The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, the stores are putting up Halloween decorations, and all the coffee shops on the continent are pushing pumpkin-spiced everything—autumn is upon us.
While many people get excited about the impending sweater weather, if you’ve been meaning to do some landscaping on your backyard this summer, you may be feeling like time is running out.
However, never fear—there’s still time to make some changes to make your backyard an oasis where you’ll want to spend the majority of your time.
Below is a list of fall-themed landscaping ideas for your backyard.
Many people feel that outdoor lights should only be visible for the month of December. However, white twinkle lights provide a great ambience that instantly makes an outdoor space more aesthetic and inviting—especially considering the days are getting shorter, and dusk is coming sooner and sooner every day.
There are several different ways you can install them. If you have a gazebo or some sort of overhead structure you can string them along the beams at the top for a nice splash of overhead lights.
If you have a tree in your backyard you can use that to string them overhead and connect with the wall of your house for the appearance of floating lights.
Or, if you prefer, you can just string them along the perimeter fence for an extra dose of ambience.
For an extra dose of aesthetics, you can add an autumn leaf canopy near the entrance to the yard to make it feel like you’re stepping into a magazine every time you walk into the yard.
Install a Patio
One of the most anticipated parts of the summer is the fact that all the restaurants patios are open, and you can enjoy a cold drink outside on a warm day.
However, if you don’t want to lose the opportunity to sit on a patio due to the changing weather, you can install one in your backyard and keep patio season going for a few more months. There’s nothing like enjoying a hot drink while wearing a warm sweater on a brisk, chilly day.
While putting in a patio will take some time, it’s still possible to put one up in a weekend. Plus, there are several different designs you can use depending on your preference—Jack-on-Jack, running bond, herringbone, and pinwheel.
If you want to spice up your backyard, but you don’t want to spend a ton of time building or installing something, you can grab a few festive gourds, and pumpkins and add an autumn splash of color throughout the yard.
From decorative, miniature pumpkins, to autumn squashes and gourds, to the seasonal staple—the jack-o’-lantern (who says you can only put out a jack-o’-lantern on Halloween).
If you want to go with a spooky atmosphere, you can even use yard clippings to create some fun, scary looking creatures out of yard trimmings and Halloween-themed bags.