Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Choosing a Holiday Wreath - Bringing Warmth to the Season



Fresh Cut Christmas Wreaths Bring the Holiday Season Home

If you have been out shopping lately, you probably realize that many stores are filled with cloned Christmas d├ęcor that barely resembles the crafted ornaments they were meant to imitate. Few products look less natural than big box store wreaths. These plastic renditions of pine and cedar barely reflect any of the beauty and ambiance that you want from a wreath. You don’t have to settle for cookie cutter plastic products this year, instead, go for the natural beauty of a freshly cut wreath or swag.

So how can you find a wreath that reflects your own originality? Choose a wreath made from fresh greenery. The options for a natural wreath are seemingly endless. Whether you choose cedar branches from Oregon or evergreen branches from the eastern United States, a fresh wreath or swag can create a warm holiday welcome for your house guests this year.

Then, take the next step and add personal touches to your natural wreath. Whether you choose sturdy ornaments, ribbon or home spun crafts created by your children, natural wreaths become the perfect platform to allow your creativity to flourish.

So how do you know which materials you want for your one of a kind wreath? Begin by deciding whether you want a broad leaf evergreen or something from the cedar family. You should also decide whether you want to include ornamental grasses or ornamental items like holly on your wreath. Whatever you choose as you foundation materials, look for originality and craftsmanship in cthe construction in addition to the general aesthetic appeal.

When you choose which fresh wreath to purchase, be sure to pinch some of the needles to ensure that the branches are actually fresh cut. If the needles are overly dry or brittle, move on to another wreath. The needles on your wreath should be pliable and supple. Remember, the fresher your wreath, the more likely that it will last through the New Year holiday.

If you want a wreath that really defines the holidays for your family and guests, consider purchasing a fresh wreath with at least some cedar and pine. These lovely branches will produce a magnificent scent that is as welcoming as a warm fire. 

Many people love to put a personal touch to Christmas decorations. Try exploring your landscape and look for any evergreen shrubs or branches that could withstand a gentle trim. In particular, look for broad-leaved evergreens like Oregon Holly Grape, Boxwood, Barberry or Holly. Trim the plants carefully so that your holiday project won’t turn into a spring nightmare.

If you do happen to make a mistake, don’t worry, the friendly folks at John A. Pinto Landscaping can help you get the place looking good again in the spring. Their 38 years of experience in Philadelphia landscaping will offer you the look you have been working to create without breaking the bank.

Go ahead, express yourself through an original Christmas wreath or swag. It will reflect your personality and send a warm and friendly greeting to everyone who visits your home this holiday season.

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