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Welcome to Lowesemployees.com. Take a look around. Perhaps you’re just looking for some home improvement project advice.  Maybe you are looking to start a career at Lowes and want some more information from the employees that work the front lines of retail?  We have some great articles and product reviews too. We are not an official Lowes site. You can find lowesemployees Welcome to Lowes Employees.comLowes Home Improvement at www.lowes.com. We are not affiliated with Lowes Home Improvement, but we do work at Lowes. And everyone can subscribe to our newsletter and have a chance to win our monthly Lowes Gift Card giveaway!
You have probably heard the saying that ” you don’t choose retail, retail chooses you”.  That’s us!  None of us planned a career in retail, but working at Lowes has made many things possible for us.  The hours are long and you have to work nights, weekends and holidays, but in the end, it is well worth it. Take a moment to look over our site.  We also have helpful resources, hints, product reviews and some great information.  Read more from Lowes Employees.com

Getting Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter

The weather is turning cooler and Lowes can help get your home ready for fall and winter. Enjoy the  colors of fall, find the best plants for your yard and garden, and enjoy autumn. It also means winter isn’t far away. Take a walk around the exterior of your house and look for any small cracks or holes.  Bring out a ladder and check the roof and gutters.
Fall is a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home and yard looking good. The weather can change quickly especially if you live in a colder climate.  Here are a few fall projects that can help your home brace for the colder weather  and save you time and money.
There are many home tasks, both inside and out,  that make sense to do in the fall as you prepare for the winter months. If you’re going to spend the majority of your time over the next 3-4 months inside, lets make it comfortable and energy efficient.

ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs. Switching to the new CFL bulbs saves about $6 a year per bulb in electricity costs and can save more than $40 a bulb over its lifetime.

Clean those gutters.  Once the leaves start falling,  remove them and other debris by hand or  scraper give them a rinse so that winter’s rain and melting snow can drain. Clogged drains form ice dams,  freezes and causes water to seep into the house.  As you’re hosing down your gutters, look for leaks and misaligned gutter drains. Make sure the downspouts are taking the water away from the house’s foundation.

Here are some Energy Star tips:

Put away patio furniture. Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean the cushions. Simply moving patio furniture into the garage over covering it for winter will add years to its life. Read More…

The Star Spangled Banner. My Favorite Versions

On Sunday, this country celebrates a special birthday, the 200th anniversary of the writing of our National Anthem. You can still see the actual Star-Spangled Banner. It’s on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Visitors to the Smithsonian can see the original lyrics penned by Francis Scott Key in the same space as the Star-Spangled Banner. It’s the first time the two have been brought together in modern history.

In Baltimore, more than a million people were expected to be part of a week-long Star-Spangled Spectacular celebration that also commemorates the battle between American and British forces for the city of Baltimore. The battle proved a turning point in the War of 1812. The celebration will continue Sunday with a speech by former secretary of state Colin L. Powell and a reenactment of the flag-raising that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become the country’s national anthem.

Below are my two all time favorite versions of our National Anthem.  Whitney Houston from the Superbowl in 1991. Yes, it was pre-recorded, but still very powerful. Read More…

Lowes Halloween Decorations 2014, Pumpkins and Harvest Candles

Lowes Halloween 2014. Celebrate the season in style with a huge selection of indoor and outdoor fall decorations. Lowes carries seasonal candles, wreaths and arrangements, and harvest centerpieces. Decorate the outside your home with inflatables, fall foliage and seasonal doormats. Nearly half of all American homes will decorate their home or yard this year for Halloween. In fact, spending on Halloween decor  is second only to that spent for Christmas.
The most popular decoration for Halloween? Its the pumpkin. And nearly a third  planned to take their children out trick-or-treating.  Involvement in Halloween activities is up when compared to past years. More planned to get costumes for themselves (45% vs 43.9% in 2012 and 40.1% in 2011) or go to a party (36% vs 34.3% in 2012 and 33.3% in 2011).  The number one selling item?  The pumpkin carving kit.  Create your pumpkin masterpiece using the #1 selling carving kit in America. Available at most Lowes stores, the Pumpkin Masters original, patented carving kit allows you to create amazing designs with ease. Kits include specially designed patterns, saws, drill, Scraper ScoopTM, and Pounce Wheel.

Cooler fall weather brings hotter sales this Halloween, as more Americans plan to celebrate the spooktacular holiday. Your local Lowes will continue this year to have decorations and inflatables available. According to NRF’s Halloween Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, nearly 158 million consumers will participate in Halloween activities this year. Those celebrating will trim their budgets slightly, with the average celebrant expected to spend $75.03 on Halloween decor, costumes, candy and fun, down from $79.82 last year. Overall, average spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent since 2005, with total spending estimated at $6.9 billion in 2013. Read More…

Grass Seed- When To Plant In All 50 States

Starting a lawn from seed is an easy and inexpensive way to transform your home with a new lawn. Cool-season grasses grow best when temperatures are between 60-80 degrees.  Warm-season grasses grow best when temperatures are between 75-90 degrees.  Generally, the best time to plant grass seed is late spring or early fall.
Before planting grass seed in a new area, it’s important to properly prepare the soil. First, work the soil using a sharp garden tool. Remove existing plants, weeds, rocks and stones. Then, mix in some organic material to help the soil retain water and rake it smooth. Next, spread starter fertilizer, not weed and feed fertilizer, over the prepared soil to improve germination and help the new grass grow. Afterwards, sow the grass seed evenly by hand or with a spreader, according to the directions. Rake the seed into the top 1/8″ of soil. However, the key to growing grass seed is WATER.  Keep new grass seed watered for 10-14 days after planting.  Keep the soil moist and do not let it dry out.  Lack of water is the number one reason new grass seed does not grow. Read More…

Scotts Grass Seed and Growing Tips

Planting or seeding a lawn is not difficult and can be done successfully by almost anyone. Want a lush, well-maintained lawn that does more than improve the appearance of your home?  Scotts Turfbuilder Grass Seed at Lowes can do just that.   It reduces soil erosion, absorbs rainfall and improves air quality by absorbing dust and other particles and produces much needed oxygen. Lawns can become thin and worn because of weather or as a result of damage by insects or diseases.
Some badly damaged lawns need to be completely reseeded. Whether you are trying to grow your lawn from seed or attempting to bolster your existing lawn that was ravaged by winter or disease, planting grass seed can help you create a beautiful  green lawn. Before purchasing Scotts Turfbuilder brand or any other grass seed, consider the following questions:

  • Are you planting a new lawn or reseeding bare spots?
  • Is your lawn subjected to low, medium or high traffic?
  • How much time and money do you want to invest in lawn care?
  • Does your yard receive full, partial or no sun at all?
  • Do you prefer straight seed or a mixture of different varieties?

Grass Types: There are two main categories of turf grass, warm season and cool season. Warm season grass originates in the South and grows best in hot weather. Most warm season grass goes dormant and turns brown with cool temperatures. Warm season grass should be planted in late spring. Cool season grass generally originates from the North and is characterized by rapid growth in the spring and fall. Cool season grass often turns brown during periods of high summer heat. The best time to plant cool season grass is in the late summer or early fall.

Cool season grasses are planted from the upper south states and Midwest to Northern state areas. These grasses are best planted in the fall and spring of each year.

Warm season grasses are planted from the south and mid-west to Southern states. These grasses are best planted in the spring to late spring / early summer of each year.

  • Common warm season grasses include Bermuda, Bahia, St. Augustine and Zoysia
  • Lawns in warmer climates can be reseeded during winter for green grass all year long
  • Common cool season grasses include Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass and Ryegrass
  • All types of cool season grass can be grown from seed
  • Some warm season grasses must be grown from sod or grass sprigs

Std. TBGS SunShade 09F.jpg 140x150 Scotts Grass Seed and Growing TipsScotts Turf Builder Grass Seed at Lowes.  You will find the following grass seed types at most Lowes stores: