Backyard Landscape Design Ideas

September 14, 2016
Your backyard can combine

blackfox-1-2015-9-29Fuller first learned of the fox when a customer, Robert “Black Fox Bob” Burns, came to him with home footage of the animal playing in his backyard. “As the video played, I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing, ” writes Fuller on his blog. “I was expecting the fox to be dark, but this fox was as black as a Labrador, with just the hint of silver highlights along its body. It had a beautiful white tip to its tail, just like a red fox.”

Black foxes, also known as silver foxes because of their silver-tipped fur, are actually just plain old red foxes with a genetic mutation. Red fox cubs usually go through a stage of darkened fur before it lightens up, but some have a mutation that keeps this from happening. While a bit more common in North America, there have been just a handful of black fox sightings in the UK in the past few years, and it’s thought that very few of these animals call it home.

blackfox-2-2015-9-29Burns kept a watchful eye on his garden visitor (who he named – wait for it – “Black Fox”) for several months, keeping Fuller updated all the while. Black Fox fought off a case of mange, sparked up a relationship or two, and even defended his territory from an older, bigger male. Eventually, Fuller’s curiosity got the best of him.

“All the clips and news I had seen since I first heard of Black Fox made me feel I knew him well, ” he writes. “And the urge to see [him] for myself could no longer be ignored. So this month I headed off to Black Fox Bob’s town flat in West Yorkshire.”

Upon arriving, Fuller unloaded all of his equipment and went about setting up a sting operation of sorts. After hours of waiting, Black Fox finally showed and Fuller was able to capture the incredible animal for himself. “I got a final shot before he trotted off on his rounds of his territory, melting into the darkness of the city.”

Andy Jeffrey

Andy Jeffrey is a nature-loving nerd with a penchant for Star Wars and fast cars. A self-proclaimed Indiana Jones wannabe (right down to the irrational fear of snakes), he can be spotted digging through anthropology books in his spare time. Find him on Twitter @andrew_jay or in Earth Touch's 2-Minute Roundup series. VIEW more from this CONTRIBUTOR

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Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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