sweet peas for a colorful, yet functional container garden. Imagine stepping out the door and plucking fresh food right from your patio.

Herb Gardens

Herbs are often grown in containers that sit in a bright window in the kitchen. You can mix a variety of herbs in a single container to create a beautiful, aromatic display. Choose herbs that have scents that please you. Keeping some herbs, like peppermint, growing on the porch or patio can also help deter some of the pesky bugs that can ruin a perfectly good outdoor lunch. To release the scent, pinch a few leaves on each of the plants.

Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up your plants and supplies to create beautiful container gardens to liven up your outdoor spaces. Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Create Your Own Outdoor Painted Rug

How to Create Your Own Outdoor Painted Rug - Greenwood HardwareEvery season there are new trends in home decorating ideas. Right now, the latest trend is elaborate, colorful outdoor rugs. Outdoor rugs are essentially nothing more than a painted cement slab on a patio or a wood deck. They are a fun way to brighten up a space and give it your own creative touch. The best thing about the painted rugs is you can change them up whenever you feel like it. You can get the whole family involved in this project to really make it your own. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you find exactly what you need to get started.

Tools and Supplies

  • Exterior paint in a variety of colors
  • Paint brushes
  • Straightedge
  • Marking pencil/pen
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint roller
  1. Decide what kind of design you are going to paint your rug. It can be a simple square or more elaborate with zig-zags, lines or big circles.
  2. Wash the area you are going to be painting and allow to dry overnight.
  3. Use a straightedge and pencil to outline your rug. Use a smaller ruler or some other stencil to trace the designs you will paint into the rug.
  4. Outline each pencil mark with painter’s tape.
  5. Paint your rug! Use several coats if you are painting wood. The wood will absorb the first layer or two of paint.
  6. If you want the rug to stay nice and bright for a long time, add a coat of polyurethane over the rug to seal it in.

That’s it! It is that simple to create a cool piece of art on your deck or patio. It takes your outdoor living space to a whole new level. Your friends will be asking you how you did it. Make sure you head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up the paint and other tools needed to work on your painted rug this weekend. Come on in, or contact us today.

 

 

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.

Terrific Spray Paint Projects for Your Seattle Home

Terrific Spray Paint Projects for Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareYou may not be an artist in the typical sense of the word, but you probably still have a bit of creativity in you that longs to come out now and again. Our homes are our castles. We like to decorate them with things that reflect our personality and are appealing to us. For many, that means standing out and looking a little different. Unique pieces are pretty hard to come by. You have to make them unique. A couple of cans of spray paint can help you transform just about anything in your home to suit your individual tastes and styles. Our folks at Greenwood Hardware can help you tap into that creative side.

Frames

Okay, boring wooden picture frames are a dime a dozen—literally. Head to the thrift shop or look around your local Buy Nothing group and pick up some frames—they don’t even need to have glass. Then head in to see us at Greenwood Hardware and grab some paint that speaks to you. It can be bright, metallic or pastel. Paint the frame all one color or go for the ombre look with a lighter shade on top, fading into a darker color on the bottom. Use the frame for a picture or just as a decorative piece on a blank wall.

Lampshades

A boring lampshade in the standard white or another solid color can be given a quick makeover. Paint it hot pink, yellow or any color that matches the room. Go for a stark contrast to make it stand out. You can get creative and use some tape to create designs, like zig-zags, lines or even a letter. Spray your shade, remove the tape and you have a really unique piece.

Patio Furniture

Don’t be afraid to get a jump start on your patio freshening up. Grab some paint and add fresh color to your wood or metal patio furniture. You can go quirky or classic, whatever appeals to you.

Faucets

Are you loving the latest trend in faucets? Brushed nickel and stainless steel are all very popular these days, but if you aren’t willing to shell out the cash to invest in a new one, you could just buy a can of paint. Yep, paint your faucet to give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look for just a couple of dollars.

Flower Pots

Are you tired of the boring look of terra cotta? Go bold and paint the pots you put on your patio or in your windowsill a cool new shade. You can use that tape to create some pretty cool designs here as well.

Spray painting is an inexpensive way to give your home a makeover. Head into Greenwood Hardware and check out the selection of paint colors and let your imagination run wild. One of the biggest benefits to spray painting a piece is the ease in which you can change the color if it isn’t exactly what you had in mind. Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Start Seeds Indoors for your Seattle Garden

Seed Starting Indoors for your Pacific Northwest Garden - Greenwood HardwareIt is that time of year and gardeners all around the Pacific Northwest are already thinking about what they will grow in their vegetable garden this year. Now is the time to get those seeds started to make sure your veggies have plenty of time to grow and ripen before fall rolls in. You will find everything you need to get a jump on your spring planting at Greenwood Hardware.

Some vegetables require a longer growing season than the mild Pacific Northwest climate can provide, which is why starting early and taking advantage of every warm summer day is crucial to a successful harvest. Some of the seeds you will want to start now indoors, so they are ready to go in the garden in early June are as follows.

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Melons
  • Pumpkins
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Onions

You will need to pick up some supplies to get your vegetable garden off to a great start.

  • Seeds
  • Seed starting soil (this is different than potting soil)
  • Seed trays (you can also use small pots)
  • Plant markers and a waterproof pen to mark each of the seed pots
  • Grow light—this is an excellent tool, especially for the cloudy spring weather
  • Heated seed mats—not absolutely necessary, but can improve germination and speed up germination times
  • Spray bottle for gently dampening the soil

Once you have your supplies, you are ready to plant your seeds. Place the seed trays in a sunny window or a greenhouse. Small greenhouses that fit on your deck or patio are perfect. These are inexpensive and can be used every year.

Keep the seeds moist throughout the germination period. You may need to transplant your seedlings to larger pots if the weather isn’t quite ready for your plants to be put in the garden. Container gardening is also an excellent option and allows you to grow vegetables right on your back patio. You can move the plants indoors when temperatures are going to be cool to protect the plants.

Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up everything you need to get your vegetable garden off on the right foot this year! Come on in, or contact us today.

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