A few garden landscaping tips for springtime

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The chilly temperatures of winter are slowly becoming a distant memory, which means that with warmer weather it’s time that you got out into your garden to start your spring landscaping. While the months of frost have probably kept you cozy indoors, a change of season means that you’ll be spending more time outside in your backyard. Maybe the harsh winter conditions have left your lawn damaged or your flowerbeds have accumulated some serious overgrowth? Fortunately for you, with the right tools and the time to get the job done, your property’s surroundings will be looking healthy and luscious in no time! Here are a few spring maintenance and landscaping tips that you can follow if you want to have your garden in ship-shape for BBQ weather.

Start dethatching

Did you know that when leaves, thatch and other debris build up they can actually suffocate your grass and its roots? So, after the winter months have passed it’s safe to say that your lawn could probably use some fresh air after being subjected to all the snow pile up and frozen soil. That’s why dethatching should be an important part of your gardening routine, as it increases airflow, reduces unwanted pests and allows your grass to start its own process of spring recovery.

Get rid of the weeds

Removing plant debris that’s been left over from the transition between seasons is a good way to prepare for a healthier yard because much like dethatching, compacted soil, mulch and other debris can disable vegetation from growing in your garden. So, grab a compostable bag and make de-weeding part of your spring cleaning. After all, now is a better time than any to start planting!

Add mulch to plant beds

After your yard is all tidied up, make sure to lay down a generous layer of mulch amongst your plant beds. In fact, mulch helps to lock in moisture and prevents the soil from drying out too quickly. Mulch also provides a nutrient-rich environment for your plants to grow and thrive in while deterring weed and pests.

Beautify your landscape

When your property is all cleaned up and you’ve finished planting an array of beautiful flowers, your final step in your spring landscaping project will include adding some entertainment essentials. Spring up some vibrant patio furniture, roll out the handy BBQ and install some low voltage lighting to illuminate your landscape. Start by strategically placing some path lights along your garden walkways, continue by installing some step-deck lights on the siding of your deck’s footsteps, then anchor some pond lighting for a unique aesthetic glow and even place some directional lights within your garden to uplift a ray of illumination across your property. Now, if you already possess some state-of-the-art illumination perhaps you should consider a budget-friendly upgrade to some low voltage lighting. It’s an eco-friendly, long-lasting and economical investment for any homeowner.

What type of low voltage lighting do you use in your garden? Tell us in the comments section below.

What’s the difference between commercial, industrial and residential lighting?

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Outdoor lighting installations and upgrades come in all project shapes and sizes, including small residential ventures, medium-scale industrial plans all the way up to some larger proportion commercial lighting schemes. While you already know that each game plan requires illumination, what you probably don’t know is that an assortment of fixtures and bulbs may be required depending on which field you’re building or upgrading. That’s why we wanted to outline the similarities and differences between residential, industrial and commercial grade lighting.

What is residential lighting?

The light fixtures and bulbs that you use in and around your home, such as your kitchen, garage, garden and driveway. Although many lighting components are best suited to either indoor or outdoor conditions.

What is industrial lighting?

The light fixtures and bulbs that are used in various manufacturing buildings and factories are built specifically suited to industrial lighting. Many industrial lights are more durably equipped to withstand tougher, more hazardous conditions in places such as chemical plants, mines or refineries.  

What is commercial lighting?

The lights and fixtures that are used in any type of business that isn’t manufacturing, such as hotels, restaurants, retail shops, warehouses and offices are considered commercial lights. Also, the outdoor lighting that is seen in your city, such as public street lamps, bridges and what surrounds government buildings is also typically commercial grade lighting.

How do these lighting systems differ?

The key things to consider between all the varied fixtures and bulbs are flexibility, energy efficient and maintenance costs. However, each type of indoor or outdoor lighting is versatile to the needs of the industry it’s used in.

  • Residential lighting: The lighting fixtures and bulbs that are used in and around your home are generally the cheapest and offer the shortest lifespan. However, there are many LED and low voltage products on the market that is changing this perception. The best part about residential lighting is that it’s also the cheapest to operate, requiring a small amount of maintenance (replacing bulbs etc.) and even comes with a reasonable warranty on the fixtures.
  • Industrial lighting: Generally speaking, industrial lighting fixtures and bulbs are significantly more expensive because they’re manufactured to endure rougher conditions (sparks flying from welding, heavy items falling on or near them etc.). However, industrial lights are able to provide a high level of durability and usually come with a longer warranty than your traditional lighting fixtures.
  • Commercial lighting: The lighting fixtures and bulbs that are used in and around commercial buildings cost a mid-level amount because the initial outlay takes longer. The lighting products are more expensive than residential lighting, but they typically last longer and are made to enduring harsher conditions. The best part about commercial lighting is that there are more options for energy savings because you’re typically able to buy low voltage commercial products in bulk. The downside is that upgrades and installations usually involve hiring a contractor to do the work which limits the ability for many commercial properties to perform regular maintenance.

What fixtures do you have in your home or business? Post in the comments section below to join in on the discussion.

 

Winter lighting that will illuminate your outdoor space

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Often times the cool temperatures and shrill darkness of winter overlap with the oncoming weeks of spring. So, although we’re inching our way into the month of March, depending on the region that you call home, you may still be experiencing somber, gloomy evenings. That being said, winter lighting has the wondrous ability to illuminate your front porch, backyard, driveway and the surrounding limits of your property line. So, before you start celebrating spring’s approach, take another look at your outdoor lighting scheme.

Shine some light emitting diodes (LEDs)

LEDs really are mind-blowing in terms of lighting technology. Allowing an electric current to pass through, rather than heating a filament or discharging gas, these little semiconductor devices emit a superpower light source.

Considered to be state-of-the-art bulbs, they’re 80% more energy efficient than traditional fluorescent and incandescent lights — that’s why they’re worth the higher price tag — with 95% of their energy converted to light, leaving only 5% wasted as heat. Now, that’s a true, economic technology. In a nutshell, these eco-friendly lighting solutions reduce the demand from power plants, last much longer and decrease our greenhouse gas emissions.

Now that you know a little about how LEDs work to help put savings back in your wallet, you’ll understand why we recommend them to use for the winter months and any other time of the year. LED garden lighting illuminates the beauty of your flowerbeds and outdoor decor by providing an alluring glare of decorative accenting. After all, as a hard-working homeowner, you should be able to enjoy your lush garden landscape, even if it’s all covered in a snowy powder.

Flood some directional lighting

If you’re wanting to shed some light in a certain direction of your property or if you feel the need to deter unwanted guests, directional lighting is an astounding solution to your lighting needs. Encompass the beauty of your property to its full potential when you use these incredible fixtures to uplift or down lift aesthetic features or simply direct illumination to the deep, dark corners. Winter, spring, summer or fall, this lighting solution is a year-round upgrade!

Light your wintery path

Many homeowners neglect the endless advantages of an array of path lights. Like many other illuminative fixtures, path lights are able to provide a beautiful glow of vibrancy to your property and nearby surroundings, as well as light up the area to deter crime from taking place. However, they also have the power to promote home safety and can be used, especially during the winter months, to illuminate the way to your front door when your guests are navigating through gloomy weather conditions. After all, not everyone has a flashlight in hand and black ice can be detrimental if you slip and fall. Most of all, path lighting creates a groovy, linear line of light that is gorgeous if you look from afar.  

Are there any other ways that you can upgrade your winter lighting? Tell us in the comments section below.