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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.

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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.

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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.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Reedsburg True Value Hardware

Landscaper Dad

Save Dad time and energy on his yard work. Our selection of power equipment will help him get the job done faster and easier.

Gift Cards

For the dad who seems to have everything, let him choose his own gift. Give him a True Value gift card in amounts from $5 to $1000.

BBQ Dad

He’s the grill master! So give him a Father’s Day gift that’s smokin’ hot! Like a charcoal or gas grill, smoker, tools and more.

Gearhead Dad

For the car buff, True Value has automotive tools & gadgets that’ll rev his engine.

Dapper Dad

Hair today, gone tomorrow. Help Dad look his best with a new electric shaver.

Handy Dad

If it’s power tools your dad loves, find him something with plenty of torque.

Angler Dad

Very al-luring fishing gift ideas. Rods, reel, tackle boxes, even hip-waders !

Outdoorsy Dad

Update Dad’s camping equipment this Father’s Day from our huge selection.

Hunter Dad

Equipment and clothing to make Dads’ next hunting trip a great success.

Always-Connected Dad

All kinds of cell phone accessories – because Dad loves his gadgets!

Fun & Games Dad

What’s Dad into? Baggo, badminton, bocce ball – and that’s just the B’s.

What-to-Wear Dad

We even have work clothes and safety gear for the hard-working dad.

Check out all our great Father’s Day Gift Ideas Here

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Lawn Repair Guide: Part Two

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

lawn-garden-mowers-toolsRepairing Pet Lawn Damage

Yellow spots on your lawn are often the work of man’s best friend. In most cases, a dog’s waste can be beneficial to grass because it acts as natural fertilizer. However, dog urine has high concentrations of nitrogen in it. When combined with the natural nitrogen amount in soil, this extra concentration overloads the soil and damages it, causing the grass to turn yellow.

You can counteract this “nitrogen burn” easily. It can start with your dog. Training a pet to eliminate waste in a selected spot in your yard can keep the damage confined to one area. However, there’s not much you can do about the neighbor’s dogs, except by reaching out to your neighbors to keep a better eye on their pet.

Here are some tips on how to fix pet lawn damage:

garden-hose-never-kinkStep 1: Water Lawn Patches 

Try to take note of where you see your dog urinate, if it’s not obvious by the yellow patches in the grass. You want to soak this area excessively with water from a hose. Use a lot of water; the more the better. The longer the urine stays on the grass, the more damage it does. If you use a sprinkler to water your lawn, this is helpful too because it helps wash away dog urine consistently. However, it’s often not enough water to keep the damage from happening by itself alone.

Step 2: Spread Lime, Water More  

Lightly spread horticultural lime over the affected spots. Don’t add too much lime; follow the directions on the package closely. Too much can have the opposite effect and do more damage. Thoroughly water the spot again. Keep watering every day. Eventually, the natural green color of the grass will return. If it doesn’t return in a few weeks, you may have to dig out the area and reseed.

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Create an Outdoor Sanctuary with New Patio Furniture

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

patio-outdoor-furniture-sets

New Designs in Outdoor Living & Patio Furniture

Enjoy the outdoors with Reedsburg True Value’s wide range of outdoor patio decor and comfortable furniture styles.

Browse our vast collection of outdoor furniture sets, fountains and patio lighting at our Martens True Value Online Store or stop in to our Reedsburg Super Store location today!

We also offer camping, fishing, or hunting gear for your outdoor adventures.

Enjoy the outdoors even more this summer!

Patio Dining Sets, Outdoor Fireplaces, Gas Grills & More

Outdoor living, there’s nothing quite like it. Whether you enjoy entertaining large groups for a day of lawn games, barbequing, and good times, or you’re looking to spruce up your yard with lawn decor, solar lighting, and comfortable seating, Reedsburg True Value has what you need.

As temperatures rise and days become longer, we are naturally drawn to the outdoors. Convert your yard into an outdoor sanctuary with True Value’s selection of decor plus, expert advice from one of our Hardwarians, and your own personal taste.

Choose from our wide selection of patio chairs or dining sets and enjoy the summer sunshine. With mom or dad on the gas grill, good food is never too far away. After dinner, huddle around an outdoor fireplace and share stories, take in the stars, or make S’mores with friends and family.

Martens Reedsburg True Value is your destination for all of your outdoor living needs, and with free Ship-to-Store, you can save big on your lawn and patio decor.

Lawn Repair Guide: Part One

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

lawn-fertilizer-organicThe First Part of Our Lawn Repair Guide Features Tips for Repairing Salt, Insect and Rodent Damage

Salt and De-icer Grass Damage

The winter weather can often be tough on your lawn, but the main culprit is road salt and other de-icers.

These harsh chemicals run off of sidewalks and driveways to burn adjacent grass. After winter  is over, it’s a good idea to evaluate your lawn to see where salt may have affected grass and vegetation so that you can take action to reverse any damage.

Preventing or lessening salt damage is the most effective way to keep salt and de-icers from hurting your lawn. During winter, try not to use de-icing salt (sodium chloride) — or use it sparingly. Use calcium magnesium acetate instead, which is the most environmentally safe product to remove ice.

First: Thoroughly water grass adjacent to concrete surfaces to flush remaining salt and residue from plants and soil. Try adding a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid to a hose-end sprayer attachment when spraying your yard. This will help wash away salt residue and any other buildup and help oxygen make its way to the grass roots.

lawn-garden-gypsumNext: Pelletized gypsum soil conditioner is a good treatment for salt-damaged grass. Gypsum (calcium sulfate) replaces salt (sodium chloride) with calcium and sulphur, both of which help the grass heal and grow. The sooner you apply it, the less damage there will be and the faster the regrowth. It also helps soil retain water and decreases erosion.

Simply spread a thin layer over the affected area, using a lawn spreader and then water it. You should see results in a couple of weeks. If the grass hasn’t returned to its natural green color, you may have to remove these patches and reseed.

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NEW Reedsburg True Value Hardware Video

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Watch our Martens Reedsburg True Value Video to See What We Have NEW in Store for You!

Tour of the Updated Reedsburg True Value Store

With over 65,000 square feet of retail space, Martens Reedsburg True Value is the largest True Value store in the United States.

In 2014, the store had a grand reopening, after its conversion to the company’s signature Destination True Value (DTV) format, which has a modern look, wide-open layout and diverse product offering that appeals to a variety of customers.

“With DTV, the lighting was upgraded and the layout was changed. It’s been a 180-degree difference from what it was,” Dan, owner of True Value, said. “The interior of the store is more open, and you can see how big it really is. Now, the aisles are wider, there is better signage and more inventory space. Customers have said ‘Wow, we can’t believe it, it’s like a brand new store!’”

Dan said the store truly is a destination because customers at Martens can complete shopping that normally requires visits to three or four stores. “We have expanded lines in every hardware category, we have lawn mowers, sporting goods, a pet department with live fish, rabbits and cats, farm products, chicken and horse feed and firearms. The size of the store allows us to keep seasonal items on display year-round. We’re a lot different than your corner True Value store,”

Stop by Martens True Value Hardware in Reedsburg and Check Out What We Have NEW in Store for You Today!

Best Hardware Store in Town Award

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

true-value-hardware-awardMARTENS REEDSBURG TRUE VALUE RECEIVES CO-OP’S TOP HONOR:

‘BEST HARDWARE STORE IN TOWN’

True Value Company Names Wisconsin Hardware Store One of Top 13 Locations

CHICAGO, March 7, 2015 – True Value Company recently honored 13 True Value hardware stores as winners of its eighth annual Best Hardware Store in Town recognition program.

Husband and wife Dan and Chris Martens, owners of Martens Reedsburg True Value in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, were winning retailers presented with the 2014 award at True Value’s 2015 Spring & Rental Reunion, held March 7-9 in Dallas.

true-value-dan-chris“We’re about customer service,” said Dan Martens, a second-generation True Value retailer. “That’s what the award means to us, that we take care of the customer and have the products they need in stock. We told our staff of 35 that we won because of them, because they are out there day-in and day-out taking care of the customer.”

With 65,000 square feet of retail space, Martens Reedsburg True Value is the largest True Value store in the country. In 2014, the store had a grand reopening, though it never closed, after its conversion to the company’s signature Destination True Value (DTV) format, which has a modern look, wide-open layout and diverse product offering that appeals to a variety of customers. Sales have climbed since the remodel.

true-value-riding-lawn-mowers“With DTV, the lighting was upgraded and the layout was changed. It’s been a 180-degree difference from what it was,” Dan said. “The interior of the store is more open, and you can see how big it really is. Now, the aisles are wider, there is better signage and more inventory space. Customers have said ‘wow, we can’t believe it, it’s like a brand new store!’”

Dan said the store truly is a destination because customers at Martens can complete shopping that normally requires visits to three or four stores. “We have expanded lines in every hardware category, we have lawn mowers, sporting goods, a pet department with live fish, rabbits and cats, farm products, chicken and horse feed and firearms. The size of the store allows us to keep seasonal items on display year-round. We’re a lot different than your corner True Value store,” Dan said.

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How-to Build a Decorative Tree Border

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Build a Decorative Tree Border

Give your landscaping a lіttlе еdgе and аdd a dесоrаtіvе ѕtоnе bоrdеr аrоund уоur trееѕ оr ѕhrubѕ. It only tаkеѕ an afternoon to unlосk thе value of your lawns potential.

Adding a Decorative Border around your trees is easy with these tips:

Hеrе’ѕ what уоu’ll need: Curb ѕtоnе pavers оr blосkѕ, a paper base or bеddіng sand, rubbеr mаllеt, ѕрrау-раіnt or lаwn chalk, ѕtrіng, a tаmреr, ѕhоvеl аnd the mulch of уоur сhоісе.

Pick a tree or grouping of shrubs in your lawn that соuld uѕе аn update. For thіѕ еxаmрlе we wіll bе buіldіng a dесоrаtіvе border аrоund this tree.

First уоu’ll nееd tо mаrk уоur bоrdеr оutlіnе. Tie оnе end оf a string аrоund the bаѕе of thе trее аnd wаlk bасk thrее tо six fееt wіth the other еnd. Cut thе string at уоur desired length and walk around the trее holding thе еnd. Use spray-paint or lawn chalk tо mark the сіrсlе аrоund the trее as уоu gо. Thіѕ wіll be thе оutеr edge of your ѕtоnе bоrdеr.

decorative-stone-tree-borderDереndіng on thе ѕіzе оf уоur paver, trim the string tо mаrk thе іnnеr еdgе your border. Use spray or chalk to mark thе circle. Rеmоvе grаѕѕ or turf frоm bеtwееn thе іnnеr аnd outer circles you’ve marked. Use a ѕhоvеl tо dіg аbоut three to four іnсhеѕ іntо thе soil. Uѕе a tаmреr tо lеvеl the ground.

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Choosing the Right Fence for Your Yard

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Choosing the Right Fence  

How-to choose the right fence video by True Value

Thеrе are several thіngѕ tо keep іn mіnd whеn choosing thе rіght fеnсе for уоu.

In tеrmѕ оf maintenance and соѕt, сhаіn-lіnk rеԛuіrеѕ thе least tо bоth those gеnеrаllу thе lеаѕt аttrасtіvе.

fencing-suppliesWооd fеnсеѕ come іn mаnу dіffеrеnt types, trеаtmеntѕ and costs. They’ll need the occasional replacement bоаrdѕ аnd/оr rераіntіng but thеy’re otherwise a grеаt choice.

There are prefabricated орtіоnѕ mаdе of metal, vinyl and plastic that nееd little mаіntеnаnсе but ѕоmе саn lооk too manufactured.

Rосk and mаѕоnrу fences саn lаѕt forever but thеу’rе also very еxреnѕіvе.

Sоmеthіng tо kеер in mіnd, always сhесk for burіеd pipes оr wіrеѕ through уоur lосаl utilities аnd review рrореrtу lіnеѕ bеfоrе buіldіng a fеnсе.

Thаt’ѕ іt. Need mоrе еxреrt advice or help choosing fencing materials? Stор bу Martens Truе Vаluе Hаrdwаrе Stоrе аnd аѕk one of our Hаrdwаrеians.

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