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Landscaping Outdoor Lights

Outdoor lights can be an important addition when landscaping the garden and surrounding areas of a property. Landscaping lights should accentuate the good points of the land without overpowering any aspect of it. Although some people prefer to use good lighting as a central point of their garden, others prefer the landscaping to include subtle outdoor lights that complement the rest of the garden. Landscaping the garden with pond lights can be pleasant for evening outdoor activities while using outdoor lights on the pathways can give a greater sense of security.

Landscaping lights are usually electric and powered by an adaptor or re-chargeable battery. However solar powered outdoor lights are now becoming a popular part of the landscaping process. Solar powered lights are initially more expensive than lights run by electricity but they cut out additions on utility bills so they save money in the long run. Solar powered landscaping lights are only suitable for gardens that receive a lot of direct sunlight and as this cannot always be guaranteed; many garden owners find that a compromise is necessary so they install lights which can take advantage of both solar and electricity power sources.

Lights that Improve Landscaping Design

The types of landscaping lights used often depend on the design and style of the garden itself. If a lot of effort has gone into making the garden look elegant, understated and sophisticated, the whole effect would be ruined if garish lighting was installed. Spotlights scattered around the garden can be useful as the light is not directed in the one area only and is normally not as strong or bright as an indoor light would be. Solar powered lighting is also duller than other forms of lighting so if a person required a bright garden, they would need to consider electric lighting instead.

There are many styles of lights used in landscaping such as stand alones, colored lights, floating pond lights and other lights which can be directed at ornaments or furniture without being blindingly bright. Appropriate lighting schemes can add a nice touch to an outdoor dinner party or barbeque while minimal lighting could create a tranquil, calming sanctuary outdoors. Regardless of the required effect, there are many different varieties of landscaping lights to choose from, all that remains is to choose one. Lighting can be one of the most important parts of landscaping as it can allow the garden to be utilized after dark as well as during the day.


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Gardening Tip #11

Some plants require re-potting for optimum growth but there are others that resent having their roots disturbed. Or their roots system may be small enough that they don't require re-potting. One way to check if your plant needs re-potting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant and check its roots. If roots are all you see, then re-pot. Sometimes the roots will come out of the pot. You should either cut them off or re-pot the plant.