Winter Landscaping: 7 Holiday Décor Secrets to Steal from Terrain
Winter Landscaping: 7 Holiday Décor Secrets to Steal from Terrain
by Mike Sutter
I am a professional landscaper with over 30 years experience. I have worked in many different countries around the world and have done some very interesting work. One thing that has always been common among my clients is their desire for a nice holiday home. They want something unique, but not too expensive or out of the ordinary.
One of the things that I do every year is to decorate our Christmas tree at our house. Last year I made a few changes to it and decided to make a few additions. Some of these were simple decorations like lights, tinsel, etc., while others involved adding more than what was required for decoration purposes.
For example, one year I added a large wooden structure which looked pretty cool when lit up during the night time hours. Another year I added a couple of giant snowmen. These two projects took a lot of time and effort, so I wanted to save money by doing them myself instead of hiring someone else to do it.
There are several ways you could go about this project. You could hire a professional landscaper to do it for you, or you could try your hand at making your own DIY decorations yourself. There are a couple of things that you should be aware of though. First of all, the local council may have certain rules and guidelines about what you can and cannot do in your own backyard.
For example, you may not be allowed to build a structure higher than two meters, or it may need to have a fire-proof certificate for certain types of material. Get some expert advice on this before you begin.
Secondly, it takes a lot of time and effort to make some of the larger decorations like I did. If you don’t have that much time or would prefer to spend your free time doing other things, then you may need to hire a professional landscaper to help you out with some of these projects. There are several companies out there that offer a service where they will come and set everything up for you. You will still need to buy all the materials yourself, but at least you don’t have to do the actual labor yourself!
This website provides a list of some reliable companies that offer this service: (insert hyperlink).
Finally, if you have the time and energy to create some decorations yourself using cheap or free materials, then you may want to look at a few ideas for inspiration. One of my favorite things to do is to carve large snow sculptures. You can use solid blocks of ice or even large wooden sculptures which will gradually melt over time. If you want something that will last a little longer (or don’t have the space to store large blocks of ice), then you could build snowmen instead.
If you don’t like the idea of building something from scratch, then you could always buy a ready-made snowman and carve it into whatever you want.
Another great idea for a holiday decoration is to create an outdoor nativity scene. You can find free or cheap nativity sets online or at your local thrift store. Just place them on your lawn, light some candles and you have a nice decoration for the holiday!
Let’s move on now to our second website called “The Landlord Game” (insert hyperlink here). This website is dedicated to helping landlords maximize their profits with their rental properties. Since it is Christmas time, there are several articles on this website giving tips on how to keep your rental properties attractive to tenants during the holiday season. One of these articles suggests setting a minimum rent price based on the average cost of a hotel room in your city.
For example, if a hotel room in your area costs an average of $75 per night, then you could charge at least this much for a one bedroom apartment and $100 for a two bedroom apartment. If the average hotel price is lower than this, then you can charge slightly less, but never higher. If the average hotel price is higher, then you can still set a minimum price, but you will need to have a very good reason for doing so such as for example a large number of positive reviews online.
There are also articles dealing with the issue of security deposits. As you may know, the security deposit is meant to be a type of insurance for when a tenant damages the property (such as by tearing up the carpet or by not cleaning up after their pet), but in reality it is often used by the tenant as leverage to get discounts on their rent. One of the articles suggests that you simply do away with security deposits altogether. If a tenant is worried about damaging your property, then they are less likely to rent from you in the first place.
If a tenant causes damage to your property, then you can simply keep a portion of their security deposit to cover the cost of repairs. If you feel like being a nice guy, you could always return the remainder of the deposit and say nothing about any damage. Finally, if a tenant insists on a security deposit, then you could increase the amount at your discretion (keeping in mind that this will reduce the likelihood of them renting from you).
The third and final website for today is a Reddit website called “/r/beertrade” (insert hyperlink here). If you don’t know what Reddit is, then you should probably get out from underneath that rock that you’ve been living under (or maybe you’re just scared of the big, bad internet). In any case, Reddit is a social networking website based around topics called “subreddits”, just like the one we’re looking at toady. “/r/beertrade” is exactly what it sounds like.
It’s a place where people can buy, sell and trade bottles of beer with each other.
The reason that I’m bringing this up in an entrepreneurship class is because the principle of “scalability” applies here.
What do I mean by this?
I mean that the owner doesn’t actually have to be involved in every transaction that goes on in this subreddit. The owner (whoever that is) just sets things up in such a way that trades are fairly conducted, then everyone involved in the trading seems to just police themselves. The owner doesn’t actually have to be there “in person”, so to speak.
So, what’s the point of all this?
The point is that these three websites that I’ve described for you (along with many others that you can find online) all utilize different variations of scalability. Each website has created a certain structure within which people interact with each other and with the owners of the website. The owners can then sit back, relax, and collect money without having to be directly involved in every single transaction that goes on within their website. This is the principal of scalability, and it’s something that you need to consider when coming up with your own ideas for a website.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Sacred ground: Americans and their battlefields (ET Linenthal – 1991 – books.google.com)
- Imaginations: Kora in Hell/Spring and All/The Descent of Winter/The Great American Novel/A Novelette & Other Prose (RD Kaplan – 2006 – Vintage)
- The secret cemetery (WC Williams – 1971 – books.google.com)
- The view in winter: Reflections on old age (D Francis, L Kellaher, G Neophytou – 2020 – books.google.com)
- Epilogue: Containing the World in the Christmas Mood (J Hunter)
- Fleshing out Skull & Bones: Investigations into America’s most powerful secret society (R Blythe – 2005 – books.google.com)