In every landscaping theme, there should be at least one focal point that draws attention to the remainder of the yard. One of the ways to create such a focus is by using landscape fountains that attract attention as well as fits into the rest of the theme. The size of the yard as well as the layout will determine the size of the landscape fountains being used, as well as the availability of electricity to operate the fountain’s pump and any installed lighting.
Many homeowners use their landscaping to create a theme in their outdoor living space and the choice of landscape fountains can either enhance the appearance or make it appear like the fountain was an after thought. Too many times landscape fountains are chosen due to their individual appearance and not by how they fit into the theme, making them appear as though they were dropped in the middle of the yard. Having the fountain shoot water into the sky may look neat for a short time, but it will get old after awhile.
Unless you plan to use solar power to operate the landscape fountains, it will require running an electric line from the house to the fountain. The same power can also be used for any lighting installed in or around the fountain. Since most fountain pumps operate on 110-volt alternating current, it may require the services of a licensed electrician.
Planning For Placement Of The Fountain
When deciding to use landscape fountains to enhance the appearance of the yard, it might pay to hire a landscaper to install the fountain as well as to make plans for its placement. Remember that deciduous trees will lose their leaves in the fall and pine trees will shed their needles frequently, creating a need for additional clean up to protect the inner workings of the fountain.
To reduce the cost of installing electricity for landscape fountains, they should be as close to available power as reasonably possible. Additionally, many homeowners will want to see or hear their landscape fountains while in the home and placing them in a remote area of the yard will not be acceptable. Having them close to an outdoor living space, such as a patio or pool deck, can also provide relaxing sounds while spending time outdoors.
There are landscape fountains available in nearly every size and shape and being able to find one that fits the theme as well as the size of the yard should be no problem. Just remember not to choose the first one you come across as history shows that after landscape fountains are purchased, the homeowner usually finds one that fits their lawn better.
The majority of first-time beginner landscape enthusiasts believe that this activity can be quite heavy on the pocketbook. In reality, it isn’t, and here’s why: you can do so much with cheap plants, stones, clay pots, etc.
Landscaping only becomes expensive if you hire people to do stuff for you – that’s an inevitable fact. But if you are willing to do the work yourself, because you want to learn and have fun with your own yard, use these cheap landscaping ideas to make your backyard sensational.
Here are your cheap landscaping ideas that will be easy on the pocketbook, yet heavy on beauty!
1. Do you have a large, empty yard that is mostly nondescript because most of it hasn’t been landscaped yet? Why not turn sections of your yard into outdoor rooms?
An outdoor room works just like an indoor room – it has a ceiling, walls, and a floor. The big difference is that you don’t have to use concrete, insulation, and wooden planks to complete the parts of an outdoor room.
You can use a large bed of clover as your flooring. A large umbrella can be used to ward off the sun and, for the walls, you’re free to choose what kind of hedge suits your taste. It’s up to you what the outdoor rooms will be for – you are in charge, and that’s one of the biggest perks of designing the landscape yourself.
2. If you love cooking and the idea of home landscaping, now is a good time to start creating your very own vegetable and herb garden. Vegetable gardens can be extremely beautiful if you plant the right mix of veggies.
Vegetables are colorful and, when a vegetable garden is in full bloom, everyone is eager to explore it. Herb gardens are usually smaller, but they are no less attractive. A well-designed herb garden can accent and complement nearby gardens because of the varied leaf textures of commonly used herbs.
3. Install an inexpensive outdoor fountain to create a central point of interest in your yard. Outdoor fountains come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, the most sought-after design is two-tiered clay jar fountain, where a single clay jar pours water into a wide clay basin or another jar.
Other interesting designs include stone blocks, mermaids, wide basins, and cherubs striking a pose. Whatever your choice, you can be assured that you won’t be spending thousands of dollars just to install a fountain on your property.
4. Do you have a lot of pets at home? If you do, you may want to create a pet-friendly space in your yard where your pets can play safely. Take note that some pets need to be screened off, as they may escape. For example, if you have several fluffy rabbits at home, you can create a small enclosure in your yard where your bunnies can romp about without running the risk of attracting dogs and cats.
5. If you have a swimming pool at home, you can create a stunning poolscape by planting small palm trees, bushes, and other vegetation near the pool.