buying potting soil

You’re Only As Good As Your Soil

Gorgeous plants and flowers all begin with the best potting soil. This doesn’t always mean the “best” soil money can buy – but more so, the right potting soil.  The right soil is essential for the nourishment and health of your plants. However, with so many factors to consider, making the right choice can be a daunting task.

The wrong conditions will cause your plant’s roots to under-develop. The ideal soil environment will provide plants with nutrients and water, and enough space for the roots to thrive and air to circulate. Different types of plants have different needs, however, in general there are a few important things to consider when buying potting soil.

Soil density:

The best potting soil will be fluffy and light when you first open the bag. If the soil is too dense it can smother the roots. Very dense potting soil provides less drainage, which can lead to mold and rotten roots.

The easiest way to determine the density of potting soil is to simply lift the bag. The heavier the soil is when dry, the more dense it is. Be cautious, though, of bags which feel too light for their size. It may be filled with too much lightweight filler material and may lack nutritional requirements.

“So many times when purchasing potting soil, the so called “bargain buys” offer little nutrition to your flowerbed; you’re better off spending the extra few bucks to get something you know it is going to nurture your plants; especially in Arizona where plants and flowers rely heavily on dense and nutrient rich soil.”

Said Juan Esperanza, owner of East Valley Land.

Soil density

Selecting the correct potting soil

The composition of your potting soil is very important to your plants’ health. The ingredients of the potting soil should be listed, so, read of the bag.

There are several non-organic soil options, which contain slow-release chemical fertilizer pellets. These types of soils use up their nutritional benefits over time, therefore need replacing or additional fertilizing. For a good potting environment, an organic potting soil has a longer lifespan and will continue to provide nutrients  to your plant’s roots for years. There are many types to choose from, such as compost, seaweed, bat guano, manure, soybean or bone meal, worm casings, soft rock phosphate, and many more.

Better quality soil will also include something to increase drainage, such as perlite, wood chips, vermiculite, rice hulls, and/or sand. As mentioned earlier, this should be balanced so that your soil is not too heavy or too light.chemicals in potting soil

Garden soil is not recommended for potted plants as it often contains high levels of manure. When left to sit in pots, this nitrogen heavy soil will burn the roots of your potted plant rather than fertilize them.


Understand your plant’s needs:

Different plants have different requirements. Certain plants and flowers need a more specialized potting soil. For example, plant specific potting soils are available for the likes of orchids, cacti and succulents. These types of plants require far more drainage than a standard potting soil can provide.

Where the plant is positioned will also have a bearing on your choice of potting soil. Plants in direct sunlight will lose water more quickly than plants in the shade. To prevent plants in indirect light from becoming prone to mold, a lighter potting soil should be chosen. A medium-weight potting soil that holds water well should be selected for plants in direct sunlight.

Understand your plant’s needs

When planting seeds, you can encourage germination by using choosing a lighter, airier potting soil. This will allow more sunlight and warmth to reach them. Young plants can then be repotted accordingly, if required.

When in doubt, talk to someone.  A great way to get advice on your planting projects is to talk to the staff in your local garden center. They often have a wealth of knowledge and can provide you with tailored advice based on your potting plans. If there is a farmer’s market near you, take advantage of their planting passion and strike up a conversation. If you’re looking to take-on a large project it may be worth the small investment to hire an arborist for a consultation and develop a detailed plan.

Thanksgiving is a special occasion during the year when everyone comes over to celebrate. It’s a chance to spruce up any interior with the best color schemes for Thanksgiving and liven it up with decorations and color palettes. Not an easy task but with tips on what color or theme to use and choosing specific design elements like specific decorations, wall décor or anything that is used for the table setting to make all centerpieces, decorations stand out more. Getting everything right with the matching color/theme and decors that lead up to standout presentation for all your guests to see and appreciate when meal time comes!

Fall and Autumn Themes

Get that fall look into your decoration and theme is done by using warm and rich colors that spice up any interior that has a fall/autumn vibe to it. Work in autumnal shades with colors like browns, taupe, yellow and don’t forget burgundy! Intensify the warm colors with other orange hues, red for an emphasis and rich yellows that blend in with both orange and red shades.

Working in all these warm fall/autumn colors into the décor and the theme will allow anyone to create beautiful decors and center-pieces for any table setting/interior or exterior decor.

Setting up: Décor ideas, Table setting, Centerpieces

Here are some quick and easy décor ideas that’s easy to make and very creative as well for the occasion!

    1. Pumpkins and Gourds are interesting décor because of their warm and natural colors with organic shapes for ultimate variety. Keep them clustered and arranged to greet guests, for something of interest as they walk up the porch. Used on napkins as accents and also open topped for place cards too.

  1. Candles create a lighted atmosphere when placed in metal lanterns to create a lighted ambiance indoors or outdoors with a combo of tea lights, depending on the space it will be placed in. Tea lights create an emphasis of light and dark areas interiors or use scented candles for added effect.
  2. Table decorations and centerpieces with berries and natural materials is easy to make and inexpensive as well too with emphasis on warm autumnal themes. Warm colors, textures of orange, red and yellow will unify the setting with how they are arranged. These elements create unique table decors and centerpieces for any table setting.


Designing the best fall/autumn themes is all about interiors with the best color schemes for thanksgiving that will be a visual delight before and during the occasion. Having all the decor ideas, table setting and centerpieces all synched and arranged well is the aim. Most hosts like it that guests will have more than a delicious meal but also a painstakingly made table as well!

Does your small space (apartment, condos, mobile home) need improvement? It’s all easy to do with decorating and décor tips for a small space to make it roomier. First thing to do, get rid of all the clutter! As Americans, we have a tendency to purchase compulsively; as a result, we end up with areas in our home filed with useless crap.  Take a serious inventory of everything you own and store. The cost to have a small load of items hauled away is a drop in the bucket compared to holding onto unneeded items. You can always rebuy items at a later time, should you find yourself in a larger living space down the road.  Freeing up space is the key to making the most of the tips to follow.

Creating the perfect small space by adjusting everything to your needs, not the opposite. Defining the spaces that are relevant will go a long way in maximizing the space available.

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Steps to do before redecorating

You’ll need to do these things first to maximize the space before decorating.

  1. Decluttering will give more space.
  2. Layering with color and accents to add depth in cramped spaces.
  3. Emphasis on curves not linear lines will do for more organic spaces.
  4. Storing and organizing stuff to limit clutter.
  5. Vertical storage in corners or spaces for books and other stuff.
  6. Redefine spaces by separating sections to place furniture and decor.
  7. Furniture that can be stowed together is better than a humongous piece.

Dedecorating small spaces

Some practical suggestions to before decorating small spaces like apartments, condos or mobile homes.

Make an illusion of more space

First off; you’ll need to use light and airy colors to make space look fresh and add plants to inject some green for natural looks. Put mirrors or metallic décor near or opposite the window for a play of light. Another trick is placing curtain rods at 4 to 6 inches to the the ceiling to make a window seem bigger. Addition of stripes or stripped designs like curtains and wallpaper that makes it look less cramped. All furniture a gap away from the wall is better and don’t place humongous furniture where it looks too small!

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Choosing furniture

Get dual-purpose furniture and mobile furniture which is better in a cramped apartment when re-arranging. See-through furniture will define small spaces better and pick furniture with built-in storage space as well. Get rid of any items that are oversize, bulky or too bold.

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Alternative ways to increase space

Space is increased with hanging shelves not bulky cabinets that take up more space! Corners shouldn’t be kept empty and walls as alternative storage/display areas for more drawer space too.

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Small spaces get roomier

No matter how small your living space is or whether it’s a apartment, condo or mobile home no need to fret. Decorating and décor tips for a small space will create and maximize whatever space is presently available. Easy to follow tips makes any cramped space look better in no time.

Interior Design Tips for Rugs

A rug is an important accessory which is often neglected. It is versatile and coordinates with colors, and placement with other elements to tie everything in a cohesive design for better-looking interiors. Designing the interior of a home around a rug can be tricky so these design tips will come in handy.

How to use rugs

There are several ways to use it for the best interior design by thinking where it goes and how to complement any space.

  • Rugs define spaces in the house with specific themes and elements for the desired look.
  • Colors and patterns on a rug should match with existing schemes to complement or enhance any space better.
  • Integrating any rug patterns and colors for more harmony with existing themes in a house with much space.
  • Rugs can anchor most unifying colors and design in any space within the home.
  • Choose rug patterns for busier or subdued effects in relation to other elements in a room. To create a unique mood for any specific theme.
  • Get the right sized rug for a specific purpose but never get one that is too small or too big.

Modern Rug

What are the Do’s and Don’ts when using rugs

Just knowing how to use rugs in designing spaces is not enough; it takes more, like following the do’s and don’ts for better interior design. Even taking it a step further by researching additional tips on flooring design trends.

How to use rugs: Do’s

Extent Rugs

It is best to extend rugs under so that none of the floor will show under the legs of furniture. Too much negative space under the legs will not look too good. Placing all the furniture legs on the rug is the best method but having just the front is okay as well. It is practical to have legs placed on the rug from slipping about. Read More →

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Start Ridding Your Kitchen of Clutter Before the Holidays

Six Tips to Renew Your Kitchen Space

Kitchens are a magnet for the mess, here are a few musings on the best way to decrease the wreckage and the undesirable aggregation of things on effectively restricted counter space. Kitchens are a magnet for the mess, here are a few musings on the best way to decrease the wreckage and the undesirable aggregation of things on effectively restricted counter space. Not to mention, for some of us, we may even need professional help, like hoarder clean up services… I would say, “you know who you are”, but that may not be the case. Often times, people who have a habit of collecting unneeded items don’t really realize the effect it has on them, their mental state, and of course, their home’s aesthetics.

1. Use shrouded/storage room.

Unless you utilize something consistently, similar to an espresso creator or toaster, it’s smarter to store little machines in places where they don’t possess significant counter space.  Read More →

Indeed Christmas season is just right around the corner. A few more months and you will be filling your home with decorations and lights to bring the spirit of the Holiday season. It is exciting because you will be putting decors that are with style and designs that you have never used before. If you happened to be decorating traditionally, this would be something new for you. Considering your budget is important, and you need to figure out what things you will need in styling and decorate your home.

Handmade or handcrafted home Christmas decors come in handy especially if you are on a budget. Although simple, you will get a good outcome by an inspired themed designed and style that you can choose via online or through magazines that you have seen. To keep up with a festive and stylish home, here are the following DIY tips for making a creative Christmas decorations.

  1. Advent Calendars– if you are into counting the days until it is Christmas season, perhaps making your advent calendar is one way for you to be reminded that Christmas is coming and at the same time, it brings you to a countdown of buying Christmas presents for your loved ones.
  2. Creating your ornaments– there are several materials that you can use in creating Christmas ornaments. You can even reuse your old ones to make a better design hanging ornaments on your Christmas tree. You can as well look for video tutorials and blogs that are useful to you.
  3. Other decorations– perhaps you have empty bottles that you have never used. This is the best season for you to save money and make your own decorative that you can add to design in your storage, as a centerpiece. Transforming the bottles into a unique design that can enhance your home thus making it more Christmas ambient.
  4. Christmas light bulbs– of course, without Christmas light bulbs your home and the tree wouldn’t be that fascinating. The lights are responsible for making sure that you will have a better ambiance, especially during night time. And if you want to style it with a kind of design, it is up to your decision if you want to paint it. For sure, after you have designed it, you can’t wait to turn on the lights during night time.
  5. Garlands– you can’t go wrong in using garlands. Did you know that the more garlands you have, the more colorful it is? Because you can get to be very creative in adding ornaments. One thing that you’ll need to remember when it comes to decorating garlands is to put it in a place that is out of reach to children. In this way, you will not see anyone in your home choking with an ornament that you have stuffed in a garland.

These are just among the few of the DIY projects that you can use to decorate and style your home. DIY makes it all worthwhile because aside from having to budget your money, you can design your home with the same expense of buying new things as a Christmas decorations.

Having to decorate your evergreen holiday tree from top to bottom may be a little stressful for you. Planning for a festive inspirational theme is one thing that you want to look and get ideas as to how you will decorate your tree. You have few more months to prepare and save your budget for a big holiday event. The spirit of Christmas won’t be that exciting if you do not have a tree to decorate. This is why starting to look for a new style to incorporate it with your personal touch of designs.

  1. A rustic woodland– if you are into country themes this is the best design and style that you can decorate your Christmas tree. Perhaps a pair of old fashioned ornaments that you have kept over the years such as vintage snow shoes, wooden type of candle ornaments to add around the tree branches. This will make it look very classic.
  2. Mixing royal colors– be familiar with the Three Kings attire and colors that they wore. There may be a bunch of classifications, but you can always choose this kind of color combination. It is more likely purple, sapphire and a touch of gold. You can as well do a few DIY touch ups if you want to add adhesives that will mix more to all the colors.
  3. White Christmas– thinking of putting up white decors? This could the best season that you can try something new. White decors can be a little blunt for others, but if you know how to mix and match without adding contrast to the plate, this will make your home looking sophisticated and angelic at the same time.
  4. Traditional family tree– yearly you get a Christmas tree to decorate, and it is up to your choices whether you’re going to stick with a traditional way of styling your tree according to how your ancestors do it.
  5. Arts and creativity– considering DIY decorative ornaments for your tree is another way of treating yourself with something that you can save your budget. If you have Christmas decorations in your home that can be reused, this is the best time that you get to be very creative with artistic crafts. Hand made art for your tree never runs out of style.
  6. Using frames– perhaps you have never tried other means of using decorative designs for your tree. Using frames is another way of making your tree looks extra, and it would be great to use one type of color.
  7. Christmas trees for every room– having to feel the Christmas spirit is indeed exciting and putting trees in every room that you have and decorate it with how you want things to be done. If you are doing this traditionally, you can have it an alternate designing for each room.
  8. Neutral colors– getting into the neutral side is the least design that everyone would choose. But if you are planning to make it subtle, go for the nudes and use colors that will compliment the entire Christmas tree set up.

When it comes to hiring an interior designer, it is often overlooked regarding buying or being able to design your place. However, having your place designed and styled by a professional makes the work less burdensome because you are confident that the ones you trust can do a job well done. Keep in mind that designing your home is not just basically an art but should also be a necessity for you to be able to utilize the spaces that which you have invested. Here are the following reasons as to why you will need to hire an interior designer.

  1. Saves you money– it may be strange to consider that hiring an interior designer helps you even more in saving money. The fact that you might end up buying things on your own which will costs you more than what you can save if you hire someone. Interior designers have connections that they can go and market decorations and even furniture to ensure that it will tailor fit your budget. Through their experiences and skills, you will be led to harmonious and proportionate home spaces.
  2. Time is gold– if you happened to be a type of person that needs a lot of planning and a fixed schedule to be able to design your own home then perhaps hiring a reputable interior designer will give you an opportunity to make sure that your home is furnished with decorations as well. Installation of appliances and other technology related that is appropriate to your home needs.
  3. There is cooperation– the role of an interior designer assist in building a good relationship with an architect that you have hired as well. Surely, you will not miss out any design that is designed for your home. This is one of the crucial times especially in managing your money and effort. The good thing in hiring designer is that they are very competent and it is through their services that you will be able to gain quality styles and designs.
  4. Available research and contacts– having to do things on your own can be a little stressful especially if you have less time to decorate your space. That is why hiring a designer with a good portfolio entitles you to have more connections as well from their lists of contacts. You get to save more of your time without having to feel you’re about to get a headache.
  5. It increases the value of your home property– if you are considering selling your home in the future, make sure that everything else is documented if you have house projects. This ensures your credibility to sell your home because interior designers add value to your home. People who are interested in buying your home will also have a peace of mind that you have remodeled it with the assistance of an interior designer.

Whether you have no idea or have the slightest idea of decorating your home but if you are not confident enough to do it on your own, it is best that you hire an expert of interior designing.

The time is ticking while shorter days and longer nights are fast approaching. Yes! It is that the time of year wherein you get to think of creative designs for this holiday season. Surely, you want to have something that is new, extravagant and sophisticated. Perhaps a classic touch of holiday decor will change the entire ambiance of your home or business office. Having the most festive, comfortable and colorful set up will spruce up your holiday experience as well. How can you be very stylish? Here are decorating tricks that you may find it exciting to start saving a budget for a gathering of materials.

  1. Start fresh– getting rid of old things that you usually used for many years as your Christmas decor can be overrated. Often, you will find it in your memoirs of pictures that you only have one design and style every year. Therefore, it is good to start something fresh for this season. If you are on a budget and there is not enough to time to buy decors, then DIY can be very handy. However, if you can save money, purchase things that you have never use and considering relocating your tree to another spot, in this way you will have more ideas to decorate.
  2. Traditional styling– there are certain decors that you just couldn’t let go. For example, Christmas wreaths are never out of style. This even makes your holiday spirit more interesting and at the same time memorable. This adds a statement and a great impact in celebrating Christmas. It is up to your choices as to where you want to decorate, but for most designers would put it hanging on the doors or windows. Other traditional styles that you have every year should be present in your decorating.
  3. Christmas colors– you can have as many designs and styles but having no Christmas colors is off limits. There are many themes for Christmas decorating that you can use. For example, choosing “White Christmas” is one of the usual themes that you encounter, and this is styled with sparkles and glitters that you can add. Any inspiration that is related to the season is your choice.
  4. Perfect location for your tree– finding the perfect spot for your tree is important. Keep in mind that a Christmas decor is one of the things that people get impressed with how it is decorated.
  5. Storage decorating– aside from hanging Christmas decors, you can as well make use of your storage to decorate. This will make one storage look “Christmassy” compared to what you had last year. Adding and tucking ornaments will bring your home or business office to another Christmas experience.
  6. The use of garland– as much garland as you have, make the most of it. Nowadays, decorating with the use of a garland truly changes the ambiance of your home. Make sure that it is child-friendly especially if you are decorating.
  7. Christmas scents– one of the best things that you can bring nostalgia is the use of scents. Lighting Christmas candles and other forms of scents brings a pleasant and wonderful experience.