Fall is the best time of year to be outside, and there are plenty of ways to make your yard more inviting. Here are three improvements you can make this season to keep family and friends coming back for more.
Remodel Your Backyard Pool
A backyard pool is a great way to enjoy the warm fall weather. The only downside is that pools require maintenance and upkeep throughout the year, but it’s worth it for those hot days in July and August when you want to cool off from the summer heat. Here are some tips on maintaining your backyard pool and a few ways that you can use this time of year.
The first step is regular cleaning with a pool brush or net. This removes leaves, dirt, algae, bugs, etc., from the water’s surface, eventually settling at the bottom if not cleaned regularly. You may need to do this several times per week, depending on how often you use your pool and what kind of debris accumulates.
The next step is to know how to adjust the alkalinity of your pool using a pool testing kit. The kit usually includes a bucket and a dropper or bottle for adding chemicals as needed. You can also purchase home chemical testers that measure pH, chlorine levels, etc., faster and easier to use.
Be sure to follow safety instructions when working with harsh chemicals! Testers typically tell you what kind of chemicals you need to add, but they vary from one type of system to another, so be sure to check your user manual first if you’re unsure how each part of the process works.
Plant Some Fall Flowers
Fall flowers are a great addition to any garden, and they brighten up the yard during an otherwise bleak time of year. However, there are many considerations to make before planting your flowers. Below is some helpful information on how to keep your fall flowers looking their best all season long.
When picking flowers for your garden, a few things to consider are blooming seasons (ex., not putting roses in the same bed as tulips), sunlight exposure, soil type, and pollinators (bees, etc.). All of these factors will play an essential role in how well your flowers show off this fall.
Lots of fall flowers require sun, so if you plan on planting any, be sure that they will receive 8+ hours of sun per day.
Not all flowers can withstand colder weather, so make sure to research which ones will grow well in your area. In general, fall perennials tend to work best, requiring less maintenance than annual varieties that may need to be replanted each year. Some flowers thrive in cold weather, and you can always insulate the roots with mulch or a blanket if necessary.
Add a New Fire Pit
Adding a fire pit to your backyard is another simple way to make the space more welcoming for fall gatherings. There are many options when it comes to choosing a design you love!
Some fire pits have tops that allow you to roast marshmallows or grill food, while you can use others as a place to sit or enjoy s’mores around the campfire. If you plan on using your new addition frequently, consider adding seating around it, so everyone can fit comfortably without having too much heat from the fire right at their face level.
The first step is to determine where you want to put your newly constructed fire pit in your yard. Then, remove vegetation and other materials from the area, such as rocks or gravel (to cover the floor of your fire pit).
After your ground is clear, it’s time to start building! Most modern outdoor fire pits have a metal base that fits into a hole dug in the ground. The size will vary depending on how much room you need and what design you want to set up. Larger fires require more space, so even if you aren’t using it right away, it’s best to choose a more viable option so that space isn’t an issue later down the road.
The Bottom Line
Fall is a great time to spruce up your backyard and enjoy the cooler weather outside. Whether you have a pool, need help testing water levels, or want some plants for fall, the above three improvements will make this time of year more enjoyable in your yard!
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