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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Deck Stain

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Clear, translucent, semi-transparent, solid? With so many choices in opacity and color, it means choosing the right deck stain can be tricky! Regular maintenance is key for improving the life of your wood deck, and it helps to have a reference guide when choosing stain for your deck care project. GNH Lumber recommends Arborcoat Exterior Stains by Benjamin Moore for durability and style.

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Spring is the perfect season for your deck staining project! It’s still low humidity, and the sun shines longer each day. Choose a stretch of days without rain in the forecast and get it done!

Staining your deck is one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your home’s exterior, and a great way to protect and beautify your gathering space for years to come. But the options may seem endless. There are endless color and opacity combinations. Plus, there are better options available for each wood type.

Here are 5 simple tips for choosing the right deck stain for your wood deck:

Choosing the Right Deck Stain

1) Check the Opacity

According to BenjaminMoore.com, when it comes to the impact stain will have on your deck’s design, understanding opacity is key.

Opacity is the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood, achieved by using one of the following:

  • Clear stain has no color added and shows the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Translucent stain doesn’t obscure grain and texture of wood and includes just the slightest tone.
  • Semi Transparent stain allows most of the grain and texture to show through, with slightly more prominent color.
  • Semi Solid stain, with its deeper shades, covers most imperfections while allowing some of the grain and texture of the wood to show through.
  • Solid stain offers the greatest color depth of all, covering the majority of imperfections while allowing the texture of the wood to peek through lightly.

 

2) Considering Color: Choices Abound

Arborcoat Pool DeckWhen thinking about color for your deck, consider the same shade as your home’s trim. This technique will make it stand out against the main field of your house for a unified look that still highlights your deck’s architecture.

For a more monochromatic look, use a similar shade as your house’s primary color. This is a great choice if you want features like your fire pit or dining area to be your deck’s focal point.

There’s a huge spectrum of color to explore in Arborcoat Exterior Stains, from driftwood grays to warm russets to woodland greens.

 

3) Wood Type Matters

Wood remains the most common choice for decks. More expensive hardwoods such as mahogany or ipe offer gorgeous grain and texture that shine through when using a more transparent stain like Arborcoat Transluscent or Semi Transparent. Softer, less expensive woods, including pressure treated southern yellow pine or cedar, benefit from Semi Solid and Solid stains’ innate weather barrier.

Choosing the Right Deck Stain for Your Wood Type

Wood alternatives known as “composite decking” are also a popular choice. While often sold as maintenance-free, composite decks demand protection from color fading as well as from the elements–just like their wood counterparts; Arborcoat Solid Deck & Siding Stain provides excellent color retention for these popular decking choices.

4) Narrow the Scope

Not ready to go big? Repainting or staining wood outdoor chairs and tables is less of an intensive project than redoing your entire deck. Almost any bright color pops off neutrals and wood tones in an eye-catching way and revitalizes decking with ease.

Another option is to stain your deck’s handrails and bannisters only. Pull from your interior color palette to visually–yet subtly–unite indoors and out. Or consider using a combination of stains to designate where one section of your deck begins and another section ends.

5) Audition Your Stains

Choosing the Right Deck Stain - Test StainsIt’s easy to “try on” stains on the actual wood you want to coat: In fact, there’s no better way to see true color accuracy.

Ready to turn inspiration into reality? We’re here to take you every step of the way, from prep to finish. Watch this handy how-to video to see how it’s done, then download the PDF for the step-by-step method.

Pint-sized samples are available in all ARBORCOAT opacities as well as Solid Stains, which are available in all 3,500+ Benjamin Moore colors.

 

Now you’re ready to pick just the right stain for your springtime deck staining project! Remember, if you need tips or guidance at any step along the way, contact the experts at GNH Lumber.

 

Source: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/project-ideas-inspiration/exteriors/decks-ideas-and-inspiration   

What are Some Advantages to Choosing Double Hung Windows?

What are Some Advantages to Choosing Double Hung Windows?

What are Some Advantages to Choosing Double Hung Windows?

Have you considered updating or adding double hung windows? Fall is here, soon to be followed by winter. Now’s the time to prepare your home from bitter cold temperatures.

Your windows may appear operational, but if they whistle, rattle or leak, then you’re likely losing money in heating costs. The same is true of your brittle or cracked weather-stripping. Small leaks, cracks and rattles add up to a big difference in your monthly utility bills.

If it’s time to update your windows, consider double hung replacements. There are many advantages to the design of the window, including easy cleaning and care. In addition, double hung windows can improve energy-efficiency and curb appeal, too.


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Here are some of the major advantages of double hung windows:

  • Superior Ventilation. They provide great ventilation capabilities and the ability to control airflow. For maximum ventilation, you simply open both top and bottom sashes – the bottom sash will let in cool, fresh air, while the top sash will allow warm indoor air to be expelled through it.
  • Aesthetically Adaptable. Its traditional look can match any home style. In fact, double hung windows are known for their classic appeal, which makes them suitable for any home or room. They also come in a variety of styles, sizes, colors, and finishes.
  • Easy to Maintain. These windows often come with tilt-out sashes that make cleaning easier, as you can clean both the interior and exterior from inside your home. Some even have removable sashes.
  • Addition Friendly. They are ideal for the easy fitting of air conditioners and screens. Because most units are designed to slide up and down instead of cranking out or sliding to the side, they can safely hold AC units, and allow for their easy removal, as needed.
  • Energy-Efficient. Aside from the superior ventilation mentioned earlier, this type of window brings in a generous amount of natural light. By choosing Low-E glass with gas fill you can further enhance savings on your energy costs.

For all these reasons and more, you should seriously consider double hung windows as an option when choosing replacement windows for your home.


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Preparation is Everything!

Beautify Your Deck with Duckback Deck Stain

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Preparation is Everything!

Whether you’re building your deck from scratch or improving your current deck, the right deck stain is essential to produce a beautifully finished product. Thankfully, with the right tools and some Duckback® Deck Stain, you can achieve professional results – even if you’re a DIYer! Available in a wide range of colors, shades, and finishes, this deck stain can get you one step closer to your dream deck. But proper preparation and staining technique are also key. Let us show you the tricks of the trade to crafting a perfectly stained deck, so you can get out and get staining!

Gather Your Gear

Before you can begin the staining process, you’re going to want to have all the right tools and gear on hand! After all, you want to protect your investment in your dream deck and ensure that any future maintenance is simple to do. It’s also important to consider the quality of the tools you use – high quality tools mean professional-level results. You don’t have to worry about going outside your budget either, if you shop around, you can always find the right tools at the right price. We recommend gathering this equipment together before you start prepping your deck for staining:

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Broom
  • Garden hose
  • Drop cloth
  • Sanding sponge
  • Stiff synthetic-bristle brush (make sure it’s specific to oil, water-based formulations)
  • Pump sprayer (optional)
  • Roller covers
  • Extension pole
  • 4″ brushes (make sure they’re specific to oil, water-based formulations)

Choose Your Color

Now that you have the basics assembled, you should decide on which stain you’ll use on your deck. Duckback® has a wide range of deck stains available in 5 distinct opacities. What stain you choose all depends on the style and finish you want the completed deck to have. You have your choice between:

  • Transparent – Adds warmth and glow and shows 100% grain clarity. Superdeck Transparent Stain is one such product, featuring a three-oil formula that uses the highest quality iron oxide pigments to create long-lasting colors and inhibit UV damage caused by the sun.
  • Semi-transparent – Adds rich pigmented color with moderate hide. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Oil Based Stain uses a unique formula that contains Carnauba wax for an extremely durable finish and a beautiful lustrous sheen with mar and scuff resistance.
  • Semi-solid – Beautiful color hides wood grain while allowing texture to show through. Superdeck Semi-Solid Stains with Cool Feel Technology delivers a coating that helps reduce surface temperature, making it cooler to walk on.
  • Solid – Maximum durability and hide. Superdeck Solid Stains are an acrylic latex solid color coating that are fortified with a super-bonding alkyd resin that provides priming and penetration, plus outstanding adhesion to chalky surfaces.
  • Super-solid – Offers lasting protection. Superdeck Deck and Dock Elastomeric Coating is a high-build elastomeric coating designed to protect, resurface and waterproof old, damaged wood.

Preparation is Everything!

Once you’ve got absolutely everything you need together, it’s time to prep that deck! Preparation really is everything when it comes to staining, as inadequate preparation is the most common reason for deck stain failure. Begin by thoroughly examining your deck to see if it’s clean – if there’s any dust, dirt, wood fibers or grease on your deck, you’ll need to take care of it prior to staining. Unclean deck surfaces lead to uneven coating and make it more likely that your stain won’t set properly. To ensure your deck is as clean as possible, we recommend that you:

  1. Thoroughly sweep the deck to remove debris.
  2. Liberally apply cleaner using a roller or pump sprayer (you should wear protective equipment to avoid contact with skin and eyes).
  3. Allow the cleaner to set for 15 minutes. Mist your work area with a garden hose to keep it wet while the cleaner soaks into the wood.
  4. After 15 minutes, work the cleaner into the surface using a stiff synthetic-bristle brush. Scrub to remove residue thoroughly.
  5. Use a garden hose to completely rinse the cleaner from the wood.

Once your deck surface is completely clean and dry, then you’re ready to stain.

Easy as Pie to Apply!

Now comes the fun part – applying the stain and enjoying the lovely results! One of the best things about Duckback® is how worry-free the application process is, you’ll be done after following these simple steps:

  1. Before applying stain, sprinkle some water on the deck. If the droplets sink in, the wood is ready-to-be stained.
  2. Working with the wood grain, apply an even coat of stain using a 4-inch brush. You may also use a roller to first apply the stain, and then work into the wood with your brush.
  3. For best results, avoid staining at midday or in direct sunlight.
  4. Depending on temperature and humidity, allow 24 – 48 hours of dry time before using your beautifully stained deck.

You’re now ready to spruce up your deck in style! Get in contact with the helpful team at GNH to find the answers to any of your decking questions!

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Maintaining and upgrading your home’s exterior with deck stain helps to preserve the integrity of your porch or deck. Your outdoor space is a cherished place. A place for you to share meals and memories with family, neighbors, and forever friends. As such, it should exude warmth and beauty all year round. We recommend Duckback Stain for unsurpassed beauty and warmth through superior innovation, product quality and performance.

Superdeck Stain uses quality premium ingredients like tung and linseed oils, carnauba wax, and premium transparent iron oxide pigments that protect your deck and deliver a rich, warm glow. What about rain? Well, let’s just say that it sheds like water off of a duck’s back!

Here are 3 answers to the question, ‘Why should I stain my wooden deck or porch?’ from doityourself.com:

1) Make Your Wood Waterproof

Wood decks and porches are exposed to water throughout their lifetimes. Unlike paint that sits on the wood surface, Superdeck Stain penetrates deep within the wood itself. This protects the boards and repel moisture from the inside out.

2) Rot Protection

Once wood rots, it cannot be repaired, and it might create a dangerous deck or porch. According to doityourself.com, “Wood stain protects your wood from all kinds of rot. Staining your wood will keep out termites, mold, mildew, and many other pests that can cause rot.”

3) Blocking UV Rays

Repeated exposure to sunlight can damage wood and fade wood color. Superdeck Stain contains the highest quality iron oxide pigments to create long-lasting colors and inhibit UV damage caused by the sun. Their waterborne Semi-Transparent Stain is formulated for 3 years of durability. This unique formula penetrates deeply offering excellent UV protection and lasting defense against premature weathering and mildew.

4) Preserving Its Beauty

Keeping your deck attractive without outstanding maintenance is possible with regular sealing and staining. Make sure to choose high-quality products and methods to ensure the deck is sealed and protected from the elements. A quality stain can prevent excess moisture from which can then develop mold.

4) Cost Savings

Choosing the right coat for your project can help you save money and long-term complications for your deck. Wood stains do need to be reapplied eventually but by consulting in one of our professionals, we can guide you in the right direction. Browse our selection of high quality deck stain brands or contact us today for a project quote.

 

Sources: https://www.superdeck.com/about/; https://www.doityourself.com/stry/why-stain-wood-4-reasons-to-use-exterior-wood-stain

home maintenance resolutions for 2018

6 Home Maintenance Resolutions to Keep Next Year!

home maintenance resolutions for 2018 It’s the end of one year, and another is about to begin. Start the year off on the right foot by giving your home maintenance projects top priority! New Year’s resolve can quickly fade away… But if you make a list of monthly to-dos and tackle them one at a time, you won’t lose track of those all-important home maintenance resolutions.

There are a handful of simple home maintenance tasks that should be completed each year. They are simple to do, minimal cost, and can help you save big money on costlier repairs down the road.

So, if you’re getting cabin fever this winter, get outside and give your home some TLC!

Here are 5 home maintenance resolutions to keep this year:

1) Apply Fresh Paint

It’s always a good time for an interior painting project, so select some fabulous colors this winter and start improving your home!

Painting is an inexpensive way to improve your home’s value, aesthetic appeal. It can also help protect your walls from dirt and moisture, which may lead to bigger headaches later.

Go for broke and select a bold color to paint an accent wall in your living room. Or add dimension to your bedroom by painting the ceiling. You’re only limited by your creativity and imagination.

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2) Check Your Insulation

Attic or basement insulation protect your home’s heating system from strain and overuse by keeping heat inside during the winter, and out during the summer.

A quick and easy check-up on your home’s insulation can lower energy bills and prevent costlier repairs to your home’s furnace or heating system. Look for sagging or missing insulation, or signs of insect or rodent damage. Because of the dangers involved with laying new insulation (harmful chemicals and substances to breath), we recommend hiring an insulation replacement specialist to make these repairs.

home maintenance-resolutions 2018 floor protection

3) Protect Entryway Floors

Take it from FamilyHandyMan.com: all the elements of nature can wreak havoc on your entryway floors, including rain, snow, mud, and ice. Moisture and muck not only looks awful, it can destroy hardwood floors over time, leading to costly repairs.

So, how do you protect your floors from the mess? “Place mats both inside and outside the door, along with boot trays inside the entryway. And make sure your mudroom is ready with a place to dry wet jackets, hats, mittens and gloves.”

 

4) Get Ahead of Ice Dams

Ice dams form when the edges of a house’s roof is colder than the rest of the roof, causing ice to form around the eaves. Snow melts above, and the melted snow backs up behind a “dam” of ice, potentially causing leaks and permanent damage to the roof and home — if you’ve ever experienced an ice dam on your roof-line, you know what a nightmare it can be!

Here’s what Houzz.com recommends if you notice the beginnings of an ice dam:

  1. Carefully remove snow and ice if possible without damaging roof and gutters.
  2. If you have heat cables, turn them on. Heat cables cannot prevent or fully remove ice dams, but can melt enough of the ice to create a channel for water to flow out, preventing some damage.

 

5) Maintain Your Hot Water Tank

Yearly maintenance of your hot water tank can improve performance, meaning more hot water when you need it, and less waiting for hot water to replenish. It can also help prevent expensive repairs (or even replacement) later.

Flush your hot water tank to remove sediment to save on the cost of replacing the entire hot water tank down the road. You can also wrap an older hot water tank with an insulating blanket to help conserve energy (and save you money). And these blankets prevent hot water heaters from losing heat in cold rooms and closets.

 

 6) Keep Driveways and Walkways Clear of Snow & Ice

home maintenance-resolutions 2018 snow removalKeeping your driveway and walkways clear from snow and ice accumulation from each winter storm serves a dual-purpose. It prevents slips and falls, and allows for easy access by vehicles. But it also prevents excess moisture from seeping into the small cracks of your driveway or walkway and doing greater damage when it expands into ice. This moisture could potentially cause damage, resulting the need to repave your driveway or walkway prematurely.

Try removing the snow with easy-push shovels to save your back from strain (check out shovels, snow and ice removal tools available at GNH). Then add a sprinkle of salt or ice-melt to help the moisture evaporate when the sunshine returns.

 

As you go about the process of maintaining your home and property, don’t forget that our expert staff is happy answer your questions, offer guidance and provide time-saving tips! If you need winter gloves, snow shovels or window insulation, we have many items on SALE every month. Visit our web sales page, and check back often for new deals.

 

Sources: “27 Tasks for Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist”, FamilyHandyMan.com; Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist”, Houzz.com.

Fire prevention week - safe cooking

Fire Prevention Week Tips: Cooking Safely

Fire prevention week - safe cooking

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” is so important. It reminds homeowners that cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

Here’s this year’s key Fire Prevention Week campaign messages:

  • Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
  • Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. Hot liquids from coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries.

The NFPA has developed a series of Sparky video clips that reinforce important safe cooking messages. This video is intended to convey safety messages in a lighthearted, entertaining way. It is not intended for children. (Adults should play an important role in reinforcing safety messages for children.)

 

Use These 4 Safe Cooking Practices from NFPA.org:

  1. STAY focused on the food. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn the burner off even if you are leaving the kitchen for a brief amount of time.
  2. PUT a lid on it. You can take simple steps to keep a small kitchen fire from getting out of control. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.
  3. KEEP cooking areas clear. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  4. PREVENT scalds and burns. Don’t forget that hot liquids and steam from cooking foods can cause devastating injuries. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges. Keep your face away form the oven door when checking or removing food so that the heat or steam does not cause burns.

If your home needs a new smoke detector, Carbon Monoxide detector, or combination of both, GNH Lumber is offering several options. In support of National Fire Prevention Week initiative’s, we are also featuring a sale on smoke and CO detectors in October. Visit our web sales page for pricing and details.

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Sources: Home Fire Safety“, RedCross.org; “Cook Safely“, NFPA.org.


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How to Choose Replacement Windows

How to Choose Replacement Windows

How to Choose Replacement Windows

The autumn season is the perfect time to swap out drafty old windows with new energy efficient ones. Investing in replacement windows now will equal savings on heating costs all winter long—and beyond. But how do you choose replacement windows in the first place?

One shortcut is to visit your local GNH Lumber to discuss your window replacement project with our seasoned experts.

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To help you choose just the right windows for your home and budget, we recommend considering some common cost-saving options and answering a few common questions beforehand:

1) PLANNING

Start by considering which windows you want to replace. Do you want to replace all of them, one floor at a time, or just individual units that will save energy and add convenience to a particular room in your home?

2) BUDGET

Prepare a preliminary budget. This will help you determine how many windows you can replace with the styles, features, and materials you want. Pay particular attention to the window’s thermal performance since this will factor into the cost. Windows that qualify for tax rebates may cost more initially but these costs are offset by rebates and greater energy savings over time!

3) APPLICATION 

What do you want your new windows to do? Are they architectural design features or will they provide specific functionality? Do you want the windows to open and close? How they should operate? Vinyl windows like Smarter Windows from GNH Lumber will provide lower maintenance, greater convenience, and higher energy performance than most wood windows.

4) ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Finally, discuss energy-efficient window options (like standard insulated glass and low-e glass) with the knowledgeable staff at GNH Lumber. Don’t forget to work the additional cost of these features into the context of estimated savings on your heating and cooling bills. Do the expected savings justify the extra cost? Vinyl window frames are less expensive and do provide more insulation qualities.

Sources: http://www.smarterwindows.com/Page/How_to_Buy_Replacement_Windows

How to Replace Windows in Zones

How to Replace Windows in Zones

How to Replace Windows in Zones

Should you replace windows in zones?

Replacement windows can save you as much as 15% on your energy bills while reducing wear and tear on heating and cooling systems. Plus, updated windows will improve your quality of life by introducing more light and fresh air to your favorite room or home office.

If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of a full window replacement, don’t worry. You don’t have to replace every single window in your home to start enjoying beauty, function, and energy-savings. Instead, you can replace windows one zone at a time.

Explore replacement Marvin windows in a wide range of styles at GNH Lumber! Simply request a project quote today

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Window Replacement by the Zone

Now is the perfect time to replace your home’s older or malfunctioning windows before the chill of autumn comes and begins stealing away precious heating dollars. But how do you know which windows need replacing? Some signs, such as condensation or cosmetic damage, might not need replacement at all and are actually perfectly normal. Others, like water stains and wood rot, need immediate replacement.

Knowing the signs that require prompt attention versus those that can be easily fixed can help you evaluate whether and how soon a replacement is needed. This will help you replace windows in “zones” for a more targeted, cost-effective approach.

Remember, you don’t have to replace every single window in your home in order to make a dramatic improvement in your home’s style, airflow, and energy savings!

Here’s our guide to evaluating your home’s overall window health and creating “zones” for targeted window replacement.

How to Replace Windows in Zones

Zone #1 – Immediate Attention Needed

Sometimes replacement windows are non-negotiable, especially when they greatly compromise your home’s energy-efficiency and/or security. Look for these signs that you’re in the “red” zone:

  • WATER DAMAGE – Water between glass panes, leaking, water stains or evidence of wood rot can be signs excess moisture is accumulating where you cannot see it, which means your windows are no longer effective. This can lead to mold, mildew, warping, or structural damage.
  • COMPROMISED SECURITY – As entry points into your home, you should address broken windows immediately.

 

Zone #2 – Time to Investigate

Sometimes replacement isn’t immediately necessary, although it would still help with ease of operation and climate control. Here are some warning signs for windows you should keep an eye on:

  • FAULTY OPERATION – Difficulty opening or closing, sticking sash and pesky operational issues can sometimes be solved with a thorough cleaning or small repair. However, these can also be signs that parts are nearing the end of their lifespan.
  • LESS CLIMATE CONTROL – New windows can get rid of drafts to make rooms more comfortable. But if the time isn’t right, replacement can wait!

 

Zone #3 – No Need to Replace

Some of your home’s windows may not need replacing at all! Don’t mistake these signs for critical damage. They are likely normal and can be corrected during routine maintenance:

  • CONDENSATION – Condensation is perfectly normal. It simply indicates the presence of humidity, which means your windows are doing their job and holding heat inside your home. There are many easy ways to remove condensation that don’t involve replacement. Read more at Marvin.com/condensation.
  • COSMETIC ISSUES – Issues like chipped paint, tarnished hardware, and dirty weather stripping can be addressed on your schedule with routine care and maintenance.

By dividing your home into zones using the evaluation methods above, you can make the right window replacements now while keeping less urgent updates on the back-burner for a later date.

How to Grow Grass in Shaded Areas

How to Grow Grass in Shaded Areas

How to Grow Grass in Shaded AreasHave you tried to grow grass in shaded areas of your lawn without success? Many lawns have shady spots where grass seed just doesn’t want to sprout and grow. Maybe pet or insect damage has complicated the process, making new grass growth that much harder. So, how do you successfully grow and maintain healthy grass even in the darkest spots of your lawn?

Here are 3 easy tips from Scotts to help turn shady spots into havens of thick turf!

1) Evaluate the Amount of Sunlight – According to Scott’s, “The rule of thumb for even shade-tolerant grasses is that they need at least three to four hours of direct sun, or four to six hours of dappled sunlight, per day.” If the spot on your lawn gets less sunlight than this, try pruning back nearby trees or shrubs to allow for more light.

2) Find a Grass Seed Specifically for Shade – There are certain grass types that are designed to thrive in shade. For those of us living in the Northeast, a hearty fescue blend, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Dense Shade Mix will work well.

3) Plant, Water and Watch – First, prep the area with a rake to loosen the soil then spread your grass seed at the proper rate and cover with quality soil to help your grass seedlings get off to a great start. After that, you water, watch and wait. Keep your new shaded grass moist by watering once or twice daily, until you see it grow tall enough to mow. Then cut back to a normal watering schedule.

*Remember: when you plant grass seed around trees, the trees are hungry and thirsty, and will compete with grass for available water and nutrients. Be sure to regularly feed the grass around trees and water generously.

Sources: https://www.scotts.com/en-us/library/grass-grass-seed/how-grow-grass-shaded-areas

3 Summer Lawn Care Tips from Scotts

3 Summer Lawn Care Tips from Scotts

3 Summer Lawn Care Tips from ScottsOne of the best parts about summer, is spending time on the lawn barefoot! There’s nothing quite like the feel of healthy green grass between your toes, especially when it’s cool and lush. So, how do you protect that gorgeous green carpet from the ravages of heat, drought, mowing and malnourishment? The key is in proper lawn and garden care, and that’s more than just using the right tools! Here are 3 quick summer lawn care tips from Scotts to help you keep your lawn looking and feeling its best!

Summer Lawn Care Tip #1: Mow High

According to Scott’s, “Gorgeous summer lawns start with long, deep, healthy roots that snake through soil to find moisture.” Encourage deep roots by mowing as high as you can for your grass type. Also, sharpen mower blades at least once a season to ensure a clean cut on individual blades of grass, which helps reduce moisture loss. Not only will this keep your lawn looking uniform in terms of length, it’ll ensure that your grass can grow back properly and stay healthy.

Summer Lawn Care Tip #2: Water

To keep grass green, healthy, and growing, provide at least 1 inch of water per week, either through irrigation or rainfall. Time irrigation for early morning (between 6 and 10 a.m.) to minimize water loss to evaporation. Be sure to avoid overwatering when irrigating, as this is an easy way to damage your grass and decrease its aesthetic value. To avoid damage from heavy rains, we recommend adding a rain garden to your lawn! A rain garden is a specially designed garden that features plants that need and can handle absorbing more water. You can also use special soil mixes that feature a high concentration of sand to better absorb excess water. This allows more of the heavy rainfall to be absorbed into your rain garden and keeps your lawn looking and feeling better!

Summer Lawn Care Tip #3: Feed

All grass types benefit from summer feeding. Grasses grow most actively during summer heat, so feeding helps fuel and sustain the intense growth. We recommend Scotts STEP 3 Lawn Food With 2% Iron for a great green-up. It also strengthens the lawn against heat and drought. Simply apply with a spreader to a wet or dry lawn! If temperatures are consistently exceeding 90 degrees F, water immediately to reduce stress on your lawn. The final result should be a lovely, lush lawn that not only looks gorgeous, but feels delightful to walk on!

If you’re looking to work that green thumb this season but aren’t sure where to start – we can help! Our knowledgeable team will answer your questions and help you find the right supplies to beautify your entire lawn and garden.

Sources: Scotts Step 3 Lawn Food 2% Iron; Scotts Seasonal Guide for Lush Lawn