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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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Lawn And Garden Care: 5 Tips For Combating Mushrooms

by Luke Patterson

You mow your lawn and weed your garden religiously. It looks fantastic, until one morning you wake up and discover mushrooms growing in your once lush lawn. Although most lawn mushrooms aren't exactly dangerous, they can be quite a nuisance—especially for those who pride themselves on their landscaping prowess.

While it might seem like an impossible task to rid your yard of the pesky mushrooms, it isn't. Here are five tips to help you combat mushrooms in your lawn or garden:

1. Limit Water

Mushrooms love water and damp soil. If your lawn doesn't have sufficient drainage and you water your lawn frequently, you might begin to notice pesky mushrooms appearing. To combat them, simply water your lawn less. Watering less will give your lawn and garden time to dry out, which will prevent the mushrooms from going. It will also dry out any mushrooms that are currently in your yard.

2. Increase Air Movement

Another way you can combat mushrooms is by increasing the air movement. As mentioned above, mushrooms love wet places and creating more air movement will help dry out the soil. So aerating your garden regularly will help prevent the growth of mushrooms.

3. Apply Fertilizer

Mushrooms thrive on organic compost and rotting wood. If your lawn has either of these, you will likely begin to notice mushrooms appearing. You can eliminate mushrooms by using different soil or digging up decaying wood, but that's really impractical. A better solution is to apply a nitrogen fertilizer. The fertilizer will help increase the rate of decay, which will prevent mushrooms from growing because they will not have enough time to develop.

4. Use a Fungicide

Since mushrooms are a fungus, a fungicide will help combat them. Ideally, you should apply the fungicide during the beginning of the growing season. If you notice any mushrooms sprouting, reapply the fungicide to eliminate them.

5. Manual Removal

Finally, you can manually remove the mushrooms. Simply pick them anytime you see them and discard them. To eliminate roots, dig them up. You might also need to dig up larger mushrooms or those that grow in clusters to prevent them from returning.

Combating lawn mushrooms might seem like an impossible task, but it is one that can easily be done with a little bit of patience, knowledge, and labor. If you do not want to tackle the mushroom problem yourself, consider calling a residential weed control specialist like those at Snyder's Weed Control; they can help with any weeds and mushrooms you find in your lawn.