Landscaping is more than simply keeping a green lawn and planting a few flowers in a garden to make things look nice. It can be an art form that allows you to be creative in order to produce eye-pleasing scenery that others would like to duplicate. While some ideas can become quite costly as your details become more elaborate, there are many ideas that require nothing more than time to put into them. These are a testament to dedication, skill, and time as your neighbors are awed by what you’ve accomplished.
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1. Ponds – Many people are attracted to the idea of having a hand-built pond in their yard. A lot of times, people will spend good money on Koi to place in them. However, more rural areas may benefit greater from goldfish as owls and hawks may pick off your expensive fish. Using solar powered pumps, you could erect a waterfall that cycles the water currently in the pond for greater aesthetics. While these can be extremely beautiful and relaxing, be mindful of the cleaning fish ponds require.
2. Living Wall – If you don’t have much of a yard, or simply want to create a much cooler indoor experience in the middle of summer, a living wall may be what you need. These green monsters are built using retaining walls that allow vine-based plants to creep up the side of your home. Living walls can also be created along fences which could be more cost effective if your fence is already erected. Depending on the plant-life you decide to use to make this wall, it could very well create a privacy fence without spending a lot of extra money in materials.
3. BBQ Pit – Adding value to your home, a well-crafted barbeque pit can make your home the most talked about location among your neighbors this summer. Using stones and mortar, you can hand-build an elaborate barbeque area using nature as the furniture such as tree-stump table tops and more. An area like this can bring the ambiance of the barbeque alongside the elegance of fine living.
4. Stone Pathways – Instead of pouring cement to make your walkways through the yard, a stone setting adds an outdoor appeal that gives the sense of walking around in the great outdoors. These settings are usually inexpensive depending on the type of stone you wish to use. Pathways can be created in any way you wish and really don’t have a right or wrong way to assemble them.
5. Raised Planters – Using bricks or regular rocks, you can raise the area of a garden to any height you wish to give the location more presence. When a visitor arrives, the details of the raised garden area is one of the first things he or she will see. Even an area as small as 40 square feet can make a lasting impression. These planters are great if you bring the level up to where your back isn’t straining when planting seeds.
While there is truly no real bad way to decorate your yard, you need to be conscious about your surrounding area. Others may not see your vision of using an old rusty Mustang as a flower potter sitting in your front yard. As long as the landscaping is tidy, various objects can be used as long as it doesn’t create a nuisance or an eyesore as depicted by your local government. Use style in your decisions and you can make a work of art out of your yard that will inspire many.
This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @ gmail.com.