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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 You Manage Your Sprinkler System During A Drought?

by Luke Patterson

If you live in an area prone to drought conditions, you may be well-acquainted with watering restrictions and other measures taken by local governments when water supplies run low. Some water restrictions can completely forbid the use of a sprinkler system, while others may cap you at a certain amount of gallons per month. When you're subject to such restrictions, you may struggle with ways to keep your lawn from dying when exposed to daily heat and sun with no outside water. What can you do to help water your lawn without running afoul of local regulations?

Grey water recycling system

In many cases, you may be able to filter and reuse your household's "grey water"—the water used during bathing, washing dishes, or doing laundry—to be used with your current sprinkler setup. If you're in an area that restricts all use of sprinklers during drought periods, you may be able to sidestep this regulation by using grey water in your sprinkler, therefore avoiding the use of any "new" water. 

Often, collecting grey water can be simple—you may need only to reroute a few pipes under your sinks and in your laundry room to be able to divert this water to a collecting container. You'll need some type of strainer or filtration system to remove any hair, food particles, or other items that could potentially clog your sprinkler. You may then be able to route a pipe from this collection container directly to your sprinkler system, or could opt to transfer the water manually into a holding container hooked up to the sprinkler.

Although the soap or detergent concentration in your household's grey water should be relatively low, you may want to switch to surfactant-free soaps and laundry detergents to avoid any potential damage to your grass.

Remote sprinkler timer

If you're permitted to use municipal water in your sprinkler, but worry about using too much, you could benefit from a remote sprinkler timing system. This can allow you to program and operate your sprinklers from anywhere with a cell network or wireless internet connection. You'll be able to avoid watering during the hottest parts of the day, letting the water you do use go even farther. You'll also be able to turn your sprinklers off if a surprise rain storm pops up during the same time your sprinklers have been set to deploy, avoiding overwatering and causing root damage. For more information, contact companies like Bayscapes.