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Charcoal Grill or Gas Grill, Which is the Better Choice?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAGrilling season is here. Are you ready to buy a new grill? Are you wondering which grill type is best? In this post we will break down the pros and cons of charcoal grills and gas grills.

To help you pick the perfect grill for your needs, we'll explore the charcoal vs. gas grill debate.

Grill Cost

There's little doubt that a charcoal grill, generally, is an inexpensive outdoor grill. Of course, a high-end charcoal grill costs more, but can really be worth the money.

Advantage: Charcoal grills

Operating Cost

Gas grills run on either natural gas or propane canisters. A 20-lb. propane gas tank will cost around $30. A 20 pound tank will last about 20 hours. This translates to $1/hour of grilling after the purchase of the tank.

Meanwhile, the chimney starter in a charcoal grill can hold up to six quarts of bricks; six quarts of sustainably sourced charcoal costs about $1.70 per cookout, while briquettes cost roughly $3.35.

Advantage: Gas Grill

Flavor

Most dedicated grillers will say that you cannot get the same flavor on a gas grill that you can with charcoal. However, adding flavored wood chips like mesquite, apple, and hickory should get your taste buds going. However, nothing will caramelize a fine cut of steak or chicken like a charcoal grill using natural wood lump charcoal.

But for hamburgers and hot dogs, a gas grill does its job well enough that most folks can't determine the difference in grilling. What's more, it takes some experience to learn how to tame a charcoal grill just right, whereas finding the right temperature on a gas grill is as simple as dialing up a knob.

Advantage: Charcoal Grill

Portability

Lugging a gas grill to a park or beach cookout is going to be a headache, unless you have a big minivan and some able hands to help. That said, lots of folks like cooking in their backyard or back deck, and no one is going to steal your large, gas grill if it's a pain to move. But for ball games and rooftop cookouts a smaller Charcoal Grill is an ideal portable choice.

Advantage: Charcoal Grill

For more information on gas or charcoal grills, contact Monnick Supply or come to our grill event on April 28!

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You Want A Broil King Gas Grill in Your Backyard

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The warm weather is fast approaching and you need a new gas grill. You could buy one at a big box store, but what happens when it breaks or you need a part. When you buy a gas grill from a local retailer, you establish a relationship. In fact, no assembly is required. We will help you with your gas grill and grilling needs for years to come. Purchases for your home and yard require a good relationship.

This April Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham will be hosting a Grill Event. We'll be showcasing our Broil King gas grills on April 28th. These grills are made for gourmet grilling in your backyard. You have spent time and money on your beautiful home and your gorgeous backyard. Don’t settle for just any gas grill, come check out a Broil King.

Contact Monnick Supply for more information on the best gas grill for your backyard.

Preventing Crabgrass in Early Spring

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MACrabgrass starts to germinate when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees. Even if it has been 60 degrees outside a number of days, the soil temperature is not necessarily reaching 55 degrees. Even if the soil temperature does reach 55 degrees that means crabgrass “could” start to germinate. Crabgrass can germinate over 8-10 weeks based on different geographical locations, the amount of sun and soil types and the health of turf grass play a large roll in how well crabgrass establishes. If you have a soil thermometer, monitor the soil temperature at your home to decide on when to apply controls.

If you have a healthy growing lawn, why are you so worried? A thick lawn is the best defense against crabgrass, other weeds, insects and drought. Have you been following my advice over the years on how to create a better lawn? Is it really a gamble to skid applying crabgrass preventer if you have a great looking lawn void of crabgrass for a number of years? W hy not give the environment a break or consider using Organic Weed Control.

If crabgrass has been a real big problem over the years you want to apply Green Up with Crabgrass Preventer in mid-April and then again at the end of May to get better control into summer months of this pesky weed. Usually crabgrass appears mid-summer along hot driveways or sidewalk edges or from heavy foot traffic that scuffs up the ground perhaps killing some of the grass allowing crabgrass to establish.

Some of the older technologies that are available that control crabgrass do not control crabgrass if applied after crabgrass germinates. This family of products is referred to as “dinitroanilines” or “yellow” products including Team, Barricade and Pendimethalin. But, have no fear…Dithiopyr is here (that rhymes). The trade name for Dithiopry is “Dimension” and our crabgrass controls contain it. There are many features of Dimension, it controls crabgrass before and after it germinates, up to the 3-leaf stage of crabgrass growth. Dimension is clear and odorless so no staining of sidewalks, shoes, fences or the dog will occur. Dimension uses a teaspoon of active ingredient to treat a 5,000 square foot lawn area so it is very environmentally friendly too. If you are planning on applying grass seed, do not use these products listed above.

If you are seeding, be careful what product you choose to apply to control crabgrass. Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer plus New Seeding Fertilizer allows you to apply grass seed on the same day. The active ingredient is Siduron, the trade name is Tupersan. Yes, you can apply this product and grass seed on the same day safely and the grass seed will still germinate. If you have bare spots, please do seed them this spring. If you do not, they will fill in with ugly weeds. If you only have a few bare spots the size of a towel or trash can lid or blanket, you can put these down over the spots you wish to seed, apply Dimension and then gently peel back the towel-blanket so no product drops on the area you are applying seed.

Good luck with your lawn this season! For more information on lawn care, contact Monnick Supply.

Time to Start Thinking About Your Lawn

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAAre you going to love your lawn this year with quality products? What plan of action are you going to follow for your lawn care program? It’s February, but just like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, you need to show your lawn a little love.

Did you fertilize the grass enough last year? Lawns need to be fed during the peak growing months from spring through fall to look their best. If you only apply lawn food once or twice per year, that is not enough to have a healthy growing lawn. Lawns like to be fed three to four times a year based on the type of fertilizer you are using. The first feeding of the season in spring is important because it brings your lawn out of winter dormancy. If you have a history of crabgrass in your lawn, use Green Up with Crabgrass Preventer to help prevent this problem. Sometimes it is best to delay this application until late spring to gain better control over summer germinating crabgrass. Be sure to feed your lawn again before summer arrives with Green Up Weed and Feed. Early fall and late fall feedings with Winter Survival are also great times to improve your lawn’s health and growth.

When the grass starts to green up in spring and needs to be mowed, you are already reducing the possibility of weeds filling in bare spots. If bare spots are present, they will be invaded from weed seeds which are already in the ground. Rake up leaves, twigs and debris and re-seed bare spot areas that suffered winter damage. Buy quality grass seed such as Black Beauty Ultra. If you need to apply grass seed and want to preventer crabgrass too, be sure to use Crabgrass Preventer with New Seeding Fertilizer.

Are you are having trouble growing a great lawn because you have too much shade? All grass seed needs some level of sunlight to grow, try removing some trees or at least trimming some branches back to allow more sunlight to reach hard to grow shady areas. Maybe you have salt damage from applying too much ice melter? You can neutralize the soil is these areas with Love Your Soil. Love Your Soil also helps to loosen hard pan or clay soils. It may take 2-3 applications over the year to correct severe problem soils. Love Your Soil can also help correct soil problems from dog urination.

If your soil pH is incorrect, you will have trouble growing a healthy lawn. Your pH level should be between 6.2 and 7.0 for best lawn growth. Get a soil tester from your local lawn and garden or hardware store or you can also get a good quality soil test kit from your local county extension office. Apply Mag-I-Cal for Acidic Soil to raise soil pH and Mag-I-Cal for Alkaline Soil to lower soil pH. In the eastern section of the country, most soils tend to be low in pH value.

If you have not addressed these issues outlined above, you need to this year. Growing any plant successfully requires reasonable quantities of quality soil, nutrients, light and water. The basics to have a good, healthy lawn are still the same, use quality seed, improve soil structure, correct pH levels, feed regularly and water and mow properly. Flower and vegetable gardens reward us with nice colors, flavors and a comforting feeling; sometimes lawn maintenance can become a chore that we hate to do since lawn cover large areas. Remember, your lawn needs a little love just like the rest of your yard.

Contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham if you want to grow a great lawn this year.

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Tools Every Women Should Have in Their Toolbox

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAIt’s time to get yourself some tools that WORK. Here are our top ten tools every woman should have in her tool chest, plus a few more that we particularly love and use all the time!

1. Hammer

A hammer is necessary in your toolbox if you want to hang anything, ever. You no longer need to pound nails into the wall using the heel of a boot. Resourceful, yes. Effective, not so much. Plus, when it comes time to remove nails from the wall, boots aren’t equipped with a claw for pulling nails.

2. Screwdriver Set

The vast majority of projects (even if it’s just assembling furniture from Target) will require a screwdriver. At the bare minimum, have a flat head and Philips screwdriver on hand. If you want to get fancy, get a kit — having different sizes will increase the number of ways you can use them.

3. Measuring Tape

If you want to hang a photo in the middle of a wall, or hang several photos at the same height, you’re going to need a measuring tape. You can always eyeball it, but unless you’re really good, it’s much easier to rely on a tool than your eye. You can also use a measuring tape to make sure furniture will fit in a space, to measure for curtains or other decor, and you’ll use it all the time if you decide you want to build, well, anything.

4. Adjustable Wrench

There are about a million types of wrenches, but a standard adjustable wrench will work for many of the situations you encounter. Fixing any small plumbing issue will require a wrench (yes, you can replace the mechanism inside a toilet). Use it to tighten the bolts that hold the old dining room chairs together.

5. Staple Gun

You can use this for everything from recovering my dining room chairs, to making a valance over a window, to creating a simple wood frame around some artwork. Plus it’s just downright fun to use! One that is built for comfort (as opposed to the all-metal version) is easier for smaller hands to use.

6. Drill

If you are going to build anything or use screws for any kind of project, you’re going to need a drill. A regular drill will both drill pilot holes and drive screws. Hanging curtains, for instance, may require both of these applications. It’s also handy for driving screws when you’re building furniture—a handheld screwdriver will work, but it’s a lot faster and less hard on the hands to have a drill do it for you.

7. Allen Wrench Set (Also Called Hex Key Set)

So much of today’s furniture is put together using hex bolts. Hex bolts don’t work with a normal screwdriver, but instead use Allen wrenches to turn them. Often, a piece of furniture will include an Allen wrench in the correct size. But if you aren’t good about keeping track of them after the job is done, you’ll have a hard time disassembling and reassembling the furniture later. A simple Allen wrench set can save you the headache of a lost Allen wrench, plus most kits are kept together in a neat little plastic holder.

8. Pliers

Pliers are not a wrench. But they have all sorts of uses. They can be used in crafting for jobs like bending wire, they are also handy when you need grip, twist, turn, or cut anything that’s wire-like. They’re great for pulling staples and nails out of wood. The wire cutter that comes on most pliers is particularly useful. A pair of long-nosed pliers and a pair of cutting pliers are a good place to start.

9. Level

You may have a pretty good eye, you may be able to eyeball things and get them pretty close to straight. But, instead of eyeballing things, get yourself a level. It’ll save you time, and your sanity.

10. Hand Saw

You won’t use it often, but it comes in really handy if you don’t have an electric saw. Don’t expect your cuts to be perfect, but it’s great for cutting branches for decor projects, cutting plywood, and, of course, cutting boards to the length you need them to be. Heck, it can even cut down a Christmas tree.

Want to find out more? Come to Ladies Night at Monnick Supply in Marlborough. For more information on this event or on other great tools, contact us.

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Stihl Chain Saws is the Clear Winner for yard Clean Up

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

After so many severe storms in recent weeks, homeowners who have never owned a chain saw are now considering it a must have. That's why first-time owners comprise 60% of the market. And that's why it's important to choose the right chain saw for you and your yard clean-up needs. The clear winner, the Stihl chain saw, which works for wooded properties as well as for fallen trees and storm-tossed limbs.

The Stihl is fast, which is a real plus when you've got lots of cutting to do. It's relatively light and well-balanced, attributes that keep you from getting tired as you work. And the Stihl is the only gas-powered unit that needs no tools to tighten the chain, a task that typically has to be performed every 10 to 15 minutes.

Chain Saw - Best After-Storm Yard Clearer:

The go-to for felling smaller trees or clearing downed branches, a good chain saw should be easy to start, effortless to maneuver, and a cinch to adjust chain tension. The Stihl  masters all three requisites, with an 18-inch-long bar nimble enough to prune an overgrown shrub, but with a gutsy 45.6cc engine with the strength to easily buck hardwood logs into firewood.

For more information on power tools for cleaning up after the storm, contact Monnick Supply.

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Benjamin Moore Grand Entrance Paint: Is It Still Paint?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 01, 2018

Aura Grand Entrance brings rich, vivid color and exceptional durability to your interior/exterior doors and trim. With a rich, lustrous finish, Aura Grand Entrance has excellent color retention and fade resistance.

If a paint can do all that, is it still paint?

Learn more about the Benjamin Moore difference at Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

Power Tools for Every DIY

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 23, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAIf you are a DIY kind of person, then the end of winter is probably one of your most favorite times of year. There are plenty of outdoor projects to do in the spring, and there are plenty of indoor projects you can utilize the garage or shed for. If the coming spring has you wanting to purchase some new power tools, we have some ideas as to some power tools that every DIY should own.

Power Hand Plane

This tool is used for shaping wood, removing thin layers of wood, and moothing and straightening edges.

Small angle grinder

Use a small angle grinder for removing paint and rust. This tool can also for sharpening and cutting tiles.

Table saw

A table saw is good for any general repairs that you may need doing.

Orbital palm sander

Perfect for small jobs and can be used on furniture, ceilings, walls, floors and any kind of woodwork.

Reciprocating saw

This tool is generally used for remodeling and demolition work. The reciprocating saw is can cut through leather, green, rubber, metal, linoleum and plastic.

Compound miter saw

This saw is also known as a chop saw and is used to get precisely cut angles.

Circular saw

Great for cutting across and along the grain. They are usually used for cutting wood, but you an also get blades for cutting masonry, plastic and metal.

Cordless drill

You will use this all the time, it is a must have. A cordless drill is essential for any DIY project.

For all of your new power tool needs, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

Good Plants to Start Indoors in February

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 16, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAStart warm weather plants in February.

Jump start the gardening season with a selection of plant seeds you start indoors in February. Seed packets provide information about planting times, sowing depth and the days to harvest. The information is a guideline for the home gardener who wants to save money on seedlings, wants particular varieties, or grow their own plants. As a general rule, start the seeds 4 to 6 weeks before the outdoor planting season begins. Start the seeds earlier to produce a more mature plant for transplanting.

Vegetables

Warm weather vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, need a long growing period. Start the seeds indoors in February and grow them for 6 to 8 weeks. Once the seedlings reach about 8 inches high, harden them off for a week or two before transplanting into the garden. Other vegetables to start in February include lettuce varieties, chard and eggplant. February is a good time to start cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. Start summer squash when you start the pepper and tomato plants. Plant cucumber seeds during the last week in February.

Fruits

Start watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew by planting seeds indoors, because of the long growing season required by melons. Pumpkins require a long growing season as well and should be started in February. Strawberry seeds need about 6 weeks of cold before planting in February. Once the seedlings have three leaves, the plants need hardening off and moved into their permanent growing site in the garden.

Herbs

Start basil, oregano, parsley and dill indoors in February. Other herbs that do well when started indoors include mints, thyme and sage. The seedlings transplant well into containers that sit on the porch or patio. You can also transplant the herbs directly into the garden. Basil and parsley suffer in cold weather and do not survive temperatures below freezing. Many other herbs grow as perennials in cold and warm weather climates.

Flowers

A packet of seeds costs considerably less than a flat of flowers at the greenhouse. Start heliotrope, violas and snapdragons indoors this month. Other flowers you may want to grow from seed right now include delphinium, candytuft and impatiens. The seedlings need gradual exposure to the outdoor temperatures for a week or two before planting directly into the flower beds.

For more information on starting seeds in February, contact Monnick Supply.

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February, The Perfect Time for Interior Painting with Benjamin Moore

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Aura Interior Paint from Benjamin Moore utilizes our own Proprietary Color Lock technology for richer colors that stay true over time. Aura Interior provides outstanding durability, stands up to repeated washing with no color rub-off and offers extreme hide and coverage for fewer coats – saving you time and money. Formulated as a paint and primer together, Aura Interior resists mildew and has zero VOC* and low odor.

If a paint can do all that, is it still paint?

Learn more about the Benjamin Moore difference, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.


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