The Many uses of Driftwood in Landscaping

Posted by Tammy Sons on 13th Nov 2015

Driftwood Makes Beautiful Landscaping Ornaments

For a lover of nature and animals, having an aquarium could be such an excellent decorative “live-object” to have at home that combines a close space with the grandiosity of the ocean. It could provide a fresh and relaxing space to a living room or any other area, making it look classy and warm. Of course, the aquarium, needs its own decor elements to make it unique such as fishes, stones, plants, aquarium wood, and etc. 

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All of those are important to complete an astonishing landscape, but definitely, aquarium wood, is a key element for preserving the authenticity of the great marine environment. But it is necessary to be aware that not any wood can be part of that marvelous “white canvas” because it could alter the PH and general conditions of the of the water, which could be damaging for some species. 

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Driftwiid wood is the best alternative and the one that, for sure will provide shelter to the fishes, and will become a potential spawning site, as well as making it a differentiating decorative center piece. Certainly, there isn't anyone else who would have the same type piece in their home, because each of those pieces are wooden sculptures which cannot be created by the hand of the human being; but only by nature.

Driftwood is wood that was washed into a water formation such as a lake, ocean, river, etc. They acquire their beautiful in a wide variety of forms such as cylindrical, straight or gnarly, making them unique and special. Depending on their source, that could be trunks, roots or branches; their astonishing shapes are without out a doubt, natural wooden sculptures modeled by “divine aqueous hands”. 

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But, how is the driftwood petrified? By some forces of the environment such as winds, waves, water flows, within others. The wood does not sink into the water completely but floats over it, allowing the contact with the surface, which promotes the oxidation process by decaying slowly. The petrification process gives to the wood a stunning color that could be from an ash grey to a bleached white.

The driftwood could come from hard (such as mangrove trees) or soft woods, but the most recommendable for embellishing an aquarium that will sink immediately to the bottom of it, are those that come from hard woods.

Driftwood could be aged from a decade or even older. This varies on the temperature of the water, different erosion factors and on the size of the piece.

The size of the aquarium will never be a problem for using driftwood as a principal decoration of it, due to the availability of any size of wooden natural formations. The design could be as delicate and discrete, or as bold and extravagant as desired.

The originality of the driftwiid wood, is the exceptional ornament, that will give to an aquarium of any size its own personality; by making it a lovely watery landscape.

Even if a lot of people have tried to make exact replicas of the original pieces, for sure it is impossible to recreate something that natural forces have already provided without imperfections; and when talking about driftwood, the nature is the perfect supplier that will not disappoint any persons taste.