Your Professional Landscaping Company Offers Tips on Decorating Shrubs with Christmas Lights
It is that time of the year when there is that unmistakable buzz and excitement all around you. With the upcoming year-end festivities, you may be busy making holiday plans, preparing for family gatherings, planning Christmas presents or finalizing your New Year’s Eve party outfits. Another important decision that you will have to make soon, is how to illuminate your home this festive season. Whether it is the trimmings for your indoor tree, or the lighting and trinkets for your yard, planning your holiday beautification projects is an exciting and enjoyable experience for the entire family.
When it comes to Christmas lights and decorations, nearly every house in the neighborhood vies for the most creative illumination and curb appeal. If you are planning your outdoor sparkle and twinkle for the first time, it may be a daunting task. While some people find it fairly easy to visualize the plan and pick up the right tools and lights, others may not know where to start, how many lights they need and what is the best way to install them. Read up our handy lighting tips and avoid the frustration of incomplete décor or multiple trips to the hardware stores.
Tips to Master your Outdoor Holiday Lights and Decorations
Once you get the hang of the outdoor adornments, it is easy to make small tweaks in the design and put up a great display year after year. One of the most common themes you will see is colored or white string lights highlighting the trim of the house, along with a sleigh, snowman, candy cane, or some other Christmassy inflatables standing in the yard or by the front door. No doubt, this is simple, classic and elegant. However, if you use the trees, shrubs and bushes in your yard, you may be able to add plenty of creative elements and create a wow factor with your decorations.
- Make a Plan: When you start adding lights to the bushes and shrubs in your yard without visualizing the design or chalking out a plan, you will end up with either a haphazard display, or too much or too little illumination. As a starting point, click pictures of your yard, discuss a theme or design with your family, measure the area you need to cover, and calculate the number of lights you need to complete your design. Make sure that you measure the height and widest point of the shrubs, especially if you plan to wind the lights around them.
- Choose the Right Lights: With thousands of options in the color, shape and type of lights, you may be spoilt for choice when you go shopping. However, to light up shrubs and bushes, it is better to select net lights or mini-light strings. These offer a balanced illumination, highlighting the shape of the bushes and enhancing the design and display. If your light strings come with blinking, twinkling or sound effects, set up the pattern that will work best for your design.
- Layout the Lights Methodically:
- While working with net lights, make sure that you pull the branches and leaves through the net to frame the overall bush. That way the lights sit a little further back in the bush or shrub, creating a more natural illumination effect.
- If you are working with string lights, lay them out in an ‘S’ shaped pattern or in a zigzag motion from top to bottom for a fuller, asymmetric look. If you do not stretch the lights down till the bottom, they may appear as though they are floating midair, which is not very appealing.
- For deciduous trees, try to use string lights and wrap them tightly around a few branches for a sparkling and glowing outline.
- Stay Safe: Although outdoor lighting and decoration is a fun-filled, joyous chore, take precautions to avoid unnecessary debacles that could put a damper on your holiday plans:
- Use a step ladder or a multi-positional ladder, instead of an extension ladder.
- Have a spotter or a helper who can watch your back when you climb atop trees or rooftops.
- Use lights and extension cords that are graded for outdoor use. Do not install more than 1,400 watts on a single circuit.
- Hire an electrician to install ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI), in case you do not have outdoor electrical outlets.
Remember, the beauty of your light displays is not only dependent on your plan and design, but also on how well you have pruned and shaped the bushes and trees.
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