Spring Gravesite Maintenance Tips and Ideas

Early Spring is the best time of the year to spruce up the grave sites of your loved ones. A little work this the year can keep a memorial site looking great for months to come. If you only have the time, or the ability to tend to a grave site once a year, Spring is definitely the time you should do it.


If you can't tend to the graves on your own because you're physically unable, or you live far away from the cemetery, there are grave tending service providers around the country who you can hire to do it for a small fee. They will even send you a picture of the grave once the work is complete so you can see how nice it looks. If you don't know of a service in your area, consult our Grave Tending Service Provider Directory for options.


Before starting any maintenance or decorating, be sure to check with cemetery about their rules. Some have very restrictive rules that could end up wasting your time and money if you don't abide by them.


spring cemetery arrangementSpring is obviously a great time to take care of any landscaping issue the site may have. Pick up any debris around the grave and even give the grass a good raking. If there are bare spots in the grass, now's a great time to spread some seed to fill them in. Not only will this look better, but it will prevent weeds from filling in those spots. When it comes to grass seed, buy the kind that comes encased in its own fertilizer and growing material, such as Scott's EZ Seed. That way you don't have to worry about coming back every day to water. Make sure you spread the seed evenly around the site.


The next thing is to clean the headstone. The most effective, safest, and easiest way to clean a headstone is to use D/2 Biological Solution. Tested and used by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Park Service, D/2 is a biodegradable cleaner that is PH neutral and contains no salts, bleach or acids. It is highly effective for removing stains caused by mold, mildew, algae, lichens and air pollutants. The product works, won't harm the stone, and best of all, makes future cleaning easier by preventing new build up.


Spring is also a great time to add some flower arrangements or other decorations to brighten up the site. This is an area you definitely need to know the rules and regulations for your cemetery. In the way of decorations, some people will place stuffed animal or balloons, especially on the grave of a child. Other great decoration ideas include banners and solar powered lights.


If you're interested in flowers, we recommend going with artificial flowers. Not only will you save a lot of money as compared to fresh flowers, but they will stand up to harsh weather conditions and continue to look beautiful for months and even years to come. We have a great selection of artificial flower arrangements that are perfect for both Spring and the Easter seasons. To view our seasonal flower selections, click here: http://www.gravesideflowers.com/collections/seasonal-holiday

February 23, 2018 by Chuck Clark

The Best Way to Attach Flowers to a Headstone

Placing an elegant flower arrangement on top of a headstone is a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one who has passed.  But how do you attach the flowers so they don't blow away in the first wind that rolls through the cemetery after you've place them?  You obviously don't want to have your flowers lost, but you also don't want to attach them in a fashion that looks bad or might damage the stone.


The headstone spray, which is a very popular style of grave site floral arrangement, can be placed on the ground atop the grave, on an easel next to the grave stone, or perched on top of the stone.  Of the three options, having the spray on top of the stone looks the best, and is how the arrangement was really intended to be displayed.


Most sprays are sold with a saddle that is made of coat hanger-like wire that is bent to fit over the top of the stone and hold it in place.  These saddles do a decent job of holding the flowers in place, but they can still be blown away if the wind gets strong.  The other issues with saddles is often times they look cheap, and if they're made from low-cost materials, can rust and leave rusty streaks running down the face of the stone.


We've also seen other strategies for attaching flowers that are quite crude, ineffective, and unattractive, such as the use of plastic wrap, duct tape, wire, zip ties, and fishing line.  While some of these strategies are quite creative and border on engineering marvels, they typically don't look very good.  Especially when you get close!

The Best Solution

 

Graveside Flowers sells a product that will anchor your flowers to a headstone in a way that is completely hidden from view, won't damage the stone, will hold up to a strong wind, is made from aluminum, so it won't rust...and doesn't cost that much more than a roll of duct tape. This innovative headstone flower arrangement anchor (pictured to the right) retails for just $14.99 and makes a perfect, and permanent, solution to the problem of securing flowers on top of a grave marker.

 

 

To buy one for yourself, click on the following link:  http://www.gravesideflowers.com/collections/accessories/products/headstone-anchor 

 

July 07, 2016 by Chuck Clark

Best Crosses and Decorations for Roadside Memorials

As you drive around on a daily basis you've probably noticed a surge in the number of roadside memorial sites you see. Roadside memorials are becoming an increasingly popular way of memorializing a loved one who perished in an accident.

If you're thinking about creating a memorial site to honor somebody you lost, there are a couple things to keep in mind. First of all, check with local regulations to see if they're even allowed, and if so, what limitations or special conditions they may require. You don't want to set up a memorial that will immediately be taken down, or worse yet, land you in legal trouble. Secondly, never set up a display on private property without getting the property owner's permission first.

Once you're sure it's OK to establish your site, you should think about whether you want to plan it out, or just allow it to happen in an impromptu manner. Either way you choose, a cross is typically the cornerstone of any memorial site. You can then add balloons, stuffed animals (for children who were lost) photographs of the deceased, and any personal items that you think represent who this person was.

One thing you should definitely keep in mind is when it comes to memorial sites, especially those on public roads, less is more. Don't allow your site to spread out too far, and don't allow it to become too gaudy. While the site is personal to you, everybody will see it. The other good reason to keep the site small and tasteful is it will be less likely to get taken down. If you put up something that huge and/or unattractive, you shouldn't be surprised when you return to the site and find it cleared away.

At Graveside Flowers, we carry a wide array of crosses that are perfect for the start of your roadside memorial. We offer several different sizes and colors. All of them are sturdy and designed to withstand harsh weather. They're also created to be easily paced in the ground. (If you live in a part of the country that has hard clay or rocky soil, you may want to bring a screwdriver with you to loosen the ground before trying to insert the cross.

To see our collection of crosses and choose the one that's perfect for your memorial site, click here. *We offer free shipping on all orders over $19.99.

 

 

February 24, 2014 by Chuck Clark

How Artificial Flowers are Made

 

Artificial flowers are gaining in popularity for a myriad of uses. In addition to being used as grave site decorations and memorials, such as the flowers we offer, artificial flowers are seen much more often in the home, and even at weddings.

 

Their popularity on graves are obviously due to their ability to withstand harsh weather conditions and lack of need for maintenance. However, their rise in popularity in the home and at weddings can be tied to the quality of the artificial flowers being produced today. Some flowers produced today are so life-like and realistic that you need to get right up to them and even touch them before you can tell they're not real. The question is, how do they make them look so real at such a reasonable price?artificial flower arrangement

 

Designing the Flowers

The first step in the manufacturing process is to design the flowers. In this day and age of computer aided design, this process is much faster, and more exact. Designers are able to use live examples to create two dimensional designs and three dimensional components for each individual flower to be used as molds and templates.

 

Choosing Materials

Due to cost of materials, most "silk" flowers aren't actually mad with silk. The term "silk flowers" has become interchangeable with "artificial flowers", which can lead to some confusion for consumers. The artificial flowers that are made with silk are very expensive, and not something you would typically use outdoors. In addition to silk, many of the softer (higher cost) flowers are made with cotton or rayon.

 

When it comes to lower priced versions, polyester and plastic are the materials most widely used. In addition to being lower in cost, these materials are much more durable and weather resistant, so the last longer and remain better looking during prolonged outdoor exposure. These flowers are the ones most suitable for use in cemetery, grave, or memorial setting. They're also the ones you can purchase here at Graveside Flowers.

 

Manufacturing the Flowers

Using the digital designs, flower manufacturers create molds of the individual flower components. In order to create the realistic look, the flower component are made individually and then assembled into the individual flowers or arrangements. To save on materials and make the products easier to display, bouquets and arrangements are often made using only one stem, rather than individual stems for each flower. On higher priced, handmade silk versions, you will get individual stems for each flower, just as you would with real flowers. however, once again, this contributes to the higher price of the flowers.

 

Choosing the Right Flowers

Before deciding on which flowers of various manufacturing process (and various prices) you should buy, you need to ask yourself what the flowers are for. If you want flowers that will be used as home decorations, choosing more expensive, handmade flowers would likely be your best option due to the realistic look and fee. If your flowers are going to be used in a wedding or other onetime event, your budget for the event should guide your decision. If you're buying flowers to use in an outdoor setting for long periods of time, the economical flowers you can buy here are your best option.

 

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