Making Your Yard Festive for the Holidays

The holiday season is here, have you done your decorating yet? While many people will deck their halls and make the insides of their homes a winter wonderland, the yard and landscape are often overlooked. Don’t skimp out on your curb appeal- follow these tips to make your yard festive and welcoming for the holiday season:

Touch Up Your Walk Way

You want your guests to feel welcomed and excited to enter your home. To help with this effect, consider redoing your walkway. With the increasingly shorter days, a little extra lighting will keep everyone safe, especially as things get increasingly icy with the cold weather. Additionally, if the stones or bricks that you currently have lining your path are dingy, old, and worn down, it may be time for a makeover. You can take a seasonal approach to this project by lining your space with lights shaped like elves or candy cane or focus on fixtures that you can display throughout the whole year. Regardless, both you and your guests will be thankful for the extra lighting

Add Planters

Another way to add life to your space in the cold is by investing in holidays planters. This beautiful burst of color will help to make your yard and deck beautiful and vibrant. You can buy planters with evergreen and birch to last throughout the holiday. Spruce up your planters with pinecones, ribbons, and ornaments to give them a night holiday feel. Planters are an elegant way to add some decoration to your home for the season.

String Some Lights

The same old Christmas lights can seem a tad boring, but with a little creativity, you can add a fun new twist. You can line your house and porch with strings of lights but have also you considered draping them throughout the trees and other foliage? Instead of traditional white lights, invest in other colors to add some flare. You can also get icicle-like hanging strands that can give your front porch a great wintery theme. Add some lights to unusual places, like light posts and mailboxes, to add some shimmer. The more lights, the merrier.

Add Some Foliage

While many of your plants will suffer in the winter months, maybe it’s time to rethink your landscaping scheme. Wintergreen boxwood, coneflowers, blue spruces, and catmints are just some of the many plants that can survive and thrive in the winter. Adding new foliage will help to give a feeling of life to your yard that may otherwise be looking a little barren in the season. If you are confused or unsure of what plants will do well during the season in your space, give us a call. We can help you make a landscaping plan to meet your needs and to help your yard stay vibrant the whole winter long.

Revamp Your Deck

If you don’t have a porch or deck, now may be the perfect time to consider adding one. With the weather getting colder and colder, you will want a space where you can enjoy being outdoors, even for a little. A furbished deck or patio is the perfect spot to sit outside and entertain company. You can add a firepit or heat lamps for warmth and decorate your space to entertain. In addition to keeping you happy and cozy, these additions will also help with your curb appeal and the overall value of your home. If you already have a deck or porch but just aren’t crazy about their look, feel, or layout, use this time to do a quick remodel. You’ll be so excited to have them when the weather gets warm again.

No matter how you decide to decorate for the holidays, don’t skip out on your landscape! And, as always, if you need any help, call the experts at Hidden Creek Landscaping. We will help you get your space ready for the holidays and the new year!  

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Tips To Use Your Patio For Holiday Parties

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.31.16 AMThe colder temperatures that are synonymous with the holiday season can make it less comfortable for patio lovers to entertain outdoors. However, with proper preparation, a bit of creativity and the entertaining tips below, you will be able to make the space warmer and continue to host parties during the holidays.

Fire Features. There is no better way to bring heat to your patio holiday party than with a fire feature. There is the option of using temporary or permanent fire pits of fireplaces to keep guests warm.

Fire Pits. Fire pits are more budget friendly and can be strategically placed around the patio to maximize comfort. The portable ones can be brought in when needed and can immediately warm up the patio. One or more permanent fire pits can be ignited before the party to ensure the space is warm and comfortable for arriving guests. For homeowners who are concerned about the visual impact of the landscape design, the better option is permanent fire pits. They can be professionally built to complement the overall landscape design.

Fireplaces. Outdoor fireplaces are great additions to any outdoor holiday party. Not only are they highly functional, they can serve as the centerpiece for the entire backyard. There structures are visually appealing and will bring warmth and great vibes to your celebrations. This option is more expensive than fire pits; however, it also offers a lot more in terms of function and visual impact. A professionally designed outdoor fireplace, which complements the patio or other landscaping features is ideal if it falls within your budget.

You can also visually warm up the patio by decorating with upholstered cushions, blankets and pillows in vibrant holiday colors. In addition, you could consider using a rug to add to the warmth and coziness of the patio.

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How To Use Your Patio For Holiday Parties

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 11.30.43 AMHaving family and friends over for holiday parties is a great way to enjoy the season. However, you don’t have to stay cooped up indoors when you have a beautiful outdoor living area. Here’s a few tips on how to use your patio over the holidays:

Creating a Cozy Atmosphere. While it may be cold outside during the winter holidays, there are still many guests who enjoy taking some time outdoors on the patio. Create a cozy and inviting atmosphere by utilizing a heat source. There are several great options that will not only keep the temperature warmer, but also serve as a decorative feature and focal point. You can use a simple fire pit, install an attractive outdoor fireplace, or even use a sleek heat lamp. Leave some warm fleece and flannel blankets around on seats so that guests can grab one and warm up.

Warm Drinks and Hearty Dishes. Food and drinks for an outdoor gathering in the winter should be warm and hearty. Not only should they fill guests up, but they should help to keep them warm. Set up a small bar with liquors like whiskey and Irish cream. You can also set out labeled thermoses with hot chocolate and coffee. For food options, stick to soups, chili, and cheese and chocolate fondues. If you have a fire pit or fireplace lit, be sure to have marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate so that guests can make s’mores.

Maintaining The Landscaping In The Winter. One of the nice things about the winter season is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time tending to your property’s landscaping. The colder temperatures give you the chance to take a break from mowing the lawn, but you still want to maintain the overall look and quality of your property. Don’t completely ignore the landscaping, but rather, add plant life that will bring the right colors and textures to the season. It will help add charm to your patio area and add beauty.

Throwing holiday parties on the patio allows your guests to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. By focusing on their comfort, you can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

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