With Christmas quickly approaching, people across the country will head outdoors to decorate the outside of their homes, including the blue spruces found in many yards across the state. If you are looking to make these beautiful trees light up this season, here are a few tips to make it safe and easy.
Check the Lights
Before you even step outside to hang the lights, make sure that they all work. By doing this, you will avoid being frustrated when the work is done and noticing that a lot of lights on the strand aren’t working. Plug in your strands before taking them to the tree, and if you notice any are not lighting up, head to your local hardware store. They often have replacement bulbs available and can help you find the one you need.
Use the Proper Outlet
Inside your house, you might just plug the lights into any outlet, but outside you need to have them plugged into what’s called a ground fault circuit interrupter. This type of outlet can detect an overcurrent and shut down the circuit. This will prevent the lights from surging or sparking in an overcurrent which can also keep them from potentially igniting the tree.
Have the Right Tools
Make sure you have everything you will need to hang the lights from the blue spruce. A reliable ladder, having the right number of clips to secure the lights and having the right tool to reach up and place the lights are just some of the things you need to have handy before you get started. Prior planning will help make everything go a lot smoother and quicker.
Take Down Carefully
If the lights look good, you’re going to want to hang them again next year, so when you go to take the lights down, be careful. If a light gets caught on a branch, the last thing you want to do is yank it and ruin the strand. You also don’t want to break any bulbs, either, and end up having to hunt down replacements, so be patient and take your time to remove them when the holidays are done.
If you’re looking to decorate a blue spruce but don’t have one in your yard, Spruce Point Tree Farm has got you covered. We specialize in growing Colorado blue spruce trees and our healthy and attractive trees are the perfect addition to any home or business landscaping. To learn more about larger orders for landscapers, or for help finding the dealer in your area, call us today at 970-379-2241!