Do you feel like you look out into your yard and just feel really "blah" about it all? That's a natural feeling, especially if you've been in your home for a few years and haven't spruced things up in a while.
With the cooler days and nights on tap for fall and early winter, now is the time when lots of people gather in the backyard – tossing the football, grilling out, picking up pecans or raking up leaves. No matter what you want your outdoor environment to be used for, now is the perfect time to bring life back to it.
It really doesn't take much to make it exciting to go outside again.
Sit outside for an hour or so. Decide what you want to see from where you sit. Is it a patio? Is it more color? Is it shade you want? What do you envision?
How much do you want to spend on the project right now? Five hundred? Five thousand?
DIY or HIRE A CONTRACTOR
Is this something you can do yourself? If not, you might want to hire a contractor who can help you.
WHAT IS YOUR PLAN?
Tidy Up: Now is the perfect time to clean up the yard. Once all the leaves have fallen off the trees, get them all raked up and disposed of. Fresh pine straw or mulch will help protect the soil around your plants from erosion as well as the plants from root damage during the winter months. Pulling weeds that have finally died off from your gravel or stonework becomes easier. Are your kids looking for a way to make a few bucks? Pine cones can be worth a nickel each (or penny if you have a lot of them). You can see more ideas for fall chores here.
Make It Prettier: Have you wanted to install a paver patio or a fire pit? How about lighting? Now is a great time to build, install, and enjoy it. If you're just looking to enhance a patio, front porch, or deck area you already have, consider pottery planters with plants that have winter interest or a decorative chimenea. Throw a few new pillows on the chairs you have. These are easy ways to add a little "pop" to your back deck or your front porch.
Plant Trees and Shrubs: Now is truly the time to plant. Whether you're looking to plant large shade trees or small shrubs and groundcovers, now is the time. Even though the temperatures drop, the soil temperature remains warm allowing the roots to continue to grow and mature while the plant isn't stressed by high temperatures and drought. This lessens the chance of shock-related troubles. In the fall and early winter months, we bring in a great selection of trees and shrubs for you to choose from.
Continue to watch our Facebook pages (Grayson and Woodstock) for specials, links to articles, holiday hours, and photos, during the coming months.