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How To Decorate Your Pond Area

Landscaping your pond

Landscaping your pond area is a fun activity that can be enjoyed alone or with your entire family. The overall look of your backyard can be enhanced by the addition of a pond to it. In fact, the size of your backyard really doesn’t matter if you really want to install a pond. The addition and landscaping of a pond is a task which will definitely be a fun project to anyone who decides to take it up. You can use your own ideas and creativity to make the pond look attractive for e.g. You can add fishes, water weeds, plants etc.

The Planning process

Finding the right location for your pond is the most important part of pond planning. You have to consider various things before initializing the actual digging of your pond. One such important consideration is finalizing a right and practical location for your pond. Though building and creativity can be a fun task, you could alternatively make use of the pond kits available in the market.

Selecting the right location for your pond may need some thinking and practical approach. For example, if the pond is located in a place surrounded by trees then the dry leaves and twigs will fall in the pond thus making the pond water dirty. Similarly, if you plan to decorate the pond water with water plants and weeds, then you will have to ensure that the pond is exposed to sunlight to avoid the plants from drying. Considering safety aspects is also important and so having electrical sockets or connections nearby the pond is definitely a bad idea.

The view

When you are trying to find the right location for your pond, make sure that you choose a place which can be viewed from inside your home as well as the outside. Selecting such a location will help you enjoy the view even when the outside weather is not so pleasant.

The shape of your pond

There are many different shapes that you can consider for your pond, make sure that it fits your space and your desires. Traditionally, a square or rectangle shaped area is best if you want a formal landscaping area. Giving unusual shapes and curves can give the pond an informal look.

Landscaping around the pond

Once the installation of the pond is over, the next step is the landscaping the area around the pond. The options available for decorating the pond landscape are vast, but the choice is ultimately yours. You can either choose bricks, stone or even try lining your pond with flowers.

Adding the finishing touch

If you wish to give your pond area a cozy and comfortable feel, adding fishes and plants to your pond is a good idea. Although it sounds easy, but care has to be taken, as naturally the fishes will multiply and so will the plants and make the pond overcrowded and untidy.

The landscaping of your pond may involve a lot of time and effort but the ultimate result will keep you and your family happy and satisfied for a long long time.

Outdoor Decor and Camping Lights

Home d├ęcor, as well as outdoor lighting, and lights for camping and other vacations have been improving technologically at a rapid pace. From camping lanterns to outdoor lighting for your home, many considerations must be made by the individual making the purchase. Whether you want keep up with all of the latest technology is one matter to keep in mind.

It is actually amazing that we have defined sound theories that prove the rapid increase of technological ability in the future. It is an often welcome surprise of the electronic age that we know, but it makes current technological equipment predictably obsolete. How do we get around that? That means that you will have to replace your laptop, ipod, computer, and even your outdoor lighting on a consistent basis. This is true especially if you want to be more efficient with your use of electricity and are aware of its effects on the environment.

So firstly, consider the look of your landscaping and the lighting that will create the ambiance you desire. Then consider cost verses rising technological advances. How soon will you need to replace your lights? Which lights are more cost-efficient? Which lights, such as outdoor furnaces, heaters etc, will be obsolete sooner and which will last longer for you?

Some people choose to purchase outdoor yard, garden, or patio heaters that use a lot of electric power and will probably become more cost-efficient (as well as efficient overall) in a couple of years. If you have a new, high quality camping lantern that you are thinking of buying, consider how much room you have to carry it, as well as how much light it will provide. You may want to choose a smaller size of a camping or outdoor table lantern. Batteries as opposed to gas operated outdoor furniture or equipment, as well as taller or shorter lights, larger or smaller lights, or the amount of light provided and the amount of time that (if portable) the lights will work. Some people have problems with the noise level of outdoor lighting equipment. Because of modern technology, there are many kinds of lighting equipment and accessories for a quieter source of light.

Someone should also (and especially) consider the safety of the lights they choose. For example: there are outdoor furnaces that are unlikely to cause problems, they are virtually as safe as fire pits. The most important thing to remember is to pour water over the ashes. Sometimes this kind of outdoor fire place or furnace will safely go out on its own. There are also many furnaces with glass doors you can close tightly when you go indoors, ensuring significantly less risk of fire.

These kinds of outdoor lighting equipment are so old-fashioned that they are unlikely to become obsolete. They will continue to work the same as always and effectively as always. Therefore, consider outdoor furnaces when you look around for outdoor lighting. Try LED lighting as well. Have LED lights, as backup lights, is a great idea. As a matter of fact, LED lighting outdoors (as long as you do not need bright light) is wonderful. It will be long lasting and great for the environment. Nonetheless, there are many different kinds of outdoor lighting products to choose from on the market right now.

3 Steps to Prepare Your Garden and Landscape For Winter

The summer is over, clearly autumn has arrived, and winter can’t be far behind. It is time to prepare the garden and surrounding landscape for the harsh months ahead. Here are 3 simple tips to help you get started.
 
Clean Up: Before the first killing frost do one last weeding in the garden. This will prevent seed heads from dispersing and give you a head start in the spring. Remove any diseased plants or foliage to prevent diseases from spreading or even lying dormant in the ground until next spring. Do not compost diseased materials. Cut back foliage that is done blossoming and unattractive at 2 to 3 inches off the ground. Plants such as lavender, Russian sage and astilbe bring interest to the winter garden if left untrimmed. Phlox, peonies, and monarda (bee balm) should always be cut back because they are highly susceptible to disease. Plants that still look good, annuals, hostas, sedum and others can be cut back after the first killing frost. Unfortunately, raking is a must for a healthy, attractive lawn and garden. 
 
Cover Up: You might be surprised to discover that most perennials do not need to be covered up or protected. However if you are trying to grow plants or shrubs that are not hardy for your agricultural zone, or it’s a first year perennial, or it is expensive or special you might want to take extra precautions. The preferred method for protecting garden perennials is to mulch, but mulching does not mean covering up your plants. The mulch material should be placed around the base of the plant, not covering the center or crown and should not be done until after several hard frosts. The idea is to prevent the ground around the plant from unthawing and refreezing causing the plant to heave or start spring growth prematurely. Materials for mulch can include shredded leaves (run your mower over the leaves several times), processed manure, or shredded bark. It is advantageous to use something that will break down over the winter and add nutrients or amend the soil.

Tender shrubs and roses often require some protection from the harsh winter winds, temperatures and animal damage. Plastic or wire hardware cloth can be used around the shrubs to protect the bark from rodent damage. To protect from winds and temperatures shredded leaves can be put in as well. Hybrid tea roses should be protected before the temperatures drop below 25 degrees F. There are products such as The Garden Dome that offer a simple frame and secured cover for shrub and plant protection. Continue to water evergreens and newly planted shrubs as long as possible.

Collect: Walk around your garden and yard and collect the decorative elements that would take a beating; statuettes, wind chimes, gazing balls, etc. Don’t forget about  ceramic bird baths that are susceptible to freezing and cracking. Take clippings of any annuals that you want to bring indoors. Consider cleaning out your containers and storing before the weather is miserably cold. Be sure to drain and bring in hoses and if you do not have freeze proof faucets those should be drained and shut off as well.
 
A garden prepared for winter is a protected investment. A little time and energy spent now will bring a more pleasant result in the spring.