Friday, December 31, 2010

Pruning Freeze Damaged Wood

With the recent cold snap many people are asking how to care for their damaged fruit trees.  Here are a few snippets from the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: June 1992. Reviewed: June 1994.

The first step in the pruning process is to wait until late spring or the summer following the winter the damage occurred (In Arizona, our last chance of frost is approximately mid-February). This will give you time to assess the damage. In addition, freeze-damaged trees occasionally put out a false start of new growth in the early spring which soon dies back. Delaying pruning until after this occurs will save you time and energy.

When pruning always remember to prune living wood, ideally at crotches, to ensure that you cut away all of the damage. In the case of young trees that have been banked, the tree may survive and put out a new top even if you have to cut away all the wood above the bank.

In very severe cases, a citrus tree may be damaged all the way to the ground. In such cases, the root area may still put out new growth and the tree may, in time, recover. However, if the original tree was a graft and the tree is killed off below the bud, any resulting new growth will be of the variety of the rootstock and not of the graft or scion. It will be up to you to decide whether to re-graft, allow the rootstock to continue growing or start again.

How to Prune Citrus Trees  

1. Make a small wedge shaped cut on the underside of the branch just on the branch side of the stem collar. This will break the bark at that point and prevent a tear from running along the bark and stem tissue.

2. Somewhat farther along the branch, starting at the top of the branch cut all the way through the branch leaving a stub end.

3. Finally, make a third cut parallel to and just on the branch side of the of the stem collar to reduce the length of the stub as much as possible.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Find Paint Fast

Ace "Essence" Interior Flat Latex Wall Paint
Great paint and a great low price!

12-year durability.  Good adhesion and washable.  Non-yellowing, non-toxic and low spatter.  Soap and water cleanup.  Available in interior satin, interior semi-gloss, exterior flat and exterior semi-gloss.  Starting at $14.99 / gallon.

Ace "Royal Touch" Interior Flat Latex Paint
Our #1 Selling Paint!

Excellent coverage and washable.  Exceptional spatter resistance and adhesion.  Stain resistant and non-yellowing.  Soap and water cleanup.  25-year durability.  Available in interior eggshell, interior satin, interior semi-gloss, exterior flat, exterior satin and exterior semi-gloss.  Starting at $21.99 / gallon.

Ace "Royal Finest" Flat Acrylic Latex Interior Enamel
World's Only Paint with ScotchgardTM Protector!

Premium paint with advanced stain resistant technology.  Flat finish that cleans as easily as semi-gloss.  Stains wash right off.  Resists even oily stains and keeps original appearance after cleaning.  Mildew resistant.  One coat coverage for multi-room use.  Soap and water cleanup.  Lifetime warranty.  Available in interior eggshell, interior satin and interior semi-gloss.  Starting at $29.99 / gallon.

The right supplies make all the difference.

  • Custom color matching
  • Brushes
  • Rollers
  • Trays
  • Blue masking tape/gun
  • Spackling (small wall repairs)
  • Scrapers
  • Tape seal
  • Shoe guards
  • Painter’s coveralls
  • Painter’s Pal (remove dried latex paint)
  • Wall cleaner
  • Wallpaper stripper
  • Window scrapers
  • Edgers
  • Wire brushes
  • Paint thinners
  • Wood filler/putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloths
  • Steel wool
  • Caulk
  • Spray paints
  • Spray paint (your custom color!)

Come in and talk to your Foothills Ace paint specialist today!

Foothills Ace Hardware
1335 East Chandler Boulevard
Phoenix, Arizona 85048

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ace Hardwares in Phoenix

ACE Hardware stores in Phoenix have been around for a long time, and there are many good reasons why. With a focus on offering quality merchandise and skilled customer service, all Phoenix ACE Hardware stores have a way of making repeat customers out of all their shoppers. Whether you frequently need hardware and related items, or if you only perform the occasional do it yourself home repair, ACE Hardware stores in Phoenix are ready to assist you!

Value is very important and we strive to offer all of our Phoenix ACE Hardware customers a wide selection of top quality merchandise. Each product is carefully selected, and includes some of the most popular name brands in the country. Arizona ACE Hardware stores offer customers many of their favorites, including:

  • Weber
  • Igloo
  • Rubbermaid
  • DeWalt
  • Black & Decker
  • 3M
  • Makita
  • Thompson's
  • And many more

When visiting your local Phoenix ACE Hardware stores, do not hesitate to consult the knowledgeable sales floor associates. They can help answer questions and direct you to the products that are best suited to your project. If you know what you want then let us help you locate it quickly and easily!

ACE Hardware stores in Phoenix are also designed for customer convenience. Our employees are ready and willing to help you make the most out of your next purchase. We also carry a number of brands and sizes, so finding what you want in a Phoenix ACE Hardware store is simple. Rather than search multiple retailers for the hardware items you need, simply pay a visit to your local ACE Hardware store and find it all under one roof!

Every ACE Hardware store in Phoenix is dedicated to providing the best value to our customers as well as reliable customer service. We would love the chance to help you find what you need for home or business improvements. Check out available products on our website, submit an electronic rebate form or find out which ACE Hardware stores in Phoenix are conveniently located close to you!

ACE Hardware in Phoenix AZ: Affordable Home Improvement Supplies

ACE Hardware in Phoenix AZ offers all customers affordable items and a friendly, easy-to-shop atmosphere. Whether you are a seasoned craftsman looking for a few must-have tools or an inexperienced homeowner saving a few dollars on repairs let the associates at your Phoenix ACE Hardware assist you.

Customers of ACE Hardware can find much more than a list of items for sale. A diverse collection of services are offered to provide even more to new and return customers. Those who visit a Phoenix ACE Hardware can purchase services including:

  • Automotive Chip Key Cutting
  • Carpet Cleaning Machine Rental
  • Assembly Services
  • Computerized Paint Color Matching
  • Glass and Acrylic Cutting
  • Handyman Services
  • Key Cutting
  • Pool and Spa Repair Service
  • Screen Repair Service
  • UPS and USPS Service
  • Solar Screen Installations
  • Home and Business Delivery Service

ACE Hardware also provides customers with the convenience of an online catalog. Browse the current store circular for recent sales that feature some of the best loved brands in hardware, such as 3M, Black & Decker, Igloo, Rubbermaid, and DeWalt. Your ACE Hardware in Phoenix AZ offers all the biggest brand names for any home repair project.

Customers looking for friendly, knowledgeable customer care, a vast selection of merchandise, and specialized services can find it at your local Arizona ACE Hardware. We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to assist customers with all of their personal or business projects. Associates at ACE Hardware in Phoenix AZ are willing to help, no matter how big or small the job is.

Let ACE Hardware in Phoenix AZ help you find a combination of low prices and high quality for your next hardware purchase. You do not have to be a carpenter, electrician, or seasoned craftsman to find what you are searching for at ACE Hardware in Phoenix AZ.

Get your next home improvement project up and running with all the items you need ready to go. ACE Hardware in Phoenix AZ can help you make the most out of all your future home improvement plans.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ace Rewards Visa Business Card

It's easy to earn Ace Rewards!  The Ace Rewards Visa Card is the best tool for saving money.  It's the only Visa card that allows you to earn and build Ace Rewards for dollars spent both inside your favorite Ace store and everywhere else Visa is accepted.  Receive a $25 Ace Rewards certificate for every 12,500 points earned.  Apply in-store at Foothills Ace and shop instantly upon approval!

Enjoy the benefits of your Ace Rewards Platinum Visa Card!

Earn Ace Rewards everywhere you shop:

  • Up to 5% in Rewards for every net $1 spent at participating Ace locations
  • 2% in Rewards for every net $1 spent at gas stations and grocery stores
  • 1% in Rewards for every net $1 spent everywhere else Visa is accepted

Ace Rewards Visa Cardholders also receive:

  • A $10 Enrollment Bonus Certificate to spend at participating Ace stores
  • Additional Ace Benefits throughout the year

All this with no annual fee.  See Terms and Conditions:

You also receive the following benefits:

  • $250,000 in Travel Accident Insurance
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver
  • Zero Liability Protection
  • Cash access at more than 1 million ATMs

...and much more!

Small Business Owners:  learn more about the benefits you'll receive with Ace Rewards Business Visa Card.  To apply today, call 888-325-6190.  Business benefits:

Get in.  Get help.  Get on with your life.

Foothills Ace Hardware
1335 East Chandler Boulevard
Phoenix, Arizona 85048

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Real Christmas trees are the green choice

Contrary to popular belief, real Christmas trees are better for the environment than artificial ones. Encourage your eco-minded customers to buy a real tree because:

  • Christmas trees are a crop, so using them does not contribute to deforestation; real trees are planted and harvested just like corn or wheat
  • Real trees absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen
  • Buying a real tree often helps support local farmers who grow them
  • Artificial trees often contain petroleum products and/or toxic chemicals

Foothills Ace Hardware

Are you an Ace Rewards Member?

Ace Rewards for Customers
Are you an Ace Rewards member?  It's our way of saying thank you for your business and rewarding loyal customers like you.

Ace Reward members receive exclusive benefits:

  • 1,000 free bonus points on your first purchase.
  • 10 points for every $1 you spend.
  • $5 Reward for every 2,500 points earned.
  • Every day double points on Red Hot Buy items.
  • Members-only coupons.
  • Manage your account online.
  • E-rebates click, don't clip! - submit your promotional rebates online.

In addition to expert knowledge and personal service, the Ace Rewards program is another great benefit to shopping Ace.

Visit your Foothills Ace store for details and start saving today.  Or, apply online.

Get in.  Get help.  Get on with your life.

Foothills Ace Hardware
1335 East Chandler Boulevard
Phoenix, Arizona 85048

Design Studio at Ace Hardware-Phoenix & Scottsdale

The Design Studio can assist you with everything in your home from the front door to the back door!  Start to finish, we help you plan your home remodeling and your decorating projects – big and small. 

·         Professional Design Services – Let professional design consultants, licensed contractors, and installers take the hassle and worry out of updating your home. 
·         Remodel – The Design Studio will coordinate licensed professionals for all your projected remodeling plans.
·         Interior Design – From floor to ceiling, The Design Studio can provide paint, cabinets, hardwood flooring, granite countertops, backsplash, tile, stone, custom showers and carpeting. 
·         Competitive Pricing – Our long-standing relationships with vendors and direct-source purchasing gets YOU the best pricing!
·         Quality Materials – Have a contractor already?  The Design Studio can provide the materials needed for the job.  Ask about our contractor pricing and SAVE!

The Design Studio offers one-stop, convenient shopping to select all of your materials.  And, we coordinate all vendors, installers, and contractors making it simple and less stressful for you.

Design Services

·         Countertops – Granite, Solid Surface and Laminate/Tile
·         Flooring – Carpet/Area Rugs, Stone/Tile, Wood
·         Cabinets – Refinish/ Reface/ Replace, Kitchen, Bath, Office/Den and Garage
·         Kitchen Remodel – Countertops, Cabinets, Flooring
·         Bath Remodel – Frameless Shower, Doors, Solid Surrounds, Tile/Stone Walls, Vanity Tops, Flooring
·         Garage – Epoxy floor coating
·         Outdoor Remodels – Stone/Brick Barbecues, Fire Pits, Fireplaces, Outdoor Kitchens

With our industry expertise, The Design Studio provides the results you are seeking:  quality enhancements to your home that you and your family will enjoy!

Two locations to serve you:

Susan Lawson, Design Studio Specialist
Foothills Ace Hardware
1335 East Chandler Boulevard
Phoenix, Arizona 85048

Mary Porter, Design Studio Specialist
Gold Dust Village Ace Hardware
10300 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

Designers may be on appointment during normal business hours, but will gladly phone you and schedule an appointment upon their return.

Get in.  Get help.  Get on with your life.