10 Garden Decorations to Bring Life to Your Lawn this Spring

Getting the garden in shape for spring requires hard work, patience and persistence. For gardeners, there’s no better feeling than sculpting our little landscapes, nourishing nature or making a meal out of food that we grow in our own backyards. We work with a specific vision in mind. But sometimes, even after the flowers are planted, the lawn neatly mowed and the hedges trimmed, it can still feel like something is missing. Complete your garden vision, add the finishing touch, and bring life to your lawn with these garden decorations!

10 Garden Decorations to Bring Life to Your Lawn this Spring


Mason Bee House

Garden Decorations - Mason Bee House

Pollinate your garden with this Mason Bee House. The non-aggressive and non-stinging Mason bees are named for their tendency to build nests in hollow reeds and holes. Give these gentle, hardworking bees a nice home in your garden and watch them get to work.

Fly-Through Bird Feeder

Garden Decorations - Fly Through Bird Feeder

Perfect for birdwatchers, this Fly-Through Bird Feeder features eight entryways for birds to come and go as they please. Its mesh exterior holds up to 2 lbs. and makes it easy for birds to feed from the outside. The roof helps keep seeds dry and safe from spring rain.

The Humm™ Hummingbird Feeder

Garden Decorations - The Hum Hummingbird Feeder

Did you know that a dirty hummingbird feeder is dangerous? Nectar can grow poisonous if left in the sunlight for more than five days. This handy Hummingbird Feeder solves that problem by preventing bacteria and mold buildup, and making it easier to change nectar.

Set of 4 Sunflower Planters

Garden Decorations - Set of 4 Sunflower Planters

Spread your garden all around your yard, deck or patio with Set of 4 Sunflower Planters. Each colorful planter in the set has a rustic sunflower design, as well as handles for easy carrying. And the deep design is perfect for adding plenty of soil to help the plants thrive.

Stacked Animal Planters

Garden Decorations - Stacked Animal Planters

Add a cute accent piece to your outdoor space with the Stacked Animal Planter. Fun and full of personality, the planter features a trio of animals stacked on top of one another, with a small opening on each of them that’s perfect for planting flowers or setting out birdseed.

Vintage Railing Planters

Garden Decorations - Vintage Railing Planters

This charming planter is designed to look like a vintage truck, bicycle or sailboat. The no-tool assembly makes it easy to fix the planter on railings up to 2-1/2″W. Feature it on your porch or deck railing with your favorite flowers, and enjoy the look all the way through fall.

Solar Lit Village Planters

Garden Decorations - Solar Lit Village Planters

Use your favorite plants or flowers to create a little village in the Solar Lit Village Planter. It features a miniature scene with plenty of openings for plants to poke through. It also has a solar panel that lights up the house with an amber glow for up to 8 hours on a full charge.

Set of 6 Diamond Solar Stakes

Garden Decorations - Set of 6 Diamond Solar Stakes

Design a beautiful path to your front door or light up your garden with this sparkling Set of 6 Diamond Solar Stakes. The solar panels charge throughout the day and illuminate with brilliant white light at night, adding safety to a walkway or putting your garden on display.

Outdoor Triple Lantern with Timer

Garden Decorations - Outdoor Triple Candle Lantern with Timer

The Outdoor Triple Candle Lantern brings the realistic look of candlelight to your deck or patio without the safety hazard. The 3 flameless, battery-operated LED candles add long-lasting light, and the timer function switches the lights on for 6 hours and off for 18 hours.

Sets of 4 Solar Tube Lights

Garden Decorations - Sets of 4 Solar Tube Lights

Tiny bubbles inside each tube in this Set of 4 Solar Tube Lights catch and reflect light, creating a nightly light show for your yard. The lights turn on automatically at dusk and offer your yard or garden a constant, colorful glow for up to 8 hours when fully charged.


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Gadgets to Keep Your Backyard Pest Free

Spring is making itself known with all the blooming trees, chirping birds and sunshine. But, like with most things, you have to take the good with the bad. In the case of spring, pests are the bad — especially in the garden. With that in mind, we put together a list of gadgets to keep your yard pest free.

patio-egg

Deter mosquitoes and other biting insects the easy and safe way with the ceramic Patio Egg Pest Diffuser. The egg uses a DEET-free formula of essential oils to keep bugs away. The fragrance diffuses through the porous egg into the surrounding area, darkening the egg as it absorbs oil. The pleasant floral scent will “hatch” within 24 hours and be effective continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Protects up to 200 sq. ft. for up to 4 months. Hang it with the included plant-fiber net or set it on a flat surface.

solar-repellentThe cordless Mosquito Repellent Solar Light creates a mosquito-free zone. While most lights attract bugs, this weather-resistant Mosquito Repellant Solar Light repels them! Emitting sonic waves designed to repel bugs, this solar light also creates a warm, inviting glow on a porch, deck or patio. On/off switch. 4-1/2″ sq. x 3-1/4″H. Plastic and metal.

bug-zapperThe lantern-look Solar Bug Zapper attracts and kills mosquitoes and other insects. Held within the metal frame, the zapper is harmless to humans and pets. An integrated solar panel charges during the day to automatically activate the zapper at night. Hang it by the hook or simply stand it on your porch, patio or a table. Butterfly, 10″ x 4-1/2″ sq. Star, 10″ x 5-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. Both measurements include the 3-1/4″ handle.

wasp trapsEnjoy the outdoors without fear of wasps with this Set of 2 Wasp Traps. All you need is water and sugar, no dangerous chemicals involved. Each trap has 3 entry funnels that attract wasps from all directions. It lures the wasps in, but they can’t find the way out. Hang them up or set them on the table. The durable trap can be used again and again. 3-3/8″ dia. x 5-1/8″H, each. Polypropylene.

repellentKeep away bothersome mosquitoes without annoying smells with Mosquito-Ex Natural Repellent. This all-natural product is nontoxic and can safely be used around people and pets. The active ingredient is 100% lavender in a gel base. It’s so natural that you can use the residue cake as a lavender bar soap. The 8.8-oz. tub lasts for 4 to 6 weeks and protects up to 200 sq. ft.

Tips on Shopping for Christmas in July

christmas-in-julyWe’re about five months away from Christmas, but, if you’ve ever hosted a family holiday, it’s never too early to start planning. Though you can’t (or shouldn’t) start putting up your Christmas decorations, you can do your Christmas shopping now — it saves you time, money and stress! Here are 5 tips for shopping for Christmas in July.

sweaterThink Winter We know, it seems like winter just ended and we want to enjoy the summer sun for as long as possible, but now is a good time to buy cozy items at low prices. Think about fleece bedding, cardigans, footed pajamas — even novelty socks! Right now, retailers are trying to move these items to make room for new winter items at regular prices. Strike while the iron is hot!

beachThink Vacation It is midsummer and retailers are already abandoning summer items for fall merchandise. That means you can find items someone might want for a sunny vacation or camping trips — things you don’t normally see around Christmas because it’s not typically the time of year people need tents or beach towels. But if your loved ones are into those types of activities or have a mid-winter getaway planned to a warmer climate, they can pleasantly surprised by gifts to help prepare for a trip.

gnome-policeThink Garden Gardening is an activity you have to plan for well before it’s time to start watering your flowers and mowing the lawn. People start working on their gardens as early as February! If you have someone on your Christmas list who is into gardening, now is a great time to get outdoor decor and gardening supplies as the gardening season starts to wane. The really nice thing about giving a gardening gift at Christmas (besides saving money now!) is when your loved one starts garden planning, it’s like opening the gift all over again! And if you’re giving a garden gnome, the gift is all the more precious!

big-bang-penStocking Stuffers Back to school items are everywhere now, but they can be put in stockings later! Little notebooks, markers and crafting supplies are discounted between July and September but by December they’ll be back to regular prices. Save now, share later!

slippersThink Themes Start scanning the summer sales for items that fit a theme. In a discount bin full of mismatched items, sale items might not seem appealing as gifts, but if you curate a collection, you can put it in a gift basket to wow your loved ones! For instance, you might find headbands, fingernail polish and slippers separately, but together it makes a fun spa gift basket.

You can find all your gifts right here at LTD Commodities! Whether you’re shopping for a birthday or you want to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping, shop LTD for great gifts at discount prices.

Guide to Upcycling Wooden Pallets

Wooden-PalletWooden pallets: they’re everywhere, they’re free (or almost free) and they’re versatile. Inside and outside they can be converted into inspiring and functional pieces of furniture. Here is a brief guide to upcycling wooden pallets .

Before You Get Started Wooden pallets are used for shipping; they keep items secure during long distance transit as well as in warehouses when goods are being moved by forklifts. They’re very sturdy but discarded fairly quickly after use – making them the perfect material for upcycling. But, because they’re cheap, discarded materials, working with them comes with pitfalls.

Selection Because they’ve traveled across the country and maybe an ocean or two, pallets have likely been exposed to chemicals and bacteria. When you’re choosing palates from a pile, use your instincts. Don’t take anything home that looks or smells terrible – it’s probably not safe. Try to stick with the clean ones and look for stamps and markings to tell you if it’s safe to use.

Preparation Scrub down the pallets with a strong disinfectant and soapy water to get rid of any bacteria lurking in the wood. Rinse it well. Bacteria grow in moist spots, so make sure it’s completely dry before starting your project.

Dismantle They can be tough to take apart, but if you’re willing to work with shorter pieces of wood, you can saw off the joints connected by nails and avoid the hassle of nail removal.

Wooden-PalletOutside Projects

Patio Furniture Pallets are sturdy enough to stand up to most of the elements which make them ideal for patio furniture. There’s no limit on the size of outdoor seating. It can be as small as a single-seat bench or big enough to accommodate five people. Construction is minimal and requires few tools. The most thought you’ll put into it is for the color of the cushions to finish off the furniture.

Gardens Pallets are a practical material for getting creative with gardens. If you just want a simple raised bed, it only takes about three pallets to put one together. With even less work and fewer pallets, you can turn a wall into garden; all you need is your garden supplies and finishing materials (landscape fabric, staple gun, staples, and sand paper) for the pallet.

Inside Projects

Beds If you’re familiar and comfortable with platform beds, wooden pallets can be collected and fitted to make a bed in just about any size and shape you need. A drill and brackets are about as complicated as the accessories get to put together a durable bed frame.

Shelves Wooden pallets as shelves give a living room or bedroom a rustic quality when the texture is left untouched. But pallet wood is, generally, good quality – some are made with cherry wood or maple – so when the wood is sanded and finished, the product can be elegant.

Wooden-PalletTables Pallets can be transformed into tables of different sizes – an end table, a coffee table and even a dining room table. Because you’re making it yourself, you can tailor the table for your needs – add compartments or drawers to make magazine storage or shelves to put books.

If you’ve never thought about upcycling pallets before, you will now. Even the least crafty people can turn out an original furniture design with the wooden pallet.  As your ideas about what you can make with them start to develop in your head, you’ll start noticing how easy they are to find and once you get started, you’ll find they’re easy to work with, too.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

It’s getaway day! We’re fantasizing about what we’re going to do with our days off… and we picked out some items that are inspiring how we should spend the weekend. Here are LTD’s product picks for the week.

solar-lighted-ballon-stakes

Add a splash of color to your yard with this playful Set of 2 Solar-Lighted Balloon Stakes that are fun for kids and adults! Group them in your garden and make it look like you’re having a party every day. They look like real balloons, but are made of durable, all-weather plastic. The curved “string” stake creates the illusion that the balloon is actually floating. The solar panel is concealed within the balloon, which twists open for access to the on/off switch. Glows with a constant white light for up to 8 hours on a full charge. 

adjustable-angle-table

Adjustable Angle Table is the ultimate bedside table. It replaces bulky nightstands at a fraction of the price! You can adjust the height and angle and swivel it to any position you need. Its roomy surface provides a convenient place for your remote, book, tablet and beverage, while its sturdy metal base rests on the floor or slides under your mattress. It can swivel 360° and lock into place at any desired angle. A ledge on either side keeps items from slipping and sliding even when the table is at an angled position. Can be used on any bed including bunk beds, water beds, RV beds and dorm room beds. 

Galvanized-serving-tray

Galvanized Metal Serving Pieces are durable and bring a bit of rustic, down-on-the-farm flavor to your table. The round Handled Serving Tray  has wood handles secured with riveted construction. Use it to bring everything from main courses to sweet desserts to your dining area. The Salt & Pepper Napkin Holderprovides a double storage function with a built-in tray to hold your own salt and pepper shakers and a large main section to hold your napkins. Molded metal designs will last for years!

camping-survival-tool

10-In-1 Camping Survival Tool packs 10 vital functions into a single device. It’s great for camping, hunting and fishing, or to keep handy in your vehicle or work area. When closed, the thermometer, hygrometer, compass, flashlight and whistle are all easily put to use. Open it and the reflector, bubble level, removable ruler and magnifier are at your fingertips. The flint and flint blade are in a stay-dry compartment. A removable wrist strap keeps this essential tool close at hand. 
Features:
Thermometer
Hygrometer
Reflector
Compass
Bubble level
Magnifier
Ruler
LED flashlight
Whistle
Flint and flint blade

rustic-faucet-garden-decor

The weathered look of the Rustic Faucet Garden Decor will give your outdoors a special charm. The old-fashioned bronze-colored faucet design makes the pieces perfect for plants and garden accessories. Scrollwork accents add to the overall appeal. Slight assembly required; assembly hardware included. 

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

We’re flipping through the catalog to pass the time between now and when the weekend starts. We’ve picked out some items we can’t wait to use now that the weather is finally warm! Here are LTD’s product picks for the week.

hanging-lantern

This Solar Scrolled Hanging Lantern enhances your outdoor space with elegant accent lighting featuring beautiful scrollwork. A ring on the handle makes it easy to hang from any hook. It has a solar panel on top that uses the sun’s energy to automatically power the light at night. 

think-big-sports

Now kids can practice their favorite sports right in their own backyard! Whether your kids are into soccer or basketball, we have the set for them! Each set comes with an oversized inflatable plastic ball and accessories that are safe and fun to use. Kick the soccer ball through the goal cones or shoot the basketball through the hoop. 

 

you-frame-it

Transform your most cherished photos into framed canvas artwork in your own home in a matter of minutes. With the Flipo You Frame It system, you can take any image from a camera or cell phone, print it on specially formulated canvas paper, then frame it. Printing is done on your inkjet printer without the need for special ink or computer software.

 

can-coolers

MLB Coleman 24-Can Cooler is easy to carry wherever the action takes you. Its adjustable strap has a shoulder pad embroidered with the Coleman logo. Full-color MLB team logo is embroidered on the cooler’s front panel. Made of 600D polyester, the soft-sided cooler is lined with PEVA. Includes a carabiner clip and mesh carry pouches on the sides. 

tickin-tater

The Tick N’ Tater Water Balloon Game takes the traditional game of hot potato and cools it down. Fill up a water balloon, then place it inside the Tick N’ Tater. Set the attached timer and start passing it around. When the timer runs out, the balloon will burst, soaking the person holding it. This easy game is a refreshing and fast-paced way to spend a hot afternoon outdoors.