Hello friends! Can you believe we are already approaching Thanksgiving? Lately we have finally been having beautiful fall weather I have been spending more time outdoors enjoying the fall garden and refreshing our home’s curb appeal for fall and winter. We often spend time concentrating on making our gardens look like a summer meadow, but they can also be beautiful in the fall and winter too. I have started thinking about ways to easily make changes to our landscape and garden structures that will look good all winter. Today I am sharing some fall to winter garden and landscape ideas. *This post contains affiliate links.
A lot of people lose interest in gardening when the last of the summer annuals start looking scraggly or their favorite summer perennials are spent, but in my opinion fall is the garden’s last big show! I always love doing a little outdoor work on our home in the fall because the weather is cooler, and the colors are just so beautiful that it’s not a “chore” to be outside in nature. There are some important things to do to the lawn and garden to get it ready for winter however.
Prepare Your Lawn and Garden For Winter
Raking leaves, removing dead or diseased plants, and ensuring that plants or saplings have proper insulation and warmth with mulch or leaf matter are all important fall to winter garden tasks. Check out this buyers guide for the best electric chainsaw if you are considering purchasing some new garden tools to make the work easier. If you have a pond, or a a water feature be sure to winterize those as well. You can see LivingWaterAeration.com for info on pond maintenance supplies. If you have a lot of shade on your yard like I do, taking care of your pond and leaf debris is extremely important to prevent mold and pests.
You might also want to consider installing a fence. Last year the deer must have been extremely hungry throughout the winter as they were constantly in my yard munching on our arborvitae and perennials! We are looking into installing a fence in our back yard to prevent this. If you are interested in installing a fence you can also contact the best DFW fence company in your area to do it for you. If you do hire a fencing company or any other type of landscapers just be prepared that they may not work fast enough to suit your needs and to get everything done in time for the holidays. It’s important to remember being honest pays off. Let them know your needs and desired dates of completion up front When in doubt, get it in writing!
In most gardening zones you can plant new trees, shrubs and perennials all the way through November or the first heavy frost. Fall is actually an ideal time for landscaping.
I also love creating outdoor fall displays and getting the house and yard looking great for the upcoming holidays. This past week I shared our new fall landscaping and some changes we are currently making to one neglected side of our home. It all started when we stumbled upon an amazing deal on evergreen trees, shrubs and plants at Lowe’s last weekend for 50% off. The whole family is loving the new changes and we can’t wait to finish the project. The privacy trees we purchased are doing great and have really had a positive impact on the curb appeal. There is still so much I want to do to our back garden. I dream of a kitchen potager and a little area with mini hedge mazes maybe next year!
Fall To Winter Window Box Ideas
Window box displays are absolutely stunning and can really add curb appeal to any home. Fall is a time when they really can shine.
Window boxes can add a bit of life and beauty to your home the winter when many other landscape plants are dormant. Small evergreens are low maintenance and look great all winter long. November is a great time to design window boxes that will easily transition from fall to winter.
We purchased 6 Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees from Lowe’s for our copper window boxes. I am going to add a few pansies and small pumpkins and gourds to dress up the boxes through Thanksgiving. After that I think the simplicity of the evergreens along with some seasonal berries will be an easy and beautiful fall to winter transition.
I love the idea of adding some cut evergreens branches or holly with berries to the window box for Christmas. This look can also last through winter.
Fall To Winter Seasonal Urns and Garden Structures
I love urns and old birdbaths in the garden! They add character and interest year round, but I love them decorated for fall most of all. If you love fall urns as much as I do, check out my recent post, Fifteen Fantastic Fall Urn Ideas.
I also love decorating my birdbath with flowers or pumpkins for fall. This year I have placed a pretty basket full of mums inside an old rusty bird cage on tip of our vintage birdbath.
I have seen some of the most adorable ideas for fall and Halloween birdbath displays!
I have always loved this crow pumpkin perched on top of a birdbath.
An ornate bird bath surrounded by a mound of cascading heirloom pumpkins and overflowing ivy and fall flowers is totally “pinworthy!”
It has only been in the last few years that I realized the beauty of decorating urns and birdbaths for Christmas and winter. Here are a few images I am using as inspiration for making easy fall to winter changes to my urns and birdbath.
While winter is just around the corner, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors this fall! If you aren’t able to really get out there and do actual new landscaping, why not add a few potted plants around the outside of your front door, along the sides of your porch or patio?
There are several plants such as autumn kale and pansies that will last well into the first part of winter. I am on my way to Lowe’s this afternoon to pick up a few pansies to add to my window boxes. I will be sharing an updated fall landscape post with new photos of my window boxes soon.
Whether you are planning on selling a house, moving into a new one or just wanting to increase your home’s curb appeal, fall is a great time to spruce up the exterior and landscape of your home. You can refresh the whole house with one job by giving it a new coat of paint or maybe new siding, but just fixing up the landscape for the seasons can really make a dramatic impact. Winter will be here before we know it, so take advantage of all the beautiful fall weather to give your home and garden a little TLC.
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Have you been working on your home’s curb appeal or landscape this fall? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!