New Products Are Arriving!  New video!!

New Products Are Arriving! New video!!

Introducing the 20" Mounting Rail and Planter Box Brackets!   This system is designed to hold any planter box up to 36" long and 6 1/2" or less wide at the bottom  - which is most.  As all Hold It Mate mounting rails go - they fit universally on vertical spindles/fences.   Round, square, wood, wrought iron aluminum, 1/2" to 1 1/2" deep, fits them all!   The mounting rails and hardware basically disappear behind your planters - so your plantings appear to be floating - its a beautiful look, giving focus on the plants and planters, not the hardware.

Hold It Mate is Your Solution!

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September 27, 2016 by Brian Johnson
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The Idea Book!

The Idea Book!

If you're flipping through our site, wondering how this product may work, and how many pots of a certain size will fit on a Hold It Mate rail, etc. ....well we have something exciting to show you!    The Hold It Mate Idea Book is linked to every product page and also at the top of the main page in the orange bar, just click on that and it will open a new page, showcasing The Idea Book!  It shows not only how the system works and goes together in just a few minutes, but many of the variations that will help make your deck railing beautiful!  If you have further questions, feel free to email Brian @ and he will reply as quick as he can!  Usually inside a couple hours.
February 08, 2016 by Brian Johnson
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Providing water for your dog

The Importance of Water for Dog Nutrition

Why Does My Dog Drink a Lot of Water?

A balanced diet is not the only necessary part of keeping your dog healthy. Water for drinking is also a very important part of your dog’s daily requirements and overall nutrition. Water is the main component of healthy, living cells of the body. Without water, your dog’s body will not be able to function properly. More specifically, your dog will dehydrate. In order for your dog to get enough water daily, you need to provide water along with a healthy, balanced diet (which also provides some moisture).

What Does Water Do for Dogs?

The purpose of water is to carry and move important nutrients into and out of the cells of the body. It aids in the digestion of food and helps the body to absorb the nutrients. Water also serves to cool the body down and works to maintain a normal body temperature. Water lubricates and cushions joints and makes movement easier. The spinal cord and other internal tissues are also cushioned by moisture and wastes are removed from the body through urination and bowel movements. Basically every important body function requires water and without adequate supply, your dog can become ill quickly and become dehydrated. Organs will eventually become damaged with sustained water deficiency. If the deficiency lasts long enough, organs (such as kidneys, liver, etc.) will begin to shut down. Death will follow shortly after.

Providing Adequate Water to Dogs

To make sure that your dog always has enough water to keep him/her healthy, you must provide clean, clear water daily that is easily accessible to your pet. Keep your dog’s bowl filled at all times and always refill with fresh, clean water daily. As a rule of thumb, dogs should drink approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. There are many factors that can affect how much your dog will drink, however. Depending on the environmental temperature and the amount of exercise your dog performs during the day, more water may be necessary. This is because water is lost due to excessive panting and salivation. As we mentioned previously, your dog’s food also contains a small amount of moisture. Dogs that are fed a canned food diet will receive quite a bit more moisture as canned food is about 70-80% water. These dogs may drink less than dogs that eat a dry food diet on a daily basis.

Signs of Dehydration in Dogs

In general, a healthy dog will drink enough water daily to stay well hydrated, but there are a few instances where dehydration can occur. Dogs suffering from illnesses like kidney disease, metabolic disorders (such as diabetes), cancer and pregnant/nursing animals are at risk of becoming dehydrated more readily. To check your dog for dehydration, pick up a fold of loose skin over the top of the shoulder blades, pull it up gently and release it. Watch for the skin to fall back into place. Under normal circumstances, the skin should quickly return to place without any hesitation. If dehydration is present, the skin will slowly return or may even stay up for a time before falling back into place. Another place to look for dehydration is in an dog’s mouth. If the gums appear dry, sticky or pale, this is a sign of illness and dehydration. Dehydrated pets will also have dry, sunken eye balls and a dry nose and mouth.

If you are concerned that your dog is not getting enough water to maintain health, talk to your veterinarian for advice. Maintaining proper hydration is too important to your dog’s health to ignore.


Hold It Mate's water bowl for your deck may be a great solution to help make sure your pet is getting her proper amount of water.  Also by providing an unlimited height adjustment on most deck railing spindles, it provides easy access and less strain for her.   

June 17, 2015 by Brian Johnson

Hold It Mate in Better Homes & Gardens Feature!

Hold It Mate was brought to the masses today with the release of Better Homes & Gardens Special Edition 'Outdoor Spaces' a magazine that features stories and ideas of backyard products for landscaping and overall beautification.   Also a 2015 Shopping Guide - Hold It Mate is featured on the 1st page of the guide!  The editors loved the simplicity and durability of the rail and the amazing amount of options it affords gardeners!   Here is a snap shot of the cover we clipped into the lead page as well as a highlighted version of the page we were featured on.   You can get your copies at Lowes or Homes Depot.   Also - make sure to type in Freeship in the discount section of the checkout on your first order for free shipping!!  
March 25, 2015 by Brian Johnson

Time to plan for Spring!

The new Hold It Mate products will be shipping in April 2015, so it's time to start planning ahead!   Choosing what to plant on your deck is easy once you choose which Hold It Mate System will look best on your deck or fence railing.   They are very simple to install and hold a wide variety of planters, accessories and tool hangers.  Space a few 6" rails  every 3 or 4 feet and place a 10" ring and pot in each for a great staggered look.   There are many uses for the short and longer rails - suggested uses are on their product pages, just click 'rails' in the menu.   Also look at 'accessories' for brackets, rings, hooks and other cool options for showcasing whatever type of planter you like!   The new adjustable bracket will hold any variety of planter box up to 9" tall - even one you build yourself! 

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February 17, 2015 by Brian Johnson

Growing Parsley!

Grow Parsley! Get growing to combat those winter blues, soon enough sprouts will feel springy!  Better yet, grow them in your Growermate rack!

"Grow Parsley, rich in vitamins A, B & C"  - 

January 15, 2015 by Brian Johnson
Tags: garden

Cemetery Flower Holders

If you are looking for high quality cemetery flower holders, visit 

January 13, 2015 by Brian Johnson