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Have a Special Garden With Anthony Fisher Pixies

These pixies are collectors’ items with a wide variety to choose from, are unique and hand crafted. Based out of Cornwall these pieces have a creative unique look -not your everyday storybook pixie. Anthony Fisher pixies have a similarity to the artistry of the traditional European fairytales.

Anthony Fisher Pixies

Each is just as unique as the name given to them. Take for example “Billy Winks Money Box” - a pixie figurine that is sleeping in his log home. Each pixie has a story that goes along with them.

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A Few Ideas for a Pergola

A pergola makes a striking accent to any landscaping theme; not only are they eye-catching, but functional as well. Depending on their size, pergolas often become an extension of the main home, and may be used for entertaining, dining, or as a getaway or quiet oasis for reading or enjoying morning coffee.

Pergola

Pergolas are a shady, garden structure whose beginnings date back to ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and were common features in early Renaissance gardens throughout Europe.

Their primary purpose was to provide shade on walkways, terraces or pools. The earlier versions were often constructed from stone pillars with wooden cross-beams with a lattice roof.

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Tips to Build a Gazebo

Are you handy and think you can build a gazebo from scratch? If the case there are plenty of free gazebo plans available in libraries and online, or blueprints available to buy.

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The more expensive gazebo plans are architectural blueprints, which are much more specific and best suited to the experienced contractor. But a talented home improvement buff can make good use of the less expensive options available.

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There are many great things that you can do to your lawn and your property to enhance the value and beauty, and add to your own enjoyment. If you have a nice lawn, you won't need to go anywhere else so that you can relax. Relaxation and retreat from the stresses of your life can be as close as your own backyard if you add some interesting features. One thing that is always relaxing is water, so go ahead and see what you can find in outside water fountains for your yard. You can have these standing alone or as part of a bigger water feature. Some outside water fountains are self inclusive and others are built. This means you can choose one that is ready make, meaning you just hook it up to a water source and to electricity, or you can choose parts and make your own. You do have to know something about them to get one to work on your own or to build one to your own liking, but you can always learn as you go and get advice. Either way, adding water to your outdoor experience. Just the sound of running water is relaxing to many people, even if a small water feature is all that they have. Some outside water fountains are large and awe inspiring. These are not usually what most people choose for their own property, but if you want something as a centerpiece to your landscaping or if you just want to go big and let it stand on its own, you can do that as long as it does not create a drowning hazard for children in your home or in your neighborhood. You may even want to consult your local codes to be sure you are not building something that you will just have to take back down. Small water features are not hard to install. They do have to have a water source. Remember that many use the same water over and over again. This means you want to have some type of filter system on it to keep it clean. Moving water does not go stagnant nearly as quickly as standing water, but it can grow harmful bacteria. You also want to make sure you keep anything you install on your property clean. It might be just an occasional job, but make sure you do it. As with any type of water system, you want to make sure you totally take out all water if you want to turn your outside water fountains off for any extended period of time, as it will go brown, attract mosquitoes and grow all types of nasty things if you leave water in there. You can clean it and then refill when you want to use it again. You may also have to keep track of how well the motor is working and do routine maintenance when necessary. These should be rather easy to maintain, but keep an eye on [...]

There are many trends in gardening and water gardening is one of the main interests. Water gardening can be in the form of waterfalls, ponds, fountains, all of which can be enhanced by rock work combinations, lighting, plants and fish. Water gardening doesn’t have to be a pond or natural water source either; it can consist of just a plastic tub, basically anything that can hold water. The most important thing to consider in water gardening is probably the spot chosen.  Since plants and fish both need plenty of sunlight, areas in direct light away from trees and bushes are the best places. This will also help prevent leaves and debris from collecting in the water. When planning for a water garden first decide on the size you want. This will depend on how much money you are willing to spend because water gardening can get expensive if you opt for a large garden full of plants, rocks, fish and lights. Also consider the size of your property and the amount of time you want to spend with maintaining your water garden. When you choose what type of aquatic plants you wish to have, remember that the plants should only cover about half of the water. Plants can be free floating, submerged or marginal. Which you choose is all a matter of personal preference. Some plants are good for their scent, some provide more oxygen than others that will keep the pool healthy, and some are just beautiful. Fish are not only nice to look at but they are also very beneficial. Fish help keep debris at a minimum and help in controlling larva and other insects. One of the main difficulties in water gardening is keeping water clear of algae. Algae problems are usually caused from too many nutrients in the water from feeding fish too often or from over fertilizing plants. If ponds are made correctly and are maintained properly algae problems and control will be kept at a minimum. All garden pools, regardless of size, will need maintenance throughout the year. With proper planning you can ensure a healthy balance between living and decorative features of a water garden that can almost care for itself with simple maintenance effort from you. You can get rid of algae by reducing on the nutrients that cause the algae by cutting back on feeding and fertilizing, planting more plants, installing a filter system, or replacing existing water with fresh water. There are some chemicals that can be used, like copper compounds, but overuse can kill plant life and fish. Water gardening doesn’t take any more time than regular gardening, but obviously isn’t near the same thing. You may be the type of person who couldn’t grow a flower if you tried but would be excellent at water gardening. If you are looking for a way to occupy some time or to beautify your yard, water gardening is an excellent way.