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Guide to Buying Your Next Lawnmower
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The Beauty of a Garden Pond
Beautify Your Lawn with a Garden Bench
Water Gardens: A Touch of Paradise at Home
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Tips for Applying Concrete Finish
A Distinguished New Look with a New Gate
Guide to Pressure Washers
Roof Repairs
Selecting Your Perfect Fence
Window Trims
Fencing Your Home
Garden Benches
Home Generator: A Buyer's Guide
Home Security Cameras
Your New Hammock

Garden Benches

For people with a garden, having a comfortable bench to sit on is an essential component to improve their gardens’ aesthetics. For instance, perhaps you have a garden pond, filled with lush and colorful flowers, koi and/or goldfish, a running fountain, and solar light fixtures, all surrounded by beautiful plants and trees. Imagine being able to sit nearby on a comfortable garden bench so you can feed the fish and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the pond. Or, you might have a gorgeous rose garden with winding trails where you could place a bench just to have a place of peace. Another alternative is a bench used for a Japanese Garden, which typically offer a Zen-like bench in which to collect your thoughts. These are just a few examples of the versatility of a simple garden bench.

Depending on the style you choose, garden benches can be a cheap way to naturally enhance your garden. Typically, garden benches can run anywhere from $100 to $500, depending on the retailer. However, if you are thrifty and creative, you can recreate and bring to life an old secondhand bench. It is amazing what some elbow grease, sanding, and a coat of paint can do to breathe life into an old treasure!

Obviously, garden benches can come in every shape and size. Many have curved seats and contoured backs to ensure maximum comfort. Others have removable padded seats, footstools, and armrests. If ultimate comfort is something you are after, you might consider the following tips when shopping:

  1. Look for clear Western Red Cedar, which is strong and durable
  2. Make sure the wood has a sanded finish
  3. Be sure the edges are fully routed
  4. If possible, buy a bench with zinc-plated hardware
  5. Make sure the cushions are made out of a durable, waterproof, and sun resistant material

    If you are looking for a more traditional, or a cheaper alternative, I suggest you:
  6. Look for one constructed out of bamboo; which is a faster growing, environmentally-friendly, and more sustainable tree
  7. Check out your local secondhand shop or thrift store where they might have an old treasure waiting to be brought back to life!
  8. Consider scouring local garage sales for one that your neighbor might be tossing aside

Most often, you can purchase a new garden bench fully assembled or you can choose one that is just partially assembled so you can put it together on your own. The standard size of a garden bench is 55 x 23 x 35 inches and will usually weigh around 20 pounds. However, keep in mind that you can always find benches of a smaller and larger size. Many times, stores will offer their floor models at a discounted rate, so it never hurts to ask a Store Manager if you are interested in a pre-assembled bench that is truly tested by customers.

You will find these types of benches at gardening centers, home improvement stores, hobby stores, nurseries, and on the internet. Whatever the case, make sure it is something you can enjoy both visually and physically. A garden bench has to be something comfortable to sit on, as well as something that will create a peaceful environment for your garden. Happy shopping, and sitting!

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