Mark your calendars and get ready, because the festive season is fast upon us!
Do you know what that means, fellow lawn lovers? It’s that magical time of year to start getting that lawn into shape!
Christmas in Australia is all about the great outdoors. From backyard cricket to outdoor barbies, we Aussies love nothing more than getting into the Christmas spirit by spending time in our backyards.
Make the best of your outdoors this Christmas with some outdoor Christmas decorations perfect for jollying up your lawn! While you’re at it, this is the perfect time to start giving your lawn some extra TLC so it’s looking great for the holidays.
Keep reading to get some DIY outdoor decorating ideas along with tips on how to get your lawn ready just in time for Christmas.
DIY easy outdoor Christmas decorations
Outdoor Christmas decorations liven up your yard and add a bit of festive cheer over the holidays. Whether you’ve set your sights on entering the annual neighbourhood Christmas lights competition or you just want to get the family in on the holiday spirit, here are some fun and easy outdoor Christmas decorations you can make yourself:
Backyard christmas lights
There’s no Christmas without Christmas lights! A staple for any Christmas display, string lights are easy to come by and just as easy to put up.
You’ve got a selection as long as Santa’s naughty & nice list when it comes to Christmas lights, but our top picks for backyards include:
- Rope lights: use them along your garden beds or lawn border to highlight your garden. If you’ve got little ones, make a reindeer landing by laying two lengths of rope lights parallel to each other. Santa can navigate his way to your yard and the kids will get a kick out of having their own runway reserved for the reindeers! It can also double up as a nighttime cricket pitch!
- Outdoor string lights: Hang over your patio or deck to create a nice holiday ambience for when friends and family come to gather outside.
- Outdoor garland lights: These string lights feature holiday ornaments like candy canes and stars that you can hang from your gutter, or - for the ultimate Aussie ode to Christmas - from your clothes line/Hills Hoist!
There’s nothing better than an Australian Christmas. Hot days, warm nights and an esky full of cold ones! But if you want that traditional European Christmas aesthetic, you can! Simply add some fake snow to your lawn and turn your backyard into a winter wonderland!
You have a couple of options here. First, you can buy fake snow from most craft/hobby stores. If you really want to go that extra mile, there are also snow machines available to hire. But, a simple DIY way to make fake snow is to mix a cup of baking soda with some shaving cream.
Bring on the snowball fights!
Lawn spike ornaments
Don’t let the name deter you - these ornaments won’t harm your lawn and are perfect for injecting some holiday cheer! From Santas to reindeers and candy canes, simply stake the ornament into the ground for an instant Christmas facelift!
Christmas balls/fairy lights on trees
Most of us will buy a Christmas tree for indoors. But since we spend so much time outside, why not decorate your outdoor trees as well?!
String some fairy lights around one of your existing trees or shrubs, pop on some ball ornaments and place some fake prezzies underneath for a cracking Aussie outdoor Christmas!
Dress up the old backyard fence by hanging some icicle lights along it! These lights look fantastic along fence lines or for jazzing up unsightly shed walls. You can also find some Christmas wall decorations to hang on your fence including banners and traditional Merry Christmas! signage.
Make your lawn a statement feature this Christmas with some lawn stencils! Keep it lawn-safe and toxic-free by using flour instead of spray paint. You can easily make your own stencils by cutting Christmas-themed shapes out of cardstock.
Tips on getting your lawn Christmas-ready
Before transitioning your backyard into a Christmas wonderland, here are some tips to get your lawn in top shape for the festive season:
First off the pre-Christmas checklist - mowing. Regular mowing will help your lawn become healthier and thicker by encouraging lateral growth.
At this time of the year your lawn has come out of its winter dormancy. So now is the time to cut the grass and get rid of any winter weeds or frost-damaged leaves.
Spring mowing will be required every 7-14 days, but of course this largely depends on your lawn type and climate. Always remember to sharpen your mower blades before mowing to reduce lawn damage, and cut at a height suitable for your lawn type.
For extra impact come Christmas, try your hand at lawn striping! Create professional looking patterns and stripes on your lawn by using a cylinder mower or by using a lawn roller and striping kit.
As we’re moving closer toward summer, you’ll find your lawn becoming more thirsty. Luckily, most Australian lawn varieties are drought-tolerant and will require minimal watering over the warmer months.
But to protect your lawn and keep it looking lush in time for chrissy, water as needed and only in the early morning. A good soaking for 30-45 minutes at a time should be enough to encourage root growth and a healthy cover. A good way to know if your lawn needs watering is to walk across the grass. If it bounces back, it’s well hydrated and if it sinks down then it needs an extra drink.
You can check out our Seasonal Lawn Care Guide for more tips on how to keep your lawn healthy in every season.
Bring a little Christmas cheer to your lawn with ColourGuard Plus. This natural organic grass colourant instantly restores the colour of your lawn and protects it from extreme conditions. It’s a great tool to have for when you want a Christmas-ready lawn in a hurry! (It’ll make a good stocking filler for those lawn-loving mums and dads, too!)
Ready to revamp your lawn?
We might be getting closer to Christmas, but it’s never too late to update your lawn!
If you’ve got any lawn care questions or want to revamp your lawn in time for the holidays then get in contact with our friendly turf specialists today.
Merry Christmas -- and happy lawn care!