It’s the holiday season and you want to put some Christmas decorations up on your lawn. Nothing too fancy – just some lights and a couple of inflatables. No big deal, right? It’s true they won’t harm your lawn. You will have to follow a few rules to make certain of that but Christmas decorations can be a wonderful addition to your lawn and make your home festive at this special time of year.

There are a few tips you can follow to make sure your lawn stays healthy while Christmas decorations adorn it.

  • If your Christmas decorations are heavy, don’t leave them on display longer than a few weeks. If you happen to leave them on for more than say two weeks, you could find yourself with lawn damage in that area come spring. Stick to inflatables and lights. They’re not heavy and you can leave them up longer.
  • Make sure that lights and lighted outdoor displays are on a timer. This minimizes your need to walk across the lawn to turn everything on. The extra foot traffic could cause your lawn problems. Just set the timer and let the rest take care of itself.
  • As you are putting up your display, make sure that no lights are frayed or shorting out. If they are, don’t use them. Replace them with lights that are working and have strong cords. You don’t want to risk an electrical fire on your lawn. That would do some serious damage.
  • Make sure that pets or neighbors don’t get into the display. They could not only wreak havoc on your hard work, but the extra traffic can harm your lawn.
  • Try not to use candles in your displays. They are a fire hazard. However, if you feel you must, don’t leave them on for more than a few hours at a time and don’t leave them unattended. You must be home when the candles are lit. It’s for your own safety.

You should still be cleaning your lawn on a regular basis, keeping it free of debris and fallen branches. If it happens to snow where you are, you should clear up the snow as it can smother the grass beneath it. Finally, remember to keep your walking on the lawn to a minimum so it doesn’t crush and ruin grass for spring.

Got any further questions? Contact Emerald Lawns at 512-990-2199. Our experts can help.