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As we head towards Fall, we got some great news from Exmark.

Purchases of new equipment from Exmark have potential instant rebates. Check them out:

$500 Instant Rebate

  • Pioneer E-Series
  • Pioneer S-Series
  • Lazer Z E-Series
  • Laster Z S-Series

$300 Instant Rebate

  • Quest

$1000 Instant Rebate

  • Navigator

Warranty Restart

But here’s a part of the deal that might be even better than the instant rebates. We realize that as we go into fall, you’ll begin to use your mowers less and less until you store it for next spring… well, if you need one now, you can get it and restart the warranty clock on April 1, 2016. This is for all mowers (Quest, Pioneer, and Lazer Z Models)


I saw this article on 11Alive about a plant in Michigan called the Giant Hogweed.

The sap on its leaves, roots, flower heads, seeds and stem hairs can cause blistering and scars if they touch bare skin. And if it gets in your eyes, it can cause permanent blindness. Adding to the horror factor: If you came into contact with the plant, you might not know it because it can take up to 48 hours for the reaction to occur.


The plant doesn’t appear to be native to the United States. It comes from Asia and doesn’t appear to be wide spread. It was introduced here in the 1900s for gardens, but The State of Michigan adopted a search-and-destroy policy toward the plant in 1998 to help keep it from spreading.

I have to pay attention to poison ivy and poison oak when I’m out in our yard working, but I can’t imagine this. They say it is more miserable than poison ivy.

Giant Hogweed Plant

When giant hogweed sap contacts human skin and is exposed to sunlight, it can cause serious blistering and inflammation. The effect of brushing up against the plant can be scarring. The sap in a person’s eye can cause blindness. (Photos: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

I don’t guess we have to worry too much about this plant here in Atlanta and North Georgia, but it should make us pause and think about the fact that when we’re working outdoors, not all plants are equal!



Here’s a pretty neat new attachment for the Ventrac Compact Tractors:

Grounds maintenance professionals know the value of reducing or eliminating hand work and they appreciate premium results. This is what the Ventrac Ballpark Renovator brings to the table. Ventrac is the solution for efficient ball field maintenance that also elevates the image and quality of the facility.

While the Ballpark Groomer and Renovator are capable of properly taking care of all the infield needs, the advantages don’t stop there. Using the tractor’s versatility, grounds crews can hook up to other attachments and accomplish all of the other mowing, soil preparation, and cleanup needs at the facility. Ventrac is simply the best, most economical solution to maintaining a beautiful and functional ballpark.

Ballpark Groomer & Renovator Features:

  • Field Leveling
  • Consistent Surface Conditions
  • Safer Playing Conditions
  • Edge Line Cutting
  • Reduce Soil Compaction
  • Saves Time
  • Durable Craftsmanship
  • Finish Grooming
  • Reduce Field Dampness
  • Weed Management
Ventrac Ballpark Groomer and Renovator

Ventrac Ballpark Groomer and Renovator

We don’t generally get political here… but have you seen the latest campaign stunt from Rand Paul?

Rand has long talked about wanting to abolish/change the tax code in the United States. Guess someone told him he should make a video that could hopefully go viral of him visibly and physically destroying the tax code.

By the way… that tax code. Not good for Small Businesses who help built and direct this nation. We do agree that it needs to be dealt with!

But wait… was that a Makita Chainsaw?

Rand Paul Killing Tax Code with Makita Chainsaw

Rand Paul Killing Tax Code with Makita Chainsaw

Yes. Apparently it was.

While we are a huge Makita power equipment dealer and actually sell a handful of Makita gas powered tools… Come on Rand. Everyone knows if you need a chainsaw, STIHL is the way to go. More politicians should go see what STIHL is doing in Virginia Beach regarding manufacturing in the United States. They could help bring manufacturing business back to the US if they highlighted companies like STIHL.

It’s funny. CNN decided to ask some lumberjacks what they thought of Rand’s skills with the saw.

In all reality, Rand’s team probably just rented the Makita when they got the tow behind chipper too.

And we are all in agreement that it would be incredible to see Trump handle a chainsaw. That would be pay per view worthy.


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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.)

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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.


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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.

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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.


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Oakwood Version

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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



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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…