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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Transform Your Backyard Into A Year-Round Personal Oasis

Turning your backyard into a relaxing space isn't difficult. In fact, you might be surprised to discover just how easy it is to transform your backyard into your own personal oasis—a place where you can seek refuge from a taxing day year round. When you're ready to give your backyard a makeover, check out these tips to create a peaceful and inviting outdoor space.

Create Privacy Without Cutting Off Contact With Your Neighbors

If you want your backyard to feel like a private retreat, you need to make it as private as possible. Unfortunately, making your backyard private can also limit the amount of contact you have with your neighbors—especially if you surround your yard with a privacy fence. The good news is, there are several ways that you can create a backyard that feels private, but still allows you to socialize with nearby neighbors when you want.

  • Plant a garden wall along your property line. Well-placed bushes will give you the privacy that you need without completely cutting off contact from your neighbors. Additionally, they add a cozy feeling to your yard—especially if you use strands of LED lighting to illuminate them at night.
  • Create a private outdoor seating area in your yard by installing a pergola. Surround your pergola with climbing plants. This way, the plants will obscure your view when they grow, turning the pergola into a private space.
  • Surround a portion of your patio with lattice to create more privacy. You can plant climbing plants along the sides of the lattice if you want or string strands of LED lighting through the lattice to light up your patio in the evening.

Install a Sunroom

A sunroom, also known as a four-season room, allows you to use the backyard all year long. Typically, sunrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the amount of natural light coming into the room. However, you can also install a sunroom that has a glass ceiling. This way, it feels like you're sitting outside when you're in the room. In order to get as much use as possible out of your sunroom, you should consider:

  • Building your sunroom so that it opens out to your patio or deck.
  • Building flower beds around the sunroom's perimeter so that you can enjoy the flower that you plant from inside the room.
  • Decorating your sunroom with comfy furniture and plants to encourage relaxation. In fact, you could even hang a hammock in your sunroom to create a cozy reading nook.
  • Lining the top of the walls with strands of LED lighting to bring a warm, relaxing feel to the space.

Create a Relaxing Atmosphere with Plants

When you're transforming your backyard into your own personal oasis, you need to put a lot of thought into the type of plants you choose and where the plants are planted. After all, the goal is to create a relaxing space, so even the smallest details—such as using strategically placed LED lighting to illuminate your flower beds—are important.

  • Plant orchids to make your yard feel more like a tropical paradise.
  • Plant a variety of green plants throughout your flower beds—they have a calming effect. However, so that your plants don't blend together, choose plants that are different shades of green and different heights. Also, if you live in an area that's prone to cold weather, choose green plants that can survive the winter months so that you can enjoy them year round.
  • Plant flowers in your flower beds in order of height—shortest flowers in the front, tallest in the back. This way, you can make the most of the space ensuring a lush garden.

If you put some thought into it, you'll find that it isn't difficult to transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis. With a little planning and work, you can create a backyard space that you can enjoy year round. If you're interested in learning more about led lighting, click here to investigate.