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Transporting Plants in Hot Weather

Make sure to carry your plant correctly.

Greenhouse plants and bedding plants necessitate special attention to halting damage during their trip from the garden center to your destination. Here are some tips on transporting plants:

Wind can be hazardous. For bigger plants especially, don’t stand them up in the back of a truck where they can be damaged by the wind. Tall plants must be transported lying on their sides. Cover with a tarp or cloth and secure them to keep them from moving around in the truck bed. The best way of transport is a covered van.

Little plants can be cooked in vehicles, even with the AC running. Sunshine through the windows can be intense. Provide shade from direct sun with a cardboard box. Car trunks are not the right way either.

When transporting huge plants into or out of a vehicle, always pick plants up by the container, not the stem or trunk.

Here’s how to prevent container garden mishaps:

Group plants. Group containers so they shade each other and don’t dry out quickly.

Give them shade. Put containers in a shady area such as under a tree or on the east side of the house for shielding from the hot sun. Even sun-friendly plants can take seven days of shade while you’re on vacation.

Hold the water. Use a potting mix containing water-absorbing crystals which will soak up excess moisture and make it available to plants as the mix begins to dry out.

Time your waterings. Add a timer to a drip irrigation system and run the spaghetti-like irrigation tubes from container to container.

Grow succulents and cacti. These plants are water-thrifty to the hilt. It won’t faze them to go seven days or more without water. Also, potted succulents work well as winter houseplants.

Ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with asking a loved one to water your plants. Just make sure to ask them to water deeply. Light watering won’t let moisture penetrate the soil and reach the roots.


Transporting Plants in Cold Weather

If you have to transport plants during cold weather, these tips should help you keep your plant alive.

You’ve discovered the perfect plants. However, transporting and safeguarding them from the elements can be difficult. Regardless if you’re moving them in cold or hot temperatures or require care instructions for an upcoming vacation, these tips will keep your plants healthy and alive.

Tips to Get Your Plants Home Safely in Cold Weather

Being in temps from 45°F -50°F for as little as 60 minutes is enough to kill several plants. Here are some easy and quick tips on transporting plants in cold weather. If these tips appear like overkill, think of them as a little investment of your time in return for years of pleasure with your new plants.

If possible, make buying your plants the last stop of your shopping trip.

Choose a day when the weather forecast is mild.

Place them in a bag. Double the bag if it’s really windy or cold out. Paper is better than plastic, but plastic is better than nothing at all. If the trip home is long, open the bag a little for ventilation.

Have your vehicle warmed up before you put the plants inside.

Be sure to provide ventilation if using plastic of any type as a covering for your plants.

Do not put your plants in your trunk.

Don’t let foliage touch the windows of the vehicle. The cold will damage the leaves.

If you purchase big plants, don’t let them hang out of the window.

Put some newspaper or cardboard on the floor of your vehicle for additional insulation.

Vans are better for transporting larger plants. If you have to use a truck, put the plants down and cover them to keep the cold and wind out.


The colder it gets, the more hazardous it is to your plants. This is particularly true when cold temperatures are united with the wind. Even a meticulously bagged plant can be harmed during a little walk across a cold parking lot.


Ways to Transport Cupcakes

Transporting cupcakes can be nerve-wracking. So, here are some tips that make it easier.

Regardless if you’ve decided to bring cupcakes to a dinner party for dessert or for someone’s birthday party, you’ll need to transport those pretty little individual cakes safely and securely.

Cupcakes. They’re tasty,  look dainty and pretty, and are always a hit with all regardless of what the flavor, occasion, or how you’ve decorated them.

But you don’t want to risk ruining or dropping even one of your cupcakes! Therefore, how can you transport cupcakes so they get there in the same condition in which they left your kitchen?

Baking pan in a roasting pan
Set the cleaned cupcake pan in a roasting pan that’s big enough to completely cover the tops of the frosted cakes. After your cupcakes have cooled, put them in the cupcake tin and frost them. Cover the pan with foil, and you’re good to go.

Resealable, shallow container
If your cakes are slightly frosted, put them in a big, shallow plastic container so they are slightly touching. Make sure to keep the container horizontal while you travel.

Non-skid shelving liner
To stop extensively decorated cupcakes from moving about, layer a non-skid shelving liner or Silpat mat in your shallow boxes or resealable container that’s deep enough to hold all the frosted cakes. Put the cupcakes in so they’re close but don’t touch. The liner will help keep them in place.

Cupcake caddy
If you’re a cupcake lover and have some space in the kitchen, it could be worth buying a cupcake carrier. Several are stackable, letting you customize them according to how many cupcakes you have to transport.

Cupcake Box

Purchase a cupcake box. These are readily available online or at your local gourmet baking and cooking store. Some craft stores might also have a small selection. Boxes are available to hold six or a dozen cupcakes securely.


How Much Does it Cost to Move a Mobile Home

There’s a lot to consider before deciding to move your mobile home.

When most folks think about moving across the country, they think about their belongings. But what if “moving” connotates relocating your entire mobile home? There are plenty of things to think about when deciding to move your whole home instead of moving into a new one, so here is some information on how much it will cost to move your mobile home and who you should get to do the move.

How prepared is your mobile home?

Though they are technically “mobile”, not all homes are made equally. Some have been connected to a solid foundation and don’t have the hardware to be moved long distances, while others have a temporary foundation and still have the hardware needed for installing an axle, platform, and wheels. In some instances, the movers will put the home onto a flatbed and move it that way, especially if it wasn’t really built to be mobile or it if is really heavy. The weight must be taken into consideration when moving a home, as well as destination and size.

The movers will only take the home on main roads where the corridor is big enough to allow passage, so transport to more remote areas will be hard and may raise the distance the home needs to be hauled and as a result, the cost. Doors and windows must be secured and covered, utilities cut off, and all cabinets and other permanent fixtures secured to avoid breakage.  Prepping a mobile home to move to a new city can cost about $1,000.

How to choose a moving company

Not all moving companies have the equipment and capacity to transport a mobile home. The company should be accurately insured to move huge freight across state lines, as well as being familiar with all the permitting needed.

How Much Does it Cost to Move an Entire House

Transporting your house can be pricey but can you really put a price tag on where you feel at home? 

So, you want to relocate to a new city, but you totally love your home? You may be considering moving the entire building to a new lot. Movers move historic buildings, relocate homes out of flood zones, so why not just move your home to a new lot? You already have everything styled and set up just how you like it.

It will likely cost you a pretty penny, making such a project cost-prohibitive for many movers. Here is the lowdown.

How big is your house?

The wider and taller the structure is, the more complex the logistics of moving it will be. Obstacles such as narrow rural roads with hairpin turns, trees, overhead wires, and exterior mailboxes can create hurdles to overcome along the way. Permits can be gotten and utility companies can lift the wires for you, residents can be worked with to move back mailboxes, and trees can be pruned. Though, all of this will be time-consuming and pricey.

Where you are relocating the home to might also require a more circuitous route if there are rural roads along the way, and some jurisdictions have rules requiring homes only be moved at night and with a police escort. This sort of preparatory costs will make up the bulk of the cost of relocating your house instead of the actual moving service itself.

Is your home prepared?

You must also prep your house for the move, signifying all utilities have to be disconnected by an electrician. If the house includes an underground basement, the structure itself must be prepared and altered to be stable on a trailer with staircases gone and supporting beams detached.

The movers will dig trenches around the whole foundation to put steel beams to jack up the structure, so be ready for some serious construction.


How to Safely Transport a Christmas Tree

Follow these tips to get the best Christmas tree this year.

When the holiday season is in full swing, many folks are, putting up Christmas trees, decorating their homes for the holidays, and hanging holiday lights. If you’re planning on buying a real tree, it’s crucial to go to the tree lot prepared. Keep the following tips in mind to aid in safely transporting your tree.

Take measurements beforehand. Measure where you want to put the tree, as well as the top of your vehicle, to make sure you will be able to transport and set up your tree. Something else to consider is if you’ll be able to get the tree off your vehicle without assistance. If not, it is a good idea to pick a different tree.

Check the weather before you go tree picking. Clear conditions during the day are ideal. This is the one time of the season not to go dashing through the snow.

Transporting the Tree

The best option for transporting your tree is to unite it to a roof rack. If you don’t have a roof rack, make sure you securely attach the tree to your vehicle. Open the whole car door to tie the tree around the roof. Wrap the base, middle, and top of the tree to ensure it is secure.

If you’re not using a roof rack, put down a tarp or an old blanket on the roof of your vehicle to avoid scratches and to safeguard your vehicle from sap.

If you are transporting the tree inside of your vehicle or in a truck bed, be sure you can still see out of your rearview mirror and windows.

Drive slowly! It’s always vital to practice caution on the road, but it is an excellent idea to practice extreme caution when transporting a heavy or uncommon object. Fast turns or sharp corners can shift the positioning of the tree and cause problems.

Can You Ship a Dead Pet (Part II)?

(Most) Birds Are Good to Ship

Poultry, not 24 hours old is mailable, as long as the hatch date (including the hour) is cited by

While not all dead pets can be shipped there is a large variety that can such as emus.

the hatchery’s representative and the hatchery’s address is known. Not all birds are mail friendly. Chickens, emus, geese, ducks, guinea birds, partridges, pheasants, quail, and turkeys are okay for mailing. Poultry is done differently by the USPS as to avoid mailing it during afternoons, Sundays, or national holidays.

You Can Mail Bugs if You Want To…

Need to help your BFF across the US pollinate his almond farm? Want to send him some bees? You can send live bees in the mail if they’re honeybees. If you ship them by air, you’ll be limited to shipping only queen honeybees. However, ground shipping allows for the transport of all types of honeybees. Additionally, you’ll have to write “Live Queen Bees” on your package, so USPS employees know to handle your bugs with care.

Scorpions can also be shipped in the mail, but only for medical research reasons, or for the use of manufacturing antivenom. Your scorpion package must house two containers, the innermost one has to be puncture-proof to said predatory arachnid since scorpions aren’t just bugs by no means. To make this simpler, you might want to befriend some scientists before you hit the post office with your scorpion box.

You Can Ship Dead Stuff, Too!

Your prized game bird you acquired last week is eligible for shipment, as long as you take the right steps to the following protocol. Animal parts or dead animals must be refrigerated with water ice or dry ice as long as the liquid container is correctly sealed. Items such as skins, furs, and hides, and skins have to be properly cured or dried. Mailed animals can’t breach any laws in the state of origin or its destination state.

Can You Ship a Dead Pet (Part I)?

Well, it depends on if the pet is in the right packaging, whether that packaging is accurately labeled, and the state of the dead pet. Mailing roadkill differs from mailing a stuffed dog.

If you want to mail a dead animal, you should talk this over with a representative from whichever package sending service you want to use (USPS, UPS, etc.).

Context also is important. If the delivery of said animal part or animal could be used as a threat

While mailing your deceased pet isn’t something that happens often, if you find yourself in this situation, it is possible.

(e.g. mailing a pig’s heart to your ex) or there’s a sign of animal cruelty (the dog’s heart seems to have been removed while the dog was still alive), you are in violation of the law, regardless of using the correct packaging.

Using USPS

Opinions about the USPS vary depending on who you ask, but the agency does ship practically anything. It might surprise you, though to know what else the USPS is willing to ship including certain live animals and lots of ‘em. You’ll have to follow some rules based on what you’re mailing. As long as you stick to the plan your animal should get to its destination with no problems.

Make Sure Your Container Is Built Tough

If you want to do the live pet shipping, you can’t cover your hamster in bubble-wrap and mail it in your leftover Amazon Prime box. In addition to clearly labeling what is inside, your shipping container should at least be made of a 275-pound test, double-wall, corrugated, weather-resistant fiberboard or it’s equivalent according to the USPS’ container rules. The container has to be escape-proof, offer adequate ventilation and must be able to stand up to normal handling without getting crushed.

As with any animal shipments, you’ll have to be sure the containers are properly labeled, and your shipment can endure the trip without food or water.

What You Need to Know About Transporting a Dead Body (Part II)

The cheapest way to move a dead body is to drive it.

There are many ways to get your loved ones to their final resting place. Consider what works best for you and them.

The actual cost is determined by miles and weight. Funeral homes usually charge by the mile for distances that go over 25 miles. If you want to move the body yourself, make sure to check on the regulations in the state you are moving the body in. A funeral home can aid in answering any questions you might have.

You can buy a plan that will ship your body home if you die while traveling.

Travel plans cover the cost if someone dies while away from home. At under $500, these plans can be a good option for people who travel frequently for business or pleasure. Check out travel protection plans online to find out more.

Shipping a body by train can be low-cost.

If you have to get the body from points that have train service at both ends, this can be a good choice. You’ll most likely require the services of a funeral director at both the beginning and end of the trip though. For example, Amtrak requires a funeral director at both the beginning and end of the journey.

Some states require that a body is refrigerated or embalmed if it will enter their state.

If you’re cross state lines, you have to know that various states have various requirements. For instance, some states necessitate that the body is refrigerated or embalmed while others don’t.

Shipping a body internationally can be difficult and complex.

Regulations between countries differ widely. Begin with a “known shipper” like a funeral director or funeral home. They should be well-versed and familiar with all requirements. You can also contact the embassy or consulate in the country the deceased was in.

Shipping cremated remains is less difficult than shipping a dead body.

There are regulations and rules for transporting cremated remains, but the details and paperwork are much less extensive than for transporting a dead body.

What You Need to Know About Transporting a Dead Body (Part I)

It’s not unusual for people to die while away from home. Getting the deceased back home can be a pricey and difficult task. Here are a few things to know about how shipping a dead body works. If you’d like to learn more about transporting human remains or a dead body, keep reading. You will learn about what you can and can’t do and to be prepared beforehand if you have the dreadful task of trying to transport a loved one.

Don’t let them do all the driving, look into the best transport options for your deceased loved one.

Important Info About Shipping a Dead Body

You can’t arrange air transportation for a dead body by yourself

Most airlines will transport a dead body but you’ll have to get a funeral director or a specialized transport company. The shipper must be elected as a “known shipper” by the TSA. Many funeral homes are accepted as known shippers.

The body will be transported in the cargo hold.

The known shipper will put the body in a specialized container and the body will be put in the cargo hold of the plane. The funeral director on the other end will manage to get the container to the destination funeral home.

You could require the services of two funeral providers.

If the distance is too far to drive, and you will use the train or fly, you will most likely require the services of a known shipper on the front end and a funeral director when the body gets to the destination.

Shipping a dead body can be expensive.

The precise cost of shipping a dead body will be contingent on the weight, distance, and method of transportation. Besides the cost of travel, you’ll have to buy the container as well as other services. The cost varies tremendously. The total amount can go from $1,500 to a whopping $15,000 for an international shipment.