Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 12, 1998 · Page 32
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10—FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 1998 ON THE MARKET GARDENING How to design moonlight for your garden By SUSAN PRICE Los Angeles Times Syndicate A garden doesn't grow in a day or even a season; nor does a tree. And the exterior lighting to showcase it is also a creative and evolutionary process. Most people don't have the budget to "install" their landscaping and lighting in one fell swoop. Yet you should have a master plan for both at the start, which you can implement as your budget permits. Here are some suggestions on how to go about designing the outdoor setting for your house to grow more beautiful as time passes. Professional outdoor lighting falls into six categories: Accent lighting highlights architectural and sculptural elements. Down-lighting is used to illuminate dining or activity areas and can create the ambience of soft moonlight. Up-lighting turns a tree's branches and shape into a strikingly artistic statement of silhouette and shadow. Cross- lighting can create stunning shadow patterns by glancing off the subject at an angle - espe- cially effective with garden patches of tall grass and reeds. Path lighting is a sequence of small lights that outline a walkway. (Do avoid those old-hat pagoda shaped fixtures that look so intrusive. Use hidden lights instead.) And silhouette lighting from behind an object highlights its outline as a design element. A key thing to keep in mind when planning your garden lighting is that the source of the lighting must remain invisible. Disguise fixtures with rocks, shells, grass, whatever you can use to hide them. Another rule of thumb in planning your garden lighting is "what goes up must go down." This means that down-lights should be combined with up- lights to achieve a visual balance. If you use down-lights alone above a tree, it will give it a cone shaped effect; but up-lights used alone will work fine because they illuminate the tree evenly. You may even create a mysterious natural randomness in the lighting by attaching a cylindrical fixture with a small slit opening to the branches of the trees. They will move with the wind. Don't use general, all-over garden lighting because it lacks drama and focus. Better to highlight select features -a massive oak, a gazebo, a statue. Don't bother lighting the lawn itself because it lacks interesting variations of form. Don't overlight a single flowering plant - especially anything smaller than 8 feet tall. Don't try to light evergreens because they are too dense to create interesting visual patterns. Red-leaf trees also lack the necessary reflective quality to make them worth lighting. Lighting will account for about 25 percent of your garden's budget. You can buy the various types of lights you need "off the shelf," though top garden designers often have their own systems custom made. Buy bullet-shaped lights mounted on stakes that can be driven into the ground. Use classic floodlights with articulated bases that allow them to be aimed at any angle. Look for flexible twisting fixtures that can be positioned for the most attractive effect. Consider the whole range of outdoor lighting in your overall design - incan- descent, quartz halogen, fiber optic and high-intensity discharge - since each gives off a different quality of light. Incandescent bulbs, which emit a warm white glow, are the most common type of garden lights. Quartz halogen is whiter than incandescent, with fixtures that are smaller than other light types. Both halogen and incandescent can be softened with dimmers. High-intensity discharge (HID) is the name of a family of lights that includes metal halide (which gives an intense white light,) and mercury vapor (which creates a rather eerie blue-green glow, though lamps are available with built-in color correction to diminish this effect). Fiber optics come in clear or solid black tubes with dozens of plastic fiber-optic stands that transmit light from an "illuminator box" containing a halogen or metal halide bulb. Mounted in a basement, a box can feed a number of fixtures and illuminate 100 feet of tubing. Since there is no current in the tube itself, fiber optics are especially useful in situations where moisture makes lighting difficult - such as outlining a fountain. A well-designed landscape lighting system can create interest, texture, shadowing and perspective that allows you to enjoy the beauty of your property day and night. Copyright (c) 1998, Susan Price. Dist. by Los Angeles Times Syndicate Local news, weather & sports in the Daily Journal Caring for hardwood floors The natural beauty of wood floors enhances any decorating style and brings warmth and elegance into any room of your home. Because wood flooring is durable, versatile and easy to clean, it has become the most popular floor covering available. Rediscover hardwood flooring for its variety of species, designs, styles, colors and prices to meet any budget. To help you make an informed decision about your wood flooring needs, the National Wood Flooring Association has published a step-by-step brochure to help choose the type of floor and finish that fit your needs. "Wood Flooring: A Lifetime of Beauty" guides you through the process of selecting your floor, and includes a wood flooring score card to record your personal choices. Also available from NWFA is an "Easy Hardwood Floor Care" card which offers general care and cleaning instructions for all types of wood floor finishes including how to clean spills and stains. For copies, please write to NWFA, 16388 Westwoods Business Park, Ellisville, MO 63011. The NWFA also offers wood flooring information through its consumer hotline (500) 443-WOOD (443-9663). For 25 cents a minute, a wood flooring expert can address any aspect of maintaining, refinishing, and installing wood floors as well as furnish a list of member professionals in your area. Mowers Continued from Page 9 ered by the easy-to-start 6.0 horsepower Briggs & Stratton Quantum XTE Engine. Murray lawn tractors and mowers are available at WalMart, Home Depot and other retail outlets. For more information, call 1-800-251-8007 or visit the Web site at www.murrayinc.com. Scotts power lawn equipment is available exclusively at Home Depot stores. For more information call 1-800-6468442 or visit the Web site at www.scottsmowers.com. REAL ESTATE RE/MAX Mendocino Central 13270 So. 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