Water Feature Ideas to Compliment Your Garden

Water Feature Ideas to Compliment Your Garden

If you are looking to create a shady and relaxing garden space to curl up with a book or have a quiet time with your friends, you might want to add a water feature. You can use water to make a relaxing sound or simply to make your space more beautiful. There are loads of great ideas to implement, independent of the size of your garden. Fountains One of the best water feature you can add to your garden is a fountain. While you will not be able to have fish in it, its sound will relax you after a stressful day. The good news is that you can get DIY fountain kits and design your own feature, adding custom statues, or a modern design. You can add a fountain to an existing pond to make it more lively and help you cool the air down on a warm summer day. Fountains will make your water feature more exciting and unique, so when your friends come around they will be amazed by the tranquility you created on a budget. Ponds If you have a larger garden and love greenery, even when there is little or no rain, you can build your own pond. Whether you want to use a DIY kit and take care of the water source and draining yourself or talk to an expert at Growing Solutions Landscape Design, you can make your water more enchanting. You can have large leafy greens to surround your pond, install a bench nearby, and create some steps to go down.  Waterfalls Waterfalls can be created on garden walls, as well as other features. You might need a builder to erect a marble wall, or to construct a waterfall with a hidden water supply. It is also crucial that you take care of winterization, as your waterfall can get damaged and your pipes can get blocked or frozen if you live in a cold climate area. You can also get some commercial waterfalls or custom designs with inscriptions that will make your water feature truly unique and personal. Streams In case you are lucky enough to have a natural water source in the garden, you might as well make the most out of it. You can create your own stream in your garden if you have an old well on the property and install a water pump that recycles the water. You might also regulate your existing stream running across your garden, add a border or a path alongside with shaded seating areas. Adding water to your existing garden landscape can make a huge difference. Create tranquility, listen to the sound of the waterfall, or simply cool down on hot summer days. This contributed post may contain affiliate...
How Are You Giving Back To The Earth?

How Are You Giving Back To The Earth?

Once a year, on Earth Day, we all tend to be a little more conscious about how we’re treating the world we live in. We think about how we live, and the impact that it has on the planet. But what happens for the rest of the year? Do we just let it go, or should we continue on with our efforts? The below infographic shows you exactly how you can keep up your Earth Day practices year-round to really give back to the earth. But here are three key points that you can start with. Look After Your Lawn First of all, you’re definitely going to want to take better care of your lawn. If you’re overusing fertilizers and chemicals, you may find that it then goes on to affect the rest of the ecosystem – and that’s definitely the opposite of what you want to happen. Be Resourceful Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re being conscious of what you’re using – how and you use it. Here, we’re not only talking about recycling what you use trash wise, but also what you’re using in the garden. It’s easy enough to set up a water tank to collect rainwater and use it for watering the garden – and this can save on water waste for the garden. Volunteer Finally, you may also want to volunteer your time to local organizations that are looking to clear up the community or rivers, parks, and community gardens too. Infographic Design By Earth Day...
Common Gardening Mistakes

Common Gardening Mistakes

Gardening is a fun and rewarding task, but it can be incredibly stressful and complicated too. No gardener is perfect just like there is no such thing as the perfect garden, so, whether you’ve been gardening for six days or sixty years, we all make the odd mistake here and there. Of course, making mistakes gives you the opportunity to learn, but it’s always better to learn beforehand and avoid them when you can. Keeping that in mind, here are four common gardening mistakes everyone makes. Planting Way Too Early Once you’ve bought your seeds, soil, and everything else you need, it can be tempting to get planting right away. We all get impatient now and then, but you have to hold yourself back and resist the urge to start planting. You need to take the time to prepare your seeds, and your soil or nothing is going to grow. Make sure you dig and double dig the garden beds, adding plenty of compost as you do. This ensures that the ground is fertile and loose enough for your plants. Forgetting About The Sun Before you start to dig and plant, you need to ensure that the spot you have chosen is suitable for your plants. We know that plants require sunlight to grow, but different varieties have different needs. Where some require almost constant sunshine, others prefer to be in the shade for most of the day. Because of this, you should do some research on the plants you intend to grow before you buy them and make sure that you have a spot in your garden that will work. Letting Weeds Grow  Weeds will compete with your plants for light, water, and other resources, so it’s crucial that you deal with them as soon as you can. Unfortunately, weed control can be tricky to master, so you need to do plenty of research to avoid damaging your own plants. You might even want to consider hiring a professional to help you out. Whatever you do, ensure that you stay on top of the issue or it will quickly get out of control. Over Or Under Watering You need to make sure that your plants get the right amount of water or they simply won’t grow. If they get too little, they’ll start to wilt and will eventually die, and if they get too much, then their roots will begin to rot, leading to the same result. Most plants need watering between one and three times a week, but this will depend on the variety and weather. Make sure that you get the ground, rather than the leaves, or the water won’t reach the roots. Everyone makes gardening, and while they offer a great opportunity for you to learn, it is best to avoid them when you can. Hopefully, with the tips and advice above you can do just that and ensure that your garden remains beautiful and healthy all year around. This contributed post may contain affiliate...
Pond Life: Building Your Very Own Pond

Pond Life: Building Your Very Own Pond

Your garden is your own  private piece of mother nature’s bounty. It’s your refuge from the world and all its problems. It’s a place in which you can relax, unwind and meditate while surrounded by nature’s subtle perfumes. We all have a slightly different idea of what makes the perfect garden. Some will use their garden as a resource to grow delicious and nutritious food for their families. Others will use it to make a statement, filling it with a dazzling array of plants and statement pieces like water features to wow guests. Others will simply aim to create an outdoor haven in which they, their family and guests can be at peace, sip lemonade, read a book and simply enjoy the psychological and spiritual benefits that come with being surrounded by nature. For these people, some form of water feature is a wonderful way to not only make a statement but add to the soothing ambiance of their outdoor space. We all find proximity to water relaxing and a pond is a wonderful way to add character to your garden while also enhancing its relaxing and restorative qualities. Think adding a pond to your garden will be too much hard work? Think again. Like anything else, installing your very own pond is easy… When you know how. Pre-made or create your own? If the prospect of installing your own pond makes you a little nervous, you can always opt for a premade pond available in most garden centres. Premade ponds have their own inherent advantages and disadvantages. You are beholden to a particular shape when using a premade pond but they are relatively quick and easy to install and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They tend to be smaller and shallower than traditional liner built ponds. As they’re smaller it may be harder to maintain an ecological balance within them, meaning that your pump and skimmer may need to work a little harder. Moreover, smaller ponds are prone to overheating, resulting in disproportionate algae growth. Preparing and marking off the area Your first decision is where your pool will go. If you’ve already been to the garden center to check out some premade ponds then you likely have a good idea of the kind of size and dimensions that you will be dealing with. If you’ll be starting from scratch using impervious lining, you will have more freedom in deciding your dimensions. Perform a rough check of the measurements and it’s also worth checking in with your local authorities to ensure that there are no underground cables or pipes in the area that may be disrupted by your excavation. When you have decided on your location, mark out the dimensions of the pond in rope or spray paint. It’s more than likely that you will need a water pump and skimmer. You can check out a selection of pumps for your pond right here. Place your pump and skimmer at opposite ends of the pond. If you’ll be using a waterfall filter, install this at the opposite end from your skimmer. Excavation Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves. Dig your pond area approximately 6-8 inches deep. If you’ll also be installing a waterfall, use the dirt to build a wall to seal in your waterfall box. If you’re using a premade pond, it’s a good idea to leave around an inch or two of leeway between ground level and the dept of your pond. Once the area has been dug out, use some spray paint to mark out an outline for the deeper area of your pond. The size and shape are entirely up to you, but since will be filled with rock, it’s a good idea to avoid tight curves. The inner area should be excavated to a depth of around 2 feet. Finally, excavate a separate area for your skimmer box. Plan so that the skimmer opening will be around 1″ above water level. Install your skimmer and pump and connect an outflow pipe to the back of the skimmer. Laying down the liner Again, assuming that you haven’t opted for a premade pond, it’s now time to lay down the liner. But first we need to add a layer of underlay, working it into the rough corners of the pond. The best bet is to start at the middle and work your way outwards. The pond will move and settle over time so it’s a good idea to lay it down fairly loose. If you’re at all unsure there’s a great tutorial video here. Repeat the process again with your pond liner. Attach the liner to your skimmer box using the faceplate. Boulders, rocks and gravel Now it’s time to rock! Put larger boulders down first for structural support, and mark out the pond’s vertical walls. Next, fill in with smaller rocks, starting from the bottom and stacking on the inside of the pond. There’s no real right or wrong way to do this. It’s time to get creative, and feel free to rework the area as much as it takes to get it right. Attach your liner to the water box and use a layer of gravel to fill in any gaps in the rocks and boulders. The finishing touches Before you fill the pond now is the time to add any lights you may want to nestle between boulders or add bog plants or lillies. You may also want to apply a fish friendly waterfall foam to fill in the gaps between rocks in your waterfall area. This will lend it structural support and help to encourage water flow. While the pond is filling with water, go around the perimeter trimming off your lining. Leave a margin of around 6 inches which you can then cover with gravel for a seamless appearance.   Et voila! A perfect and peaceful pond! Now it’s simply a matter of choosing the right fish! This contributed post may contain affiliate...
Redesigning Features of Your Backyard

Redesigning Features of Your Backyard

When it comes to gardening, many of us focus on maintenance. We mow the lawn, trim bushes, prune trees, pull up weeds, and water any herbs and plants that we’ve bedded and are nurturing. However, every now and then, you might want to take larger, more significant, and more structural change into consideration. Why? This can really make your outdoor space look like a completely different place in a positive way. Now, these changes take a little more time, planning, preparation, and investment, but the outcomes are more than worth everything that goes into them. So, if this sounds good to you, here are a few different options for you to consider! Installing a Patio When we think of backyards, we tend to think of relatively green spaces. But your backyard has so much more potential than hosting lawn alone. Patios are a brilliant addition to almost any property’s space. Patio makes your outdoor space useable, providing you with a flat surface outdoors where you can place tables and chairs, sun loungers, or other furniture. Realistically, you’re not going to be able to install this yourself. That is, unless you want to invest some serious time and money into becoming qualified as a professional contractor. So, collaborate with professionals in the field who will be able to carry the work out on your behalf. Once the patio is fitted, you can add extra touches for flair, functionality, and comfort. High-quality backyard furniture from patioproductions.com will suddenly become a feasible option, as you’ll have a stable flat surface to rest it on! Installing a Pond While ponds may not be the best option for those with kids and pets (any expanse of water could pose a safety risk), they are great for many. Not only do they act as a source of water for various animals and birds, but you will see little eco-systems starting to establish themselves within the pond itself too, as it will provide a habitat or water source for birds, small mammals, and amphibians such as frogs, toads, and newts. The easiest and most sensible way to establish a pond is to leave the work to professionals who will have all of the necessary equipment to dig a deep enough hole, line it, fill it with water, and make everything look a little better finished and a little more natural than a DIY job would be likely to produce. These are just two different options that you have on hand if you’re considering doing a little extra work on your backyard this summer. Not only will they make the space more appealing and functional for you to spend time in, but the latter will also help local wildlife and your local ecosystem too. Your project will result in winners all round!   This contributed post may contain affiliate...
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