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Monday, May 7, 2012 - 09:00

Trying to find the best fertilizer for your plants and gardens can be very difficult if you don't understand the numbers or know how read the information on the bags.

Fertilizer

 The three numbers on the bag actually indicate the letters, N-P-K.
Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium

Math

  • So if we look at the numbers as the elements, we can see that the numbers show how much of each nutrient is in the bag.
  • For example: our 50 pound bag of fertilizer displays the...
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 09:00

This Burlap Photo Art would look great on your wall at home displaying some of your precious memories.

Burlap Wall Art

 

Materials You'll Need:

  • A Wooden Sign (or a Frame and Board)
  • Bulldog Clips
  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Screwdriver (or Drill) and Screws
  • Stencil
  • Paint and Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Spray Paint
  • Pictures to display

 

Check out the pictures and full tutorial,...
Monday, April 23, 2012 - 09:00

No mulch is perfect or ideal. Each has its pros and cons. Choose the type of mulch that you like best based on aesthetics, price and availability. Make sure to choose just one type for your whole landscape.

Spreading Mulch

5 Purposes for Mulch

1. Decoration

  • Looking at bare dirt is boring. Colorful mulch can be attractive and help your plants stand out.

2. Weed-Reduction

  • A semi-thick layer of mulch minimizes weeds from growing in your beds and minimizes the time and...
Monday, April 16, 2012 - 09:00

This beautiful picture is perfect to display a photograph of your family that captures and contributes a homey vibe to your living room.

Burlap Frame in Frame Picutre

This project is simple.

You'll need just the following materials:

  • One Large picture frame
  • One Smaller picture frame
  • Burlap
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Hard Board
  • Epoxy
  • Embellishment
  • Photograph

 

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Monday, April 9, 2012 - 09:00

Each landscaping project is different and therefore differs in the effort put forth and the damage that will occur to your lawn. It'll take some time for your yard to recover, kind of like the phrase, "it gets worse before it gets better." 

Mud and Trampled Grass

You should plan on having your yard torn up for a little while.

Muddy Yard

  • Your yard will be exposed to dirt from digging hole and digging up your yard.
  • Water will come up from the ground, so even if it does not rain, you'll have...
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 09:00

The garden covering, mulch, is typically composed of natural and organic materials that provide nutrients and protection for your plants.

Mulch

Mulch will seal in the moisture collected and prevent evaporation, allowing your little plants to soak it all in and grow big and healthy. That soft layer of mulch also provides protection to your germinating seedlings. Especially beneficial in the winter climates, mulch can protect your plants in the freezing weathers by...

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 09:00

Just in time for the Easter Holiday and Spring season, these cute burlap hanging carrots will brighten your home and spirits. This craft is pretty quick to complete and the materials are quite cheap (most of which you may already have).

Burlap Easter Carrots

Gather These Materials First:

  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Old hair-ties or string
  • Paint
  • Sewing machine
  • Ribbon (Optional)
     
For instructions and step...
Monday, March 19, 2012 - 09:00

You'll need to be knowledgeable of the following activities if you want your tress and shrubs to thrive and your landscaping to look great.

Watering a tree

Planting

  • After planting, laying a 3-inch layer of mulch will create a protective zone around the plant so when you mow the grass, you won't have to be right up against the tree and potentially damage it.

Staking

  • Staking your plants may be necessary if you've planted a bareroot plant or if you're having trouble keeping the tree...
Monday, March 12, 2012 - 09:00

Perfect for your dinner table on special occasions, holidays or for your everyday meals, these burlap napkin rings can be quite festive and add a pretty decoration to the dining room.

Burlap Napkin Ring
 

 Gather These Materials First:

  • Toilet paper tubes (One for each Napkin ring you'll be making)
  • Burlap (Shorter strips and larger pieces)
  • Strips of a complimentary fabric
  • Fabric buttons
  • Lettered Stamps
  • Mod-Podge (or Hot Glue Gun)
  • Needle and thread...
Monday, March 5, 2012 - 09:00

 Balled-and-burlapped trees are trees that are sold with their roots in soil and wrapped in burlap.

Planting a Balled-and-Burlapped Tree

B&B trees are usually larger and more mature plants than those that you would get in a container or bareroot. These trees are grown in the ground and then dug up in the late winter or spring. The trees are wrapped up and shipped to nurseries or garden centers for you to purchase.

If the burlap on your tree's rootball is natural fiber, it will decompose in the ground as the...

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 09:00

Starting a plant off in a pot or container can be very beneficial and convenient for you. The trick is know when the plant is ready to be transplanted into the ground and how to do this properly. 

Planting a container-grown shrub.

When choosing a containered plant from a nursery, check the plants very closely to be sure you're getting a healthy plant. Make sure the plant is not root-bound. Some warning signs include roots coming up past the top of the soil, coiling around the trunk or protruding from the bottom of the container....

Monday, February 20, 2012 - 09:00

 This creative storage solution is beautiful and requires only a couple hours and a few materials.

Burlap Basket Liner

 Materials you'll need:

  • Burlap pieces
  • Wire baskets
  • Fabric for the ruffles (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (and pins)

 

See the step-by-step directions and picture guides at Tutorial Tuesdays: Burlap Basket Liners,...
Monday, February 13, 2012 - 09:00

Planting your trees properly is one of the most important factors regarding your plant's survival. Make sure you know the best way to put your trees in the ground so they can have a great start and establish their roots successfully.

Plant your trees properly.

 Digging a wide enough planting hole is essential.

  • A hole twice as wide as the rootball is recommended, but three times as wide is even better. 
  • However, the hole should only be as deep as the height of the rootball.

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Monday, February 6, 2012 - 09:00

Check out these helpful tips and advice on planting trees and shrubs to get the best results and for the best chance of your plants surviving and thriving in your yard.

Burlap Ball 

Basics

  • Landscaping is good exercise, great for the environment, leaves a lasting impression in your yard and will make you feel great about your efforts. 

Balled-and-burlapped Plants

  • Choose the right type of plant species for your needs and for the site it will be planted in....
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 09:00

Burlap and ribbon come together forming an appealing rustic, yet fashionable addition to any of the rooms in your home. The satin ribbons really contrast the rougher burlap and look amazing.

Pretty Burlap Pillows

 Get creative and try ribbons of different color or design to brighten up the pillows. 

 

See the full instructions and step-by-step picture guide at Burlap and Ribbon Pillows 
from the blog,...
Monday, January 23, 2012 - 09:00

Adding this rustic burlap bulletin board will add a more mature appeal to any child's room or a more sophisticated appeal to any room in your house.

Burlap Bulletin Board

Follow the simple instructions to create your own bulletin board like this one, or change it up and add your own features to fit the style in your home.

 

Check out the full tutorial at Burlap Bulletin Board from the blog, Hodge Podge.
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 09:00

Your tools can really take a beating with all the maintenance and yard work that is done from the beginning of spring and late into fall. Before you put them away for the winter, you should take a few minutes to protect and preserve them so they will be clean and working like like new. Follow these simple secrets to keep your tools in the best shape and ready for spring.

Garden Tools

Check out the Instructional video at...
Monday, January 9, 2012 - 09:00

In addition to last week's post featuring the use of burlap table runners in your wedding decorations, we've decided to take the Burlap Wedding a step further and offer a creative and inspiring wedding favor that you can provide to each of your guests. 

Coffee Beans Wedding Favors

You'll just need to pick up small burlap bags, or if you're good with a sewing machine, you can buy a large piece of burlap and cut and sew your own small bags. You'll also need coffee beans and enough to fill the bags about 3/4 the way full. Purchase...

Monday, January 2, 2012 - 09:00

Though you've probably never thought of it, burlap can be a great decoration, added to accentuate the dinner and reception of your wedding

Burlap Table Runner for a Wedding

Because burlap is plant-based, incorporating pieces of it as decoration can add a natural feeling to the atmosphere. Burlap can provide an interesting texture and color to enhance your guests' experience. Also, because using a burlap table runners for wedding decor is pretty unique, you'll have...

Monday, December 26, 2011 - 09:00

Keep your precious plants safe and protected so they will bloom and enhance your garden each Spring.

Burlap Covering

Protect tender plants with water, mulch and shelter.

A burlap wrap works well for shrubs or small trees.

  • Wrap a length of burlap around the shrubs/trees to limit sun and wind exposure.

Protect perennials with a simple cover.

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Monday, December 19, 2011 - 09:00

These beautiful, easy-to-make ornaments will look great decorating Christmas trees in any room or home. You can even get the kids involved and let them personalize the backs of the ornaments with their names and the date.

Burlap Ornament

 This tutorial uses the following materials:

  • Burlap
  • A wooden circle base
  • Jute string
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Alternative materials include:

  • Burlap or colored fabric
  • A cardboard circle base
  • Yarn or any type of string...
Monday, December 12, 2011 - 09:00

Since our previous post was about choosing the best Christmas tree, we'll tell you the best way to care for your new tree and how to get it growing in your yard after the holidays.

 Christmas Tree

1. Before you even bring your tree in the house, know where you'll be planting it and dig the hole.

  • Place the soil from the hole in a wheelbarrow and place it in the garage to keep it loose. You'll use this dirt to fill in the hole because the ground may be frozen by the time you're ready to plant.

2. You'll...

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 09:00

For many families, bringing a live Christmas tree into their home for the holidays is a great tradition. Whether this is your first time or your twentieth, find out how to choose and keep your tree so you can plant it in your yard after the festivities and enjoy it for years to come.

Christmas Tree Nursery

 

Choose a Balled in Burlap or container tree if you plan to plant the tree after the holidays.

  • These trees can live from seven to ten days in your house if it's...
Monday, November 28, 2011 - 09:00

 Keep your landscape in shape by following these simple tips for the winter.

Snow accumulated on tree limbs can be dangerous. 

Preparing your Lawn 

This is the perfect time to fill in Bare patches in your yard with sod because it can establish roots much easier than in hot, dry weather. Adding sod now will give you that full, instant lawn when spring comes up.

Pruning Shrubs and Hedges

Pruning encourages healthy growth and should be done once the leaves turn, indicating that the plant has gone...

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 09:00

Though it will take some work, winterizing and protecting your landscaping will definitely pay off when your yard is thriving and blooming again in the spring and you don't have to make any repairs that were damaged from the winter.

Winter Pines

  • Irrigation systems should be winterized by opening drains and clearing lines that may freeze.
  • The gutters should also be cleared to prevent clogs. Clogs can lead to freezing the water trapped by the clogs can freeze, expanding and dislodging the hardware that fastens it.
  • The most important...
Monday, November 14, 2011 - 09:00

The Northeast is prone to rough winters so you'll need to be prepared and protect your garden so it'll survive the cold and be ready for spring.

Wrap up your new trees.

Cut back perennials that were killed by frost to a few inches and places a few inches of lightweight mulch over them.

Pull and pitch other dead annuals and vegetables as well.

Wrap the trunks of new trees in burlap or other special wrap, preventing scalding, wind burn and rodent damage.

Clear your yard of leaves and place them in your compost pile or dispose of...

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 09:00

Just in time for Thanksgiving, create a beautiful table centerpiece and decoration to awe your guests and family.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

This simple craft requires only a few cheap materials:

Scissors, Tape and a Hot Glue Gun

Newspaper and Glue (Paper Mache Base)

Burlap and Raffia (Covering)

Pinecones, Acorns, Etc. (Inside Decoration)

Follow the directions and see step-by-step picture guides at the Homemade Cornucopia Tutorial...
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 09:00

Roses can be a beautiful addition to your garden or landscaping, but before winter hits, you'll need to know how to take care of these bushes to help preserve them for years to come.

Rose Bush

Winter Protection.

 First, choose plants that are meant for surviving in your area's winter climate and plant them at the correct depth in your beds.

Hardy by Nature.

Hardiness, the measurement of the plant's ability to survive in winter temperatures, is very important and can help you decide how much protection you need to...

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 09:00

Getting your garden ready for the colder months and freezing weather is mostly going to be cleaning up and covering up.

Snow can both protect and endanger your plants.

  • A good snow cover will insulate the soil like a layer of mulch.
  • Snow accumulation can weigh down the branches of evergreen trees, causing them to weaken or even break.

 Some activities that you can do to prepare your garden include:

  • Clear out the blackened stems and foliage to prevent plants from possibly harboring...
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 09:00

With Autumn upon us, the leaves are changing into those pretty reds, oranges and yellows that we love to see. Capture that beauty with this simple craft so you can enjoy it all year long.

Autumn Serving Tray

You'll need just a few simple materials to create your own Autumn Burlap Serving Tray.

  • An 11x14 wooden picture frame
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A pair of drawer pulls or handles
  • Screws for the handles
  • An electric drill or screwdriver
  • Natural colored burlap...
Monday, October 10, 2011 - 09:00

Scarecrows were originally used on farms to keep birds away from the crops and from eating plants in gardens. Even if you're not having bird problems, these makeshift men are great decorations in your garden. 

Scarecrow

Follow just ten easy steps to put together your own scarecrow to keep pesky birds away and add another friendly face to your garden. Be a little creative with the scarecrows clothing and add your own personal touches. Also, adding shiny objects, like tin cans, will make your scarecrow appear more frightening to...

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 09:00

Before you can have that gorgeous, admirable lawn and landscaping in your yard, the one that all the neighbors envy, you'll have to start with the basics.

Soil

Soil

The fist thing you'll nee to do is to have your soil tested. Soil can be heavily acidic or alkaline, depending on where you live. Testing is helpful because you'll then need to choose plants and trees that thrive in your type or soil. You may even need to add nitrogen to the soil to allow it to perform at its best.

Utility

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 09:00

 Mulching is an important part of landscaping and keeping your plant beds healthy and weed-free. 

Measurements

Mulch is typically sold by cubic yard, and because that is pretty difficult to measure and convert to fit your yard. We've found an easy measuring formula that you can follow so you don't end up with a leftover pile of mulch or have to make multiple trips to pick up more.

  1. Multiply the length and the width of the place you want to mulch. This...
Monday, September 19, 2011 - 09:00

When decorating your garden and yard, your flowers, plants and trees will be the main focus and attraction. The furniture or fixtures that you add should be chosen based on how well they compliment your plants and the area they occupy. Creating an attractive and comfortable yard is your goal when landscaping.

Garden Decor

There are three main types of garden decorating pieces.

  • Garden Furniture and Sculptures
    • Main component
    • Benches, birdbaths, gnomes or angels...
Monday, September 12, 2011 - 09:00

Although burlap is a staple in your garden supplies, people everywhere have found interesting and creative ways to use burlap for decoration and design.

See how one woman created a Burlap Table Runner for her living room table.

Burlap Table Runner

Follow her simple directions to make a burlap table runner like this one or add your own creativity to make it personal.

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 09:00

Because mulch is the decorating material of choice for gardens across the United States, many people use it, although sometimes incorrectly. This can actually damage and cause harm to the plants in your garden. 

Mulch Pile

Laying down a layer of mulch can be very beneficial to your garden and planting beds. Mulch helps suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate the soil's temperature.

Problem - adding too much mulch to your gardens.

  • When you add mulch year after year, it can...
Monday, August 29, 2011 - 09:00

DayBag Outlet's Green Tree Tie is all-purpose and is great for guying trees, keeping them steady and secure in the ground. Save time and money by ordering a case of our high quality Tree Tie!

Green Tree Tie                                      ...

Monday, August 22, 2011 - 09:00

Choosing the plants that will landscape your land and the trees that will be permanent fixtures in your yard is a big decision. You'll need to spend some time determining which plants are the best for your yard and how much money you want to spend on them. We've got an article for you with the following things that you'll need to really check out before choosing which plants to purchase.

Nursery          ...

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 09:00

With just a few standard materials and a few hours of your time, you can make a pin board just like this one. The woven burlap give a unique pattern while helping the board stand out and look great in any of the rooms in your house. This project is quick and cheap and practical for everyone.

Woven Burlap Pin Board

Also check out one of our previous posts, Burlap: The Secret to Cutting it Perfectly Straight, to create straight,...

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 09:00

No matter how low-maintenance your landscaping may be, no yard will ever be maintenance-free. Here are a few tasks that you'll need to include in your up-keep routine in order to have your yard and garden looking great. Make sure that if you can't contribute a lot of time or don't want to spend a lot of effort on your landscape to choose additions that require little maintenance.

Unwanted Pests

Planting Areas

Because some plants need constant attention, you may...

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