It’s time to start thinking about creating fall curb appeal to celebrate harvest season. Whether you’re looking to spruce up the place for prospective buyers, holiday guests, or simply to ensuring your property is well-kept.
Fall curb appeal is all about making the entrance to your home look cozy, warm, and inviting as temperatures drop and that cool, crisp air arrives. Here are some easy ways to create fall curb appeal for your home:
- Red & gold autumn leaves on well-kept deciduous trees
- Pumpkins everywhere!
- Classic potted mums on the front porch, perhaps in bushel baskets
- Cozy plaid or wool blankets on a porch swing or bench
- Fall-blooming perennials, sunflowers, and ornamental grasses
- Neatly-kept evergreen hedges & green, grassy lawn
- Autumnal wreaths with sunflowers, wheat, and tan-coloured grasses
- Red wagons, corn stalks, and even a scarecrow
There are so many easy seasonal ways to build curb appeal. Read on to learn more about building curb appeal during the autumn months.
Colourful Autumn Leaves for Fall Curb Appeal
Fall curb appeal starts with bright red, orange, yellow, and even rich purple autumn leaves in the front yard. The best option is often to plant a tree or shrub that turns red-yellow in the fall, such as a Sugar Maple tree or Burning bush. If that doesn’t fit your space, see if you can fit in a Virginia Creeper vine or small-space vertical plant. And, there are always autumn-inspired faux-leaf wreaths and garlands available in big box and decor stores.
When your landscaping is gorgeous and seasonally appropriate, it really makes your house feel like a home. Plus, investing in landscaping doesn’t just raise the value of your own property but it can actually raise the value of your neighbors’ property. In other words, when you increase your curb appeal with trees, everybody wins!
Pumpkins on the Porch, Walk, Wall (or Anywhere!)
What is fall without pumpkins!? Pumpkins everywhere!?
Pumpkins are a cheap, quick way to create a welcoming entrance to the exterior of your home in the fall. They’re a wonderful sign of the harvest season due to their use in Jack-o-Lanterns and pumpkin pie. Pick up a few pumpkins at the grocery store or a local farm to add a seasonal touch to your front porch or front walk.
Plant Autumn-Blooming Flowers for Fall Curb Appeal
Fall-blooming perennials, tall sunflowers, and ornamental grasses are a wonderful way to create curb appeal as autumn arrives. Your summer-blooming perennials may be on their way out, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stare at blank space in your yard for the next six months. Fill in empty patches of your border gardens or flower beds with flowers that bloom in September and October. Here are some ornamentals for fall curb appeal:
Research the native plants in your area to ensure that whatever you plant this fall will thrive in your climate!
Potted Mums, Evergreens, and Bushel Baskets
If you don’t want to re-plant your flowerbeds or have limited room, potted plants make great seasonal landscaping solutions. To save time and effort, head to your local garden store to purchase container plants that are already in or close to full bloom!
Potted mums are the iconic fall container plant. Pop them into your planters or into seasonal bushel baskets for a harvest-season touch. Purple-leaf canna lilies and potted ornamental grasses are also gorgeous fall curb appeal choices, especially in the center of a classic wine barrel container garden. For a more full and luscious feel, plant vining plants like ivy or trailing sedum around the edges of the pot.
Cozy Fall Exterior Seating
Boost curb appeal with a pretty vignette featuring cozy seating like a bench or a porch swing. Make it look inviting with some of your potted plants, as well as with cozy plaid or wool blankets and perhaps some warm patio lights. It will not only make your home look more attractive, but can also act as a beautiful setting for a family photo. Think of it as your outdoor “photo booth”!
Neatly-Kept Evergreen Hedges For Cool-Season Structure
Part of fall landscaping is to ensure some visual interest after the first frost. The first hard frost can spell the end for many herbaceous perennial flowers and annuals, meaning that the garden can look a bit empty after you’ve winterized your perennials and done your fall garden clean-up.
Add year-round structure with neatly-kept evergreen hedges in strong geometric shapes. Yew and cedar are great options for tall evergreen hedges, while shorter boxwood types can make lower year-round hedge structures. Plant them now and enjoy them in the cooler months for years to come!
Prepare Your Lawn for Winter
A healthy green lawn is vital for fall curb appeal. If you’ve been following Home for the Harvest for a while, you know how important organic lawn care is around here. I’ve put together resources for the best lawn care gear to help my readers make wise, environmentally-conscious choices when it comes to the most widely used plant in suburbia….lawn grass!
We tend to focus on our grass most in the spring and summer. But there’s no reason to skip fall. I actually prefer to plant grass seed in early autumn as the soil is warm and the roots have a chance to develop a bit before snow arrives. In the colder seasons, most grass varieties go dormant, but that doesn’t mean we should neglect them.
Make sure that you clear your yard of leaves and other debris throughout the fall. Our grass is sensitive in its dormancy and debris can choke out the plants, leaving you with big brown patches in the spring. Stop watering and start aerating. Aeration will ensure that your grass is getting the water, air, and nutrients it needs even in a harsher climate.
Finally, go ahead and lay down some organic lawn fertilizer during early fall. This helps to rejuvenate your exhausted soil and prepare it to give life to your grass in the spring.
Tend to Your Fall Vegetable Harvest
Vegetable gardening doesn’t stop when the leaves change colors! There are plenty of delicious fall crops that you can nurture in autumn–think squashes, root vegetables, beans, and even some varieties of lettuce. If your garden has empty spots, now is the time to plant some easy winter crops or a nice cover crop (green manure).
Keeping the veggie garden going will certainly boost your yard’s appearance. If you’d rather just clean it up, here is a guide to winterizing raised bed vegetable gardens so they look well-kept, even when they’re not full of tomatoes!
If you’ve never started your own garden before, take a look at my extensive gardening guides. I cover everything from raised beds to small orchards to guarantee that every gardener of every skill level can learn something new!
If you’re struggling with your fall vegetable garden, consider incorporating a few container crops. Container crops are easy to manage and can be relocated throughout the day based on their sunlight needs. You can grow everything from beans to radishes, garlic, and even potatoes in containers as long as you purchase the correct sizes and soils. My personal fall-favourite is planting culinary herbs for the upcoming holidays!
How Do You Plan to Create Curb Appeal This Fall?
Avid summer gardeners aren’t always sure how to make the transition to fall. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can stay active outdoors and increase your home’s curb appeal during the cooler seasons! All it takes is a little know-how and some free weekend afternoons and you’ll have a beautiful, autumn-friendly yard in no time.
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