It’s the season of Christmas trees once again

Whether you are reading this just before the holidays and could use this to influence your Christmas tree selection or during the rest of the year – thought you would find this interesting. During the holiday season, many people have questions about bringing gardening into their living room, namely, the Christmas tree. Here is a brief history of it:

The first mention historians have of bringing outside plants inside during this time of year is from the Romans that used laurel and put candles in trees as part of the Saturnalia celebration. In Scandinavia, candles and apples were hung from evergreen trees during the winter as a reminder that spring would soon follow. There is a tale from England that St. Boniface, in the seventh century, was traveling in Germany and wanted to draw pagan cultures away from their worship of oak trees. He wanted to set an example so he cut down a village’s holy oak tree.

A fir tree started to grow in its place so St. Boniface explained the ideal of the trinity to the pagans using the triangular-shaped, fir. Eventually, by the 12th century, it became popular to hang fir trees upside down from the ceiling. Probably a forerunner of today’s mistletoe.

The trees and decorations we all know and love today is mainly attributed to Martin Luther in the 16th century. Legend has it that one Christmas eve he was taken by the sight of the beautiful evergreen branches in the winter moonlight. Wanting to recreate that beauty for his children, he set up a fir tree in his home and adorned it with candles.

Today, most of us go through the hassle of running to previous vacant lots, currently converted to Christmas tree sell-a-thons. We set it up inside and a few days after Christmas all our hard work is on the sidewalk, ready for pick-up. For those that have caught on to a modern money and time-saving strategy (though some may find it Scrooge-like). There are a variety of artificial trees ranging in costs from very cheap (bad imitations) to extremely high quality products.

The trees can be stored each year so getting in the holiday mood is a simple run out to the garage, rather than an entire family outing. Families that still love the decorating part could, of course re-do their tree each year. Many environmentally conscience people recommend using artificial plants and trees to save each year chopping down new ones. They might have a point. How many trees will your family use over their life time? And, if you have a few children and teach them to use fake Christmas trees, they will encourage their families to do the same, and so on. If you aren’t so up on the environment, you can also take into account yearly costs, energy and time of maintenance for a real tree that is not meant to be indoors.


For whatever the reason you choose a real or fake tree, the two most popular artificial trees in use today are either polyethylene (PE) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC trees generally have a flat appearance and are more easily discernible as fakes. PE Christmas trees, like the PVC, are made of plastic, but PEs are molded plastic based on branches cut from a real tree. The needles are three-dimensional therefore a wide variety of styles can be created. Manufacturers are also beginning with PVC base and interior needles and using the more popular PE branches and needles where they can be seen. A high quality tree is nearly identical to a real tree, without the mess.

There are benefits to a traditional real tree or artificial, the choice is up to you and your family. Whatever you choose, Happy Holidays!

Timber Decking And Paving Tips For Your Garden

Timber decking and paving have seen increased interest from the home DIYer generally, due in part to its moderately minimal effort and straightforward instruction. An all around designed deck can furnish your garden with an altogether commonsense, usable space, which is both simple on the wallet and tastefully satisfying.

The process of constructing a garden deck is quite direct. Truth be told, any home DIYer or basically minded individual ought to have the capacity to build an essential porch deck with only a couple hand devices and an arrangement of instructions.

The process starts with the readiness of the floor space inside the garden where you wish the deck to be developed. The primary employment is typical to expel undesirable vegetation and weeds, in addition to and shakes or other obstructive components found on or close to the surface.

The following stride in constructing the garden deck us to rests a weed film fabric to prevent vegetation developing from underneath the deck once it has been finished. Use steel ground snares to secure it.

Once the timber has been sourced, we may start the development process by amassing the joist outline. C16 grade timbers are most regular, and are utilized as a part of conjunction with metal post stays in a tonne of cases. With the subframe timbers set up, fixing them together will make a strong, enduring base onto which the genuine deck sheets might be fixed. By and large, it is savvy to permit around 0.6cm between each of the sheets so that the wood can extend and contract as indicated by the common climate conditions.

If you wish to introduce a handrail, you’ll most likely wish to utilize either metal spikes or a jolt down metal support to hold the vertical posts (called Newels) set up. The general cost may increment using a handrail framework, but the tasteful worth included is enormous – they truly do look like it. There are various modest decking supplies in the UK, despite the fact that not all can cook for this sort of deck.

So also, you may wish to raise the deck over the ground, contingent upon the ground underneath. For inclining landscapes, a raised timber deck unit will make a level, usable and simple on-the-eye answer for uneven ground. It will likewise do this at a far lower cost than many choices, for example, block paving.

At last, with the timber decking and paving complete, make certain to treat all the deck sheets with a top notch stain (Sadolin is a decent item). You will likewise need to oil the deck all the time, particularly any sawn closures, to avert decay.