Posted on April 14, 2017 by John Bruce
Although it isn’t typically your first thought in regards to outdoor lighting, tree lighting plays an integral role in creating a beautiful landscape design. Just as the pieces of a puzzle must fit together to make the puzzle complete, such is the case when cohesively illuminating a landscape. When designing a system, the home should be used as a backdrop. Moving forward from the home into the landscape, lighting should be used to enhance and balance the landscape itself, as well as the home.
Enhance Your Landscape with Tree Lighting
Tree lighting is the second tier of enhancement and an important element that achieves both of these goals. This doesn’t mean that it is necessary to illuminate every tree within the landscape, although that is certainly an option. As each landscape is unique, each project is very different. Some locations gain the greatest benefit from lighting a few choice trees within the landscape, while other landscapes benefit from illuminating an entire natural area or grouping of trees.
Selecting the Right Tree to Spotlight
After deciding how many trees to spotlight, choosing the right tree as a candidate for outdoor lighting is an important next step. Trees, as a species, naturally have a great deal of character. Each tree has a distinct personality all its own, such as the weeping branches of the willow, or the overreaching embrace of an oak; no two trees present themselves identically. Choosing specific trees within your landscape for tree lighting can breathe new life into your landscape and give your entire property a distinct feel.
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Illuminate Your Trees for Added Personality
Our tree lighting formula accentuates the height, width and canopy of the tree. What genre of lighting we use to illuminate each tree depends on the tree itself. The shape, size and spread of the tree’s branches can come to life at night through one or more of our tree lighting techniques. In our experience, the trees that benefit the most from tree lighting and make the most impact are trees with spreading canopies. Here in Kansas City, this would include the crabapple, birch, river birch, crepe myrtle and ever-popular Japanese maple. These are trees that offer full spread or “vase” canopies, which means the branches spread upright. With spreading canopies, there is more room to play the light up and down through the limbs of the canopy itself. Bushier, thick limbed, or columnar trees provide little room for enhancement through tree lighting.
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