Polly Vaughan Backyard June 27th, 2018 - 02:31:32
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You could even take things a step further and match the decking material you choose with the flooring of the patio space. For instance, maybe you are fond of mahogany colored wood. You can check with some of the local companies and request that your deck post covers along with the flooring be made with that particular material or with something that resembles it.