Many think that the cool, autumnal days of September herald the end of outdoor living for the year. But this line of thinking has no place in Maryland, where a yard can be an inviting place to relax around a fire pit, entertain on a back porch and enjoy landscape design nearly any time of the year. With that in mind, here are a few fall landscaping ideas to help get the most out of a yard this season.
Fall is a great time to think about keeping the warmth going outside. A fireplace can be an extra warm spot in an outdoor kitchen or a stand-alone feature as part of a welcoming landscape. Fire tables are all the rage – pun intended – this season. They are designed to be low-slung tables with a gas-lit insert surrounded by glass on all four sides.
Alternatively, on cool, crisp, clear autumn nights, a fire pit is an ideal spot to gather around for warmth, good fun and great conversation. Fire pits are great entertainment for people of all ages. Adults can get together and enjoy the ambience and conversation around them, while kids can roast marshmallows for their s’mores.
Outdoor entertaining area
If the summer outdoor entertaining season needs to be extended but a fire is still just a little too much heat, it might be time to create or update an existing outdoor entertaining area. Adding built-in seating, an outdoor television and an outdoor kitchen to a porch or patio will make it an extension of the interior of a house, which extends the possibility of entertaining outdoors well into the warm fall months.
Of course, safety is always a concern when entertaining outdoors – especially when fire pits are involved. During the shorter fall and winter days, it is vital to ensure that outdoor recreation and activity areas are well-lit. One of the best, easiest ways to ensure safety in a yard is by installing lighting along each walkway to make sure no one trips and falls in the dark.
A great flourish to finish the implementation of fall landscaping ideas is to add a few plants or trees for a burst of natural color. Boxwoods and maples are both tree species that require little water and even less work. Then, the space between them can be filled with marigolds, Russian sage, or daylilies; each of those are difficult to kill.
When creating new walkways or constructing a patio, use a material with a wide variety of design choices such as concrete or natural stone pavers. Concrete pavers are durable and affordable with a wide range of colors and sizes. Natural stone pavers come in a variety of shapes and finishes that will be sure to add a unique feel to your hardscape.
Landscaping in the fall
At Absolute Landscape & Turf Services, yards are our specialty. We design, build and maintain landscapes to maximize both living space and the amount of time spent outdoors. We are thoroughly experienced in designing and creating outdoor areas for the comfort and relaxation of our many satisfied customers.
We provide a full-service line of everything the Maryland homeowner needs to keep his or her outdoor surroundings beautiful year-round. In addition to designing and building structures, Absolute Landscape & Turf Services offers:
- Lawn winterizing
- Fall landscape design
- Landscape maintenance
- Annual flower rotation
- Fall plantings
- Much more
Click here today to find out everything we can do to enhance your fall and year-round outdoor experience.