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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.

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.

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.

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.


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759 Waverly St.
Framingham MA 01702
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(508) 386-9876
Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm
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Sun 10am - 4pm