Polly Vaughan Backyard June 13th, 2018 - 02:59:12
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.
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.
Fountains and Waterfalls- Fountains and waterfalls are another way to add a creative touch to your backyard. There are many which can be purchased and set up easily without requiring any actually holes in your lawn. There are even small versions that can be placed on tops of tables or stands in the backyard and those designed to work in flower beds.
The most common yard accessories cater to birds and include the bird feeder, bird house and bird bath. The reason they are so popular is because they attract birds to the yard and give them an incentive to stay a while. Most people enjoy listening to the birds sing and fly around. They are very beautiful creatures. They are nature's real live backyard decoration with their bright colors, lively personalities, and beautiful songs. Also, the bird accessories are very various with many purposes and can be tucked into the branches of an overgrown tree, suspended from a porch awning or placed in the middle of the yard.
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.
Birdhouses and garden gnomes are fine if you don't mind having the same garden decor everyone else has. If you're looking for a way to express your unique personal style, though, don't just settle for the ideas you get from your local home and garden store. Take home a few of these less common decor pieces and make your backyard truly your own.