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Garden Decor – Cedar Wood Chip Walking Path

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Path

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Pathway entrance to Linda’s Serenity Garden

When Linda started her Linda’s Serenity Garden the backyard was all grass. She built flower beds over several years until the only grass left was in the walkway paths between the beds. We mowed these until our lawn mower broke. It just did not seem worth the money to buy a new mower with so very little to mow. We decided to replace the walkways with cedar wood chips and it was very easy to do.

First step is to kill off the grass. You can use cardboard and cover the area you want to put the chips in with it. Put heavy rocks, bricks, what ever you have on the cardboard to keep it from blowing away. After the grass has been deprived of sunlight by the cardboard for a couple of weeks it will die. We had 5 trees chopped up and had all the rough chippings from them. These included the evergreen needles and did not look very good as a walking path. I spread these over the walkways about 4 inches deep. After about 3 weeks the grass under them was dead and it was time to put in something better.

Second step is to get some good wood chips delivered, I used cedar chips.  Buy in bulk, if you have a pick up truck, like I do, you can pick them up and bring them home yourself and save a lot of money. It is very expensive to use the bags of chips from the garden center.

Third Step get your wheelbarrow, a shovel and a rake together. I like to use a flat blade shovel with a long handle for jobs like this. Just seems easier to use to me. I use a metal rack to spread the chips out once I have shoveled them where I want them.

Forth Step, you have them spread out and leveled with the rake, now just stand back and enjoy the beauty of your work!

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Path

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Path wood chips in the back of my pickup truck being unloaded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Path

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Path showing the difference between the rough tree removal chips I first put down and the cedar chips. Love the smell and look of cedar chips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Path

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Pathway completed in Linda’s Serenity Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Path

Garden Decor Cedar Garden Pathway. We even put cedar chips on the dirt walkways of our vegetable garden we liked them so much!

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Garden Decor – Madurodam

My ex-in laws went to this place several years ago and took photos and raved about it on one of their trips to Holland. This is a different kind of garden decor. Madurodam is a miniature, action packed outdoor garden setting that is presenting the Netherlands in miniature. This got me looking at some garden railway trains and buildings and thinking about how a moving train going through the garden would bring life to it with all its action. Also how I could put more miniature garden cottages in the garden and have the train going past them.  Enjoy this video of this amazing place! Click below to see of video of all the action taking place in this amazing miniature world:

Madurodam Miniature Dutch City

Madurodam

Madurodam

Madurodam

Madurodam

Madurodam

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Garden Decor – Whirlygig

An old American Folk art icon has been updated to take advantage of today’s finest materials, yet maintaining yesterday’s charm. These colorful whirligigs have been decorating yards and gardens for centuries. Flying Colors has developed a new assembly system that is both easy and durable, resulting in a whirligig that is both easy to assemble, weather resistant and durable. Comes with a mounting pole. Made from wooden body, fiber glass wings and automobile paint that will not fade or chip.   A 34″ garden stake mounting pole is included.  Size: 13.5″ x 2.5″ x 5″. Chose from Blue Jay, Cardinal, Hummingbird, or Owl whirligigs.

Whirligig Whirlygig

Garden Decor – Recycling a chair into a planter

Old chair made into a flower planter as yard and garden decoration.

Last summer we had a chair that the bottom strapping had worn out and broken through. In our town you just can’t put a chair out next to your trash can and have it picked up. You have to take it to the transfer station and throw it into a inter-modal container which is then taken by truck to the railroad yard and put on the daily unit garbage train and taken to the landfill. The minimum fee for the transfer station is $20.00. Throwing this chair out was not worth $20.00 that was for sure.

Need is the mother of invention and we needed to find something to do with this old patio chair. Bob had the idea of turning it into a planter. We found a pot that would fit inside the chair frame. Bob had a some small cut off pieces of  2″x4″ treated lumber from building the fence. These where put on the ground and the pot set on top of them. Linda filled the pot with some gravel in the bottom for drainage and a mixture of potting soil and 1/3 compost, then planted the pot with some flowers I now had a new garden accent for the cost of a new pot! The cost of the pot was a lot less than the $20.00 fee at the transfer station.

This year the second chair of the set also wore out. We replaced our fence made of bamboo mats in the meditation garden with a cedar fence. When the fence was done we had several cedar fence boards left over. Bob took one of these boards and cut pieces 4 inches longer that the width of the chair seat and placed them on the steel frame. The reason the boards where cut longer was so they would have 2” over hang on each side. This is to make sure they do not move a little bit and fall inside of the chair. Sure do not want my plants falling down into that hole!

Garden Decor – Dog and Cat Statues Bring Life To Your Yard And Garden

When people visit your garden and they find animal garden statues among your plants they think they are just adorable.

Garden Figurine Sheltie Dog

They will point them out and comment, young and old people, makes no difference.  Sheltie Dog is a favorite outdoor garden statue. Standing 18.5” tall he acts as the guard dog for your garden. On the

Garden Figurine Joe Crocker

smaller side Joe Crocker is just so cute you want to bend over and pet him! As you walk further into the garden you see Standing Kitten looking up at you with its paw reaching out to you.  The next outdoor garden sculpture you find is Resting Kitten. She is sitting back among the plants just taking it easy.  She is not the only one resting in the garden. Ollie Dog is also laying down in the shade.  You will find all of these outdoor garden figurines at GardenAccentHeaven.com. Browse our entire selection and remember, always Free Shipping.

Garden Figurine Willie Dog

Garden Figurine Ollie Dog

Garden Figurines Resting Kitten

Garden Figurine Reclining Cat