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.

Summer Flower Bulbs to Plant in your Seattle Yard Now

Summer Flower Bulbs to Plant in your Seattle Yard Now - Greenwood HardwareYou know spring is around the corner and the pull to check your flower buds for the rising signs of tulips and daffodils is strong! If you love the gorgeous blooms of bulb flowers, you will want to see them throughout the late spring and into summer. Spring isn’t the only time you can enjoy the beautiful sights and scents of large flowers that create some of the most spectacular gardens. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has what you need to extend your flower garden into the summer.

Now is the time to plant those bulbs that will bloom in the summer.

Gladiolas

These statuesque flowers create a lot of color with the multiple blooms that open on the top of the tall plant. The flowers are large and great for fresh bouquets on your patio table. They need to be planted now in order to see them in the summer. They are a very shallow bulb, and you can plant a lot in a small space. Try planting a few bulbs every week to stagger the blooming. There are a large variety of bold colors to choose from.

Dahlias

Dahlias are a gardening favorite because you get the most bang for your buck. They are prolific producers that bloom towards the end of summer. They help extend the flower season with a variety of bold colors like purple and red or go for softer shades like yellow and pink. You can’t go wrong with dahlias, but they need to go in the ground now. They are also an excellent choice for containers on the patio.

Calla Lilies

These are sought after for a reason. They are just gorgeous and look great in containers or along flower garden edges. They are shorter than the gladiolas and can be used to really make a flower garden pop. Add in some natural grasses or other lush green foliage to give them a nice backdrop. There are a number of varieties and colors to choose from that are sure to complement your landscaping.

Begonias

These small flowers may not have size on their side, but they are big producers and the colors are stunning. Begonias are perfect for planting in containers. You can put them in your flower beds as well. They will come back every year and provide a burst of color mid to late summer. Unlike their one-hit-wonder counterparts, begonias have a long blooming period with new blooms opening every day.

If you are ready to get started on your flower gardening, head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up everything you need, including your new bulbs. Have fun and pick colors that contrast for a really eye-popping design! Come on in, or contact us today.

Creative Craft Storage Ideas for Your Home

Creative Craft Storage Ideas for Your Home - Greenwood HardwareAs we ride out another round of drizzly winter, you may be looking for ways to spruce up around the house. The cabin fever can be strong with spring so close, yet so far! Organizing your home is one way to pass the time and make it a little easier to spend a lot of time indoors. Our folks at Greenwood Hardware have some great ideas for you to organize your craft space with things you find at the store.

Peg Boards

These are perfect for hanging scissors, rulers and a variety of other tools. You can also attach hanging files to the peg board to keep all those little tools at hand. Have fun and trace an outline of each of your scissors on the peg board, so you know right where they go. Fun paper bags can be decorated and hung from hooks on the pegboard as well.

Garbage Cans

Yes, a garbage can is an obvious addition, but a wire or mesh garbage can is the perfect way to keep wrapping paper and rolls of cardboard paper in one place. You can grab a can of spray paint and paint the wire garbage can a fun color to really personalize your space. This makes it easy for you to see exactly what you need while keeping things tidy.

PVC Pipe

Okay, this can go in so many different directions! Grab some 4-inch round PVC pipe. You can cut it with a hacksaw to the size you want or buy individual coupling pieces. You can make pen and pencil holders by adding a piece of cardboard to the bottom. Paint or bedazzle your pen holders as you wish. These are also great for holding paintbrushes. You can grab some glue designed for use with piping. Stack your pipe pieces in any style you want and glue them together at the places they connect. You can create a cool triangle storage unit or any other shape you love—even a star.

Dowel Ribbon Holder

You can make a handy ribbon, thread or yarn holder by gluing wood dowels to a piece of wood. Mount the wood on the wall or have it set up on your desk. Paint each dowel a funky color if you like. You can have as many as you need. The dowels are easily cut with a small saw.

Organizing your craft room will give you a way to express your creativity while getting your supplies all in order. You will feel inspired to start crafting away. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up what you need. Come on in, or contact us today.

Six Steps to a Great Lawn

Six Steps to a Great Lawn If you are hoping to be the envy of the neighborhood this year and have the best-looking lawn on your block, you need to know how to get there. It isn’t as hard as you may think! The process is fairly straightforward, and once you have taken care of the early spring tasks, it will all be just regular maintenance throughout the summer. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has everything you need to make your lawn great.

The following six steps will get you off to the start you need to enjoy a lush, green lawn this summer.

  1. Aerate the area. This is usually done with a machine that you will essentially roll over the lawn. It will make little holes in the lawn that may not look pretty immediately after, but the holes will quickly heal and your lawn will be healthier for it. The holes allow the nutrients and water to reach the roots in the lawn, resulting in healthier grass.
  2. Fertilize your lawn in the spring. G & B Organics Fertilizer is an excellent option and safe to use on your lawn. The organic materials in the fertilizer are exactly what your Seattle lawn needs to thrive, and you won’t have to worry about burning the grass with harsh chemicals.
  3. Adding lime to the soil will help raise the pH of the soil. This is often the main problem in lawns that are struggling! You can do a quick soil test to confirm. Adding lime can transform a struggling lawn into one that is lush and green.
  4. Adding compost or new top soil in areas that need it can help fix dead patches in the lawn. You will want to remove any of the old grass, digging down enough to remove the roots. Add a little top soil and compost and add new seed. If you are adding top soil or compost to an existing lawn, make sure it is a light layer that won’t suffocate the grass underneath.
  5. Reseeding is only necessary if the lawn is patchy. In early spring, your lawn may look a little sparse, but with aeration and fertilizing, it will typically fill in. If you are concerned your lawn will be a little on the thin side, put down some seed in the early spring. This will give it the chance to be established by summer.
  6. Watering your lawn will be essential to keeping it green all summer. How much water your grass needs will depend on how much sun it gets and how warm it is. Typically, you can set a watering schedule for about 20 minutes three times a week. Adjust as needed.

Your lawn is a source of pride, and you will love pulling up to your home every day. Walking through lush grass with your bare feet is something to treasure! Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up what you need to make your lawn beautiful this summer. Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Update Your Seattle Kitchen Cabinets

How to Update Your Seattle Kitchen Cabinets - Greenwood HardwareThe winter weather tends to drive you indoors and can result in a nasty bout of cabin fever after the holidays. If you are itching to be productive and change the way your home looks, a quick kitchen face lift can be achieved in a single weekend by revamping the cabinets. It will keep you busy and make it fun and exciting to stay inside! Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you pick out the tools you need to make your cabinet project a success.

If you have wood cabinets, a new coat of paint or a fresh stain can make a world of difference. Go for bold or go for a pretty pastel that will make your space look brighter and bigger. It is a good idea to use a sander to remove the old paint or stain. Use a cloth to remove all the dust and then add your new paint or stain. A second layer can typically be added after about four hours.

Changing out the cabinet hardware is another quick and easy way to give the kitchen a new look. Matching the cabinet and drawer pulls to your appliances is an excellent way to add accents or go bold with a bright color.

Adding some molding to flat cabinets can help jazz up the place as well. Paint the molding in a contrasting color to make it really stand out or all the same color to create a Shaker style cabinet look without replacing your cabinets.

Spend some time picking the right paint color or wood stain. It is always a good idea to test the colors with small squares to see if you like the look. Once you have decided, head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up everything you need. Come on in, or contact us today.

Dazzling Framing Ideas To Spruce Up Your Seattle Home

Dazzling Framing Ideas To Spruce Up Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareIt is a common practice to hang pictures of people you love in your home. With a camera always in your hand via a smartphone, you can get some pretty awesome and very candid pictures that truly capture a moment. Printing these pictures and hanging them around your home is one way to keep those memories near and dear. Sometimes, a boring picture frame just doesn’t do a photo justice! If you want to make your pictures pop or get a little more creative in how you display those pictures, here are some ideas. You will find what you need to dazzle your frames at Greenwood Hardware.

Trellis Picture Hanger

A trellis that is typically used in the garden can be transformed into a unique way of displaying your pictures. All you need is a trellis, a small can of your favorite paint color and a couple of nails to hang your trellis. Paint the trellis and add small clips (binder clips, clothespin or actual picture clips) to the center of each square. Hang your pictures and change them out as you see fit.

Chicken Wire

You can use an old picture frame or build a new one from some small 1×1 pieces of wood. Stretch chicken wire across the back of the frame and use a staple gun to attach the wire to the wood. Clothespins can be used to hang pictures inside the frame to create a collage. Paint the clothespins to add a little color to the frame if you like.

Yarn Frames

Take a boring old picture frame and wrap yarn around the frame. Use colors that complement the picture you have in mind to bring out the colors in the picture. You can make stripes with the yarn to add some flair the frame.

Nature Inspired

If your favorite picture was taken at the beach, use a glue gun to attach some shells, tiny chunks of driftwood or some pretty rocks you may have picked up while you were there. Use items you would find in the environment where the picture was taken to make it more lifelike.

No matter what you choose, have fun and let your creativity flow. Even painting a boring brown frame a brilliant color that contrasts the colors in the room will help liven things up. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the paint, brushes and any other items you need to make your picture frames dazzle. Come on in, or contact us today.

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