Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
As the holidays rapidly approach, the excitement of seeing the first glimpse of decorations causes a stirring in each of us. What better place to extend a first impression with family
and friends than at your mailbox. The curb appeal of a decorated mailbox signifies a "warm welcome" with festive glamour!
Add a pop of color with annuals or perennials, Vines, ornamental grasses, or shrubs may be used as well to enhance your
mailbox decorations and overall landscape of the home. When decorating your mail box, incorporate seasonal color, personality, style and creativity.
"Think outside the mailbox" as you spread the joy and excitement to reflect the theme or occasion at hand. It can be as easy
as clipping greenery and gathering other natural elements right from the woods or your own backyard. Add some amusement buy making it a family tradition to decorate the mailbox each year. The fun and excitement can extend from season to season and will be sure to set the atmosphere of the holiday.
The celebration of winter and Christmas is one of holiday sparkle and beauty.There is no better time to use nature's greenery
pine cones, nuts, and berries to decorate your mailbox. Natural twigs, branches, empty bird nests, birdhouses and pine cones are easily "glammed" up by adding paint, glitter or frost. Charming ribbon and beautiful Christmas balls enhance and complete the creation. Easily accessible materials make it simple and less time consuming.
Before starting your project consider parameters of the mailbox area, Choose plants based on color, height, texture and
The Importance of Garden Pot Cleaning
Soil builds up salt that can damage plants. These salts get deposited on the inside of planters. Any diseases your plants may have had last season can get transferred to your new plants. Clean used flower pots before using them again. Garden pot cleaning only takes a few minutes, but it can keep your plants healthy and productive.
Cleaning Garden Tools
Before disinfection, tools should be free of dirt and debris.
Disinfecting solutions should not be allowed to contaminate the soil.
The use of chlorine bleach is not recommended for disinfection use in the field for a variety of reasons:
Other disinfectant treatments have included:
The Bottom Line