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The holidays are a time of year when we want to bring the warmth of our homes outside and celebrate with friends and family. In order for your lawn and landscape to look its best, you need to start by making sure it is cleaned and free of leaves and debris. Remember that if the windows look dirty from the inside, when you add lighting, they’ll look even dirtier from the outside, so don’t forget to pull out the Windex before you get started. You want to begin with a blank canvas to be sure your efforts are shining in their best light! At Tree Amigo's Landscaping, we have all the tools you need—including outdoor lighting, outdoor fireplaces, and the best & healthiest foliage—to make sure that your lawn (front & back) looks great this season.

Your home's exterior is the first thing people see when they look at your house. And it's often the reason they decide to stop and take a second look, or not.

Your home’s curb appeal is so important because it gives visitors a sense of who you are as a homeowner, even before they get inside your front door. People always remember the house that looks amazing at Christmas time. Putting your best foot forward during the holidays may also help when it comes time to sell in the spring or summer.

You can easily update and improve the look of any part of your property this season with some simple landscaping techniques:

Outdoor Lighting

Nothing says Christmas like twinkle lights, shining all through the night. Led lighting is a great way to decorate your home for the holidays. They’re energy efficient, easy to install and durable enough for both indoor and outdoor use. LED lights are more efficient than traditional incandescent lights, and they last longer too! They're also waterproof, so you don't have to worry about ruining them if they get wet or if it's snowing outside. Plus, they're safer than traditional lighting sources because they don't get hot enough to start fires!

If you're looking for a way to add some holiday cheer to your yard this year, consider installing some led lights on your home, along walkways, or highlighting bushes, trees, and shrubs. Better yet, give Tree Amigo’s a call and get a quote on us installing them for you! Not only will these sparkly lights make it look like Santa's sleigh has landed in your front yard (or backyard), but they'll also provide some extra security to your home. Ask us about all your outdoor lighting, we’d be happy to help!

Dress up Your Urns

What better way to add elegance to your home than with ornamental urns? These beautiful vessels are a great way to accentuate the beauty of your home while also providing much-needed colour and texture. Making urns for Christmas is a fun and easy way to dress up the front of your house. They are the perfect accent for a front porch or veranda and can also be used to decorate inside the home. The holiday season is the perfect time to create some beautiful urns, so we've come up with some simple steps you can follow to make your own.

Start by gathering your supplies: Branches & boughs are a must to give you the full, Christmassy vibe you’re after. Silver fir, boxwood, cedar & pine are a good place to start. Fresh is best but artificial works too – and will last far beyond the season. Soak the stems in water to keep them green until you’re ready to place them in your urn. Go for a walk around your property or take a trudge through the forest and pick up some pinecones, pine needles, birch branches, holly berries, moss, and rocks (if you want them). You may even want to add some ornaments, ribbon or bows for an extra punch of colour.

Prepare the urn: Fill your plastic liner pot with soil and place it within your urn. You can put the soil directly into your urn but, if your urn is made of a porous material such as concrete, the freezing of the soil in direct contact could cause it to crack. You can also use a piece of Styrofoam or another type of insulator. Whatever you have on hand is fine.

Begin layering: Start with the biggest items like the birch branches, then the boughs can be added one type at a time. The tallest at the back of the urn is best and the wispy falling ones around the perimeter. There’s no right or wrong way, get creative and have fun with it! Next, you’ll add in all the items of colour until you are satisfied that you have the most beautiful urn on the block!

Adorn the Doors & Windows

The tradition of the Christmas wreath dates back to ancient times. The Romans hung garlands of evergreen boughs to honor their pagan god Saturnalia. In Germany, people would tie branches together with red ribbon to create a 'Christ's Wreath' and hang it on their doors in honor of his birth. In France, the wreath was called a guirlande de Noel, which means 'Christmas Garland. In England, people would hang holly and mistletoe from the rafters in their homes during the winter months. They would also put apples, oranges, and other fruits from their garden on top of these decorations as a symbol of fertility for their crops in the coming months. Wherever you live, and whatever your heritage, adorning your doors and windows with wreaths and boughs always looks beautiful, and festive. They add to the overall curb appeal to your home during the holidays and tells visitors that just beyond the door, is a warm and inviting place.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Winter is a time to stay indoors and snuggle up with a hot cup of cocoa and the latest Netflix binge. But it doesn't have to be that way! You can still enjoy your outdoor living space all winter long—and we're here to help. If you are one of the lucky ones and have and outdoor living space, this is the perfect time of year to make it shine. If you don’t have one, give Tree Amigo’s a call and we’ll created the perfect outdoor space you can enjoy all year long. It's easy to make your outdoor living space feel like home during the holidays. All you need are some cozy blankets and pillows, a fireplace, and if you're feeling brave enough: some outdoor heaters. When you're hosting friends and family during the holidays, you want to make sure that everyone feels at home. Having a place for them to unwind can help you achieve that goal. You don't have to spend thousands on outdoor furniture or decor. There are plenty of ways you can create an outdoor living space at Christmas that is both functional and festive. A Christmas tree in your outdoor living area is a great addition and doesn’t need lights or decorations to look festive. Hang stockings on your outdoor fireplace and add some garland to the mantle. Put a live centerpiece of greenery on the coffee table and add some lanterns full of candles. The scene is set, and your holiday guests will be talking out your outdoor living room for years to come! 

However you decided to decorate the outside of your home for the holidays, Tree Amigo’s wishes you a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!!