The process of ordering artificial trees

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Today we are going to stay on the same topic we have over the best few articles and continue talking about faux trees. Hopefully our earlier blog posts are still fresh so we can jump right into what is important. When creating a landscape it is always key to have a good idea of what you need in terms of specific variety before even starting your design process. There are many reasons why this is important, and we will try to cover them all as to justify the whole purpose of even talking about this. For one, there are MANY types of artificial trees out there on the market. Competition in the Silk Plant Industry is increasing every month, and with that comes the addition of more and more new products. Just a couple of years ago you may not have been able to find fake Baobab trees anywhere, as they are a unique and rare tree as an authentic piece. With so many different products out there it is extremely hard to make a final decision, and if you wait until the end when the deadline is almost due then that becomes an even more stressful situation. For those reasons alone you should always think about the types of artificial trees you will need before starting any landscape design project. If you already have this step complete, then there are still other things that can be done to make the design process all the more smoother. With artificial trees there are various steps you can take to make sure they are guaranteed to last for many many years. The reason you would want this guaranteed is because many of the artificial trees we build are huge. We are taking 10 feet plus many times. And with that size you are making an investment that is going to last you 10-15 years if treated properly. With trees that large there also comes the issue with safety in terms of fires and with staying upright against winds and gravity. We secure all of our faux trees down with metal brackets placed around the base of the trunk, that way there is no risk of the tree taking a heavy fall regardless of the weather. Many of the larger trees are also fabricated with steel on the interior which makes for a much sturdier product that can withstand almost anything. As far as fires go, the larger the tree gets the more problems you will have with abiding to fire codes. One of the reasons why is because with large trees you will also have a large amount of foliage to provide covering. Take for example an artificial 12’ Phoenix Palm tree. We have made many of these throughout the years at Commercial Silk International, and the foliage that is required to provide the most realistic appearance is enough to pose a real fire hazard in any situation. Because of this we have developed a technology that combats the dangers associated with a lot of plastic material foliage and made a chemical blend that can protect and negate the effects of fire. ThermaLeaf® is our patented technology that takes the stress of worrying over fire codes completely away. This chemical blend has been tested for all codes across the country and with this sprayed on the artificial tree and foliage itself you can place these without worry inside any interior design project. With ThermaLeaf® technology your products are safe, but more importantly the people who will be enjoying them are safe as well. If you are not putting your artificial trees indoors there are still ways you can make sure that they last and are protected. The UV rays from the sun can pose a serious problem to the plastic material from which the artificial foliage is derived from. Many times fading will start to occur, after many many years mind you. If you are making a large investment and have a major landscape design project that requires large trees, then using PermaLeaf® technology would be in your best interests. PermaLeaf® is our other patented technology that makes the foliage and artificial tree materials (bark, branches, twigs, etc.) impervious to UV rays and damaging light that causes fading. In places where there is constant sun and extreme heat, this is where this technology will be most important. We take this chemical blend and impregnate it directly into the plant material making sure that the whole area is covered. With this piece of mind you can know that the money spent will not begin to lose value just because of the weather. As an interior designer or architect it is important to know that your products will last so using PermaLeaf® technology is almost a must. Once you know the variety of the tree you need and then the technology or chemicals that you want used to keep it safe and long-lasting the rest should be fairly simple. As a designer you will have already known the sizes you are looking for, and then it just getting pricing and moving forward with the order. Everything that has been mentioned before can also be a lot better explained with one of our experienced project managers. They can talk you through the specific tree varieties you are targeting and offer suggestions on alternatives of similar ones that may be better suited or just less expensive. We want to make sure you feel comfortable with your purchase no matter how big or small. Our project managers will also know if it is necessary for you to use one of our patented technologies, or if it would be a waste of resources. Having a good idea of what you are planning on purchasing beforehand is important, so hopefully this article made some better sense of what we offer in terms of artificial trees and technologies in place to protect them.

Reducing your environmental impact with faux plants

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In today’s blog we will go over some things we have already discussed previously in regards to how the world around us is changing and what we as individuals can do to help. In today’s world we are experiencing more and more change in terms of weather than we have ever seen before. It has become commonplace for us to see heat records break every summer, and snow end up in areas it never has been before. These changes have been happening for several years now, and it seems as though we are becoming conditioned and used to it. Think back to the hottest summer you’ve experienced real quick. Now, it was probably recent maybe three summers ago or less. If you were to go back 3 years you probably would have a different summer in mind and think of that as “the hottest summer EVER”. It’s a pattern where we get so used to the temperature and changes that we don’t even realize that it’s changing. Even more, we are forgetting the fact that the reason for these changes are never good, and that we are a huge part of it. It doesn’t matter if you believe in global warming or not, you can still clearly see in other ways how with so many people on this earth we are going to start tapping out it’s resources. Or even worse, we as a collective people are going to continue to make the same wasteful decisions until we realize there is no going back. The crazy thing about it all is that it wouldn’t take much if everyone did their part. The green movement has been a great tool to get most everyone at least THINKING about their carbon footprint. With more awareness people are really starting to think about the decisions they make, and the more people do this the better. One area we can see this is when people grocery shop. People have started using reusable bags versus the standard plastic or paper ones that end up getting thrown out anyways. This has been a frantic trend in the way people shop and live, and even though it may seem small. Another trend the world has really taken onto is the way they eat. Preserving natural resources is important and that is not limited to just water, trees, and the land in general. The ecosystem as a whole is our natural resource so animals are definitely imperative to us just like the climate is. The trends have always been there in terms of food, but as the millennial generation continues to grow and become more of a force within society we are seeing more changes to how people eat food. Restaurants who offer all-natural locally based food products are gems within any community they are apart of. Urban farms have been and continue to be a trend in many cities, and as the people who tend them impart the same values to their children it will be an endless and rewarding cycle. Using authentic and real food is a something that is important for our health and for future generations. That is not so much the case when it comes to landscaping and plant decorations however, as authentic plants essentially waste our most precious resource. As a millennial it angers me to see the amount of water put into making the front of a lawn look pretty. I understand people want something to look presentable and that is far to some degree. There are homeowners and businesses though that dump thousands and thousands of gallons of water into their lawn and landscaping projects with the only benefit being themselves. I hope that as we grow into this new world with it’s many changes that these selfish habits will go away, especially for appearances sake. With artificial plants these people can keep their lawn appearances with less work, more longevity, and overall being a less expensive. The benefits of artificial plants is endless, and adding to the fact that they don’t need water makes it a near perfect solution. People who have large authentic landscapes will be happy too, even if it’s not the real thing. The amount of money spent on watering those types of landscapes is astronomical. Since the recession and housing collapse of 2008 many families and individuals have been looking for ways to cut back on spending. I believe a huge change for people and their lawns would be to make the switch from authentic plants to artificial. There are numerous benefits when it comes to using artificial as they tend to last a lot longer and require less work, but the savings on money and water usage is huge as well. We must realize that technology is growing rapidly and every year it seems like something new is coming out that we never expected to see in our lifetime. Now granted, a lot of that comes from the technology sector but as time goes on we could see these fake plants becoming more and more beneficial as well. If people made the switch now and never looked back it would benefit our world and make a huge impact on the spending habits and stigmas people have on landscaping. Yes, landscaping looks great and makes a one-of-a-kind impression on people. However, it is not the most important thing in the world especially when we are destroying forests and then building gardens in our small backyard. Using artificial plants can help us cut back on natural resources and make for a better future and world for the people who inherit it after us.

Living in extreme heat: The benefit of artificial trees

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With summer approaching we will continue along with the topic of weather and more specifically, heat. Many of our customers deal with extreme heat year round, and it greatly impacts their decision of switching from authentic plants to artificial. When plants are under constant sunlight and heat they require far greater attention, which means a lot more watering and also taking care to protect them from too much sun. Authentic plants become even more difficult to care for if you are California resident. With the new laws in place that put a hold on various water consuming activities, it is almost impossible to have a landscape that is completely natural. The struggle with hat stems a lot from the recent weather changes that have taken place around the world. With temperatures seemingly rising every year these issues of water and heat exposure will continue. In the United States alone people are becoming more and more aware of this phenomenon and planning accordingly. The switch to artificial plants and trees for landscaping is just one example of this. There are many others and we will discuss these as well, because understanding these will hopefully give you incentive to make your own changes in an ever changing world. Another thing people have changed is the way they clean themselves and clothing. A lot of people in California have resorted to taking shorter showers, because of the mandate set by the state and also because in general people are becoming more and more conscious of their environmental impact. As far as clothing goes, many families have started to mix loads to create less water waste with separate loads of colors, delicates, gray, etc. Like all changes, some people are happy to make the switch while others would prefer things remained the same. As far as landscaping goes, families or businesses who have already created an authentic setting may see these new laws as being too intrusive. With these climate changes it is hard to argue that letting people continue their lives like nothing is happening is in the best interest of the worldwide population. Having a lawn that is filled with real topiaries, hedges, and other landscape decoration pieces is becoming more and more a thing people frown on. Even some people that had these sorts of things before are realizing the waste that goes into keeping appearances, and opting for a less energy intensive solution. That solution is artificial plants and even more so artificial trees. With authentic trees the maintenance required to keep them in tip-top shape is huge, and even then with the extreme heat they are not guaranteed to keep a great appearance. Yes, authentic trees cannot be replicated 100%. You will miss the natural feel of the wood, the smell it gives off, and the overall presence of a living organism. This is why for many nature enthusiasts and landscape designers it is so hard to switch from authentic to artificial trees and foliage. In the end though, the change is something that is not only beneficial to our most precious resource but is also full of benefits and requires far less work. At Commercial Silk International we have made it our top priority that when creating faux trees we take these worries and put them to rest. With demand increasing every year as does the climate, we are constantly perfecting what we do to make sure every customer is satisfied. We have experienced engineers we are able to create sketches fast for our clients to approve before the actual manufacturing begins With our team of highly certified botanists we then can make sure every detail of the tree is accounted for, from bark to the overhanging branches. Our sculptors are great at getting the most out of the materials we use so that the final product is as realistic as possible. The best part about our team is that they know how to build most any variety of tree, so no matter what you are looking for you are sure to find it. If you are a California or Florida resident you may be looking more into faux palm trees to match the surrounding landscape. We have made many artificial phoenix, sago, fan, and areca palm trees for numerous clients. What’s more is that we have technologies in place to protect specific trees such as these. Like we talked about earlier, in extreme heat nothing is safe. Even authentic trees tend to wither and die after too much exposure. For palms that are native to these areas there shouldn’t be too much worry as they have adapted and can withstand the beating sun. If you are switching to artificial plants though then you will need some extra protection to ensure that it lasts for years on end. With PermaLeaf® technology this is possible, as it is our patented and highly regarded chemical blend that protects all foliage and greenery from UV rays. Even with all the benefits artificial trees have to offer they still can experience extreme fading in the right setting. In places with extreme heat and sun these trees will begin to fade, granted after many years of exposure. Our products are built to last so it is not something that’s immediate, but to make sure they do not fade for the time spent in extreme sun then this is recommended. Artificial versus authentic trees have their pros and cons, but longevity is something that can be assured with faux trees and cannot with the real thing. Also, in a time where our water supply is dwindling each and every day the need for more people to use artificial plants becomes greater and greater. As people try to make less of an impact on the world around them it is imperative to find ways whether big or small to cut down on wastefulness, and as an artificial tree company that starts with landscaping.

10 ways to build your lawn for the summer

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In today’s blog article we are looking ahead to summer. Yes, it may be too soon. But we are excited for the warm weather and you should be as well! With warm weather comes the landscaping projects and the loads of other outdoor activities. One of the most important parts of maintaining a great lawn is having a landscape that backs it up. We will use this time to look at some simple ways you can use artificial plants to build out a presentable landscape that will surely impress your neighbors and guests. With these steps you should be able to come up with an effective plan and execute it successfully. It does not take much effort once you have all the bases covered before you dive into the design process. The great thing about artificial plants is that there are endless options, but that can also be a problem in many cases. It can get overwhelming especially when using multiple products within Commercial Silk International’s product line, hopefully these tips will help alleviate all stresses.

1. Choose where you want to build your landscape

This may seem like an obvious step, but it will make all the difference once you are deep into the design process. Some popular places are the front entry of the house or in a secluded area in the middle of the yard like a garden. Maybe you want to go big and use hedges as fence material and cover the perimeter of your property. The placement of the product is crucial and must be the first thing you think about when preparing to use artificial plants.

2. Determine budget

We won’t go into much depth on this but it is good to have a budget when starting a large project such as this. Even if you don’t plan on going to crazy with your project, it is always good to know what you need to order to reach your goal. Always remember, with artificial plants you are making an investment since these will last for years. The benefits outweigh the costs in many cases which is why having a budget will help down the road.

3. Choose your theme

Depending on where your house is located or the decor that is already present will have a huge say into what your theme will be. With artificial plants you can go many routes in terms of colors and actual varieties. Using exotic type plants versus a more rustic style, or using white faux flowers versus yellow is what we are trying to get at here in terms of “theme”. As you go through the design process you will always be coming back to this to guide final decisions.

4. Choose varieties of flowers

If you are going to be using flowers primarily for your design, then determining what varieties is going to be huge for getting the landscape done within a reasonable time frame With so many varieties offered this can be difficult. Using the theme you came up with will make this a lot more simpler, and allow you to use a variety of different artificial flowers such as faux hydrangeas, ranunculus, sunflowers, calla lilies, etc.

5. Choose foliage

Now if you are going toward the hedge or topiary route with your lawn design, then you will have more limited options but it still won’t be easy. Who wants something this fun to be easy anyways? From artificial boxwood to fake cedar foliage you will have plenty of options to help make your lawn as unique as possible. Traditional faux boxwood will be most commonly recognized and provide the best appearance for many homes, but if you are trying to step out of the box then there is a lot of different options. Artificial juniper is less common and gives off a more “wood-like” vibe that can be very pleasing to many people.

6. Choose your types of topiaries

Now that you have picked the theme of your design and what foliage you are going to use, it’s time to look at the various topiary varieties that are offered. You can choose from your standard cone topiaries to spirals made from cones. There is also faux ball topiaries, triangle topiaries, and a more classy and modern square column topiary that is available. Each topiary variety comes with it’s own unique set of appeal in terms of design so reflecting back on your theme will be important during this step.

7. Choose your hedges

If you aren’t using topiaries maybe you are looking into the hedge component, which is one of the most popular design pieces for many landscape projects. With hedge products you are ensuring that your landscape remains a staple in the neighborhood for many years to come. No matter what type of hedge you use it is sure to stand out as it is a traditional part of lawn design.

8. Protect your products

With these products being placed outside you are going to want to make sure they are going to be safe from UV rays coming from the sun. Also, if you live in a cold climate and do not want to take them inside each winter, then you will need to have them protected from the cold and snow. With PermaLeaf® technology, our patented chemical blend, you can ensure these products remain intact for years on end.

9. Installation

Installing these items is a rather simple process for most projects. We have baseboards that are available for hedges and decorative pots for faux flowers/topiaries. With these tools the installation process should be the easiest part, since you’ve already determined your location for the artificial plants/flowers.

10. Review and correct

Lastly, you will want to review everything and make sure the theme and plants associated with it mesh. If you went through the process of all these steps this shouldn’t be needed. But just in case then correcting what needs to be corrected should be easy, and getting in touch with our experienced project managers will make it all the more easier.

Specialty artificial pieces for displays

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In today’s blog article we will be discussing some products that have not been talked about yet in previous posts. At Commercial Silk International we have tried hard each year to expand our product line so that the scope of what we offer covers everything any interior designer or architect would need. We have gone from selling simple birch trees to supplying Disney with large faux phoenix palms. There is a sense of pride when you can offer an extensive array of options to a client, and especially when they are having trouble finding what they need and have exhausted most every option. With most projects we can fill the orders easy since they are coming to us with basic requests that have been filled many times before. For some projects there are many special requests that take more time and energy to come up with. Because of these unique projects we have been able to widen our horizons and provide more of a personalized approach to many clients. The basics we provide are the boxwood foliage products: boxwood hedges, mats, screens rolls, and green walls. Others include; faux sago palms, phoenix palms, birch trees, and other tropical trees. All of our main foliages are big time sellers and have been for years since we began to produce artificial plant products. Now that we know exactly what the common products we sell are, we can now look into these specialty products.

1. Artificial Bark Sheets

These are one of most unique products that can be used in almost any situation that requires some sort of industrial grade bark. What these mostly are used for is covering pillars in museums or retail store displays (Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shop) because they are easy to install and very durable. These bark sheets are hyper realistic and we have gone through great lengths to make sure these provide authenticity to whatever setting you place it in. With these artificial bark sheets you can cover any amount of area you need and have it last for the long run. With more any more people switching to artificial trees these are becoming a very popular addition to the design process. Bark sheets can also be used in smaller chunks to provide realism to an already established landscape. With these sheets you do not have to worry about fire codes for the interior design project because they have our patented ThermaLeaf® technology.

2. Artificial logs

Another specialty item that can be used in almost any situation are the artificial logs we provide. These are special made for large construction and design projects that need them for a landscape settings. They are molded with extreme delicacy just like our artificial tree bark sheets. They are molded then hand-painted by our experienced manufacturers. After that, these logs are then impregnated with our fire-retardant chemicals from our patented technology ThermaLeaf®. With these logs you can create an effective and realistic landscape or whatever project you are designing. These work well in museums, exhibits, and large outdoor retailers. With these faux tree logs strewn across a outdoor setting you are making it that much more realistic. It is easy to see how these are specialty items, but also are key to making any type of woodland setting really look authentic. Authenticity is what is most important, and with these faux logs you can make any setting that much more real.

3. Artificial tree stumps

Much like the faux tree logs, these artificial tree stumps are an accessory piece that will make every setting seem that much more real. When designers choose to go the artificial route with their plants, trees, and hedges they are taking a risk of having a design that looks too fake. With these specialty artificial tree stumps. The stumps offer a unique wilderness ambiance with their detailed ridges, knots, and hideaway holes. Tree trunk varieties include oak, cedar, pine, and maple. With these stumps you can have them specially made for outdoor or indoor use. With outdoor stumps you may be interested in our PermaLeaf® technology that protects them from harsh UV sun rays that can be damaging and fade the material. These tree stumps are very much the center of attention when placed inside of a specific setting. The larger the landscape the more authenticity is needed to keep clients and guests enthralled by the design. With artificial tree stumps you have a product that is built to last and adds that extra bit of “realness” that quite honestly can’t be matched.

4. Decorative Branches

Decorative branches are some of the most important pieces of what we sell. With so many people having a wide array of preferences when it comes to designs we have made a plethora of decorative branches to be used in all types of landscape settings. We have many different varieties of faux bamboo poles that are very popular amongst many of our clients. We have everything from the natural brown bamboo poles to the more common green bamboo poles. We also carry items such as the popular birch tree branches, that are a hit among regular homeowners and designers looking for a more rustic setting. Birch poles have that amazing woodland look with their white bark that is easily recognizable. We also carry cedar poles that are an all-natural wood and have finely defined details. Another very popular specialty product we carry is our stick and twig art. With these products you can hang them wherever and have a unique design that is sure to last. These have been growing in popularity for some time now and many interior designers use them so it has become one of our more commonly requested products.

These specialty products are great additions that can be used in most any design. With the increased emphasis on artificial landscapes looking as real as possible, these products are key to making that a reality. Again, these can all be custom made just like the rest of our product line so do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our sales reps immediately to discuss pricing.

Plant Manufacturing

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In today’s blog we will look at the manufacturing process and how we at Commercial Silk International have perfected it over the many years. The manufacturing process is the most vital and largest part of what we do day in and day out. Without manufacturing there are no products or business. As expected, there is a lot that goes into the manufacturing process and many different departments with numerous amounts of people. In our warehouse we do most of the sculpting and assembly of the products we then ship out all other the world. This allows us to have close supervision over the projects, and our project managers can catch any discrepancies or changes before they get shipped out completely. With this in mind it is always good to know what exactly goes into manufacturing these products so you can have a good idea of what you are purchasing. Including our offices we have a 40,000 sq. ft state of the art facility that allows us to be efficient in our manufacturing processes. With factory direct wholesaling we offer more affordable pricing for every customer and every large project. This is one of the major benefits of doing all the manufacturing in-house and it has provided us with opportunities to handle multiple projects at one time. Let us now get into some of our calling cards when it comes to the manufacturing of our specific plant products.

1. Botanically correct foliage

We spend a good portion of each calendar year making sure that our foliage is extremely realistic and able to hardly be distinguishable from the authentic counterpart. We spend time working with botanists who are well-versed in plant anatomy to ensure all the parts are represented within the structure of what we build. Once we know how to mold each leaf and twig we must then think about colors and how to make these pieces stand out while also being realistic.

2. Colors and Pigments

Believe it or not, but getting the right colors and pigments for our products is a long and drawn out task that takes months to perfect. There are several factors that go into the color manufacturing process…

  • Lightfastness - i.e. what is the impact on color when exposed to UV rays
  • Heat stability - i.e. can the color be processed at a temperature suitable for the manufacturing process
  • Toxicity - i.e. does the color pigment meet the safety requirements for its intended use
  • Tinting strength
  • Staining
  • Dispersion - i.e. can the color pigment be dispersed perfectly through the plant to achieve a rich, natural color.
  • Opacity or Transparency - i.e. can the color be altered to achieve the necessary opacity or transparency to create a lifelike plant.
  • Resistance to alkalis and acids - i.e. how will the color be affected if exposed to natural environmental concerns like acid rain or from chemicals sprayed in outdoor environments.
  • Reactions and interaction between pigments

The color pigments used in the manufacturing of our PermaLeaf® plants are of the highest grade possible for the benefit of producing the longest lasting outdoor artificial plant.

3. Cable system

Many times designers purchase trees from various companies, and sooner than later these pieces tend to fall away from each other and towards the ground. These types of incidents come from companies being inexperienced or just not caring about the product they sell. We at Commercial Silk International have experience with trees not standing tall after years of installation, so we developed a method to ensure this issue does not persist. With our cable system built into everyone of our large artificial trees we can keep the product standing upright forever. What we do is string cables in hard to find areas throughout the top of the trees, within the foliage and branches, so that it is hardly noticeable from afar. This system has proven to be effective time and time again and is just one of the many features our manufacturing department brings to the table.

4. Unique branches

The manufacturing of the branches we use is very precise and has a lot of added benefits for you the consumer and us as builders. We use tapered branches at the end of each branch which helps for an easy transition from the branch to the foliage that is attached to it. With these tapered ends it also makes the whole appearance of the branches and foliage more life-like and authentic for onlookers. We also craft our branches so that they can easily be added to with more branches. Many times customers instead of buying more trees will just use our expertise to add more onto their already existing product. Which is why take the branches we make and cut holes in them so more branches can be added whenever needed. These branches are all hand painted and hand sculpted from the very bottom on the trunk to the highest twig. This level of detail gives us confidence in saying that our products are the most realistic artificial plants and trees on the market.

5. PVC collars

PVC collars are an important part of the manufacturing process with our large and smaller trees. These collars provide protection at the base of the trunk to help protect it from deterioration and loss of bark/color. Trees that are installed outdoors or inside are susceptible to many forms of wear and tear from maintenance crews to guests so protecting the most visible parts is vital. With these PVC collars attached to each base you can be sure that the trees will remain in the same condition throughout their use.

6. Base containers

After the PVC collar is attached to the base of the tree it is then placed in a small weighted base and shipped directly to you, already assembled. The container is a small black plastic material that can be put into something more decorative with ease. For larger trees we can bolt these PVC collars and bases into the ground for a permanent installation that won’t be interfered with.

How to make your clients visit again and again

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Today’s blog article we will discuss how to make clients come back to your business and want to even STAY there. This has always been the ultimate struggle many businesses face in a world where appearances are everything. We as a collective people put so much into first impressions, and justifiably so. When was the last time you met someone and they made a horrible first impression on you? Whether it was that they were rude, uncaring, or just plain unattractive that is always something that makes us repulsed..Now, think about the last time that same person was able to change it around and you ended up becoming really good friends? Maybe once if ever does that occur, and that’s because first impression ARE important. If you do not make a good first impression on a date, you most likely won’t have a second one. It’s a scary thought, but in reality that fear can bring out the best in us. There are many times people who are extremely nervous in situations end up killing it and making some of the best impressions. And why is this? Because, in those moments of nervousness and anxiety they “true” self emerges and most the time people respond well to genuineness no matter what. People are good at seeing through the crap and BS that gets thrown around constantly in today’s society. When someone shows their true self it is something that can’t be masked and is a sight to see. We say all this to simply say that it’s always important to put your best face as a first impression, but it’s also just as important to make sure it’s your true self. So now you should see how all of this relates to your business and decorations, right? Maybe not so much. Well, as a business looking to use artificial plants for decoration you need to know who you are before you even begin the design process. If you are a design firm or interior decorating consultant then this is easy for you, please save yourself time and stop reading. If you are a a small business then this information may be very beneficial. With artificial plants there are so many options that you could easily become overwhelmed. A very popular choice for adding uniqueness to any type of office are tropical faux plants, like artificial areca palms, sago palms, phoenix palms, etc. These types of fake plants are easy pieces to add to make clients and customers keep thinking about your business after they leave. A lasting impression is always what you strive for, and using the most exotic artificial plants is an easy way to achieve that. However, exotic plants are not for every business and some may need a more classy touch to bring a sense of formality to the area. To bring a more formal presence to your area, we offer many high-end faux floral arrangements that are sure to stick out. These arrangements include all types of artificial flower varieties within a highly decorative pot. These can be used sparingly or in excess whichever one works in making the business stand out. The setting for these artificial arrangements is crucial. Putting these out in the foyer area as people come into the office is always a good choice. Also, placing them on the meeting table or along the way to the conference area is sure to spark your customers interests. Some more ideas to give you and your business a jump-start on retaining and maintaining the customers you already have is to make an actual piece of greenery that acts as art. These are labelled as artificial green walls and are truly masterpieces in their own respect. Using faux boxwood, azalea, pearl grass, juniper, cedar, and ivy foliage you create something that will sure to get everyone talking. These have just become a popular trend in many design firms so it is clearly something that is somewhat newer and just beginning to become a hit. This is practically a surefire way of getting clients back into the office and also talking among their friends about what they just witnessed. As with most businesses, most of the time spent is meeting/conference rooms looking over graphs, spreadsheets, data. With that being said, it is always good to focus a lot of attention to these areas. An unconventional way to spice up a drab meeting room is to use faux ivy to hang along the walls, creating an almost classical and European type environment. With ivy foliage it is easy to decorate large or small rooms as these are a very versatile product. If that seems like too much then there are other options, such as mini faux fern bushes. Ferns go back to that exotic theme, but are subtle enough to bring attention to themselves while not being too aggressive. With fake ferns you also have the freedom to arrange them anyway you would like to make a perfect setting that is easily interchangeable. This is a great benefit that is often overlooked when designing with plants. Artificial plants can be manipulated and moved at will with a relative ease that you won’t find with authentic plants. This makes them a far superior option for businesses looking for just a few items, or if they are just testing out designs and plants but know it will take awhile for anything to be final. With faux arrangements, green walls, ivy, and all the other products we talked about it is quite simple to make multiple changes to the design within a week. This helps tremendously as time wears on and opinions or the office itself changes.

Hopefully this information helps you make a better informed decision when looking to decorate your new office for the potential of bringing and keeping customers. With artificial plants the task becomes easy, and your design process will have a lot less bumps along the way.

The EVERgreen question: Real or Artificial trees

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In this blog post we will look at the pros and cons of both authentic and artificial trees. We have spoke before about the differences between the two and it was pretty clear that artificial was more beneficial besides not being all-natural. The difference between real and artificial trees however is a bit more shady and has a lot more grey area. With real trees you get a lot of added bonuses, such as the smell or the actual feel of the wood as you touch it. For instance, if you are opting for faux maple trees you will not experience the smell of the sap or see it as it begins to pour. Those real attributes are impossible to replicate, and they make all the difference to many people who are on the fence on which way to go between the two options. With this always in mind it becomes harder to decide which of the two to go with and artificial becomes less and less of an appealing option. When looking at artificial plants you must also look at what it takes to build it specific for your application. If you are putting something inside your home or business, then using authentic products may not be the best route. You would then have to deal with fire hazard issues and then making sure that if there was a fire outbreak that the tree would be somewhat protected without causing more damage. Authentic trees that are used indoors is quite doable, but it is very tricky indeed. Using artificial trees for these sorts of projects is much more safe and efficient. The con however, is that you are getting something man made that does not come with all of the natural attributes. More times than not this is where interior designers and architects find that artificial is the best route when dealing with these large trees. We at Commercial Silk International have come up with chemical treatments that make using these products easy to use both indoors and outdoors. With ThermaLeaf® technology our artificial trees come with fire-retardant properties that make it perfect for indoor use. Like we talked about before, fire codes dominate a lot of what you can do as a designer looking to create an indoor landscape. These fire codes were set in place because of trees becoming huge culprits of bringing small fire outbreaks to life and becoming a more devastating affair. With all these fire codes states are being very strict on what architects can and cannot do in regards to design. The ThermaLeaf® proprietary blend makes these fire codes obsolete as we have taken the liberty of making sure that once this is applied to the artificial foliage and bark, you and your design is 100% safe. This is not possible whatsoever with authentic trees, which makes it very hard to opt for them if you are designing a landscape for indoors. For outdoor use then artificial trees still can be a major player, but more authentic trees usually win this battle. For artificial trees in outdoor use Commercial Silk International has developed another blend of chemicals that will protect the foliage and bark from fading in extreme light, or becoming brittle in the cold. Permaleaf® is a great way of protecting artificial trees that are in the elements, and it will make sure the products you buy last years. With more and more people using artificial products for outdoor gardens and landscapes it is important to make sure that fading is not an issue. Going back to our pros and cons of both artificial and authentic trees, this is where artificial trees fall short. Artificial foliage and materials will always be susceptible to some sort to fading in the right circumstances. In very sunny states or countries like Texas, Brazil, and Nigeria there will always be a fading component. With Permaleaf® technology we have tried to take that completely out of the picture to give you full peace of mind with the purchase you are making. This is a huge reason as to why people choose to come to Commercial Silk International for our ever-lasting artificial trees. Going back to authentic tres an obvious pro is that real foliage and plant parts do not get diminished in the case of intense sunlight. This allows them to always stay natural which is huge when considering the amount of fading that can occur to most faux products, the issue remains which one is better and which ones is more suited for the indoors/outdoor setting. With real trees the huge deterrent is the amount of time it takes to actually get a tree to it’s full potential. The years of maintenance is likely to turn people away, even though it is what’s best for the world and environment. As an environmentalist I would always prefer real trees be used, especially for outdoor use where they are being torn down by the thousands daily. This is not always possible though and I have realized that over the years it has been harder and harder for people to justify using real trees when artificial provides so many added benefits. With it’s long-lasting color and foliage detail these artificial trees will not disappoint and will remain satisfactory for many many years to come. There are always negatives and positives to any decision you try to make, but when it boils down to whether to use artificial versus authentic it comes down to what you need as a consumer. If you need a landscape to be immediate while lasting, than artificial trees are your solution. If you are high-end and need the best quality while also knowing that it may not last forever, then go with the authentic counterpart. The main point here should be that artificial trees provide EVERYTHING that real trees do, and more, but just do not have the “true” authentic feel. All in all whether you use artificial or real, what matters most is that we are keeping trees alive in the eyes of a world that is trying to take them away.

5 DIY springtime decorations for your Offices, Malls and Restaurants

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Today’s blog article we will discuss some simple but effective decor ideas that will help you as you move into the spring season. With spring season there is always a need for something “fresh” and new to be introduced to any environment. For offices this may mean colorful flowers or a new variety of tropical plants. Offices tend to always be more drab than other public spaces so it is imperative to make sure that they get the attention they need in terms of decoration, especially during springtime. For malls there is a lot more you can do because of the simple fact that there is so much room to work with. Malls have sitting areas, food courts, and stage areas that can all be decorated and put to good use. With springtime approaching it will always be good to use more colors in the design, but we can get more into that later on. Malls tend to have the ability to showcase large artificial topiaries and trees because of the area that is provided to them. More and more malls are popping up around the country and they are also increasing in size as well. This leaves for a lot of freedom when designing the landscape for artificial plants and trees For restaurants it is almost the same as an office building, but you still have a bit more freedom to make the design what you please. Depending on the actual size of the restaurant it makes it easy to decided whether to use colorful springtime flowers, or bring in larger artificial trees for a more robust decoration. With restaurants it is also crucial to make sure to not bombard the guests with too much foliage. A simple approach similar to the office would be sufficient to making the design stick out and being recognizable for everyone who comes into the shop. It is necessary to always have some sort of decoration when you are designing for any type of store front, especially when the seasons change. With this in mind please look at your own office, mall, or restaurant. Think of the little things that can be done to make it more of a open and bright space. Artificial plants can make this whole process a lot easier. With their simple installation and easy maintenance it is simple to see why they are the go to product when people need flowers, bouquets, or arrangements in a pinch. Let us know look closer at 6 decorations you can do that are easy and DIY projects.

1. Vertical Gardens

A simple but extraordinary design tactic, vertical gardens are a great conversation starter and makes for a lovely display. You can use old wooden crates to hold the pots in place which will give off a rustic feel to the entire area. You can get a bit more creative and use shoe organizers or even old pieces of plywood with holes cut in them to make a more artsy piece. These vertical walls once assembled can be brought into the area and hung up on walls, ceiling, or wherever might be most beneficial and attractive. They can also be put on the outside of the building to present an artsy vibe before people decide to come in. Either way, with vertical gardens during springtime at the office, mall, or restaurant is sure to be a hit.

2. Bright arrangements

Like mentioned before bright colors and spring go hand in hand. With that in mind we must realize that using bright colors in a design for spring is very important. The colors will give customers or guests something to smile about and bring them joy as they walk through the doors. Roses, peonies, orchids are all great choices when looking into arrangements for all three of these establishments. Using these arrangements on tabletops, desks, or patio booths are perfect ways to signal spring in a not so subtle way. It’s spring, and everyone wants to be in the thick of it… So the brighter the colors the better.

3. Tropical plants

Springtime is about peace and nothing says peace and relaxation like paradise. Paradise can mean a lot of different things to a lot of people, but to most it means tropical plants found in the Caribbean. ZZ plants, Phoenix Palms, Areca bushes are all plants that can be used to bring a true tropical and springtime feel to any area. Using these inside an office setting will sure to bring delight to both your employees and clients. When you think of tropical you may think of large trees and coconuts, which is okay. We at commercial Silk International can create these palm/tropical products to be any size you need to fit your landscape.

4. Boxwood hedges

Spring means green, and there is nothing more green than boxwood foliage. With our faux boxwood hedges you can create a perfect springtime feel and have people awing over the landscape you’ve created. Faux boxwood is extremely realistic and has been treated so it will last for years on end without any fading Boxwood can be used in a wide variety of ways which makes it perfect for all three of these types of applications.

5. Sunflowers - the color yellow

Another way to show off your spring fever is to use one color and one color only, yellow. The sun, lemonade, and many other springtime staples contain this very bright and vivacious color. Using yellow as a way to bring light and positivity into any space is a true blessing, and there is no better excuse to go overboard than springtime. With artificial plants like sunflowers, dandelions, and mums you can build an office space that screams SPRING!

These 5 tips should help you start on a design process that will be beneficial to the space you are renovating. With artificial plants these springtime projects become much less time consuming initially and also in the long run. Opting for faux plants means you are saving yourself time with maintenance and replacement costs. Use these tips to make an impression as we enter this new season.

Outdoor artificial trees

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In today’s world it seems as though we are losing touch more and more with nature. Even though it surrounds us constantly we tend to forget how special it is and what it would be like to not have it. It’s like the saying “you never know what you have until it’s gone”. It's important to see what changes have began in our environment already and how we as a population have affected that. From the intensive use of natural resources for things that are necessary and things that are not, we are finally starting to realize the impact this puts on our world. The deforestation of many forests is becoming a tough pill to swallow. Amazon, cedar, deciduous, and many more varieties of these forests are being destroyed daily. The reasons are varied but many times it is again for things that we we think we need, but we end up taking for granted what is lost. New housing projects, energy for major factories, industrial buildings are all pushing aside nature to make way for “business”. It is hard to judge what justifies tearing these forests down. In some cases it may be very important, say building low income housing for people stuck in poverty in developing countries. In other cases, it may not make so much sense and these majestic trees that make up the forest are being chopped down for no reason. Take for example these forests that get destroyed for human attractions like theme parks or large golf courses. We must begin to ask ourselves the question if it is really worth the deforestation of some of most precious natural wonders for the pleasure of human activity. Now you may be asking what this rant has to do with artificial plants and foliage, since that is what this blog is primarily about. Well forests contain a wide variety of trees and they are very much a part of our ecosystem, and live trees are seriously declining more than they are growing. With all that info it is fair to assume that using artificial trees is the most beneficial thing we as human can do to cut back on the destruction of living ones. Trees takes years, even decades, to grow to their full strength. It only takes a few pieces of machinery or even a couple of guys with an ax to take it down. That reality is very real in today’s world and we are seeing more and more trees getting torn down than getting re planted. Using artificial trees for landscape projects big and small For commercial projects this can be a huge help as it allows for you the freedom to build your setting with relative ease. For homes and smaller offices artificial trees can be used as a way to spice up the decor with relative ease. With artificial trees you receive all the benefits while having a semi-realistic product. In all reality it is the best option out there in terms of saving money as well as the planet. Even with being artificial our customers swear by the realism of the products we product for them. This is because we have a highly skilled team of botanists and sculptors who are very adept at making these products come to life so to speak. With added benefits like PermaLeaf® we can ensure that these outdoor artificial trees withstand whatever weather is thrown against them. In extreme sunlight the UV rays from the sun can be extremely damaging and the materials can end up fading from constant exposure. PermaLeaf® proprietary blend can take care of that with it’s special blend of chemicals that protect the foliage and tree materials indefinitely. Say you are in place that gets cold weather depending on the season, this can be a problem for outdoor artificial trees as well. The foliage can become brittle with exposure to extreme cold and that will cause the materials to break upon touch. For large trees that you plan on keeping around for years and years this is a huge concern. If you are trying to create an exotic setting for your cold weathered home then artificial outdoor trees will be an important piece. Using PermaLeaf® to protect that investment will be a very wise and long lasting decision to give you a peace of mind. Now that we have gone on about the benefits and uses of outdoor artificial trees let us now dig deep into the various types of of different trees that can be used in your design.

We will start with the most recognizable and prominent of outdoor artificial trees we sell, and that is our palm trees. These are the staples of any outdoor landscape design and will continue to be for many years. For people who live in places that are not sunny year round these trees provide the extra “ummph” to a home or business that make it stick out and feel like a tropical paradise. From date palms to the more royal cycas palm there is a lot to choose from when going through the design process. Even though palms trees tend to be the most popular for outdoor artificial tree sales, there are many others that we provide to fit a wide variety of settings besides a tropical wonderland. With our outdoor cedar trees you can build a landscape that is more natural and close to home. Our cedar trees can be decorated with snow-like material as well, so if you are a designer setting up some sort of winter display this is definitely a possibility. Another popular variety of outdoor artificial tree is the stately juniper. As seen in many forests along the west coast, juniper trees are great for providing a real outdoorsy look that is hard to match. With so many different varieties you may be overwhelmed, but we hope that this information and knowledge will help make your design process that much easier. Outdoor artificial trees are great as a long-lasting product that can be used in multiple types of settings. Be sure to contact one of our project managers about more information regarding these trees.

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