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Turn Your Landscaping Business Into Winter Income

Seasonal business owners always have to scramble to figure out how to cover dead time. For roofers and landscapers as well as window washers, winter is the time of year that we all used to dread. Over the last few years many of us have become part of a growing and lucrative winter income that is still quietly below the radar. Putting up Christmas lights each year for residential and business customers has become a major income earner each winter. Many of us make thousands of dollars a day even in the worst economy we have seen since the Great Depression.

Getting into the industry is very easy. Surf the web for Christmas lights installation business and you’ll find experts available to give you the kind of training necessary to get this enterprise off the ground fast and profitably. Once you’ve gone through the materials and understand what you need to do, get started right away.

Start preparing your existing clients to let them know what you can do for them during the holiday season. If someone’s throwing and outdoor evening party or wedding reception, let them know that you do decorative lighting. Another big opportunity is Halloween lighting decorations. This is fast becoming a big seller for those who enjoy the festive notoriety in their town.

Prepare to run with the numbers; collect about 1000 addresses ahead of time and mail letters or postcards with your new special offer. If there are marketing circulars in your town put an ad out to be displayed around the middle of September with a special holiday lighting display offer. Remember, people currently pay you to do the kind of work they don’t want to do around the yard, on the windows or on their roof; they’ll pay you to do other things they’re unwilling to do as well.

Once you have the training under your belt, practice on your own home or that of a relative or friend. If you are going to make mistakes you might as well make them now before you get a real-life customer. Get a feel for lighting and design by visiting lighting showrooms. Get as much information as you can from your suppliers. Get a hold of the licensed electrician to get practical safety information for installing traditional lights.

If you’re figuring out what to do this winter, why not generate serious holiday income that rivals the amount you make the rest of the year? Landscapers all over the world turned to holiday lighting setup and installation because it has proven itself year after year to be great winter income. Cashing in on Christmas is a great way to kick the recession out of your household.

A Well-Balanced Home Landscaping Design

One of the basic principles of all art forms, design, including landscape design is balance. It serves as a point of equality. Despite being somewhat insignificant in landscaping, there is actually more to it than just that and it will be explained in much simpler context in this article.

A garden or landscape that is made with equal size would feel and look naturally balanced. However, there are a lot of gardens and landscapes that does not have symmetry in both shape and form. These are called asymmetrical or abstract gardens that usually do not follow the natural balance. Their landscaping usually relies on other things to have balance and harmony through unity of some point. Most often, having no balance is related to having no repetition. To repeat similar elements such as plants or rocks all over the landscape allows the unification of areas towards one another. This can be accomplished with as little as repeating one matching plant group in terms of color or decoration.

Placing too many or non-matching elements all over a landscape design will certainly create a lack of balance. It will usually show as clutter and unkempt when the plant grows. Plan for less during the early stage of your design and just try placing a few matching plant groups all over the garden. It is important to keep the decor matching to the minimum as others can be added later.

There are many landscaping questions regarding the shape of the design. Shape is something that is distinctive to every design that will follow all your paths and visions. However, a shape or form can still be filled with elements and yet will still be dull, void, loud, cluttered, and unbalanced. Balance does not necessarily depend on shape. It can but usually it does not. Never get too attached on trying to achieve balance simply by trying to make things even in shape as all landscaping designs do not follow bilateral symmetry.

Landscape design is regarded as an art form as it deals with all the principles that all other art forms use. Repetition, unity, as well as balance are the major principles of art that go together side by side. The use of repetition is employed by architects in their design or windows, doors, fixtures, trims, etc. with having the same style, shape, and size. Try to visualize how your home would be if each and every door, door frame, windows, and fixtures were made with different sizes and shapes. Surely it would feel somewhat uncomfortable and chaotic. This is the same as with landscape design.

Consistent repetition is required to create balance, appeal, as well as comfort in a landscape that lacks it. In truth, balance can be achieved with as little as placing two matching elements on both side in creating both unity and consistency. Balance is easily achieved through softscape such as plants, ornaments, lawn, decor, etc. However, you should also try to consider having some hardscape such as walks, driveways, necessities, fences, walls, raised beds, and boundaries in your design.

Decorative Outdoor Lighting Effects to Turn Your Landscaping Into Something Special

Doing decorative outdoor lighting, you’re allowed a canvas that you can get very creative with. You can create effects that range from the totally dramatic to the barely noticeable. Lighting can create romantic effects, fairyland effects, and anything else that you choose. And decorative outdoor lighting plans can make use of the landscaping around as well as different kinds of lights to create a beautiful effect of light and shadow that can really add to the beauty that the architecture and landscaping of a property possessed to begin with.

Let’s start off with accent lighting. These are little umbrella shaped lights that allow you to emphasize certain places and light other places up for functional reasons. If you could place a number of these along the garden path right next to the plants that border it, you create a beautiful lighted path effect that not only lights up where you want to go, but also brings a totally novel look To your garden. It can make for a beautiful decorative outdoor lighting scheme.

Downlighting and uplighting effects can make for some pretty awesome results. With a floodlight aimed downwards off the edge off your roof, you can easily light up any dark area of the garden that could perhaps provide an easy hiding spot for intruders. But functional purposes aside, using floodlights for a downlighting effect can help you showcase your entire landscaping with a good bit of general lighting flooded all around.

Uplighting, which is lighting aimed upwards, can make for some pretty dramatic decorative outdoor lighting effects. What is uplighting anyway? You know that game that children like to play where they position a flashlight right under their chins for the scary effect they get? That’s uplighting for you right there. What can you achieve with it? Positioning lights aimed upwards under objects that create shadows can make for a pretty surreal outdoor lighting effect.

Outdoor lighting doesn’t necessarily have to be bright enough to clearly light things. The whole idea of decorative outdoor lighting is about doing things for the sake of aesthetics and not function. They make moonlights to place around the garden for just such a need. As you can imagine, moonlights offer subdued lighting of the kind that would recall regular moonlight to mind. Usually, they attach these somewhere high up in the trees. With the light coming in through hundreds of leaves, you’re left with a really beautiful moonbeam effect.

Deck lighting to use on a balustrade certainly provides safety for functional purposes. But deck lights are so tiny that they create a starry fairylight effect. It can make for a particularly cheerful outdoors in your compound.