Tips From the Pros

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Of course, when winter comes, you can hole up indoors like everyone else. Or you can add an elegant fire pit to your patio and enjoy the outdoors year-round. If you're opting for the latter, the question is really a matter of maintenance—which fire pit best serves your needs? Here's a rundown of three types of outdoor fire pits to help you decide:

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't adorn your porch and yard with beautiful plants! Most people assume that, if their landscaping doesn't already include planted evergreens, then decorative greenery is out of the question for the cold season. But as long as you consider your local climate before purchasing, potted plants can be your best friend.

Christmas may have already come and gone, but that doesn't mean your curb appeal has to get any less festive! While you might be packing away the jingle bells and electric candy canes, there's still a variety of outdoor decorations that will brighten up your winter style.

Whether your plants live outside all year round, or you move them inside when the weather becomes inclement keeping them alive is no easy task. The temperature in your house can fluctuate based on the time of day and that can cause your plant to require more or less water.

Indoor plants need less water during the winter. The cause of this phenomenon is due to an increase in dryness in the air. Some plants might not require watering at all and instead might go completely dormant. When you do need to water your indoor plants, try to make sure that your water is close to room temperature so as not to shock your plant’s roots. Due to the air’s dryness, if you have a humidifier in your home, placing your indoor plants near it is beneficial.

A fun and warm pastime in the winter is bird watching. You can sit by the fire and enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa while watching them flit around adding a flash of color to an otherwise dull outdoor view. So now that we’ve given you your next favorite hobby, the question is how to attract the birds to your house especially when it’s so cold outside?