10 Holiday Lighting Ideas for 2016

The holidays are upon us! How do you plan to decorate your home? From white trees to red ribbon, there are plenty of ideas to spark your creativity – these are a few we recommend:

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Start with the Entrance
The door is the literal gateway to your home as well as the essential design starting point. It should look inviting, while not overbearing. If you have rails on your steps, it is customary and charming to wrap lit garlands on the guardrails of the stairs or balconies, and place a wreath on the door. In some cases, you may be able to put the wreath above the door. While some prefer their wreaths lit, depending on the house, a small unlit wreath can add a more natural look.

White Christmas
Wrap all your trees in white lights to create a uniformed and clean look for your home’s exterior.

Columns of Lights
If you have a colonial style home, wrap your columns in garland and white lights to brighten up the front of your house.

Hang lit wreaths on every window or on the side of your home near the roof. Tie a red ribbon for a festive touch.

Red Green and Gold
Dedicate each tree to a unique color. Wrap you evergreen in red, your sycamore in green, and your maple in gold.

Keep things simple by adding candles (on a timer) to each window on every floor in your home, including your attic.

Tea Light Pathway
How beautiful it look to lay down a row of tea light candles on your front pathway after a light snowfall.

Hanging Flakes
An alternative to icicles – hang snowflakes from your butters instead.

Entry Lights
Do you have a gate in front of your home? Hang a large wreath on it as if it were your front door.

White Orbs
Do you have a white-lit tree? Decorate the tree with white orbs to add dimension to it.

Colors Galore
Go all out with red green and white or other colors that represent your holiday. Hang them from your gutters and wrap them around your shrubs.

Accenting the Home’s Best Features
Putting string lights under the lip of the roof can create a great outline, which lights up the rest of the home quite well. This is where “less is more” can be used quite effectively and help you save on the energy bill. Putting up these types of lights should be left to a professional as it can be dangerous if done improperly.

Need more holiday lighting ideas? Not only will Summer Rain help you find the perfect design, but we will install them too! Our Lighting Systems can supply worry-free maintenance service contracts, repair, and enhance existing lighting systems, including lighting automation. Give us a call today at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web to learn more.

Should You Water Your Lawn In Winter?

With winter on the horizon, many novice gardeners wonder whether or not watering the lawn becomes necessary. It’s hard to navigate your way around the yard when it’s snowing, but when spring blooms again, you’ll sure want your grass to be green as it was last year. So is watering the grass in colder weather a must?

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The root of the problem
In order to answer the question, we must first understand roots. Even if your grass is dormant, the roots still use water to stay hydrated throughout the winter. But through droughts, even in winter, roots can dry up and sometimes tie. While the grass might look normal, looks can be deceiving. While the rain helps, you should consider watering it periodically – especially when the ground is cold and dry.

Timing is of the essence
Knowing whether or not to water your plants is one thing – knowing when to is another. Watering your lawn before low temps arrive can protect it from frost damage. Water strengthens its ability to fight damage and survive the long winter. That being said, water about a day or two before the cold temperatures arrive to give moisture time to soak into the roots.

Knowing when it’s enough
How much water should you feed your lawn? In the thick of summer, your grass needs at leats 1 to 2 inches each week. But when the cold weather sets in, about half that amount is needed. Chances are you’ll be watering your lawn as much as 1 inch per week.

Watering the lawn is the first step to taking care of your lawn. The second is winterizing it. During winterization, our team drains your system to ensure that no water remains in the pipes. If this service is not performed properly, any water left over in the sprinkler system could freeze and burst the pipes, which can be costly to repair. If you’re ready to winterize your yard, give us a call today at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web.

#ThrowbackThursday: A Glance Back at Summer Rain

Summer Rain is celebrating 30 years of customer service. We are recognized as one of the top 100 irrigation companies in America and a leading local irrigation company. But like any business, we didn’t start out that way — it took time for our team to grow and become what it is today.

Our design and service teams are built of professionals from various backgrounds:

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Bill Gallagher

Bill started his career with Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems back in 1981 and has been a past president of the Connecticut Contractors Irrigation Association (CCIA). He has always had an appreciation for beautiful lawns and landscapes. He also has a passion for being involved in community projects, including the Boys and Girls Club, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, and Catholic Youth Program.

James Loughran, Jr.

James is a Greenwich native and has been with Summer Rain for 20 years. He is a positive force in our company and an active member of the community. In fact, James has been the president of the Greenwich Youth Football League for the past five years. He lives in Cos Cob with his wife and children.

Bill Foscato

Bill is an honest, hardworking, and reliable Summer Rain employee. He has worked with the company for two years as a landscape lighting and electrical manager. He was born in California, raised in Connecticut, and now lives on the border of Connecticut and New York. In his free time, Bill loves family, books, gardening, exercise, and his local community.

Frank Parelli, III

Frank is a Summer Rain veteran. For more than 20 years, he has been a dedicated team member and is currently our service manager. He is dedicated to being a hard-working employee, husband, father, and coach. He is the coach of Greenwich Youth Football League and Greenwich Basketball Association. He also enjoys playing basketball in his free time!

All of our employees here at Summer Rain are a vital part of our success and go to great lengths to make sure our customers are nothing short of satisfied. To learn more about our team, click here. If you are in the vicinity of Greenwich, CT and are considering installing a new sprinkler system, give us a call at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web.