Choosing the right outdoor space
Look for permanent structures or trees that you can use to attach the strings, Usually, you will have to install metal or wood posts around the perimeter.
Choosing the best pattern for your lights
Draw a rough sketch layout and choose between different patterns. Whatever you choose, take the measurements because you need to know how many bulbs and string are needed for your project.
Choosing the right string lights type
You have two options: Incandescent or LED, I suggest you use LED for less maintenance. and because it is a better option to save energy.
If you already have a landscape light system (low-voltage), consider incorporating it in the same circuit. Low voltage is less risky, especially if you are not an electrician.
Choosing the right hardware to attach the strings attach the strings
Always consider the length and weight when it is time to choose the hardware. Depending on this and the type of structure, you have a variety of options in the market.
I tend to use steel coated wire for string runs attached to permanent structures.
For temporary structures used in events, there is no need of this unless the run is longer than 25 feet.
Whether you decide to do the Christmas decorating by yourself or hire a professional, first you have to visualize what it is you want before being able to transform your vision into reality. If you do not have the time or necessary abilities to take on the decorating yourself, hire a professional. This option should be taken into consideration especially when it comes to exterior decorations that will include stairs and dangerous heights.
Think of decorations that will apply during both the night (lights) and day (wreaths, garlands, ribbons) - that way you can demonstrate your holiday spirit throughout the whole day.
Before deciding what part of your property you would like to decorate, find out if you have an outlet nearby and available. For exterior lighting, do not run an extension cord for more than 100 feet from the outlet to your lighting starting point (the extension cord has to be 14 gauges or more).
To reshape an untidy plant, , manage size, train a plant to grow strong by removing old or weak growth, remove damaged branches caused by snow, ice or hanging Christmas lights overhead.
WHEN AND WHAT DO YOU PRUNE ON MARCH?
"Rejuvenation" pruning of overgrown broadleaf evergreens should be done the earliest part of this month.
Cut well-established plants back to within 12=18 inches of the ground. Fertilize and water. This can be done to azalea (after bloom), camellia, euonymus, evergreen magnolia, gardenia, hollies, ligustrum, nandina, photinia, pyracantha, and other broadleaf evergreens. Check with office on other plants because they do not tolerate drastic pruning. Drastic pruning now will eliminate spring flowering.
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