Users' questions

Do Christmas lights damage bushes?

Do Christmas lights damage bushes?

Simply put, don’t worry about the heat from the light bulbs damaging your trees or shrubs. The biggest concern when adding lights to trees or shrubs is possibly damaging tender branches or knocking off next year’s buds that already have formed on the branches.

How do you hide Christmas lights between bushes?

For shrubs, use mini lights with 25 to 50 lights per set on a green cord—they’ll blend in much better than netted lights. Tuck them into shrubs in a random pattern, keeping the strings 4 to 6 inches apart. And wrapping bulbs running between bushes with black electrical tape saves you from having to buy blackout caps.

How do you put strings on a shrub?

When working with string lights, lay them in an “S” or zigzag motion, working from the top down, for a full, nonlinear look. Nestle the lights far enough into the bush so that they rest comfortably on the branches, yet not so far back that they get lost beneath the foliage.

How many lights are needed per bush?

For live trees and shrubs, use 100 mini lights or 50 C7 lights for every vertical foot. On thin trees, you can use half that number of lights per vertical foot. Depending on your preferences, you may want a brighter tree, in which case you can double the number of recommended lights.

Is it safe to put lights on bushes?

As long as you’re using lights designed for outdoor use, Christmas tree lights are safe for evergreens and many hardwoods. Hardy, winter-loving plants can take weight, light and a little heat from light strands. But you’ll want to avoid too much bling on more delicate hardwoods, including some flowering trees.

Can you leave Christmas lights on trees all year?

The quick answer is: you can leave your outdoor lights on your trees year-round if you want to, although we suggest removing outdoor tree lights around the beginning of Spring. Use LED lights. They can withstand extreme weather shifts and won’t get damaged by too much sun or rain.

How do you light shrubs?

Placing lights a distance away on either side of a tree or shrub and aiming them directly at the foliage, can highlight your most attractive landscape features. Cross-lighting is especially effective for making large trees and bushes more noticeable at night.

How long should lights be on 7.5 foot tree?

“A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every foot-and-a-half of tree,” according to Lowe’s. But Better Homes & Gardens recommends using three 100-light sets for every foot of a tree’s height. And Real Simple suggests 100 lights for every foot.

How many strands of Christmas lights can you put together?

In this case, most traditional incandescent Christmas mini lights only allow you to connect 4 or 5 sets end to end but with many LED mini light strings you can connect 40 to 50+ together depending on the light count. Consider your circuits: Most household circuits are 15 or 20 amps.