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Turn Your Landscaping Business Into Winter Income

Seasonal business owners always have to scramble to figure out how to cover dead time. For roofers and landscapers as well as window washers, winter is the time of year that we all used to dread. Over the last few years many of us have become part of a growing and lucrative winter income that is still quietly below the radar. Putting up Christmas lights each year for residential and business customers has become a major income earner each winter. Many of us make thousands of dollars a day even in the worst economy we have seen since the Great Depression.

Getting into the industry is very easy. Surf the web for Christmas lights installation business and you’ll find experts available to give you the kind of training necessary to get this enterprise off the ground fast and profitably. Once you’ve gone through the materials and understand what you need to do, get started right away.

Start preparing your existing clients to let them know what you can do for them during the holiday season. If someone’s throwing and outdoor evening party or wedding reception, let them know that you do decorative lighting. Another big opportunity is Halloween lighting decorations. This is fast becoming a big seller for those who enjoy the festive notoriety in their town.

Prepare to run with the numbers; collect about 1000 addresses ahead of time and mail letters or postcards with your new special offer. If there are marketing circulars in your town put an ad out to be displayed around the middle of September with a special holiday lighting display offer. Remember, people currently pay you to do the kind of work they don’t want to do around the yard, on the windows or on their roof; they’ll pay you to do other things they’re unwilling to do as well.

Once you have the training under your belt, practice on your own home or that of a relative or friend. If you are going to make mistakes you might as well make them now before you get a real-life customer. Get a feel for lighting and design by visiting lighting showrooms. Get as much information as you can from your suppliers. Get a hold of the licensed electrician to get practical safety information for installing traditional lights.

If you’re figuring out what to do this winter, why not generate serious holiday income that rivals the amount you make the rest of the year? Landscapers all over the world turned to holiday lighting setup and installation because it has proven itself year after year to be great winter income. Cashing in on Christmas is a great way to kick the recession out of your household.

Outdoor Yard Decorations for Relaxed Living

Some outdoor yard decorations just might include outdoor fountains, ponds, outdoor garden statues, and even some outdoor art. We can all get a little carried away with yard decorations because there are so many options and styles to choose. Before we get started we need to have a plan in mind so we do not overspend. For the beginning gardener it is better to start out with easy growing plants and where we are going to plant them. We can enhance the plants and flowers when we are finished planting with garden artwork or a garden statue.

The large garden area can support some of the larger decorations or a number of different items such as garden fountains, bird houses, or bird baths. What is even more fun is to add some holiday decorations to the front yard or backyard garden during Halloween and Christmas. It is probably better to decide on a theme for the yard first; it will make our decorating choices much easier. You can keep the same theme for the holidays or just stick with that particular holiday’s theme. You can also enhance all your decorations by including some outdoor yard lights for use after the sun goes down.

When you choose the outdoor garden decorations that bring you joy will also show your personality and style for your garden just as with your interior decorations. You can start small by highlighting your garden with a small garden statue or some decorative flags to get you going. You can add more items at a later date after you have become confident about your design. You could overspend very easy because there are so many different and unusual outside decorations for the choosing. Sometimes you find items that are constructed of recycled materials that could save you a lot of money.

Your outdoor yard decorations should complement your home and create a beautiful environment. When creating a special garden retreat you want to be able to relax and get rid of all the stress of the day. You can do this by adding the perfect decorations that you enjoy the most. You also want to remember your other family members by remembering to add their favorite garden accessories as well.

Some of the lawn and landscape decorations such as wildlife sculptures, water fountains, or wind chimes can remind you of happy vacation times you do not want to forget. You can select some garden accessories such a decorative planter that your daughter planted some flowers in, a garden plaque that says ‘Mom’s Garden’, a bird house that your son built, or maybe a bird feeder, or some fancy vases that remind you of all the people who enjoy your backyard garden.

Some garden accessories have become very popular such as outdoor metal statuary, outdoor metal sculptures, and contemporary metal art with the contemporary gardener. Outdoor garden decorations give your particular garden individuality; you may have the same flowers and plants as your neighbor but your garden accessories give it a personal identity. By adding these special garden accents not only makes you happy but can change your life in a health, positive way.

Working in a garden that has some outdoor lawn decorations will sometimes add more life energy to a garden. Just remember to try to stick to a budget and not overspend but place the items in your garden that bring you and your family happiness. This will relieve some tension and help you to relax much easier.

Boca Raton Brick Paver Walkways – Colors and Patterns Galore!

Where Does Your Garden Path Lead

Walkways and pathways in Boca Raton feature both in the front and back yards of many homes in the area. Walkways obviously have a purpose and will lead the walker to someplace; whether for a pleasant meander through the back garden via the patio and swimming pool, or from the driveway to the front door. Brick paver walkways may be built to provide follow through and consistency of design to compliment the home and other outdoor fixed or brick structures, or quite simply because the homeowner feels like installing a garden path during their landscaping exercise. A good landscaping company will not lead you up the garden path, but they certainly can guide you in the right direction.

The Three Basic Patterns

The same aspects of quality and elegance cannot be achieved by using asphalt or concrete and there is virtually no limit on the variation of patterns, colors, and laying techniques which may be used to create decorative and functional brick paver walkways. In the Boca Raton area, there are three basic patterns of brick laying for paths, driveways, patios, pool surrounds, etcetera, and from these basic three patterns it is possible to create small works of art. The cleverest, simplest and oldest designs are also often the most elegant. After-all the Romans were laying brick paver pathways the length and breadth of Europe, the Middle East and the British Isles, over 2,000 years ago.

Design and Pattern Alternatives Can Be Dizzying

Although the best brick paver designs are the classic designs there are still books with hundreds of pages filled with designs, you will find historic pattern styles such as those used during the colonial period in the USA; these include running bond, stacked, herringbone, basket weave, whirling, Spanish, diamond, and more. Your landscaper can obviously be of great help when it comes to making choices regarding design and color; don’t for a moment believe that brick pavers only arrive on your doorstep in a “brick” color. Colors and styles range from brick red, to grey, rose and purples and in antique, colonial, European and more styles.

Patterns are not only achieved by the placement of the bricks, they are also achieved by the use of alternative color and style of brick paver. They are chosen not only because they look good, and are functional they are also used to “lead” the visitor or home owner to a focal point in a garden. In the front yard the focal point could be as simple as the front door, in the back yard this could be something more, such as rose garden, swimming pool, patio, place of sanctuary or peace, water feature or even a piece of sculpture.

Various Boca Raton brick paver designs suit varying degrees of traffic, for example a herringbone pattern is ideal for vehicular traffic as loads are more evenly distributed. As far as other than vehicular purposes, virtually any other pattern may be used. The only thing to bear in mind is that the more elaborate the pattern; cuts and labor are more intensive so it will obviously be more expensive, but it will also be much more exclusive. Are you ready to let a professional landscaping company, lead you up the garden path?