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Prepare Your Snowblower for This Coming Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 16, 2019
Monnick Supply, Snowblowers - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

When the leaves start to fall and snow is on the way, it’s a great time to get prep the snowblower for the winter. You don’t want that first snowfall to hit and find out your machine is not in working condition.

If you are not comfortable or unsure of something, its recommended to have a professional look at it. Monnick Supply offers pre-season specials for annual tune-ups.

Check for Damage

Take a minute to look over your machine. Make sure your auger, skids, and scraper are in good enough shape. Check that cables, handles, shear pins, and fasteners are securely in place. If you find excessive wear or damaged parts, order replacements and install them before the first snow hits.

Tighten Loose Bolts and Levers

A Well Maintained SnowblowerIt’s a good idea to check bolts and screws for proper tightness. The vibration of the machine over time may have caused them to come loose. It is recommended to remove the spark plug to prevent any unintentional starting during this process.

Check Tire Pressure

Months of storage can do a number on your tires and its important that they are inflated properly before use. This ensures you don’t damage other parts and get the best possible traction in icy conditions. Most tires can be inflated using a standard bicycle pump. Your user manual should provide the recommended tire pressure. If you hate dealing with pneumatic tires, maybe it’s time to replace them with some airless tires.

Flip the Skid Shoes

If your snow blower has skid shoes (most two-stage snow blowers do), it’s a good time to flip them if there is wear. Most skid shoes are reversible. And if you’ve already done this, it might be time to purchase some replacement ones before the season starts. They are relatively easy to install.

Inspect the Belts

Check for excessive wear or cracks on the belts. If you find some, it is time to replace them. Sears recommends snapping a picture of the belts before replacing them so you’ll know exactly where they go.

Fill the Gas Tank

You should have drained the gas tank before storing your snow blower away in the Spring. Or at least put in a fuel stabilizer.

Check Oil

Take out the dipstick and look to see how clear the oil is. If it’s dirty, it’s time for an oil change.

Install a New Spark Plug

Checking your spark plug at the start of the season is always a good idea. If there are signs of rust and corrosion, it’s time for a replacement. If it’s just dirty, maybe it just needs a cleaning. Spark plugs are cheap so don’t mess around too much trying to save an old one.

Spray the Discharge Chute

To prevent clogging, you’ll want to spray down the discharge chute with something. Many people have success with WD-40, cooking spray (my choice), or silicone. Some companies sell specially made snow repellent sprays too. Those tend to be too expensive in my opinion.

Start Your Snow Blower

With everything in place, it’s time to test your machine out. Let it run for a few minutes and check for any odd burning smells or unsettling noises. If all goes well, you’re ready to tackle the Winter.

For more information or to schedule snowblower service, contact Monnick Supply.

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Checklist for Fall Home Maintenance

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 09, 2019
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA

Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. And because we live in an area with cold winters, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care. Tick these 15 items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

  1. Care for trees and shrubs. If you have trees on your property, consider hiring an arborist to care for them — these pros can spot signs of poor health early on to prevent tree loss, and know how to prune properly to avoid falling limbs in winter storms. It’s also a good idea to observe your trees throughout the fall, keeping an eye out for signs that signal a need for intervention.
  2. Rake leaves. Leaves look beautiful blanketing the ground, but leaving too many leaves on a lawn over winter in a snowy area can inhibit spring growth. To make the job easier, choose a lightweight rake, wear gloves to protect your hands and use handheld “leaf scoops” to bag leaves quickly.
  3. Clean gutters and downspouts. Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts (hire a helper if you are not comfortable on a ladder). Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.
  4. Make exterior repairs. Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it before winter weather hits.
  5. Seal gaps where critters could enter. Mice need only a tiny gap to be able to sneak into your house and raid your pantry — and with colder weather coming, all of the little critters out there will be looking for warm places to make a home. Fill small holes and cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.
  6. Check walkways, railings, stairs and the driveway for winter safety. When the landscape is covered in ice and snow, just walking from the driveway to the front door can be quite a challenge. Make navigating around your home safer by checking that all stairs are in good shape and have sturdy railings, and that the driveway is in good repair to make for easier shoveling.
  7. Stock up on winter snow removal supplies. We have cold, snowy winters, fall is the time to prepare. Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; replace as needed Pick up a bag of pet- and plant-safe ice melt, if needed Restock emergency kits for car and home If you use a snow blower, have it serviced and purchase fuel
  8. Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses. Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.
  9. Add weatherstripping. Weatherstripping applied around the frames of windows and doors helps boost winter warmth and cut energy costs. Add door sweeps to the base of drafty doors to keep heat in and cold air out.
  10. Check safety devices. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed. If you haven’t checked your home for radon, fall is a good time to do so — as the weather gets cooler and windows stay shut more often, radon is more likely to become trapped in your home.
  11. Remove window A/C units. If you use window air conditioning units in the summer, remove them before the weather turns cold. If you must leave window A/C units in, cover the entire exterior of the unit with an insulating wrap to keep cold air out.
  12. Clean dryer vents. Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire — cool, dry fall weather increases static electricity, which can ignite lint that has built up, so now is a key time to get that lint out. You can hire a duct cleaning specialist to clean the vents for you, or clean the vent yourself.
  13. Deep-clean the kitchen. Take a day to tackle some of the more labor-intensive cleaning tasks, and keep your kitchen working efficiently and looking great:
    • Degrease the range hood and filter
    • Clean the oven
    • Vacuum the refrigerator coils
    • Scrub tile grout
    • Clean light fixtures
    • Wash the walls and backsplash
    • Wash the garbage can and recycling bins
    • Clean small appliances
  14. Conduct an energy audit. A trained auditor can assess your home’s current energy efficiency and give you a list of recommended improvements you can make, which may include upgrading to Energy Star appliances, adding insulation to the attic or beefing up weatherstripping.
  15. Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Making sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure. And be sure to add a chimney cap if you don’t already have one — it will stop critters from crawling down your chimney!
For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

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OPEN HOUSE! Introducing: Commercial Power Equipment Sales & Service

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 02, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Locations: 135 Maple Street Marlboro, MA & 759 Waverly Street Framingham, MA

Come down on Saturday, September 7th to meet our trained service technicians, demo machines, and see what we have to offer you and your business. Learn about our  repair and maintenance services as well.  Financing Available!


Fall is Best for Seeding

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 26, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Learn the benefits of seeding in the fall.

Fall does what no other season can do. Its warm, sunny days and cool, dewy nights provide ideal conditions for growing new grass and developing your lawn's source of strength, a deep and dense root system.

Your most successful lawn seeding time is right around Labor Day. Seeding 2 weeks before or after that easy-to-remember holiday gives your new seedlings time to build strong roots. In fact, overseeding with grass seed and fertilizer in the fall can make your lawn up to 49% thicker next spring* and it will be better able to resist weeds and summer stresses.

Choose the right seed

Most northeast lawns are a blend of perennial ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass and fescues. But all grass seeds are not created equal, top quality grass seeds improve the results exponentially and can make the entire process much easier. So it's important to choose a high quality mixture such as Scotts® Turf Builder® Coated Grass Seed, specially formulated by the lawn experts at Scotts Canada for quick coverage and a long lasting lawn in a variety of conditions. Scotts' experts say that the amount of sun exposure is the most important determinant in choosing the right blend for your lawn. A Sun and Shade Mix is the best all purpose choice while other mixes such as Sunny, Shady, Heat & Drought etc. are available for those specific conditions.

Overseed

Mow grass closely, and loosen the top 6 mm (1/4 inch) of soil in bare or thin areas. Add 6 mm (1/4 inch) of weed free lawn soil to the area. Distribute the seed evenly. For best results, use a hand-held or a rotary spreader. Apply a seed starter fertilizer to increase seeding success and then water thoroughly. Remember, watering is crucial to seed germination. Keep the top 1 cm (1/2 inch) of soil damp by watering daily until all seedlings are up and the lawn is established.

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

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Get Your Snowblower Ready for Winter NOW!

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

 

Important Lawn Maintenance Projects for the Fall

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 12, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

These quick projects can make the difference between so-so and spectacular when it comes to fall grass — and next spring's lawn.

Here are some easy yard maintenance things you can do that will make a big difference come spring.

Feed Your Lawn

The difference between a "so-so" lawn and a truly beautiful lawn both now and next spring is two fall feedings. Fertilizing in early fall helps your lawn begin rebuilding grass roots that were damaged during the hot, dry summer. Since fall is also a great time to kill several type of lawn weeds, including clover and dandelion, you can do two jobs at once by applying a weed and feed, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Weed & Feed3. If you live in the South and have a St. Augustine, zoysia, or centipedegrass lawn, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Southern Triple Action instead. It not only kills weeds and nourishes the lawn, but also kills and prevents fire ants.

Follow-up with a second fall lawn feeding 6-8 weeks after your first fall fertilization. Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food gives your fall grass the nutrients it needs to store up energy for a healthy spring push, plus helps to break down mulched-up leaves.

Spruce Up Your Lawn

When kids play on a lawn that's still hurting from summer heat and drought, it can get damaged. If you have bare spots in the lawn (like the one left behind after the kiddie pool is put away), use a product specifically formulated for repairing bare spots like Scotts® EZ Seed® Patch & Repair which is guaranteed to grow grass anywhere (when you give proper care). To thicken up a thin lawn, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Thick’R Lawn™, which is a 3-in-1 product uniquely formulated to help turn weak, thin grass into a thicker, greener lawn. With any seeding project, keep the soil surface moist. Aim for a light watering once a day or as needed until the seedlings have reached a mowing height.

Mulch Your Leaves

Don't let tree leaves smother your grass. Contrary to popular belief, fallen tree leaves will not insulate your lawn during winter. In fact, they can block vital sunlight and thin your grass. So, drop your rake and mulch your leaves to dime sized pieces with your lawn mower before applying one of your fall feedings to help the soil microbes break down the leaves.

Check the Gutters

While you're hanging holiday lights, check the gutters and give them a good cleaning while you've already go the ladder out. You don't want clogged gutters when winter storms roll in.

Mow Your Lawn Shorter

In late fall, drop your mower down and cut your lawn 1 to 2 inches shorter than you have the rest of the growing season. Continue to mow shorter until your grass stops growing in early winter. You should cut your lawn slightly lower for the last cut.

Stow Your Lawn Furniture

It's probably too cold now to sip lemonade on the patio, so put your cushions away and haul the grill and furniture into storage until next year.

Clean Up your Tools for a Fresh Start Next Spring

They've served you well all season, but now that you've completed your fall yard maintenance, it's time to put the tools away. You'll keep them from rusting if you clean them up before you hang them up. Also, if you're done mowing for the year, do your winter mower maintenance at Monnick Supply for storage over the winter.

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

Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 05, 2019

Sales Tax Holiday Weekend In Mass.
Set For August 17-18

BOSTON, JUNE 14, 2019 (State House News Service) – Lawmakers agreed Thursday to implement this year’s sales tax holiday on the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18.

The House and Senate adopted resolutions calling for suspension of the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. The House resolution initially recommended Aug. 10 and 11 as the dates, but members agreed to an amendment filed by Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante — who also filed the initial House resolution — to push the dates back a week.

Rep. Paul Donato, who presided over the House session, told the News Service that Aug. 17-18 “would be a better time for businesses” to benefit from the holiday.

This is a great opportunity to save on Snowblowers,
Lawn Mowers, Tractors, Grills, etc.

Monnick Supply - Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

It was the first time lawmakers established the annual sales-tax holiday dates through a process established under a 2018 law that calls for legislators to choose by June 15 a weekend in August to designate as the holiday. If legislators missed that deadline, the Department of Revenue would have had until July 1 to announce dates for the holiday.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said the tax holiday would benefit retailers and consumers.

How to Get Rid of Crabgrass in the Lawn

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Crabgrass gets its name because it grows low to the ground with stems that radiate out from the center of the grass clump, resembling crab legs. Seeds begin to sprout in mid-spring, as soon as the soil temperature reaches 55 °F, and crabgrass can quickly become a problem during the summer because it is able to grow vigorously in hot, dry conditions. Crabgrass is an opportunistic annual weed that will grow in the thin and bare spots in your lawn. Before it dies in the fall, a single crabgrass plant produces thousands of seeds that can germinate the following spring.

How to Kill Crabgrass

If you only have a few crabgrass plants in your lawn, you can treat them with a ready-to-use product like Scotts® Spot Weed Control - For Lawns. This spray will kill crabgrass and listed weeds down to the root without harming your lawn, when used as directed. You can also pull crabgrass by hand using a hand trowel or digging knife, but it should be done early in the season before the plants can produce seeds.

If crabgrass has taken over your lawn, it’s time to treat with a product like, Roundup® For Lawns3 Ready-To-Spray, which is ideal for applying to your entire lawn. The fast-acting formula starts killing on contact and kills weeds down to the root so they don't come back. Always be sure to follow instructions before using any product.

Here are a few more tips for preventing crabgrass:

Mow at the proper height. You can discourage crabgrass by mowing at the proper height for your grass type. Mowing higher, usually at one of the top two setting on your mower, allows taller grass blades to shade the soil, which in turn helps prevent the germination of crabgrass seeds.

Feed regularly. A thick, full lawn seldom contains much crabgrass. When your lawn is underfed and stressed out, however, it has a greater chance of being taken over by weeds. Feeding your lawn regularly, every 6 to 8 weeks, during the growing season with a lawn fertilizer like Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food (as directed) helps your lawn stay thick and lush, making it less welcoming to weeds (like crabgrass) by leaving little space for them to grow.

Deep water your lawn. Weeds are better adapted to adverse growing conditions than most lawn grasses. Shallow, frequent watering encourages shallow root growth, making the grass more likely to suffer during periods of heat and drought. That kind of stress can lead to thin patches and bare spots that crabgrass will take advantage of. Instead, water lawns deeply (to a depth of 6 to 8 inches) and infrequently to encourage your lawn to develop deeper roots, so it can grow thicker to help crowd out weeds.

Repair lawn damage. Crabgrass plants will be killed by frost in the fall, leaving behind bare spots. Don’t panic! All you need to do is repair the bare spots to help keep new weeds out. Fill the spots with a patching product, like Scotts® EZ Seed® Patch & Repair, and keep it watered until the new grass is established. For more information on lawn care, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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Choosing the Right Exterior Paint

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough and Framingham

When painting the exterior of your house and other outdoor features, you have two important characteristics to keep in mind: how well it lasts and how good it looks.

is no small investment, so choosing the best paint color for the exterior surfaces of your house means picking colors that look great and last. Benjamin Moore Aura® has you covered with durable paints that resist the punishing effects of weather—and have a lifetime limited warranty to prove it.

Foolproof Color Picks

To narrow down your color choices, build an exterior palette around the elements of the house that won’t change, such as roofing materials and stone or brick components. Pick contrasting but complementary colors to highlight architectural elements and add dimension. Similar color undertones will link the elements together.

Take a Look Around

The best inspiration may come from stepping outside. Select hues that are compatible with your neighborhood, architectural style and natural surroundings. For exterior colors inspired by classic American design and architecture, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection for tried and true favorites that are perfect for any home.

The Right Light

Just like interior paint colors, exterior colors shift depending on how the light hits them—and can look different when applied than they do on a chip. Make regret-free choices by buying a quart of paint and applying it on inconspicuous areas of all sides of your house. Visit your samples throughout the day until you’re comfortable with your choice.

Finish Lines

Color is only one aspect of an exterior paint choice; sheen is another important factor. Low Lustre finish is a top choice for the main siding color—the low-reflective finish adds a slight gloss, hides surface imperfections and cleans well. Semi-gloss paints add extra durability and clean up easily, making them a good choice for areas such as windowsills that bear the brunt of weather shifts. High gloss finishes make color look richer but magnify surface imperfections.

Find the Perfect Color for Your Home Exterior

Make your home the envy of the neighborhood with a beautiful, elegant and striking exterior.

Ben Exterior is our trusted, durable classic that delivers mildew resistance, advanced protection and superior adhesion.

Experience a Different Kind of Paint Store

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham sells Benjamin Moore Paint. We offer an unparalleled retail experience, far beyond "take a number." Contact us.

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Ferris Commercial Lawn Mowers: Experience Suspension

Darren Kincaid - Monday, July 08, 2019

Make this mowing season all about enjoying the experience...When you ride on your new Ferris® commercial mower featuring patented suspension technology you'll have more than freshly manicured grass, you'll experience productivity and comfort like never before..And because you won't be slowing down for those rough spots, you'll mow more lawn in less time. Ferris -- Experience Suspension!

Come visit Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.


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