A few strings of backyard lights can instantly transform your patio or yard into a dreamy, whimsical and inviting space for parties, barbecues or just an evening chat over drinks on the porch. Though summer is winding down, Texans still have weeks of warm evening weather to look forward to—make the most of those balmy nights by installing your own backyard string lights. These are the three most common ways to rig up some backyard string lights:
- Posts: If you decide to put up dedicated lighting posts, make sure you dig deep enough for the posts you buy. Depending on the soil you have, you may need to pour a little cement in the hole to secure the posts.
- Trees: If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of trees in your backyard, you’ve got some ready-made lighting supports. String the lights in the branches of your backyard trees for a rustic yet ethereal look.
- Base of Roof: You’ll need a staple gun to secure string lights to the base of your roof.
Here are a few outdoor string lighting ideas to get you started. And remember: call Texas811 before you dig if your project requires any digging. Globe Lights are the perfect basic backyard string lights—they coordinate with any style of backyard decor. (see above photo)
Solar Chinese Lanterns are a groovier, quirkier lighting option appropriate for casual parties, holidays and get-togethers.