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We hope that you’ll join us in taking Monday May, 27th (Memorial Day) off. Yes. You heard that right. We are going to be closed this coming Monday so that we can celebrate Memorial day with our families. You can be sure that we’ll be manning our grills and smokers for friends and family.

We are so thankful for the country that we live in. Join us in remembering the men and women who died while serving our nation.

We’ll be closed Monday May 27th, but we’ll be open again on Tuesday same time.

 

tall-grass

First of all, no it isn’t.

Breathe.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Alright. Let’s assess the situation.

Time has just plain gotten away from you. You’ve had too many little league games recently that have kept you from the chores at home. The other days that you’ve been home, we’ve had 3 inches of rain hit that evening.

Everyone else on your street has cut their yard, and every time someone drives past your yard… they slow down and wonder if you’ve moved out and didn’t tell anyone, or you’re planning on bringing goats into the neighborhood.

Your Honda Push Mower has even decided that it needs to go on strike because of the poor working conditions.

At first, the dads in the neighborhood were thinking of sending their kids up the street to cut it… but now they are worried that that their kids may literally get lost in the weeds and never return.

But the grass HAS to be cut. You can’t avoid it anymore.

Game Plan

If you decide to go after the grass with your mower, chances are you will become very frustrated. The grass may be too high for the mower to handle. The sheer quantity of debris will likely cause the blade to stop and stall the engine of your mower (Yes, even at the highest cut setting.) You can try to go extremely slow as you cut. You probably will need to cut the grass in very small increments. with a push mower, you can gently, slowly and safely raise and lower the handle of your mower so that you raise the front cutting deck of the mower. This will help, but you obviously can not do this with a riding mower.

Depending on the size of the area being cut, you will might want to attack it first with a string trimmer (some folks call them weed eaters.) Even here, you’ll want to be prepared for some frustration. You will probably use up a lot of trimmer line and your arms, shoulders and back will get some exercise. You will learn of muscles you didn’t know that exist. Of course, if you really want to get some exercise, you could get some old fashioned hand tools, like a sling blade to attack the taller grass and weeds.

Either way, you may want to run over it at different heights and different days to finally get the grass to a desirable height. Rake up the really tall debris so that you can cut again without having to worry about the quantity of clipping debris.

Depending on your equipment needs, you may have to resort to renting some equipment from a rental store. Make sure you understand the safety features and operating practices before using anything new.

If you have a large area or field where using a string trimmer alone is not realistic, you may want to find a brush cutter or “brush hog” to use.

Slow and Steady

You’ll feel much better after it is done, and you might even be able to let your dog outside again (or find your dog that went missing.)

All joking aside. The key is slow and steady. Just do it. Take your time.

When you are finished, you may want to have your mower serviced just to make sure that it is clean of debris, the blade is sharpened correctly and it is ready for the next time you need to cut the grass.

Which should be once or twice a week.

tall-grass

Ever heard of the Discount Shopping Club? It is a nationwide site and is operated locally by 104.7 The Fish, which is a Christian Music radio station. This website allows folks to sell items to other listeners at a reduced/discounted price.

And I think we have won the prize for the oddest item to ever be placed on the website.

We’re trying to sell a Giant Vac Tow Behind Leaf Loader on the website.

Weird… we know.

But get this, If you’ve been eyeballing this Leaf Loader that is sitting in our parking lot… If you have the need for it, this is an INCREDIBLE PRICE on the 2010 Giant-Vac TL652951W Tow Behind Leaf Loader.

Want to know the price?

How about $7750?

The thing retails for $15000+

We’ve had large numbers of people look at it and every once in a while, we’ll demo it for someone. Several times people are ready to pull the trigger but don’t.

Now is the time to fire.

For more information, check out the Discount Shopping Club page. Don’t wait. We think it will go fast.

2010 Giant-Vac TL652951W Tow Behind Leaf Loader

 

STIHL Dealer Days Atlanta 2013

Would you like to win a piece of $100,000 worth of STIHL products?

You already know that Howard Brothers is Big on STIHL. We love the brand and the products. We love that they are American made. We love that STIHL is passionate about small business.

And we love when STIHL Dealer Days comes around, because we know that brand new customers will be introduced to STIHL and will begin a lifelong love affair with the product.

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UPDATE 7/1/13

We have sold out of all these Demo Honda EU6500 generators. We still have new generators in stock, so give us a call if you need to put some super quiet power into your life…

 

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We have a very limited number of Honda EU6500iS demo generators that we are ready to get out of our stores and into the homes of owners who will put them to work.

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African Land Snail vs Your Lawn Mower Blade

Have you heard about the African Land Snail problem that south Florida is dealing with? Very interesting yet very disgusting at the same time.

South Florida residents are being warned to be on the lookout for one of the world’s most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat. (source)

Yuck.

African Land Snail vs Your Lawn Mower Blade

African Land Snail vs Your Lawn Mower Blade

The article goes on to mention that they are actively catching over 1000 each week! They can produce over 1200 eggs per year!

The problems that they cause are structural as they will feast on stucco and plastic (gaining nutrients for their shells) and they are also very fond of plants… anything green and they will destroy it. They also wreak havoc on tires on the road and become a projectile of shell, slime and excrement after lawn mowers suck them up and spit them out.

Double yuck.

I read this and thought about what we’d be dealing with as outdoor power experts if we had to work on mowers that were being subjected to the conditions of South Florida, but then I thought about it. Snails or not, we need to warn everyone to be aware of what is lurking in your grass and do your best to keep from damaging your blade and mower from foreign objects.

How many toys have you accidentally chopped up because you didn’t take time to walk the yard and clear all debris before cutting? How many jump ropes or water hoses have had short life spans because they were hidden from view in the grass? How many tree stumps,bricks or rocks have you encountered. How much mulch, pine straw, pinecones or fallen tree limbs do you ignore?

The impact may be powerful enough to shear the flywheel key. If it is really bad, it is possible it could bend your crankshaft. (We see it ALL THE TIME) Belts can become damaged. Gears and pulleys can become damaged.

Not to mention the fact that when you hit any object other than grass, the rough/hard object will most likely bend the blade. Your grass won’t look as good and you actually increase the chance of disease to your lawn from ripped grass clippings vs clean cuts.

So let the African Land Snail be a lesson to you. We don’t have to worry about them in Atlanta or North Georgia (yet), but there are many other dangers lurking in your lawn that can similarly do damage to your mower.

And if you did run over that landscaping paver and need a new lawn mower blade for your Honda mower, give us a call.