Local artist, Andy Rosen, uses hardware materials in such creative and unconventional ways. Can you name one of the materials that he uses in his most recent sculptures, UNPACK? See blog posts UNPACK Part I and Part II
Several months ago Maine Hardware was pleased to support local artist, Andy Rosen, by providing materials for a community art project he was working on [SEE BACK-STORY HERE]. Having only seen the site sketch and a list of needed materials, we were eager to see how Andy was going to transform common hardware materials into wolfs and dogs. So earlier this spring we decided to check in on things…
Our project was to redo our siding, replacing the old cedar shake with new vinyl siding. My wife and I got on ladders and removed all the old siding ourselves (except what we couldn’t reach with our tallest ladder), and we even applied housewrap and buttoncap nails to as much as we could reach.
Ever find yourself unsure of how much water to spray on your lawn? Steady watering is extremely important to helping new plants to take root and flourish. Give your plants about an inch of water a day when there has not been rain within the last 24 hours. Make sure it is at a pace that the soil can absorb it all with creating runoff. An easy way to do this is to place a cup on the lawn where the sprinkler is running and when the cup fills an inch deep, it’s time to turn off the sprinkler!
Doesn’t it seem like just when you get the lawn mower back in the shed, it’s time to turn around and do it again!?! While you may be tempted to cut the grass shorter, mowing your lawn too short can actually damage the grass and even encourage weeds to grow! To keep the grass healthy, do not cut off more than a third of the grass blade at a time. Sorry, no short cuts here!
We love Maine in the summertime, especially all of the gorgeous gardens! What is your favorite garden flower that can be grown locally?
In July of 2014, I became a first time homeowner at the age of 29. I recently transplanted myself from Boston to Portland’s West End. I purchased an 1875 home, whose exterior and outdoor spaces were a little worse for wear. On rainy days, I’d come home to a muddy mess of a packed dirt driveway, which loved to follow me into the house. It had to go.