Choosing the Right Garden FurnitureWritten by Johann Erickson
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Teak is an extremely durable, tight-grained hardwood, that is not only strong, but extremely attractive, and comes in a range of natural shades. The rubber and natural oil content provide extra protection against fungus that can set in when wood is wet for prolonged periods. It’s so impervious to weather, that some people leave their garden furniture outside, year-round without covers. Natural teak that is relatively “new”, has a sheen from oils released in cutting of wood. This disappears after a few days outdoors, and unfinished teak that is left to age, will turn a lovely, silvery-gray color. At that point, it may look as if it needs paint, but paint is not likely to adhere properly, due to natural oil content of wood.
Mahogany is more a choice for indoor than garden furniture, but it certainly adds a touch of class to patio. Known for its strength and weather-resistance, this hardwood produced in tropics is naturally resistant to rot, insects and fungus. The natural color ranges from a rich, deep brown, all way up through deep, dark reds and even sometimes to a purplish tinge. There is minimal shrinkage with weathering, and if you choose to put some maintenance work into it, instead of leaving it to weather on its own, try regular applications of a water-repellant.
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Tranquility In Your Own Back YardWritten by Scott Kirchoff
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Another consideration is pump and water capacity. Many low-end fountains will not hold much water or have pumping capacity you are looking for. Mid-range to high-end fountains will have a better ability to move water and generally have a better appearance. Choose fountains that pump at 5 gallons per minute. These allow for a higher water capacity and a more visually pleasing stream of water.
Many mid-range fountains are made of poly resin or a stone and resin mix, making them very affordable and are resistant to weather. Along with their price and durability, these fountains are lighter than carved stone while still giving look of and feel of stone.
While these fountains are considerably heavier than plastic they are still easy to move and store. Most weigh between 40–70 pounds making them easy to handle.
Location of your fountain is also important. You will need electricity nearby to power your pump. Choose mid-range fountains equipped with a standard 120v connection. You can simply plug them into a standard outlet and go.
A fountain can be a visually attractive and relaxing addition to your home and garden. When you select correct fountain to fit your needs, you can add tranquility of water to you home or office.
Scott Kirchoff manages news and information for http://www.sekwholesale.com, an online supplier of home décor, gardening supplies, and exceptional gifts (including a huge selection of garden fountains).