How do you install exterior lighting on my home and garden?

I would love to add exterior lighting to my home and garden. I want to use lighting to accent the large trees in our yard and the four woodland beds in my front yard. We like to entertain on our large, unlighted deck that needs some suggestions for creative lighting. We have an area with a fireplace in the wooded part of our backyard where we also entertain. I would love to add some lighting to the backyard that would light the path to this area without sticking up and making it hard to mow the lawn in the backyard. Lastly, I would like to add lighting to the rose bed and other flower beds in the backyard so that we can enjoy them in the evenings from the deck. I know this is a large order, but this is my vision to accent our lovely property with lighting. Suggestions for any part of this project or all of it are gratefully accepted!

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  • Rynn Rynn on Jan 23, 2019

    Solar lights that stick in the ground might work for highlighting the flower beds; they are reasonably priced starting at $1.00. Uplights might be good for lighting trees. As for lighting your backyard areas without hindering the mowing, some restaurants use little white lights ( look like Christmas-style lights) overhead at cute patios--- these strands of outdoor lights are inexpensive and easy to find. Best wishes!

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 23, 2019

      Kate, my front yard is shaded by a huge mature maple (it is four foot across) and a mature elm tree and the neighbors huge pine tree. We have solar lights around the little garden at the base of the yard light. Solar lights are made to charge in any light as long as it is daylight. Even on cloudy, rainy days they came on without a problem. You should be good with the solar lights to highlight your flower beds and pathways.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 23, 2019

    There are solar lights now that you can get for your pathway that literally are at soil level. There are many solar lights that you can use on the edges and inside your gardens so that they are visible at night. Go to explore projects on the top right hand of the window and check out the lighting projects they have here at Hometalk, there are a lot of nice ones that may have the looks you want that you can use in all your areas to highlight your gardens and walkways and your deck. Pick and choose the parts you like from the various projects and you are done. I hope this helps you Kate!

    • Kate Kate on Jan 23, 2019

      Thanks for the information. I will check out the sources!

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 23, 2019

    Underground conduit will hide low voltage lighting that can be directed into trees /onto fire pit area from ground level, or twined around tree limbs.

    Check out professional landscape lighting websites, to better determine your preferences.