Archive for April, 2013
Do you want your backyard to be a class apart? Are you ready to modify the look of your backyard with some completely unique and interesting design ideas? If your answer to these questions is an affirmative ‘yes’, then this article is certainly made for you.
Creativity is all that is required to transform a regular looking backyard into a mesmerizing heaven. With some amazing backyard design ideas, you can craft a backyard of your dreams! Here are some of the uncommon ideas that can help you to make your backyard a centre of attraction:
Backyard design idea #1: Bamboo garden
Going for bamboo gardens can be a very good option as they will remain beautifully green throughout the year. You will not have to worry about their maintenance as their color will never fade out, their leaves will not wither off frequently, and they will not pose frequent trimming hassles.
Bamboo gardens, with their unique look, are sure to attract people’s attention. Further, they can always add a fun element in your life. When bamboos grow to a good enough height, you can cut them and make a variety of stuffs using their stem.
Backyard design idea #2: Bonsai garden
The concept of Bonsais has originated from Japan. They are also termed as miniature masterpieces. A Bonsai is an ornamental tree or shrub with a much stunted growth than normal. A Bonsai garden is a very rare thing to be seen, and so it is sure to attract much attention of your neighbors and friends.
Bonsais can be grown in small pots and so you do not need a larger area for such gardens. However, these gardens require special care as bonsais are a little more sensitive when compared to other trees and plants.
Backyard design idea #3: Feng-shui based garden
Feng-Shui concept has originated from China. Chinese gardens are based on the art-form called Shan Shui (which means mountain-water). Thus, feng-shui style backyards incorporate two energies – Shan (mountain) and Shui (water).
Backyard design idea #4: Foliage garden
Have you ever thought of adding colors to your garden without using flowering plants? Well, foliage gardens come with this option. These are flowerless gardens (though not colorless), and demand very low maintenance. The plants which are used in foliage gardens are full of colors – golden yellow, wine red, silvery gray, cool blue, etc.
Regular flowering plants give your garden a colorful look only in their blossoming season. When the blossoming season of these flowers is gone, your garden is left with an empty and faded look.
Bamboo fencing has always been an integral part of Asian and Asian style gardens. If you are looking forward to add a unique style while fencing your backyards, bamboos must be considered. They are one of the most exclusive fencing materials available today. Bamboo is an environment friendly and decorative alternative to ensure your backyard’s safety and security.
They offer several benefits when used as a fencing material. Bamboo (being a grass) takes much less time to grow when compared to wood. Their plants take only 5 to 7 years to grow to maturity, while wood may take as long as 50 to 100 years. The quick maturing cycle of bamboo ensures its consistent supply in the market.
The next advantage of using bamboos as a fencing material is that they are very strong and durable. When compared to wood -they do not get cracked easily; they have much more endurance with water and do not get rot; and they are less prone to pest attack. Finally bamboo fences look great!
When used as an alternative of wood, bamboo is a very cost effective option. Be it purchasing or installing, bamboo fences cost much less than wood fences.
These fences are available in a plethora of styles. The most common styles are rolls and panels, in which bamboos are held together by strong galvanized wires. Rolls and panels with woven bamboos is just another style variation. One more common style is split fencing, in which only the outer part of bamboo cane is used.
There are a number of interesting fence designs that have their origin in the Japanese tradition. All these designs use ‘shuro nawa’ (a dark twine), to hold bamboos together. Among the many Japanese designs, the popular ones are – Misu, Kenninji, Yotsume and Royanji.
Misu is more of a screening fence, which uses horizontal bamboo poles installed on a vertical support structure. Kenninji is a classic style of screening fence in which there are no gaps between poles and panels. Yotsume is an open-fence style consisting of broad horizontal rails which are supported by pickets.
Royanji is a typically short fence, particularly suited for gardens. It consists of a web of fine bamboo shoots which are connected to top and bottom rails, which in turn are supported by posts on both sides of the fence.
Although bamboo is a very durable material, but if you want your fencing to last longer, some precautions should be taken. Bamboo fences should be treated in order to prevent them from weathering effects and decay.