Archive for May, 2015

Fish Truck :: May 16

Monday, May 11th, 2015
May ’15
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8:00 am

may fish truck 3 300x225 Fish Truck :: May 16All this rain the past few weeks has been wonderful for our ponds and lakes. Now it is time to restock them! Eagle Hardware Farm and Ranch will host a fish truck from Stock My Pond on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 – 10:00am.

The fish truck will have channel cat, large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  The fish truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity or a particular breed, we suggest you call.  Questions?  Give us a call at 972-635-7878.

Advice from an Aggie :: Coming Soon: Counterfeit Handbags

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

aggie blog pic 2015 170x300 Advice from an Aggie :: Coming Soon: Counterfeit HandbagsHave you ever noticed something I have?  I bet you have but have never put much thought to it.  But yet again I find myself pondering pointless things that end up making me just a little bit more resolute to keep doing things a certain way.  Well, you’ll see what I mean in a bit.  Let me share with you my particular ponderings.

I’ve heard being mimicked is a good thing.  A nice lady once told me that somebody mimicking the actions of another is the greatest form of flattery.  My inside wanted to scoff a tad and the words, “isn’t mimicking a fancy way of saying, copy catting”?  Oops those words just slipped right out.  But it’s true, all good things get copied.  With good things come knock-off, imitations, and fakes.  Look at the craziness of it in New York alone.  Street vendors with their wares laid out, showing, selling all fakes!  Gee whiz, there are even hidden doors in some shops where knock-off purses and handbags are sold.  It is a multi-million dollar business.  But it isn’t just fancy hand purses and handbags.  You have:  watches, movies, toys, shoes, golf clubs, and the list is endless.  I’m still looking for my Scooby Doo lunch box I once had.  That thing was the best.  I’m sure it was copied like mad back in “our” day.

Imitations, or counterfeit, as my FBI agent tells me, the official name of these fine fakes are called, sometime borderline the lunacy.  Can you guess what this product was as it popped up in China?  I think someone needs to practice their English a little bit more.  “Arm and Hatchet” look and baked the same, just the name was WRONG let alone scary.

Think of how imitators of art and the very good ones fool even the best of experts at times.  One German painter sold his forgeries for well over 3 million each!  I think I missed my calling.  All this and we haven’t even touched on the green stuff in our pockets.  Did you hear of the man in Canada who got away with passing off over 2 million dollars worth of 20 dollar bills?  Wonder what ever happened to that last 2,000,020 dollars?

And get this, imitations are not just limited to “things”.  People are imitated all the time.  YouTube is full of imitators.  Heck, some of the greatest comedians are imitators.  However side note (not to offend you Kardashian fans), but when a guy starts to imitate a gal, I begin to ponder the piracy of sexes.

So here’s what I think…  Here’s where the rubber meets the road.  Eagle Hardware is proud that we are who we are.  We are thrilled that we are where we are too.  We continue to be blessed by your patronage and are ever thankful for our growing customer base.   So glad that we are unique, different, and not a big box.  AND even more so that YOU respect that and have come to appreciate it as well.  It made me happy when Bill came in with his new faucet he bought at the big blue store for help.  He knew we’d help and we did.  It was a win-win-win.  What’s the third win?  Oh that would be his wife, she was happy to have water in the kitchen again.

Thank you.  Thank you for allowing us to be us and encouraging us to stick around.  We plan on it.  Oh and the next time you’re in, check out Sally’s new dog collar.  You would never know it is an imitation Rolex Rover Collar.  See you soon!

Flying Pest Control :: Flies and Mosquitos

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

mosquito 300x204 Flying Pest Control :: Flies and MosquitosThis year has been an exceptional year for rain and it seems everyone’s minds are on doing things outdoors.  The weather is nice.  The grass is green.  Getting out and enjoying being out is a must.  And while we enjoy being outdoors, the flying pests of God’s creation are enjoying feasting on our flesh.  Do not let the frustration of the flying varmint kind prevent you from doing what you enjoy.  There are plenty of tools to pack away in one’s arsenal to combat these evil creatures.

Organic first.  With the rise in awareness of what we put out and on to treat mosquitoes and flies, Eagle Hardware Farm and Ranch has plenty to offer.  The Patio Egg sounds and looks kooky but it works.  The natural scent of lemon grass oil in the egg shaped diffuser keeps mosquitoes away.  There is the citronella granular one can sprinkle in the lawn and shrubbery to keep mosquitoes away .  Then there is always the familiar citronella candles.

Traditional.  Though traditional can mosquito sprays continue to be the top selling “tool”, there are also now the trendy mosquito repellants that clip on.  Not far behind are the common outdoor foggers and sprays.  And who hasn’t heard of Avon’s Skin So Soft?

The crazy thing is, it isn’t just us that these creatures buzz.  Horses, dogs, cats, goats, cows, you name it, they are bothered by them as well.  Good thing is, there are treatments for them too.  Many livestock sprays on the market today are safe for most family pets.  There is one spray that is even created for “horse and rider”.  Creativity seems to be the name of the game when it comes to flying pests and livestock.  Now there are rubs, sprays and even minerals animals can ingest to combat flies.

Bottom line, why be miserable being outside or put off doing what you would like to when there are things you can do to prevent the pests from devouring you?  And of course should you need help determining what’s best in your situation or how you might be more effective, never hesitate to ask.

Pasture and Lawn Establishment

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

cow in pasture 300x193 Pasture and Lawn EstablishmentOne of the most often asked question is what can be done to improve one’s lawn and/or pasture?  What kind of grass do I need to plant?  With the recent rains, that has been even more so heard around Eagle Hardware.  Whether you have grand ideas to redo or improve your lawn or the basic desire to better the forage quality of your pasture, now it the time to be taking steps to do so.  More times than not, it is the planning stage that proves more benefit.  Improving lawn and pastures is much more than just buying fertilizer and seen and blindly throwing out hoping for the best.  A good start is to get a soil sample.  Even if one’s pH if off a little, just a little will prevent a good establishment of grass.  Too, the results will indicate how much fertilizer to put out.

Seed selection in the spring is essential as well.  Seed in the wrong spot is just like digging a whole and burying your money to never find it again.  Determining what grass will grow and what you are intending to accomplish is essential.  Two of the most common lawn grasses are St. Augustine for the shady areas (which has to be planted in sod form) and common Bermuda which can be seeded.  Other grasses in our area include fescue (somewhat shade tolerant) and Zoysiagrass.  A helpful tip in addition to selecting grass varieties is water.  Grasses such as St. Augustine require more water than Bermuda and Zoysiagrass.

For the pasture, the same should be taken into consideration.  If one is just wanting grass to be grown, common Bermuda is easy enough to establish.  However for forage, other grasses should be considered.  For the purpose of simplicity, I share two species with which most are familiar.  Coastal is what is most commonly found in forage pastures in north Texas.  Coastal is high in protein for animals and easily baled.  However, establishing Coastal must be from springs.  Springs are essentially small growths of the grass spread out in the pasture.  Recently Texas Tuff Plus is a viable option for forage pasture and the best part, it is established by seed.

Knowing your soil and what you intend to accomplish are the biggest hurdles.  Then taking the time to consider grass options pays dividends in the end.  Never feel you are doing it alone.  We never assume we know it all but we do know how to find the answers you seek if we don’t.  Always feel free to call or stop by and let’s help you have a pasture or lawn established that will bring you pleasure and joy for years…or your animals a full belly.

To learn more about turf establishment in Texas, click here.