CLEANING A GAS GRILL:
1 When the grill is cool, brush or scrape off built-up carbon on the underside of the lid. Then,
brush the cooking grates to remove leftover debris from your last grilling session.
2 Brush or scrape the Flavorizer Bars® (A) until they are free of debris.
3 Using a clean brush, clear the burner tube ports (B) of rust and debris by brushing across them,
not down the length of the burner. Clean burners 1-2 times a year.
4 Use a scraper to chip away any built-up debris along the sides and bottom of the cookbox. Push
all the debris into the slide-out grease tray.
5 Scrape any debris in the slide-out grease tray into the drip pan. Replace the drip pan after
wiping out the catch pan. Periodically check and clean the grease tray before grilling.
6 Be sure to inspect all hoses for cracks or abrasions, and leak check all gas connections,
including LP tanks, using a soapy water solution. To leak check, dab a mixture of dish soap and
water on all connections. With the control knobs off, turn on the gas. If bubbles form, there is a
DO NOT USE THE GRILL!
CLEANING A CHARCOAL GRILL:
1 When the grill is cool, brush or scrape off built-up carbon on the underside of the lid.
2 Brush the cooking and charcoal grates to remove the leftover debris from your last grilling
3 Use a scraper to chip away any hard-to-remove debris on the inside of the bowl. Use the One-Touch
Cleaning System™ (A) to push ashes and debris into the ash catcher.
4 Make sure to empty the ash catcher – ashes left sitting in the ash catcher can promote corrosion.
Spring lawn care is a lot less time intensive than lawn care during autumn. If you properly prepared your grass in late fall, there should be very little for you to do in springtime.
Most importantly, your landscape should have plenty of opportunity to gently come back to life during the spring months. Properly done, the sun and soil will do most of the work for you.
The best time to prep your grass is in the late fall just before it goes dormant for the winter. If you treated your grass properly during the fall, it has had all winter to germinate and prepare itself to grow vigorously as soon as the temperatures begin to rise. If you didn’t take proper care of your lawn in the fall, however, you will have more work to do when spring arrives.
There are times you don’t have any control over how the grass was treated the previous fall. Therefore it is best to treat your lawn as if it received no winter preparation at all.
Sure you want to get out the garden tools and attack your yard just as soon as possible once the warm weather arrives. But be patient. Let your grass wake itself up gradually. If you spend too much time on your lawn before it is fully green, you run the risk of compacting the grass or killing new shoots before they have a chance to mature. Wait until your lawn has turned mostly green before you begin mowing or aerating in the spring.
Remember, at Oakland Hardware, our staff is quite knowledegable when it comes to caring for your landscape. Sure everyone wants to have the best grass on the block. Well, we can help you get there!
Getting your lawn back into shape after a cold winter can be somewhat challenging. There are a number of tasks you should perform such as aerating and seeding. It’s probably a good idea to start early.
First of all, in order to get great looking grass, you need good soil. Your soil should neither be acidic not alkaline. It’s a good idea to stop into our store and pick up a soil tester.
Dead grass & lawn clippings can accumulate and caught matted down into thatch. If more than a half inch of thatch gets clogged, it could prevent moisture and nutrients from reaching the soil. It can also promote fungal growth. You can dethatch a lawn with a dethatch rake.
Be sure to remove dead plants and debris accumulated in your gardens. Also prune your trees and shrubs too.
High trafficked areas of lawns can get compacted and hurt grass roots. To alleviate compaction, aeration – either manual or mechanical- is necessary.
Want a weed-free lawn? Your best bet is a preventive treatment. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide early to fight weeds before they even sprout.
Look for any bare patches of ground and plant grass seeds. Planting grass in the spring requires a lot of watering and weeding during the hot summer months, so reseed in moderation. Don’t forget that, once fall comes, you’ll most likely have to seed again.
Check your outdoor equipment before lawn season to make sure they are running properly. Perform basic maintenance now. Sharpen blades, change the oil, replace the air filter, and take your machine for a professional tune-up, if necessary.
Yes springtime is here and that means get your lawn ready for some warmer temperatures.
Here are some things to get your lawn ready. First, take a soil test in the springtime. A soil test will let you know what nutrients your soil has now and what it needs going forward.
Secondly add a pre-emergent weed killer for crab grass. For other weeds, pick up some other weed killers that you would find in our store.
Finally, water less often in the spring. Let your grass wilt a little bit and then do infrequent, deep waterings. This will allow the roots to grow nice and deep into the soil and deeper roots will help sustain the grass through the stress of the summer months. Add an inch to two inches of water on your lawn a couple times a week in the spring.
Use these tips to get your lawn looking like a golf course! Stop into our well-stocked store and ask our staff for help with any questions you have.
Fall landscaping is kind of a celebration, a rite of the harvest and a great time to be active in the yard. But it also means that there’s a lot of work to be done. Mostly there are tasks that will prepare your yard for winter — and for the following spring.
Overseeding your lawn is one idea for fall depending on the condition of your current lawn. It means sowing seed over existing grass, in order to fill in the bare patches. Therefore, such a sowing makes sense only if the existing grass is healthy enough and abundant enough to be worth keeping. But if you have only 50% coverage, then you need to tear up the old lawn and start a new lawn from seed.
When all the plants in fall vegetable gardens and annual flower gardens have been harvested or are dead, fall is a good time for garden mulching. But prior to mulching gardens, take the following steps: 1. Remove debris and if the debris is disease-free, you should compost it; 2. Remove the weeds; 3. Rototilling the soil and mix in some lime.
Another important task during autumn is raking leaves. The question is: when should you rake leaves? The general consensus is that leaving leaves on the lawn for more than three or four days is not a good idea. But there are other factors that must be taken into account. How thick is the layer of leaves? Have the leaves been matted down by rain? The thicker the layer and/or the wetter the leaves, the sooner you should rake or otherwise remove them.
Fall is a great time to plant your spring bulbs but don’t wait to late autumn. If you look forward to spring flowers like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, fall is the time to plant them. In our area, the best time to plant is September and October.
We’re often asked when is the best time to plant trees? In general, the best time for planting trees is late winter or early spring. If that doesn’t fit your schedule, then aim for autumn (late September and October). Summer’s a bad choice, because the weather’s too hot and the actively growing plants too susceptible to damage.
Here are some of the best and quick ideas to get your home out of the winter rut and ready for spring.
1) Plan your flower & vegetable garden. Right now you have the pick of the lot of flower seed and those for your vegetable garden.
2) Renew your hardwood floors with our Bona system. We carry a full line of Bona products, one of the best ways to keep your wood floors looking great.
3) Add some fresh color to your home by painting a room or two to brighten things up.
4) Take a look at all your window and door screens. If any are damaged, bring them in to Oakland Hardware and we’ll fix them within a few days (based on demand). Then you can open all the windows when spring’s weather sets in. Nothing better than fresh air.
5) Your windows have taken a beating with winter. We carry a variety of products to help you clean your windows fast and easy.
6) Brighten up your stainless steel appliances in the kitchen with our numerous cleaning products.
7) Your dishwasher needs to be cleaned too! Run a cycle with a specialty cleanser made for your dishwasher about once a month.
8) Spring is also a good time to clean your tarnished silverware.
9) Less-trafficked areas of your rugs only have to be cleaned once or twice a year. But highly trafficked areas may need a professional cleaning.
10) Don’t forget to clean the tile in your kitchen and bathrooms. We have numerous products for that task too.
11) Life is a lot easier when you’re organized. Stop in and check out some simple products we have to organize your closets and kitchen cabinets.
12) You don’t want to wash your clothes in a smelly washing machine, right? Be sure to clean it with any of the products on the market.
Many homeowners overlook one of the most important things to prepare for winter – unexpected winter storms like the few we’ve had already. Make sure you take the following into consideration and ensure your home is both warm and safe.
Tips to Winterize and Protect Your Home
Here are 10 easy steps that can ease or prevent big problems this winter while creating a safer home environment during emergencies:
1. Install weather stripping.
2. Have your furnace/heating system serviced at the beginning of each season to ensure it runs properly, and have the filters changed.
3. Move furniture away from vents.
4. Add adequate supplies of storm supplies: rock salt, ice melters and sand to help melt ice on walkways, snow shovels, de-icers and lock de-icers, and hand warmers. Right now there’s plenty in stock but supplies diminish when storms occur. Get yourself a roof rake to remove snow from your roof and prevent ice dams.
5. Clean our gutters of debris or install roof-heating cables to prevent ice dams on roofs and gutters.
6. Insulate pipes.
7. Place a cover over attic stairs.
8. Insulate outlets with gasket covers.
9. Invest in a portable generator, such as those from Generac, that provides temporary power for heat and electricity when there is a power outage.
10. If you have extra money in your budget, go for attic insulation, which can save as much as 30 percent on heating costs.
No matter what time of year it is, shopping local offers a variety of benefits. When you shop at stores like Oakland Hardware, you can help the economy directly in your town.
Here are the reasons why it makes sense to shop local throughout the year:
• Small businesses specialize in better customer service.
• More new jobs are created by small businesses.
• More money circulates within your community because local business purchases from other businesses and service providers in your community.
• Most small business owners live locally and are willing to reinvest in the community’s future.
• Competition and diversity give you more choices.
• When you shop in your town, it requires less transportation and reduce the environmental impact.
• Non-profits get an average of 350% more from small businesses.
It’s important to prepare your lawn for winter so it’s well protected through New Jersey’s unpredictable winters.
With so many trees in our area, make the investment in time to do a fall cleanup in order to keep a healthy lawn next spring and throughout the year.
Do you want your grass to green up early in the spring? Then be sure that you thoroughly cleanup your property prior to winter.
Spruce up your landscape by removing all leaves, sticks, and debris. This helps prevent mold and other diseases forming over the winter. If leaves are left on your grass and in your garden beds, they can often harbor fungal diseases and insects during the winter.
Ornamental grasses need to be cut down. Bushes need to be trimmed back tightly because a harsh winter snow can break branches.
A fall clean-up can really enhance the appeal of your property, but also pays off when the nicer weather comes around and your plants and grass are healthy.