Susanne Holcomb Backyard June 07th, 2018 - 00:18:39
A backyard sundial not only makes a unique conversation piece, it's also functional. When installed correctly, sundials keep quite accurate time. While horizontal sundials are the most common, there are also vertical sundials that can be hung on a wall. A more unusual design is the reflected ceiling dial. This horizontal sundial uses sun reflected from a mirror to drawn the hour lines on the ceiling. For many home landscapers, though, time telling comes second to aesthetic value. In addition to hour lines, the sundial plates are typically enhanced with a design such as an animal or leaves, and many carry inscriptions. Usually the dial's gnomon, or hour hand, is also incorporated into the design on the dial plate.
After you've set these items up in your yard, you can move on to placing several bird houses in your yard. Now depending on which birds that are indigenous to your area you'll need to research their nesting habits, for instance, robins are platform nesters which is why they build nests in tree branches and bushes, but a smaller bird like a chickadee or a sparrow look for small holes or cavities in trees to nest in, so a bird house with a narrow opening would be ideal for them.
To keep your backyard retreat enjoyable, as well as presentable, design plenty of storage options for the common backyard items that aren't the most attractive. Store tools and lawn equipment out of sight in a storage shed or under the deck. Garbage containers can be housed in the garage or behind a decorative wall. Plants and trees also make wonderful barriers, as well as terrific backyard decorations.
Another category is items that are both attractive and practical. Large clocks, decorative thermometers, and rain gauges can add beauty and function to an outdoor garden area. One can have fun seeing how much it rained during the day or what the temperature is outside.
Another theme many choose is to make the yard look like a day at the beach. This can be accomplished with bamboo torches, tiki items, canvas chairs, colorful lights, shells, sand, garland, and festive tables. The Bamboo torches and tiki items gives a tropical island feel. The canvas chairs, shells and sand give a more traditional beach feel.
Tiki Torches- Tiki torches and other types of backyard candles or lighting are also increasingly popular yet more unique when it comes to backyard décor. You can use them to surround a patio or decorate around the edging of a pool, a barbecue pit and more.