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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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2 Insects That Can Damage The Fraser Fir -- And How A Tree Service Company Can Help

by Luke Patterson

A Fraser fir's beautiful dark blue-green evergreen needles and pleasing scent make this tree a popular holiday tree for decorating inside. But the tree is just as lovely outside as a permanent addition to your yard. Keeping the colorful needles and gray bark of the tree healthy is paramount to keeping the tree's beauty preserved. Part of that process is monitoring the tree for any potential signs of an infestation of insects that could do both cosmetic and structural damage.

There are a couple of insects in particular that can cause problems for a Fraser fir. Catching the problem early, and calling in a tree service company for help, can minimize the chances of long-term damage in some cases.

Balsam Wooly Adelgid

The Balsam Wooly Adelgid is a small wingless insect that lays hundreds of eggs within the firs bark crevices -- and can have several generations occur within one growing season. The hatching larvae eat through the bark tissue, releasing a sap material, and drain the tree of its much-needed water. If your tree gets a severe infestation, or there is a regional infestation in your area, there's a good chance your Fraser fir tree will die and need to be completely removed by a tree service company.

If your tree is the only one infested, call in a tree care service immediately for chemical controls. Early targeting can kill off the Adelgids and save the life of your tree or keep the problem from spreading to other trees in your area.

Spider Mites

Spider mites are microscopic insects that feed on the needle tissue. The mites create webs around the areas of feeding that are eventually clearly visible despite the small size of the mites. But even more visible is the general needle dieback that can occur during a mite infestation. An early infestation will cause the older needles to wither and drop. As the infestation worsens, healthier needles will also begin to get drained of nutrients and die off.

Call in a tree care service to deal with the spider mite issue as soon as you suspect a problem. There are chemical controls that can be used to both remove an active spider mite infestation and to prevent another infestation from happening the next growing season. The tree care service can also clean up any dropped needles, which can become targets for other insects, and trim away any cosmetically displeasing needles still on the tree. Contact a business, such as Able Scape, Inc, for more information.