Operation Decoration: Inject Life into Your Landscape

Nov. 5th, 2018 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

As we near the end of 2018, and the holiday celebrations that come with it, many yards appear to be far from a festive mood.

Largely dormant, they are in need of what we call Operation Decoration. Injecting some holiday décor is a tried-and-true method of transforming your landscape.

Wreaths, garlands, Christmas lights and other winter displays provide overdue splashes of color that not only boost your home’s appeal, but make it an inviting and aesthetically pleasing addition to your neighborhood. 

Winter displays are relatively easy to make and are a great way to utilize your containers year round.  From your yard, you can use evergreen cuttings, such as spruce, fir and holly as they mature.

The upside of utilizing hollies is that if you have a female plant, it will also have red fruit to add some flair.  With those cuttings, you can also add dormant dogwood or willow branches into the center of the container for height and contrast in color. 

Holiday containers are an excellent vehicle to reflect your personality—so arrange them however you wish. From the entire McAdam Landscaping family to yours, we wish you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving!

This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" was published in the November 8, 2018 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.