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The Health Benefits of Gardening

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The Many Health Benefits of Gardening

Spring is in the air. And when spring is on the horizon, many of us are aching to get out and plant a garden.

In the interim, there are a lot of garden shows and seeds that we can buy to plan our ultimate garden outside. Spring is such a hopeful time of year.

But did you know that gardening had a lot of health benefits too. When we are out in nature to garden, we get to commune with nature and we get to feel so much better about ourselves and about life in general. Many times, our problems just melt away, and we release a lot of feel good endorphins.

But there are more benefits than this even. In this article I will outline some of these benefits of gardening in more detail so that you can also get urge to start planning your garden earlier this year than ever.

So, without further ado, here are the known benefits of gardening.

• When you plant your seeds in the ground and watch them grow, you have a sense of achievement and accomplishment. This can help you to feel better and more motivated.

• You will weed out negative thoughts. As you are weeding your garden, you can think of your negative thoughts just like weeds that you can get rid of. And as you pull out your weeds, imagine weeding your negative thoughts one at a time. This will help you feel better overall and less depressed.

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How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

vegetable-gardenStart a Vegetable Garden Today

Spring Fever!

Kick up your heels, the sun is finally shining! Get out and smell the flowers and dig in the earth and grow your dinner and your breakfast too!

It’s easy to grow your own organic food and beat the high prices, for free. You can also grow beautiful flowers. Spring is the time to start.

The first step to growing your garden is to find a good spot with at least 6 hours of direct sun. Next, visualize your dream garden and imagine all your favorite vegetables. Then make a garden plan. Finally prepare your garden beds and plant your garden!

garden-vegetablesGarden Plan:

So what goes into a garden plan? What do you like to eat most and what will grow well in your location? Every good plan will consist of:

* A list of your favorite garden vegetables and flowers

* Garden bed layout: type, shape and placement of your garden beds and perennial plants

* First and last frost dates

* Compost Area

* Water system

* Optional – green house or cold frame

raised-garden-bedsAll these elements will interrelate and enhance each other, creating a fine-looking garden. Draw out a plan and order your seeds! Although gardening is flexible and always growing, having a solid plan in place first will help you avoid frustration and give you a good start.

You can draw out your plans by hand or use some of the new on-line garden planning programs. I have been having fun working with an on-line planner this season for the first time. I have always done my garden planning on paper and there was always lots of erasing, changes and rough drafts.

Making garden plans used to be an unpleasant and messy chore for me. Now I am having fun using an on-line gardening tool for making my garden plan, and changing it and playing around as much as I want in just seconds. Once you have a good plan and a list of all your favorite veggies’ it is time to order your seeds or buy some from your local nursery or feed store.

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For a Healthy Lawn Don’t Shred Your Grass!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

lawn-mowingAre You Cutting Your Grass or Shredding It?

Have you ever had your mower blade checked to ensure it is sharp enough to cut your grass correctly? Did you know that a dull mower blade can cause severe damage to grass which can lead to greater turf maintenance costs and requirements? Hopefully you’ve answered “Yes!” to the above questions, please, read on!

Regardless of how sharp you keep you mower blade, every time you mow the grass the blade is put through a period of “shock” from the cutting. When a blade of grass is severed, the remaining grass plant must go through a period of healing to seal the cut.

healthy-grass-lawnA sharp blade cuts cleanly through the grass and leaves a nice, straight slice, which minimizes the shock to the plant and the time required for healing. On the other hand, a dull blade will basically shred the grass. Even though the grass is “cut,” it’s shredded, ripped, and severely torn, which causes the grass plant to endure an extended period of healing and water loss. Not to mention, a greater risk of becoming infected or infested with microbes or insects. A grass plant that endures a nice, clean slice is far less likely to suffer prolonged damage or disease.

lawn-mower-bladeIf you’re handy with tools and know your way around a mower, sharpening your own blade isn’t that difficult. Many retail locations sell a sharpening grinding stone designed specifically for mower blades. You can also purchase a tool that will hold the blade in place when you are removing the bolt that secures the blade to the engine shaft. Use a permanent marker or awl to mark the bottom of the blade before you remove it. And, safety first, which means always removing the spark plug wire from the spark plug before doing anything under or around the mower!

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Great Tips for Spring Cleaning

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Best Spring Cleaning Tips For A Clean House Year Round

The time of year you either love, or hate. Spring cleaning has always been the same since the idea started: the time to do the things you are too lazy to do more than once a year. But, some actually love doing spring cleaning and the things it entails. Some may even not have a spring cleaning because they just do these things as they see it needing to be done.

I commend those people, for I absolutely, without a doubt, hate deep cleaning. But over the years I have had to learn that it isn’t about loving it or hating it – its about standard of living. I refuse to live in a dirty house, so it must be done.

If you haven’t thought of any, here are some ultimate spring cleaning tips to consider.

pressure-washing-deckPressure wash

Nobody gives pressuring washing enough credit anymore. Plus, nobody thinks that the outside of the house needs to stay clean. I mean, that is why they call it the outside for a reason. Let nature do its thing. But nature also brings bacteria, mold, and bugs when you don’t want it. This amazing machine can do so much you wouldn’t think of to sanitize and clean the outside of your house.

Pressure wash the outside surface of your house to remove mold/mildew build up, cob webs, bee/wasp hives, and pollen/allergens. Pressure wash your driveway for curb appeal, the back patio and pool deck, the fence or even the outside of your car for a quick clean.

And these babies aren’t that expensive either, so easy to use with a hose hookup, and is actually fun to use if you like the satisfaction of watching dirty surfaces just melt away (I know I do!) It just depends on how powerful of one you want, and whether gas or electric. I have just a mid grade, light duty electric one that you can find here.

Move and clean under all large furniture

Like your bedroom furniture, couch, etc. So many allergens, hair and dust that has traveled from vacuuming around them and from the air vents throughout your house has them settle in these areas. Plus, bugs find their resting places here, and that’s the last thing you want to think you’re sleeping over at night.

Plus, you never know what junk, food and missing things is hiding under large, heavy pieces of furniture. Cleaning under small, trapped areas can relieve bacterial causing odors as well.

Microfiber/Old Tees instead of sponges

Throughout the year you will go out and buy more sponges than you can count. You probably use them for dishes, scrubbing the shower, tub, and counter tops. Sponges aren’t cheap, if you think about the number of uses you get out of one, and how many come in a pack. They hold so much bacteria, as their job is to that rightfully so, but then they eventually pile up and stay there after time and then you just spread them around your house.

I throw my sponges out after two weeks, clean in the dishwasher in between, and still depending on the duty it was used for I might just throw them out after one use.

microfiber-cleaning-clothsBut then I learned about the Microfiber cloths. Now, I know what you’re thinking: what is the difference if either one gets the job done? I’m not going to change my habit of sponges for a piece of fabric. This is all true, but in fact, microfiber is great for cleaning because they are more absorbent and have a positive charge, which attracts negatively charged dirt, germs, grime and grease – and this is without any cleaner used! The only downfall to these is that you will need to wash them separately or with lighter loads since they do attract dirt and hair very easily.

So you can use these for just about everything you do around the house: washing and drying dishes, wiping down counter tops, dusting surfaces, cleaning the windows, wiping down the shower, tub or toilet, or spot treating the floors. Ultimately, they’re long lasting and inexpensive – keeping your house bacteria and germ free as you use them without spreading them.

Another thing you could do – if you have unwanted, stained or old T-shirts – is to cut up pieces to use for dusting, polishing wood furniture, cleaning windows and for light clean ups. They’re as easy as throwing in the wash and can be reused several times for tasks such as those.

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Best Rated Outdoor Gas Grills

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Get Ready for Outdoor Cooking and Summer BBQ’s with a New Gas Grill from Reedsburg True Value

Stop by Martens True Value in Reedsburg today for best selection of in-stock Outdoor Grills or Shop Online for Gas Grills with Free Shipping to your local True Value Store.

char-broil-tru-infrared-gas-grillChar-Broil Performance Tru-Infrared 450, 3 Burner Gas Grill, With 10,000 BTU Side Burner, 450 SQ IN Of Primary Cooking & 150 SQ IN Of Secondary Cooking Space, Top Ported Burners, Surefire Electronic Ignition, Enclosed Cabinet With Doors, Easy Read Lid Mounted Temperature Gauge, 4 Casters, 2 Locking, Offer Easy Mobility.

CHAR-BROIL model # 463371316-DI item # 202668 – $299.99 – Online price. In-store price & availability may vary.
This item is available to Ship-to-Store only. FREE Shipping to: MARTENS REEDSBURG TRUE VALUE, Reedsburg WI (Will arrive in store in 3 to 8 business days.)
grill-zone-gas-grillGrill Zone 4 burner stainless steel grill, 48,000 btu main burners with 12,000 btu side burner, 691 sqin total cooking area, 4 stainless steel burners, stainless steel, double wall lid with powder coated endcaps, porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates, porcelain enamel flame tamers, stainless steel control panel, side shelves & doors, integrated control knob peizo ignition, four 3″ casters, 2 locking, 5 year warranty for the stainless steel main burners, 1 year warranty for the other parts.
GRILL ZONE model # BG2724B item # 204380-
SALE $269.00 – Online price. In-store price & availability may vary. See if this item is on sale at your local store.
FREE Shipping to: MARTENS REEDSBURG TRUE VALUE
Reedsburg WI
  (Will arrive in store in 3 to 8 business days.)

How to Avoid Painting Disasters

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

home-painting-tipsHow to Paint a Room Quickly and Problem-Free

In most cases painting a room is a fairly simple task, even for the most inexperienced people. Depending on the size of the room, painting the whole room can take only a few hours, a full day, or even days on end.

However there are some techniques and methods you must learn before beginning to paint which will greatly speed up the process.

Furthermore, you will need to learn how to make the job as problem free as possible, and learn how to avoid any ‘painting disasters’.

To begin, let’s go through the tools and items you will need before you begin the paint job.

house-painterEssential Tools and Items For Painting

The most obvious tool you are going to need for a paint job, is a paint brush – of course. Paint brushes come in many different forms and sizes, but as in this case you are painting a room, a large paintbrush should do fine. Although having a smaller one for some of the corners and more precise parts of the wall would be beneficial.

The next most essential tool you will need is a paint roller. If you have never used or seen one of these before, it is a large roll with a handle which you dip into paint, and then roll across the wall back and forth. A paint roller makes painting one hundred times easier and quicker, and unless you want to spend ages painting the wall, you are going to need a paint roller. When you buy a paint roller you should also get a tray as well where you would pour some of the paint into.

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Bounce House Party Planning

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

bounce-house-inflatable-rentalPlanning a Bounce House Party

The kids will be jumping with anticipation for the party when they receive bounce house invitations! From fill-ins to professionally printed invitations, you are sure to find a great option to accommodate any budget. Invitation designer, SanLori offers fill-in bounce house invitations and matching fill-in thank you notes with festive balloon accents. They also offer an adorable die-cut version that is cut in the shape of an actual bounce house!

You can personalize this die-cut invite using your ink jet or laser printer or have the invitations professionally printed by an online invitation store. You will be sure to set the celebratory tone with these bounce house invitations!

hello kitty-bounce-houseMany companies offer to rent bounce houses and slides that can be set up in your yard, and many even offer their own venue that includes multiple bounce structures all in one place! Depending on the children’s age and ability level, you can rent a basic bounce house or bounce slide, and the older kids would surely “jump” at the chance to use a bouncy obstacle course! If the weather is warm, also think about renting a “slip n’ slide” water slide to cool the kids off from the summer heat!

Decorate your house or the party room with colorful balloons and streamers to continue the happy, bouncy theme. For party favors, hand out colorful stickers, bouncy balls, and fun colored or patterned socks that the kids can use when they’re playing in the bounce houses!

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Spring Projects Sale

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Spring Projects Sale Going on Now at Reedsburg True Value

Got lawn and garden projects to complete?

Save money on spring project essentials like Scotts® 4-Step® Lawncare Program, Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil and more during the Spring Project Sale!

Got more spring projects? Visit Martens True Value Hardware store in Reedsburg and let our experts help you with the products and advice you need to get the job done right!

Spring Projects Sale Going on Now!

Enjoy saving on purchases at the Reedsburg True Value’s Online Store with FREE Ship to Store option and other offers!

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Lawn Mower Maintenance

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Seven Steps For Lawn Mower Maintenance

Your lawnmower is an investment that will keep your lawn turning heads-as long as you take care of the engine. Proper lawnmower care is crucial to for smooth performance.

The changing seasons require certain precautions to properly store the lawn mower while it is not in use.

Here are six steps you should take to protect your lawn mower throughout the year:

1. Check the Battery
Recharge the battery throughout the off-season starting the engine from time to time or simply attach the battery to a charger.

2. Check the Fuel
All engines can be damaged by old or deteriorated fuel. In as little as just one month, gasoline can deteriorate damage your lawnmower’s small engine by clogging the carburetor, thus preventing the engine from starting properly. The keep your lawnmower’s engine clean, add a fuel stabilizer each time you fill the tank.

3. Check the Oil
Just like automotive engines, small engines must undergo regular oil changes. Oil lubricates the engine during use, which prevents premature damage. Before starting the lawn mower in the spring, give it an oil change. This is especially important if you did not change the oil before storing it for the winter.

True-value-hardware-store-equipment-rental-center4. Lubricate Moving Parts
The engine is not the only part of your lawn mower that requires proper lubrication. It is a good idea to keep all moving parts, including the wheels and cables, adequately lubricated with oil or grease.

If you still have the owner’s manual, check it for details on properly lubricating moving parts.

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Outdoor Storage Solutions

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Outdoor Storage Sheds and Benches

Every homeowner knows it’s hard to enjoy time at home with things strewn about. Whether it’s garden tools, children’s toys, or other things – your home’s exterior is a breeding-ground for messes and missing items. Find storage benches, containers, and deck boxes that organize and complement your landscape and patio designs tastefully and efficiently – all at Martens True Value Online Store Page today.

As a home owner, you know that no matter how many improvements you have made to your home, a mess will quickly detract from the visual appeal. Address these situations with guidance from Martens True Value in Reedsburg. Stop in today, and let our knowledgeable staff introduce you to the storage benches, shed accessories, and other containers for convenient organization inside and outside of your living spaces.

From spring cleaning to building closet organizers, we have the tools and supplies you need to get the job done right. Realize the potential of your home with space-savings solutions and order your organization tools today!

storage-shed-suncastSuncast Glidetop Storage Shed, Resin, 57.5 x 79 x 58-In., 98-Cu. Ft.

$419.00 – Online price. In-store price & availability may vary.

Assembly required. Please contact your local store for assembly availability/charges.

FREE Shipping to: MARTENS REEDSBURG TRUE VALUE- Reedsburg WI
Will arrive in store in 3 to 8 business days.

This heavy duty sand & chocolate shed with glidetop slide design is perfect for storing bikes, mowers, patio furniture and more. The sliding lid allows for walk in access and it’s reinforced flooring adds excellent support for tractors and other heavy duty machinery.

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Four Tips for Buying the Right Lawn Mower

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

true-value-riding-lawn-mowersFour Tips For Purchasing The Right Lawn Mower

If you have a lawn at your house but its care isn’t protected by rental or home agreement then chances are high that sometime in your life you’ll feel the need of a lawn mower.

They’re machines with one or two revolving blades for cutting down the grass of your lawn in such a way that it becomes of even height.

However, with so many options available in the market purchasing one can be confusing sometimes. If you go out for purchasing a lawn mower without proper knowledge you’ll find yourselves baffled by the large number of options that are available.

In this article, I’m going to make the entire process easier for you by breaking it down into four tips:

lawn-garden-mowers-tools1. Determine the type of mower that you want to purchase:

There are several types of lawn mowers available in the market.

For example:

Push mowers
Robotic mowers
Self-propelled mowers
Riding mowers
Lawn tractors etc.

Which one you choose will depend on the type of lawn that you have. If you’ve a small lawn then a push mower will be fine for it. If you like to try gadgets in every bit of your life then a robotic mower can do the job for you. If you’ve a lawn with hills or slopes then a self-propelled mower will be required and if area of your lawn is larger than ½ acre then you’ll be better off with a riding mower. Determine the right type and you’re half done!

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Tips for Feeding Wild Birds in Winter

Friday, February 24th, 2017

cardinalWinter Wild Bird Feeding Tips

Not all birds fly south when it gets cold.

Learn how to feed birds in winter and why birds need an extra food source in the harsh winter weather the most.

Discover which birds will patronize your feeders during the cold months and which foods are their favorites to keep certain birds around all year long.

Feeding birds isn’t just a warm weather hobby. In fact, birds need feeders most, when winter is at it’s harshest.

Not all birds fly south so, permanent residents like chickadees and cardinals are dependable diners season after season.

Wild Bird Feeders and Feeding Tips

Keep your feeders full and get the full value of enjoying a bird’s eye view.

If your backyard is a hot spot for hungry birds in the summer they may become used to your feeder and search it out in the winter.

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