In 2012, we had may type warmth in march that was followed up with hard freezes in April. At the time, it looked like most of the maple leaves were burnt and they didn't bloom very well.
This year, we had a much more stable warming phase and where the maple bloomed it looks great. But look at how big the dead branch section is :( the sticks appear to dead and dry. I'm not sure if I should prune them off or see how they do next year. If I prune them, I'll only have half a tree left.
Commented on May 11, 2013
I'll leave the tree alone this year to see what happens. If it does this again next year, I
By using thrift store spoons and a board from an old pallet, this spoon and pallet hook rack will add loads of charm to any room- on a budget! Stop by the blog to see just how easy this is to make- and a secret way to "stamp" the spoons!
Commented on May 05, 2013
While this looks cool, how practical are those handles with regards to the amount of weight
Last year, I published pictures on hometalk of a small outdoor bench I built. This year, my wife finally found a way to put if to good use. She also took 2 of the three arborvitaes we had
in pots and planted them by the bench. The sandstone pieces were from a slab that we broke off into three pieces by picking up the side, and dropping it on a cinder block. This worked surprisingly well.
Commented on May 03, 2013
Yeah, I looked at her weird when she asked me to help her but wow, it was as if we cut it up
Last year, I had to deal with yellow jackets. This year, it's honey bees. I've been wondering why so many were checking out my brick home and now I know why. I discovered at least 3 holes
chewed through the mortar. I also discovered one main hole which was one of the holes inside of the brick near the basement window. I've used concrete caulk to fill in the holes with the bees inside of them and today, used pest block expanding foam for the brick. I'm trying to buy time as I called today to have the house sprayed for bees. I also found a hole they chewed in a 2x4 in my garage. Gods little creatures are really starting to piss me off.
Commented on May 03, 2013
This is the best picture I have of the bees I'm battling. I can say that the bees are not
nearly as aggressive as yellow jackets. I've been filling up all the holes I find both in wood and mortar until they spray the house. The holes are about pencil eraser size. After looking on YouTube, I see there are mason bees but those are native to France.
I found solar lights at Walmart that were pretty much the same size as the top of a canning jar. I bought a box of a dozen clear generic canning jars at Walmart. And I bought bags of flat florist gems at the dollar store.
I removed the cylinder with the ground spike from the solar light and put a thin line of clear silicone caulk around the outside of the jar ring then put the light on top. After the caulk dried attach flat florist gems around the jar ring and around the little edge at the bottom of the clear shade of the solar light. Then I threw in about 50 florist gems inside the jar for stability outside along my wall. I wanted to use red gems but they didn't have any. Next trip to the Dollar Store :)
Ready to use outdoor fountains can be so pricey, so we decided to make our own... We did it with supplies from the hardware store and you can too! I have written up some basic instructions and you can find them in the link: