Fun Garden Tips

Garden Fence

A garden fence around your flower or vegetable garden is the perfect addition to when you are needing privacy from your neighbours, protection from the animals that may want to “visit” your lawn, or from a child who may wander into the garden and to do his/her own “gardening”.

The whole idea for a garden fence can become a daunting task. There are so many different styles and materials to choose from, but that also means that you are sure to find something to fit your specific needs and tastes. You also have to consider the monetary side of the fencing. You will need to stay within your budget to help make your garden fencing dream come true.

Before you start putting up a fence, make sure you know exactly where you want to put it. It is not a good idea to buy materials and just start putting one up without knowing the total area of material you are going to need. You will also need to know the shape of the fencing. It is not uncommon for people to go a different route and have an oval-shaped, or round, or even a triangle-shaped fence erected from the standard square or rectangular shape. Adding a different shape adds a unique style to your lawn.

You will have to think if you are just wanting to keep people and animals out of your garden, or do you want to have fencing that provides some privacy from prying eyes. Some people just don’t like to be bothered while working in their lawn since that is some of their “private” or “quiet” time. Wooden fences are an excellent choice for this purpose as they are very hard to see through and offer a large degree of privacy.

You may want your garden fence to be more of a welcoming gesture to your area or neighbors. This can bring a sense of sharing or of being neighborly rather than that of someone who likes total privacy.

For protection of your garden from wildlife that may like to “sample” your wares, a solid fence, other than a chain-link one is an absolute necessity. It would be a good idea to recess the bottom of the fencing into the ground as animals do like to dig to reach the food they want to get to. For this type of fence, metal would be a great idea. Plastic fences, much less expensive than metal or steel fences, also offer a sense of strength and protection against wildlife.

Solar Garden Lights

If you’re reading this post then chances are that you’re searching for information about solar garden lights to help you make a decision whether to actually purchase them or not. If that is the case then you’ll be pleased to know that this post will provide you with vital information to help answer your questions and hopefully clear up any doubts in your mind about these lights. Without further ado, let’s jump straight into it.

What are solar garden lights and why do I need them?

These are special lamps that are designed to store solar energy inside in-built batteries during the day to be used later on during the night. So, why do you need them? Below are two main reasons why you need to consider acquiring these lights for your garden.

•Reduce your electric bill
•Don’t we all want this? Due to technological advances you can actually enjoy a low electric bill by turning to tapped solar energy for relief. If you have a garden or a yard and you light it up at night using electricity then it’s high time you considered using solar powered bulbs to help cut your electric costs significantly.
•Improve the attractiveness of your garden at night

The difference between most solar lamps and electric powered lamps as far as garden lighting is concerned is that most solar powered lights are designed to be decorative and bring the garden atmosphere to life at night. They also come with beautiful fixtures that not only brighten the garden surrounding but are also easy to weave into and blend with the garden’s flora and fauna.

Other frequently asked questions include:

How long will the lights run at night?

The average period is usually between 8-10 hours. Sometimes the period can be longer or shorter depending on the amount of time the solar garden lights were exposed to direct sunlight and the availability of the sun during the day. You can save a lot of money during the summer period when the hours of insolation are longer.

Can the light be adversely affected by weather?

No. They cannot. The lights are designed to resist harsh weather and climate. Most of them can be left outside all year long and not show any physical signs of degradation caused by weather.

Are the lights expensive to maintain?

A good number of people searching for information about solar garden lights tend to think they are. Well, they’re not. As a matter of fact, they don’t require any money at all to maintain them. Apart from the occasional dusting and wiping of snow or any other debris from their surface everything else is on auto -pilot, so to speak.

I don’t have a garden. Can I still use these lights?

One of the greatest misconceptions about solar garden lights is that you need to have a garden in order to purchase them. Well, you don’t need to. You can still purchase them and use them for power indoors or on a balcony as you entertain guests. The lighting has been known to add charm and an oriental touch when entertaining guests in the balcony or yard.

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