May 30, 2022 5 min read


I used to think that I had to have trees to have string lights hanging over my patio. But after doing a little research, I've figured out how to string patio lights without trees.

Use the exterior of your house.

  • Use the exterior of your house. If you have a wide, flat area at the top of your stairs, garage, or deck, this could be a great place to hang lights. The lighting will be well lit and visible from both inside and outside the home.
  • Use a fence as support for hanging lights. If you have a relatively straight outdoor fence and enough room on either side to put lamps without them looking cluttered together, then this is another good option for string patio lights without trees in mind!
  • Hang from your deck or patio roof. Another way to string patio lights without trees in mind would be by using some sort of cinder block railing system that supports several strings at once (one for each step going up). This type of setup makes it easy to see where each string should go, so there isn't confusion later on when putting things together."

Use the exterior of your garage.

  • If you have a garage, string lights over the door, wall, or roof and use them to illuminate any area in your yard or garden.
  • If you've already got some patio lights around the house, try hanging additional strands from a tree branch or fence post extending out over the driveway or sidewalk. If there's no room for this on either side of your driveway (or if those areas are already covered with holiday lights), place the strands on top of one another in front of your garage doors. This will provide extra light and make it easier for guests coming into and leaving at night—and it will give them something interesting to look at while they wait!
  • Using an extension cord, connect one end of each strand with alligator clips because they're easy to use without damaging any wires inside their insulation jackets and safe when working with electricity."

Hang from your deck or patio roof.

If you have a house with a flat roof and no trees, you can hang your lights from the top of the deck or patio with a pulley system.

This is a bit more work than using trees, but it still keeps things low-key and lets you enjoy all of your yard space and any views that might be visible through windows or doors nearby.

Choose a fence or railing

A fence or railing is the perfect place to hang your lights if you don't have any trees. You can just attach them to the top of it and then use the hooks to secure them. If you have an outdoor space that's not fenced in, like a patio or balcony, this will be doubly helpful because then you'll also have something sturdy on which to hang your lights as well as something for them to rest against once they're attached (like a wall).

Consider using a clothesline to hang the lights

You should consider using a clothesline to hang the lights. While it might seem like a strange idea at first, you will soon realize that they are easy to install and can be used in many different ways. They can be used to hang lights from trees, houses, decks, and patios or fences. The ease of installation is another reason people use them so often when stringing patio lights.

Use a pergola as a support for hanging lights

  • Another option for hanging patio lights is to use a pergola. A pergola is a structure that has been designed to support vines and plants, but it can also be used to hang ornaments and other light fixtures. The main advantage of using a pergola as an anchor point over the ground is that it will be easier to access the lights each time you want to change them out.
  • If you have trees in your yard, they may not be able to hold up all of the weight from patio lights without breaking branches or toppling over entirely! However, installing a pergola as part of your landscaping will give you plenty of support for any kind of string lighting project that you might want to undertake on your property.
  • Pergolas are easy enough for anyone with basic carpentry skills: follow some basic plans from online resources like Pinterest (https://www.pinterest)and start building one today! You could even build one yourself if none exists within reachable distance from where we live because ours do not extend across our entire backyard. Still, only partially, so there wasn't enough room inside any other area except maybe directly behind our house where there'd probably not much sun getting shone through anyway, so I might consider something else instead, like planting some bushes around these areas since we don't have any type trees planted anywhere either which makes sense because nobody wants branches falling onto their head while walking underneath one right?

If all else fails, use poles to hang the lights!

As with the other options, this one is best used when you don't have any trees where you want your lights to hang. Using metal poles means that they'll be sturdy enough to hold the weight of your lights, and plastic stakes will provide a good grip on the ground. You can also use wooden stakes if you're worried about tearing up your grass (or another surface).

Wooden stakes are great for hanging patio lights because they're not as heavy as metal or plastic ones. If you decide to go with wooden, make sure that they're all uniform in size so that they don't droop down from the string of lights over time. Metal and plastic stakes should also be uniform in length so that there isn't too much slack between them and their corresponding poles.

Pergolas are another great option for hanging patio lights because they tend to be high off the ground with plenty of space on top—and they're often covered in vines and leaves, so they help disguise the fact that there's anything; up there at all!


I hope this post has made you feel more confident about lighting your patio without trees! If you have any questions about the techniques discussed here, please comment below or contact us directly at our website. Happy summer to all of our readers—we can't wait to hear what you think about this topic in the comments section.