It’s July and it’s hot as blazes…and it’s about to get even hotter with True Value’s July Bargains of the Month.  In addition to celebrating America’s Independence this month, you will also be celebrating in your pocket due to the money you’ll be saving with this month’s bargains. Hot off the press, these deals are on fire, so check ‘em out!

50-Ft 16/2 Orange Extension Cord50-Ft 16/2 Orange Extension Cord

Indoor, outdoor, whatever you fancy, this versatile extension cord has lighted ends to see the connection is in use (it’s also in a fashionably orange color so you won’t miss it laying in the yard or in the garage).

Used for power equipment, holiday lights (outside) around the house and more, you’re sure to have enough length to reach whatever it is your trying to use it for. You’ll be taking a cold shower after purchasing this hot deal because it’s just $9.97!

Product details:

  • Brand: Master Electric
  • 50ft
  • Color: Orange
  • Lighted Ends
  • Locking Connector & Plugs

27-inch 3-Speed Oscillating Tower Fan27-inch 3-Speed Oscillating Tower Fan

Summer heat got you hot and bothered?  This fan will cool you down, with its oscillation (for even air distribution) and a nice slim-fit that can be easily placed anywhere.  Better strike while the iron is hot because this deal will only last through the month of July, for only $19.99 (33% off!).

Product details:

  • Brand: Westpointe
  • 27”
  • 3 Speeds
  • Color: Black
  • Lighted Ends
  • Locking Connector & Plugs

6-Roll Print Paper Towels or 12-Pk Bath Tissue

6-Roll Print Paper Towels or 12-Pk Bath Tissue

It’s hotter than the devil’s behind, and speaking of behind, check out my favorite Bargain of the Month, TP.  Blowing’ up the toilet like blowing up fireworks for the 4th, we all need TP, so why not capitalize on this red hot deal, $4.99 for a 12 pack.  Oh, or you can choose a 6 pack of paper towels.

Product details:

  • Paper (that’s about it)

Buy all 3 of July’s Bargain of the Month deals and you won’t find yourself in a jam sitting on the toilet without any TP, sweating, because your fan doesn’t reach the bathroom!

Father’s Day was this past weekend. Did you do anything special to honor Dad? Let us know in the comments below and you might win a gift card.

Most people who are introduced to Howard Brothers are actually suprised to hear that there are two actual Howards… who are brothers. We actually are family owned and they still are a MAJOR part of our day to day business. But a lot of people don’t know the full history of Howard Brothers. It began with John and Doug’s Dad… Ed.

Most of Howard Brothers employees’ have great memories of Ed Howard around the stores. Recently, I took a few minutes to video John and Doug Howard about the history of Howard Brothers. From Gas Station to Grocery Store to Hardware Store to Power Equipment Dealer to Multiple Locations… there are a lot of memories that we have. The values and work ethic which were exemplified in Ed were definitely transferred to John and Doug, but then have also been taught to many of Howard’s employees who have been with the company 10, 20, even 30+ years.

It’s a really long video (I really do need to chop this up more), but there are lots of powerful thoughts around growth, change, values, family, customer service, past, present and future.

Happy Father’s Day Everyone!

John and Doug Howard


This past Saturday was our 2nd Annual (I guess I can actually call it annual now because it WAS the 2nd) Pinebox Derby Grand Prix. It was a fantastic day. We had learned so much after our first event last year, and this year contained even more learning. We’re really excited about the longterm possibilities of this event, and ALREADY know when we’re doing it next year.

Continue Reading…

Summertime is in full swing, and everything is continually growing and in bloom (that’s why you’re still sneezing and coughing), which means that even though the afternoon thunderstorms are brewing, the rain doesn’t completely wash away the dust and dirt left behind from yard clippings, grass pollens and the like.

If you’re hurting after a day of working outside… chances are your lawn mower is hurting too. Let this be a good reminder that it is a great time to think about the power equipment you use, and check up on your equipment to make sure they’re running at optimum performance.

DSC_0055Lawn Mower Tune-up In the Summer

Lawn Mower: Whether gas or electric, your lawn mower could probably use a tune-up for the summer season.

  • Check/change the oil – Lube it up! Don’t allow your engine to fail because you neglected oil.
  • Sharpen blades – Did you know that dull blades not only effect your grass, but can cause strain on your mower?
  • Change the spark plug – The last think you want to do is worry about your mower starting when you’d rather be sitting at the pool vs cutting grass.
  • Check and replace the air filter to avoid added stress on the mower
  • Clean out undercarriage to free it of debris – Such a simple thing you should be doing each time you use your mower. Protect your investment.
  • Drain the gas (if applicable) – Never allow gas to sit more than 2 or 3 weeks in equipment between uses. Fuel will go bad and wreak havoc on your fuel line, carburetor, and other parts.

Tune up those Trimmers and Edgers during Summer Too!

Trimmers/Edgers:  Used to keep your yard looking polished, trimmers and edgers are just as important to maintain.  Using the same tune-up list as the lawn mower, here are some more tips:

  • Have extra spare line and blades on hand and replace if needed – You know the frustration that will happen if you run out.
  • Lubricate moving parts for smoother operation

Blowers aren’t just for Fall. Keep them Maintained in the Summer Too!

Leaf Blowers: The convenient and fastest way to move yard debris, leaf blowers are the efficient way to clean up your yard or driveway.

  • Fresh Gas. Fresh Gas. Fresh Gas.
  • Clean the blades and carburetor
  • Check connections
  • Change spark plug
  • Check fuel filter and fuel line

Protect your Small Engine and Power Equipment Investments

Never neglect your equipment.  Simple maintenance routines to your small engine yard equipment will prolong the life of them, prevent any damage, and allow you to protect your investment, while allowing you to breath easier.

Howard Brothers can help you with simple small engine yard equipment maintenance.  Visit or call any of our four Atlanta area locations.

  • Alpharetta: 770-754-4114
  • Doraville: 770-449-5940
  • Duluth: 770-476-3006
  • Oakwood: 678-450-0500

May May May. It is already May.

1/3 of the year has already passed by. We’ve had a great spring. Lots of water and enough sun, or is that enough water and lots of sun. Cooler weather. Looks like it is going to be a fantastic summer in Atlanta.

Let’s check out these 6 bargains of the month. That’s right… another 6 this month!

lopperTelescoping Handle Bypass Lopper or Hedge Shear

The first bargain is relevant for those of you who are wanting to do some clean up in the yard. You can choose either bypass loppers or hedge sheers. That’s Right! You can get 1 or the other… OR BOTH! For $17.99 you can choose between Telescoping Bypass Loppers or Telescoping Hedge Sheers.

Telescoping. Let’s talk about that word. Telescope is an optical instrument designed to make distant objects appear nearer, containing an arrangement of lenses, or of curved mirrors and lenses, by which rays of light are collected and focused and the resulting image magnified.

That’s it! You can get 1 or the other… OR BOTH!For $17.99 you can choose between Telescoping Bypass Loppers or Telescoping Hedge Sheers.

Wait a minute. That’s the noun version. I don’t think that is what Fiskars is trying to promote with their bypass loppers and hedge shears. I think they are trying to use the verb form of the word “telescope” – (with reference to an object made of concentric tubular parts) slide or cause to slide into itself, so that it becomes smaller.

charcoalKingsford Charcoal Briquettes, 16.7-Lbs., 2-Pk.

You’ve been working in the yard. Cutting the dead limbs with your lopper or managing that unruly hedge with your new tools. Your stomach growls. You’re hungry. If only you had started something on the grill.

Go oldschool with the Kingsford Charcoal Bargain of the Month. 2 bags of 16.7lb – Wait… WHY IS IT 16.7LBS!? Who in the Kingsford marketing department decided, “you know what we need 16.7lb bags… and let’s BUNDLE them as 2pks.

Alas, Thats what you got. 2 bags of charcoal for $12.99. Buy some. Now.

bbq-setGrill Zone BBQ Tool Set, Wood & Stainless Steel, 3-Pc.

And no grilling is possible without some BBQ tools to cook the food with. With this deal from Grill zone, you’ll get 3 pieces: a 4 in 1 spatula, tongs & basting brush. This set is wood and stainless steel.

For $9.99. This is a fantastic deal that you could get for yourself or as gifts for others. Think about all those summer weddings you’ll be going to and get your friends some BBQ tools.

155815New Orleans Hanging Basket, Black Wrought Iron, 12-In.

Our next bargain is a hanging basket for $14.99. This thing is twelve inches across. That’s a whole foot! You might not believe the excitement that w have with this. Also, this thing is obviously direct from NEW ORLEANS! and it is wrought iron! It is like you are hanging baskets, why wouldn’t you want a New Orleans version if it. It is so great, that I need to blow the picture up so that you can see the whole thing!

And did I mention that it is on sale for $14.99!

miraclegroMiracle Gro Plant Food, Water-Soluble, 24-8-16 Formula, 4-Lbs.

Miracle Gro, 4 LB, 24-8-16, Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food, Instantly Feeds Flowers, Vegetables, Trees, Shrubs & Houseplants, Double Feeding Action, Feeds Through Both The Roots & The Leaves, Safe For Your Plants, Guaranteed Not To Burn When Used As Directed, Starts To Work Instantly, Promotes Quick, Beautiful Results.

This box is on sale for $8.99 BUT… there’s a $2 mail in rebate also. Send it in and get $2 bucks back. Or don’t and still get a good deal.

4.75-Gallon Driveway Filler/Sealer

782542The final Bargain for May is Drive Seal. It is 4.75 gallons of filler and sealer for just $12.99. Now I don’t want to judge how you have been living your life, but if you need any more sealer than that for your driveway, it is time to reevaluate your life. But in the meantime we have your Drive Sealer here for a bargain.


Our commercial landscape customers know that our Gear Up sale offers the best prices of the year for them to get ready for spring. They are getting their older equipment serviced and ready for heavy use and they are purchasing new equipment that will help them keep and even grow their businesses. This Gear Up event typically happens in early February regardless of weather. There could be snow and ice on the ground, but Atlanta and North Georgia Landscapers are getting their equipment ready for spring!

But let’s face it, most homeowners just don’t plan this far ahead.

Even now, folks are cutting their grass for the first time in 2015 (and it looks like this weekend could be wet which will delay that even further.) It is definitely time for EVERYONE to get ready for spring! Spring is here. It has sprung. The back and forth of Rain and Sun makes it look like this year will be a GREAT year for lawns in Georgia.

So… it’s time that homeowners join the party this spring and get those projects that they’ve been procrastinating started.

Our April Sales Event is next week and on Saturday, April 25 we plan to have a party for everyone just like we had for our commercial customers on March 4 for Gear Up.

Here are a few exciting things that will be happening during the Kick Off Sale

Big Green Egg Demo Days

At both our Duluth and Oakwood store, we’ll be cooking out on the grills. There will be tons of food. At Duluth, Big Green Egg will be onsite with their team to give a taste of all kinds of food and at Oakwood, Steven Hartsock of Socks Love Rub will bring his love of food.

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 3.31.12 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 3.31.22 PM

We’ve got the best price on a Big Green Egg package in Atlanta, but on Saturday, April 25th only, we’re going to have a starter package that will beat even that price. (Can’t advertise it… you’re just gonna have to trust us.)

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 3.36.17 PMBonnie Plants

At both stores, all Bonnie Plants will be Buy One Get One Free. Purchase any Bonnie Plant bio pot or retail pack and get another free. Limit 3 free items per customer and it will be while supplies last. This deal ONLY on Saturday, April 25.


Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 3.40.44 PMCabot Stain

If you’ve been waiting to take care of your deck or exterior wood project, you gotta try out our Cabot Stain Sale. Now through 4/30/15, you can buy 3 gallons and get a gallon free of any Cabot Stain product. Whether it be solid color decking stain, semi transparent, or maybe the Australian Timber Oil. Buy 3. Get 1 Free. Huge deal if you have that project on your todo list.


Benjamin Moore Paint

At our Oakwood store, we’re offering the same deal as the Cabot stain deal on any Benjamin Moore paint. It doesn’t matter if you have need for interior or exterior Benjamin Moore paint, or if you want to try some of their exterior products. Buy 3 gallons and get 1 free.

Power Equipment

Whether you need a zero turn riding mower or push mower or a lawn tractor, we can help you. Is it time to get a new edger or string trimmer. We can help you. Our power equipment sales team will be ready and excited to help answer questions and fit the best product to your particular need.

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 9.20.46 PMMany more deals

No matter what your project is, Your reward is worth the effort.

Check out the full circular that should be hitting households this week. Click on the images below to see the full circular for your closest Howard Brothers store.   We actually created an Oakwood version (since they are now a huge Benjamin Moore Dealer for Hall County and the Gainesville area) and a Duluth/Gwinnett County Version.


Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 1.27.15 PM

Oakwood Version

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 3.16.30 PM

Duluth Version













We look forward to seeing you in our stores. Bring your projects and questions and we will do everything we can to help you succeed with your projects



You’ll have the

Last year,  Howard Brothers held the 1st annual Pinebox Derby Grand Prix at our Duluth store. We were raising money for CURE Childhood Cancer. The turn out for the event was incredible. We really did not know what to expect, but we were overwhelmed by the response. First of all, we had a FULL store and had the opportunity to share a little bit about why we decided to do this race in the first place. Continue Reading…