From summer to autumn, the days get shorter as our hearts grow fonder with the seasonal change that brings about rustic colors and a cool, crisp bite in the wind. Autumn is the time for families and friends to come together and celebrate the season of football, bonfires, and pumpkin spice. It’s also the time to embrace the crisp new weather and renew, refresh, and redo your outdoor patio area.
Preparing your patio for cooler weather starts with embracing the cozy comforts of autumn. Pool chairs are suited best for summer and should be protected by chair covers and properly stored away until spring. In their place, try the versatile stylings of chaise lounges – inviting guests of your backyard barbecues to sit back and relax in the fresh air of a new season.
Cool Weather Cuisine
Breaking out the grill is only one half of your autumn barbecue. You need to have a retinue of autumn flavored recipes ready to be grilled, baked, and sauteed at a moment’s notice. Start off with fresh appetizers like savory pumpkin hummus and follow up with a main course of apple bourbon glazed pork chops. And don’t forget about dessert: your guests will fall head over heels for a delicious caramel apple pie.
Light Up The Night
Chilly autumn nights are perfect for inviting a few friends over for an evening of wine, charcuterie, and good times. Set the mood for a festive autumn by adding the soft glow of twinkling string lights. Adorn your outdoor space with lines of uniform hanging lights or even do something a little more carefree and drape the lights from tree branches or along the perimeter of your patio.
Game Day Grilling
The end of summer is just the beginning for backyard entertainment possibilities. Autumn is football season central, making your patio the place to be for big game-day barbecues. Ready your outdoor grill for the big day by ensuring that it is in proper working order. This entails making sure the grill cover has kept it clean, inspecting elements of the grill for functionality, and making sure to replace any mechanisms that might prevent your barbecue from being the best on the block.
Fired Up For Autumn
Fire pits and autumn go hand and hand. They serve as essential centerpieces on your patio for entertaining guests all season long. A warm crackling fire is perfect for warming up on a cold autumn’s night, or even roasting marshmallows and franks. Before summer ends, make sure your fire pit is both functional and fire safety ready and your chairs are protected from weather and ash with chair covers.
Keep Cozy And Carry On
No fireside gathering is complete without a wealth of cozy accessories. Be prepared for those chilly evenings by having blankets, pillows, and extra hats and jackets on hand for guests in need of extra warmth. You can keep these accessories safely stored away in covered ottomans or chests protected by a lightweight tarp. When the sun sets and temperatures drop, your guests will be grateful for the extra coziness.
Crisp Air Campouts
A backyard campout is a homegrown adventure that’s perfect for spending time in the great outdoors before winter weather comes to town. Gathering up supplies and pitching a tent right in your own backyard is a far easier undertaking than packing up the whole family for a trek to the woods. All you need is a tent, a reliable custom insulated tarp, and some campfire creativity to turn an average autumn night into an unforgettable outdoors adventure.
Turn A New Leaf
The arrival of autumn brings with it the inconvenience of falling leaves. While beautiful to look at when changing to red and orange hues, they can cause quite a bit of hassle to those wanting to keep their backyards free of debris. A simple solution to this seasonal dilemma is to keep your backyard furniture and appliances covered. Outdoor chair slipcovers can save you the trouble of having to wipe leaves off every day, while a waterproof table cover will keep your patio safe from foliage and falling rains alike.
Green Thumb, Orange Leaves
Just because springtime has come and gone doesn’t mean you can’t embrace some autumn-friendly florals. There are many plants that thrive in the mild temperatures of autumn and can bring your garden to life with warm autumn hues. Goldenrods, garden mums, and Dianthus are just a few of the many florals that blossom beautifully in the autumn months. Just be sure to have the gardening essentials on hand: seeds, mulch, shovels, and an outdoor tarp to keep your precious petals protected no matter the weather.
Autumn Friendly Farming
You shouldn’t feel restricted to just flowers in your autumn friendly garden. Expand your horticultural horizons by growing simple fruits and vegetables in your own backyard farm. Leafy vegetables such as lettuce and kale are autumn garden favorites, and underground growers like turnips and carrots thrive in cooler temperatures. Worried about rabbits and other critters munching on your plants? Cover them in the evening with a fabric tarp to keep them safe all night.