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LED Garden Lighting Can Be The Best Source For Garden Lighting

  • Posted on March 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

LED garden lights are increasingly in popularity with time. These stylish lights have many benefits over other kinds of garden lights in many ways. Light emitting diode (LED) have served the basic decoration needs of the garden in the most cost effective way. They can add beauty to the garden dcor in many ways. With LED appliances, people may decorate their trees, shrubs, paths down to the lawn, and many other areas. LED garden lightings can immensely spruce up your garden dcor, and are also safe to use.

Led appliances are either in round or pointed shapes. These low voltage devices are wrapped with a diffuse plastic lens. The good thing about LED lightings is that it is not affected by harsh weathers and traffic. These lights came into existence in 1970, and scientists are still bringing innovations in these lightings, as the demand continues to grow.

When comparison is made between LED backyard appliances with bulbs and fluorescent lamps, it has been discovered that they LED lightings are more energy efficient. Normal bulbs throw more heat to the environment whereas LED lights hardly emit heat. Moreover, LED lights are free from mercury, and are a safer lighting source. If you have kids in your home, then LED garden lightings must be your first choice, because as they are cool to touch, children would not be harmed when playing in the garden.

Another main benefit for using LED garden lights is that they consume very little energy, and hence dramatically reduce electricity bills. LED garden lighting is now available in many different designs, shapes, and colors. AS LED backyard lighting are structured in long ropes, these versatile lights can be shaped in many forms. Suppose you are throwing a children’s party in your garden, with LED garden lights, you can give shapes of flowers, butterflies, and animals that will greatly attract and amuse the children.

In case of a formal party, you can consider hanging them on the walls, trees, or shrubs, simply any way you want. However, these not only offer contemporary designs, but also in fact allow cutting many costs in the end. LED garden illuminations have a longer life span compared to other bulbs and lamps. These reliable lightings have really helped to embellish a garden with differently shaped colorful lights.

House Plant Care – Insect Control in Garden Fruit Plantings

  • Posted on March 22, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Growing fruit in the home garden can be an interesting, fun and rewarding hobby. This does not happen without a great deal of work. House plant care can be very easy with a few tips to keep them healthy.
Control of pests (diseases and insects) is an integral part of the care necessary to obtain good results. Insect infestations reduce yields and lower the quality of harvested garden vegetables and home fruit plantings. All plant parts may be injured by insects. Some insects bore into roots, seeds or stems. Others destroy crops by chewing on the succulent foliage, stems or fruits. Plant diseases are carried by certain insects. Control can be maintained all season by a combination of cultural practices, mechanical control, biological control and chemical applications.
Cultural practices such as pruning, sanitation, variety selection and selecting open, sites for planting are necessary for good pest control.

How to Use the Spray Schedules

Most fungicide (disease control product) and some insecticide (insect control product) applications are effective only if applied preventatively. The timing of these preventive sprays is based on the growth stage of the plant and forms the foundation of the spray charts that follow. In very rainy seasons, sprays may need to be applied more frequently than the schedule given in the following charts. Wet weather favors development of the disease causing organisms and more chemical protection is needed. Also, rains can wash off the fungicides and insecticides. When rain occurs before a spray has dried or if rainfall totals more than 1 inch within 24 hours, the spray should be re-applied. Fungicides provide more benefit when applied before a rain than after, because protection from infection by disease-causing organisms is needed when plant surfaces are wet.

Additional Spray Tips

One of the biggest mistakes home fruit growers make is to allow their trees to grow too tall. If trees are maintained at a manageable height, it is easier to spray them properly, as well as to harvest the fruit. Proper pruning practices reduce the amount of spray needed and permit better coverage. The type of sprayer used depends on the size of the fruit planting. For most plantings of small fruits or for a few small fruit trees, pump-up sprayers are adequate. Trombone-type sprayers are helpful for taller trees. For the increased spray volumes required by larger home orchards, power sprayers are recommended. Honey bees and other pollinating insects must be protected from insecticides, which will kill them. Do not spray fruit plants with insecticides while the plants are in bloom.

Pesticide Safety

Most of the pesticides suggested for use are low-toxicity materials. However, some precautions are needed:
Keep pesticides in the original, labeled container.
Keep pesticides in a locked storage cabinet, away from children or pets.
Read the label each time before you use the product.
Wear rubber gloves, goggles, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and a hat when mixing and applying pesticides. Refer to the label for required protective gear.
Handle the pesticide carefully when mixing. Avoid breathing dust or vapors. Wash any chemicals off the skin immediately with plenty of water.
Never apply insecticides and fungicides with a sprayer that has been used for weed killers.
Do not spray if it is windy.
Mix only as much as you need. Do not store diluted spray mixtures from one application to the next. They will lose effectiveness and are unsafe.

Multipurpose Fruit Spray

Growers with small fruit plantings may want to consider multipurpose fruit spray products. These materials are widely available, convenient and will serve most pest control purposes. They are mixtures containing a fungicide (captan), and usually two insecticides (malathion and methoxychlor). Multipurpose sprays are produced by several companies and sold under names such as Home Orchard Spray 7, Tree Fruit Spray, All Purpose Fruit Spray7, General Purpose Fruit Spray7 and others. Certain brands contain an additional insecticide, carbaryl (Sevin). Mixtures containing carbaryl should not be applied to apple or pear until 21 days after petal fall, as it causes the fruit to drop.

Sanitation and Cultural Practices

APPLE AND PEAR
Apple and pear trees are subject to serious damage from pests. The following practices will improve the effectiveness of the pesticides and may lessen the need for sprays.
Plant disease-resistant varieties. Varieties resistant to cedar-apple rust, scab and powdery mildew are also available.
Rake and destroy leaves in the fall, if apple scab, pear scab or pear leaf spot are problems. The organisms that cause these diseases overwinter in infected leaves.
For cedar-apple rust control, elimination of the source of spores – cedar trees – is effective but not always possible. Removal of the galls caused by the fungus on cedar trees is helpful. Pruning trees according to recommendations improves control of all ground diseases. In well-pruned trees, air circulation and sunlight penetration are improved. This helps control diseases by promoting rapid drying after rains and dew. Penetration of sprays into the canopy is also better if the trees are well-pruned.
Prune out and destroy all dead or diseased shoots and limbs during the dormant season. This helps reduce fire blight, fruit rots and certain leaf spots, as the organisms that cause these diseases overwinter in the wood.
PEACH, PLUM AND CHERRY
Peach, plum, cherry and other stone fruits are commonly affected by serious pest problems and, as a result, a conscientious spray program is needed. The following sanitation and cultural practices will improve the chances of success and may lessen the need for sprays.
Prune trees according to recommendations, to allow better air circulation and sunlight penetration. This helps control diseases by promoting rapid drying after rains and dew. Penetration of sprays into the canopy is also better if the trees are well-pruned.
Remove the overwintering structure for the brown rot fungus, old mummified fruit left hanging in the tree or on the ground.
Control of black knot of plum and cherry is dependent on removal of the knots before they begin to produce spores. In late winter, prune out and destroy these rough, black swellings or tumors that develop on limbs and twigs.
Avoid planting peach varieties that are highly susceptible to bacterial leaf spot. Examples are Elberta, Halehaven, Rio- Oso-Gem and Sunhigh. Chemical control of this disease is very limited.
GRAPE
Most home grape plantings will require a preventive schedule of pesticides, since certain pests such as black rot can completely destroy a crop of fruit. However, the following sanitation and cultural practices will reduce the need for pesticides.
Keep vines well-pruned according to recommendations, to prevent overgrowth of vines and dense canopy. Pruning promotes air circulation and sunlight penetration, thus more rapid drying after rains and dew. Penetration of sprays into the foliar canopy is also better if the vines are well-pruned.
Remove mummified berries (shriveled, dry, raisin-like). Clusters on the vines as well as those that have fallen to the ground should be removed. Also, destroy infected canes that have been pruned off. For control of grape root borer, mounding soil makes it difficult for larvae to reach the roots or adults to emerge. Mound some soil 1 foot high for 12 feet around each vine between early and mid-June.
STRAWBERRY
An intensive, preventive spray program is generally not needed on strawberry. Treatments can usually be made on an as-needed basis. The following sanitation and cultural practices will reduce the need for pesticides.

Bed renovation immediately after harvest is crucial to managing pest problems. Renovation involves narrowing rows, mowing leaves, removing weeds and fertilization. Rake and destroy cut-off leaves and stems after renovation.
Maintain narrow rows throughout the growing season (maximum 18 inches wide), to maintain good sunlight and air penetration of the canopy. This provides good berry formation and rapid drying after rains and dew.
Plant varieties with resistance to red stele and leaf spot. Where anthracnose is a problem, consider the resistant varieties Delmarvel and Sweet Charlie.
Control weeds throughout the growing season. Weeds increase disease by shading the plants and by interfering with air circulation. Weeds also harbor many insect and mite pests.
Mulch with straw before berries begin to lie on the ground, to reduce gray mold and leather rot (fruit rots).

Safe Handling of Insecticides

Home gardeners can control insect pests with reasonable safety by observing these safety rules:
Keep insecticides in the original, labeled container.
Keep insecticides in a locked storage container.
Read the label each time you use the insecticide.
Measure the amount to be mixed carefully.
Do not exceed the recommended rate of application.
Handle the insecticide carefully when mixing to avoid splashing of liquid concentrates and billowing of dusts and powders.
Wear protective clothing and other personal protective equipment as dictated by the label.
To protect yourself when mixing insecticides, it is suggested that protective clothing and equipment, such as chemical-resistant gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and protective eyewear, be worn.
Wash all insecticides off the skin immediately, using plenty of soap and water.
Avoid breathing the spray mist or vapor.
Always mix insecticides outdoors near a source of water.
Clean up any spilled materials to prevent children from entering a heavily contaminated area.
Apply insecticides to only those plants listed on the label.
Observe the time intervals between the last application and harvest.

The severity and type of pest problems on garden vegetables usually vary considerably from year to year. During most growing seasons, consistent production of high quality vegetables is assured only with the use of pesticides for insect control. This is not to suggest that vegetables cannot be grown without pesticides by using nonchemical methods, but it will usually take more effort on the part of the gardener.

History of the Small Garden

  • Posted on March 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm

Where space is restricted, the design of that space becomes all-important. A brief look at the garden in history still has relevance for the owners of small gardens today, even though the terms of reference were often quite different. Many of the elements which make up the design of todays small garden have historical antecedents, while the number of old gardens which actually remain indicates that they have stood the test of time visually and as places for use.

In its earliest from the garden was basically an enclosure, made of thorn or scrub, to keep out marauding animals and keep in domestic ones. The enclosures later took the form of a mud wall, and were a defence against other humans as much as animals or were intended to shield off the heat of the sun. When nomadic community settled, the enclosures because places for growing both food and plants. This creation of a small private sanctuary characterized early enclosed gardens all over the world, though there function of course varied according to the climate and the way of life.

Early Formal Gardens

The earliest recorded gardens seen in Egypt seen in 3000-BC, were surrounded by a mud wall to absorb some of the suns heat. The house was also within this square or rectangular enclosure. The formal layout of early gardens was necessitated by the need for irrigation channels to provide water in a hot, dry climate. These divided the garden into geometric areas and, in the grander gardeners, the irrigation channels became formal pools with fish and there were arbours to sit under, overhung with vines, and shade giving palms. The Egyptians grew onions, which were there staple diet, and other vegetables and herbs for their medicinal value.

This basically formal style of garden characterized the whole Islamic world during the next few thousand years. The enclosed paradise gardens of Persia were often walled and the walls hung with grapevines and climbers. Fruit trees were cultivated, including peach, apple, cherry, banana, date, fig and olive. The Persians also grew flowers such as poppys, lilies, chrysanthemums, narcissi and roses in formal beds between the stylized cruciform shapes of the water canals. The idea of a flowering paradise within a formal setting is captures in Persia writings, painted miniatures and woven into carpet patterns.

The Indian and later the Moorish garden evolved from the Persian glorieta. Water was the essential thread of continuity, weaving through and links different plating areas, while creating a cooling effect. The Moorish influence stretched along the whole of North Africa, into Sicily and to southern Italy and thence to the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain. The style and form of the garden remained much the same, enclosed by buildings and high walls to provide shade and privacy. They were designed for outdoor living while remaining within the confines of the house.

The Moorish garden in Spain generally consisted of several court yards, known as patios, with water as the connecting link. Many patios contained a long canal with a central fountain and there were ornate pillars and tiled walls and floors. Cypress and orange trees were planted in sunken beds and usually lines the walls to give extra shade, while aromatic plants were grown in pots along the edge of the water scented the air. From Spain, where even the grand palace gardens were divided into small walled enclosures, the paradise garden tradition can be traced to South America. From there is spread to the idyllic climate of California, where it eventually metamorphosed in to todays patio garden, with the element of water often present in the blue waters of the swimming pool.

For the best garden ever consider Aquaponics

  • Posted on March 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

Growing your own crops is undeniably a demanding task even for those deeply in love with gardening. It certainly is a time intensive activity and it requires plenty of energy and dedication. Furthermore, a conventional garden requires fertile land which will sustain your crops. These are generally the main causes for which many people give up their desire to growing their own personal vegetables and switching to home grown organic food. What people dont generally know is that there is a method of growing organic food (pesticide and chemical free) in the comfort of your home. Yes, you read it perfectly: inside of your house.

This new type of farming is called aquaponics and is the simplest way to become a farmer! The great part is that you’ll not only grow vegetables, but you will also grow fish, with the intention to offer your friends and family a diversified nutrition. It all starts fairly simple, with a plain tank filled with water wherein you place some fish. You can get for Tilapia, Chinese Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill or Koi, or whatever species of fish you are allowed to grow in your house. Put them in the water, take good care of them and in about a month position the seeds ensuring they can reach the water and get the nutrients from it. The plants will develop and begin growing using the nutrients offered by the fish. Meanwhile, the fish will enjoy a clean environment as the plants will act as “maids” to them, cleaning and refreshing their water each and every day.

As you can tell this type of farming does not require any type of land, fertilizers or harmful chemicals. Just set up the system and make sure that the water has got the normal PH so that the fish will live comfortably in there. Then, let nature follow its course!

You can grow almost everything you need in the aquaponic farming. Leafy greens, fruity plants and legumes can all be planted within the aquaponic farming. If you have a piece of land where you might cultivate ground-based plants (potatoes, carrots, asparagus, onions, garlic and so on) you can use this water to irrigate it and the results will be spectacular!

This symbiosis between fish and plants is the one which will save you lots of time as well as provides you with a way to take on this activity without compromising your social or professional life. Couple of moments each day will be sufficient for you to make sure that both your crops and your fish are alright! In fact, growing plants and fish with the aquaponic system is so simple that your entire family will be happy to help you with that. Since it involves no dirty hands, bending and digging in the ground, you can even let your little ones help you. It won’t take long so that they won’t get bored and you will get to enjoy moments with them.

Aquaponics is the easiest way through which you will have tasty, fresh and healthy vegetables on your table everyday. There is no need to be afraid. Its easy.

Highlight Your Greens With Garden Lighting

  • Posted on March 15, 2017 at 12:38 am

If you are a garden buff, then you know very well how important Garden lighting is. No doubt a garden at its full bloom looks magnificent in the morning, but you are not ready to part with this sight in the night. Especially at times when you have garden parties you are looking for highlighting your hard grown green beauty and flowers for the guests.

Garden lighting is decorative lights that make your garden stand out in the night. The colors of flowers, the lush green floor -all present very different aura in the night. Even if you don’t have any party you would like to stroll in the garden at night and relax your mind from the tensions of routine life. Solar lighting is popular these days as it conserves energy. It charges itself under the sun, get switched on automatically in low light towards sunset, and even turn off them if light is adequate from around. If fully charged the solar batteries will light up your garden throughout the night.

Garden lighting can be done in several options. If your garden is big and you have different types of shrubs in it you can go for fairy lights in colors of white, green and blue etc. if you have a program at night you can choose a single color fairy light net. Just throw the nest over the bush and it will start glowing just after sunset. If your house has a long driveway that has foliage lined up on both sides, then it is a good idea to put up wall mounted garden light.

It’s better if you choose a company with a name and experience to turn your garden into wonderland at night. There’s nothing like the services of expert technicians, and availability of high-quality equipment. Plus horticulture knowledge is also important. How to light up a plant depends on how it will grow as a tree. Also they will select the plant varieties that will give the most attractive foliage- whether it is herbaceous or deciduous. For this reason only knowledgeable persons should come to inspect your garden and decorate it appropriately.

If you want to keep your solar garden lights serving you for a long time, then you need to keep certain things in mind. The solar panels need good exposure to direct sunlight throughout the day. This way you can make sure that they are lit up for long if you have a night function. Plus, your garden must have a sprinkler system which means the lights will require water-proofing. Garden lighting from service companies ensure you customized services with finest fittings and a decorative theme that will make you have the worth of your money.

Why Installing Garden Lighting Is Important

  • Posted on March 10, 2017 at 4:03 am

People who have a backyard know how difficult it can get to arrange a family dinner in a garden that is not properly lit. Garden lighting are without doubt, very important. You will hardly find a person who does not wish to spend some time of the wonderful summer evening in his/her garden.

It is always great to hold barbeque evenings in your garden with your friends and family, or play soccer with your teenage kid, or may be just enjoy the evening there with a hot cup of coffee in winters. However, don’t you think all this can only be possible with adequate lighting in your garden? Of course, yes, without lighting your garden can look a way too scary. However, why haven’t you still made up your mind about installing the garden lighting?

Garden lighting can give an altogether new charm to your garden that will sparkle and create a romantic ambience right in your backyard. There are a number of different types of lighting that can be used to light up the garden. The most typical one is the down lighting however, there is virtually no end to your passion and imagination. You can install underwater lighting in your garden pond to give an allusion of dazzling water with thousand stars floating on it.

Moreover, you can use some pointing lights as well in your garden for highlighting the darker areas, or the areas you want to accentuate. For instance, you can always use such lights near a tree, artificial waterfalls, pond etc, as they will give a dreamy look with sparkling tree or pond as the case may be, in the backdrop of relatively dark surrounding. Apart from this, the path lighting also looks fabulous as it helps in illuminating the sidewalks, walkways, driveways, etc.

Lighting up your garden is not just meant to beautify your garden and help you in arranging the family get-togethers, but it is also inevitable to ensure you safety. A well-lit garden can thwart a burglary, or any other criminal activity in and around your home. In case, you inhabit in a more criminal prone area, you may need to install the lighting with motion sensor features, this can further help you feel safe, and secure. The best part is lighting up your garden isn’t really expensive. However, to go for more cost-effective way, you can always opt for the solar lighting, which cannot only save you of the strangling wires in the garden, caused by conventional wired-lighting, but is environment friendly as well.

Maintaining Your Garden Improving

  • Posted on March 9, 2017 at 7:10 am

There are many things that go into planning and planting a summer garden. Far too often would be gardeners do not consider the time and energy that should be spent maintaining the summer garden in order to keep your summer garden looking beauty and healthy throughout the long dog days of summer and well, in many cases, into the first frosts of fall. If prolonging the life and beauty of your summer garden is a priority then there are things that must be done in order to keep everything ship shape and in good working order.

Mini gardening goals should be mapped out and you should make all attempts to achieve and follow them as closely as environmental changes permit. Make sure this list allows for upsets such as a week of rain or a week of no rain as well as time to adjust for these inconsistencies and an inability to work in the garden when temperatures are well over the mark on the thermometer that reads uncomfortably hot. You should place a copy of these task or goals in a highly visible spot that you can notice each and every day and more likely make them happen.

Do what you have must to keep the weeds out, and provide proper nourishment to each specific plant you are growing. Check for leaves that are turning yellow and any pruning that needs to occur on a weekly basis. Get rid of the leaves as well as execute necessary cutting as required and take away every weeds when ever the ability or demand comes up. When you feel that weeds are taking over your garden area, you should simply add more mulch to kill them off.

Keep a garden perfectly trimmed so the grass and also flower garden seem properly blended and totally incorporated together. You do not want to ignore the best thing about a garden because your lawn looks unkept and ungroomed. Invest some time to grass maintenance in order to keep your grass and garden over a regular balance together throughout the summer time gardening season.

You must make sure that you are ready to fulfill the specific necessities of the numerous plants and flowers that you are growing inside your flowerbed. Should your plants and flowers that require less sunlit areas or even added liquid happen to be possibly getting too much sun rays or not really enough water you need to come up with attempts to incorporate cover from the sun to them and obtain a lot more h2o to them during the entire outstanding months or else you face the loss of an investment of your time and cash you will have currently made in acquiring and raising these kinds of crops.

Implementing proper care of your garden during the summertime might make the fall gathering operation go far more effortlessly whilst assisting get ready for the actual preparing that should happen in the winter months ahead of you. Learn from the maintenance of your garden and plan the next garden with the needs you became aware of this season in mind. Always take time to learn from both your successes and your summer gardening failures for the best possible results. Understanding how to take care of your flowerbed is the best strategy to see whether or not you would like to chance a pretty much driven flower garden in the future growing months.

Various Trends Of Garden Lighting

  • Posted on March 7, 2017 at 1:19 am

Gardening is a very relaxing and common hobby. This hobby allows the people to get touch with the nature. Thousands of people had been gardening more than decades, if you would ever ask them what is so special about gardening, you might get hundreds of answers, and all of them will be different from each other. The most common reasons that why people prefer gardening as their hobby is because it is a good exercise, is a metaphor, is good for soul, is healthy, is a labour of love, and a way of showing passion. You will always find more than one gardeners in a town.

Gardening is not as easy as task; it needs a responsible person that can take good care of the garden because it needs to be watered daily. Garden is the best area where you can walk, sit, or lie down in order to relax your mind and body. Now a day, the gardeners are spending much of their time in its decoration. They often visit a florist shop to buy different flowers that can add beauty in their garden, but what happens when the day turn into a night? The garden lights then play its role.

The garden lighting is a key factor that brings grace to the garden during nighttime. In the daytime, the garden will look fresh, and pleasant, but during night, it will turn into an artificial paradise. There are many varieties of garden light because it is one of the most essential elements of your garden. You can add floodlighting to your garden because it involves a bright and broad light beam that can glow a large area of the garden. These lights are normally fitted in the center of large gardens.

Spotlighting is another way, but it is very rare. These lights spot a particular tree or a plant. Moonlighting is more commonly used than any other lighting, because it gives a dramatic picture of the garden. It gives a moonlight effect. Accent lighting is fixed near the ground. Its purpose is to glow, or spot the surface of the garden. Cross lighting is used to highlight the elements of the gardens such as statutes, potteries, and others. The last but not the least is the silhouette garden lighting that spots the outlines of the garden such as trees, and archways, and creates an amazing view.

Hemingway’s Garden Of Eden Movie (2010) Online Free Megavideo

  • Posted on March 3, 2017 at 4:15 am

Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S rights to Hemingways Garden Of Eden. This is a book that has surprised many people and now it will soon become the epic tale of a film.

The film Hemingways Garden Of Eden is set to be released in December of 2010. It is being released by Roadside Attractions as stated above and it is starring Mena Suvari and an awesome cast of members. It is a drama style movie and the rating for this movie isnt available as of yet.

Set in the jazz age of the 1920s, the story follows a successful young American writer, David Bourne and his beautiful wife, Catherine on their extended honeymoon in Europe. Catherine soon becomes restless and starts to test her husbands devotion, pushing him to the limits of her erotic imagination and luring a sultry Italian girl, into their inner circle, with the stakes continually ratcheting higher, the events that follow change their lives forever. This is going to be a phenomenal film and if you love a good drama this will be one of those that essentially keep you captivated and in suspense as to what is going to happen next.

Although there isnt a lot of information about this movie as of yet as the release date in December gets closer there will be additional details that will emerge. So be sure to check back for any type of updates we might have for you related to the Garden Of Eden movie news listed above.

If you have comments about the Garden of Eden or this post we would be glad to hear from you.
An adaptation of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingways novel, The Garden of Eden, which was published posthumously in 1986 to great success. The novel remains one of the authors most debated novels and is considered a departure from Hemingways usual work as it is widely accepted the novel is far more reflective of his personal life, perhaps even semi-autobiographical. The fact the book was not published until after Hemingways suicide has sparked debate as to whether the erotic nature of it was such that he never wished it published at all.

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Add Impact to Your Landscape and Garden Design with Statues

  • Posted on February 25, 2017 at 8:15 am

St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, is a familiar Catholic religious statue that is commonly seen in dozens of locations throughout most communities. Not only do many property owners buy St. Francis bird baths and bird feeders to dress up their gardens, but Saint Francis statues can also be spotted in church courtyards, religious schools, and hospitals. Maybe it’s the kindly and gentle image that St. Francis projects that makes him such a universally appealing image to display. As a religious statue, its message of honoring nature and all its creatures is one to which many people can relate, even if they’re not particularly religious.

Large Saint Francis statues are available in a variety of sizes, materials, and finishes. Through the use of different processes, sculpture studios that create St. Francis statues, and figurines can achieve a number of interesting effects. One 24-inch statuette that’s available uses a green tincture to mimic the appearance of aging copper. Another approach to creating an antiqued look on a statue is by painting it in Sorrento Sandstone. There’s a 24.5-inch St. Francis bird feeder for sale that uses that exact technique. If you’re looking for garden statues that will add some visual interest to your landscape design, another one to consider is a 33-inch St. Francis sculpture made of stained cast stone. It’s somewhat of a clay color, which darkens and changes tone when it gets wet.

Statues of St. Francis are also made of other materials, including resin stone mix, cast brass with a bronze finish, painted cast stone, and fiberglass. Do-it-yourself landscapers and gardeners will like a 48-inch fiberglass St. Francis statue holding a basket that can be purchased over the Internet. The basket makes an attractive flower pot or plant container. A 32-inch Saint Francis bird feeder cast from a wood carving is another religious statue that would complement a backyard, church, or memorial garden.

Another unique St. Francis of Assisi garden statue is a 42-inch Saint Francis water fountain made of relic barro stained cast stone. The statue pumps 180 gallons of water per hour and shows subtle color changes after it rains.

An unusual custom that has its roots in folk lore, is the practice of burying a figurine of St. Joseph in one’s yard, upside down, to supposedly speed up the sale of a residential property. When the home does sell, the (former) owner then digs up the figurine and displays it in their new home. There’s actually a kit on the market created with that use in mind. It consists of a 4.5-inch figurine of Saint Joseph holding a baby in one arm and a bouquet of flowers in the other. The miniature St. Joseph sculpture includes information on this unique custom and directions for its use.

Other popular Catholic religious statues that can be purchased for home or public display include statues of Jesus, Good Shepherd statues, guardian angels, and Madonna statues, also called Our Lady of Grace, Mother Mary, and Lady of Guadalupe.

Joel Sussman is an Internet marketing specialist with Mountain Media, an e-commerce development and hosting company in Saratoga Springs, NY. Among the firm’s clients is Saint Francis Garden.com, an online store featuring religious garden statues.