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Interesting Rock Water Features for the Garden

6 Apr


Rock water features for the garden will create an amazing impact in your outdoor area. You can delegate a corner for your chosen feature or features and bring to life dull areas or places in your garden that don’t seem to have a “purpose”. You can also enhance an existing pond or water feature, creating a water paradises that looks extremely pleasing to the eye as well as adding freshness and a touch of raw nature to your patio or outdoor area.

A water feature can actually add interest to your patio or overall garden decor and the effect is usually rather dramatic as water really adds the effect of making the area seem bigger than what it really is (see garden mirrors). The beauty of adding rocks or features that are rock-alike is that they add certain roughness and the wild to your backyard. Features that resemble stone are impressive as stones bear with them history and a sense of solemnity. Add stoned patio paving for added effect near your feature, it would also act as a guide to your new addition.


There is nothing like the sound of water in any green area, and when this one trickles over stones the effect is that of paradise.

 

Build it or Buy it?

Rock water features can be purchased already built and all you have to do, really, is find the perfect spot in your garden to place it. Surely you could built your own at home and there are several books that would show you how to do so. If you are the type of person that likes to get down and dirty in the garden, this is by no means the best way for you to get your dream water feature.

 

Down and Dirty

You would first have to choose the right spot, which is not always going to be your preferred one. Choosing the site is most definitely one of the most important tasks when building your garden pond. You are looking for an area that is clear of any trees or even shrubs, where the sun shines and there is enough space to build a large feature. You can always add pebbles or stones to the edge and a few garden lights in the right place for effect. Next, you have to consider which plants and/or animals are you going to have in your pool/water feature. You don’t want plants that can be a bit too invasive, consider having animals if you’re not the sort of person who is that interested in plants. Frogs, certain type of fish, toads and also newts are not only very useful in the water feature but also they will keep the water nice and clean. For the construction you can choose amongst different materials like concrete, fiberglass or the simple liner. Consider adding containers for the plants for added interested. If you really want to get down and dirty with your project you could even think of adding different levels to your pond. A series of pools, for example, can be fitted on different levels and here is where you can seriously think about waterfalls and/or water streams. A pump can also give it a stream and still have the natural look. It’s not expensive and works rather well. Remember that childlren and safety should go hand in hand so do build a retaining wall (see retaining wall ideas) to make sure the children have no access to the water.

 

Easy Option

Ready made rock water features for the garden will add all the interest of a constructed one without having to worry about site planning and other nuisances. Choose the right one for your garden, add the right garden furniture around it so you can relax and enjoy the sound of the water while sipping your favorite cocktail any time of the day or night!


Fox Deterrents for Gardens Available in the Market

4 Apr


Many gardens in the UK suffer from unwanted visitors, particularly foxes in the evenings and at night. England is a country of foxes, and these can really destroy your property or kill any farm animals you keep in your garden like chickens or ducks. Even though it’s just nature doing its job, we can still gently deter these animals from our homes so they stop causing havoc. We have looked at the water scarecrow and also what’s available in the market. Here we offer you a list of available fox deterrents for gardens so you can choose the one that better suits your needs and as well as your pocket.

Many of the gadgets we present in this article also work for other unwanted animals in your garden: cats, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice etc so you are not only getting the benefits of avoiding the damage that foxes can create outdoors, but also the neighbours lovely pet who adores coming to your garden and destroying your wonderful lawn or new bedding.

We have listed 9 different products by price range so it is easy for you to see which are the fox deterrent for gardens that suits you best. (Prices subject to change)

High-er Range:

1) Ultrasonic Fox, Cat and Rodent Deterrent (Battery Operated)£51.47

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2) Fox Watch£48.90

 

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3) Pet Stop & Fox Repeller£41.99

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Mid Range:

1) Fox Repellent Wildlife£39.95

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2) Fox Deterrent for Gardens PestBye£27.90

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3) Fox and Dog Repellent ” Get Off Range” £24.95

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Lower Range:

1) Fox Repellents for Gardens: Nite Eyes£17.85



 

 

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2) Mega Sonic Fox Deterrent-Repeller£12.95


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3) Fox Deterrent – Repeller£10.99


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These products are gentle and WILL NOT HARM the animal, just scare it away from your property thus protecting your garden. For example, some emit high pitch sounds or just work by confusing the animal’s senses. See which one is the right one for you and your garden decor. Many incorporate a light and don’t use any chemical products.

With these different fox deterrents for gardens for you to choose from you will be able to enjoy your peaceful outdoor area. Hopefully it will be free from visitors which are not welcome to your property!

**Also see scarecrow water jet pack, scarecrow water sprinkler


Sod Prices per Square Foot – The Cost for an Instant Lawn

14 Mar


Whether you’ve just purchased a new home or have areas in your yard that you want to improve and make greener, you may want to consider sod prices per square foot as opposed to the price of seeding the lawn yourself.  It’s a matter of time and convenience in both cases.  On the one hand, sod is more expensive than seeding, but you get to look at an instant lawn as soon as it has been put in place.  While the instant lawn may be convenient, it can be costly, running anywhere between $0.50 – $1.00 per square foot and you then have to pay for the installation.  You have to consider that in both cases, the ground needs to be prepared so that it is level and rock and weed free.

Sod versus Seed

Sod can’t just be installed and left to fend for itself.  You need to water it constantly and keep an eye on it for the growth of fungus (evidenced by dead circular patches).  When purchasing sod, ensure that it is fresh.  It is best to have sod installed within a day of being harvested to ensure that it will root well.  While it is relatively easy for a homeowner to seed their own lawn, it’s best to have your sod installed by someone who offers professional gardening services.  Ironically, sod prefers areas with cold winters/hot summers or mild winters/hot summers.

Installation and Care

Installation of a sod lawn to enhance your garden decor can run into the hundreds of dollars, so when comparing that cost plus the cost of the sod itself to the price of seeding your own lawn, there is a lot to consider.  Seeding your own lawn will be less expensive, but will require the same amount of preparation and a lot of care and attention once the seed is sown.  A seeded lawn needs regular watering, but even with the best of care, can turn out patchy and you may not be satisfied.  Seed can be spread with special spreaders or through a hose that contains a special agent that helps keep the seed in place (protected from the elements like the wind).

Professional seeding (as opposed to DIY) is much less expensive than using a professional sod installation company.  One thing that is convenient about sod is that you can cut the pieces of sod to fit around things like your walkways, trees, garden fencing or flower beds.  When considering sod prices per square foot versus the cost of seeding your own lawn, you’ll also need to consider the convenience, simplicity and the time you have available to dedicate to the project.

Sod Prices per Square Foot

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Avoiding Azek Decking Problems

14 Mar

Avoiding Azek Decking Problems

Azek Decking is one alternative to having a wood, concrete or steel deck.  This PVC product is touted as “low maintenance”, but don’t be fooled if a salesperson tries to tell you that it’s “maintenance-free”.  Like anything else your purchase or own, it must be maintained.  It’s just that some things require less maintenance than others.  Understandably, with today’s busy lifestyles, any product that you choose to enhance your garden decor should be as convenient as possible.  There are some Azek decking problems of which everyone should be aware.  As is the case with all composite or PVC decking products, you will pay a premium when purchasing this type of decking.

Placing Items on your Azek Deck

You will need to take precautions with your low maintenance garden decking.  Take care when placing things on PVC decking such as planters or a gas BBQ.  They should be placed so they line up over the framing on the underside of the deck.   Azek decking is softer than wood and if you don’t ensure that you’re placing either large planters (with heavy soil) or barbeques over 2 of the deck joists, the weight of these items will cause the decking to sag with use.

Spots and Staining

Certain items should be avoided while on the Azek deck surface – sunscreen, insect repellent, citronella oil, cooked or uncooked greasy food or even wine.  Although it is difficult to avoid using items like sunscreen and insect repellent when outdoors, try to avoid applying it while on your deck.  Leaves left to sit on the deck will cause stains.  Do not use tarps or plastic on this deck product because moisture and heat get trapped between the tarp/plastic and the deck surface, causing spotting.  If you use anything like roll up awnings, it’s best to keep an eye on whether there is any rust or corrosion on the units.  When it rains and drips, the water can carry the rust onto the decking causing more troubling spots or stains.   It is recommended to use a conditioning treatment on a yearly basis.  This annual application will aid in maintaining your Azek deck’s appearance and helps to repel stains.

With any exterior product used in patio design, routine cleaning is necessary to keep its appearance looking up to par, but do not use a pressure washer.  It can remove part of the surface of the decking and dirt, grime, grease and even mold can appear in the grooves.  Take care with your patio ideas and know that you may encounter Azek decking problems.

Azek Decking Problems

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Add Elegance to your Landscape with Garden Gates

7 Mar

Add Elegance to your Landscape with Garden Gates

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photo by darkfoxprime


A beautiful yard and enclosed with an elegant fence and a pair of garden gates can be a pride and joy. With a lawn that is well tended and flowers that are in full bloom, your yard can become a peaceful retreat. Garden gates serve several functions. First, they help separate areas of your yard and second, they add a bit of style or elegance to your landscape.

Styles of Gates

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photo by clio1789

When you begin to investigate garden gates, you’ll quickly discover that there are so many choices on the market today.  You can get a garden gate that has built-in seats with a matching arbour overhead and walls behind the seats that can be used as trellises.  This type of garden gate can also be purchase in a single seat style with an open back and pergola roof.  An enjoyable place to stop, put your feet up and enjoy the sun.  Or to take a long, relaxing, appreciative look at the results of your hard work while you sip on a lemonade or iced tea.

You might prefer to get simple arched trellises that transition you from one area to the next in your yard.  You can add some nice twinkling lights to these to light up your yard for nighttime use.  With the right kind of growing vines, a trellis gate will enhance any garden decor.

To enhance your garden gates, you can also purchase matching garden chairs to make random seating arrangements in the different areas of the yard and they will also fit in nicely with your patio design.

Other Garden Ideas

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photo by UGArdener

To make your yard and gardens look clean and neat, you can use the many types of garden edging available.  You can use plastic edging in green or brown to suit your needs or you may choose to use stone or wood ships to edge your garden.  The plastic edging can be purchased for a desired look and might include solid, trellised, fancy curved designs or some with an ornamental lip. There are some plastic bricks available that have built in lights to light your path to your front door.  You can also incorporate slate stone as an edging solution or a short wooden, plastic or metal fence.

From garden gates and seating to enhancing the special areas of your yard, there are a number of terrific choices available at most garden and yard stores.  From colourful and modern to old style, you can find something to suit your needs.

Garden gates 4
photo by a2gemma


Garden Netting Can Give Lustre to Your Garden

1 Feb

Garden Netting Can Give Lustre to Your Garden

Garden Netting


Garden netting, and fencing in general, came to life centuries ago when people living in fiefs were forced to separate their properties from the adjacent estates. It was also the wall adding defensive functions to the house surroundings and gardens were a privilege enjoyed by handful of people in mansions fenced with stones. Today’s houses, thanks God, do not need stone walls to protect us from covetous neighbours and barbarian tribes and garden fencing is largely a decorative attribute of a place to enjoy our deserved respite.

The Garden Is a Special Place

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photo by SylviavBruggen

Most famous architects liked to design garden decor for gardens are special places within a real estate. And while patio paving and invariable garden pond remained relatively unchanged during the ages, garden netting evolved in form and shape while new materials and types of fencing appeared.

Presumably, you will never use barbed wire fence to fence in your garden with impenetrable enclosure. You will eventually need a pool fence circling your garden pond but you can hardly create cactus fence in the rainy British climate. Concrete fences, for their part, are extremely durable and replaced the ancient stone walls while a good designer can give them shapes and forms unimaginable to create using stone. Concrete also replaced stones as a material for patio paving allowing house owners to create flowing pathways.

Green is Always in Fashion

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photo by PinkMoose

Green fence is among the inherited British traditions that make houses and gardens in the United Kingdom so unique. We can add that traditional hedge-row has much to do with fox hunting but that is another story. A green garden fencing is always a good idea and even synthetic materials can add unique charm to the garden you designed with all your love.

Picket fences are also popular among people living in the countryside, especially if the garden paling is painted in fresh and bright colours (remember Tom Sawyer). It is always a better idea to design your garden decor with green in mind rather than raise six feet concrete or stone fencing.

Green is always in fashion while live fencing will transform your garden netting into a natural extension of the garden.

You can express your soul in a live garden netting and let your inner man select live woody species that reflect your true character. Evergreen oak or chestnut, elm-tree or poplar, they all can add to your peace of mind being part of a live green garden fencing.

Garden Netting 6

photo by yewenyi


Garden Decorations Can Make your Garden Look Fantastic

31 Jan

Garden Decorations Can Make your Garden Look Fantastic

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Garden decorations can work marvels even if your lovely garden is a small backyard one, provided that you carefully combine all elements, creating a well balanced look. Garden decor have inspired famous architects and gardeners through all ages, and while you cannot recreate the Alhambra gardens, you can definitely select garden furniture that reproduces your favourite style.

Combine in Style

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photo by zakwitnij

You need not be a gardener yourself to have a good idea what you want your garden to look like.  Consulting specialised garden design magazines is a good idea but bear in mind that imitating others’ design ideas is not always a good approach. Garden windmills and garden mirrors, for instance, are rarely combined successfully while simple garden furniture is often a good and more affordable choice for those who are tempted to try their designer skills.

You can find numerous offers for gardens decorations online with some vendors providing useful tips on installing your garden with various items depending on your preferences and household budget. A small arbour requires a well kept pathway, probably with a small garden-seat and a few discrete lamps along the path. Garden windmills will create a free-spirit feeling and you can craft them yourself to make them look like the ones from your childhood.

Why Material is Important?

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photo by Mindful One

It is up to you to select materials that best fit your needs, but bear in mind that wood, metals, and plastics not only have different properties but bear different “spirit” when the matter in hand is how to achieve best exterior design.

Wooden furniture is more “warm” while plastic chars and tables are very convenient to use and clean but look cheaper and create more informal atmosphere. Garden decorations made of metal are always good looking for they inspire emotions of longevity. As a matter of fact, they are more durable than all other items of garden furniture but are more expensive as well.

Everyone Can Afford Garden Decorations

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photo by HarryCjr

A popular fallacy is that decent garden decorations are expensive ones. You can find such decorations at affordable price if you take your time and examine all offers by online and brick-and-mortar garden furniture stores. Some merchants offer leasing while others provide garden furniture for rent, therefore you can furnish your garden to meet the specific requirements of a birthday party, for instance. Conduct your research and enjoy a new garden decor that looks stylish and expensive yet at affordable price by comparing prices.


Backyard Landscaping Ideas

13 Jan

Backyard Landscaping Ideas



Having the space to be able to host some at home parties is often something people dream of and if you have a backyard then why not just follow these backyard landscaping ideas and get ready to host a fabulous party?

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

photo credit: Miki James

The best thing about being able to design your backyard is that the possibilities are endless. You can cater the backyard to changing the seasons, or just cater it to suit who you are. When the weather is warm, people love to be outside and have the time of their life, so why not start with getting some fabulous garden furniture?

If you are thinking about using your backyard as the ultimate place to enjoy time with your friends and family then start with some patio ideas. Think about how many people you would like to be able to accommodate? You can design your patio around that to start with. Also keep in mind the space that you have to work with as you will want the patio to be comfortable but not to cramped. Have a space for relaxing and keep in mind the sun as well. You will want a shaded area as well on your patio, so people will be able to enjoy the beautiful garden decor you have chosen, but are not dying in the heat.

When you think about outdoor parties, you cant help but to think about enjoying some amazing food as well. So you will want to have a spot on your patio for a grill and perhaps a small fridge for drinks, but do not go overboard on all the wonderful outdoor kitchens you can find. Keep it small and simple and functional of course. There is no sense having too much on your deck or patio if it will prohibit people being able to freely move around. After all the idea of an outdoor paradise is to have a relaxing and peaceful time right? If you really want to add the element of serenity then how about a beautiful garden pond? These ponds can come in all different sizes and really add that relaxing atmosphere. Just place some beautiful rocks and flowers around the pond, and maybe a small walkway to the pond from the patio and you will be in such a state of bliss. So when you are wondering what to do with that backyard of yours just follow these backyard landscaping ideas and you will be on your way to spending time relaxing in your own little paradise.

Here are the five main points to consider:

1) Choose appropriate garden furniture

2) Enhance our patio area or create one

3) Make the best use of your space

4) Think of useful areas (i.e. outdoor kitchens)

5) Add garden decorations or features

Outdoor Kitchen

photo credit: tophomedesign

Garden Pond

photo credit: jpopesku1


Outdoor Kitchens to Enjoy Nature with Comfort and Style

7 Nov

Outdoor Kitchens to Enjoy Nature with Comfort and Style


Cooking outdoors is a lot of fun as it provides entertainment for the whole family and friends, which is why outdoor kitchens are becoming such a rage! An outside cooking area can be as complex or as simple as you desire. Of course, it also depends on what one is willing to spend. If the budget is limited, you can opt for modular outdoor kitchens and continue adding more pieces as the budget allows. These units allow one to custom build a cooking area outside according to the individual needs and include everything from appliances and cabinets to outdoor grills and outdoor fireplaces or fire pits.
Besides the entertainment value, cooking outdoors has several benefits. One of the major benefits is that the air conditioning bill goes down. Cooking indoors makes the rooms hot, thereby forcing the air conditioning to work more and increase the bill. Also, there is less noise and chaos inside when the cooking is done outdoors. Finally, a well planned kitchen outside can even increase the value of a property, this is something we should be thinking about, especially if we are planning on selling in the future.

**Comfort Outdoors: the romantic style – Photo by the trial

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Kitchen Blueprints

There are many outdoor kitchen ideas available which can be suitable for people with different needs. There are outdoor kitchens with trendy cooking surfaces, storage areas, refrigerators, sinks – even bars are possible. More and more people are taking their cooking outside as it gives them the opportunity to experience nature more closely, while enjoying cooking at the same time. Outdoor kitchen designs that blend in with the exterior of the house give the house a more spacious look and their easy maintenance makes them very appealing. An architect can help draw up the outdoor kitchen plans, or the main ideas can be searched for online.

Outdoor Kitchen with a Patio Garden

Cooking outdoors next to a well designed patio where everyone can sit to enjoy their meals, can enhance the outdoor eating experience even more. This is especially true when the garden decor is pleasing to look at. In the summer evenings, outdoor cooking brings the family together and provides some quality time while they are unwinding from the day’s happenings.

**Enjoying the view: the arquitectonic style – Photo by stirlingstoneworks

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When thinking about designing the patio, a good idea is to ask the opinions of family members. When family members get to participate in coming up with patio ideas then they usually enjoy using it more. It’s good to know that there are many choices available when deciding what kind of garden furniture would be more suitable. There is resin patio furniture or outdoor wicker furniture; having both will allow each person to choose what they find most comfortable. Adding roll up awnings to a patio design means cooking can be done outside under shade during the day also. This extends the amount of time the family can spend outdoors, while keeping the indoors clean and tidy. Adding some strategic garden lighting can provide a more formal dining experience.

Cooking outdoors on a regular basis is becoming more and more common because it suits everyone’s needs. Whether it is a family spending time together, or a romantic evening under the stars with that special someone, or just hanging out with friends it provides the ideal environment. So, choose from the many outdoor kitchens designs, and get cooking!

Garden Furniture – Maximizing your Enjoyment of the Garden

24 Sep

Garden Furniture – Maximizing your Enjoyment of the Garden


When considering making the outdoors more comfortable and more functional, the addition of garden furniture is always a good decision. Outdoor furniture, compared to the indoor ones, have to be more resistant to elements and more durable. If chosen wisely, this type of furniture can be used to complement existing garden decor or be the centrepieces of the garden.

The first thing you have to decide is whether it is to stay out all year round or be stored away in winter. Items that can be left out of doors is made from wood – usually hardwood – plastic or metal. The ones that must be taken indoors is made from cane or bamboo, unpainted and untreated softwood and, of course, anything that is upholstered. Storing it indoors or in a garage can sometimes present problems, unless you buy something that can actually be used indoors too. But there is a third category; items like loungers, chairs and tables that are collapsible or can be easily dismantled, and take up very little space when stored.

Choose wisely and make sure it goes with the style of your house and patio. Rustic, rough-hewn benches and tables usually look out of place in a town setting, unless you have deliberately created a country garden look to go with them. Bamboo and cane or any outdoor wicker furniture look good with tropical plants like the yucca, but they are less happy in stark modern surroundings. Wooden items should be strongly made, especially if it is to stay outside all year round. Check that any metal screws, hinges or fittings oh them are made from stainless steel or brass rather than steel, which will rust.

Materials

There are different materials for garden furniture sets. When one aims to have a nature-centric garden, a good idea is to use wooden garden furniture. Durable wood include cedar and teak. Teak garden furniture is made of the tropical hardwood which is weather-resistant. It is very attractive and since it is able to stand the weather, it is among the longest lasting furniture commercially available. This is the reason why furniture made of this material often becomes a valued antique. Cedar patio furniture, on the other hand, is resistant to fungi, cracking and warping, making the beauty of this hardwood last a decade or more.

If one wants a material which is low-cost but serves a similar purpose, rattan garden furniture is a good option. Rattan is a climbing plant which grows in the tropics. Natural wicker furniture can be made of rattan but it can also be made of bamboo. However, these materials are less weather-resistant than metal or wooden furniture.

Resin patio furniture are said to be comparable to other weather-resistant furniture. Resin is a synthetic material which can be dyed with different colours, moulded into narrow strips and woven like natural wicker furniture. Manufacturers and homemakers say that this material can stand harsh weather and can be left outdoors without protection.

Metal materials are great for the outdoors. Aluminium furniture is lightweight and does not rust. Wrought iron, on the other hand, is heavy and is a fitting material in places where there are strong winds (e.g. near the beach). Because this material is predisposed to rusting, painting and powder-coating can be used to extend its usability. Metal bistro sets will give your garden the Mediterranean appeal; many bars and restaurants use table and chair sets so people can enjoy a meal or drinks in the terrazas or piazas in places like Spain and Italy. Dreamy.

The conservatory is also a g reat place for storing some of the furniture you don’t want to leave outdoors either during the winter season or on a daily basis. Choose furniture that will also look good in this room – comfort and a homey and cozy look is something many people strive for. Being such an important room that lives within the realm of the house and the garden, do check out this lean to conservatory kits for great information on conservatories done on a relatively low budget.

Tips for the Outdoor Setup

If the outdoors is sloping or the house is in a ridge, furniture could be placed on established garden decking in order to have a better view of the environment. If the garden has big trees with strong trunks and branches, garden furniture hammocks can be hanged for. These hammocks may be used by the members of the family for taking a nap, reading a book or watching the sunset.

To make the outdoors more comfortable, garden furniture cushions, hanging chairs or a lounger may be added. Even if the family or the occupants of the house prefer to sunbathe, it is still good to add parasols because the heat can become very overwhelming, especially during this age of global warming.

Even if the manufacturer or the seller touts the garden furniture sets as resistant to the elements, it is still better to take that extra mile to protect these outdoor mainstays. One protective measure is to place them under a gazebo tent. This way, even if it rains or snows, they would be subjected to lesser forces. Outdoor furniture covers and patio covers can be used for tables, chairs and other outdoor essentials.

Where to Find Outdoor Essentials

There are many good furniture shops for UK residents but the best are Homebase, Argos and
B&Q, and in general (USA or Worldwide) check out Lowes, Smith and Hawken, (has moved to target.com), Ikea and Pottery Barn. Whether one is looking for supplies, accessories and furniture for the garden, these places are the places to visit.

Photo: by amandabhslater **Courtesy of flickr.com

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How to Beautify the Outdoors with Garden Edging

17 Sep

How to Beautify the Outdoors with Garden Edging

As the word “edge” connotes, garden edging is a method of defining the edge or border of a particular space in the garden. This term is often used interchangeably with garden lawn edging and landscape edging. Different garden edging ideas are available for different landscaping themes.

Materials for Garden Edgers

Stone is an excellent material for garden borders. It is resistant to water and other outdoor elements and imparts a natural look. It may be shaped into blocks and laid adjacent to each other but it may also be left unmodified. Mortar may be used to facilitate fitting.

Concrete is another good material. It can be designed according to the preferred shape or height. The traditional color is neutral or gray but if color is desired, oxides can be used. If one wants stenciled or engraved edgings, designs can be placed upon this material when it has not yet hardened. Concrete garden edging is best for straight garden edges. Once the garden edges are made of this material, patio paving and cobblestones made of the same material can be added.

House bricks with a depression on one surface are good for edges. To maximize their effect, rather than placing them on soil directly, one can place them on concrete buttress. Clay pavers may also be utilized for flat edges as long as they are supported with a buttress.

Wood is another material which can be used for edgings. It may be pine or hardwood. If used in the form of timbers, they can be stacked horizontally for straight edges or stacked vertically for curbed edges.

Live plants can even be used. Bamboo edging provides a green and natural look for the landscape. One must choose bamboo plants which can survive in the particular climate. With flower bed edging.

New options for landscaping include both metal and plastic garden edging. These materials are used to keep grass out of the garden and may be invisible to the unobservant eye. Plastic flower beds usually come in rolls of plastic and can placed in a narrow trench around the garden. The metal one may be made of steel, aluminum or iron. Garden rope edging may be utilized when one wants to utilize the rope that marked the gardens edges in order to add a rustic feature to the edge design.

Other Uses

Edgings for the garden also have uses other than separating the garden from the lawn. They can double as garden fencing and garden walls. It is a nice idea to enhance your garden decor with elements such as garden signs and wall plaques when placing on these walls. If done on an elevated area, you might want to look into retaining wall ideas in order to serve the purpose.

Where to Find the Right Edges

There is a proliferation of sites in the Internet that offer a vast range of supplies, and some to look out for would be Lowes, Ace Hardware, Plow and Hearth and Bender Board. Whether one is looking for decorative and/or functional garden edging products, these stores offer really good choices at the right price.

Putting garden edges need not be an impossible challenge. With the variety of materials to choose from, one can find the right garden edges for landscaping and gardening purposes.

Photo courtesy of sassycrafter

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Photo courtesy of Creating Character

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LED Grow Lights – Cost-Effective and Energy-Efficient Alternative for Gardening Lights

17 Sep

LED Grow Lights – Cost-Effective and Energy-Efficient Alternative for Gardening Lights

When a person asks about how to grow a garden indoors, a recommended solution is the utilization of LED grow lights. Grow lights, LED (light emitting diode) specifically, are electrically-charged and are designed to provide the electromagnectic spectrum needed by plants for photosynthesis.

Light-Emitting Diode Garden Lighting in Detail

The LED grow light can be used to provide the 4 chlorophyll absorption peaks: 2 red and 2 blue. It is said that 25%  blue is best for all-purpose plant growing whereas the 50 or 75% blue light is recommended for speeding up growth. The 100% red light is best if one wants to hasten fruiting. Many people have made their own LED grow light review and even NASA is recognizing the potential of this new light source.

LED growing lights are desirable from gardening needs. They are bright, have long lives and emit wavelengths specific for the plant needs. They are energy-efficient, do not need ballasts and are not as heat-producing as HID lamps. Because less heat is produced, the plants do not have to transpire as much and the watering frequency can be reduced. These lights can have 100,000 hour lives.

Examples – Garden Lights

One example of a good light emitting diode light is the Procyon 100. It is manufactured by Cree, a leading company in the LED industry. It can deliver 100-watt nominal power and consumes 125 watts. It does not require a ballast and can replace a 400-watt HID light. Its light can span 10 square feet and it can last 50,000 hours. The Lightblaze 400 can also replace a 400-watt HID lamp. Like the previous example, it also features 56 Cree Xlamp LEDs, with its own adjustable intensity dial and built-in power supply. Its lifespan is about 60,000 hours.

Luminaires

These lights are also available in different luminaires. The luminary system provides the power needed to produce a desired color. T8 lamps are generally 25 mm in diameter whereas T5 lamps are 12 mm in diameter. LEDs with T8 luminaires can have a brightness equal to or above a traditional 20-watt fluorescent lamp

How to Make your Own Light Emitting Diode Light

Cheap LED grow lights are present in the market but one can go even further and make a personal LED lighting system. DIY LED grow light ideas are now available particularly for hydroponic systems. Some companies offer light kits with instructions on how to handle hydroponic LED grow lights. For instance, a 12 volt kit is now in the market. This kit uses 256 5mm LEDs, uses 16 watts and has a 100,000 hour life. One only has to have a solder, a soldering iron and a basic knowledge of electronics in order to build this system.

These types of light systems are very efficient because they are specific for the wavelengths that plants need. One might wonder whether 1000 watt led grow lights would equal the performance of a 1000 watt HPS system. This is not so. In fact, there is no need for the former because just a 350-watt LED grow lighting system would already outperform a 1000-watt HPS particularly in terms of plant yield and in terms of expense minimization. Therefore, Light Emitting Diode systems are the best when one wants to achieve a truly fruitful garden.

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Great Garden Retaining Wall Ideas to Try Outdoors

10 Sep

Great Garden Retaining Wall Ideas to Try Outdoors

When one has a garden which is elevated or inclined, garden retaining wall ideas are a great way to keep it in place. In using a wall-ideas of what materials to use are varied. The main principles behind a retaining wall are the following: it should be strong and durable to withstand gravity and it should allow the outflow of water which collects in the garden.

There are different ideas for retaining wall and these all hold merit. However, one’s outdoor setting also has to be considered when envisioning building walls in the garden. Easy retaining wall ideas can be implemented if the homeowner is inspired enough to beautify and maximize his/her property.

Materials One Can Use

Stone and concrete are most commonly used for building walls. Construction of a retaining wall using these materials usually involves mortar. However, short landscaping walls may not have mortar. They may be made of concrete blocks or masonry units instead. There are many modern styles of these units which are often preformed for the ease of building and designing.

Wood is not the preferred material because it is prone to damage upon water exposure. It can also serve as the home for insects like termites or become the source of food for fungi. This makes it unable to withstand time. While it cannot be used as the wall’s basic material,  it can be used for decorating the wall.

Designs and Ideas

Building a wall which matches the garden decor is best for ensuring the unity of the wall with the rest of the garden. Retaining wall design ideas are varied. One such idea is to build the wall in tiers or steps. This design evens out the pressure on the wall and helps to make it more durable in the long-run. These tiers can then be used as raised flower beds, giving a natural feel to these garden additions.

An outdoor patio can also be built over land levelled by a retaining wall. A pavers ideas can be used to lay out a floor plan which is compatible and connected with the other parts of the house. With a good patio design, what is usually considered as an unusable space becomes optimised and adds value to one’s home.

When a retaining wall is used as garden fencing, its aesthetic value and functionality can be enhanced by outlaying it with bricks and adding engravings, wall plaques and signs.  This idea is often used in countries where hills and mountains are predominant. Additionally, multiple wall systems are used in the neighborhoods in these places to strengthen the structure of the people’s homes and prevent soil erosion and landslides.

These inexpensive retaining wall ideas can be used by the homeowner to enhance the structure of his/her property, maximize elevated spaces and add to the beauty of the home. In general, one can research on how to build a retaining wall in the internet or can refer to the local engineer or architect. The cost depends on the area which needs to be walled in, the material that is going to be used and the manual labor required. With a definite plan and a sufficient budget, a retaining wall can be built properly.

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Garden Signs – Value-Added Decorations to the Garden

28 Aug

Garden Signs – Value-Added Decorations to the Garden

Ideally, gardens combine peace, pleasure and discovery by providing nature’s bounty and human creativity in a limited space and using garden signs to direct the explorer. Whether one wants a Japanese, English, Mediterranean or any other theme, a strategically placed garden sign adds value to the house’s outdoor offerings. Aside from being attractive additions to the garden decor, they also serve various functions.

Various Uses

Various uses of these signs include providing information about the garden’s history or its contents. For instance, the sign could feature when the garden was built and who designed it. The owner of the garden might want to put a stamp of ownership and uniqueness by placing personalized garden signs that contain what he/she wanted to achieve when he/she established the garden. A personalized garden sign can also state the name of the owner’s family and welcome the garden’s visitors.

When the garden has unique flora or fauna, the sign can provide data on the plant or animal. For instance, the garden sign can give information on a hard-to-breed rose or an exotic creature that is rare among other gardens. Collectors and breeders are very particular about these types of signs.

Yard signs can be used to warn off people. For instance, a yard sign might state “Beware of the dog” if one’s pet is allowed to roam around the house’s outdoors freely or “Don’t step on the grass” if one want is very meticulous about the well-kept appearance of the lawn. This is similar to the idea behind placing signs when one plants vegetables or herbs for the family’s consumption. The sign might contain “Please ask for permission before gathering the goods” just to let people know that proper courtesy is appreciated.

Of course, they can also serve as markers for directing people where to go. This function is of high priority when one has a large garden featuring mazes or tall hedges.

It is also practical to consider placing signs where there are garden lights nearby. Otherwise, the signs would not be seen at night, when the reach of garden lighting is limited. Better yet, one can place these great accessories so that they can be lighted based on need (e.g. during a garden party). Signs with nature designs can be used as hanging decorations on fences and stakes.

Garden plaques and signs can be used in combination because they have parallel uses. Wall plaques may be placed on the boundaries of the garden. These  could feature sayings about silence and contemplation, as the garden is often a place that serves these purposes. On the other hand, garden signs plaques can also lighten the mood and help people relax when the contain funny quotes.

Places – Also Suitable for Garden Plaques

While one can go to the local landscape company for signs and plaques, the Internet also has an excellent line-up of companies that offer various landscaping and outdoor design options. Lowes, Terrys Village, and Iron Accents have a wide array of signs and plaques that cater to one’s needs and preferences. Whether one wants wooden garden signs, novel garden signs, metallic memorial plaques or any other implement for improving one’s outdoor property, these companies provide them to their consumers at an affordable price.

Now, one does not have to hire a professional to give the garden an expert look. By using these important accessories and placing them in strategic places, that well-kept, well-loved look is within reach.

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Garden Plaques – Combining Versatility, Functionality and Style

23 Aug

Garden Plaques – Combining Versatility, Functionality and Style

When one wants to combine both uniqueness and style together, the way to go is to use garden plaques. Because of the availability of various designs and compositions, adding garden plaque or more to the garden decor has become an easy way of enhancing both the appearance and ambience of the outdoors. One can use mass-manufactured garden plaques but one can also use personally-crafted garden plaques. The former is usually cheaper but the latter allows people to put their own stamp on their gardens.

Based on Composition

A garden wall plaque can be made of wood, terra cotta, metal or stone. The key is to choose a type which blends with, or complements the general motif of the garden. For instance, garden plaques can complement the patio paving, or a stone-paved patio can be partnered with a strategically placed garden stone plaque. Another consideration is that the garden plaque should be able to resist the elements it might be exposed to, depending on the location. It is better, for example, not to use wood plaques in places where there are constant exposure to rain or moisture.

As Signs

Garden signs plaques are usually small but with long posts to let the reader see the sign without having to hunch. Garden sign plaques could serve as garden name plates which contain the names of the garden’s flora. They could also contain quotes which induces the reader to contemplate and relax within the garden. Other signs plaques could serve as markers and include directions or instructions for exploring the garden. An example would be a sign plaque near a pond which indicates where the stepping stones are for going to the opposite bank.

As Accents

Garden wall plaques can also be used to accentuate the garden art. Examples of garden art include sculptures, bird houses, fountains, plant stakes, and ornaments such as wind chimes. If there are fences or posts in the garden that need a little flair, hanging plaques can be used. These are usually called hanging plaster plaques but they may not be composed of actual plaster. They can have some nature carvings or they can also contain quotes.

Engraved Plaques

Because rocks fit naturally in any kind of garden, an engraved plaque in a rock design is always a great addition. Engraved rocks are valued because they are both aesthetically pleasing and water-resistant.

Metal Plaques

Most people are familiar with metal plaques or memorial plaques. These can be made of brass or bronze and are usually custom-made. Because they are typically addressed to someone, they could be used to recognize a person’s achievements or they could contain a eulogy or even a history. Personalized garden plaques signify ownership and love for the garden.

Gardens provide a way for people to relax and refresh their minds. As Cicero wrote, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” It is therefore good to design a garden in such a way that it becomes a place beauty and repose. By using a variety of outdoor garden wall plaques and placing them in locations which maximizes their uses, this goal is achieved.

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Wall Plaques – Providing Indoor and Outdoor Appeal

17 Aug

Wall Plaques – Providing Indoor and Outdoor Appeal

A great addition to any house, whether indoors or outdoors are wall plaques. As a decorative accessory, a wall plaque can be used as wall decor inside the home. It can also be used as an outdoor wall art.

Outdoor Wall Plaques

When considering improving the outdoor wall art and the ambience of the house’s exterior, garden wall plaques can be used. They can be used to fit the existing motif of the garden. For instance, if the garden has an Italian motif, then Italian-designed plaques can be used. There are many kinds depending on the composition. A metal wall plaque, as the name indicates, is made of a metal alloy. It can be made of iron or brass. There are also plaques made of stone, marble or wood. When choosing an outdoor plaque, it is good to make sure that it is resistant to rust and to other outdoor elements in order to ensure its longevity.

One great way to expand the look of the garden is to use garden mirrors. Because they reflect images, they are able to create a sense of wider space. If there is enough space, the addition of complimentary garden clocks and a bird bath fountain makes the garden look classic and timeless, much like the famous gardens but within the vicinity of the one’s home. When these are combined with well-chosen plant trellises and beautiful wall plaques, an atmosphere of an expert-designed garden is created.

Wall plaques can also turn simple signs into decorative pieces. For instance, a plaque bearing the family’s crest, surname or even address can be placed outside to alert visitors. A simple “Welcome” wall plaque is enough to make one feel good about being in a new place.

Indoor Wall Plaques

The more popular use of wall plaques indoors is probably the awarding of plaques to recognize people’s achievements within the company. However, indoor wall plaques can also be used within the home.  Inspirational wall plaques can be placed inside the dining room or the family room to encourage the family in their daily activities. For instance, a wall plaque with a classic motto like “Carpe diem” is a great way to remind the family to be always on the look-out for new opportunities.

Another excellent use of indoor wall plaques is giving them as gifts. During a housewarming party or a wedding, a custom-made wall plaque bearing the names of the couple will certainly make them happy. Giving a wall plaque to a particular person with an engraving of that person’s greatest attribute, in a sense – a personalized trophy, is also a sure way of making the person smile e.g. “World’s Coolest Dad” or “World’s Greatest Mom”.

Where to Find Great Wall Plaques

There are many sources of wall plaques but among the best places are Z Gallerie, Things Remembered and Ballard Designs. These places offer a large variety of plaques that can be used either outdoors or indoors, whether to improve the architectural design or the aesthetics of one’s home.

Decorative wall plaques are versatile accessories. Whether it is your garden decor or your indoor accessories, with wall plaques, home becomes a place like no other.

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A Touch of Garden Lighting

13 Aug

A Touch of Garden Lighting

You will want to put a lot of thought into your garden lighting before you rush out and spend your hard earned cash on purchases. All aspects of your garden decor should reflect aspects of your personality and lifestyle. It could be you are looking for landscape lighting, rather than ideas for patio lighting. Different outdoor lights are more suited to particular areas or functions. You do not want to overdo things so it is often a better idea to start small and build on your lighting over time. You will also find that as the seasons change different elements of your garden will need to addressed. To show you planting to its full potential consider lighting that can easily be moved around to save on expense.

Planning Your Scheme

When planning your lighting scheme do not forget to consider other light sources such as a patio heater, which may not seem to be an obvious lighting source, but in fact may save you a fortune on lighting. Perhaps the simple addition of a tiki torch will give you ample light in a small enclosed area that houses a heater. For great style ideas look at Crate and Barrel who have a stunning range of ideas to inspire you.

Different categories of lighting can really enhance the individuality of your outdoor characteristics. Spot lights will concentrate the light in one area – they look great when hanging from a pergola and pointing into interesting areas of your patio. Creating focus is key, whether you use garden decorations or just interesting lighting. You might also want to check out led grow lights if you’re looking into growing plants and there are parts of your garden where the natural sunrays are not available.

Plug and Play Garden Lights

These types offer you both safety and simplicity and it really is possible to install this sort of system without a professional. No tools will even be needed as a simple water tight transformer can simply be plugged into your indoor electricity supply.  The lamp assembly may require a screwdriver, but nothing too complex is involved. Outdoor lighting can really be very simple with modern 12volt low voltage lighting providing ample light to illuminate and create atmospheric light effects. Improved technology ensures that garden lights do not have to be the dangerous items of yesteryear. Paradise Garden Lighting has some great ideas and products. Look at path lighting to see just what can be achieved no matter how small or large your area.

Solar Garden Lights

A solar garden light placed strategically around your garden can really help to lead the eye and draw your visitors’ attention to design features dotted around the garden. Solar lighting uses the natural rays of the sun collected during the day, it is recommended they get direct sunlight for at least 5 to 10 hours of the day so consider this before you buy. The beauty of solar lights is once purchased there are no further costs because they do not use mains electricity. An additional benefit is they are good to use whilst you are away on holiday giving the illusion of people being around. It can give you peace of mind as an added safety feature and is just one of many patio ideas to ensure your outdoor space is illuminated once dusk starts to fall.

Accessories

When lighting areas don’t forget how effective garden mirrors can be when used in conjunction with garden light. For some really spectacular garden accessories try checking out CostCo, if you have the budget spare there really are some quite amazing items to be purchased here. If a couple of classy yard lights are more to your taste to add that finishing style, try Lamps Plus to bring a light touch to your garden lighting. From torches to complete solutions if you do your research and bear in mind your budget there are solutions for every area of your garden.

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Garden Decor Ideas – Wind Spinners

18 Jul

Garden Decor Ideas – Wind Spinners

As small children wind spinners probably always held some fascination for you. One of the things you could always ask the Grandparents was how to make a wind spinner because they always knew how to make everything out of nothing in the way that your parents never could. You have probably spent many an hour with old washing up liquid bottles making plastic garden wind spinners. They probably never worked that well though and nowadays kids have such high standards they probably want high precision iron stop wind spinners, rather than the do it yourself versions of yesteryear.

Modern Technology

Whatever garden windmills you are looking for, the modern 3D take on the classic wind spinner will almost certainly surprise and delight you, the range available is highly sophisticated technology combined with unique art. Look at Iron Stop for some top of the range twisters to really amaze and delight you. Don’t stop there though; read on for other stockists that I feel will really challenge your concept of this humble garden ornament, which is basically one of the best garden decor ideas in terms of simplicity.

Metal Wind Spinners

The metal wind spinner is a highly developed example of modern research and development and an integral part of your garden art, as well as a good way to keep birds off your seedlings copper wind spinners glinting in the sun as they catch the breeze and twist around provide hours of mesmerising fascination. Nothing captures the imagination of a small boy like a 12” stainless steel dragon wind spinner and most men are small boys at heart and like to really make a go of it by adding a wind spinner motor so even on the stillest day they can recapture the thrill of the playground whirlygig. The girls probably prefer the twisters or the metal wind chimes as they tinkle in the breeze and make music that carries on the wind and seems to suggest the sound of fairies tinkling laughter as they clear up after the secret garden party

Rust Free

The beauty of the modern day technology is you no longer have to put up with rust on your garden ornaments if you choose to pay a little more at the outset. Stainless steel is really the best choice or take a look at Whirlygigs for some great ideas made of wood, birds or insects for example that whirl and turn on a pivot. Again all the metal parts are brass or stainless steel. Garden decor should reflect your personality so do not be afraid to place your favourite likes in your garden. Cool is being you and not going with the trend but finding something you like. Why not check out QVC for all those chimes and see what is out there to compliment your individuality. While you’re at it have a look at Suntwirlers who do an amazing range of designs which really are unique and stunning masterpieces personally created by artists in high quality stainless steel. If you are looking for a .wholesale supplier this is most certainly the place for you.

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Garden Decor Ideas – Garden Urns

7 Jul

Garden Decor Ideas – Garden Urns

If you have an outdoor space maybe a patio or yard have you considered garden urns to introduce some greenery and give the area some personality and style? Garden urns and planters can turn the blandest areas into a lovely relaxing spot where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors. Even a balcony from benefit from well placed garden decor ideas. Don’t limit yourself to traditional concepts as flower pots are effective contemporary garden art; also look around for new ideas such as pet urns to introduce a novelty factor to your area.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Often when you look at pots in stores such as Horchow you wonder how you will get them home because they look so substantial. You also think they will weigh so much that when filled with earth and plants they will be a permanent fixture in your garden. You may want fixed lawn urns, but you probably want to move your large plant filled vases around the patio. Don’t be put off by the fact it looks heavy as looks can be deceiving, take the time and care to read exactly what you are buying as often decorative urns are made of much lighter materials like resin or fibreglass. Whilst the materials are robust enough for all year round outdoor use and strong enough for the purpose they are made they really are patio ideas you can easily manage.

Cast Iron

Cast iron garden urns are a staunch favourite amongst gardeners and they are much more suited to a permanent place in the garden and like wrought iron urns need to have a place where they can stand resplendent and command the situation they are in. However for most occasions containers can be plastic or lightweight look a likes.

Make the Correct Choice

Large garden urns are impressive and if you want a palm or other large structural plant the choice of planters on the market are many and varied look pop on line and look at Lowes for a wealth of information advice and products to ensure you make the correct choices for your outdoor space. It is important any new addition will compliment your existing garden decor. You may have outdoor wall art or railings in a Victorian style and wish to maintain the theme with a Victorian garden urn.

Fashions change, but it is not always necessary to replace all your costly items. Consider bringing in a more modern concept, such as popping garden mirrors strategically around to throw a new light on existing items or considering garden fountains to bring in a water feature. If you want something a little different try searching on garden urns UK if you live in the USA to see what ideas you can glean, and of course vice versa to see what the trends in other parts of the world are. Places like Amazon are great to look at in order to get ideas or purchase your desired urn; either .co.uk or .com will give you a wide range of options and great ideas to integrate into your garden decor no matter where you live. Check out eBay also for great prices but stock will vary literally every day.

Integrate Elements into the Scheme

Contemporary bird baths and other garden sculptures can be easily integrated into a scheme with a little thought and planning. Have you ever considered garden clocks as outdoor features? They withstand the weather and make sure you can have the very last moment outdoors enjoying the garden.

Always look in the sale section to see if there is any discount garden urns available as if we manage to get just one thing cheap, it leaves us more to spend on other purchases.

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Outdoor Wall Art – An Expression of Ourselves

3 Jul

Outdoor Wall Art – An Expression of Ourselves

As we love to bring the outside into our homes, we can now also bring the inside out and today the garden is as much an expression of who we are as our home is. A really good way to make your personal garden statement is with outdoor wall art. There will be many considerations when selecting decorations, the size of your garden space being primary to your decisions. Even the smallest balcony can be enhanced by a simple wall mounted plaque with tea lights, or a metal plant trellis to climb your flowers and along. Modern coatings and paint effects ensure longevity and durability when exposed to the elements, so consider the finishes and life expectancy when making your investment.

Garden Decor Accessories

If you have an abundance of space, you can really go to town with large outdoor wall art. Walls such as the unsightly garage or the old shed can be transformed into that gallery you always wanted making your backyard resemble a studio. Let your personal preferences run wild and indulge yourself. If you are an artist a wall becomes a blank canvas for creating murals, but if not pop down to your local garden centre or go online to check out stores for the best garden art supplies. Most outdoor paints will do fine, but will need sporadic attention to ensure the mural is maintained to a high standard. Consider the children at play though and always make sure your materials are safe and appropriate for the little ones.

Outdoor Garden Wall Art

Outdoor metal wall art is an obvious choice and metal is already part of lots of gardens, with wrought iron hanging basket brackets and metal railings. It is quite simple to add to what you already have, there are some lovely wrought iron wall art plaques, such as lovely leaf design tea light holders that add a touch of romantic lighting to your evenings in the garden. Also consider wall mounted cast iron tables or pot plant holders with a trellis which can bring practical sculpture into the garden.

Another popular metal is blue steel, great for bringing a touch of adventure into the garden; the lovely silver with blued patches lends itself well to nautical themes. The blues and silvery greys can compliment most tastes if you shop around; the ranges available are quite surprising. Look out for color washed items also such as fern fronds with gold highlights on a green wash background.

Outdoor copper wall art is another component of artistic garden decor design and if you have the money why not consider a bespoke copper water fountain for your garden or wall? A truly original creation, that brings the water feature into your garden in a unique and special way. Outdoor wall art plaques can really transform the bland areas adding interest and style. Fine garden art says a lot about you, so whether it’s copper fishes, sculptured tulips or a stylish shimmering dragonfly you want in your pop onto your garden wall, the ranges of garden decor accessories available in stores is quite dramatic and wide ranging. Prices range from cheap pound/dollar store items to state of the art commissions so use your imagination to create your ideal outdoor gallery.

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