Light it Up!!
You love your yard. You’ve created a beautiful gathering space for your friends and family to enjoy a barbeque or margarita. Maybe the neighborhood kids come by to hang out at the pool.
But what happens at night?
If your property doesn’t have outdoor lighting, you only get fifty percent of its value! Outdoor lighting adds ambiance, functionality, and security to your property. So don’t miss out on evening gatherings, and let Mastergrass light you up!
Benefits of Outdoor Lighting
The benefits of outdoor lighting range from self-evident to, “Huh, I didn’t think of that.” We’ll start with some of the benefits that might not spring immediately to your mind.
Cheaper Than A Home Security System
Do you know the most useful and inexpensive thing you can do to make your home safer? Increase visibility.
The first thing security advisors do when looking at a property is to identify and remove areas of opportunity. There are a few ways to do that. Some are:
- Get rid of unnecessary hiding places.
- Lock doors and windows.
- Light an outdoor space well.
Lighting up your yard decreases your vulnerability to a break-in or garden-variety mischief. And just because your lights are deterring thieves doesn’t mean it needs to look industrial or penal.
Even decorative lights serve the function of discouraging theft. Likewise, better sightlines mean more safety.
Safer Than Stumbling in the Dark
Another function of landscape lighting is making moving around on your property safer for you and your guests. This may seem obvious, but you’re much more likely to hurt yourself if you can’t see what you’re doing! So lighting service doesn’t just create a prettier ambiance; it creates a safer environment.
Easier Than Adding a Bathroom
One inexpensive way to increase your home value is professional landscape lighting. Not only does it increase the curb appeal, but the safety and security concerns already discussed are also appealing to potential buyers.
More Fun Than Ending Every Party at Sunset
Sometimes you want to party after dark. And in Iowa, by the end of September, the sun is starting to set before 7 PM! So if you wish to extend your entertaining season, outdoor lighting is a must.
When you have a nice outdoor living space, particularly if it includes a fire pit to keep your guests warm, you don’t want to use it only for a couple of months of the year! So let Mastergrass help you and your friends enjoy your patio all year!
Prettier Than Your Neighbors
And now, the promised obviousness. Your yard is prettier when people can see it! We can even use a professional lighting design to highlight parts of your yard that aren’t as visible during the day.
Even if you want to keep it simple, lighting your yard will make your home visible and give your neighborhood something to talk about every evening.
Using Professional Landscape Lighting
We’ve discussed the benefits of landscape lighting. Now we will discuss how to set it up and use it. There are a few ways to think about landscape lighting, and some overlap with the benefits listed.
Pathway & Entrance
Sometimes you want to keep it simple. For example, if safety and security are your primary concerns, pathway and entrance lighting might be a good solution.
Lining your walkways with decorative lights will make moving around safer and create a striking aesthetic for your dinner parties. Depending on your setup, this might be just the setup for you.
You may also add lighting to highlight trees, garden beds, a manufactured structure like a patio or gazebo, or any other feature on your property that you’d like to be an evening focal point.
One of the nice things about extending your property’s visibility hours is that you can create an entirely distinct look for the evening, different from the daytime. For example, a moon garden made of white flowers can be a stunning addition to your property with the proper lighting design.
You’re not adding lights so you can have another task for your chore list. So if you’re not always going to be home, you may want to consider a timing feature for your lighting.
You can time your lights to come on at a particular time each season so that it’s not an item you need to add to your to-do list.
Holiday and Themed Lighting
One fun way to light your property is to use it to celebrate your favorite holidays. Of course, Christmas gets most of the attention as some people go all out with their Christmas lights! We can help you with professional holiday lighting in December, but there are also many more subtle ways to use lighting for other holidays.
Consider the Fourth of July. If you had hung up some patriotic bunting, one option would be to spotlight it subtly in the evening.
If you have a specific spot in your yard you typically decorate, you could switch out the decorations at each holiday but keep the lighting pointed to the same location.
Thanksgiving? Maybe a turkey. St. Patrick’s Day? How about a leprechaun or a green gel over the landscape spotlight.
Once Christmas rolls around, we can set up a holiday display with traditional Christmas that will wow the neighbors (or maybe irritate them, depending on your relationship and taste). Or you could continue the subtle theme with a decoration or two highlighted with a spot.
Holiday lighting is so taste-specific, and lighting is so flexible that there’s no reason you couldn’t celebrate in a way that suits your style.
With help from your Masters of grass and landscapes with class, your landscape lighting design can be whatever you want it to be. Your only limit is your imagination.
Well, maybe also your HOA. Let’s keep it classy.