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How to Put Christmas Lights On & Decorate Outdoor Trees Without Damaging Tree Trunks in Freeport, ME

People are getting ready to decorate their yards and homes for the approaching holiday season. Trees are frequently a chosen platform for strings of lights and a few hanging variations. However, you should take the time to properly prep your trees to not only ensure a stunning presentation of your holiday display but to help increase safety as well and prevent damage to your trees. Below, we at TREEGUY.com would like to discuss a few steps to prep your trees if you intend to string lights or any other holiday decorations in your Greater Portland, Maine trees.

Professional Tree Trimming & Pruning

Be sure to have the trees pruned prior to wrapping them with lights if you intend on decorating your trees this way. When lit up at night, your trees will look much cleaner and it will also save you time wrapping the lights. Investing in professional pruning ensures the trees are proficiently trimmed to avoid potential harm as well as safely to prevent any disasters from occurring with falling branches. Not only do you want your holiday light display to look impressive for hosting parties and the neighborhood gawkers, but trees looking clean, healthy, and well-manicured will still shine after the lights come down.

Outdoor Christmas Tree Decorations Plan

As a general guideline, most trees are wrapped the full length of the main trunk and approximately 3-4′ high in the extending branches. Select branches that allow for an even, balanced distribution of light. When the trees are given a top-quality prune to remove unnecessary sucker branches and water sprouts, wrapping the trees is a lot easier and thus, the wrapping is not only easier but far more efficient. Be sure to calculate the amount of lights you will need and the safest method to hand them to avoid electrocution and keep your trees safe. Have all of your supplies ready including ladder and other essentials.

Tree Trunk Wrap Lights

In addition to measuring the circumference of the tree trunk, be sure to measure the circumference and count of any branches you want to wrap with lights. You will need to calculate the spacing you want both between each light bulb on the string, along with how far apart you plan to wrap the light strings. With an average spacing of 2-3″ between strings, a 6″ bulb spacing is popular for wrapping trunks and branches. To calculate total string length needed, divide height by desired string spacing and multiply total by circumference. For example, you need 32’ of lights with a 4’H trunk / 3″ spacing = 16 x 2′ circumference, with of lighting per branch with a 3’L branch / 3″ spacing = 12 x 6″ circumference you will end with a ground total of about 56′ for the trunk and four branches.

Tree Trimming, Pruning, Inspections & More in Gorham, Lewiston, Brunswick, Saco, Cape Elizabeth & Greater Portland, Maine

For the professional pruning service, contact the experts at TREEGUY.com and let our certified specialists get your Greater Portland, Maine area trees pruned correctly and safely. We can make certain it is done with high quality workmanship with friendly customer service! Contact us for all your tree service needs.

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