While landscaping using trees, plants and shrubbery is likely the first thing that comes to mind for decorating a yard, these natural elements aren't the only things you can use to dress up your home's property. Ornaments can help you create a specific look in your yard while showcasing your style and personality. If you have a flare for country design, use elements that speak to this style -- such as farm equipment, tools and fencing -- to decorate your yard.
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Farm Equipment and Garden Tools
Antique farm equipment and garden tools are an ideal way to create a farm or country look in your front yard. Visit an antiques shop or an actual farm to see if you can purchase some old pieces. A tractor, a plough, a tiller or a mower serve as large focal points in your yard. Make them become part of the landscape by planting flowers around them or suspending flower baskets from them. Shine a floodlight or wrap strings of lights around these pieces to illuminate them at night. Lean or hang a collection of antique shovels or pitchforks on a wall. Use the shovel heads as a canvas and paint pictures on them.
Tractor Tire Planters
Tractor tires fit the farm or country theme well and are ideal to use as planters. Position them where you feel is most appropriate in your yard and plant flowerbeds in the centre of them. Create a tiered garden by stacking several tires on top of one another, fill the centre with topsoil and add your plantings. For example, lay a stack of three tires next to a stack of two tires and lay one tire next to the two-tire stack. Fill the centre of the single tire with tall plants -- ornamental grasses and ferns, for instance -- and plant flowers that will creep down the stacked tires, such as phlox and petunias.
Fencing not only distinguishes your property line, but also serves as a decorative element in a yard. For a country look, run a white wood picket fence around a garden along the front of your property -- complete with a decorative gate. Remove some of the paint with sandpaper to give it an aged look and make it even more country. Split-rail fences were initially used by farmers to keep their livestock on their property -- use this type of fence as a decorative feature to create a farm look in your yard.
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