Candle Flower Centerpiece

10952145_10153028184328080_5399231901281726970_nThis is such a great idea for your deck or patio and would make a real impact for table centerpieces. Pots can be painted any color and add a ribbon to match colors of flowers.

Start with a pot six inches larger then the one on the middle and make sure the one in the middle is big enough to have the flute fit inside the edge of the pot.

If you are going to use these for a festivity like a wedding (paint white, silver,wedding color). You will trim it out later with a bow to coordinate.

Fill the larger pot with garden topsoil to the point that if you put the smaller pot inside the edges meet all the way across. With the smaller pot inside nestled on the top soil add top soil to the outer pot and add pea gravel or sand to the middle pot.

Plant small plants in the rim with garden soil such as pansies or you could even use succulents.

Place votive candle center of the middle pot and add flute. Add a ribbon or paint decorative designs on outside of pot.

Small pots are not that expensive and candle flutes can sometimes be found at a dollar store. Make several for a wedding and give them away to guests that you wish to acknowledge. It will be a special gift they will enjoy.

Amazing Decomposing / Recycling Facts

181046_498983486816585_1875230248_nWho would know that the decomposition of these items was so long. My family has always done it’s best recycle and do composting – we even shred office papers and junk mail and add to garden soil. The items decomposition years are staggering – will make me look more at our consumption of products in the future.

Use Your Lawn to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal by Guest Writer Alec Holland

During the warm weather months, you might notice that your house is not as elegant as it could be. By sprucing up the lawn just a bit, you can boost the curb appeal of your residence. Most amateur landscaping projects are relatively easy to undertake, and you will soon find that the neighbors are examining your gleaming new lawn with envious eyes.

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One of your first lawn care tasks is to ensure that the grass itself is as green and healthy as possible. By fertilizing the lawn regularly, the roots of the grass will receive their needed nitrogen. Furthermore, you can set up a sophisticated sprinkling system so that the lawn takes on a uniform appearance. As long as you water the entire yard every few days, you can avoid the ugly brown patches that plague most lawns during the height of summer. A well-maintained lawn will always make your house look more visually appealing.

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In locations where the lawn meets the driveway or sidewalk, you can incorporate border materials for a smoother interface. Bricks, stones, and even ivy can be used. For a bit of a twist, you might wish to buy decorative bricks with carved floral patterns. In other cases, you can build a stone path between the back door and the hot tub. Stone paths work best in garden areas with tall trees, hedges, and miniature ponds.
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Mulch

Boring lawn areas can sometimes be brought to life with materials carted in from the local home improvement store. Woodchip mulch can be added to a rock garden or a flower garden for added landscape flavor. In fact, if you have recently decided to replant your entire lawn with grass seed, mulch will help the seedlings retain moisture during the first few weeks. You can use peat moss, compost, and other organic materials as mulch substitutes.

Flower Gardens

If your back yard seems a bit bland, you can spruce things up by planting a small flower garden. Tulips, daisies, and even sunflowers are all good choices. Whether you choose to utilize seeds or bulbs, you should be capable of coaxing to life a flower garden that will brighten your yard and accentuate all of the good features of your property. All flower gardens should be watered regularly. You may also need to be diligent when it comes to removing troublesome weeds.

Vegetable Gardens

With a flower garden already in the works, you might also try growing a vegetable garden. These gardens can rightfully be considered part of the lawn, and they are sure to win your entire residence extra accolades. Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and a variety of herbs can be grown through the summer and harvested in the fall. If you are in the sharing mood, you might even surprise your neighbors with a basket of fresh vegetables straight from the garden. As a food enthusiast, you can also produce fresh salads, salsas, and casseroles for your family.

Your Lawn as an Extension of Your Home

As you work to elevate the curb appeal of your home, you should not be afraid to think outside the box. Though lawn care is important, you might also incorporate flower gardens, stone paths, and other interesting landscaping ideas. With a yard that exudes elegance and sophistication, your property should become one of the true jewels of the community.

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The Lawn Enthusiast – Philip Brown

We are honored to have a new Guest Writer Philip Brown who blogs over at The Lawn Enthusiast! Philip Brown is a lover of green, healthy lawns. A former lawn care professional, Philip now spends his time sharing what he knows with others and blogging about it at The Lawn Enthusiast. I have spent some time at his website and found some incredible information that I am sure you will enjoy. Please check him out – and I look forward to sharing more from him in the near future.

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How To Plant A Tree In Your Yard by Guest Writer Philip Brown

How To Plant A Tree In Your Yard

Planting a tree is not just a matter of digging a hole and dropping it in. If you want your tree to have healthy growth, then that will require patience and careful preparation. Take a look at these steps for how to grow a strong and healthy tree in your yard.

  • Choose the species carefully and plant at the right time of year. Select a species that is native to the area. Plant your tree during its dormant phase, which is usually over the winter, somewhere between late autumn and early spring. This will allow it to establish itself in time for the growing season.medium_4975718208
  • Choose a site for your tree. Make sure to avoid any cables or pipes and to choose a sunny area. Dig a hole that is about 5 times the width of the tree’s root ball so that it has plenty of space to spread its roots. Dig the hole with a raised section in the center for the root ball to sit on – this will keep it out of any water that may collect and in turn stop the tree from drowning. Loosen the dirt around the edges of the hole to allow the roots to spread out more easily.
  • Remove the tree from its container by gently tipping it out of the pot or cutting the side of the bag from the roots. You can leave a mesh container on as the roots will grow through the holes and it will help keep the soil together. Remember, you want to keep as much of the existing soil on the root ball as possible. As you are handling the tree, be sure not to leave the roots exposed to the sun or wind as they may get dried out and damaged.
  • Plant the tree. Place the tree in the hole and check the height. All of the roots should be covered, but the trunk should remain fully exposed. Add some manure into the hole to feed the tree as it grows, and add water. Mulch around the tree to keep weeds away and moisture in, but take care not to touch the tree trunk with the mulching or it could rot. Water again after an hour or so. Then water regularly until the tree is fully established.

With a little bit of planning and some care, you will have a tree that will last for many years.

About the Author: Philip Brown is a lover of green, healthy lawns. A former lawn care professional, Philip now spends his time sharing what he knows with others and blogging about it at The Lawn Enthusiast.