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Create a harvest-inspired haven with a few simple touches that will optimize your outdoor space all the way through fall. From your front entryway to your backyard, adding fall décor, lighting and a cozy seating area will help you continue to enjoy meals, family time and your home’s outdoor space as the leaves change and the temperatures drop.

By adding a harvest-inspired wreath to your door, you can add visual interest to your entryway. Try your hand (or get the kids involved) in a DIY wreath that features foliage, fallen leaves, twigs and pinecones from around the yard. Consider adding fresh plants such as mums, or place pumpkins and gourds at the corner of your top steps to add some autumn symbols, hues and interest to your outdoor space.

Creating a cozy seating area is the best way to enjoy your outdoor space all the way through fall. Watch the colours change and enjoy the harvest sunsets. All you need is a fire pit, comfortable chairs, some layers of warm textiles like an outdoor rug underfoot and some pillows and blankets in fall colours. Add some outdoor string lighting and solar-powered garden lights to optimize your backyard in the cooler temperatures.

Just because summer is over, you don’t have to put away the patio set just yet. Fall is a great time to enjoy afternoon barbecues, late night s’mores and warm beverages under the stars. Throw on a sweater, grab a beverage in an insulated tumbler, and enjoy fireside chats with your family and friends!

Decorate your deck with hanging flower pots, use clay planters along your front driveway or liven up your garden beds with fall flowers. When your garden turns from vibrant tones into burnt hues, swap out your flowers for mums, pansies and goldenrods. For a very fall look, introduce orange and red mums with spikes of purple-toned native grasses.

Fall is the perfect time to take an exploratory stroll around your home and garden. Check for any fallen shingles and have them repaired, if required. Spot any outdoor window frames that need a paint touch up, and ensure that your eaves, downspouts and air conditioning unit are free of debris. Taking care of your lawn and shrubs in the fall will ensure they spring out alive and well after the winter months.