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Did you know that fall is often considered the best time to seed? Our lawns are often in need of repair from the summer. Drought, weeds, insects, and fungus have all left their marks on our lawns this year. That is why taking corrective action to repair these portions of the lawn now means that we will have a stronger, more beautiful lawn next spring!


Why is fall such a great time to seed?

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No longer are overpowering, smelly deer and animal repellents needed to effectively protect your garden areas. In the past, the worse something smelled, the more confidence our customers had in a particular animal repellent. However, there are many different scents and tastes that will deter deer and other animals from your garden... and we suggest that you try them! We think that you will be impressed with how well they work.


Here are some of our favorites..

Deer Stopper products from Messina Wildlife: These liquid spray products are actually made in two formulas: There is the original Deer Stopper I formula, which has a rosemary and mint override, and then there is Deer Stopper II, which has a cinnamon override. We often suggest rotatin...

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Planning a vacation this summer, and not sure who to call upon to water the houseplants? Try calling upon the Keeper… Plant Keeper that is! New to our Lawn and Garden Department is this exciting product that keeps plants alive for up to 2 weeks. It is simple to use… simply dilute the concentrate in water to create a gel-like consistency. Then apply to the tops of your houseplants before leaving. The gel will slowly work its way down into the soil and releases water as the soil dries out! The result is a continuously drip of water to the roots of the plant. This process keeps them alive so that you don’t come home to lifeless plants. Use it on houseplants this summer, and continue using it during the holiday season for...

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We wash our clothes, we dry our clothes, and we remove the lint trap. This happens day after day and week after week. Over time, lint pushes past the trap and collects in areas of the exhaust pipe. The more turns and the longer the reach, the more likely this lint will remain in the pipe and begin to collect to problematic levels. It is important to monitor and clean your dryer lint pipes every couple of months to be sure that a dangerous situation is avoided.

In fact, there are over 20,000 fires caused every year in the US because of our dryers. Most of them having to do with poorly vented dryers or clogged vent pipes. If a buildup is noticed in your exhaust, you will want to clean immediately. The best way to do so is with bristle brush...

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Have trouble with mold and mildew on your deck, siding, or roof? Are you able to clean the stains, only to have them return again in the fall or spring? If you are tried of always playing catch-up around your home or garden, then try Wet and Forget moss, mold, and mildew stain remover! Not only does it wash away the stains, it leaves a residue on treated surfaces that will prevent regrowth for up to 12 months.

How does Wet and Forget for outdoor surfaces work? This blue liquid concentrate is diluted and applied through a pressure sprayer; a simple garden sprayer will do perfect! Saturate the problem surfaces with the product. One gallon of ready-to-use product will cover anywhere between 125 and 375 sq ft (just depends on the porosity of the surfaces). Once applied, Wet and Forget started “eating” away at the stains and killing the live growth. The stains are pulled to the surface, where they are rinsed away by rain and wind. It is important that surfaces are exposed to rain water when used outside. If not, they then it is best to rinse sheltered areas once a week to activate the solution and to remove the stain. Please note, stains take on average about 1-2 months to completely rinse away, however, you will generally see results after just a couple of days (or rainfalls). Just as the name suggests, you simply “wet” and then “forget”. No power washing, no scrubbing, no scraping necessary!

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temp-post-imageHydrangea blooms of pink, blue, white, and even crimson or purple flowers are true standouts in our gardens at this time of the year. One question that we get frequently is how to change the color of your hydrangea’s blooms? Here are some quick tidbits…

If blooms are white generally speaking, you are committed to this color. You will not be able to change the color of the blooms because white varieties will be white perennially.

If blooms are pink or blue, then you can switch to the reverse by treating the nearby soil with either sulfur or lime depending on the target pH level. For blue blooms, you will want to acidify the soil to a pH level below 6. You can do this by applying garden sulfur (or aluminum sulfate). For pink blooms, you want a more alkaline soil (between 6 and 7) and you will want to apply garden lime, hydrated (powdered) lime, or a similar product. If unsure the exact pH level of your soil, stop by for a simple pH soil test kit in our garden department. By knowing the pH of your soil currently, you can then judge how much sulfur you would need to apply to get the soil pH to the desired level. You can over-apply garden sulfur, so be sure to follow the instructions on the sulfur that you are using. If one application was not enough to change the bloom color, then you can follow up with a second application about 1 month later.

Thanks for reading, and happy gardening!
Derek Satterfield

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temp-post-imageNew this summer to the Charles Viancin line-up of food covers are some fun new styles! Including watermelon, crystal cut, hibiscis, grape leaf and more. We have lots of new colors in silicone heat pads as well. Stop by our Housewares Department for the full selection of Charles Viancin products.

Just how are customers using Charles Viancin food covers? These silicone covers have many uses including…

Storing Food – use them in the refrigerator to contain food odors and to create seal that is airtight around any glass or metal pan or container. These food covers are reusable and more convenient then messing around with wax paper, aluminum foil, or saran wrap.

Serving Food – use as quick and simple covers over casseroles, sa...

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temp-post-imageWant to make a statement in a room but not sure how to do it? Try painting an ascent wall! This wall can be solid color, two tone, striped/patterned, or could have shiplap, wallpaper, or any combination there of. Just be creative and we are confident that you will love the look!

Recently, my wife and I painted an ascent wall in our nursery and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Below, we provide a couple of tips in making a painted ascent wall a success!

First off, interior latex paints dry to the touch in just a couple of hours, however, they will not fully cure for about 1 week. Rather than waiting a week between paint color applications, use delicate surface painters tape to be sure not to peel up freshly painted walls. For...

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We are asked everyday, what is the best way to clean a barbecue grill? The answer will vary slightly depending on the grill and how dirty it truly is. Regardless, you will want to maintain a clean grill so that you may prevent flare-ups, get more even cooking temperatures, and extend the life of your cooking grates and grill components. Here are some tips that we have compiled, followed by a helpful video from Weber regarding how to clean one of their gas grills!

Exterior of grill: Wash with a solution of warm soapy water and a non-abrasive scrub pad or soft sponge. An all purpose degreaser or grill cleaner will work in this case as well. Stainless steel surfaces should be cleaned with a stainless steel cleaner, being sure to always wipe in the direction of the grain as to prevent scratches.

Interior of grill: A plastic putty knife will be your best friend here! With the putty knife, you will want to scrap the insides of the cook box, allowing the grease and grime to fall down into the catch pan below. You may use warm soapy water, or an all purpose cleaner/degreaser of your choice to wipe down the surfaces. The key here is to get rid of grease that might have accumulated. By doing so, hot grease will not catch fire and cause a flare-up.

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What are these annoying flies that are populating my kitchen? Where are they coming from? How come they never seem to quit hanging around? These are questions that we are asked every year during the summer months. Here are some tips for diagnosing which pest you have and for treating them effectively.

Fungus Gnats – are tiny (1-2 mm) small flies that sort of “bounce” through the air. Their erratic behavior is annoying and makes them tough to catch. Fungus gnats have very little structure. Their bodies are thin and their wings make up most of their size. If you have live plants in a room they are noticed in, or an adjacent room, then you can pretty much figure that fungus gnats are the nuisance! They breed in soil and the...

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Phone: 412-561-0922

Email: info@rolliers.com 

Address: 600 Washington Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228

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