Summer is flying by, and fall will be here before you know it! The official start of fall is September 22nd, the fall equinox. Depending on where you live, the weather might start cooling before then. Fall is usually a favorite time of the year; the changing leaves are beautiful and the weather is perfect for taking long walks outside. Summer is arguably the best time of year to do outdoor projects because the ground is soft, the weather is warm, and you have some time to enjoy your projects before having to prepare for winter.
The end of summer can lead to the blues. Fall is lovely, but summer is special, and it flies by. You can go to the beach, lake, and pool, or just have a water gun fight in the back yard. There is an endless amount of outdoor activities to fill the long sunlit days. As the kids go back to school, you may find yourself having to adjust to the free time. Outdoor projects are a perfect way to take advantage of the sunny days before the cool breeze starts to kick in.
Spring is typically the ideal time to garden, but you can add plants to your garden that are late summer or fall bloomers. This will keep your garden colorful into winter. Flowers like mums, New York daisies, perennial sunflowers, Russian sage, and witch hazel bloom in the fall. Late summer and early fall should be enough time for these plants to get settled before bloom.
You can still make your vegetable garden! Late summer and early fall is when you should plant the cool weather fruits and vegetables like beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, peas, lettuce, garlic, blueberries, and spinach. You want to harvest before the frost hits. The best meals are made with local produce, and you can’t get any more local than your back yard!
Are there any outdoor projects on your to-do list that ended up on the backburner? There is enough summer left to start and complete an outdoor project! Were you thinking of updating your pond? Want to add fish and other critters? If you start now, you can give fish and plants enough time to relax after the updates to prepare for the winter. Outdoor projects are cathartic, helping release any built up stress, and can be good exercise especially if it’s warm outside.
If you don’t complete your project in the late summer or early fall, you may have to wait until the ground thaws next spring! By spring you’ll have a whole new list of fun projects! Take a look at your garden and yard, what is it missing? Do you need to spice it up? A disappearing water feature adds an allure of mystery and magic. Do you have an empty planter with great potential? Turn it into a water feature! What have you always wanted in your backyard? A tire swing? An old fashioned picnic table?
Once fall starts, it’s time to begin preparing for winter. Fall pond care helps get your pond for winterization. If your winters are really cold, you may close your pond until spring. You have from now until the first snowfall to enjoy the last weeks of summer and fall before winter hits. You want to complete your projects now, so you can enjoy them for as long as possible. Freezing temperatures require putting away the outdoor water features until spring. Pumps can be damaged if the pipes freeze and there is no water running through. As the weather turns cold, your pond visits will be more maintenance-related. Now is the time to do any upgrades, if you want to make it bigger, add a fountain, put in a new spitter, or redo your rocks!
What is your backyard lacking? Do you want more plants or perhaps a tiki bar to entertain guests? Your options are unlimited. There are so many projects ranging from easy DIYs to contracted masterpieces. You can add a mini beach to your pond complete with beach chairs and a big umbrella, or you can start composting to make your own fertilizers. Water features will help you relax after a long day, and blooming plants will give your yard pops of color. Your garden and yard is your space to express your creativity. There is plenty of warm weather left to complete your projects before the frost hardens the ground, and you need to start preparing for winter.