DIY lights are a bright idea…

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - HOMES & DIY -

FOR the most part so­lar lights are an in­ex­pen­sive ad­di­tion to your gar­den in sum­mer and yet th­ese sub­tle con­vey­ors of light can be­daz­zle even the most cyn­i­cal of vis­i­tors to your gar­den.

The se­cret is not to buy so­lar lights and just plonk them in the mid­dle of the gar­den. But place them strate­gi­cally in places where they will make the most im­pact. For ex­am­ple, why not place them along gar­den path­ways, drive­ways, walk­ways, flower and veg­etable beds.

Many peo­ple tend to lo­cate gar­den lights where they think they are best suited in day­light hours. But it’s only by sur­vey­ing your gar­den at night that you’ll dis­cover ar­eas that can be lit up so beau­ti­fully that you never even thought pos­si­ble.

The se­cret is to lo­cate the lights in a map­ping for­ma­tion around fo­cal points in the gar­den which will make them stand out at night. Another cost-ef­fec­tive trick is to use empty glass jars. Sim­ply work a piece of wire around the rim of the jar, end­ing with a loop that can be hung on the branch of a tree. Pop a night­light into the jar and you have a beau­ti­ful light. The more jars you ac­cu­mu­late, the more at­trac­tive the spec­ta­cle.

Take note of places in your gar­den where the ad­di­tion of so­lar lights will help ex­tend those won­der­ful sum­mer evenings.

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