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Garden Bird Houses: A Sanctuary for My Feathered Friends

I'm a dedicated nature lover. Anything I can do to ensure the well-being of my feathered friends makes me happy. Observing avian wildlife in my backyard is even better. This is why I own several birdhouses. My favorite is the acrylic birdhouse that clings to my French patio door. This birdie sanctuary is transparent and crystal clear. It allows me to view nesting birds without disturbing them. The themed birdhouses I've purchased at various garden stores and specialty shops add a splash of color and exciting decor to my yard. In my small collection are farmhouse themed birdhouses, nautical themes, colonial themes and even a birdhouse "mansion". As you can tell, these birdhouses bring me as much pleasure as their intended occupants. You might say these pieces are "for the birds", but I know they're more than that.

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Ways To Add Visual Intrigue To A Patio Made Of Pavers

One of the best things about using pavers around your property is that they're conducive to a wide range of projects. Patios, pool decks, driveways, walkways, and other similar surfaces can all work well with pavers. When you install them correctly to build a patio, pavers will sit level for many years and won't allow weeds to grow up through them. Additionally, they also can augment the look of your property. If one of your chief goals for your next paver project is to make the area look the best it can, there are several ways that you can add visual intrigue to the project. Here are some suggestions: 

Use Contrasting Colors

While a structure made of pavers that are a uniform color can certainly look nice, the project can often look a little more pleasing to the eye if you use two or more colors. The use of contrasting colors, either set sporadically around the project or even placed at random, can add visual intrigue. For example, pavers are common in a gray color, but you may be keen on jazzing up the look of the project. Adding some rust- or brown-colored pavers can make the project look even better.

Use Different Shapes And Sizes

Another way to add visual intrigue to your project with pavers is to add some different shapes and sizes of paver stones. Generally, you'll be using a dominant size and shape — for example; it might be a rectangular shape or a rectangular shape with sloped sides. For many projects, the addition of different pavers can really make the scene come to life. For example, you might wish to add a border of smaller or larger pavers around a driveway or patio. Or, you might even like the idea of adding these other pavers throughout in a unique pattern.

Put Something Between Them

In most paver projects, the pavers will be pressed up against each other. Sometimes, there will be a tiny amount of stone dust between the individual pavers. This isn't the only way to set up your project's design, however. Another approach is to leave gaps between the pavers for visual intrigue. Sometimes, just filling these gaps with stone dust can be enough to look good. In other cases, you might wish to fill the gaps with dirt and plant a ground-covering plant in several locations. The latter scenario is ideal for a garden path, for example.