DIY Outdoor Christmas Decor Tips

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DIY Outdoor Christmas Decor 

If you haven’t started putting up Christmas decorations yet, you may be behind! It’s time to pull the pumpkins off of the front porch and change the dining room table centerpiece because tis’ the season for Christmas decor. Taking care of the inside is a piece of cake compared to hanging the lights outside. Although it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start, we have a few tips to help you get started!

Where Can You Hang Lights?

Perhaps your yard is filled with shrubs or trees that allow you the opportunity to illuminate your home this holiday season. Take some time to check out your surroundings and see what spots would best fit holiday lighting. It’s also important to take the style of holiday lighting into consideration. Do you want to use rope lights, net lights, icicles — the list goes on! So, whether you are dreaming of a Winter Wonderland theme or prefer red and green lights to illuminate your yard, there are lights out there ready to get the job done.

Safety First

Sounds silly, right? Putting up Christmas lights can’t be that hard! However, nobody wants to spend Christmas on crutches so be sure to use a sturdy ladder when hanging up lights. If possible, enlist the help of a family member or friend when hanging the lights. It’s also important to make sure that you are using outside lights. These lights should contain the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) label.

Check the Lights

Wow, what a relieving moment when you finish hanging that last strand of lights! Except for when you realize that a few strands have burnt-out bulbs and no longer work. Talk about a buzz kill. Be sure to avoid this by testing the lights and replacing bulbs before installing them. It will save you time and a headache!

Calm Down Clark Griswold

Don’t get us wrong, we all want to dazzle the neighbors and be “the house to see” during Christmas! But, it’s important to make sure you don’t overload your circuits. A common rule of thumb is aiming for no more than 1400 watts on one circuit. If your lights start to dim inside your home, this is a sign that you may have gone a little too far with the holiday lights.

Be Mindful of Your Lights

When you go to bed at night, be sure to turn your lights off. Same goes for when you’re not home. Many people use timers that take care of this problem for them.

 

Hanging outdoor decorations and holiday lights is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Ask your spouse, children and grandchildren to assist you for a day filled with family fun and memories that will last a lifetime. At RiverView Turf, nothing means more to us than family. Remember the reason for the season and to count your blessings.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday and a very Merry Christmas!

Tips for Halloween Yard Decorations

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Get Your Yard Halloween Ready

Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated events during the fall season for individuals of all ages! Halloween’s origin dates back to over 2,000 years ago, when the Celtic’s celebrated their new year. They believed this was the time of year when ghosts and spirits came out to haunt, so they provided treats in order to pacify them.

In the United States, we celebrate Halloween every year on October 31st by dressing in costumes, going trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, telling ghost stories, going on haunted hay rides and more. If you are searching for some simple tips to amp up your Halloween yard décor, keep reading.

 

Flying Ghosts

Adding flying ghosts on your trees or front porch is budget-friendly and provides that extra spook factor. These ghosts can be made combining balloons and gauze fabric, here’s how.

 

Pumpkins

When you think Halloween, chances are pumpkins initially pop into your mind. It seems that fall is the season for pumpkin EVERYTHING. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin flavored desserts… The list goes on! So, are you even celebrating Halloween if you don’t include pumpkins in your yard decorations? Perhaps you carve pumpkins with the rest of the family to place on your porch or you can go the low maintenance route by purchasing light up pumpkins that are battery-operated.

 

Haunted House Signs

Having a haunted house sign in front of your home is sure to add some additional fear in your trick-or-treaters. You can design this sign yourself and use text like “Enter At Your Own Risk.”

 

Bloody Footprints

Bloody footprints aren’t just creepy, they are easy to create and cleanup! All you need to do is purchase washable red paint, apply it to your feet and then create a trail up to your front door.

 

Window Silhouettes

Have you ever looked in your neighbor’s window and seen the silhouette of something that gave you the chills? 9 times out of 10, it’s just their cat! Cut out Halloween decorations, like a black cat, and place it in your window to create a creepy silhouette.

 

Glowing Eyes in the Bushes or Trees

There is nothing spookier than feeling like someone is watching you! Create glowing eyes and place them in your bushes and trees to let trick-or-treaters know they are being watched. These eyes are easy to make, also. Just cut eye shapes out of paper towels and then put a glow stick inside of it.

 

Not So Welcome Mat

Change up your welcome mat to one that is more on the “unwelcoming” side. If you want to break out your creative side, use an old carpet and design it with paint. Or, you can purchase one.

 

Whatever Halloween decorations you decide to use, be sure to get your yard in shape first. Be sure to put away your summer decorations, clean your porch or deck and rinse of any mildew or pollen that has built up. If you have any questions regarding turf grass or notice a few bare patches during your cleanup process, contact RiverView Turf.

 

Happy Halloween!

Tips to Beat the Summer Heat and Keep Your Lawn Healthy

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While escaping the heat of summer is easy for us to do by heading indoors and turning up the AC, this isn’t the case for your yard. You may have already noticed a few brown patches starting to pop up on what was once luscious green grass. While having a great sprinkler system is a good tool to help keep your yard looking healthy during the summer heat, there are a few other tricks you can apply to your yard to help it from getting scorched by summer heat.

Keep Grass Longer

By keeping your grass maintained a little higher than you would during cooler months it allows the roots to extend deeper and prevent weeds from showing up. Weeds and grass compete for water, so by keeping your weeds to a bare minimum it will help your grass to remain healthy.

Avoid Fertilizing

If your lawn is looking rough come midsummer, try to resist the urge to fertilize it. A general rule of thumb says it is best to stop fertilizing about 30 days before summer arrives. Giving your lawn extra fertilizer during the summer heat can burn your lawn. If you do choose to fertilize, organic fertilizers are slow-release and less likely to burn your lawn — but we advise waiting until fall or spring.

Water Grass in the Morning

Be sure to water your grass in the morning because it isn’t as hot out and less water will be lost to evaporation from sunlight. Another benefit from watering your lawn in the morning is that you’re also giving it more time to hydrate before night comes. Giving your lawn half an inch of water twice a week should help keep your grass hydrated and green.

Limit Lawn Traffic

While it’s probably impossible to avoid walking on your lawn, you can definitely limit how much traffic it sees. Grass during the summer season is dryer, so walking on it can lead to damage. Heavy foot traffic can cause packed in soil, which prevents air from getting down to the roots.

Plant Trees

For a more permanent solution, plant some trees in order to provide shade throughout your yard. It may not be a quick fix, but these trees will help to provide shaded areas for many years to come. Trees also help improve air quality, increase property value and provide a relaxing home environment.

While it may seem like a hassle at first, following the above steps will help to keep your lawn looking healthy throughout the summer heat. Your grass will tolerate heat more easily if it is kept healthy throughout the year so be sure to follow proper fertilization, watering, mowing and pest control tips. Stay tuned to our blog for more lawn care tips!