Outdoor Decorating for the Holiday Season

Winter blahs getting you down? Decorate your outdoor space with festive winter plants, wreaths and lights.

Winter can be warm, even on the outside. There is nothing more welcoming than a well-designed winter landscape.

So how do you achieve a winter wonderland?
• Plant seasonal plants
• Hang some wreaths
• Get those holiday lights up

Seasonal Plants:

Create stunning seasonal displays during the winter months by filling your empty summertime pots and urns with winterberry, cedar and evergreen boughs. Transform your landscape with urns bursting with seasonal greenery and provide your family and friends with the holiday spirit before they even walk through your door!

Wreaths:

Wreaths come in a variety of color, size and texture and can be hung on doors, windows and garage doors. Try cost effective artificial wreaths that can be used season after season. Or, if it is authenticity you are after, use fragrant, fresh wreaths. Wreath hangers are a must for doors. To hang wreaths on windows or garage doors try a suction cup with decorative ribbons.

Lights, lights and more lights!

Greet your guests with seasonal style by adding holiday lights to your front entry. Easily said, not always easily done…outdoor lights are beautiful to behold but they can be difficult to install, can run up your electric bill, and can also pose hazards if not installed correctly. Here are some tips to help you get your holiday lights up:

• Use a good ladder when installing your lights
• Secure lights with insulated holders (never use tacks or nails)
• Don’t install your lights on trees that come in contact with power lines
• Before you install your Holiday lights, plug them in to make sure all of your bulbs are working.
• When using strings of lights that plug into each other, do not use more than three piggyback plugs.
• Do not use “indoor” lights for outdoor lighting displays. “Indoor” holiday lights are not designed to resist extreme hot and cold temperatures. Use lights that are rated for outdoor displays only.
• Always use waterproof lights marked with the underwriters lab (UL) tag.
• Do not use “indoor” power strips or extension cords for outdoor lights. Power strips and extension cords are also labeled for indoor and outdoor use.
• Avoid placing extension cords in high-traffic areas. If you must, tape cords across walkways, and use the correct length needed to travel to your lights. You don’t want your cords to be too long so they pile up and create walking hazards for your family and guests.
• Outdoor lights should always be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI or GFI) outlet or breaker. Or, you can use a GFCI extension cord in a regular outlet. If you do not have a GFCI or GFI outlet or breaker a qualified electrician can install one for you.
• Keep extension cords and power strips out of water and snow.
• Energy efficient LED lights will save you money over older incandescent lights.
• Always turn your lights off before you go to bed at night.
• Timers are a great way to ensure the lights get turned off.

Transforming your outdoor landscape into a winter wonderland is one of the best cures for the winter blahs and with a little planning and zest for design is easily achievable! Happy Holidays from Property Services Landscape!

Property Services Landscape serves the following towns: Leesburg, Ashburn, Aldie, Broadlands, Hillsboro, Lansdowne, Lincoln, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Philomont, Round Hill, Bluemont, Upperville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Waterford, and surrounding northern Virginia areas.

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