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Get into the spirit of the season and hang Christmas lights on various trees around your home. RDKLandscaping expert helpful advice on when and how to best install and store it.

Timing is everything

Please schedule your installation time in advance to avoid cold weather and additional risks the  ground is frozen or covered in snow . Late fall is ideal for hanging Christmas  lights after deciduous trees lose their leaves and before outdoor temperatures drop.

What type of lighting is best?

To avoid damage, electrical problems, and injury, make sure your lights are certified for outdoor  use. LED lighting is a preferred choice because it is more energy efficient than incandescent lights  have a long lifespan and a variety of color options. Find the light bulb at least 6 to 8 inches apart  to provide more light over a larger area.

How to hang Christmas lights

You will need:

➢ Ladder

➢ Outdoor lighting

➢ Outdoor extension cord with ground circuit breaker protection for electric shock ➢ Twine and/or gardener’s tape

Plan ahead

Decide how many lights you need and what type of look you want to achieve. White is a good  choice. If you want to light up all year round, strands of different colors or solid colors add some  ambience season. If you use colored light bulbs, choose a color that matches the exterior of your  home. Use the integrated palette.

Choose your tree

Plan how many lights to buy and choose the best trees in your yard to achieve your goal. Start with  a focal point, which may be the tallest tree or an interestingly shaped tree. Work from there, select  additional trees or shrubs to complete the look. Be mindful of your proximity to power source.

Lighting test

To avoid wasting time with a damaged or burned-out installation, check each light strand before  heading outdoors.

Find an assistant

Make safety, top priority and find an assistant (Add Support Link) to help stabilize the ladder as  climb up to reach higher branches.

 

Start from the bottom

The best way to hang Christmas lights is to start by securing an extension cord to the base of the  tree from bottom to top. To avoid overload, limit the number of strands in the tree to three. For a  more sophisticated look, wrap it around the trunk first and work your way up. The spacing between  each loop is also constant.

Safe lighting

Use twine, garden tape, or thread, or use twine or garden tape to secure the ends of the lights. Do not use power cords that may cause damage or injury.

Storage tips

You can save time and hassle by following these storage tips.

Wrap the light around a plastic hanger from end to end and tie the tail end to the hanger ring.

Using sturdy cardboard, place the notch on one side. From there, the lighting packaging begins. Continue along the length of the cardboard, tucking the ends in when you’re done.

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