October 24, 2016

Give your yard a unique fall look

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The weather is changing – and our outdoor spaces are evolving, too. Take time to give your lawn a little TLC and add some seasonally themed decorations. Your home’s festive fall look will enhance your curb appeal.

Lawn and landscape care

First thing’s first: keep your outdoor space tidy. Some basic lawn love gets your yard ready for the coming months. And it also allows your seasonal touches to shine.

A few things to consider:

  • Pull weeds – Doing this now will help reduce the number of weeds you’ll have come spring.
  • Rake and remove leaves – Sure, this makes your yard look clean. But it also helps to avoid damage to your grass. You’ll end up with a healthier lawn next summer.
  • Seed and fertilize – Fall is the best time to do this. Summer heat has passed and winter’s chill hasn’t yet arrived.
  • Trim smart – During fall months, keep grass two to two and a half inches tall. Cutting it too short or allowing grass to grow longer can lead to a variety of problems for your lawn.
  • Water trees and shrubs – After leaves drop, give your trees and shrubs a deep watering. This will help prepare them for cooler weather.

After you’ve given your lawn the TLC it needs for the fall months, it’s time to decorate.

Outdoor decorating

Welcome your guests and wow your neighbors with creative, fall-inspired decorations. Here are some fun options:

  • Pumpkins – These squashes don’t have to sit alone on your porch, and they don’t have to be orange. Stray away from the norm. Arrange pumpkins of varying colors and sizes. Place them around your landscape, as a border, or nestled within flowerbeds. At Good Earth Water Gardens, we love how pumpkins and gourds can give a water feature a special autumnal glow.
  • Mumpkins – What do you get when you place a mum inside a hollowed-out pumpkin? Why, a mumpkin, of course! These colorful decorations are an easy way to showcase the best of the season. Mumpkins are fun on a porch or scattered among landscaping.
  • Wreaths – You don’t have to be crafty or creative to welcome your guests with a beautiful front door. Many nurseries, home goods stores, and craft stores have colorful wreath options. You can also transform a plain grapevine wreath with colorful hot glued faux floral accents.
  • Hay bales – You don’t have to be on a hayride to appreciate a nice bale. They act as great focal points for outdoor decorating and are an easy way to build a little height in a display. To avoid damage to your yard, try to keep bales off grass.
  • Football-themed decorations – Show your team spirit! You can purchase a variety of lawn decorations with your team logo. Flags, yard signs, engraved rocks, and even wreaths are fun ways to support your team and decorate for fall.

Need more ideas and how-tos? Pinterest offers a treasure trove of concepts and step-by-step instructions for transforming your outdoor space into a fall showcase.

And if you need help getting your water features ready for colder temps, Good Earth Water Gardens can lend a hand. Give us a call at 913-749-8090!

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