Monthly Archives: January 2013
Welcome to our first DIY of the year! There are plenty of garden accessories that you can buy, but why not create your own? Gardening is a hands-on activity so create some neat items to accentuate your garden! Ladybugs are known to be a gardener’s best friend. Why not create a sanctuary for them to relax in your gardens? Today we will look at an extremely easy DIY: the bamboo ladybug feeder.
A Gardener’s Best Friend
Aphids are a common garden pest that are difficult to control even with pesticide. Stop spraying your gardens with chemicals and lower the aphid population with a natural and green solution! Ladybugs are known to devour dozens of aphids per day. Ladybugs seek out aphids in hard to reach places. Ladybugs also prey on other pests such as mealybugs, scale, leaf hoppers and mites. They also pollinate your plants since ladybugs are always moving around flower to flower.
A Green Solution
With more ladybugs in your gardens, there is less of a need for pesticides. Get rid of pests the natural way! Bamboo is a wonderful sustainable material as well. It is a durable and strong material that will last long time. Attract and keep these environmentally friendly insects with the bamboo ladybug feeder. The raisins in the feeder will provide food for the ladybugs when aphid populations are low. This will also keep the ladybugs in your garden.
Bamboo Ladybug Feeder How-To
The ladybug bamboo feeding station is an extremely easy DIY. All you need is a piece of bamboo pole and some string. Use a bamboo pole that is at least 1 inch in diameter. Ideally a 2 inch diameter bamboo pole is best.
- Bamboo Pole
- Garden string
- Raisin or other foods to attract ladybugs
Artificial Rocks have been gaining popularity throughout the years for its functionality and beauty. Rocks have always been part of garden decorating for creating paved pathways, borders, a main focus piece, and various other uses as well. Unlike traditional rock, artificial rocks are much lighter so it is easier to change the location of the rocks whenever you choose. Also some artificial rocks are hollow which allow for it to hide water-pumps, septic clean-outs, back-flow assemblies and other unsightly garden eye-sores.
Realistic and Beautiful
New technology makes artificial rocks very realistic looking while making it light-weight. The rocks are also durable and harsh climate elements such as the sun or rain will not cause it to break or crack. It comes in all shapes and forms to accommodate your garden shape or designs in mind. A lot of the rocks mimic the colors of real rocks. The rocks are made from a blend of different colors just like real rocks. There are many different color schemes to choose from such as autumn bluff- a reddish light brown color, fieldstone- light heather grey color, riverbed- hues of soft purple, blue and grey, and sandstone- sandy beige shades. Any of these four shades will fit beautifully into your garden decor style!
Functional Artificial Rocks
Artificial rocks come in various shapes and sizes to cover any garden eye-sores. They’re small enough to hide small pumps and large enough to hide pressure tanks up to 60″ tall! Use artificial rocks to seamlessly hide objects that do not match with your garden design. Shapes can range from rocks that are low and wide, tall and narrow, rectangular, triangular, or a cube shape. They are naturally shaped yet able to cover objects with ease. Rocks sizes range from small to extremely large. Some artificial rocks also come with an optional address plaque.
It’s great if you already buy organic but wouldn’t it be even better to exactly know where your food is coming from? How about growing your own garden using bamboo poles? It may sound daunting at first but with the right tools it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Also it’s a great way to keep an active lifestyle and spend some time outside! From large backyards to compact condos or apartments, gardening is a wonderful hobby to keep. Not only is it an activity that has a low carbon-footprint it will keep your body healthy as well.
For a fledgling garden, bamboo poles make fantastic stakes. Not only are they an attractive addition to your garden but they are extremely durable. Add bamboo poles to support your plants such as tomatoes, long stemmed flowers, and other weak stemmed plants. Plant can also be trained to grow certain ways using stakes. Bamboo poles are eco-friendly so they will not harm your garden or the environment in any way.
Bamboo Pole Arrangement
Arranging your bamboo poles in a tripod shape is the most stable and effective way. Tie up your bamboo pole stakes using a gardening clip, ties, or rope. Use your bamboo poles in a “Grid System” aka “Square Foot Gardening.” You can also use solitary bamboo poles for smaller plants.
The grid system style of gardening saves a lot of space, energy and time. It also saves a lot of water since the plants take up less space instead of traditional row planting. Planting, re-planting and harvesting the plants in grid system is less time consuming. Also you can customize how big you want the blocks to be since this garden style is scalable.
Happy New Year everyone! With the start of the new year, we are back to updating our blog to bring you great DIY ideas, current events, and indoor/outdoor inspiration! The New Year is also a wonderful time to make new resolutions- big or small. How about updating your yard or maybe adding a small accent indoors? At Backyard X-Scapes, we offer many products that will help you reach your goal!
For indoor and outdoor inspiration, head to our Pinterest Page! What is Pinterest? It’s an image based website where you “pin” images that catches your fancy. We organized all our image pins into organized boards that will help you pick out what you need such as our Bamboo Fencing Pinterest Page! It shows a comprehensive image list of what we offer. We also have a Garden/Outdoor Inspiration, Home/Indoor Inspiration, and many other boards that will give you some great ideas to get your new look started!
So what catches our fancy? It ranges from amazing backyard re-modeling with modern bamboo fencing and sculptures to simple decor changes such as bamboo poles in vases.
Not all changes have to be substantial! Little changes here and there can really update the look in your home or business. Adding bamboo poles in vases is a very easy DIY that will fill up empty corner spaces or give that extra decor accent that will bring a room together. It is a very modern and elegant design idea that will surely update your area. Another great resolution could be updating your fencing and borders. Bamboo fencing is an eco-friendly and beautiful solution for a new backyard look. Completely update your fencing or attach bamboo fencing to existing fencing to cover up old or unsightly fencing. We offer many colors and sizes that will suit any design project you had in mind.