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17 Brilliant Backyard Lighting Ideas

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My whole family really loves these glow rocks. It’s nice because in the day they act as great yard decoration, but at night they add light to keep things nice and visible. You can find them for a pretty good price if you look hard enough.

Hang some lights from strings around your whole yard and deck. I love this look. It reminds me of my childhood, long summers, and fun block parties in my hometown. You can get hanging pendant lights from anywhere, really, so find some and get decorating!

Tiki torches are a great way to light things up in the yard. You’ll obviously want to be careful if you use real fire, though, instead of electric lights. But I think they’re worth the trouble because they look so cool and fun.

If you don’t want long tiki torches sticking out of the ground, then try wall-mounted torches. The good thing about these is that you can get mosquito repelling fuel so that your yard is lit and bugs don’t come biting you and your guests. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Take your string lights and wrap them around the trees in your yard. You’ll probably have to play around with the spacing and size of the lights, but this is such an enchanted look. I can’t get enough of it!

Use some Mason jars or similar products to making hanging pendant lights for your yard. The jars add a nice rustic touch that makes your backyard feel even homier and comfortable.

Stick some lights into your flowerbeds to accentuate the edges and border of your yard. You can choose from a ton of different lighting types, just make them big enough to illuminate the path as well as the edges of your yard.

Hanging lanterns around the yard is a fun way to get some lighting. They also act as decorations. The lanterns can be hung form trees, the ceiling, pergolas, or wherever else you feel like they could go.

Small pathway lights are really nice if you have a windy pathway that can be hard for your guests to navigate at night. They’re also just nice to have because they give a crisp outline to your yard while also lighting up the evening.

Take small jars or containers and hang them from your tree branches with rope. This creates a rustic feel that you’ll love. I like to sit underneath this with my kids to just enjoy the long summer nights together.

Make these fantastic sun jars that you can place all around your patio and yard. The jars are so fun and unique, and the lights can be placed on tables, stands, or anywhere else you need them. It’s like a pocket of light you can carry with you.

Make your own chandelier or hang one up in your patio area to really light things up. You can use wire baskets to make the chandelier or find other material that would work well.

Wrap some lights around the trellises in your yard and patio. The soft glow from this lights combined with the shape of the trellises will make you feel like you stepped right into a fairytale! They’re so cozy looking!

If you have an umbrella or parasol on your patio, then try this. Wrap some lights up on the inside of the umbrella for extra-close lighting for your late night parties. It provides all the light you’ll need without it being right in your face.

Put some water in the birdbath and then fill it with floating candles. This is an incredibly intimate type of lighting, but it looks so nice. It’s more for show and not for actual light, since you won’t get much. But it definitely adds to the ambiance.

If you’re having a large gathering in your yard and expect it to go late, then do this lighted tables! They serve as both light for your guests as well as tables for them to put their plates, cups, and other items.

Tin cans can be converted into some pretty fun lighting for your backyard. And the best part is that you can make some of these tin can lights with your kids so they feel a part of the decorating process. Just punch holes into the cans and then place a small candle inside them.

10 Garden Path Ideas for Your Yard

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Garden paths can add some great diversity to your landscape. There are so many different kinds of garden paths you can add to your yard. Here are 10 ideas that I think you will love!

This first one I found is one of my favorites! It’s a desktop background picture from Drop Place,  but you could easily duplicate it!

 10 Garden Path Ideas for Your Yard

Gardening Cheat Sheet: When to Plant Your Vegetables

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January

First off…don’t let those winter blues get you down. Spring is just around the corner! Take this time to make plans for your garden, go through your garden supplies and make a list of what you need so you can start to buy them! That way you are prepared for when the sun shines through!

February

Start vegetable seeds in pots indoors…put them near a window so they can get some sunlight.

March

Fertilize your lawn, and get it aerated. Plant spring flowers, and add compost to your soil.

8 Natural Solutions for Repelling and Killing Ants

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Many essential oils can kill or deter ants from your home. One of those is peppermint oil. This is one of my favorite solutions because I love how it smells, AND it gets rid of ants. Just put a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe down common ant entry points (windows, holes, doors, etc.). This breaks up the scent the ants leave behind to get to the food.

Another great essential oil is teatree oil. Just like peppermint oil, you can place the teatree oil on a cotton swab and rub it on the places where ants are most likely entering your home from. However, teatree oil is also great as a general household cleaner, so you could just add it to your homemade cleaning solution and help deter ants that way.

If you want to get serious about dealing with ants, then you’ll want clove essential oil. Unlike the other two oils, this one will actually kill ants upon contact. So only use it if that’s what you’re going for.

For another approach, get some food-grade diatomaceous earth. It’s a substance that does no harm to humans but is lethal for ants and other bugs. Simply sprinkle the diatomaceous earth on the ants and where they walk, and it will eventually kill them.

Vinegar is another way to deal with ants. Since it’s so strong, it wipes away the pheromone trail that ants leave for each other, effectively cutting them off from one another. Add ¼ cup of white or apple cider vinegar to ¼ cup  of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray the mixture on the ants and their entry points to get rid of them.

Lemon juice is another fantastic option to repel ants. Add equal parts purified water and lemon juice to a spray bottle and go to town. You can also add some of the aforementioned essential oils to make it even more potent. But it’s up to you.

A really simple yet effective solution for ants is just soap and water. Mix liquid soap with water in a spray bottle and then spray the ants and their entryways. The soap will breakdown their exoskeleton, killing the ants and solving your problem. So easy!

Pepper is also a great natural way to repel ants. You have two options. You can put pure pepper around high-traffic areas for the ants, and that should deter them. You could also mix pepper with some water and spray the ants. It won’t kill them, but they won’t like it, so it will deter them.

9 Gardening Mistakes You are Probably Making

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I’ll be honest, before I started gardening, I didn’t know that not all soil is created equal. Planting in rich, moist soil is so much different than planting in rocky and grainy soil. So, before you plant, know your soil. You can do an intense soil test, if you want, to really see how viable that plot of land is.

Container Gardening for Tomatoes Made Easy

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Before you even plant your tomatoes, you need to make sure you have the right pot. One that’s too small or too big can really hurt the plant or make taking care of it a nightmare (although bigger is better than smaller). In general, you want a container that is 18 inches in diameter. This will give the tomatoes plenty of room to grow and flourish.

17 Mind-Blowing Backyard Projects

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It’s not really a yard until you have a swing, right? They’re fun, cute, and easy to make. You can even use old and recycled materials.

5 Homemade Products to Use in Your Garden

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Seed tape is really nice, and now there’s no need to go out and buy some. You can make your own! Use a roll of (biodegradable) toilet paper as DIY seed tape. Simply place the seeds on the paper, fix them in there, and then roll up. You just have to throw them out on the garden when you’re ready.

How to Create More Shade in Your Backyard

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Make a statement with this gorgeous sail cover. It’s easy because it doesn’t require much, just some fabric and a few stands. Cut three holes into the corner of the sail and stretch it across the stands. That’s all you have to do. So easy!

How to Attract Butterflies to your Yard

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To get the butterflies, you should start with the caterpillars. If you add plants to your garden that caterpillars like, then they’ll come and eventually turn to butterflies. Milkweed in specific is good to attract monarch butterflies.