Many people spend a lot of time, effort and money on getting the house ready for Christmas. They take ages picking the perfect tree and decorating it beautifully then they make the whole house look amazing for the yuletide season. But how many people think about getting the garden ready as well and how can this be achieved?

The range of outdoor Christmas lights that are available now is tremendous and will suit all tastes so whether you want something understated or want the full Monty of Christmas outdoor decorations the choice is yours. A good idea when planning to get your garden ready for Christmas is to look at it when it is dark so you can try to visualise the effect you want to accomplish. The other main issue is where the electrical connections are going to be made to power the lighting. If you have a garage that has enough sockets in it then plugging the lights in there would be one solution.

Some decorations look good when illuminated at night but do not look as good in daylight so try to choose decorations that are coloured or white to get over this problem. Another idea is to have hanging baskets that are Christmas themed with holly, ivy and silver-sprayed pinecones. This can be a less expensive way to brighten up the outside of the property for Christmas.