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Whether you use a blower or a rake to get the leaves off your lawn this Fall, the dilemma will arise of what to do with all those piles of leaves. (You do know that you need to get the leaves off your lawn…right?)

One of the easiest and possibly the most beneficial thing you can do with the large piles of Fall leaves in your lawn (besides jumping in them first and/or taking your family’s fall pictures)  is to compost them. Composting is fairly simple and with minimal time and effort, can give you a rich, organic, and completely free soil amendment for your lawn, flower beds, and produce gardens.

This is especially helpful here in Atlanta and all of North Georgia, because our ground is mostly compacted clay. Once you have a good supply of compost, you can mix it in with your soil to improve plant growth and health.

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It’s only mid-November, but “Christmas” has been in some stores since at least Halloween… or it seams like LAST Halloween :)

For most Americans, however, serious holiday shopping doesn’t begin until Thanksgiving Weekend. On Black Friday, the day after (or even on) Thanksgiving, stores will open early (or very early) with incredible bargains to draw customers to their doors. Although internet shoppers aren’t restricted by store hours, many wait until the Monday after Thanksgiving (dubbed Cyber Monday), to start online shopping – after having had plenty of time to compare prices in the local stores before deciding if online shopping really is the bargain it appears.

Small Business Saturday

Less familiar, but no less important, is Small Business Saturday®, observed this year on November 30. Established in 2010 by American Express, and now in its fourth year, Small Business Saturday® encourages Americans to support their small business community on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It also reminds shoppers that their purchasing dollars are powerful! This annual event motivates holiday shoppers across the country to seek out local merchants during the Nation’s busiest – and usually most profitable – shopping weekend of the year. On Small Business Saturday® 2011, for example, approximately 100 million people shopped at independently-owned small businesses in the United States!

Small Business in America

This promotion is important because small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. Local retailers are our neighbors, and active participants in the community. Small businesses sponsor school sports teams, participate in town festivals, act as collection sites for food drives, allow church groups to hold car wash fundraisers in their parking lots, and more.

Small businesses also drive the local economy. Over half of all Americans employed in the private sector work for a small business. Small businesses create jobs, and their very presence preserves, and revitalizes, neighborhoods. The U.S. Small Business Administration tells us that shopping at small businesses makes a definite impact on a local economy.

$10 Credit from American Express

As part of the Small Business Saturday® event, American Express has created a special $10 credit offer for their card members. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up at from November 24 – 30.
  2. Use your Amex Card to spend $10 or more at an approved American Express small business – like Howard Brothers Hardware – on Small Business Saturday®.
  3. A $10 credit will appear on your next American Express statement!

Registration is limited for this promotion, so don’t delay signing up!

This Thanksgiving Weekend, make plans to participate in Small Business Saturday®. Find your family and friends special, thoughtful gifts while supporting our neighbors in the small business community. Plus, you can earn a $10 credit from American Express!

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We’re now on Google+

Andy Darnell —  — Leave a comment

We’ve finally taken the time to create Google+ pages for each of our locations. As a small business, it sure is difficult to manage all the online identities that seem to pop up all the time, but I guess Google+ or Google Plus… whatever you want to call it, isn’t going away. We should have a presence there if for no other reason, to improve the search rankings of our website and hopefully help more people find us!

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I love this time of year. Fall in North Georgia is quite possibly the most beautiful time of the year. With mild weather, changing leaves, and abundance of pumpkins, apples, and other fall harvested fruits and veggies, what’s not to love about fall?

Well there is one thing – all those leaves that have been changing colors will start falling from the trees and will soon be sitting on your lawn.

Now it may be tempting to ignore these pesky leaves, or just wait until next week when more of their friends fall from the trees to join them on your otherwise beautiful lawn. However, getting those leaves off of your lawn sooner than later can help you maintain the health of your lawn and mean less work for you in the long run. Neglected leaves on your lawn may mean you’ll have to nurse your sun-starved grass back to health.

The longer the leaves sit, the more matted together the leaves will become and the less your lawn will be able to get the oxygen and sunlight that it needs.

off-lawnSo… It is time to use your best Clint Eastwood / Gran Torino impression… “Get off my Lawn!”

Getting leaves off your lawn doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore or even be terribly time consuming. If you have children, get them to help you. Make a game out of it, build a leaf pile and let them jump in it!

Or, don’t use a rake. Get a leaf blower to remove those leaves from your lawn even faster. Here are some quick links to products that we sell that you should consider:

You might even consider hooking up your bagger to your lawn mower and taking a little time to chop and vacuum them up. This would be an ideal time to create a compost bin. Making compost is good for your garden, wallet and the environment! It’s a simple way to practice organic gardening since you will reduce, reuse and recycle waste to maintain a healthy, beautiful garden. Adding compost to your garden can prevent plant diseases, reduce or eliminate the need for fertilizer and revitalize soil to encourage growth of your plants and flowers. Click here to learn more about creating a composting bin.

Whatever you do, don’t harm your grass later by ignoring the leaves that are falling on it now.

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How’s your mower fleet looking? Do you have one or two units that probably need to be replaced? Have you considered looking at the Exmark Vantage Stand-on mowers? This might be the deal for you.

Photo Oct 17, 10 46 25 PMWe’ve got a DEMO unit at our Alpharetta store that has 282 hours on it. It needs a home. We’ll be replacing it soon with a new model in our ZDT fleet (Did you know that we offer Zero Down Time on commercial mowers?) These ZDT units are eligible for financing and comes with a full manufacturers warranty.

So… How much?

Photo Oct 17, 10 46 21 PMWell, normally, the VT651KA484 sells for $8299 brand new. We’re clearing this one unit out for $6800!

We only have 1 of these, so if you’re a commercial account that needs it, pick up the phone and call NOW

Here’s the specifications that I’m sure you are excited to read:

Photo Oct 17, 10 46 27 PMNot surprisingly, the difference between our stand-on mowers and the competition’s starts with the operator platform. Both Vantage S- and X-Series mowers feature a large, rubber platform with self-compensating suspension that allows the operator to easily and comfortably shift his weight on hills for maximum control and maneuverability. Our patented thigh pads also comfortably conform to the operator’s legs, without interfering when the platform is folded up for storage, trailering or converting the Vantage to a walk-behind.

Engine: Kawasaki®
Model: FX651V
Displacement: 651
Drive System: Two Hydro Gear 10 cc pumps powering two Parker 12 cubic inch motors.
Speed: Infinitely variable speed selection 0–8.0 mph (12.9 kmph) forward, 0–4.0 mph (6.4 kmph) reverse
Fuel Capacity: 8-gallon (30.3-L), single fuel tank with single fill location.
CARB Compliant: No


Deck Construction: 10-gauge top that is formed and continuously seam welded, 7-gauge side skirt and 7-gauge formed and welded spindle mounting locations for improved strength and reduced weight.
Deck Style: Full-floating UltraCut Series 4. Side discharge standard, with molded discharge chute and option to bag or mulch.
Width: 48″ (121.92 cm)
Cutting Heights 1.0″ (2.54 cm) to 5.0″ (12.7 cm) in 0.25″ (0.64 cm) increments adjustable from the operator position.
Blades 3 Blades at 16.25″ Length
Blade-Tip Speed Approximately 18,500 fpm.

Even a Video!

Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Alpharetta – 770-754-4114


This year has been one of the wettest we’ve seen in Atlanta and North Georgia in a LONG time, which meant that we’ve had a lot more inquiries about and sold more water pumps than we have in the past this year.

Well, we have a few that we want to sell in order to make room for some new models coming out.

If you need a good general purpose water pump for pumping, draining, filling, and lawn and garden irrigation, the Echo WP-1000 is a great choice.


  • 21.1 cc engine with Pro-Fire electronic ignition
  • Cast iron volute for added durability
  • Comes complete with intake hose and filter
  • Discharges up to 28 gal. Per min and 1,680 gal. Per hr
  • Maximum suction lift of 24.6′
  • Total head discharge up to 70.4′


Engine Displacement (cc) 21.2
Carburetor Butterfly-Valve Diaphragm
Fuel Capacity (fl. oz.) 14
Starting System Standard
Run Time (min) 40
Maximum Delivery (gal/min) 28
Maximum Suction Lift (ft) 24.6
Maximum Total Head (ft) 95
Hose Size Inlet/Outlet (in) 1
Dimensions (in) 12.5L x 9.5W x 12.5H
Dry Weight (lbs) 12.3
Consumer Warranty 5 years
Commercial Warranty 2 years
Rental Warranty 90 days

These ECHO Water Pumps have been selling for $409, but are on close-out for $300.

Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Alpharetta – 770-754-4114

Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500

Howard Brothers Duluth – 770-476-3006

Howard Brothers Oakwood – 678-450-0500


Do you need a simple no frills push lawn mower? You’ve got a small yard. You’ll never need a riding mower and self propelled models are really unnecessary too? Perhaps this mower has your name on it.

We’re clearing out some models in preparation for next year (it will be spring VERY soon) and have a small quantity of these Snapper S22675 675 Series 22-Inch Briggs & Stratton Gas Powered 2-In-1 Push Lawn Mowers in stock.

I like this review that someone posted on Amazon. Check it out:


After searching high and low for a push mower that was not self-propelled, made of plastic, or made by MTD, i found this Snapper. The mower is well built and constructed off a heavy duty deck (supposedly 14 gauge, but i could not confirm this on Snapper’s website). The baffle on the inside is bolted in and is stiff also. While this is not the quality of the Hi-Vac, it is not the price either. It comes with a solid B&S engine and all parts for the 3-in-1 mower, including the mulching, side-discharge, and bag. The handle is bolted in place and does not move around like on most other mowers this price.

Best of all, this mower does not have any additional gadgets, plastic molded cup holders on the handle, etc. there is a cosmetic piece of plastic across the front which is easily removed as it serves no discernible purpose. The only downfall to this mower, which is not fully expected at this price is the lack of solid wheel axles. Instead, the wheels are bolted on as on most mowers of this type at this price.

Overall, for the price, it was the best mower I found in this price range.

I’m not sure I could say it any better. This mower at standard price is an incredible deal for the right person. We sold these last spring for $329.99, but we need to move a couple off the floor now in preparation for fall equipment and next year’s models.


  • Side discharge or mulch
  • Manual height adjustment from 1-1/4-inch to 4-inch
  • 190-Cc 675 series Briggs & Stratton engine
  • 2-Year limited warranty

So… How much is it, you may ask?


That’s right.

But we don’t have many of them. They’re Brand new. They’ll have full manufacturer’s warranty. They’re assembled and ready to be loaded into your vehicle.

Seems like this would make a NICE Christmas present for someone in your life.


Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500


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Got limbs?

Want Mulch?

How much wood, could a woodchuck chuck… if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

We’ve mentioned that we’re working on doing some inventory clear outs before next spring. We have a fantastic deal on a snapper zero turn mower that is priced to sell, but I bet this deal is gonna also be hard for someone to pass up on.

Let’s start with the deal, and then we’ll look at the specifics.

Photo Oct 16, 8 04 53 AMMSRP on this chipper/shredder is $1079

Our selling price is generally $929.99

We’re closing this out at $699.00!

We only have two at this price. First come…first served. They won’t last long!

Brand New. Full Manufacturers Warranty. Never been used. Financing Available (fees apply)


  • Briggs & Stratton 1450 Series® engine
  • 14-inch laminated steel rotor
  • Two chipping knives
  • 34-inch, low-profile hopper
  • Chips limbs up to 3-inch in diameter

Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500

Howard Brothers Oakwood – 678-450-0500