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Add Some Decorative and Visually Appealing Elements to Your Vegetable Garden!

Choose some decorative items to add to your vegetable garden.

Vegetable gardens don’t have to be plain or ugly. Make your garden space more attractive by adding a few of these items.

1. Fencing. Split rail or wrought iron fencing can be added as borders around the garden or as features in it. They also double as a great support for beans, grapes, and many other edibles to grow on.

2. Bird bath. You may or may not want to add these to your garden. They are nice to look at, but if you are concerned about attracting more birds to your garden (especially if you have berry plants) then you may not want to add one of these. Bird baths can make great planters for certain vegetables and herbs if you want to add something a little bit different to your garden, and use it for something other than its intended purpose.

3. Arbor. Adding an arbor to your garden is one sure way to add some aesthetic appeal. Try landscaping around your arbor with planters, landscape stones, mulch, crushed stone, etc. to really make it stand out. Arbors can be great for grapes and other plants to grow on. Also, a few sunflowers planted around an arbor looks really cool.

4. Pathways. I like to have pathways made out of mulch, crushed stone, or landscape stones in my garden. You can create some very cool patterns and designs in your garden using pathways.

5. Raised beds. Raised beds are great to plant vegetables in (many vegetables thrive in a raised bed), and they look great. Adding multiple levels to your garden (especially if it’s a flat piece of land) will break up the visual monotony and draw your eyes to different specific areas of the garden. Raised beds can be as ornate or simple as you desire and can be built from wood or landscape blocks.

6. Bird feeders. These always look great hanging around your garden and may help to keep the birds away from your berry plants. One tip I have when using bird feeders is to keep them stationed away from any plants that birds like to bother.

7. Fountain. Fountains can be very attractive to look at but typically require a good deal of maintenance and upkeep. However, when they are clean and running well they really add another element to your property.

8. Other planting techniques. There are many types of planting techniques that can add visual appeal to your garden. Raised beds (mentioned above), mound gardening, pole bean tepees (found here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5884338_build-pole-bean-tepee.html ) and upside down tomato planters (found here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5884368_easily-upside-down-tomato-planter.html ) are just some of the interesting gardening strategies you can employ.

Proper Placement and Positioning of Solar Patio Lights

Optimizing the placement and output of each outdoor light fixture is the best way to decrease your home’s current energy consumption. The most effective way to completely eliminate outdoor lighting cost is to install solar patio lights throughout your property. You should however, only invest in fixtures that offer various methods of installation and preferably fixtures that contain a swivel for directional illumination. The versatility of such fixtures will enable you to position and direct light exactly where it is needed most. Solar lighting fixtures have come a long way and many manufacturers are implementing technology that can function even on cloudy days. The low output of each fixture provides areas of your landscape with sufficient lighting to promote safe access and to enhance the beauty of your landscape even during the night hours.

Solar fixtures offer easy installation that basically requires simple tools like a screwdriver or simply your hands. Ground fixtures contain a stem that needs to be pushed into the ground and works especially well for creating a row of lights on either side of a walkway or driveway. Ground lights can also be used in flower beds or around shrubbery to create and even more beautiful effect. Hanging lights can be installed hanging from light posts, decking, fencing, and especially the overhangs around your home to create a well illuminated perimeter around your home. Sconce, flush, and recessed fixtures typically do not contain directional illumination but they still offer great illumination when installed on top of solid surfaces like fences, decks railings, and even walls.

When you visit a lighting or home improvement store you will quickly discover that most patio lighting is also quite decorative in design which means you can use each fixture to also enhance the daytime landscape of your home. Post and hanging lamps with a decorative design can bring a little whim or theme to a garden or patio area. Animal or structural fixtures can be used almost anywhere to add decoration and fun to the exterior of your property. Stone or rock light fixtures can be used to line a walkway or to form a perimeter around flower beds. The versatility of decorative solar patio lights offers consumers an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to decorating and enhancing the most beautiful parts of a home’s landscape, during the day or night hours. Most fixtures vary in price because of material and not the technology so be on the look out for high quality materials that will last a long time. Make your initial investment the only cost you will ever have to incur after making the wise decision to go with solar technology.

The Wonders Of Solar Landscape Lighting

Solar powered landscape lighting is becoming a common addition to many people’s homes and yards. These lights add a distinctive ambiance to your yard during evenings. They are also great decorations and can be fairly practical as well.

You may think that solar powered lights are complicated to use, then you’ve certainly got it wrong. These kind of lights are very easy to use and can give you a lot of benefits, just the same with non-solar powered lights.

Benefits

These type of lights have become popular due to a variety of reasons. The fact that, these lights are using solar power, is very appealing to people. It does not only benefit the environment, but is easier on your electric bill as well. Solar landscape lighting is also easier to install, compared to traditional wired lights.

Beauty From The Sun

One of the most frequently bought forms of outdoor lighting are solar powered lights with decorative accent. These lights come in a diversity of sizes, shapes and colors. If you position them correctly, they can serve a sensible purpose of illuminating a dark area. However, usually they are made for the use of decorative purposes.

If you are searching for a striking way to put some more life to your yard especially at night, these decorative solar powered accent lights are the right stuff for you.

Accenting

You can also use solar powered spotlights to accent a certain feature on your landscape, especially at night. However, the downside to solar powered spotlights is that they usually entail extra power than smaller ones. Due to this reason, they frequently have cords attached, connecting them to a solar panel; instead of having a smaller and internal photovoltaic cell.

Path Lights

Solar powered path lights are another preferred pick. This is because of its practicality and beauty. These solar path lights can be positioned in various areas of your yard. You can use them to accent your favorite flowerbeds or paths. This would make a very beautiful scene in the evening.

They can also be positioned along walkways and driveways. By doing so, you can help offer a safely light-guided path. These path lights also come in various sizes, colors, and shapes. Most of them are stake in the ground. However, there are also other types that can are hung from poles or trees. Some can be strung on wires too.