Caring for a Living Christmas Tree

Written by Sherri Allen

The Christmas season brings with it many decisions to be made. Among them is, "What type of Christmas tree should I put up?" This year, consider a living Christmas tree. Not only will you enjoy it throughrepparttar holidays, but a living tree can be planted inrepparttar 113415 garden to enhance your landscape and spark wonderful memories for years to come.

To allow your living tree to thrive in your garden, you must provide it with a small amount of special care. The following tips fromrepparttar 113416 National Christmas Tree Association will help ensure your living tree's success:

The adaptability ofrepparttar 113417 species should be considered. Many species are shipped outside of their natural area and may not be adaptable to other areas. Check with a reliable nursery or extension forester.

Keep in mind that living trees are VERY heavy and bulky. A six foot tall balled and burlapped tree will weigh as much as 250 pounds.

Protectrepparttar 113418 tree fromrepparttar 113419 elements. The tree should be stored in an unheated, sheltered area such as a garage or porch, out ofrepparttar 113420 wind and sun. Do not exposerepparttar 113421 tree to freezing temperatures at any time.

The tree will need adequate water. The root ball or soil should be kept slightly damp but not flooded. Wraprepparttar 113422 root ball of a balled tree in plastic or place in a tub while it is inrepparttar 113423 house.

How to Care for Your Outdoor Water Fountains

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Garden lovers aroundrepparttar world love putting fountains among their flowers, plants, bushes and shrubs. And withrepparttar 113414 Christmas season upon us inrepparttar 113415 U.S., many garden lovers may get their very first fountain as a gift this year.

Fountains make wonderful gifts year round. They're beautiful to look at, and fit well with almost any landscape. They're also quite serene and have a wonderful calming effect. So if you're getting or giving an outdoor water fountain for a gift this year, here are a few caretaking tips you'll want to have on hand...

Many outdoor fountains are made of concrete, and concrete expands and contracts in cold weather. If at all possible, you should move your concrete fountain indoors forrepparttar 113416 winter.

If you're not able to move it indoors, check it frequently to see if there's water collecting in it. You should keep it completely dry duringrepparttar 113417 winter months.

If your fountain will stay outdoors throughoutrepparttar 113418 winter, you also need to removerepparttar 113419 pump and store it indoors. Fill, wrap, or coverrepparttar 113420 fountain with blankets, burlap bags, tarp or other protective materials to help shield it from severe cold. Be sure you haverepparttar 113421 fountain covered entirely for maximum protection.

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