Drive around your neighborhood on any given day in December, and you’ll see that anyone can fill their front lawn to the brim with random lights and plastic elves or reindeer. However, it takes planning to decorate in a tasteful way. You want everything to look natural. How do you do this? How do you use your landscaping to create a beautiful scene that demands admiration?
Take Advantage of Traditional Landscape Lighting
This option works for homes and businesses alike. Typical landscape lighting includes floodlights, path lights, and up-lights. They look great throughout the year, but you can make them even nicer when it comes to decorating for the holidays. For example, you might replace regular bulbs with red or green bulbs. The festive colors will add a touch of fun to your yard. You can use up-lights near a tree to highlight branches filled with ornaments. It’s up to you and what you want to accomplish.
Choose Trees Usually Associated With the Holidays
There are many options at your disposal when it comes to hanging lights and decorations on trees in your yard. You can wrap lights around a trunk or drape them over branches. If you have at least one evergreen tree on your property, it’s easy to use them as extra Christmas trees. Choose a theme and stick with it to avoid a sloppy appearance. For example, use gold and red ornaments on each tree. Because evergreen trees keep their leaves all year, you can also use them to hide utility boxes, hoses, or windows.
Layer the Landscape
When you plan your landscaping, think about what a passerby or visitor may see as they come close to your home. How will these individuals move through the space? Connect these thoughts to your holiday decorations. What do you want to stand out to them? What do you want them to see first? What message do you want to convey?
Creating a layered look means having background, mid-ground, and foreground plantings. Arrange your decorations to complement the layers in your landscaping.
Anybody can decorate their property, but it takes skill and planning to make something great. Utilize your landscaping this holiday season and give your neighbors something to admire.
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