Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

  Ho, ho, ho!  It is that time of year again when you look to find that perfect gift to impress the little one on your list. The Steve’s Ace Toy Place is your one stop shop for fun gift ideas for ages 0-10.   Here are a few unique ideas to consider: Plus- Plus:    One simple shape with endless possibility!  …

Winter Weatherization Tips

  Take advantage of this weather!  After enjoying all fall has to offer the past few days, its hard to believe that winter weather could be just weeks away. Don’t let mother nature catch you off guard. Take advantage of the beautiful temperatures and do a little preparation that will make winter feel less agonizing. Indoors: Weatherstripping should be used …

New Items at Steve’s Ace

One of my favorite things about running a family business is when we attend trade shows to see the latest and greatest in products for the home and garden. We just returned from a Chicago trip that included two back to back tradeshows; The Independent Garden Center Show (IGC) and the Ace Hardware Convention. While I constantly seek out cool …

Fall is the Air

Fall is in the air! My family and I are just returning from a trip to one of, in my opinion, the most beautiful areas of our county, Oregon.  I have had the pleasure of traveling there many times in the past because quite a few of the wholesale nursery growers we purchase plants to sell are located there.  Any …

How to Keep Your Garden Healthly

I’ll admit it.  It has been just too darn hot for me to be spending much time in the garden.  I ventured out into my yard yesterday to check on things only to realize that the rain has helped my garden grow some of the largest weeds I have ever seen.  My poor neighbors!  After hours of digging, I am …

Tips on How Pollinators Can Enjoy Your Garden

  Recently there has been a lot of buzz about gardening in a bee friendly way.  And who doesn’t want beautiful butterflies fluttering around their yards? Here are a few wonderful pointers to encourage pollinators to fully enjoy your garden: Provide the caterpillars food. Each species of caterpillar has specific plants they eat. Eggs are laid on these plants so …

How to Plant a Garden if You Don’t Have a Yard

No yard?  No problem! The greenhouse has been bustling with people enjoying all the color and texture the season has to offer.  If you have a large yard it can be challenging to choose what to fill it with.  But what about those folks who have limited or no planting space?  Consider some of these more unusual ways to make …

Gardening Tips for Annuals

Every spring millions of beautiful annuals arrive at our garden center awaiting someone to come along and choose them for their home.  Those plants can go one of two ways; they can grow bigger and better or they can slowly begin to decline.  Here are a few things to consider when maintaining those beautiful annuals… Soil:  The expression you should …

Tips on Successful Pruning

Spring is officially here and I have been getting lots of questions from people who are anxious to work in their yards.   Pruning trees and shrubs can be one of the most daunting tasks we do in the garden. From the best tools to use to the proper place to cut, it can all be very overwhelming. Here are a …

Get Your Garden Ready!

Having a case of spring fever yet? The recent warm weather has me more motivated than ever to complete my to-do list!  Here are a few things you can do to get a head start on spring and cure that spring fever…  Plan your garden and start seeds indoors Vegetables- While some seeds like carrots, beans and salad greens, can …