Caring for a Living Christmas Tree

Written by Sherri Allen

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Living trees may be decorated, but with care. If lights are used, they must not give off any heat.

Avoid extreme temperature changes. Do not removerepparttar tree directly from a warm house out into freezing temperatures. Instead, move to a sheltered area first for several days.

Plantrepparttar 113415 tree as soon as possible. Ifrepparttar 113416 ground is not frozen,repparttar 113417 tree may be replanted. The spot to be dug should be mulched to prevent freezing.

Do not removerepparttar 113418 burlap and strapping (unless it is plastic). This keepsrepparttar 113419 root ball solid and secure. Inrepparttar 113420 instance of a plastic cover, cutrepparttar 113421 cord and roll downrepparttar 113422 plastic at least half way prior to planting. Taprepparttar 113423 tree container of a potted tree and remove prior to planting. Do not attempt to remove soil fromrepparttar 113424 root system. Earth removed fromrepparttar 113425 original hole should be backfilled aroundrepparttar 113426 root ball. Mulch heavily overrepparttar 113427 top ofrepparttar 113428 planted root ball to prevent it from freezing. Water only as needed: a flooded tree may not survive.

Provide support forrepparttar 113429 tree. Stakerepparttar 113430 tree to prevent wind tipping or damage duringrepparttar 113431 first growing season.

Try a living Christmas tree. With proper care, it will keep bringing you enjoyment throughoutrepparttar 113432 years.

Sherri Allen is the editor of an award-winning website devoted to topics such as family, food, garden, house&home and money. For free articles, information, tips, recipes, reviews and coloring pages, visit

How to Care for Your Outdoor Water Fountains

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

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During warmer months, you'll want to clean debrise - leaves and twigs for example - from your fountain at least once each week. Take particular care to clear any debris from aroundrepparttar pump as well, so it doesn't clog.

Add a small touch of bleach or special algae removing solution to your fountain regularly, to keeprepparttar 113414 water clear and prevent residue or algae buildup aroundrepparttar 113415 sides. If your fountain is accessible to pets and animals: do not use bleach. Instead, be sure to use an animal friendly cleaner such as Microbe-Lift Fountain Clear (

Following these simple maintenance tips will help keep your outdoor fountains in tip top, beautiful condition for many years to come.

© 2004, Kathy Burns-Millyard. This article is provided courtesy of - You may freely reprint this article on your website or in your newsletter provided this courtesy notice, the copyright notice, the author name and URL remain intact.

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