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Be Sure to Have Pool Water Properly Checked this July!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 29, 2020

July is the perfect month to enjoy the summer weather and host some fun backyard BBQs. However, you won’t want to forget about pool maintenance as the weather heats up.

With all the other home maintenance projects that start to surface in the summer, keeping up with pool tasks can get pushed aside.

Pool Maintenance

If you’re the happy owner of a backyard pool, it’s likely been your favorite spot this season. However, to keep it functional and beautiful, upkeep is extremely important, especially in the summer. Be sure to keep up with regular weekly pool maintenance such as skimming the water for debris, vacuuming and testing the pH levels. If you find this to be a burden this summer, contact Monnick Supply, we can test pool water for you and be your source for pool supplies.

Edgers: For Crisp Lines Around Curbs and Walkways

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 22, 2020
Monnick Supply - STIHL Edger

When nature crosses the line, lay down the law with a STIHL edger. With powerful, low-emission engines, our edging tools help you take back your sidewalks, walkways and curbs. Keep grass under control, weeds under wraps and soil in its proper place. With a STIHL lawn edger, you can add a crisp, finishing touch at home, on the job or anywhere in need of bold new definition. They’re as close as you can get to giving your landscape an exclamation mark.

STIHL edgers are also easy to use, featuring adjustable depth wheels, excellent balance and ergonomic handle controls. When it’s finally time for your edger to regain its edge, replacing its 8” hardened steel blade is quick and easy to access. And all STIHL edgers include heavy-duty skid plates to protect the gearbox from wear. We make our edgers with strong, durable components so they are dependable and long-lasting. Your weeds and overgrown grass don’t have an expiration date, so why should your edger?

As a homeowner looking to add definition to your outdoor space, STIHL gives you the edge you’re looking for.

Homeowner Edger: For a precise finishing touch

Well-defined. Put together. Buttoned up. That’s exactly how your lawn will look with the addition of a STIHL edger to your outdoor power tool collection. STIHL edgers for homeowners provide the finishing touch that exudes a look of stately elegance. But it’s not just the clean, crisp lines of a well-kept lawn that does it for you. It’s the quality craftsmanship – the feel of your tools in your hands – that brings such satisfaction when creating your own well-manicured yard. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature and E = Easy2Start™.

The fuel-efficient, low-emission engine, adjustable depth wheel, durable construction and comfortable, ergonomic design are all meticulously crafted to help you feel like a pro, even when you’re just tinkering around your own yard. Because with a STIHL edger in your hands, you don’t have to be a professional landscaper to look like one.

For more information contact, Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

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Shopping for the Right Gas Grill

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 15, 2020

With a stylish, distinct look and carefully sculpted curves, the Broil King line of gas grills will complement any outdoor space. You can sear steaks to perfection, rotisserie cook poultry or roasts, and even bake elaborate desserts. Every part of the cooking system is designed and engineered for a specific purpose. When combined, the results are simply spectacular.

Looking for a new gas grill so you can enjoy your backyard fun this summer? This video takes you through the key components to look for when purchasing a new gas grill!


For help buying the right gas grill for your outdoor space, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

Getting Your Grill Ready for Summer

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 11, 2020
Monnick Supply - WEBER Gas Grills

Summer is here and we have some helpful tips to get your gas grill ready for the season. Below we’ll troubleshoot some of the most common storage challenges around.

The Grill Cover Nest

If your grill cover ended up in your grill’s cabinet base over the winter, odds are it’s home to someone small and furry by now. Your grill cover is half polyester and much more cozy than wet leaves. It may have suffered some damage from your new residents, hopefully it didn’t. Should your cover still be fit-for-service wash it thoroughly with soap and water and hang it to dry. Next time when you store it, hang it up in your garage or cover your grill. Although they can be pretty rigid when frozen a cover is the best snow, dust and grime deterrent. Keeping snow off your control panel prevents your control knobs and igniter from icing up too.

Cleaning Location

Don’t clean your grill where you grill. Grilling is greasy and your grill will be if it wasn’t cleaned before the winter. Grease can stain stone or wooden patios and many degreasers are caustic enough to bleach the same surfaces leaving light patterns around your grill. Move your grill to a safe cleaning location and get your scrub on.

Grill Lights & Batteries

Winter is hard on everything, change your batteries when the snow is gone. This goes for igniters and grill lights, the extremely cold winter nights could have caused one of your batteries to blister which (once warm) can fill the battery compartment with corrosive grime. Swap the old batteries for new ones in the spring.

Grill Brushes

Grill brush safety should be your number one priority every spring. Grill brushes are inexpensive and essential grilling tools. Check them for rust, damage and grime. Should any of these factors be a concern, replace that brush! Get into the habit of replacing your grill brush often for your families sake. Spring is the perfect opportunity to move out with the old and into a new brush and some new grill accessories. Get sear marks, not dirty cooking grid smear marks. 9 out of 10 grillers agree on this point!

Vent Build-up

Smoke is loaded with grease. One of the most common concerns we receive calls about is “Peeling paint on the inside of the grill lid, chimney or dome.” Most customers are surprised to hear that we don’t paint any of those surfaces, that peeling is carbonized grease buildup. When you’re cleaning your grill, brush these flakes of the grime away. Check the vents on your smokers too, if they’re gummed up with grime soak them with degreaser and scrub away as much as possible. Don’t forget to reseason them with oil after. This clean-up is essential, you don’t want to hear comments about the pepper flakes on the salmon being bitter when you didn’t put pepper on anything tonight.

Tighten-up

Freezing involves expansion and contraction over and over again. That’s not comfortable for nuts and bolts, they will loosen over time. Give everything a wiggle then tighten it up. Check your handle, legs, cart, shelves etc. Your grill should feel rock solid when you’re grilling. Rock on!

Expiry Dates

Tanks expire! Before you start filling for the season check to see if that tank is expired and replace it with a new one if so. Think about your options, tank exchange tanks are easy to come by and they work well but it’s not cheaper than filling your own. You can buy and own your own NEW premium propane tank, that not only connects perfectly every time but it looks good too! It’s a little more money at the start of the season but in the long run it pays off. New tanks last 12 years from the date of manufacturing and propane refills are quick and easy.

Check Your Hoses

Gas flow is critical for performance and safety. If our first topic was an issue you absolutely need to check your hose for damage. Critters can gnaw through wood easily which means rubber hoses don’t stand a chance. For the safety of your next cookout season check your hose early and replace it if necessary. If this is an annual annoyance try one of our stainless braided hoses as a replacement. Better yet, check all of your parts, we have replacements.

Check Under the Mat

Most grill mats don’t breathe and that can be a problem for a wood or stone deck. Avoid rot and mould. Remove the mat and clean it thoroughly then clean the space below. A power washer is a great ally but it can rough up wood if you’re not careful. Power washers are great for removing stains too. Let this space dry before replacing the mat and the grill.

Grease Candles

Grease candles are common in the winter months because we’re all a little more lax about cleaning. If you haven’t cleaned out your grill grease cup in a while it’s probably overflowing and has created a few of these candles. Remove them when it’s cold! Hard grease is far easier to work with than liquid grease. Remove the bulk of it when it’s firm. On a warmer day remove the rest Degreaser and water. Use foil liners in winter months to make this process as simple as possible.

For more information, or for a new gas grill, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA

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Shopping for a New Lawn Mower? Monnick is Your Local Snapper Dealer

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 01, 2020

You local Snapper® Dealer can become your personal lawn and garden equipment advisor. If you are looking for a , trust your factory-trained Snapper Dealer’s expertise and knowledge to help you choose the mower that is just right for you. They can even show you how to operate and maintain it. Monnick Supply can even set your product up and deliver it to your home (free local delivery). Your relationship won’t stop there. Monnick Supply can offer you service and parts to keep your lawn mower in top shape for years to come.

For more information on Snapper lawn mowers, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

How to Kill Moss in Your Lawn

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Monnick Supply - Marlborough, Framingham, MA - Scotts Moss EX

It looks nice and green, but it could be smothering your grass. Learn how to prevent and control moss.

At first, you might not see it. After all, it’s green. But when you look more closely, perhaps you notice that the shady part of your lawn has turned into fuzz. Moss may look nice on rocks and trees, but in lawns it means trouble. Controlling moss in the lawn starts with understanding why you have moss growing in the first place.

What Is Moss?

Moss is a shallow-rooted plant that spreads by spores and root-like structures called rhizoids. It loves to grow during the gray, wet days of late fall and early spring. Moss won’t overtake or kill your lawn, but instead will fill in the spaces where the lawn is thin. If your lawn is struggling and you have moss filling in the gaps, it’s a good indication that you have a deeper problem, such as compacted soil, poor drainage, low soil pH, or not enough sunlight.

How to Control Moss

Iron-based moss control products, such as Scotts® MossEX™ or Scotts® Turf Builder® with Moss Control which also feeds the lawn, are very effective at controlling moss. As with most moss controls, these products are most effective when applied while moss is actively growing, which is usually during the cool, wet spring and fall. Before applying, mow the area short and remove the clippings to expose the moss. Shortly after treatment, the moss will turn black and die.

How to Prevent Moss from Returning

Controlling moss requires more than just killing off the existing moss in the lawn. The best way to prevent moss from returning is to correct the underlying reason the moss began growing in the first place.

If areas of the lawn are receiving less than 3 hours of sunlight per day, trim tree branches to allow more sunlight to reach the lawn. For areas of the lawn that only receive 6 to 8 hours of filtered sunlight or 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight, plant a shade-tolerant grass.

Good lawn practices will help your lawn grow thick and keep moss at bay. Feed regularly and mow at the highest recommended height for your grass type to encourage deep rooting.

Moss grows better than grass in wet, poorly drained soils. Aerate compacted soils and incorporate rich, composted material, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Soil™, to help improve drainage. Only water the lawn when necessary — just one inch of water per week is all most lawns need.

How to Control Moss on Hard Surfaces

Moss will also grow on hard surfaces, especially in shady, damp areas of the yard. While they won’t damage the surface they’re growing on, they can make patios, steps, porches, and sidewalks slippery. Apply a product that is safe for use on hard surfaces, like Scotts® MossEX™ 3-in-1 Ready-Spray®, which kills moss, algae, and lichens without staining.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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Weber Gas Gills so Eating at Home Can be Fun!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 18, 2020
WEBER Gas Grills

Add flavor to the menu and spark to your backyard family-time. A Weber gas grill is ideal for entertaining a small crowd or a perfect solution to any family meal. Place serving trays and spices on the side tables so that everything you need is where you are, when you need it.

Features

  • PORCELAIN-ENAMELED, CAST-IRON COOKING GRATES
  • ELECTRONIC CROSSOVER IGNITION SYSTEM
  • PORCELAIN-ENAMELED FLAVORIZER BARS
  • PORCELAIN-ENAMELED LID
  • BUILT-IN LID THERMOMETER
  • STAINLESS STEEL SIDE TABLES
  • GRILL CABINET
  • PAINTED STEEL DOOR
  • FRONT ACCESS GREASE TRAY WITH CATCH PAN
  • INFINITE CONTROL BURNER VALVES
  • SWIVEL CASTERS
  • TOOL HOOKS

Capacity

The perfect size to grill up a couple of burgers for everyone in the family, or switch it up with chicken and steaks. With side tables for placing serving trays and spices, the Spirit adds convenience and simplicity to everyday life, and nobody left hungry.

Now on sale at Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

How to Grow Grass Fast

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

These 5 tips will help speed up the lawn growing process.

Want to grow a lawn without having to wait forever for it to fill in? If you’re hoping to grow grass fast, don’t be intimidated or confused—we’re here to help! While you might not think that you can grow grass fast by using grass seed, you absolutely can if you know what you’re doing and use the right products. Just follow these 5 basic steps and you’ll be on the fast track to growing a beautiful lawn.

1. Choose the Right Seed

Not all grass seed is created equal. We bet you already know this from looking at all the different types of grass seed out there. In most cases, when shopping for grass seed you’ll be choosing between two types of grass—cool season or warm season grass—depending on where you live. Cool season grasses grow best where there are large temperature swings during the year, this means in the Northeast. Warm season grasses thrive in warm weather where there’s less of a temperature difference.

Once you’ve figured out which grass is recommended for your area, it’s time to choose your grass seed. The Scotts® Turf Builder® line of grass seeds offers premium grass seed for most popular lawn types. Each Scotts seed is wrapped in a unique coating that absorbs twice as much water as uncoated seed, fertilizes to jumpstart growth, and helps protect against disease. The result? Grass will grow thicker, greener, and more quickly.

2. Prep the Soil

We know it’s exciting to get out there and sow grass seed, but there are a few important things to do first:

  • Start by removing any existing grass, weeds, and large rocks from the area you’re planning to plant.
  • Fill in low spots with soil and if your existing soil is really compacted, consider renting a tiller and loosening everything up.
  • Finish by using a hard rake to even everything out—then give yourself a huge pat on the back, because soil prep requires the most elbow grease!

3. Seed and Feed

One of the most effective ways to get your grass to grow fast is to fertilize right after you plant. For use on all grass types, reach for Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Grass, which helps grass grow up to 70 percent thicker and 35 percent more quickly (vs. unfed). If you’ve opted to skip the seeding and lay sod or plant grass plugs instead, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food For New Grass Plus Weed Preventer right after planting to prevent weeds from establishing themselves.

To apply both seed and feed easily and efficiently, you’ll want to use a spreader. If you’ve got a small lawn, use a Hand-Powered Spreader, which covers up to 1,500 square feet smoothly and evenly.

As with any product, be sure to read the package directions carefully. This is no time to guess or eyeball, and more definitely does not mean better! Package directions will tell you how much product to use, how to spread it, and when to spread it so that you can grow grass fast and get the best results.

4. Water and Protect the Grass

It's critically important to keep your seeded area watered, but you want to do it incrementally as the grass develops. Use a “mist – lightly water – deeply water” process like this:

  • After seeding and fertilizing, you’ll want to keep the top inch of soil moist until the seeds start to germinate (aka sprout). This means misting the area once a day, maybe twice if it’s unusually hot out there—but don’t let the area get soggy.
  • After seeds begin to germinate, you’ll need to keep the top 2 inches of soil moist with light watering until the grass is about 3 inches tall.
  • At this point, your grass is developing its root structure, so you want to begin watering deeply so that moisture reaches down through the top 6 to 8 inches of soil.
  • As you’re watering and the grass is growing, you’ll want to keep foot traffic and pet action to an absolute minimum (avoid rousing games of fetch and tag, for example). Plan to keep people and pets off the grass for at least a month, during which time your other yard spaces or nearby parks will become your best friends.

5. Mow the Right Way

When that new grass is 3 inches tall, you can start mowing, but remember to adjust your mower to a high setting and never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blades. If you mow too low, you’ll be inviting weeds in—and we’re guessing that’s not part of your lush lawn vision.

Seems pretty simple, right? That’s because it is! If you follow these five steps, it won’t be long before your yard is transformed into a lush oasis of green.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

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Weber Gas Grills for the Precision of Grilling

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 05, 2020
WEBER Gas Grills

Every day is the perfect day to barbecue. The ease and convenience of outdoor gas grilling is the perfect excuse to call your friends and grill out any night of the week.

Step up your grilling game with the Spirit II E-310 gas grill. This three burner Weber gas grill has a spacious grilling area and convenient side tables for placing serving trays, and tool hooks for hanging your tongs and spatula. With the powerful GS4 grilling system and iGrill capability, you're already set up for BBQ success.

The perfect size to grill up a couple of burgers for everyone in the family, or switch it up with chicken and steaks. With side tables for placing serving trays and spices, the Spirit II adds convenience and simplicity to everyday life, and nobody left hungry.

This Weber Gas Grill is on sale this month at Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA. Contact us

Snapper Ride-On Lawn Mower Line-Up

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 27, 2020

Easy to use. Easy to own. Snapper lawn tractors, like the classic rear engine rider is an American classic, reborn. Snapper ride-on lawn mowers feature straight-forward designs and dependability you have grown to trust.

For more information on Snapper Ride-On Lawn Mowers, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.


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