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How to Make Citronella Candles?

How to Make Citronella Candles?

How to Make Citronella Candles?

If your favorite thing in summer is the hot nights outside, one of your favorite things is being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Making citronella candles in boxes is an inexpensive and effective recycling project like the Soy Wax Jar Candles I made a few months ago.

I prepare plenty of citronella candles to create a flawless barrier on the veranda, so I can enjoy my warm breezes and summer cocktails. Not bad to add to the atmosphere!

I'm not crazy about the smell of Citronella, so I added a few more scents to the last party: pine and tangerine. While the most effective candles will still be mainly citronella, feel free to add a few other fragrances that insects like eucalyptus, rosemary, mint and thyme will dislike. I also have a natural insect spray recipe with these scents - they work really well.

1. Using the hot glue gun, glue the wicks to the bottom of the cans and press firmly in the middle. If you are using a larger canister, add two or three intermittent wicks in the middle.

2. Install your double boiler and add wax or old candles in small pieces. Don't worry too much about wicks or other stains on the wax, you won't see them in the candles when you're done. Heat at medium heat until the wax is completely dissolved.

3. When the wax is melted, it is time to add odor. Add 1 oz of citronella oil per pound of wax and increase the odor with 0.5 oz of other odors per pound.

4. Allow the wax to cool slightly and carefully pour into the containers. I can gently maneuver my wicks to stay in the center while the candles cool down, but if you're having problems, fix the wicks with a stick or latch to align them. Be careful not to disturb them too much and put them in a warm place to cool. Slow and complete cooling will create the best looking candles.

5. When cooled, if a pressed area comes around the wick, heat up a little more wax and pour into the cavity.

6. Let the candle cure intact for 48 hours before burning. Then, when you burn it, burn the candles so that you get a full, wide wax pool before blowing. The candles are said to have memory, so it's best to let the first burn adjust the tone for all the rest.

7. Decorate your Citronella candles by wrapping them in sacks, twine and / or yarn. Keep them near the garden, deck or patio, so you can quickly light up when the pests come around.

Some citronella wax flows into the soil of a pot. Does the soil pollute so the plants will no longer grow and should I discard the soil? (and going to the çöp red trash bin ?? ??) or after a few heavy rains?

Hi Joe, I don't think it's going to harm the soil. How much do we talk? If you have a spill, it must harden enough to disassemble it and throw it into a trash. If it's just a few drops, don't worry, you'll be fine.

about half of his cup. Is it still okay Yes, I've cleared the “wet” soil, the question is whether the oil tankers in the ocean behave like spilled oil and erase a small amount of life.

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6 Lawn Care Musts for Your Fall Yard

Among lawn care professionals, the best way to achieve thick, green and healthy lawn in spring is to give a well-timed care in autumn - in other words, right now. However, according to Scott Frith, CEO of Lawn Doctor, a lawn care company with more than 200 franchises nationwide, many homeowners make the same basic mistakes before they fall asleep and then cause better performance of their lawn. Wonders. . I wonder more. Here is Frith's seven-step program to get a nice lawn next year.

1. Remove the leaves.

A carpet of colorful autumn leaves can look nice and can be fun to play, but they are not good for your lawn. Blocks light and traps moisture, potentially fatal strokes for unlucky grass beneath. So as the leaves fall, blow or rake them as often as possible. Even after the trees remain bare, continue to remove the corners of the wind. If you don't do this, come on the grass at the bottom of this grassland, the rotting mat will be dead.

2. Continue cutting, but to the correct height.

Don't put that mower away yet. The grass continues to grow until the first hard frost and therefore requires regular cuts to keep it ideally 2 to 3 inches high. If you let it stay too long, it becomes dull and vulnerable to fungi such as snow mold. Cutting grass too short is equally bad because it shortens the root system - the root depth is proportional to the cutting height and prevents the ability of the lawn to withstand cold and dryness in winter. Regular mowing also gets rid of pesky leaves, cuts them and leaves behind a soil-enhancing mulch.

3. Continue watering.

Frith says people tend to stop watering in the fall as the weather gets cold. Lar They think nature will do things for them, or he says. While it is true that there is more rain, more dew and less evaporation at this time of year, this may not be enough to keep the grass roots juicy and healthy in the winter. If your lawn does not receive at least an inch of water per week - the best way to follow a simple rain gauge - then run the sprinklers or irrigation system until the end of October. Until then you will want to remove hoses and flush the irrigation system to prevent frozen pipes and plugs.

4. Loosen the soil.

According to Frith, regular ventilation - every few years, prevents the soil from being compacted and covered with thatch, and a thick layer of roots, stems and debris that prevents water, oxygen and nutrients from reaching the soil. A core aerator corrects both problems by drilling holes in that hole and pulling the earth plug up. "It is a good idea to ventilate a lawn just before fertilization," says Frith. "All these holes in your lawn will allow the manure to reach the roots that it can do best."

5. Add fertilizer.

Just as grass roots need water to last in winter, they also benefit from a shot of plant sugars that protect the roots against frost and give energy to the whole plant to spring back in the spring. These sugars are produced by chlorophyll, which is produced by the grass in abundance when there is enough nitrogen. Frith therefore recommends a slow release of the slow release granular fertilizer 24-0-10. The figures indicate the weight percent by weight of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, respectively. Potassium is also important because it helps root growth, disease protection, drought tolerance and cold resistance. (A soil test can tell you how much of your lawn really needs it.) However, be careful about spreading fertilizers near the waterways; they are vulnerable to contamination from the second stream. The Grass Doctor's company policy is to provide a 5-meter buffer wherever there is water.

6. Seed spread.

“A dense lawn also provides good protection against weeds, Fr says Frith. It is therefore important to inspect existing lawns. This not only fills fine stains or bare stains, but also allows you to get to know the last, durable, drought-resistant grass. The best time to fall is autumn, because the ground is still warm, the humidity is higher, the nights are cool and the sun is not that hot during the day. But even then, “over-seeding is one of the most challenging lawn care jobs, Fr says Frith. You cannot simply release the seeds on a lawn and wait for them to wait. They must be in full contact with the soil, remain moist until they germinate, and be sufficiently stable before very cold. Renting a split seeder is a better option than broadcasting, but these machines are notorious for tearing the lawn and making your lawn look like a rake. Frith says the Lawn Doctor's special Turf Tamer power seeder, which injects seeds into the soil, is a less damaging option.