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Outdoor Lighting Adding Some Magic To Your Garden

Anyone who knows me well knows that there is no place I would rather be at the end of a long day than out in my garden enjoying a cup of tea. In the cool fall and spring months, I prefer a cup of hot peppermint tea in my garden, and in the heat of summer I apt for a cup of iced lemon tea. There is something magical about being in my backyard garden that I just cannot get enough of. I have read more books, journal more pages, and shared more great conversations with my family in our garden than almost anywhere else. The atmosphere of my garden was recently made even more magical when we strung garden lighting throughout the entire thing.

I have no idea why I hadn’t thought of using great garden lighting before, but I was definitely open to the idea when my artistically driven teenage daughter suggested it as we sat on our back porch one night with tea cups. She thought that garden lighting might do something special for the mood of the garden and that it might make us want to spend even more time there.

Before I knew it we had sat our tea cups down and were headed to a local gardening store to see what kinds of garden lighting we could find. We were amazed when we took time to look through the store at how many garden lighting options we had. We choose a few strings of tiny Chinese lanterns that we in bright teal and olive colors. We both loved them and knew that they would be the perfect garden lighting for our needs.

We rushed home and decided not to wait until morning to put the garden lighting up. Instead, we went immediately to our backyard garden and began stringing the lights from tree to tree to tree. After checking to see that all of the bulbs worked, we decided not to let ourselves turn the garden lighting on until we had it all up and hanging in place. I’m so glad we waited because when we finally turned on our new garden lighting it was amazing. The small and colorful Chinese lanterns did a lot for the look and feel of our garden. The garden lighting only made it more inviting than it was before.

We gathered the rest of our family and brought them outside to see our work. They enjoyed the garden lighting as much as we did and within minutes we were making popcorn and had plans to enjoy the backyard garden together that evening. I love the way my garden lighting looks, but even more than that I love the way our garden has become a gathering place for the people I love most.

After a little time passed enjoying our lighted garden, we began pondering some additional lighting scenarios. Quickly realizing our ideas would require the assistance of professionals, we researched and located a local electrician to assist us with our plan. Within no time, the outdoor lighting design experts had a plan that fit our budget dramatically increased the atmosphere we were trying to create in our backyard. We now have an outside oasis that has become the hub of our family.

Best Place To Put That New Bird Bath

Let’s pause for a minute on focusing on landscape lighting and look at the bigger picture, what is the light actually illuminating? It is important for a yard to have visual focal points. A great idea for focal point is a bird bath. Durham is home to thousands of species of birds that you can entice to come visit and spend a little time visiting your yard with a pleasant bird bath.

When it comes to providing a place for birds in your area to splash, bathe, play, and drink, a bird bath can please both the feathered and human inhabitants of the property. Bird baths serve as a huge draw to entice birds of all types to your yard, and in turn, the birds receive a necessary place to refresh themselves on hot summer days or chilly winter nights. Before you purchase a bird bath, first consider where you will place the bird bath in your yard or garden to ensure the specific style you wish will fit the outdoor space.

You have countless options when it comes to where to place a bird bath, but the most popular places include:

• Decks or Porches: If you do not have a great deal of space in your yard, or do not have a yard at all, consider purchasing a bird bath that affixes to the railings on a deck of porch. In addition to having the bird bath close to reach for refilling, installing a bird bath on your deck or porch will allow you to enjoy the birds that flock to your bath up close and personal.

• Up in the Trees: What better place to put a bath for your birds than up in the trees? Choose a hanging bird bath that will suspend in your trees so that your birds will not have to leave home to get a drink of water or take a bath. Consider hanging a bird bath near a window so that you can enjoy the birds while they splish and splash. However, keep in mind that bird baths will need to be cleaned and refilled, so avoid hanging a bird bath too far out of your reach so that you will not be able to properly maintain the bath.

• In Your Garden: If space permits, consider creating a sanctuary for the birds in your area. Use stylish bird baths to add style and flair to your yard or garden. Since running water is popular with birds, often enticing them to visit your bird bath over a neighbor’s bird bath, use a fountain bird bath to add a special touch. In addition to enticing the birds in your area, the tranquil sound of running water will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space and relax in your garden. Durham was gracious enough to leave a perfectly leveled stump in my backyard after removing a dead tree. I told them I wanted to use it as a platform for a bird bath and they obliged. I avoided having to create a level space and the stump and bird bath combination looks great.

• Under the Trees: Since many birds seek the shelter of bird baths to escape from summer’s oppressive heat, placing a bird bath under the shade of trees in your yard will further entice birds to your area. However, keep in mind that the leaves and other debris from the trees can cause the bird bath to become dirty quicker so that it requires cleaning more frequently. Also, the blocked view from the trees may not allow you to see the birds that visit your yard and enjoy the bird bath. Generally, individuals choose to place bird baths in open places to prevent hassles associated with frequent cleanings.

• Near Your Home: Watching birds frolic will allow you to relax and unwind in your own home. Place your bird bath near a window that will allow you to oversee your feathered friends. Great places to watch birds include the kitchen, living room, bed room, or home office. Imagine taking a break from work to enjoy watching the birds or watching the flock while washing dishes in your kitchen.

Wherever you decide to place your bird bath in your yard or garden, remember the reason: to entice birds to your yard. Furthermore, consider the great variety of styles and sizes that will allow you to find a bath that matches your personal tastes. Anything we can do to attract birds to our area will not only help out our local ecosystem, but will invite more beauty and pleasantness into the Raleigh North Carolina area.

Gardening: A Fun and Creative Backyard Project

There is lots of coverage on TV and the internet about the backyard homesteading trend sweeping our city. While the Triangle area has deep roots in farming, an entire backyard homestead is still a little more then most want to take on. But one component of this trend, the backyard garden, can be scaled to suit anyone’s needs.

When summer rolls around, many individuals enjoy spending time in their backyard. When it comes to summer, many individuals associate backyards with picnics, barbeques, swimming, and outdoor sports. While all of these activities are nice, there are not the only things that you can do in your backyard. In fact, there are a number of other popular backyard activities that you may never have given much thought to. One of those activities involves growing a garden.

When it comes to gardening, there are many individuals who wonder why they should even bother. Growing a garden may take a lot of time and hard work; however, there are a number of benefits to gardening. To determine if growing a garden would be the perfect backyard activity for you, you are advised to fully examine these benefits. After that examination, you should be able to decide whether or not gardening is an activity that you would enjoy.

One of the many benefits of gardening is that you can design your garden however you want. There are a large number of individuals that choose to grow flowers, plants, or vegetables; however, you do not have to choose just one. If you desire, you could have your garden be a collection of plants, flowers, and vegetables. You will probably be surprised of the joy you will get out of sharing those excess vegetables with your neighbors.

You may also find that the type of garden you choose will have a number of benefits. For instance, plant and flower gardens are often beautiful. If you choose to grow plants or flowers, you may find that they help to improve the appearance of your backyard. Anything to improve the beauty of our homes and neighborhoods will have an impact on Raleigh and the surrounding area as a whole. Vegetable gardens are a great way to save money on food. Many vegetable gardens are composed of potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and beets. If you are able to successfully grow these foods, you and your family could enjoy them as a tasty treat or part of a meal. Most common vegetables that you find in the grocery store easily grow in the Triangle area climate.

Perhaps, the greatest benefit of gardening is the relaxation. Although garden requires a fairly large amount of work, there are many who feel as if it really isn’t work. In fact, there are many gardeners who say that gardening is as great way to relax. This is because you can work at your own pace. In addition to being relaxing, a garden will be your own creation. If are able to successfully grow a garden, you may be pleased with the results and proud of yourself, as you should be.

If you plan on using your garden as a source of relaxation, it is possible that you may prefer gardening by yourself. Even though you may enjoy gardening by yourself, you may also find benefits to including your family in the process, especially if you have young children. There are many children who enjoy helping their parents in the garden. If your child would like to offer you assistance, you could purchase them their own supplies. Most online retailers, toy stores, and department stores carry a selection of age appropriate gardening accessories.

In addition to purchasing gardening accessories for your child, if they are interested in gardening with you, you will have to purchase your own. Gardening supplies include a wide variety of different items. These items, such as hoes, weeding forks, shovels, and knee pads, can be purchased from most retail stores. You may find that a number of these supplies are available for an affordable price.

One often overlooked aspect of a backyard garden is the overall beauty and appeal it can add to your yard. A well designed and tended garden is a great addition to any landscaping plan. You can easily spice up the garden with lighting system designed and installed by a local electrician. You will be surprised how well-placed lightning will transform your garden into a magical nighttime wonderland.

With the ability to create your own unique garden, improve the appearance of your backyard, grow your own food, and purchase gardening accessories for an affordable price, you are encouraged to at least consider this popular backyard activity. You may find that it is perfect way to spend your summer.