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 for a living room or any other area, making it look classy and warm. Of course, the aquarium needs its decor elements to make it unique such as fishes, stones, plants, aquarium wood, etc.

All of those are important to complete an astonishing landscape, but, aquarium wood, is a crucial element for preserving the authenticity of the tremendous 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.

Driftwind 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 centerpiece. Indeed, there isn't anyone else who would have the same type piece in their home, because each of those parts is wooden sculptures which cannot be created by the hand of the human being; but only by nature.

Driftwood is wood that was washed with 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 unusual shapes are without out doubt, natural wooden sculptures modeled by “divine aqueous hands.”

But, how is the driftwood petrified? By some forces of the environment such as winds, waves, water flows, among others. The wood does not sink into the water entirely 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 an ash grey to a bleached white.

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

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

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

The originality of the driftwood wood is the exceptional ornament, that will give to an aquarium of any size its 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, nature is the perfect supplier that will not disappoint any persons taste.