Cassie Casey Backyard July 02nd, 2018 - 23:46:41
Spring just cannot come quick enough for most of us this year. It seems that more than half of the country has been in a deep freeze this winter. But don't worry, summer will be here soon, and we will be begging for cooler temperatures in no time.
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.
To create a nature themed backyard, items such as bird baths, bird feeders, and a small vegetable, flower, or herb garden help set the tone for a naturalistic back yard retreat. Wind chimes, a fire pit, and rustic furniture give a back yard a mountain retreat type atmosphere. Gnomes, woodland creature statues, and rustic solar lights all enhance the nature theme.
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.
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.
You can be creative in your backyard decorative ideas. Birdhouses are nice and so are garden gnomes, flower gardens and backyard swings. But if you really want to mix it up a bit, here are some ideas you may enjoy: