Nancy Higgins Backyard July 02nd, 2018 - 23:47:58
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.
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.
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.
There are quite a few ways to begin decorating in your backyard, a great way to begin adding some depth to it is to draw live birds into your yard. My wife and I have enjoyed watching the various birds that are indigenous to our local, so one day we jumped onto the internet to see what we could do to draw them into our backyard on a daily basis. We learned that providing a place for the birds to rest, bath and feed were great ways to draw them into our yard.
Decor items such as angels, a small waterfall, water bell chimes, gentle tone wind chimes, moon flowers, and subtle lighting can be combined to create a tranquil, meditative back yard atmosphere. A statue of an angel adds reverence to a garden area. Stepping stones with inspiring quotes are an ideal accessory for a tranquil garden design. The peaceful burbling of a small waterfall calms the environment. Wind chimes with their gentle tinkling in the breeze can really create a space ideal for meditation and relaxation.
Lighting is a very important part of your backyard design. If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining at night, you will want bright lights that illuminate your yard well, especially near your dining area. Coleman's propane powered tabletop torches are easy to use and perfect for the backyard. Smaller patio lights are ideal for walkways or sitting areas and simple tiki torches provide an inexpensive lighting option as well.