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How to Deal with the Worst Night in Atlanta Sports History

I just heard last night referred to as “The worst night in Atlanta Sports History.” Ouch

The Falcons losing on Monday Night football to the Jets and the Braves getting bounced from the playoffs by the Dodgers really does sting this morning.

So what are you gonna do to get over it?

Let me suggest a few things around the house that you’ve probably neglected these past few weeks. Take that anger and dismay and apply yourself to get a few projects done!

  • Fescue! Time to overseed. You gotta do it NOW if you’re gonna do it at all this year. Don’t delay. The window is closing on you.
  • If you’ve got bermuda or Zoysia, you should be putting down some weed preventor to control winter weeds like chickweed and bluegrass. Can we suggest Howard Seed and Fertilizer?
  • How about get your flowerbeds in order with some fall pansies. Do you need a mini-tiller to make that work go quicker?
  • Get ready for your last cut of the year on your lawn. And prepare to winterize your equipment correctly.
  • Paint! You probably have family coming for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Is there any interior (or exterior) painting that you need to get taken care of now?
  • How’s your insulation looking? Do you have any pipes that are near exterior walls that could be insulated with simple pipe insulation. You could grab a water heater blanket and seal out cold air which will result in energy savings and protection against freeze.

Even days like today are great days to get started and complete projects around your home. If you have any questions, visit one of our locations and we’ll be sure to get you what you need to get the job done right.

 

True Value Bargains of the Month – October 2013

Whoa. It’s October? When did this happen? It sure seems like September just started last week. Actually, if you go visit many of the bigger retail establishments, you’ll walk inside and immediately think that it is Christmas. The decorations are coming out of the back storage rooms, and Halloween decorations are already being discounted because they’ve been out for two months thus far!

By the way, did you know that Halloween is supposedly the second largest holiday when it comes to decorating? Do you decorate inside or outside for Halloween? #funfact Perhaps one of the items will reflect this fact.

Moving on this month’s True Value Bargains of the Month. Let’s see what we have…

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Howard Brothers and Man’s Corner at the Duluth Fall Festival – 2013

We are less than a week away from the Duluth Fall Festival. Last minute preparations are underway to make sure that this will be the best festival yet. We want to make this one fun and interactive so that we attract a LOT of people to our little corner of the lawn.

As always, we’re gonna have food. Big Green Egg and Traeger will be fired up serving up some tasty morsels. You won’t get a meal’s worth, but you will be able to try out some hamburger, sausage, chicken and pork from both grills. This year however, we’re also gonna have the Smokin’ Tex on hand. Also we’re gonna have YETI coolers to check out. Socks Love Rub will also be sold at our booth.

Demo XL Big Green Eggs on Sale

By the way, we’re selling our Demo Big Green Eggs. They’ll be on Sale at the festival, but let us know if you’re interested in these slightly used models. I can’t advertise the price, but it will be good.

That rounds out our “grill zone” area.

We’re bringing Makita again this year, but we’re gonna be making it MUCH more interactive. There will be the Makita Demo tent, but in addition, there will be a Makita Cordless Tool Challenge. Just you against the stopwatch. Compete in a timed challenge for a chance to win some prizes, but also walk away with a pretty cool shirt.

Bonide will be on hand. At this tent, you can ask lawn or insect related questions and get answers. Walter Reeves, the Georgia Gardner, will be on hand Saturday for a while to meet you.

And of course, we’ll have some power equipment to kick the tires. Lawn mowers, Honda Generators and 2 cycle equipment.

And… there will be one really BIG surprise. You’ll just have to drop by and see it.

See you this Saturday and Sunday.

For more info, check out http://www.duluthfallfestival.org/

See you in Man’s Corner!

 

Doug Howard – “Through Little Guys Like Us”

Recently, the folks from Independent We Stand rolled through Atlanta. They were able to sit down with a few of our folks including Doug Howard.

It is great to be a part of brands, like STIHL, who care about the “little guy.”

At the same time, we care about you. Large or small. Corporation or individual.

We’d love to help you with any project or need that you may have. We want to earn your trust!

Doug Howard Independent We Stand
Doug Howard Independent We Stand

 

 

Operating Systems for Outdoor Power Equipment

The web is buzzing today about Apple’s new iOS7 operating system for its “iDevices.” In fact, I’m 3 minutes out from seeing if my iPhone will update or turn into a brick.

As I’m sitting here waiting, I was thinking about how advanced the power equipment that we have has become. If you go under the hood of some of the brands we sell like Exmark, STIHL or Honda, you’ll find technology that has come a LONG way since the “dumb” engines and single/simple usage that these products used to do.

No longer do we employ small engine mechanics. Our service department is filled with specially trained technicians who use a variety of tools to diagnose problems and resolve issues. Take a look at the technology of newer Exmark mowers and you’ll find equipment that adjusts to its environment and even learns how to improve to be more efficient.

Electronics and circuit boards are finding their way onto handheld/battery operated powertools and outdoor power equipment. Fuel injection is becoming more of a default need as R&D departments do everythign they can to get more power out of the products. I really do not think we are that far off from having equipment that the manufacturers will be able to “update” through the internet.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a buzz in our industry as we wait for the CEO of STIHL to come before a crowd and talk about the next generation of power equipment.

Younger generations of end users expect it. We just want it to work better.

And with the regulating of our country with regards to pollution, gas and recycling, we know that research and development is one of the ways that companies are trying to differentiate themselves from competitors. Landscape contractors HAVE to think GREEN now and more residential consumers are living in communities that require the same.

The one thing that you can be sure of at Howard Brothers is that we keep on top of the technology and new product development that is in the works. Being one of the largest dealers in the Atlanta area, we often get to try out new products before you do. We are alpha and beta testers of the next generations of power equipment. The manufacturers know that we have a customer base that we get great feedback from.

Who knows, maybe tomorrow’s lawnmower will have a front mounted camera so that the landscape contractor can take pictures of the yard he’s cutting. Perhaps there will be a keypad so that he can send a tweet, email or text message to his customer to let them know that his yard has just been maintained. Perhaps all equipment will soon come with GPS tracking capabilities so that our pesky theft problems will be less an issue than they are right now. Perhaps those “Roomba” style lawn mowers will actually get to a point where landscapers have a self aware lawn mower that they take out to jobs.

What would you like to see when it comes to new technology in your power equipment or power tools?

Maybe Jony Ive from Apple can give us his thoughts on the future of lawnmower design 🙂

The web is buzzing today about Apple's new iOS7 operating system for its "iDevices." In fact, I'm 3 minutes out from seeing if my iPhone will update or turn into a brick.   As I'm sitting here waiting, I was thinking about how advanced the power equipment that we have has become. If you go under the hood of some of the brands we sell like Exmark, STIHL or Honda, you'll find technology that has come a LONG way since the "dumb" engines and single/simple usage that these products used to do.   No longer do we employ small engine mechanics. Our service department is filled with specially trained technicians who use a variety of tools to diagnose problems and resolve issues. Take a look at the technology of newer Exmark mowers and you'll find equipment that adjusts to its environment and even learns how to improve to be more efficient.   Electronics and circuit boards are finding their way onto handheld/battery operated powertools and outdoor power equipment. Fuel injection is becoming more of a default need as R&D departments do everythign they can to get more power out of the products. I really do not think we are that far off from having equipment that the manufacturers will be able to "update" through the internet.   Wouldn't it be cool to have a buzz in our industry as we wait for the CEO of STIHL to come before a crowd and talk about the next generation of power equipment.  Younger generations of end users expect it. We just want it to work better.  And with the regulating of our country with regards to pollution, gas and recycling, we know that research and development is one of the ways that companies are trying to differentiate themselves from competitors. Landscape contractors HAVE to think GREEN now and more residential consumers are living in communities that require the same.  The one thing that you can be sure of at Howard Brothers is that we keep on top of the technology and new product development that is in the works. Being one of the largest dealers in the Atlanta area, we often get to try out new products before you do. We are alpha and beta testers of the next generations of power equipment. The manufacturers know that we have a customer base that we get great feedback from.   Who knows, maybe tomorrow's lawnmower will have a front mounted camera so that the landscape contractor can take pictures of the yard he's cutting. Perhaps there will be a keypad so that he can send a tweet, email or text message to his customer to let them know that his yard has just been maintained. Perhaps all equipment will soon come with GPS tracking capabilities so that our pesky theft problems will be less an issue than they are right now. Perhaps those "Roomba" style lawn mowers will actually get to a point where landscapers have a self aware lawn mower that they take out to jobs.  What would you like to see when it comes to new technology in your power equipment or power tools?   Maybe Jony Ive from Apple can give us his thoughts on the future of lawnmower design :)  I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design... but recently, I've been thinking about cutting my grass. I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design... but recently, I've been thinking about cutting my grass.
I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design… but recently, I’ve been thinking about cutting my grass. – FAKE Jony Ive

Creative STIHL Ad from New Zealand

I love this ad from STIHL that came out a few years ago in New Zealand.

And they even followed it up with this. I’m sure that there are some North Georgia Brothers who have had similar situations like this happen to them. There’s a lot of competitive nature in the North Georgia and Atlanta area!

What do you think? Think this would fly over here in the United States?

Creative STIHL ad from New Zealand
Creative STIHL ad from New Zealand