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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

Applying Fall Weed and Feed Fertilizers for September and October

Fall Weed and Feed and When To Apply A Fall Fertilizer.  It is often overlooked, but fall can be the best time to apply fertilizer. If you take care of your lawn this fall, you will have less work to deal with come spring.  A fall feeding builds strong roots and protects the lawn for winter, so you’ll have a healthier lawn next year. Fall is also a good time to kill weeds in your lawn. You may need to simply feed your lawn with fertilizer or apply a fall weed and feed product to kill weeds also.  Lowes has two products to help your lawn as the fall season begins; Scotts TurfBuilder Winterguard Fall and Winter Fertilizer and Sta-Green Winterizer Fertilizer. Both are available in regular or weed and feed versions.  You can help your lawn continue to look its best when you  apply a fertilizer  to your lawn in September or October.  Many fall or winterizing fertilizers are higher in potassium than regular fertilizer or lawn food. Potassium is the nutrient that makes grass more winter hardy.

The first thing to understand about any fertilizer is the formula, which is represented by three numbers, such as 28-0-5 or 26-2-12. The first number is nitrogen, which promotes lawn blade and foliage growth.  If you want a dark green lawn, use a lawn fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen.  The second number stands for phosphorus, which helps new lawns get established and also helps plants and shrubs root growth. Because of the concern for excess phosphorus in lakes and rivers from fertilizer, many states now restrict or reduce phosphorus content in fertilizers. The third number is for potassium or potash, it guards against diseases, aids in drought protection and also serves a role in improving root development. Each number represents the percentage of that nutrient.  For example a bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer contains 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphate and 10 percent potassium or potash.

What Kind and When to Apply Fertilizer in the Fall:

lawn grass and fertilizer mapSo what kind of fertilizer should you apply in the fall and when do you apply it? Follow the same guidelines as you do in the spring.  If you have weeds, use a fall weed and feed product.  If weeds are not a problem, use a fall fertilizer only.  Remember that the most important nutrient for a fall fertilizer or fall weed and feed is nitrogen. Make sure to use a high-nitrogen fertilizer.  Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard With Plus 2 Weed Control has a ratio o 26-2-12.  Lowe’s exclusive brand of non-phosphorus Sta Green Winterizer has a ratio of 22-0-14. Read More…

Lowes Sta Green Winterizer and Scotts Winterguard

Fall brings back ideal conditions for your lawn and you can find Sta Green fertilizers, soil and lawn-care products exclusively at Lowes. We hear a lot about using a “winterizer” fertilizer on our lawns during the fall months. Most people think about fertilizing their lawns in the spring and early fall. But, late October and early November is also the time to think about applying fertilizer. Such a fertilizer will, according to claims, “enhance winter hardiness” of our grass.
The term “winterizer” has been used to promote various fall lawn applications on Northern grasses for some 30 years.  The most important nutrient for fall fertilization, as with earlier-season applications, still is NITROGEN. Nitrogen applied in the fall is the most important lawn fertilization of the year. Use a high-nitrogen fertilizer, such as 25-5-5 or something with a similar formula.

If you have high-nitrogen fertilizer left from earlier spring or summer applications, you can use it. Just check the first number on the bag. As long as the first number is higher than the other two, you have a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. Remember, most fertilizers will still be good next spring as long as they are kept dry. So instead of using that summer weed and feed you bought in June, take a trip down to Lowes and buy a bag of the winterizer product.   Winterizers don’t provide immediate results. You won’t see anything this winter except maybe some granules here and there that don’t work into the soil or break down with late fall and winter rains and snow. That’s due to the nature of the fertilizer and the season of the year. The benefit of winterizers is what they do to the root system throughout the winter months and the effect on shoot development next spring.

Winterizers can be put on a week after the last mowing of the year. Since the last mowing is difficult to predict, that may be early October to possibly  applying the winterizer to the lawn during the Thanksgiving weekend.  The best time to apply a winterizer is after the grass stops growing in the fall, while it is still green on top and active below the surface.  In most parts of the North, this will be sometime in mid-late November, or even early December. So when you put away your mower for the year, that’s when you should apply your winterizer. Read More…

Best Time To Buy At Lowes | What To Buy In October

October  falls between the back-to-school and Christmas shopping seasons. It’s the beginning of fall, holiday deals have not started, but don’t overlook October entirely! There are a handful of items that are actually better to buy this month, and our October buying guide focuses on the things that you should buy now, while offering some notes about the things that are better left to Black Friday.  Knowing what to buy this month,  if you know what to look for, can save you a lot of money in October.

Plants, Trees and Shrubs.   Early October will still give you plenty of time to plant most outdoor varieties.  In Michigan, I have planted several trees and shrubs in October and even early November and all have survived.  Remember, that Silver Maple tree you saw in September for $35? Well, its now $5 dollars!  Lowes wants to move these remaining plants quickly, but you have to shop at the right time.  Visit the store late Friday just before the weekend to check it out or shop early Monday after the weekend as they mark them down some more.

Lawn Mowers and Power Equipment.  Always be on the look out for power equipment deals. Just don’t buy anything “as is”.  That means you will not have a warranty.  Get a great deal on a lawn mower in October or look for early season deals on snowblowers.

Windows, Doors and Installation Services. As colder weather sets in, this is your last chance to replace windows, roofs, garage doors and openers, patio doors and entry doors.  The best deals will not be when you buy stock items from the store.  Why? Because Lowes carries doors and windows all year long so there is no need to discount them.  The deals will be when you special order a door or window and combine that with an installation. Here is how to save money by using the special order system at Lowes: Read More…

Lowes Halloween 2015, Pumpkins, Lights and Decorations

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…

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…