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John F. O'Hara
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Deck the Halls: Expert Ways to Trim a Tree

December 4, 2015 1:33 am

(Family Features) Among the most treasured of holiday delights is, as the carol says, decking the halls. And when it comes to holiday décor, a little imagination—and inspiration —is all it takes to create a festive home indoors and out.

This guide to trimming a tree, curated by the experts at Pier 1 Imports, will help you do just that.

If you’re celebrating the season with a Christmas tree, consider making a statement with a tree that reflects your personal style. Start by choosing a theme, such as traditional, glamorous or fantastical, and carry that theme throughout every element of the tree, from the ornaments to the paper wrapping the gifts below it.

If using a pre-lit tree, its shape and style should play into your theme, too. Noble fir or pine? Slim or full silhouettes? The best option will be one that suits your taste and overall theme.

When decorating a pre-lit tree, place large elements first, like garlands and oversized ornaments. Tuck ornaments back into the branches, placing evenly throughout. Fill open spaces with smaller ornaments or floral picks. Crown your tree with a decorative topper that fits your theme to add height and an extra personal touch.

When finished decorating, wrap a coordinating tree skirt or collar around the base of the tree. Bundle your gifts with wrapping paper, gift bags, tags and bows that also fit your theme for a cohesive, finished look from top to bottom.

Source: Pier 1 Imports

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8 Ways to Protect Your Landscape from Wintry Weather

December 4, 2015 1:33 am

Be it freezing temperatures, snow or ice, wintry weather can damage, and even destroy, the landscaping on your property—no matter how resilient your plants seem.

“When inclement weather is in the forecast, most people focus on stocking up on food, rock salt and other necessities, and don’t necessarily think about protecting their property and landscape investments,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of Public Affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). “The truth is, plants and trees can be especially vulnerable during periods of extreme weather. A few simple steps can make a big difference when it comes to ensuring that your landscaping survives the winter and will thrive again in the spring.”

To protect your trees, shrubs and other plants, the NALP suggests:

Wrapping plants and smaller trees - Sub-freezing temperatures can damage many plant varieties, including roses, butterfly bushes, hydrangeas and crape myrtles. To provide plants with extra protection from the wind and cold, wrap them in burlap or a frost protection fabric and plant them along a building or fence that offers wind protection. 

Inspecting newly planted trees and filling in any cracks - If you spot a crack, fill it with soil to prevent cold air from penetrating the root zone. Plant roots are slower to become dormant in the winter than stems, branches and buds, making them more vulnerable to sub-freezing temperatures.

Applying mulch around trees and shrubs - A two- to three-inch layer of mulch will help to insulate roots when the temperature drops. Contrary to popular belief, snow cover will also act as an insulator and keep soil temperatures higher, so there is no need to remove accumulated snow from around plants.

Watering heavily before the ground freezes - If the fall season was particularly dry, watering heavily can help reduce frost penetration. Because moist soil holds more heat than dry soil, watering ahead of cold weather will help to prevent frost from penetrating as deeply.

Pruning tree branches - Trimming back branches will help protect against heavy snow and ice damage. Work with a professional to identify any dead or dangerous tree limbs that should be trimmed to protect your home and property.

Preparing for windy conditions - Wind can be one of the most damaging effects of a winter storm. Secure any potted plants, outdoor furniture, awnings and other items on your property that could get damaged in high winds. 

Protecting plants from salt - Rock salt used to deice sidewalks and roads can cause damage to plants. Avoid planting trees and shrubs in areas where salty runoff collects or where salt spray from passing cars could splash onto plants. Consider using burlap barriers to protect plants in vulnerable areas. 

Planning your landscape with climate in mind - The best way to prevent damage to your landscape is to select plants and trees that are indigenous to your region, and therefore naturally equipped to survive in the climate. A landscape professional can help you to design a landscape for your home that will suit your lifestyle and withstand your region’s elements.

Source: NALP

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