Fall is officially here! I love seasonal decor, and fall is one of the best seasons to perk up your garden, doorway, or walkway to give your home some instant curb appeal. Some simple home improvements don’t have to mean splurging – there are lots of budget friendly projects that don’t make a hole in your wallet or take weeks to complete.
Take a look at these small subtle changes that can make a huge difference to the exterior of your home:
Plants Make an Instant Impact!
Bring fall color to your yard with large shrubs and small, fall colored trees like a golden Japanese maple or an Austrian pine. Grouping together shrubs and trees in various sizes will block views of your garden, adding depth and mystery to your landscape. You can also add hanging baskets filled with autumn colored fall blooms to brighten up your porch and lawn.
Dress up your Doorway
Start this process by replacing outdated door handles, rusty locks and giving your front door a fresh lick of paint. Try contrasting colors or a bright red door to welcome the soon-to-be holiday season. If your home features an old or a faded house sign, look for a modern alternative such as slate or acrylic. Frame your doorway with plant pots either side of it, or a creeping plant such as ivy surrounding the door frame.
Pamper your Driveway and Walkway
If the path leading to your door, or your driveway, has any cracks in it then there is no doubt these will get worse over time, possibly causing an costly entire replacement. Once these cracks appear seal them right away with a tube of sealant.
You should also improve the safety of your pathways at night- invest in some lighting to run alongside the path or solar lights for a perfectly illuminated front garden.
Cleaning Gutters and Composting
Placing fine mesh or netting over your gutters will stop them from getting clogged with leaves in the autumn months, and eliminate blocked gutters and water damage.
Start composting! Fallen leaves, cut grass and even your fruit and vegetable peelings make great compost for your plants next year.