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Vertical Gardening How-to Video

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Vertical Gardening Tips

How to Garden in a Vertical Space

Vertical space is often underused but it has great potential in small gardens. From herbs to vegetables, vertical gardens are an increasingly popular way to go green and grow your own produce, and that’s the value of growing up.

Here are a few ideas to get your garden pots growing. Attaching pots of herbs or various vegetables to sturdy wire mesh or trellis can turn a bare sunny wall into a lush garden.

Climbing beans and squash can also be planted in large containers at the base of the wall and are easy to train up the mesh for a beautiful display.

To start building your garden attach wood batons to the wall and secure a sturdy wire mesh to them. Drill holes in the sides of plastic pots and window boxes and thread galvanized wire through them before planting.

After the risk of frost has passed fill the pots with a lightweight potting mix, plant with hardened off plants, secure parts to the mesh and arranged larger ones at the base of the wall.

Leave space for plants to develop and train climbing crops up the mesh. Water the plants frequently because they’re going to dry out rapidly in their exposed position.

Tie in climbing plants as they grow and harvest frequently to encourage further crops.

That’s it! Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens true value hardware store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Haredwareians.

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Made in USA Products

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Did you know True Value features many Made in USA Products?

Whether you’re shopping our Online Store or Martens True Value Hardware in Reedsburg, you’ll find many name brand USA Made products for your home and garden.

Check out some of these popular products, Made in the USA:


Suncast Deck Storage Box / Bench, Taupe Resin, 53 x 29 x 27.5-In., 129-Gals. Stay dry design.

Extra large deck box with seat. Large size holds multiple chair cushions, garden and pool supplies.

Removable storage tray. Easy assembly, No tools required, long lasting resin construction.

Outer dimension: 53″ w x 29″ d x 27 1/2″ h, internal size: 52″ w x 26″ d x 22 3/4″ h. Light taupe.

ONLY available online with FREE Ship-to-Store.


Made in USA Suncast Deck Boxes


How to Can Your Garden Harvest

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Canning Your Own Fruits and Vegetables

Canning Tips by True Value Hardware

Canning is a great way to safely preserve surplus fruits and vegetables.

Here’s what you’ll need: A pressure canner, your choice of fresh fruits and vegetables, tongs, mason jars for canning and a recipe.

Start by washing your jars with soap and hot water, and be sure to check for cracks.

home-canning-jarsFill the jars with your clean, cut up fruits and vegetables. Pour in brine or preservatives, where applicable, leaving an inch of space at the top.

Gently shake the jar to get rid of air bubbles.

Screw on the lids without over tightening so that air can escape and create the necessary seal.

Using the tongs place your jars into the pan submerging them about halfway into the hot water.

Following instructions close the lid and turn up the heat to it’s highest position.

Allow steam to vent for approximately ten minutes. Then, seal it completely and allow the pressure to build inside.

After about 20 minutes turn off the heat and let the canner cool down.

Once the pressure is down to zero let out the steam and carefully remove the lid.


How to Get Rid of Ants

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Get Rid of Ants in Your Home

Control ants in your home with these tips

Two basic things will help keep your home rid of ants: Sealing up the ways they get in and eliminating their reasons for wanting to be there in the first place.

There are a number of commercial ant baits, killers and sprays at your local True Value to keep ants from encroaching on your kitchen and home. Some kill on contact but many of these are formulated so the ants carry the poison back to the colony themselves.

Ask your local Hardwareian which ant treatment is right for you.

Keeping your home clean and clear of crumbs and delicious particles for ants to steal is a great preventative measure against ants. Sealing food in airtight dishes seals in the smell and also the freshness for you. Same goes for pet food. In a tightly shut bin ants can’t smell it and Fido is less likely to open it himself.

Use clear silicone caulk on cracks in exterior walls windows and doors to create an ant proof seal. You may not be able to fill every crack but this will definitely deter invaders.

That’s it. Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value hardware store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwareians.

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How to Save Energy with a Ceiling Fan

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Change Your Ceiling Fan Rotation to Save Home Energy

Did you know your ceiling fan can help you save on energy costs?

All you have to do is reverse the direction of the blades spin twice a year.

For winter you want them to turn clockwise. This will help the warm air that rises to circulate throughout the entire room.

In summer, counterclockwise will help keep the room cool.

Reversing the spin is easy. See this switch? Just turn it up or down, left or right, depending on the make and model of your fan.

Turn the fan back on low to make sure it’s spinning correctly and that’s it, a new spin on air circulation.

Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value Hardware Store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwarians.

Reedsburg True Value has ceiling fans and rooms fans to help keep you save home energy costs!

How to Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

reedsburg-true-value-hardware-lawn-mower-specialsHow to Easily Sharpen Lawnmower Blades

The key to achieving a clean cut each time you run the mower over your lawn is to have sharp lawnmower blades, and ideally you should be sharpening the blade on your mower twice during the main cutting season.

Whatever your DIY skill level, by following the advice in this guide, you’ll be able to ensure your mower’s blade is perfectly sharp and the cut of your lawn precise and clean.

Why Should You Sharpen Your Blade:

Over time as a result of general usage, the blade on your lawnmower can become blunt. If it is subjected to contact with stones, twigs or other debris the blade can also become dented and damaged.

Continuing to cut your lawn with a damaged blade, even the slightest nick, runs the risk of you damaging your lawn rather than cutting it – and this will hinder the overall look of your garden and can also lead to irreversible damage.

Sharpening your lawnmower blade can easily be done at home – whatever our DIY skill level – by following the advice outlined in this guide.


Outdoor Deck Maintenance

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

wood-deck-careOutdoor Deck Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

The outdoor deck is vulnerable to the elements of nature. For this reason, it needs frequent upkeep.

Here are some tips that can help you maintain your porch. Sweep the floor thoroughly. Remove the fragments wedged between wooden planks with a putty tool. This special knife has a wide and flat blade made of metal for scraping and applying cement.

Mold can cause the deck to deteriorate quickly. Wash on a regular basis. Use the right cleanser. The typical deck cleaner is appropriate for wood. Just make sure to follow manufacturer’s guidelines.

composite-deck-cleanerA specific formula is needed if your deck is made of composite material. Standard de-greasing substances can eliminate oil stains. The vinyl deck can be cleaned easily using mild soap and warm water.

The best time to wash your deck us when the day is cool. Sunlight can dissolve cleansing chemicals. Thus, avoid cleaning during hot days.

For wooden verandas, apply the cleaner using a brush with stiff bristles, paint roller or garden spray device. Scrub the flooring before the deck dries up. Douse the floor with the cleaner for at least 10 minutes before rinsing.


Anniversary Bucket Sale Event

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Martens Reedsburg True Value Anniversary Bucket Sale

Help Us Celebrate with Great Deals and FUN! Free Balloons and Popcorn too!

reedsburg-true-value-anniversary-saleWhere: Martens True Value Hardware Store, 100 Viking Drive, Reedsburg, WI 53959


When: Friday, July 17th from 7am to 8pm

Saturday, July 18th from 8am to 7pm

Sunday, July 19th from 9am to 5pm

What: 20% OFF Everything You Can Fit Into a True Value Bucket*

(Borrow our bucket or purchase one for $1.99)

Instant Storewide Savings! NO Rebates to Mail In!

Register to Win Prizes! Over $3,000 in Giveaways!!

*Regularly priced items. Some exclusions apply. See our store for details.


Garden Pest & Animal Control

Friday, June 26th, 2015

How to deter animals from the garden

Keep Your Garden Free of Animals

Animals like deer, rabbits and raccoons are as persistent as they are cute, but there are some simple ways to keep your vegetables fresh and your garden free from animal pests.

garden-pest-control-raccoonFollow these quick tips and get back to appreciating the value of your garden fresh vegetables.

Building a one-and-a-half to two foot high chicken wire fence will deter most woodland critters. Like anything, if they think something will take too long to steal they’ll move on.

For best results bury the fencing about six inches into the ground when making a perimeter. A rabbit’s first idea will be to dig under it.

Another option is something called companion planting. For gardens with corn surround the stalks with squash and cucumbers. Raccoons hate those things and they won’t bother with the corn.

garden-animal-control-rabbitPlant onions, catnip, marigolds or lavender around the outside of your garden too. These are all things that rabbits won’t eat and they won’t investigate the rest of the garden.

Other things sprinkled into the garden like coffee grounds, bacon grease and cayenne pepper smell like danger to rodents and these things biodegrade and they make a great natural fertilizer.

Most true value hardware stores also carry organic animal repellents available in liquid and granule forms. Check out our Animal Control Products Online.

That’s it. Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value hardware store and ask one of our Hardwareians for help.

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How to Refinish Wood Patio Furniture

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

wood-patio-furniture-refinishingWood Patio Furniture Refinishing

Wood furniture is usually the first to show signs of wear and tear from the weather. You can give it a new look with some sanding and refinishing.

Strip Off the Old Finish

Work outdoors or in a well ventilated open garage. If your furniture is on an outdoor patio, you can work there. Be sure to protect the patio or floor from drips, stains and damage, with drop cloths. Secure the drop cloths with painter’s tape to keep them in place.

Remove loose paint or finish by going over the furniture with a paint scraper. To remove finishes quickly from larger pieces of furniture, use a belt sander. Take care not to damage your furniture by sanding too deeply. Sand by hand around decoratively curved areas with a fine-grit sanding sponge.

You can also use a chemical stripping agent. With a medium-sized paintbrush, apply the remover evenly over the surface. Let it soak 20 to 30 minutes but don’t allow it to dry. Remove the old finish using a plastic scraper or a smooth, round-edged putty knife. The surface may be soft, so be careful not to damage it with the scraper. Let dry completely.


Home Pressure Washing Tips

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

pressure-washerPressure Washing At Home

Selecting a Pressure Washer

There are two types of pressure washers: gas-powered and electric. Gas-powered models are more powerful and mobile because they don’t require an extension cord. Electric models are usually less expensive and easier to carry and have a trigger-activated on/off feature.

A machine with a pressure level between 1,300 and 1,600 pounds per square inch (PSI) is good for general cleaning of your home’s exterior surfaces, such as siding, sidewalks, patios and patio furniture.

A machine with a pressure level between 1,800 and 3,000 (PSI) is for more serious work like stripping paint or stain off siding and decks. Some jobs could require more power though, so if you’re not sure stop in and ask an expert at the Reedsburg True Value for advice, if needed.

Get Prepared

Assemble washer, if needed, as directed by the manufacturer. Read instructions carefully before operating the washer.

Connect it to your water spigot with a garden hose. Be sure that the hose is not kinked and that the connection is tight. Loose connections can be dangerous under pressure.

Squeeze the trigger of the washer wand to release any air inside before you turn on the water. For a gas-powered unit, fill the washer’s reservoir with gasoline to the recommended amount. For an electrical washer, connect the unit to power.


How to Best Fertilize Your Lawn

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Fertilize Your Lawn Right!

Learn how to fertilize your grass with these tips

A lovely lush lawn doesn’t just happen on its own. Those hungry spring grasses need waking up, so give them the nutrition they need with a good feeding.

To do the job right you need fertilizer and a sturdy broadcast spreader. How much fertilizer you need depends on the size of your lawn. A good rule of thumb is one-pound covers 100 square feet of grass.

How often you fertilize depends on three variables: climate, grass type and which fertilizer you use.

Each type of grass has its own growing season and therefore a different fertilization schedule. Before you begin it’s best to know whether you have cool season grass or warm-season grass.

There are many different types of fertilizer available liquid, granular and organic are quite popular. If used properly with the spreader granular fertilizer provides concentrated coverage for beautiful results.