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Elegant Garden Decor – Enhance the Beauty of Your Garden With Birdhouses

Summer is here and gardens are filled with beautiful flowers and colorful birds. Everyone’s garden would have got a face lift with classic landscaping and garden decor accessories. To add beauty to the garden and also attract colorful birds to your garden, consider adding a birdhouse. Birdhouses come in different shapes, sizes, colors and materials.

Birdhouses can be made of wood, metal, glass and even ceramic. When considering to buy a birdhouse, to give a bird a new home, we need to decide on two factors. The first is what bird frequents our garden the most. Smaller birds like sparrows or wrens would prefer smaller birdhouses in which they feel secure from predators. These birdhouses can be freestanding or hung from a tree. There are many designs of birdhouses available. They can be single story or 2/3 stories. Wooden birdhouses are crafted in various designs like Victorian houses, log cabins, churches, diners, fishing cabins, lighthouses etc. Practically, any design of building that comes to mind can be made into a birdhouse. Ceramic ones come in animal shapes, bird shapes and even shapes like flowers, hats etc. They are painted with all sorts of colors from rustic to the eye-popping pink. But keep in consideration that birds may not like too bright colors as they attract predators also very easily.

Secondly, before getting a new birdhouse for your garden, decide on what type of birdhouse would suit your garden decor. Interior decor for a house is important. But the exterior decor of your house, like your garden and the landscaping is what your neighbors see everyday and therefore would show your taste for decoration and your personality. Also, the size of the birdhouse should be a match for the size of your house. People who are good at woodwork and designing can even make their own birdhouse. It could even be a fun project with kids.

Finally, make sure to keep the birdhouse cleaned after the nesting season is over. The birdhouses can be cleaned with water and soap or disinfectants.

Log Home Decorating and Maintenance Tips

5 Tips for Decorating Log Homes

1.      Using wooden furniture that is a few shades lighter than the sidings of your home will add light to the interior.
2.      Chandeliers are also a great way to add light and beauty to your log home.
3.      Use pictures that contain imagery from outdoors such as landscapes to keep with the theme of your home.
4.      Rugs with Native American patterns add color without being overpowering or clashing.

5.      Add a little something extra with a vase of flowers such as daisies or cat tails.
 
5 Tips for Exterior Log Home Maintenance:    
 
1.      Checking the Exterior Routinely – Examine the outside of your home for burrow holes, splitting logs, loose caulking, loose chinking, mold and moisture issues, or any siding discoloration. All of which are very important factors in maintaining the investment and beauty of your log home.
2.      Consider The Surrounding Elements – Trees, excessive rain, and wind can cause damage to your home. If you have any of these problems you will also want to check the roof of your home for any wear or damages and replace them immediately.
3.      Clean Regularly – Wood homes need to be washed at minimum once a year will ensure that the home will be in great shape for a long time. Failing to do so can result in quicker deterioration of the home. Dirt is extremely volatile to wood and needs to be removed often.
4.      Refinishing and Maintaining the Beauty of your Log Home – Replace damaged or rotten logs right away to ensure the deterioration does not spread.
5.      Apply the appropriate stain or sealer to your log home every 3-5 years. It is very important to determine what the existing finish is or what stain was previously used on your home originally. This will enable you to determine what the best exterior finish would be when recoating your log home.

The Snowberry Shrub in Landscaping and Gardens

The common snowberry is a popular shrub in landscaping and gardens due to its decorative white fruit. The snowberry bush is also very tolerant of trimming and can be grown as a medium to tall hedge.

The western snowberry is part of the honeysuckle family. The snowberry shrub grows up to three feet in height and spreads through rhizomes, forming colonies of fruit-bearing plants. The flowers are white to light pink at the end of twigs and upper leaf axils.

Snowberries are an important source of winter food for birds including quail, pheasant and grouse. They are a famine food for humans due to their bitterness and the presence of saponins in the berries. Saponins, a substance also found in many beans, can be destroyed by cooking.

Saponins are quite toxic to some animals such as fish. Native Americans put large quantities of snowberries in streams and lakes as a fishing technique to stupefy or kill fish. An infusion of the roots has also been used for inflamed or weak eyes and to aid in convalescence after childbirth. The branches of the snowberry bush can also be made into brooms.

Snowberry plants have extensive root systems are can be used to stabilize soils on banks and slopes. They grow in open prairies and along streams and lakes in Montana, Washington, Utah, New Mexico, Minnesota and Canada. They can likewise be used in landscaping to reinforce sloped areas and soil around water features.

Try the versatile and attractive snowberry bush to add a decorative and practical plant to your landscaping plans!