Archive for March, 2013

Why it is better to rent a tent?


The decision to buy or rent a tent has many variables. If the tent will be used for 3 or 4 times each year, it is probably better to rent the tent. The Rental Stop experts in your area will be better prepared with the necessary training and expertise to safely install the tent. The Rental Stop professionals also have the tools, washing facilities, and storage areas to maintain the tent when it is not in use. Your local Rental Stop professional often has long-standing relationships with the fire marshal, code enforcement officials, and other regulatory officials, which can make renting the preferred choice. Renting will also allow you to vary the size of tent according to your specific need. 

Many people rent tents for all kind of occasions. You might need to rent a tent for a wedding, an anniversary gathering, a birthday or even a graduation party. Rental Stop has been renting tents for  many of your favorite charities and  hospitals fund-raising events. Even churches and corporations will rent tents for special ceremonies such as ground breakings and grand openings.

A person must first determine tent usage. If a tent is being rented for dining purposes and round tables are being used allow 10-12 square feet per person. If banquet style rental tables are being used allow 8-10 square feet per person. If cathedral type seating is being used and there are rows of rental chairs, allow 6 square feet per person. If aisles and a speaker area are also needed allow 8 square feet per person. If renting the tent is for cocktail service allow five to six square feet per person. 

You will always get top quality rental products and great service from your neighborhood Rental Stop location. Be sure and call (972) 336-0059 or go online to www.rentalstops.com. They will be your Partner in the Planning.

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Tips for mulching and composting fresh wood chips.

If you have to remove a tree and have its stump ground up, you you will probably need to rent a stump grinder. After you finished with the stump, you may be left wondering what to do with all the leftover limbs and trunk. The Rental Stop in your area will have all the tools needed to make this tree removal a quick and efficient chore. You can rent a chain saw to cut the tree up and a log splitter to make it easier to put the residue into the rented chipper.  After the tree has been reduced to wood chips, the last thing you want to do is use this stuff directly in the garden as mulch.

That’s because as the wood chips decay, they absorb vast amounts of nitrogen from the soil. As a result, there’s little or no nitrogen left for the surrounding plants, and nitrogen is the most important element or nutrient required for plant growth.

So if you’ve got an out-of-the-way spot that’s at least four feet away from any plants in your yard, you can create a makeshift compost pile and just let the stuff sit for as long as you like — at least six months or so. I would suggest you rent a material mover such as a bobcat or wheel barrow to move the wood chips to the proper location. To speed up the process, add a few pounds of blood meal (which is essentially pure nitrogen) or add fresh grass clippings each time you mow.

You can put some wood chips in an existing compost pile, but do so sparingly. Ideally, it should make up no more than a quarter of the pile. It’s a good idea to blend some sort of nitrogen-based-material into the pile, whether in the form of grass clippings, kitchen scraps or plant refuse from the garden. What you want to keep in mind is the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio, or the ratio of brown stuff to green stuff. Brown stuff is carbon, while green stuff is nitrogen. The ratio of the two should be relatively close to 50-50.

Keep the material slightly moist and well aerated. After all, the more often you turn the pile with your rented pitchfork or rake, and provided you supply the right moisture content — slightly damp, but not moist — the faster you get finished compost.

Another great spot to use the “green” wood chips is in pathways or other areas where you don’t plan on planting anything. In this situation, it serves a twofold purpose: it’s a great mulching material for starters, and because plants can’t grow in the mix, it serves as an herbicide of sorts, preventing weeds from sprouting.

Remember the Rental Stop has all of your lawn and garden equipment rental items to make your job much easier, and don’t forget they can help with your party and event rental planning. Call one of their rental experts for advice and availability of products for your project.

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What to do for spring lawn care?

The temperatures are warming and the grass is taking on a light green hue–spring is arriving. It will be a while yet before you have to begin mowing, but there are three things you can do in the early spring for your lawn: dethatch, aerate and sow new seed by renting the precise equipment for the tasks.

Dethatch

Thatch are thick crunchy  patches of grass. It is a tightly intermingled organic layer of dead and  living shoots, stems and roots that accumulate just above the soil surface. Thatch can keep nutrients and water from reaching the soil and grass’ roots.

Dethatching should be done in the early spring for most grasses including Bermuda and fine fescue. Summer is when zoysia should be dethatched. Texas A&M University stated that thatch usually is not a problem with tall fescue or rye. You can rent the right tool from your neighborhood Rental Stop to make this job much easier.

Renting a tool used to remove thatch depends on how thick it is. Thatch that is 1/2 inch thick can be removed with a heavy-duty garden rake. Sometimes, renting a sod cutter might be required for thicker thatch. You might find that dethatching requires that the lawn be re-seeded. Again, Rental Stop will have all the lawn and garden equipment rentals you might require to do the job right.

Aerate

Heavy lawn traffic can cause the grass to become compacted. Like thatch, compacting can prevent rain and nutrients–as well as air–from reaching the grass’ root system.   Aeration can relieve this problem.

Aerating removes clogs of soil and pokes holes in the dirt. This can be done with a push-type aerator that has a roll of spikes on a cylinder attached to a long handle. You can also rent a core aerator from Rental Stop. Aerator cleats that are attached to the bottom of the shoe or aerators that are similar to a straight pitchfork do not do the complete job. While they do poke holes in the dirt, they do not remove clogs of soil.

Aerating is done at the same time as dethatching; if you have zoysia in your lawn, you will need to wait for summer to aerate it. Renting these items together will save you time and money.

Sow Seeds

Grass seed is sown in the early spring after dethatching and aerating. One way to ensure a beautiful, healthy lawn is to select grass seed that grows well in your region. Imagine a line drawn from the middle of California across the country to just below Pennsylvania; this divides the country into warm and cool season areas. Cool-season grass includes Kentucky bluegrass, rye and tall fescue. Warm-season includes zoysia, St. Augustine or Bermuda. Whatever the area, a mix of grasses offers the best results. If you have limited time for lawn care, consider planting slow-growing grasses, such as      buffalo grass for warm-season areas and mixed fescue for cool-season areas. Renting a spreader will make this task a breeze. Call the Rental Stop location nearest you for any additional information. They can make your yard work much easier and you will have more time to enjoy it by renting your lawn equipment from Rental Stop.

Remember all of your rental needs can be found at Rental Stop. Check out our website www.rentalstops.com for pricing and call to check on availability. You may need to reserve it for the time you need it most. Rental Stop services the entire Metroplex with outstanding rental products and superior service.

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Power for all Occassions-Generators

Generator Rentals

RENTAL STOP can solve your power generation challenges with our generator rentals – whether you are facing an emergency outage, a planned project, or a temporary surge in demand.

Our generators range in size from 2kW to 60kW. We have the rental power you need to get the job done and to keep your electricity flowing. If you need power for a home project to run the extra tools and lights, we have the right generator to get the job done. If you are having an outdoor event that will need electricity for the audio/video  rental equipment, we have you covered. We can also provide the heating or air conditioning rentals that you might need for your seasonal events.

Storms happen here, so renting a generator can save you a lot of money when you consider the loss of all the food stuffs in your refrigerator and freezer. If this happens in the summer when temperatures can rise to 100+ degrees in DFW, your generator and cooling rentals in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area are available at RENTAL STOP’s two convenient locations.

RENTAL STOP is the only place you need to call for all of your generator, equipment or party rental needs even in an emergency. Call us at (972 or 817) 336-0059 or go to our website, www.rentalstops,com.

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How to celebrate Easter?

 

Easter dinner is considered a time when friends and family gather at the table to celebrate the Easter holiday. Easter is a traditional Christian holiday. People of all faiths do celebrate it today. Easter dinner consists of a variety of foods that can be served to guests and enjoyed while celebrating the holiday. Extra family and friends may necessitate the need for rental items such as tables, chairs, china, serving pieces and linens. If you can’t get them all in the house, you can always rent a tent for the festivities. I have always found that you can find everything you need at Rental Stop.

Easter dinner has been a symbolic way for loved ones to come together in unity and peace. Easter can also symbolize the Easter Bunny and has become a commercialized holiday. Most areas of the world, especially the United States and Canada, combine Easter dinner with gift giving and an Easter egg hunt. If you need to make the Easter event more festive, you can always rent a cotton candy machine or popcorn machine for everyone to enjoy. Your convenient RENTAL STOP location can offer the machines plus quality concession items. Give them a call or go online to www.rentalstops.com.

Easter Dinner is often times an occasion where extended families come together to eat and share a meal at the dinner table. Some family members come in from all over the country and world to share a feast with loved ones at Easter. Easter Dinner is also considered an indulgence for those who gave up certain foods and chocolates for Lent–allowing them to consume the sweets and fattening foods they may have given up for days. And if they are staying overnight you can rent roll-away beds for all you guests.

Make your Easter one to remember with help from your Partners in the Planning at RENTAL STOP. Call today and reserve your rental tables, chairs and dishes today at 817 or 972 336-0059, or go online at www.rentalstops.com.

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