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The Many Benefits Of Outdoor Garden Fountains

Outdoor garden fountains can have many benefits, as well as add class and style to your outdoor decor. There are so many different garden fountains to choose from that no matter what your style or taste is, you will find on that will work wonderfully in your back yard or garden setting. There are just too many benefits to mention all of them, here are a few reasons to have a fountain in your garden.

One of the benefits of having outdoor fountains is that no matter whom you are the idea of hearing the gentle splashing of water can be calming and very relaxing. If you have had a long day, full of stress and worry, sitting by garden fountains can make these problems melt away. Many people have benches or chairs set up near or around them, and sit to meditate by a fountain. Just closing your eyes for a few minutes and listening to the water fountain can help relax you.

Another reason to have outdoor fountains is that they can be a focal point to an outdoor setting. For an example, if you have an Oriental theme going on, there are many different Buddha fountains, cascading or water fall garden fountains to choose from. These fountains can be as simple or as elaborate as your heart desires. Many of these fountains are fully self-contained, with everything but water and power to get you up and running, Most of the pumps and wiring is hidden behind or within the fountain itself. Some fountains even use solar power to make them work, whether they run while the sun is out, or store energy in a small battery for later use.

Another good reason to have outdoor fountains in your backyard is that these garden fountains are built to last a long time. While there are models that use real stone, many others use a heavy duty poly resin. These fountains can have the same look and feel as real stone, without all the weight and cost involved with buying stone. Because they are made from these materials, they are easy to clean and maintain, often with just a spray of the garden hose. Another great thing about these materials used in fountains is that they can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from the Buddha fountains mentioned earlier, Hawaiian Gods and Deities, as well as simple cascading fountains, simulated rock wall fountains, and Terra Cotta Bowl fountains, just to name a few.

Even government officials are starting to acknowledge the benefits of outdoor fountains, with many cities commissioning garden fountains in their neighborhoods. These are places where people can come, sit and relax, and just let the stresses of the day be released.

You can find outdoor garden fountains to fit into just about any budget. The costs really depend on how large and elaborate the fountains are, what materials they are made from, as well as their designs. The more complex, the more expensive they are going to be, however, there are many different designs that cost well below one hundred dollars.


Keeping Your Garden Clean & Tidy

Ive been cleaning up my garden a bit, now that its autumn and winter will soon be upon us. That's made me think about the constant work involved in maintaining a house, keeping it clean, in good repair, uncluttered.

I know very few people who dont complain about the clutter in their lives. Most people see it as a labor of Sisyphus, where you make a supreme effort to get your stuff organized, only to be confronted with the same problem again and again. A few people go to the other extreme houses so clean and neat (sterile?) that you could probably serve dinner off the floor with no ill effects.

Why are we confronted with clutter and too much stuff? There are lots of logical reasons: the low price of consumer goods enables us to buy many more things; the inability to get things repaired leaves us with fairly new objects that were reluctant to throw away; advertising encourages us to buy more and more; some homes lack adequate storage; inherited family heirlooms or special collections need their space; some people stockpile for emergencies or buy in quantity at box stores.

Those reasons all sounded really good, but theyre missing the point. Clutter is stagnant energy that causes tiredness and lethargy. It doesnt leave room for new things to come into your life and you feel bogged down. It can keep you feeling unfocused and aid in helping you put things off until tomorrow. It can make you feel ashamed, or depressed. It can distract you from what is truly important, and prevent you from ever getting out of the starting gate on projects.

Heres a question to ask yourself:

If my environment is a reflection of whats going on in my life and inside of me, what is it saying?

Is it saying, for example, that your attention is scattered and you are unable to focus on any one thing? That you are clinging to old ways of doing things and are unable to get out of a rut? That you dont feel worthy of living in a clean, well-functioning home? Do you acquire things out of a feeling of scarcity, or use shopping as a way to relieve anxiety?

Here are some practical steps for your clutter, in the one day at a time mode:

1. Make your bed when you get up
2. Put things away as you use them
3. Wash all dishes before going to bed
4. Declutter one thing per day (no matter how small)


Roadside Tree Boxes - A Garden Waiting To Happen

For those who live on typical city streets in an American suburb, there is one strip of land by your property you probably look at a lot, but never do anything with, that little chunk of land between the sidewalk and the street. They all look similar, they are either a little chunk of grass, or possibly a dirt and grass island, with trees as decorations.

Some cities refer to these areas as tree boxes, little roadside boxes created by driveways, sidewalks and the road. They tend to stand out from the nice landscaping you do on your lawn.

Now, you may be able to change that and decorate them as well. Before you do anything, you need to call your city to see what can or can't be done with that chunk of land. While it will still be city property, they may allow you to plant things, as long as you keep them neat. Some cities will require you tell them what you are going to do before you start planting, others will make you get a permit to put in a tree, but most are flexible to a resident wanting to help take care of the area around their home.

Some of the common ways to spruce up this piece of land, without having plants that are out of control, are to plant a small herb garden, others go with a tree and a flower ground cover. Some go all out.

In the Georgetown area of Washington, DC, these tree boxes have become not only something to decorate, but something to compete with. They hold an annual contest called the Georgetown Tree Box and Front Garden Contest. Every year about 400 people complete and there is a lot of prestige to winning the event.

This may well have you looking out your front window thinking what you could do to jazz up the tree boxes in your neighborhood. Again, you may want to start by talking to the city. In addition to being able to let you know what rules and regulations they have relating to decorating that area, they also will be able to give you an idea of what plants will grow well in your tree boxes. After all, they are planting medians and other areas of the city all the time.

A few tips:

You don't want the plants to be too high, or too bushy, as they can become a visibility concern as people try to turn into, or out of, driveways. Too much horizontal growth can also get in the way as people are trying to open their car doors.

Remember, the pavement surrounding the tree boxes is very hot, on all four sides. That means the soil in the tree boxes will be warmer than in other areas of your yard. Not all plants will appreciate this.

This is a small place, do not over pack it with plants or they will likely beat up each other as they compete for the limited amount of garden space.


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