As the temperature drops and leaves gather on the ground, many homeowners with an outdoor space might be packing up their backyard and getting ready to spend time indoors. But if you enjoy spending time in your backyard, there’s no need to limit your outdoor space to summer months. If you have the right items and plan, you can turn your backyard or patio into a fall oasis.
Create a list of practical essentials, make a few changes to your backyard, and enjoy it all year round. Here are a few things you can do to kickstart the process.
Clean-Up Your Yard
The first step to ensure that your backyard is appealing during colder months is removing clutter by storing away unused summer items and cleaning up the ground. Although fall foliage adds beauty to the yard, it’s essential to remove the leaves by raking them up. The dead leaves can make their way into your gutters and clog them, start to rot, and produce a foul odor.
If you get leaves in your backyard cleaned professionally, the cost may range from $200 to $400, depending on the size of the property and the method used. If you wait longer for the clean-up, the charges might increase. So, the best way to avoid these hefty costs is by starting your clean-up process as early as you see the leaves fall.
Purchase Comfortable Outdoor Furniture
Choosing the right outdoor furniture plays a critical role in the success of your backyard setup. It’s important to make comfortable and functional seating arrangements to ensure that your family and guests enjoy the space. You can choose modular outdoor living furniture with hidden seats and adjustable sections to incorporate dozens of different seating configurations.
When you convert your furniture, you can make the most of your money as it will serve multiple purposes. You can adjust the seating arrangement, shrink it when you’re spending time with your parent, and expand the seating area to accommodate guests when it’s your time to host.
Stay Warm with a Fire Pit or Portable Heater
Your backyard oasis won’t be appealing without arrangements for heat during colder months. Make the space comfortable by adding a fire pit or portable heater. Fire pits can cause particle pollution, so if you use a fire pit, take measures to enjoy it responsibly. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends only burning seasoned and dry wood, covering stacked wood to allow airflow, and avoiding burning plastic, garbage, or yard waste.
It would be best if you also looked into your local laws to ensure that you follow backyard firepit guidelines. Some laws may require you to cover the pit and keep a certain distance from your neighbor’s home. Once you’ve figured out the rules and regulations, enjoy a fire to keep yourself warm and toasty in the fall!
Incorporate Lighting Sources
Without adequate lighting, it can be difficult for you or your guests to navigate the backyard, which can be a health hazard. Incorporate a range of lighting sources to illuminate the space and create a more comforting ambiance. You could include fairy lights, candles, accent lights, or dimmable electric lamps.
Don’t say goodbye to your backyard after summer ends. Turn your space into a fall oasis and create the ultimate hangout spot with the methods mentioned above!