Tammy Leach Backyard July 02nd, 2018 - 23:48:35
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.
A classical and elegant look includes figurines and statues. They can be placed in various locations throughout the yard. They can be semi-hidden among the flowers and plants or placed under a tree in the yard. Solar lights create a romantic ambience. Stepping stones and gazing balls add color to a backyard. Also, container gardening can enhance this theme. Planting flowers and placing them around your space especially next to seating is not only aesthetically pleasing, but the aroma is relaxing and inviting too and can even be a little romantic as well.
Finally, place your feeders in a spot that other animals, like squirrels and raccoons, can't get to. Place the feeders on tall shepherd's hooks or posts with baffles on them so the animals can't climb up to the feeders.
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.
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.
Bird baths are another great way to bring birds into your backyard. Birds enjoy fresh water and keeping themselves clean and a bird bath will draw a good number of birds in as well, be sure to keep the bath clean and the water fresh.