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christmas house Are you planning to host a festive gathering this holiday season for business associates or family and friends? Set the tone with a few special touches for your indoor and outdoor holiday decor. Check out the gallery below for some decorating ideas from the pros, appropriate to our Boston-area climate and classic New England style. (See more on our “Winter Wonders” Pinterst page.)

Between shopping, cleaning, and managing the food, beverages, and guest list, it can be hard to round up fresh greenery and decorating supplies. Let us help check decorating off of your to-do list with delivery and installation of:

  • Wreaths, evergreen roping, and swag
  • Outdoor lighting for trees and houses
  • Christmas trees and kissing balls
  • Patio pots and hearth baskets
  • Candle rings, mantlepieces, and indoor arrangements
  • Poinsettias, amaryllis, and paperwhites as decorations or gifts

If you don’t fancy sending a family member up on a ladder to hang lights, or having your hands sticky from wrapping pine garlands at the last minute, schedule a free estimate for holiday decorating.

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On Saturday, November 28, 2015, start your holiday season off right by scheduling installation of Christmas decorations by A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative.

We can prepare your home or business for holiday festivities with indoor and outdoor arrangements of evergreens, berries, and branches; roping, wreathes, and kissing balls; holiday landscape lighting; poinsettias; and even Christmas tree delivery.

As a thank you for supporting small and locally-owned businesses, if you contact us on Small Business Saturday for your holiday decorating, we will include a free 20″ mixed evergreen wreath with your installation.

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Why Support Us on Small Business Saturday and Every Day?

A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative is a 28-person, 100% worker-owned business. When you spend money with us, it stays in the Boston-area economy, as we pay workers from East Boston and Lynn, a floral shop in South Boston, a Sudbury nursery, a hardware store in Waltham. On average, coops source three times as many of their products locally than conventional corporations, and we’re no exception.

Profits stay local, too, supporting our pro bono work with local charities, creating more jobs, and making better lives for our families and neighborhoods. And because we live and work here just like you, we make sure that we’re making the best business decisions to benefit the local community, from avoiding synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to recycling all of our plant pots and organic waste.

If this sounds like an approach you want to support, contact us via our webform or call 781-788-8855.

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lansdcape lighting illuminates a river birch and japanese maple

I recently attended the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals conference in Atlanta, and I wanted to share some take-aways for all of the design professionals who may work with lighting to a lesser degree:

  1. Using more fixtures with less wattage per fixture (along with varying your beam spread and shielding) will help to eliminate “hot spots”, glare, and light leaking into areas where you don’t want it.
  2. Light conifers from the outside to emphasize the form of the plant, since the trunk area is rarely attractive.
  3. LED technology is constantly improving, and has the potential to save a lot of money on electricity and maintenance, as the lamps last longer and use less energy than halogens. Experiment with LED lamps to see whether they will suit your purpose, particularly the new scalable ones which allow you to adjust beam spread and brightness. Be sure to test retrofit LEDs for compatibility with existing fixtures before you order!
  4. Down-lighting from tall trees can be an effective way to give a moonlit effect to an area, but not all species of tree are appropriate. Fast-growing trees like river birches or weak-branched trees like pines may cause maintenance troubles if lights are mounted within their branches.
  5. As with planting design, landscape lighting designers must begin with a consideration of how to maintain a landscape lighting system. Even high-quality fixtures and lamps need periodic adjustment as plants grow, replacement of spent bulbs, and to be kept clear of debris and inspected for corrosion or wear.

What is your biggest challenge in lighting outdoor spaces? Let us know in the comments!

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