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It’s almost Christmas time and you want to put up some outside Christmas decorations on your lawn? Some light displays or maybe an inflatable reindeer or two? Now, while the Christmas decorations won’t case specific harm to your lawn, you should follow a few guidelines to ensure there’s no lasting damage.

The Daleys Turf guidelines to ensure your lawn stays healthy through the Christmas decoration season:

  • If your Christmas decorations are heavy, don’t leave them on display for more than a few weeks. If you happen to leave them on for more than two weeks, you could find that you end up with some lawn damage in that are. Stick to inflatables, lights and less heavy items rather than sleighs if you want them up for longer than a few weeks.
  • Ensure that lights and lighted outdoor displays are on a timer. This minimises the need to walk across the lawn to turn everything on. The extra foot traffic could cause your lawn problems such as soil compaction.  Just set the timer and let the rest take care of itself.
  • As you are putting up your display, make sure that no lights are frayed or shorting out. If they are, don’t use them. Replace them with lights that are working and have strong cords. You don’t want to risk an electrical fire on your lawn. That would do some serious damage.
  • Ensure that pets or neighbours don’t get into the display. They could not only wreak havoc on your hard work, but the extra traffic can harm your lawn – soil compaction again.

You should still be undertaking your lawn care such as mowing and watering on a regular basis, keeping it free of debris and fallen branches.

Not so much for your lawn’s health but common sense and responsible Queensland storm preparation – ensure that outside Christmas decorations are storm secure or can be easily brought down and stored inside should a summer storm approach.

When the display comes down in the new year, vertimow any compacted soil and apply fertiliser to give your lawn a boost. 

For more lawn care tips and tricks, or to order your new natural lawn, contact the team at Daleys Turf today.

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