Carole Carroll Backyard July 02nd, 2018 - 00:17:50
Rain chains, called "kusari doi" in their native Japan, make beautiful and practical backyard decor. Although rain chains have been used for centuries in Japan to gather water, these days in the west they're used primarily for draining water from the roof. However they're used, rain cascading down these chains makes stormy weather look and sound a little more cheerful. Usually made from copper or stainless steel, the chains may be simple interlinked loops or more fanciful rows of tulip or lily cups. To use a rain chain, just remove your downspout and put the rain chain in its place. To complete the look, place a matching copper rain basin under the chain.
The quickest and easiest way to spruce up any yard with is with backyard decorations. These can include anything from lighting to flower planters. There are so many options that you can really create the space you want. Following are a few ideas of what are popular lawn decorations.
A backyard can be transformed into a vacation-like resort with the proper selection of decorations. It is easy to create a relaxing atmosphere similar to a day at the beach or lake. Adding outdoor furniture to the yard or patio is an excellent place to begin a transformation. After finding the ideal furniture, the accessories complete the transformation. Solar lights and yard art such as gazing balls and metal sculptures can be added. Walkways can be created using pebbles, stepping stones or various other materials. Bird houses, bird feeders, water gardens, and wind chimes help create a more nature oriented outdoor escape. Creating an outdoor dining area or picnic area increases the opportunity for entertaining family and friends in the backyard.
Feeders were our main focus on how to initially draw the birds into the yard, after all, a birds gotta eat right? We learned that different birds have different eating habits as well. Robins prefer open areas to feed, where as smaller birds like the sparrow enjoy feedings they can perch on, and hummingbirds can be drawn in with a simple sugar and water mixture you can make at home (1 part sugar to 4 parts water, no sweeter than that). The great thing about a hanging bird feeder is that a mixture of seeds will set a table for a good variety of birds.
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.
Would you love to bring the calming sound of running water into your landscape, but don't have room in your backyard for a full-sized fountain? If so, a tabletop or wall-hanging water feature may be your solution. Self-contained wall-hanging fountains are easy to install on any sturdy garden wall. For very small backyards, there are fountains and tiered waterfalls just 15 inches that can be placed on tabletops or in flowerbeds. Choosing a solar-powered fountain will also save you the trouble of working with electrical wiring.