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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Color-Related Topics To Consider When You Shop For Mulch

Adding mulch to a handful of areas around your yard can help to maintain moisture, keep weeds at bay, and provide a tidy appearance that you appreciate whenever you're outside of your residence. If you have a few areas that can benefit from the addition of mulch, you'll want to visit a local garden center to buy the volume of mulch that you need. Beyond determining the appropriate volume, you'll also need to think about what color of mulch you need. You'll commonly find that this outdoor product is available in several different colors, so here are some topics that you can think about while you shop.

Matching The Environment

Some people appreciate the many benefits that mulch can add to their gardens and yards, but don't necessarily want the mulch to stand out visually. If this scenario describes you, you'll want to choose a color of mulch that is a good visual match with the environment. For example, instead of choosing something that is has a highly visible red hue, you might favor more of a natural color. Lots of mulch is brown, which can make it well suited for your yard. Brown mulch will often blend into the background, providing the functionality that you want without it being the primary focus.

Complementing The House

There are individuals who may wish to buy mulch in a color that complements the exterior of their homes. For example, if you live in a red brick home, you might think about shopping for mulch that has a similar hue. This can especially be nice if you're putting mulch in the garden beds close to the house, as this will create a complementary, unified appearance. Think about the color of other areas, too. For example, if you're looking for mulch that you'll place around a gray garden shed, gray mulch can be a good option.

Making The Plants Stand Out

If you're planning to buy mulch for a flower garden, one option to consider is choosing a color that will provide a neutral backdrop that really makes your plants stand out. In this application, some homeowners favor mulch that is extremely dark in color — for example, something that has an appearance that is between dark brown and black. In a flower garden, the color of the flowers will immediately become more apparent when you add this dark backdrop around them.

Visit a local garden center to browse the mulch options.