How to Decorate Your Yard for Christmas Without Causing Harm
The holidays are here, and you may be looking to decorate the outside of your home to make it look bright and festive. When you decorate, it is essential to follow certain steps to help prevent damage to your yard and landscaping. Here are a few tips on making your yard festive without causing damage.
Use Lightweight Lawn Decorations
One of the mistakes that you can make when decorating your yard for Christmas is placing heavy decorations on your yard. These heavy decorations can kill your grass and tear your yard up. They can sink into the ground and leave behind holes or spots. Be mindful of the weight of the decorations you are placing and be sure to remove them quickly after the holiday season is over to prevent any extra, unnecessary damage.
Trim Away Dead Growth
Before you place holiday decorations on trees, bushes, and shrubs, take the time to trim away dead growth, including dead leaves and branches. Dead growth can cause the lights not to hang properly, which can put extra weight and stress on healthy branches and limbs. Trimming away the dead growth ensures all of the limbs that remain are healthy and can support the weight of the lights or ornaments you are placing.
Use Low Heat Lights
Always take the time to ensure the lights you are using are low heat lights. Lights that give off a lot of heat or are hot to the touch can scald or burn your plants, grass, bushes and trees. Worse, they can even cause a fire to start. LED lights give off significantly less heat than incandescent lights and are better to use in outdoor settings.
Place Your Lights on a Timer
Lastly, be sure to place your outdoor holiday lights and decorations on a timer. Not only will this help you to keep your energy use down, but it helps to prevent excess damage to your landscaping. Even low heat lights and decorations give off a small amount of heat. This can heat your plants up, and when heated up for an excessive amount of time, can damage them. Putting your lights on a timer ensures that they are not overheated and do not receive more heat than they should.
It is easy to make mistakes that can cause damage to your lawn and landscaping when decorating for the holidays. If you have made mistakes that have left a brown spot in your yard or damage to a plant or bush, contact us at Meyers Green Services. We can help to get your lawn and landscaping back in great condition by the time spring hits. Contact us today to schedule your service.