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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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Benefits Of Premium Hardwood Mulch

by Luke Patterson

Keeping your soil healthy is an important part of keeping your plants healthy. You can use all kinds of chemical fertilizers and new-age gizmos in your yard, but sometimes the best methods are timeless. Mulch can provide many benefits to your yard that you can't get with other options. Still, you need to choose the best mulch for your needs. While pine mulches are  beneficial, you can get better results with hardwood mulches. 

What You Can Get from Any Mulch

Any shredded wood chips can help your yard in at least a few different ways: For one, any mulch you spread out around trees or plants will act like a natural barrier to prevent weeds from growing. While they will not completely stop weeds, they can help absorb sunlight before it gets to the ground, which will prevent weeds from germinating. Mulch will also absorb moisture, which it will then release slowly over time. Helping to retain moisture will help prevent your soil from getting dried out. If you are just expecting a little help with a weed problem and a little help with watering, then you don't need to be too picky about what type of mulch you choose. On the other hand, you can expect more from your mulch.

What You Can Expect from Hardwood Mulch

Some mulches will hold vitamins, but you need mulch from the right part of the tree and the right tree. The bark of a tree will hold more vitamins then the interior wood of the tree. Thus, if you want mulch that will act like time-release vitamins to nourish your tree over a long period of time, you need to get mulch made from bark. Also, some trees will have more nutrients than others. This is where buying hardwood mulch will come into play since it is more nutrient-rich than other types.  

Besides what mulch can do for your landscaping, it offers some other fringe benefits. For one, bark is not useful to a lumber yard. They just cut if off to expose the wood they are after. By reusing that bark to make mulch, lumber yards can more fully use the trees they harvest. By buying mulch for your yard, you do your part to support this practice. Thus, when you buy mulch, you can be rest assured that you are helping your yard and helping mother nature. While you could buy fertilizers to nourish your yard and watering bulbs to water your yard, you can only get watering and nourishment from mulch. To find out more, speak with someone likeMulch Masters.