It’s easy for Halloween’s spooky black and white to dominate the decoration of fall, but when the season turns in September, our days are filled with beautiful autumn colours. The leaves turn different shades of red, orange, and yellow, while pumpkins, gourds, and other seasonal products find their way onto our porches and yards. After all, fall is defined by the harvest. So, if you’re wanting to get your yard into the autumnal spirit, the experts at Queensville Sod have some harvest-inspired landscaping ideas and decor to help beautify your lawn.
Autumn Means Happy Grass and Sod
Summer’s heat tends to scorch and dry out grass. When that heat subsides, grass and sod return to a lustrous and healthy green for fall. As a result, a well-kept, autumnal lawn immediately provides lustre and colour to your yard. You can read more on how to manage sod’s summer-autumn transition here.
Hardy Autumnal Plants, Vegetables, and Flowers
Different vegetables flourish at different times of the year. That’s why we start seeing so many more squashes, gourds, and pumpkins in the grocery store and at market stalls in the fall. Fall is the season when they reach their prime. The same is true for other kinds of plants and various flowers. Planting these alongside summer plants will prevent your gardens from turning drab in the fall. Pumpkins, gourds, squashes, beets, carrots, broccoli, and kale are some vegetables that love fall and you can enjoy for Thanksgiving. Sunflowers, marigolds, and even certain roses are just a few of the many flowers that will keep your yard and gardens vibrant during the harvest season. Most of these need to have their seeds sown in Spring, so you’ll want to be ready then.
Natural Harvest and Fall Decor
An easy way to landscape your yard and sod for fall is some simple yet elegant harvest decor. Large vegetables, like squash, pumpkins, gourds, and other items from this harvest season like multicoloured maize, sunflowers, and straw are all the definitive decor for this season. Remember, pumpkins aren’t only orange. There are white, green, grey, and even blue variations, so you can tailor them to your tastes and what best compliments your home and lawn. Plus, when Halloween comes closer, you’ll be ready to carve.
There are other harvest-inspired landscaping solutions and decor for your yard besides the products of the harvest. Plus, you can start preparing for Halloween while keeping it harvest-themed. A scarecrow is a great harvest option that you can turn spooky when October 31st draws closer. If you are creating a decor center on your lawn, a straw bale is a great harvest-themed base. However, you need to be mindful about leaving the bale in one place for too long. If the sod and grass underneath remain covered for an extended period, they can die from a lack of sunlight. This same principle applies to anything you place on your lawn, like pumpkins and Halloween inflatable decorations. You can instead place the decorations on your front porch or dedicate a space in your front yard for them. Lay a stone tile space that will keep your fall decor off the grass and can be repurposed for other seasonal decorations or serve as a seating space.
Don’t Trash Those Leaves
Trees use nutrients in the soil to grow leaves. When trees shed those leaves throughout the fall, they can return those nutrients to the soil. That also helps keep your soil healthy for your sod, but simply allowing leaves to gather in your yard can be harmful. Fall landscaping and raking your leaves prevents pests and other illnesses from developing in your lawn. However, this doesn’t mean you need to send those leaves off with the garbage truck. After raking the leaves, mulch and pile them in a back corner to create some nutritious compost to use in your gardens and sod.
Bring the Colour of Fall and the Harvest to Your Lawn
It’s easy to think of summer as the bright season but fall brings an unrivaled vibrancy thanks to the harvest. With these essential harvest-inspired and autumn landscaping tips, you’ll have an eye-catching autumnal yard. Be sure to read our other blog articles for more decorating and landscaping tips.