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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 Can I Get The Best Lawn Care Possible?

by Luke Patterson

If you want a lush, beautiful, green lawn, there are a lot of tips that you can use to make the most out of your grass. These tips will let you learn how best to take care of your grass, so that it is healthy for you throughout the seasons. This is a labor of love and something that every homeowner should work toward understanding. If you are a lawn care novice and want to learn some valuable tools that will help you get the most out of your property, consider some of the following lawn care advice to help you out. 

#1: Have A Drip Irrigation System Installed

The health of your lawn depends almost entirely upon the amounts and quality of water that it receives on a regular basis. A mistake that many homeowners make is installing sprinklers, rather than drip irrigation. While both can water the lawn, drip irrigation systems are 90 percent efficient or better at keeping your grass hydrated, while sprinkler systems deliver 70 to 80 percent at best. 

The difference between these systems is that sprinkler systems spout water upward or in various patterns, expelling great amounts of water, while drip irrigation systems are installed low to the ground and drip smaller amounts of water, directly into the roots of the grass. By delivering water directly to the roots, the plants are healthy and nurtured, while you save money on your water bill by using less water. 

#2: Apply Grass Fertilizer In The Spring

Spring time is a great time to provide maintenance to your lawn, since the temperatures are pleasant but not too harsh. The main thing you need to focus on in the spring is making sure that you fertilize the grass. This will pay huge dividends in the subsequent months when your lawn is healthy and full. For best results, use a fertilizer that contains slow release nitrogen. 

#3: Mow Your Lawn Properly

The best gift you can give your lawn is the knowledge and attention of a professional lawn care business. They will be able to mow your lawn properly and help keep your grass healthy and strong. However, if you mow your own grass, consider some of the following tips:

  • Always be sure that your mower is cycling the clippings and not getting jammed with grass
  • Adjust your lawn mower height accordingly, to cut grass evenly and with precision
  • Allow the grass to have some length. Many people like cutting their grass incredibly low, but this prevents the grass from getting the nutrients it needs

Consider this information as you take care of your lawn, and don't hesitate to touch base with a licensed lawn care company for further assistance.