Thursday, May 11, 2017

Keeping Your Standout Garden Features Primed To Perfection

Many of us are accustomed to the concept of a focal point in the interior design. In our homes, a room's focal point can often come in the form of a feature wall, or perhaps a jazzy piece of art that is used to draw your guest's attention. This very same notion is what many people also use in their gardens these days; landscaping the outdoor area around a specific attraction, or point of interest. If gardening is your thing and you want to create a beautiful garden that wows your family and friends, having a focal point can be a great way to do so. But for many people, upkeep is a real issue when it comes to such an eye-catching garden feature. Much in the same way that people look at a tree or a water feature because of its beauty, people will also look at it if the entire thing hasn't been cared for properly. This easily can make your garden look unkempt and neglected, which nobody wants. If you've had a beautiful feature installed in your backyard, you will need to be prepared to take care of it, and here are a few ways in which you can do so.

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Water feature/pond

There's no denying that adding water to your garden in any form can make the whole place incredibly serene. Water has naturally calming qualities, whether you like to sit by watching a water fountain bubble or gaze at fish swimming in your pond. But just like with any element, water requires tending to, and you may have to take specific measures to ensure that the water stays clean and free of algae. Always install a proper filter inside your pond and remove any debris that gets in there before it has a chance to decay. Too much sun exposure can also leave your fish suffering in the warm water, so install some aquatic plants to keep the temperature in there nice and cool.

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Tree

A single statement tree in your garden can easily be the main attraction. It can also be the point from which you build the rest of your garden around, so it's important to take good care of it. If your tree is already mature, you won't need to worry too much about its water supply, unless you experience a particularly bad drought at any point. However, trees of any age can still be vulnerable to certain diseases, as websites like http://www.arboristusa.com/tree-disease/ will tell you. Call the experts in if you suspect your tree is diseased, as the earlier you catch it, the more likely it is that it will be able to be saved.


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Sculpture

If you're less than green fingered, but still want to add a point of interest to your garden, sculptures and statues are a great way to do this. However, even though they are not living, breathing things, they do still require a certain amount of care. Moss and algae love to grow on statues and can even end up covering them entirely - but thankfully, there are a few things you can do. Make sure your statues get plenty of warmth and sunlight, as if they are dried out the algae will be less likely to grow. If moss does end up growing, you can easily remove it with a pressure washer, or with household cleaning tools if the surface is too delicate.

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