It’s finally Fall in Texas! Don’t believe it? Just drive down a suburban neighborhood with the windows rolled down and breathe in the pumpkin spice. With that said, it’s also that time of year when we can let the kid in us come out to play. Yes, we’re talking about Halloween decorations!
We’re not going to lie to you. It’s still hot in Texas, but fall is almost here! That means it’s time to start getting ready to enjoy cooler temperatures and longer evenings under the stars. To help you get ready, here are 5 ways to prep your landscape for fall.
GET CRAFTY WITH PUMPKIN PLANTERS
Add some unique pumpkin planters with fall-blooming perennials. Need some inspiration? There are pictures all over Pinterest! They’re a great way to blend some pumpkin décor into your overall design.
Many of the ideas online are done using real pumpkins! If you choose to use a fake pumpkin, you’ll probably want to transplant to a different planter eventually, so choose your flowers wisely.
HEB should be selling pumpkins before we know it. In the meantime, we discovered they have a Pumpkin Guide you might want to check out. It has templates for carving, no-carve ideas and pumpkin seed toasting recipes!
GET COZY WITH A FIRE PIT
We may not have a big need for fireplaces in Central Texas (even if we like to have them all the same) but we can make almost any excuse for an evening by the fire.
Building an outdoor fire pit can be an easy process by hiring a team like Best of Texas Landscapes or finding a DIY design option that works for your home and skill-set.
These are some of the fire pits we’ve built in the past or you can find some DIY options here.
ADD OUTDOOR SEATING
Is your backyard an inviting place to kick back and relax? Or are you constantly shuffling chairs and arranging an ever-changing ‘space’?
Invest in your sanity and upgrade your outdoor seating arrangements with one of these trends:
- Indoor/Outdoor Seating. Is it for the inside? Is it for the outside? Who can tell! And that’s that beauty of it. Visit any local furniture or home improvement store and you’re sure to find an array of options to choose from.
- Farmhouse or Picnic Tables. Large enough to seat 6 to 8 people, these tables are great for hosting family and friends. Add a focal point with a large center piece of fall foliage.
- Contemporary Seating Options. Variety is the spice of life. Add some character to your landscape with a unique seating space. Check out these DIY ideas for some inspiration. You’ll love #16
SHINE SOME LIGHT ON IT
The perfect combination of outdoor lighting (accent or security lights) can help create the ideal ambiance you’ll need to go from blah to bliss.
Your outdoor space will truly feel like an extension of your home when you can walk freely from one space to another with lighting along your paths and around sitting areas.
You’ll also enjoy more engaging conversation and have light to read or play games by and your nighttime landscape will still look like a work of art.
LOVE YOUR LAWN
Your lawn is like the carpet of your landscape. Unfortunately, your carpet can get unsightly bare spots. Cool-season weeds will begin germinating in late September and where there are thin spots, weeds will thrive. It’s important to provide good care in mid to late summer to increase the density of your turf.
The harsh summers in the hill country can be brutal for your grass if you can’t or don’t water enough. Consider a sprinkler system for years to come or more native plants with less lawn care requirements.
If your bare patch is due to high foot traffic, your lawn may benefit from a core aeration to stimulate new growth in the root system. If all else fails, you may want to design a more drought-tolerant plan for your outdoor space.
If you’re thinking you would prefer a more all-inclusive option that you don’t have do, now is the perfect time to get on our calendar so we can get started on your project.
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Modern and contemporary homes are both known for clean, architecutral lines and an open-space feel. It is often the case however, that modern designs (as in mid-century modern) often have more wood elements and contemporary designs have more stone and steel. The end result for both is a minimalist, clean look that both charms and calms the senses with a touch of class and order.
One myth regarding modern landscape designs is that you will have to sacrifice functionality for minimalism. We’re going to show you how you can incorporate both so you can enjoy an outdoor space with all of your choice amenities and a clean landscape design that complements your modern home.
Modern and contemporary homes are commonly being outfitted with more indoor to outdoor living installations. In the picture of above we were able to create a seamless backyard design with
- A fluid indoor to outdoor transition
- An artful blend of wood, stone and steel elements
- Clean lines and modern elements
- A contemporary feel
- A pop of color
- And gorgeous 360° views!
The end result is a contemporary landscape design that perfectly complements and completes the overall look and feel of the home.
Look closely and you'll find that this backyard is also not suffering from a lack of functionality that would render the space overlooked and under-utilized. In fact it is fully equipped with
- An outdoor kitchen
- A zero-entry pool
- Paths and walk-ways
- Benches and plant beds
- An almost indistinguishable outdoor shower
- And outdoor lighting!
Whether you want a calming place to relax or an inviting space to entertain, this backyard has it all!
Make the Hard to Reach Easy to Maintain
If you're the kind of person that wants to finish your lawn maintenance with a few turns of a push-mower, be sure to make the hard to reach spots easy to maintain.
You can do this by including hardscapes like stone patios and paths or rock beds with select accent plants. Be sure to consider your plants spacial requirements for future growth and use different sizes and shapes to create depth and focal points.
To capture the aesthetic of your home or create a modern outdoor design, you don't have to abide by strict guidlelines or a uniform style. While contemporary designs are known for their monochromatic tones, a pop of color or the warmth of wood can be a welcome addition. Additionally, you can have a functional outdoor space that meets your minimalist goals. Your vision can be a reality with a little planning, some creative design and a trusted team of experts.
Creating a luxurious landscape design is possible regardless of the size or shape of your yard. By incorporating a few well-advised elements, your outdoor space will be an inviting getaway your family and friends will love.
- Create A View
Here, a clean pool design gives this backyard a luxurious, modern feel.
- Create Small Backyard Zones
With a tiered lawn, each area acts as its own zone. Different plant groupings and raised beds divide the upper yard from the lower yard.
- Make it Cozy
Specific zones help to break up the yard and create an intimacy that’s cozy and inviting for a perfect escape to read or relax.
- Use the Power of Perspective
Long straight lines trick you into thinking a small yard is bigger than it is. Use this to your advantage. Even a fence will do this job for you and enhance the overall design of the area.
- Boost Interest & Mix It Up
The mixture of materials, hardscapes and plants help add interest to a small backyard, pulling the focus from the size to the details.
- Create Small-Space Features
Make a unique space that helps add to the illusion of a larger space with something creative like a vertical feature or climbing vines.
- Raise Planting Beds
Add a sense of height and depth to a small space with raised beds for planting. Short retaining walls of steel, stone or other hardscapes help keep the eye moving up.
A welcoming entryway doesn’t start at your front door. Your driveway is possibly their first impression, so use it as an opportunity to frame the experience for your visitors. If you really want to make a statement, go with a gated entry.
As the portal to your home, your entry or driveway should draw guests seamlessly from the curb to the front door.
Lush greenery and maintained flowers could suggest a country retreat, where stark stonework and geometric hedges suggest a more modern approach. Choose elements that align with the aesthetics of your home, without clashing with the surrounding landscape.