COVID-19: Important Store Changes to Assist You Safely and Efficiently

Dear Neighbor, By now you’ve received many messages about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As the owners of Steve’s Ace, we too live in and love Dubuque. This note is merely a humble attempt to assist our community as best we can, given the platform we have. With the spread of Coronavirus across the country, we want to offer support and a …

The Steve’s Ace family is committed to helping your family.

A message on COVID-19 from our owners, Sara & Jason Our Steve’s Ace Family is just that—a family made up of associates, guests and the communities we serve. The health, safety and overall wellbeing of our family, and yours, is always our top priority. With this in mind, we are closely monitoring the rapidly-changing situation around COVID-19 (commonly referred to …

Seed Starting and More Cures for Spring Fever

Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather-Prophet Extraordinary predicted an early fall this year. Whatever you call this “tried and true” weatherman, it certainly doesn’t feel like spring to me, Mr. Phil. In fact, at the time of writing this, my thermostat shows a balmy -10. But no fear! Here are a few things …

Bring Life to Your Space in the Dead of Winter

Ah, winter. There’s nothing quite like an Iowa winter to make you start counting down the days till Spring like my kids longingly counting down the days till next Christmas. Thank goodness for remote start and our Toro snowblower during these dark, cold times.  The good news: there is a sure-fire way to bring a piece of Spring inside, houseplants.  …

Squirrels

Squirrels: Often a Love Hate Relationship As I let my dog outside this morning, I was surprised to see eight squirrels frolicking in my backyard. As they made the mad dash towards the nearest tree, I had to wonder why my yard seemed so attractive to them. Personally, I like them. But then again I am the kind of person …

Christmas Tree Care

HO! Ho! Ho!  Christmas is just around the corner and holiday decorating is in full gear.  Although I currently put up an artificial tree each year, there is something so romantic about the idea of a fresh cut Christmas tree.   The look and fragrance cannot be matched.   So, what variety should you consider purchasing? Noble Fir:  Known for its beauty, …

Fall Gardening Tips

Fall is in the air… Outdoor Planters:  Freshen up your neglected planters with a fun fresh look that can take the cooler temperatures.  Focus not only on color, but also on texture.  Flowering Kale, Ornamental Chard, Pansies, Asters and Mums are great plants to consider. Planning to overwinter your mums?  Chrysanthemums being grown and bred now are very different than …

How Not to Landscape

How not to landscape…. Like all art, creating a landscape that appeals to everyone is virtually impossible.  However, here are a few pointers that will lead you towards a beautiful yard for all to enjoy: DO mix textures DON’T use all the same shapes of plants DON’T use plants that cover too much (remember, they do grow!) DON’T create over …

Fall Lawn Care

What to know about fall and your lawn: Turf needs light, water and nutrients to make food. Areas covered with leaves prevent the grass from manufacturing and storing food prior to winter. The leaves may also compact and smother the grass during the winter. Thick layers of leaves should be removed for strong turf growth, a thin layer of leaves …

August Garden Tips

What to do in the August Garden…. Mid- August through late September in the Midwest is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year to plant.   The ground is “preheated” yet the cool air is here or coming and the plants require less watering to take off running.  If your garden is looking a bit drab, consider adding these perennials which …