How to Place Solar Lights in the Garden


Solar lights are an inexpensive way to light up your garden path, walkway or deck when the sun goes down. The lights are designed to gather the energy from the sun during the day and store it. When the sun goes down and it begins to get dark outside the lights will automatically turn on. These lights come in several styles that will go with any garden decor. Solar lights are not harmful to pets, children or the environment and cost nothing to operate.

Step 1

Draw a rough plan of your garden. Walk around your yard and take note of areas where you would like to install solar lighting. The lights will need to get adequate sunshine during the day in order to illuminate your yard at night. The length of time the lights will work will depend on the amount of sunlight during the day.

Step 2

Mark the area with a wooden stake or chalk line where the lights will go. If you want the line to be straight you can use a 2 by 4 as a guide or measure the area off with a tape measure.

Step 3

Push the stakes down into the soil. If the ground is too solid you may need to dig a small hole the same length of the stake by using a garden trowel. Stick the stake into the soil and pack the soil back down around the stake.

Step 4

Place the lights no more than 3 feet away from one another. The closer you place the lights, the better they will illuminate your path.

Step 5

Check the lights when the sun goes down to ensure proper placement. If you need more light you may need to place the solar lights closer together. This will also help you identify other areas that need lighting.

Step 6

Clean your lights when they get dirty or dusty by wiping them with a clean, dry cloth. This will ensure they work their best.

Things You'll Need

  • Solar lights
  • Tape measure
  • Trowel
  • Chalk line
  • 2 by 4


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  • Target Woman: Solar Garden Lights
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About this Author

Melody Dawn has been writing since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times" and her writing focuses on topics about gardening, business and education. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists. Dawn holds a Master of Business and is working on a Master of Journalism from the University of Tennessee.