Spring is well underway in 2016, and the weather is really starting to pick-up. Because we had so much rain this year, compared to the past few, there is some extra work to do in the garden areas in your home to get ready for the summer. In this article, we will take a look at some household tips to get your home ready for summertime, a step by step guide to giving your lawnmower the needed tune-up to keep the lawn looking nice, and a featured gardening product to keep your plants healthy and green through the summer heat! Please come visit any of our store locations, Menlo Park Ace Hardware, Burlingame Ace Hardware, Handy Handyman Ace Hardware in San Francisco and Saratoga Ace Hardware. Our team of friendly experts are here to help you with all of your household project needs.

This spring your garden may need some extra attention due the increase in rain we had this winter. While the plants loved the extra water and nice days we had, so did the weeds. If your backyard is looking more like a small forest than a lush garden, we have some quick ideas to get right on track. First identify the plants you want to keep and the pesky weeds. Click here for a helpful tips to guide you along the way. Next take out the bad and nurture the good. Meaning remove the unwanted weeds and give the plants you would like to keep the nutrients, soil, plant food and space to thrive in this environment. If you have additional space in your yard, come to our shop and add some new color and food to your garden. Our Menlo Park location has a huge selection of plants, soil, and gardening gear to have you looking like a master gardener in no time.

Tip of the month: lawnmower maintenance

This month is the perfect time to dust the lawn mower off and give it a little tune-up to have it working through the summer months. Follow these tips and the link to Ace Hardware Main website for additional videos and more great tips:

  • Replace your air filter – airflow keeps the engine running smoother and with better fuel efficiency.
  • Always check your spark plug – Keeping a good spark makes the difference. Do this once a year at least.
  • Keep your blade sharp – The sharper the blade, the cleaner the cut! Bring it to us and we’ll have it professionally sharpened in no time.
  • Change Oil regularly – Dirty oil causes gum to build up and can cause major problems. Determine if you have a 2 stroke or 4 stroke, and make sure to buy the right products.
  • Keep your mower clean – a simple clean-up after mowing can make all the difference in performance and longevity. 5-10 minutes can be mean a difference between 1-20 years!

Featured Product of the month – Scotts Turf Builder and Starter Fertilizer

This month one product is becoming very popular due to the season and great quality is the Scotts Turf Builder and Starter Fertilizer for your new and existing lawns and weed issues. This product is great, and works like a gem. The Turf Builder Fertilizer is designed to keep your lawn healthy and keep weeds and dandelions out of the mix. One box can cover up to 15,000 square feet, allowing your lawn to thrive this summer. The second product is the starter fertilizer, that works great with new lawns. Just spread the fertilizer the new growth areas, and watch your lawn grow this year! Click here for more information on these products. Still have questions about which product is right for you? Give us a call or stop by one of our stores for expert help and advice!

Menlo Park Ace Hardware, Burlingame Ace Hardware, Handy Handyman Ace Hardware and Saratoga Ace Hardware pride ourselves on great quality household products, friendly and knowledgeable staff and the best customer service in the industry. Please visit our store today, or give us a call, we hope to see you soon.