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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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How To Choose Trees For A Small Garden

by Luke Patterson

You can have a beautiful garden with trees, even if it is small. You just have to know which trees to plant and how to care for them. Here are a few tips you can use to fit your trees to your small backyard:

Height and Spread of the Mature Tree

Arguably, the most important consideration is the size of the tree. The height, and especially the spread, of the tree in its maturity should be proportional to the available space. You don't want to cut down your tree when it is nearing maturity because its roots and branches are encroaching into your roof, floors or driveway.

Examples here are the small weeping varieties such as the umbrella-shaped "Kilmarnock" willow, yellow-blooming "Walker" Siberian peashrub, and "Chaparral" white mulberry. If your garden is very small, and even a little bit of spread is an issue, then columnar trees such as the red maple, cypress (such as the Italian cypress), and the Serbian spruce.

Season of Interest

If you have a big garden, then you can plant trees with different bloom times, and you will always have a good-looking compound. With a small backyard, however, you don't have such a luxury. Therefore, you are better off with a tree that has different interests in different seasons. For example, choose one that flowers, fruits or has autumn colors in varied seasons. That way your garden will always have something interesting/aesthetic irrespective of the season.

Soil Type

Another constraint with a small garden is that it may be of one soil type. In a big yard, one place may be dry and rocky, and another place may have deep soils. In such a situation, you may have different types of trees from which to choose, and you may even plant trees with different soil and water needs. However, if you have a small garden, and it is all wet, then you have to restrict yourself to a species that can thrive in such a place, for example, the bald cypress.

Caring for trees in a small garden may require more work or help from companies like Lawn-Tech, Ltd. than caring for the same trees in a bigger place. For example, you need to be careful so that the roots do not get to the house, and the leaves do not fall on the gutter. Apart from that, a small garden is also likely to experience more human traffic per unit area, as compared to a bigger yard. This calls for great care in the trees' protection, especially when they are still young.