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Bridges and Rock Beds

Long lasting cedar and redwood bridges are already very popular kinds of outdoor pond and / or garden décor. Whether you have a garden pond, waterfall, cascading fountain, or simply flowers, a garden bridge can add a wonderful touch to the overall look of your overall landscaping design. Especially as décor for Japanese gardens with pebbles or rock beds, these have been popular outdoor accessories. Rock beds are very interesting. These kinds of styles of gardens and their very traditional, antiquated looks have been the inspiration for even more modern and sometimes extremely abstract new flavors of gardening.

As with all garden accessories, equipment, and landscaping designs, as well as indoor décor – design has and always will be dictated and carried by a matter of personal taste. This article will focus on bridges in more modern and / or abstract garden designs – comparing them to traditional (and often natural rock or pebble) gardens of a Japanese nature. Some of the most interesting abstract “art gardens” I have ever seen have used flat stones that vary in size and are uniquely shaped in circular or oval patterns. These rocks are placed in a shallow, creek or pond-like ditch. They are slightly blue, but translucent and catch the sunlight as still waters would, smaller glass pebbles have even proven to have a more cascading allure, depending on the general landscape design. Across some of these outdoor eye-catchers (which some people would consider more appropriate for a sculpture park than for a home garden) are elegant and add a distinctive ambiance to your home outdoors.

You can get as creative as you like with an outdoor garden, and everything from wooden bridges, to reinforced or decorative bamboo bridges, to metal bridges can be an excellent outdoor accessory to add to your personal, home garden. There are many old bridges, either antiques or an amazing mockery of design in appearance, that are extremely pleasing to the eye when combined with the rest of your outdoor décor. Archway bridges for home design are virtually always four to six-post bridges in design. The medium and the design will depend on many factors such as how steep you want your arch to be, how deep your posts must go to reach the ground, and how wide a space across which you want the bridge to reach.

Many people create colorful walkways of tiles or cobblestones at the ends of each side of his or her garden bridge. These individuals will often combine the medium of their walkways with the bridges they install as part of their garden décor. Using wood or metal as a base, I have even seen bridges that incorporate the same kinds of tiles and the same kinds of colors that will blur the boundary between the place where the bridge ends and walkway begins. Or, some crafty people will simply paint their bridges to better accentuate their colorful garden motif.

Try putting a garden bridge as part of your landscape and you may love what it does to your outdoor ambiance. Then there even are gardens with bridges custom designed: unique. You can create a walkway across your artsy garden design like no bridge you’ve ever seen. Some people even have a garden bed boundary that is designed in the shape of a lake or river bed. It is an amazing sight to see.

Improving and Beautifying Your Lawn With Loans From Private Lenders

A house isn’t really a home until you are happy with your lawn. There is something very satisfying about surveying the lush landscaping in your backyard every morning and feeling like you own a little piece of Mother Nature. But sadly, many people do without the lawn that they really want because they can’t get the financing for such a project. It can be frustrating to be turned down by banks because of credit issues in your past, especially if you hope to improve the quality of your home.

But if you own your home, you can take advantage of private lending to get the loan you need. Hard money loans come from private lenders who typically lend their private funds based on the equity in your home, rather than your credit history. This makes private party loans much more available to a broader swath of homeowners.

If you want to make the most of your hard money while improving your lawn, just follow these simple tips.

Install Quality Lighting – The daytime shouldn’t be the only time that you and your guests enjoy the beauty of your lawn and landscaping. By installing some quality lighting at appropriate points with your private party loans, you can ensure that your guests can be wowed by your out door design choices no matter what time that they visit. Quality outdoor lighting can also help your guests see better when you host events outside.

Plant Decorative Rosebushes – While some homeowners prefer the very simple look of a plain green lawn, others choose to use their hard money loan to purchase and plant some rosebushes along the outer edges of their property. Rosebushes can add a bit of flavor and color to your back or front yard, and if you place them at the outer edges, you can ensure that bushes improve the aesthetics of your lawn without interfering with the natural beauty of the grass itself.

If you want to save some of your private party loan, you can purchase immature rosebushes and wait a couple years until they come of age. If you have your heart set on having fully grown rose bushes right away, most hardware stores and gardening centers can sell you bushes

Install Automatic Sprinklers – If you are still watering your lawn by hand, maybe you should take the opportunity to use your private party loan to install an automatic sprinkler system. An automatic sprinkler system can save you a lot of time and hassle. Installing a system like this may take some time and trail and error in order to ensure full coverage of all of your landscaping. For this reason, it is imperative that you contact a qualified contractor to install your system. Be sure to ask about advanced features, such as a sprinkler system that doesn’t turn on when it rains. This won’t just conserve on your water bills, it will also prevent you from needlessly harming your plants from root rot that can be caused by over watering.

Consider Inorganic Decorations – Not every decorative feature of your lawn has to be a plant. You should also explore stone, metal, or even ceramic objects that you can place in or around your lawn in order to improve its appearance. For example, many people choose to use some of their private party loans on “lawn jewelry” or “garden jewelry.” These are just metal stakes that have decorative glass or metal sculptures on one end of them. Homeowners can install them at certain points around their lawn to help give their lawn a touch of glimmer or color.

Other homeowners may choose to strategically place large stones at certain points in your garden. Most hardware stores have stones and boulders for decorative purposes. If they don’t have what you are looking for, they can usually help you get in touch with a local quarry that might have a better selection of decorative and landscaping stones.

Landscaping Borders – Creating Privacy and Boundaries

If you have a garden that’s overlooked by other properties, or you want to create boundaries to section off different uses in your yard, then landscaping borders are just what you need. The great thing is that landscaping borders come in different shapes and sizes so you can still have the theme that you want for the overall landscaping design of the garden, while at the same time putting up a restrictive border.

Trees are a natural boundary, but the downside is that they take time to mature. Unless you can afford to buy mature trees that are several years old and are tall with many leaves (or evergreens), you are going to have to wait some time before your ideal privacy limit is reached. If you only need one tree, then buying an older tree isn’t going to be to expensive, but if you are using trees for your property outer perimeter landscaping borders, then things start to get very expensive.

One alternative that you could use is to set up a wooden fence just behind younger trees so that for a while it’s this fence that creates the landscaping border around the property. This will allow you privacy from neighbors, block out busy roads, provide security for your children who won’t be able to wander out of the garden so easily and yet is temporary and can be removed once the trees grow to the required height.

If you do create an outer perimeter landscape border whether using higher trees, or fences you need first to check if there are any local laws that control how high these can be. Often there is a maximum height for any given area and you must keep your fences under this. There could be a separate law that pertains to each tree, but if not, you will need to make sure that you cut your trees across the top just before they reach the legal maximum height – this will stop them growing upwards, but allow them to bush outwards instead.

Creating landscape borders within your garden are wonderful for providing separate places for kids to play football, or to hide garden toys from the rest of the house, create a secluded retreat where you can escape to when things get overly stressful, or just to separate a kitchen garden from the rest of the lawn. Landscape borders of this kind are can be low concrete blocks (some of these are very decorative and come in a variety of colors and designs) that edge your lawn, or higher trellises that allow you to also grow climbing flowers, shrubs or even vine fruits. The trellises in particular make for pretty garden features that don’t look as if they are landscape borders. Another idea would be to create a path in your garden that divides the kitchen garden from the rest of the yard. Edge the lawn and keep the earth in the kitchen garden in place, and this can be a perfectly functional and yet attractive yard.

Whatever landscape borders you choose, make sure they fit into the kind of design that you want, and that they match with the garden lifestyle that you have. Don’t create a fancy garden with lots of fragile borders if you have small children, but on the other hand, if you do have small children, a border is a perfect way of restricting them to certain parts of the yard so that you protect the shrubs, flowers, and/vegetables that you’re growing there.