The holiday light season is just around the corner. If you are getting ready to decorate your yard with lights for the season, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to make sure you are not damaging your trees and shrubs. We’ve got some tips to help you string your holiday lights like a pro.
Plan Your Design Before Hanging
Plan for your lights before you start. Decide if you are going to only light the trees in your yard or incorporate the house in your light design too. By developing a plan, your display will look organized and planned. Gather the appropriate tools before you get up on the ladder, making it easy to hang whatever lights you need.
Establish a Focal Point
Decide where your design will draw your viewer’s eye. Is there a tree in your yard that will be the center of the display? Or are the trees acting as the Winter Wonderland background to a decoration? Whatever you choose, make sure your design focuses on this one point in order to avoid looking like a blob of lights.
Avoid Damaging Your Trees
When hanging your lights, avoid damaging the trees in your yard. Make sure your light bulbs are for outdoor use. Watch for any frayed wires or broken bulbs and avoid stringing too many strands together to avoid a fire hazard. If you are wrapping strings of lights around trees and shrubs, make sure you leave room for the tree to grow. Wrapping them too tightly can damage your trees as the wood of the trunk expands. It is also the reason you should take down the lights when the season is over. Make sure you use a ladder to remove the lights instead of just pulling them out of the tree and damaging the branches.
Bumgardners Landscape is ready to help you with all your winter landscaping projects. We can prune dead branches and clean up fall leaves to keep your yard in great shape for spring. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with our team.