Prepare your Garden for Christmas

Once you've decorated the inside of your home for Christmas, it's time to turn your attention to your outdoor area.

So, you've got your tree up, a wreath on the door and ornaments decorating every spare inch of space in your home. Well done!

Once you've ticked off the interior, it's time to turn your attention to garden ideas to bring a touch of Christmas cheer to your outdoor area.

Fairy lights

Fairy lights remain one of the most breathtaking yet cost effective ways to transform an outside space into a magical wonderland. Make sure you choose a specially designed outdoor variety to withstand all weather conditions, as using indoor lights outside can cause safety issues.

Select a spray of sparkling white bulbs to hang along your fence and light up the night, or wind a single string of multicoloured lights around your outdoor umbrella stand. You can keep things chic and subtle with a colour scheme and soft, twinkling effects, or go all out with gaudy gold and crazy colours adorning every surface possible.


Instead of simply dressing up your Christmas tree and leaving it at that, why not decorate the outdoor trees lining your property?

If the weather is still and calm in the weeks leading up to Christmas you can even do this in advance. Take your tinsel, baubles and ornaments out, get up on your ladder and decorate your trees and shrubbery to your heart's content.

This is a great way to get the kids involved if you're particularly precious about the design on your indoor tree. Nominate a separate tree for each child and let them loose with the decorations. You never know what they'll come up with!


Nothing says Christmas like carols and cheesy celebrity sing-alongs. If you're feeling particularly festive, make sure the sounds of the season follow your house guests everywhere they go by installing outdoor speakers to pipe Snoopy's Christmas while you enjoy your regular outdoor activities.

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