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For years I wanted to grow fruits and veggies in my own yard. Unfortunately, every single time I would plant some seeds, they would fail before they ever took off. It was frustrating, but I simply figured I didn't know enough about gardening to make things work. I was right. After reading a book about garden equipment, I could tell that my irrigation techniques were lacking. Some of my garden wasn't getting enough water, and some of it was getting way too much. This blog is all about watering your garden so that you can maximize your results and improve your supply.


Irrigating A Better Way

3 Types of Lighting to Use in Your Garden

Raymond Smith

Your garden can be a relaxing haven, a vegetable-producing powerhouse, or a tightly structured landscape of trimmed hedges and topiaries. But whatever you use your garden for, some lighting can be useful in a variety of ways.

As you can imagine, the purpose of your garden will affect which garden lighting solutions you'll need. Here are some of the types of lighting to consider in your garden.

1. Security lighting

If you have a lot of vegetables and berries in your garden, you may have to deal with critters like raccoons, squirrels, and birds who love to eat your produce. Even neighborhood animals like dogs could get in on the action, and gardens can even be raided or vandalized by human vandals in some cases. Good fencing can help, but security lighting can help you protect your valuables.

Floodlights can provide good lighting to deter vandalism and nocturnal animals who may want to sneak in and pilfer your produce at night. If your floodlights have motion sensors, the sudden light flooding the area can also startle any would-be robbers.

2. Pathway lighting

If you have gravel paths, flagstones or stepping stones, or other rustic garden paths, keeping the pathway well lighted can help avoid mishaps such as tripping and falling after dusk falls. Good pathway lighting is especially important if you have uneven spots, a sloping path or one with stairs, or other characteristics that can make the footing more treacherous.

Pathway lighting comes in dozens of styles, from full-height lantern posts to small spikes with tiny lanterns on top to small round lights that look like glowing rocks. Once you've decided on a power source (battery versus solar, for instance) and size, you'll want to choose a style that matches your garden's aesthetic and purpose.

3. Mood lighting

Mood lighting can be any type of lighting that focuses on the decorative and atmospheric aspects rather than the functional aspect of light. For example, a string of fairy lights in a tree is mostly decorative, but it can set a very distinctive mood. Other types of mood lighting to look for include:

  • Underwater lights to add to water features
  • Globe lights to hang from trees
  • String lights in cute shapes (like mushroom shapes)

You can also use mood lighting for an outdoor living area such as a patio to make the most of your lighting's decorative and functional capabilities.

Your garden lighting service professionals can help you determine which one or more of these types of lighting will be best for your garden situation. Get in touch today to schedule a service visit or discuss options.