Health Benefits of a Hot Tub

Take a Dip in the Hydrotherapy Pool…Doctor’s Orders!

Did you know that owning a hot tub can actually help improve your overall health and well-being? Hydrotherapy provides endless benefits to those suffering with health ailments.

Arthritis Relief

Arthritis sufferers will experience the benefit of calming warm water to sooth sore muscles and joints, while increasing circulation. In addition, the massaging jets promote relaxation and tranquility. Using a hot tub for exercise is also a wonderful way to relax arthritic joints and muscles easily and peacefully.

Diabetes

The use of hot tubs by diabetics has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels, which may allow diabetics to reduce their daily insulin intake. Hot tub usage also helps increase blood flow through the body, which is hugely beneficial to those with diabetes.

Pain Management

Hot tub therapy is the perfect way to manage pain as the pulsating jets provide a blissful massage, relieving stress and loosening tight muscles. Headaches, backaches, and chronic pain can be managed and even improved through hot tub usage as overall circulation is improved throughout the body.

Exercise

It is difficult for you to exercise on a hard surface? Water exercise in a hot tub is much easier than traditional exercise, and can be beneficial to everyone’s health. The warm water helps strengthen muscles, and provides resistance to make exercise more effective and enjoyable.

High Blood Pressure

Regular hot tub usage can help alleviate high blood pressure by providing a relaxing, soothing environment to melt stress away. Hydrotherapy encourages the release of stress reducing endorphins, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Better Sleep

Finally, if you are one of the 132 million Americans who suffers from a sleep disorder, a hot tub will help you have sweet dreams. Just a short soak before bedtime will lead to a sounder, more relaxing night’s sleep, and reduce sleeplessness and fatigue. More sleep will leave you renewed and invigorated in the morning.

A hot tub is more than just a fun way to relax and spend quality time with your family. It’s your perfect prescription for pain. It’s the key to a healthier, happier you!

Hot Tubs in Maryland – Ace is the Place!

hot tubs in marylandAce is the place…for hot tubs in Maryland! That’s right – your local Ace Hardware & Hearth stores (Glen Burnie, MD and Pasadena, MD) and your local Ace Home & Leisure (Edgewater, MD) are THE place for hot tubs. Ace carries amazing, customized Bullfrog Spas hot tubs. Bullfrog offers personalization like no other. Choose your seating and choose your jets for a completely custom fit.

Why Buy a Hot Tub from Ace?

Your local Ace stores are family owned and operated, and have been in the business in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore are metro regions for decades. Unlike some hot tub depots that may or may not be in the spa business next year, you can rest assured that your local Ace store will be here to serve you for years to come. Not only that, but we offer qualified buyers hot tub financing. Pay for your hot tub over time and take advantage of low interest rates to save thousands.

Test Your Hot Tub!

Ace offers many hot tub models in our stores. We will even let you try before your buy in a toasty wet tub! Visit the Ace Home & Leisure store in Edgewater, Maryland to see models and wet tubs. Bring your bathing suit and a towel for a unique hot tub buying experience!

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Introducing Bullfrog Spas – Now at Ace!

bullfrog spas in marylandBullfrog Spas are like no other. That’s because Bullfrog Spas offer something that other spa manufacturers don’t – the ability to customize your hot tub to meet your individual needs. With thousands of possible configurations, Bullfrog Spas are designed by you, for you.

Choose Your Spa Color

Bullfrog Spas knows that a hot tub will need to fit into your home’s decor. Whether alongside a pool, on a patio, built into a deck or patio area, or inside of a gazebo or screened-in porch, Bullfrog Spas gives you the option to choose your spa color. From sleek metallics to textured finishes with the look of stone, there are a wide variety of spa colors to choose from.

Choose Your Spa Surround

In addition to being able to choose the color of the inside of your hot tub, Bullfrog Spas gives you several spa exterior colors to choose from. Match a deck or simply coordinate your spa surround with the decor on your patio or by your pool.

Seating Options

Bullfrog Spas offers 3 different series of hot tubs – the A Series, the R Series and the SportX Series – with 15 different models to choose from. These spas seat anywhere from 3 to 8 people, giving you the option to find the hot tub size that is right for you. Once you have your model chosen, you have the ability to choose jet options for EACH SEAT in your hot tub!

Jet Options

This is where the customization of a Bullfrog Spa gets really fun – configuring your jet options! Bullfrog Spas lets you choose from a wide range of jets including jets for stress relief, back pain relief, rejuvenation, massage and more. You need stress relief but your partner needs neck and back pain relief – no problem! Each seat in your Bullfrog Spa can have a different jet configuration. To learn more about the many jet configurations available, visit: http://www.bullfrogspas.com/listings/index/category/45

Spa Accessories

To truly make your hot tub a destination for relaxation and enjoyment, choose from a wide range of spa accessories. Create ambience with spa lighting, add an audio system to enjoy your favorite music and add specialized controls. Want your hot tub to be ready and waiting when you get home from work? Bullfrog Spas gives you the option of adding controls that you can operate from your Smartphone!

Come See Bullfrog Spas at Ace

Ace Home & Leisure is pleased to have Bullfrog Spas available for you to see in person. Visit us at 89 Central Avenue West in Edgewater, Maryland today to see just how uniquely you your new Bullfrog Spa can be!

New Clean Burning Wood Stoves and Inserts in Maryland

Wood StovesWinter is officially here. And despite what the recent heat wave suggests, we can guarantee that your heating needs will soon skyrocket. It won’t be 60 degrees all winter long. We promise. And heating doesn’t come cheap. In fact, heating accounts for 34% of the average home’s yearly utility usage. Whoa! That’s a lot for just a few short months of heating. There has to be a more energy efficient way to heat your home, right? Well, you’re in luck.

New Clean Burning Wood Stoves and Inserts

Wood burning stoves provide an inexpensive, energy efficient heating alternative to costly furnaces. With wood fuel inexpensive, readily available and easy to store outside, wood stoves are an efficient way to warm any room.

Best of all, next generation  Blue Sky wood stoves burn less wood, burn most of the ashes, produces far less emissions and require a whole lot fewer trips to the wood pile or broom closet and some even start EASILY! Some wood burning heaters actually have Automatic Combustion Control (A.C.C.). Quadra-Fire has this patented heat management system that provides maximum air for easy lighting and controls air as the stove burns to maximize burn times. So, there’s less manual adjustments needed to get the most heat out of the least amount of wood.

The Quadra –Fire has been the #1 rated woodstove regarding efficiency for 17 or more years. Their woodies feature Quad Burn Technology…4 fires going on in the stove simultaneously. This provides primary air for the coal bed, draws air down over the glass to keep it clear, re-introduces air at the top baffle system that burns emissive gases then burns the 4th time just above the baffle to finish the job.

Trade in the old woody and be amazed at the difference.

New Clean Burning Wood Stoves and Inserts in Maryland

Ace Hardware & Hearth (Glen Burnie and Pasadena) and Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater carry Electric FireplacesPellet StovesWood Burning Stoves, and Gas Fireplaces and Stoves from the industry’s top manufacturers. Best of all, here at Ace Hardware & Hearth, we install what we sell, ensuring proper installation and venting. We use our own technicians and installers who understand the importance of delivering legendary Ace service.

If you have any questions about New Clean Burning Wood Stoves and Inserts, please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter,Google+Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Add Curb Appeal to Your Home with Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese-Maple-Tree-MarylandAre you looking for the perfect way to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home this spring? Well, look no further. The answer is right in front of you. Well, it is in the picture to the right. Japanese Maple Trees (Acer palmatum). These beautiful trees can be the perfect accent piece for your yard.

“Japanese maples are an excellent choice for the beginning gardener, as they are essentially carefree once established,” said William B. Shell, an expert on growing Japanese maple trees. “They offer year-round interest with their ever-changing beauty.”

The Japanese Maple Tree is notorious for its ever-changing nature. Some of these trees – which range from 2-30 feet tall and come in various forms, including weeping, rounded, dwarf, mounding, upright, or cascading – leaf out in a beautiful red in spring, change to green in the summer, and transform to yellows and oranges in the fall. Others stay red from spring to fall. Either way, and no matter what form you choose, Japanese Maple Trees offer an aesthetic appeal unmatched by other trees. And with so many forms to choose from, you are sure to find a Japanese Maple Tree that will fit your needs, your landscape, and your budget.

Best of all, Japanese Maple Trees are very easy to grow and maintain when properly planted.

  1. Soil: Most any garden soil is suitable for these trees, as long as the soul drains well. Otherwise, you may start to notice browning on the tips of the leaves. This is a sure sign that your soil is not well drained and too soggy for the Japanese Maple. Fix the drainage issue ASAP.
  2. Sun: These trees grow well in sun or shade, but prefer an environment with filtered sunlight.
  3. Watering: Young trees should be watered consistently during the first 2 or 3 years after planting. It is also important to water these trees during prolonged periods of dry, hot weather. Water problems during the first few years is the number one killer of young Japanese Maple Trees.

Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater, Maryland: Your Source for Japanese Maple Trees

Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater features a large selection of garden supplies, flowers, fertilizers, soil, mulch, and the equipment you need to care for your beloved garden. We also have tons of Japanese Maple Trees in stock.

If you have any other questions, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Deer Resistant and Rabbit Resistant Plants in Maryland

Rabbit-Repellent-MarylandNothing is more frustrating for the do-it-yourself home gardener than waking up in the morning and finding your garden torn to pieces. The culprits: deer and rabbits. While these creatures may be fun to watch in the wild, they can wreak havoc on your home garden, the same garden that took you hours upon hours to plant and care for.

Deer Resistant and Rabbit Resistant Plants in Maryland

Ace Hardware & Hearth in Glen Burnie and Pasadena, and Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater feature garden supplies, vegetables, hand-selected flowers from local nurseries, shrubs, and any tree you desire, grass seed, fertilizer, soil, mulch and the equipment you need to care for your garden. Our experts will help you determine the right products for your unique needs. We can also help you select deer and rabbit resistant plants. Below are a few examples of such plants.

Deer Resistant and Rabbit Resistant Flowers

  1. Foxglove
  2. English Ivy
  3. Japenese Iris
  4. Daylily
  5. Shasta Daisy
  6. Ajuga
  7. Periwinkle
  8. Black Eyed Susan
  9. Jacob’s Ladder
  10. And More!

Deer Resistant and Rabbit Resistant Shrubs

  1. Fernbush
  2. Red Twig Dogwood
  3. Chinese Lilac
  4. Fragrant Sumac
  5. Gambel Oak
  6. And More!

Deer Resistant and Rabbit Resistant Trees

  1. Colorado Spruce
  2. Ponderosa Pine
  3. Common Hackberry
  4. Imperial Locust
  5. And More!

But what happens when you want to plant flowers or shrubs that are not naturally resistant to deer and rabbits?

Bobbex Deer and Rabbit Repellents Available at Your Maryland Garden Center

Bobbex and Bobbex R are perfect for those do-it-yourself gardeners looking to protect their gardens from the likes of deer and rabbits. Both Bobbex  products are available in Ready to Use and concentrates that can be applied with hose end or compression (pump up) sprayers. Best of all, both Bobbex products are available at the all three Aces…Glen Burnie, Pasadena and Edgewater.

If you have any other questions, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

More Weed Control Tips: Controlling Weeds in Beds, Edges, and Cracks

Over the last several weeks, we have been discussing Weed Control, from lawn care and weed prevention to controlling annoying weeds in the yard. This week, we are going to continue talking about everyone’s least favorite perennial, weeds. More importantly, we are going to talk about those weeds that pop up in unexpected places, like the cracks in a driveway or sidewalk. Luckily, these weeds are easily controlled using the appropriate prescribed elixir (okay…chemical!)

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Weed Control Tips

Weeds in Pavement Cracks

For KILLING weeds growing in pavement cracks or open areas in beds, a quick and effective treatment is a non-selective Ace_Feb25_KleenUpherbicide named Kleen-Up. The active ingredient, glyphosate, is found in higher concentrations in Bonide’s Kleen-up than other weed control products with similar formulas. Kleen-up’s trigger bottle allows you to deliver a lethal dose in a controlled dose.

Bonide’s Kleep-up can be bought as RTU (Ready To Use) small 32 oz. bottles for small spot treatment or half gallon and larger sizes with a variety of spray options but always used as spot treatments, not area treatments.

Apply a ground sterilizer such as Ground Clear from Ortho or GF Vegetation Killer from Bonide to PREVENT weeds for UP TO A YEAR. These will keep areas such as driveways, patios, fence lines, gravel paths, and curbs clear of weeds. Both products are not typically sprayed, but rather mixed with water and poured on the problem areas.

Weeds in Flower Beds and Vegetable Gardens

In beds, grassy weeds can be eliminated while not harming desirable plants, such as vegetables, flowers and shrubs, by Ace_Feb25_Chickweedusing Grass Beater from Bonide. We also recommend using mulch in vegetable gardens. Mulch helps retain soil moisture while also minimizing weeds.

One weed in particular, Chickweed, is a rascal that needs to be sprayed in early spring prior to it developing small white seed bearing flowers. Chickweed, Oxalis and Clover Killer from Bonide is the preferred brand because it kills to the root and is effective down to 45 degree temperatures while others stop working at 60 degrees.

Have any more weed control questions? Then head to the Ace nearest you!

Ace Hardware & Heath and Ace Home & Leisure: High Quality Lawn Care and Weed Control Products in Maryland

Ace knows that our Maryland homeowners love their lawns…and hate weeds! That’s why we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns. Check in with the Ace lawn care specialists at Ace Hardware & Hearth in Glen Burnie and Pasadena, Maryland or Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater. We are here to answers all of your lawn care and weed control questions.

If you have any other questions about Weed Control, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Weed Control Continued: Controlling Annoying Weeds in the Yard

Spring Dandelion Weeds

As a homeowner, you know just how annoying weeds can be. Not only are they an eyesore on your front lawn, but they can also be expensive to get rid of. That is, unless you have the right chemical. Every year, homeowners waste too much money trying to kill weeds with the wrong chemical.

First and foremost, you need to know what type of weeds you are dealing with. There are two classes of weeds: broadleaf and grassy. A lot of weed killers (herbicides) are termed selective, meaning that perennial weeds are at risk but not lawn grasses. These herbicides are available as both a liquid, which is the most effective and the easiest to use, or granular.

What is the Best Weed Killer on the Market?

The best of these “lawn weed killers” available is Weed Beater Ultra produced by Bonide. Why is Weed Beater Ultra so good? Well, while other weed killers do not reach maximum effectiveness until the temperature is above 60 degrees, Weed Beater Ultra works down to 45 degrees. This means that you, as a homeowner, can attack weeds earlier, while it is still cold outside, when they are young and most vulnerable.

Additional benefits of Weed Beater Ultra include:

  1. Rain fastACE_Feb11_WeedBeater
  2. Shows results in hours
  3. Kills weeds down to the root
  4. Kills the broadest range of broadleaf weeds out there
  5. Allows you to plant grass seed after just two weeks

Plus, Weed Beater Ultra is recognized and recommended by more garden radio show hosts than any other brand of weed killer.

Liquid Weed Control Products vs. Granular Weed Control Products

  1. Liquid Weed Control Products: Applications of liquid weed control products range from Ready to Spray (RTS), where you just screw the bottle onto the end of the hose, to Ready to Use (RTU), the hand held trigger spray, to concentrate, which requires the use of a pump-up (compression) sprayer or hose end mixer. Weed Beater Ultra from Bonide is offered in each style.
  2. Granular Weed Control Products: Application of granular weed control products  are best applied by a lawn spreader that you can walk behind or hold in your hand and crank. However, for granular weed and feed products to actually work, you must cut the grass first, wet the grass, spread the weed and feed around the yard, and make sure you apply granular weed killer on a fairly windless day. The weed killer must “stick” to the grass for a minimum of 24 hours to 48 hours in order to imbibe the flesh of the blade. If the granule fails to stick to the weed, it will NOT kill the weed. Weed killer lying on the soil does nothing for weed control, it is just money wasted.

Ace knows that Maryland Homeowners love their Lawns!

At Ace Hardware & Hearth in Glen Burnie and Pasadena, Maryland and Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater, we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns. Our experts will help you determine the right products for your unique needs.

Check back next week as we take a deeper look at controlling tough weeds and weeds in flower beds, around shrubs and in vegetable gardens.

In the meantime, if you have any other questions about Weed Control and Lawn Care, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today to locate the Ace Hardware nearest you! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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