DIY Birch Tree Wall Decals

by DIY Maven

Michelle wanted to dress up the walls of her baby's room, but wanted something a bit less permanent than paint for her rental home. Her solution was creating a wall mural using removable contact paper. How did she make the knotty bark look so realistic? With a sponge!

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DIY Teeny Trees

by DIY Maven

Artificial evergreen never looked so good. Bits of bough shoved into wine corks fashion the perfect little trees. They look sweet in a collection, as pictured above, but I imagine they'd look cute at each place setting of a holiday table. All you need

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Tree Trimmers are Hot

by DIY Maven

created at: 08/04/2010

There's a few things around here we don't DIY and trimming trees is one of them. Small, low branches, are fine, but the big ones that require a pair of spurs, forget about it. We leave that to the pros. They know what they're doing and have all the proper equipment so they don't ruin the property or kill somebody. Plus, tree trimmers are hot. So, you know, I don't mind them

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How planting trees can save you big bucks!

by DIY Maven

According to the U.S. Forest Service, planting just THREE trees around your house could cut your energy use by a whopping 30%. It probably goes without saying, but they provide cooling shade in warmer climes and block cold wind in the wintertime. The only trick is to know where exactly to plant said trees. 

Here's an abbreviated version of the why-fors:

Deciduous trees should be planted on the east, west and northwest sides of your house. Such...

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Own a 200-million-year-old tree.

by DIY Maven

created on: 04/24/08

The Wollemi Pine belongs to a 200-million-year-old plant family. Thought to be extinct until, when in 1994, a single specimen was discovered in the Wollemi National Park, Australia. Upon further investigation, 100 more adult trees were found.

Wollemi Pine can be grown as indoor potted plants or as landscape trees in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 7. When shipped, the trees are approximately 8" high. Not inexpensive at $100 each, but...

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Backyard Orchards.

by Chris Gardner

In the age of locally grown groceries, folks are expanding their vegetable gardens to small-scale fruit orchards. Steven Kurutz of the New York Times details, "In the last few years, an increasing number of Americans have turned their yards over to such mini orchards, planting them with dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees, even in dense urban areas. Suppliers around the country have seen significant increases in fruit tree sales, like...

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