It’s that time of year again, Proactive Landscaping is excited and Christmas is fast approaching. These quick tips and tricks can make outdoing your neighbors a breeze this year.
Hang Your Lights Early
If you live in an area that gets cold, snowy weather near Christmas, begin checking the weather in late October or early November for the nicest day or weekend. Hang your lights before first the first snow fall and on the warmest day toward the end of fall. Hanging christmas lights in comfortable weather prevents accidents and improves comfort and patience.
Get Organized Before You Dive In
Before you even think of hanging the first string of lights, get organized:
- Plan your design in advance. What do you plan to decorate? How many lights will you need? Do you have adequate power? If you need an extension cord, timer, or additional lights, make a trip to the store before you step on the ladder.
- Check your lights before you begin. Waiting until they’re hung to check lights is asking for disaster. Lay your lights out on the floor inside and plug them in to ensure they work properly. Repair or replace lights before hanging.
- Assemble decorations. If you plan to place reindeer in the front yard or Santa Clause on the roof, take care of the assembly in advance.
Consider using timers to conserve energy. Set your timers to turn on just after sunset and turn off just as the sun rises. Not running your lights during the day saves energy and utilities costs, and using a timer to do it saves you trips outside in the cold.
A few simple choices can keep the Christmas season safe this year:
- Use LED lights; they are less likely to overheat.
- Don’t decorate when it’s snowy or icy outside.
- Ensure your extension cords and lights are approved for outdoor use.
- Inspect your lights and power supply for damage throughout the season.