Carole Carroll Backyard June 08th, 2018 - 01:29:04
With little careful planning, you can turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis, a family entertainment center, or even a complete, open-air home. Backyard decorating doesn't have to be expensive. There are plenty of simple backyard design tips that can help you create the perfect outdoor area, even on a limited budget.
Some people embrace utilizing objects in their decorating. Stepping stones scattered throughout the lawn or garden accent well with the natural surroundings. Some people like stones that replicate paw prints, while others are stamped or carved with an inspirational quote. Garden gnomes placed strategically throughout the yard will delight and surprise visitors at every turn.
The next popular category of lawn décor is water features. Wishing wells and fountains, are backyard decorations that appeal to people of all ages. A large wishing well with a functioning bucket will spark the imagination, and prove to be fun with children. If a more relaxing mood is your goal, the sound of gently cascading water will create a calming environment.
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.
Gazing globes- Here's another unique idea that's been around a while but is really making a comeback since the Victorian period when they were so popular. There are many different colors and sizes of gazing globes. Some come with their own unique stands to hold them. Most modern versions are around 10 to 12 inches in diameter but there are globes as large as 20 inches or those that are smaller than 10. The color and size depend on the unique look you are going for.
Another popular category of lawn ornaments is anything that moves as the wind blows. Miniature windmills that sit on the ground can also double as a bird house or a planter. Wind chimes hooked onto a tree branch will provide delicate sounds that many people find soothing. In recent years, flags have become quite popular with a seemingly endless array of flag choices. One can be patriotic year round or have a different flag for every holiday.