With November drawing to an end, it’s not too late to get out there and plant bulbs for next spring! In fact, it’s a wonderful holiday tradition to establish with children. On Thanksgiving, plant the bulbs while dinner is being prepared and then enjoy the feast. Then, by Easter, the seed that was planted comes to life. This time of year is a great time to plant the bulbs of some hardier flowers, such as tulips! Planting now is a great way to spice up the look of your garden for next year, or even just add a little bit of decoration about your lawn. At Koopman, we’re proud to offer bulbs from our friends at Holland Beauty with their wonderful Friend of the Earth line bulbs.
Planting bulbs is a very simple process, and most bulbous flowers can be planted the same way, however some species require subtle variations on the planting process. For simplicity’s sake, we’re going to be looking at the tulip: a strong and hardy perennial flower that is adept at growing in almost all climates, and has no special requirements for planting.
For thousands of years, people have burned wood for heat. From campfires to fireplaces, people love the idea of a wood fire heating their house. Maybe it’s the roar of the flames, the smell of burning wood, or the pops and crackles of the fire, but wood burning has always held a place in our hearts. With recent advancements in heating technology, wood heating seemed to have lost it’s place, but has since rebounded with a newer method of wood heating; pellet burning. Heating your house with a pellet stove using environment friendly Lignetics Wood Pellets from Koopman Lumber is a great way to create a warm atmosphere in your house, and save some serious money in the years to come. If you already have a wood pellet stove, we’d love to be your neighborhood supplier of wood pellets for this winter. If you don’t already use this method, here are some reasons why you should consider using wood pellet heating for your house.
The leaves are changing, the air is growing cold, and the days are getting shorter. Autumn is here in full effect and winter is not far off, so it must be time to pack up the lawn mower, right? Not just yet! There are a few things you should do to make sure your lawn is ready for the winter. As a bonus, everything you do now will make next spring’s growing season that much more rewarding! To help prepare your lawn, we’re going to look at:
Having a lawn with an unbalanced pH level is going to give you nothing but headaches next spring. Read the rest of Winterizing Your Lawn »
Earlier this week we showed you a great way to fry your turkey. Why not try something different this Thanksgiving? Frying is great, but who doesn’t love the unique flavor of smoked meat? There’s just something about it. If you have never had smoked turkey before you’re missing out!
Before you can smoke a turkey, you’ll want to make sure you have all the proper tools for the job. You will need: Read the rest of How to Smoke a Turkey for Thanksgiving »
There’s a chill in the air here in New England, and that means Thanksgiving is on the horizon. What if I told you the best turkey you will ever eat could be done in under an hour? This year, try this delicious alternative to a traditional rotisserie or baked turkey. Frying your turkey is a great way to make a delicious meal for your whole family, and far quicker than traditional methods.
Before we get started frying your turkey, you will need the right tools, and a safe, outdoor location to fry the Turkey. The great part is that Koopman Lumber has everything you will need to make your adventures in turkey frying a huge success! Here’s a list of all the tools you will need to make your best Turkey ever:
A large cooler to brine your turkey
A Masterbuilt™ Turkey Fryer
Louanna™ Southern Frying Oil
A turkey derrick to lower the turkey into the hot oil
For instructions on a quick and easy DIY turkey derrick watch this video
2 Thermometers (Separate thermometers for the oil and bird.)
Fire Extinguisher (Always be safe when working around high heat and hot oil)
Again, at Koopman Lumber we believe in safety first. Frying a turkey involves high heat and hot oil and can be dangerous if not done carefully. Your turkey must be allowed to thaw completely and must also be allowed to drain properly before lowering it into your hot oil. Do not set up directly next to your any structures and make sure you are away from anything flammable. For further instruction on how to safely fry the best turkey you have ever eaten check out this safety video from the amazing Alton Brown.
Now there are many ways to go about seasoning your turkey for frying. Dry-rubs and injections are a popular way to go but we find that this can leave the flavor of the breast a little underwhelming. The best way to guarantee a juicy, flavourful bird through and through is simple: brine it! Never brined a turkey before? Don’t worry, it’s easy! Brining your turkey is Read the rest of How to Deep Fry a Turkey »
Koopman Lumber is proud to announce the opening of our sixth store branch in Sharon, Massachusetts. On September 27th and 28th, we celebrated with the people of Sharon in true Oktoberfest fashion with the grilling of sausage, the drinking of beer, and hanging out with some of New England’s top hardware and lumber vendors.
We believe that a huge component to seeing a contractor’s success is aiding them with the right team to get the job done. This was one reason we offered a prize wheel to those who spoke to at least seven hardware and lumber vendors offering advice on the newest tools of the trade.
There were also plenty of activities for the kids! Wayne the wood carving man put on two shows a day, chiseling bears, owls, and other sculptures out of raw tree trunk! His worked can be found by clicking HERE. There were also plenty of pumpkins and popcorn to go around!
Koopman Lumber takes great pride in investing in surrounding communities, and we’re excited to make new friends in the Sharon area! Make sure to stop by and say, “Hi,” to the great new staff in Sharon, and ask them how we can help on your next home improvement project.
More than 20 pallets of merchandise — mostly new and in package.
End of season clearance
Denise Brookhouse, Tony Brookhouse, and Dirk Koopman (left-to-right) make it official with a ribbon-cutting at the Sharon MA store on July 5. Well Done!
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