Creating a Landscape Feature Out of Your PondCreating a Landscape Feature Out of Your Pond

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Creating a Landscape Feature Out of Your Pond

When I first bought my home, I was unsure about the man-made pond in the backyard. The water was green and there was no wildlife to be seen. I decided to work with the water feature instead of spending money on fill materials to get rid of the pond. I added a water fountain to the space first that featured a submersible pump and I later added fish. After installing a filtration system and an aeration device, my pond became the central landscaping feature on my property. I made a lot of mistakes as I completed the installations. I had to learn about the biological filtration and I had to figure out how to control algae with shade plants. I want you to have an easier time than I did creating a water feature, so read my blog to find out what you need to do.


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3 Things To Include In Your Fairy Garden

Is there anything more quaint or more idyllic for your yard than a fairy garden? Fairy gardens are a recent landscaping theme to gain popularity among green thumbs. These serene landscapes are usually done in miniature, and there may be just one or two in a yard, or it may be taken over by many small fairy scenes in hidden corners. If you are just beginning your first fairy garden, or have plans for many, here are a three things to include in those tiny, adorable fairy gardens.

1) The right container

Since fairy gardening is usually container gardening, you need to start with the right container. You may already have an idea of how your fairy garden will proceed, so be sure to have the right size and shape of container. The most important feature of your container should be good drainage. Old pots, worn terracotta or even a wedge of a tree trunk could be used. Be sure to buy good potting soil, since you won't have the nutrient advantage of an in ground garden. Making a fairy garden is a great way to re-use old landscaping materials or containers that have been sitting in your potting shod.

2) The garden for your fairies

To begin, you need to plan out your garden with the plants you will use. Low growing plants, flowers that are tiny and bloom close to the ground, herbs and ground cover plants are all ideal to map out your fairy garden. Think dwarf trees, tiny vines, plants as trees, and tiny flowering ground cover to make paths. Keep color and texture in mind. As long as there is variety and the growth heights are very low, you can't have too many plants in your fairy garden.

3) Find your fairies

Unfortunately, fairies have to be purchased and not discovered. Find the fairies of your dreams at your local gardening store, or online. You may want to create a scene with more miniatures, like tiny cottages, pebble pathways and rustic miniature wood arches or chairs. You can also find miniatures you can use from stores specializing in miniatures, as many collectors covet them. With a little imagination, a few purchases and some gardening patience, you can grow the fairy garden of your dreams. Be sure to adjust it on a regular basis, removing weed and trimming plants. You will probably want to shelter it during a rainstorm, but unless there is damage to the figurines, it can probably be rescued regardless. Plan your fairy garden now, and enjoy it all summer long!

For more information or assistance, contact a local landscaping company, like Budget Landscaping.