Summer Fun with Outdoor Lighting

There is no time quite like the summer to inspire backyard parties and barbeques. Great food, fun friends, and endless drinks definitely make summer get-togethers memorable, but strategic outdoor lighting is key to keep the fun going long after sundown. Instead of relying on that fading spotlight out by your garage, try these ideas to lend a bit of creativity and excitement to your backyard fiesta zone.

Outdoor Lighting

Hanging Lit Garden
If you have an outdoor area with some type of roof or overhang, this idea is a must for Tampa residental lighting. First, find some type of flat surface that can serve as a base. Suspend that base from the ceiling to the height you prefer, and load it up with candles, tea lights, and gorgeous yet low-maintenance plants. This lush hanging light will not only create a beautiful glow at night, but will offer an instant source of conversation for all of your very impressed friends.

Paper Bag Lanterns
Who said Christmas lights stopped being valuable after the holidays? Buy colorful paper bags, cut holes in the bottom, and string them up on a row of Christmas lights so that each bag has a light shining through from the bottom of the bag. This can be done for just one strand of lights over a table or bench, or you can utilize multiple strands to cover an entire area like a glowing rooftop.

Painted Planters
Sometimes the best sources of light come from the least likely sources! WIth the right paint, you can actually make the different planters in your yard come alive at night and shine light onto the grass and pathways nearby.

Get Fancy
Chandeliers aren’t just for your entryway anymore! You can “upcycle” old or antique chandeliers to serve as a beautiful focus point in your outdoor area. Hang one from a tree, or above a picnic table for a classy and rustic feel that becomes useful at night.

These fun DIY tips can help you make your backyard party space even more festive.

The History of Manicured Lawns

If you take a step back and think about it, manicured grass lawns are an interesting trend. A beautiful and well-kept lawn is not just a symbol of status and wealth but also a requirement in many neighborhoods that don’t allow yards to fall into disrepair with weeds and overgrown grass. How did this come to be, when manicured lawns require the upkeep of moving, fertilizing, and watering? Lawns  and Tampa landscaping actually have a very rich history that leads right to society’s expectations in today’s world.

The concept of the grass lawn actually began in Europe when castle grounds were cleared of trees to help soldiers clearly see any enemies attempting a sneak attack. Many villages also had local clearings where livestock “mowed” as they grazed and then fertilized the land. By the 16th century, English and French castles were designed with specific plans for large expanses of manicured lawn. At this time, however, lawns were often composed of thyme and chamomile instead of today’s common grass. Close cut grass came into style near the 18th century on the grounds of the wealthy.

As time went on, the elite members of European society saw manicured lawns as a status symbol. When the first lawn mower was invented during the Industrial Revolution, lawns became a possibility for average citizens who could not afford to hire the manpower needed to maintain a lawn without a mower.

Soon, suburban houses were designed with miniature versions of the expansive society lawns. Golf and other turf sports like football also grew in popularity during this time, further pushing the development of manicured lawns for other purposes. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Abraham Levitt founded what he called the ideal American suburban town that revolved around the need for homeowners to maintain perfect, weed-free lawns.

The rest, as they say, is history.