Tips For Planting A Flower Bed in Kearney, NE

A colorful flower bed can boost the curb appeal of a home. It can also transform a backyard into a beautiful outdoor living space. These are some tips to help you plant a beautiful flower bed. 


Choose the Flower Seeds

Choose the seeds for your flower bed. These annual flowers are among the easiest to grow from seeds: Poppies, Impatiens, Pansies, Sweet Peas, Geraniums, Marigolds, Sunflowers, Zinnias and Four O’Clocks.

Choose the Flower Bed Location

Measure the area for the flower bed. Choose a partially shaded area. Remove rocks, branches and debris in the area.

Read the Owner’s Manual for Your Honda Tiller

Read the safety and operating instructions for the Owner’s Manual for Your Honda Tiller. You should also wear boots or work shoes and protective eyewear when operating the tiller. 

Cultivate Healthy Soil With A Tiller

Soil preparation is an important factor in having a healthy flower bed. If you create healthy soil, the flowers that grow in that soil will also be healthy. Prepare the soil for the seeds by tilling the soil down to 8 inches. Before tilling the soil, it must be dry enough and warm enough. Test the soil by picking up a handful of soil and squeezing it. If the ball of soil falls apart in your hands, then it is dry enough for tilling. Conduct a second test by sticking your finger a few inches down, in the soil. If you are unable to keep your finger in the soil for one minute, than the soil is not warm enough. The soil needs to be at least 60° F for tilling and planting. Go across the soil one row at a time, with the tiller, like you were mowing the lawn. Take your time tilling the soil. Do not go back over a row with the tiller because excessive tilling can compact the soil instead of breaking it up. Use a mix of organic compost and organic soil.   

Plant the Seeds and Water the Flower Bed

Check the seed packets for instructions on how deep and how far apart to plant the seeds. Use a yardstick for precise measuring. Give the flower bed cohesion by echoing colors from the front to the back of the flower bed. Saturate each seed when you plant the seeds. This will increase the amount of water your flowers will retain while making it less likely that mold or mildew will form. It is best to water the flower bed early in the morning.

Honda wants to help you get the best results from your Honda Tiller. Check out the Honda Owner’s Manual before operating the Tiller for the first time. The Honda Owner’s Manual includes safety instructions, a check list before operating the tiller, maintenance schedule, parts, storage tips and warranty information. 

Ace Hardware & Garden Center, 307 W 56th St Kearney, NE 68845-2465, (308) 234-2888 is here to answer your questions about a Tiller, servicing and maintenance.

Review for FG110 Honda Tiller

“My first Honda FG110 Tiller was purchased in 2000 and I was completely satisfied with the work you can do in flower beds and small veggie gardens. So I decided to purchase another one after the old one (18 years old) gave way.”

Mack, Texas

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How To Prepare A Snow Blower For Off Season Storage

With spring in full swing, it’s time to prepare your snow blower for off season storage. Follow these maintenance steps for preparing and storing your snow blower, to ensure your snow blower is ready for the first snow fall next winter.

Remember to refer to your Honda Snow Blower Owner’s Manual for maintenance information for your specific model or contact Ace Hardware & Garden Center.

To prepare to store a snow blower or snow thrower for over 90 days or off season, drain all of the fuel from the fuel tank and carburetor. After the fuel is drained and the engine is cooled off, remove the spark plug and pour one teaspoon of clean engine oil into the cylinder. This prevents rust from forming inside the engine. Reinstall the spark plug and pull the starter rope several times to distribute the oil in the cylinder. Then pull the starter rope slowly until you feel resistance. This closes the valve and prevents moisture from entering the cylinder. Fold the handle bar by loosening the handle bar nuts and fold the handle bar over the top of the snow thrower. 

For more details on draining the fuel, visit the Honda HS720 Snow Thrower Maintenance and Storage Video or Two Stage Snow Blower Maintenance and Storage video.

If you prefer to have your snow blower serviced for off season storage, contact Ace Hardware & Garden Center for service. Ace Hardware & Garden Center offers great rates and can handle all your snow blower maintenance needs.

We also recommend outfitting your snow blower with a cover to keep it clean and dust-free. Honda has covers that are custom fitted for specific snow blower models, that are great for storing the snow blower during off season. Ace Hardware & Garden Center can help you find the right one for your snow blower.

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Benefits of Using Genuine Honda Parts

Your Honda Power Equipment will work at peak performance using genuine Honda parts for snow blowers, snow throwers, generators, lawn mowers, tillers, trimmers and pumps.


Built For Honda 

Genuine Honda parts are designed by Honda for each Honda Power Equipment model. Only genuine Honda parts can maintain the original operating specifications of your Honda and offer a perfect fit and finish every time. When the time comes for you to service, repair or enhance your Honda, don’t settle for an imitation.

Honda’s Best Quality

Genuine Honda parts are manufactured to strict quality standards for an exact fit and precise operation. When you choose Genuine Honda parts, you can count on the highest quality standards imposed by Honda engineers. After-market parts cannot guarantee the same levels of precision or quality. Even the smallest gaps can make a big difference.


Only Genuine Honda parts are supported by Honda nationwide. Each part works in conjunction with other parts to produce top performance. Many non-genuine parts may claim to be reliable, but they are not produced to meet Honda’s engineering and material specifications. Compromise one part and you may unknowingly compromise a whole system.

Don’t Compromise Performance

By choosing Genuine Honda parts, you won’t compromise your unit’s performance and safety. Each Genuine Honda part is precisely designed and rigorously tested by Honda. This process helps ensure that each part will function at its optimum performance level while providing the durability and reliability that you expect from Honda.

Ace Hardware & Garden Center Service Department

The service department has expert Honda Technicians who are trained to do maintenance, storage prep and repairs. Honda also has a wide selection of Genuine Honda parts and accessories. Please contact Ace Hardware & Garden Center with any questions about Genuine Honda parts or to schedule a service appointment.

Ace Hardware & Garden Center, 307 W 56th St Kearney, NE 68845-2465, (308) 234-2888 is here to answer your questions about the Genuine Honda parts for Honda generators, snow blowers, snow throwers, lawn mowers, tillers, trimmers and pumps.

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Benefits of Reading a Honda Owner’s Manual

Do you remember how exciting it was to buy your new Honda Marine outboard or Honda Power Equipment? Have you read the Honda’s Owner’s Manual? The Honda Owner's Manual was written for your benefit, so you can get the best results from your Honda.

Online Registration

If you have registered your new Honda, great job! If you still need to register your Honda Marine outboard or Honda Power Equipment, click HERE to register. Some of the newer Honda Owner's Manuals have a QR code that can be scanned to register your Honda.


The safety information is in several forms: 

- Instructions

- Safety messages

- Damage prevention messages

The safety information is extremely important because you will or can be killed or seriously hurt if you don't follow the instructions. 


The operating procedures provide important information and tips on how to get the most out of your Honda equipment.

Maintenance Schedule

When your Honda product needs scheduled maintenance, remember that Honda Marine and Honda Power Equipment servicing dealership personnel are specially trained in servicing Honda Marine outboards and Honda Power Equipment.

Serial Number

Check the Honda Owner's Manual for the serial number location on your Honda equipment. Then write the serial number and the purchase date, in the Honda Owner's Manual. This will save time when referencing the serial number for future maintenance or warranty.

Warranty Policy

Read the Honda warranty information to fully understand what is covered by the warranty and your responsibilities of ownership.

For questions about your Honda or the Honda Owner’s Manual, contact Ace Hardware & Garden Center, 307 W 56th St Kearney, NE 68845-2465, (308) 234-2888.

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Six Snow Blowing Tips To Improve Efficency

When a heavy snowfall is in the forecast, follow these snow blowing tips to improve efficiency. 

Prepare Your Sidewalk and Driveway Before Snowfall

Preparing your sidewalk and driveway before snowfall will save time and prevent injuries. Place markers around your sidewalk and driveway, so you’ll know where they are located. Make sure the hose, bicycles and toys are placed in the garage. Remove rocks and extension cords that could be in the way of the snow blower.   

Get New Gas For Your Snow Blower

Always use new fuel for your snow blower. Gas that is over 90 days old will deteriorate and cause a snow blower to have starting or running problems. Do not use gas containing more than 10% ethanol in your Honda snow blower.

Add Fuel Stabilizer To the Gas

Add Honda Fuel Stabilizer to the new gas in the snow blower fuel tank when filling up. After adding Honda Fuel Stabilizer to the gas for the first time, run the snow blower engine outdoors for ten minutes.

Use Snow Blower in Smaller Widths When Clearing Deep Snow

If you are clearing hard or deep snow, clear a narrower swath. Walk your Honda snow blower in overlapping rows. This is much easier on the snow blower’s engine. It also helps significantly to avoid clogs in the snow blower chute.

Refuel With Care

Gas is highly flammable and explosive. If your snow blower runs out of gas while in use, turn the snow blower engine off and let it cool for at least fifteen minutes before refueling. Refuel outdoors in a well ventilated area with the snow blower engine off. Refer to the Honda Owner’s Manual for all safety and operating instructions. 

Blow Snow At Six Inches

If the forecast is predicting a heavy snowfall, start blowing the snow at six inches. It is easier on the snow blower and it decreases the height of the snow bank. It’s much easier to blow six inches of snow twice than twelve inches of snow once.

Ace Hardware & Garden Center, 307 W 56th St Kearney, NE 68845-2465, (308) 234-2888 is here to answer your questions about snow blowers, servicing and the one year extended warranty on select Honda snow blowers and generators. Receive a one year extended warranty on Honda’s most popular generators and snow blowers, purchased between November 25, 2019 and January 31, 2020. 

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Honda Power Equipment in Kearney NE

Ace Hardware & Garden Center is proud to carry Honda Power Equipment products. Why? Because we only want to offer you products that you can trust and believe in. We want you to leave our store as a satisfied customer – and to have a positive experience both in our store and when you return home with your product. With Honda, we can be confident that you will be happy for years to come.

Honda has manufactured over 100 million power products worldwide since 1953. Over these years, they have developed power equipment like generators, lawn mowers, and snow blowers that have transformed the industry with new innovations and technology that rethinks how we use power equipment. In terms of durability, Honda doesn’t skimp. The quality of their manufacturing and parts is top notch. That’s why Honda has over 40 million satisfied power equipment customers in the United States. It’s common for us to see customers with Honda products that are 20 or 30 years old, and still working without problems.

Honda Power Equipment offers more than 70 models in six major product families, including brush power equipment.

You can purchase:

Generators: from 1,000 watts to 10,000 watts in models designed for residential, recreational, and industrial applications.

Lawn Mowers: 21-inch push-type and self-propelled models for premium residential and commercial gardening applications. Honda's full line of lawn mowers meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.

Pumps: a wide variety of general de-watering, multi-purpose, commercial, and submersible models with discharge capacities from 37 to 433 gallons per minute.

Snow blowers: wheel drive, track drive, and lightweight models capable of moving from 1500 to 3000 lbs of snow.

Tillers: mini- mid- and rear-tine models.

Trimmers: three trimmer models in a variety of trim heads, engine sizes, and handle design choices, as well as the Honda VersAttach® system, a multi-tool system featuring 2 power heads and six attachments.

Contact Ace Hardware & Garden Center for your Honda Power Equipment needs. 

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