Category Archives: Landscaping

How To Build A Rock Garden’s Wall

If you’ve bought a new home or are re-landscaping your garden, the options available can be a little overwhelming. rock gardenThere really are limitless possibilities, and each can add something different to your garden, and hence to your home.

One of my favourite things to add to your yard is the rock garden. Although it doesn’t add anything to functional to your garden, its addition of flowers and other plants, as well as the decorative rocks can hugely improve the ambiance outside your home, especially during the summer time.

The hardest part in constructing the rock garden is building a rock garden wall. This isn’t an absolute necessity; however it can separate an average construction from a really professional looking one. The first thing that needs to be chosen is the stones that will be used. It’s important to only use heavy natural rocks rather than anything artificial. This is because, rather than a traditional bricks and mortar wall, the only thing holding this wall together is its own weight. That’s why it’s especially important to ensure the rocks are heavy and won’t blow away in the wind.

When constructing the wall, to start with you’ll need to dig something that looks like a trench. This will actually form the foundation of the wall and only really needs to be about 6 inches deep. After this, lay the heaviest, flattest rocks into the foundation, and build the wall upwards. As the wall is built upwards, use the less heavy rocks toward the top.
You should ensure that, just like a brick and mortar wall, each stone is placed on the gap between the two stones below it; this is to ensure the wall is as strong as possible. With this in mind, when the wall has been completed, ensure you test its sturdiness for safety.

It’s really simple to add something special to your garden, so when you get the opportunity, I urge you to build a rock garden to improve your garden dramatically. After you’ve finished perfecting your garden, ensure you keep it well cared for by ensuring you remove any weeds as soon as you see them, using a petrol strimmer, and keeping the plants well nourished.

Solar Garden Lights AND LEDs

Beautiful landscaping is essential to the overall design and aesthetics of your home.  Considering how important landscaping is, you should keep in mind the importance of garden lights.  Choosing from the different kinds of garden lighting can be difficult due to the amount of choices available.  Each kind of light, whether it be halogen, solar or LED will emit a different amount of light and use a different amount of energy.

LED garden lights are the most efficient in energy use when comparing lights that require electricity to run.  LED bulbs have a higher initial cost compared to the incandescent bulb, but have the power to last 50 times longer than other bulbs.  LED garden lighting also use a lot less power to operate, only require a 13 watt bulb to emit the same amount of light as a 40 watt incandescent bulb.

solargardenlightsIf you wish to use garden lights that require zero energy to use, then consider solar garden lights.  The only energy they require is from the sun and charge during the day, storing the collected power in batteries to use during the night.  This gives these lights the distinct pleasure of being the cheapest lights to use.  Solar lights normally use LED bulbs to emit their light because they are so efficient in using energy.  Solar lights are also equipped with a sensor that can tell the difference between night and day, so the lights only come on during the proper time.

You will notice that the initial cost of purchasing LED or solar garden lights is higher than other lights, but this is quickly recovered within the first season or two of using them.  They last longer and have more efficient energy usage, so they do not need to be replaced as often as other garden lights.  You can find great prices on these types of lights by searching online retailers.

Using Solar Lights Effectively

The huge improvements that have been made in solar garden lights in recent years are nothing short of amazing for people who are trying to light their landscapes.  Just a few short years ago solar lights only worked under the best of circumstances.  In the winter months or on overcast days, many of the light fixtures would dim or even completely turn off before the night was over.  But now, with newer, more effective solar cells and batteries, solar lights can work in many areas where they couldn’t before.  If you want to make the most of your solar garden lights, make use of some of these easy tips.

One thing that outdoor solar lighting allows you to do is avoid having to use a professional landscape designer.  In traditional landscape lighting design, you have to place a transformer somewhere in your yard and determine where to run cables from there.  Because of this, wherever you placed lights tended to be pretty permanent.  If you wanted to move the lights you would have to move the cables or possibly even buy a new transformer or call an electrician to move it.

Now, instead of hiring someone else, the ease of installation of solar powered lights allows you to place them where you want and if you don’t like the way they look or they don’t work as well as they might somewhere else, you simply move them.  This removes a lot of the hassle from laying out your design scheme.

If you are trying to effectively use solar lights, also make sure not to skimp and buy cheap lights.  Cheap lights have longevity issues and use cheaper, less advanced solar cells and batteries that can result in the lights being dimmer and not lasting the whole night.  If you really want to make the most of your lighting system, buy some more expensive lights now as an investment and enjoy them for years to come instead of saving a few dollars now and being upset with your purchase later.

Today’s solar garden lights are a very efficient and cost-effective way to light your lawn.  Advanced solar cells and batteries can charge the lights up so that they stay lit all night long, removing many of the problems older models had.  Use quality lights and your imagination to place the lights for the most effectively lighting in your garden.