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A fan of winter-time? These destinations will be right up your alley (or shall we say, down your chimney.)

Our first stop on this trip is Niagara Falls, for the Winter Festival of Lights.

Held annually at Queen Victoria Park. Leave it to those Canucks to have one of the top festivals of the season and with this one, they truly go all-out.

festival lights queen victoria park

The year 2017 marks their 35th anniversary of the 8km long illumination route, which weaves through gorgeous landscapes occupying Dufferin Islands, as well as the surrounding tourist districts.

It has become a deeply loved, storied holiday tradition for many families from all over the world. An astonishing one-million visitors will descend upon Niagara Falls to consume all of the joy brought about by the Festival of Lights.

Queen Victoria Park 
6075 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada, L2G 3N4
Download the WFOL App for a route map, event schedule & more

Next on our journey is Portland, Oregon where we introduce you to the Portland Winter Light Festival

portland festival of lights

This is a truly quirky, unique event (much like the city it calls home) and it incorporates illuminated art installations, live performances, kinetic fire sculptures, as well as family-friendly interactive activities.

Featuring over 100 artists, designers, builders and performers the festival draws in about 50,000 visitors for this special event.

February 1-3, 2018 – Venues to be announced
Stay tuned to their website for exact venue locations
Visit Site

festival lights phillips park

Our third stop is Phillips Park in Aurora, Illinois.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora, this is the events 11h season and it is one of the largest, totally free outdoor holiday light displays in the Chicago area.

aurora festival of lights

Drive through more than a mile of lighted displays, many of them animated. There are over 420 displays making up this drive-through only event. New to the scene this are are dancing arcs and a 20-foot sign in the midst of Weisner Ice Rink. This event began in 2006 by members of the Rotary Club, in partnership with the City of Aurora.

Check it out beginning Friday November 24th through December 26th. Open on Friday / Saturday 5PM – 10PM and Sunday-Thursday 5PM – 9PM

Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive in Aurora
Visit Site

Fourth is Toronto’s Distillery District for the Toronto Light Festival.

toronto lights festival

Featuring artists from all over – such as India, United States, Netherlands, Canada & More.

The mission of this festival is to uplift the collective spirit of this wonderful city and inject the cold, dark atmosphere with the warm vibrancy of light. In a city where it often reaches negative degrees, they need as much warmth as they can get!

The location is very interesting indeed. Taking place within a giant collection of Victorian industrial buildings juxtaposed by the magical, eye-candy of every shape and size which temporarily covers their exteriors and illuminates the otherwise dreary landscape.

2018 dates to be announced, stay tuned on their website Click Here

northern lights festival

Last, but most certainly not least – we’re talking about the Northern Lights.

One place to see them is Iceland. Tour the Aurora Borealis with Reykjavik Excursions

northern lights

This experience is certainly the only one on our list that has a spiritual component and is as awe-inspiring as this natural light display given during the winter months.

Caused by particles interacting with the upper atmosphere, a phenomenon occurs which turns the boring sky into a visually explosive event. Pastels and neon hues paint the sky for a mesmerizing colorscape.
Although, the lights are not guaranteed so it is sort of a gamble if you do go on the trip. Some tours offer a free repeat if your first trip doesn’t bring you face-to-face with the Aurora Borealis. REYKJAVIK Excursions

Grass Seed: Why, How & What Kind To Use

Are you worried that neighbors are gawking at your unsightly lawn? Perhaps, you’d simply like to expand the amount of “green” around the perimeter of your home.

These are just two out of many cases in which a homeowner would like to bulk-up and optimize their grass. Today I’ll be discussing with you what options are available once you decide to go down this road.

Grass Seed VS Sod

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and upgrade your lawn. However, this begs to question “do I go with grass seeds, sod, or some other combination?”

Sod is when you transplant already mature turf that is rolled out across your lawn in strips and usually requires a professional with special expertise to do it properly. If you go the seed route, it involves planting the seeds and sprouting your very own grass from the jump. Since planting seeds is less complicated, this can be done yourself or hired out if you wanted someone else to take care of it. The biggest difference is pricing.

Sod is by far the most expensive option. You can get the “Rolls Royce of grass seed” for significantly less money than you would spend for sod. Assuming you’re on a budget – let’s explore the option of planting your own grass seed for the remainder of this article.

Types of Grass Seed

Now that you’ve decided to plant your own grass seed – you’re probably wondering what kind you need to get, how much it will cost, etc. If you take a top-down approach, you’ll come to find that there is two main categories of grass seed – warm season and cold season.

The warm season type is made up of species hailing from the south of the country and they grow best in hot weather. This type of grass tends to go dormant in the winter time, degrading into a brownish color until spring arrives.

Cool season grass has its origins in the northern half of the country. Cool season grass tends to grow rapidly throughout the spring and fall. On the downside this kind of grass tends to turn brown during periods of intense heat during the summer.

Beyond this, there are all types of seeds with subtle differences and it would probably be best to speak with the associate at your local retailer so they can suggest the best combination of quality, value and function to fit your needs.

Grass Seed Planting

It’s best to plant warm season grass seed in late spring. The cool season seeds should be planted in late summer or early fall. Once you’ve determined when to plant and what seed to use – it’s time to get your hands dirty.

First off, you’ll want to prepare the soil by loosening up the top few inches, removing stones / debris and breaking up any clumps of dirt that are bigger than a golf-ball size. Following the preparation, it’s time to begin planting the seed. You can spread it evenly across the designated area either by hand or using a seeder, following a guideline of about 16 seeds per square inch. Don’t put too many seeds too close together, though, as they will be forced to fight for nutrients.

After your seeds are snuggled away in the dirt you will want to cover them with a very thin layer of soil. Covering them will hold them in place and help retain moisture so they grow healthy. Keep your grass seed moist to push the germination process along, while being careful not to make the ground oversaturated which will drown the seeds.

Grass Seed Wrap-Up

Hopefully you’ve gained some insight into why, what and how to go about bulking up the green grass around your home or optimizing the grass you already have. This is a great way to get outdoors and occupy your time in a healthy, productive way. You can even get your kids involved and make a family project out of it.

Landscaping and lawn care is our passion and we hope to inspire you with a little bit of our enthusiasm so you too can enjoy the wonders of Mother Nature.

For help with your lawn, contact Liberty Tree Care!

Philadelphia winter tree pruning

Winter Tree Services in Philadelphia

Winter got a late start this year in Philadelphia, but there’s no denying it’s here. Don’t let wild weather sneak up on you and your property. Even modest snow and ice can have a major impact on the trees around your home, leading to downed branches, damaged property, lost power, or worse. Our crews have been working all over the city and its surrounding communities helping to clean up downed branches and reduce the risk of further damage through expert risk analysis and branch removal.

Philadelphia’s Certified Arborists

The professional arborists at Liberty Tree care know the warning signs to look for when diagnosing a property. We’ll assess potential hazards, consult with you about our proposed work and get to the task of pruning problem branches or removing trees entirely if necessary. Removing branches before they become a problem means you’ll save yourself the headache after the fact and it helps promote healthy trees for future seasons.

When winter finally breaks, you’ll be glad you were proactive about the trees on your property. Spring cleanup will be easier, your home will be safe from future storms in any season, and you’ll rest easy knowing Philadelphia’s leading tree care experts and landscape management specialists took care of you.

Call Liberty Tree Care Today!

Call our team today to schedule a consultation. We’ll do our best to work with your schedule to provide the most convenient service. Once we work out your needs and expectations, we can schedule work and have your property ready for nature’s toughest storms in no time. Don’t wait until after the fact to deal with problem branches, call Liberty Tree Care today!