8 Easy, Frugal Ways to Welcome Fall Into Your Home

haybaleIt’s official – fall is here! Although the weather still feels summery for the moment, we will soon be experiencing cooler temperatures, changing colors in the flora around us, and the crunch of fallen leaves under our feet. Autumn is an undeniably beautiful season, especially here in the Metro St. Louis region. But why just enjoy the season outside when you can welcome elements of autumn into your home?!

Here are 8 easy ways you can welcome fall into your home without breaking the bank!

Switch Out the Bed Linens – As soon as the nighttime temperatures dip and remain cool, it’s time to ditch the summery coverlet and break out the cozy comforter or duvet! Comforters are perfect for snuggling in when the weather turns colder. Don’t forget to rotate your mattress and wash or replace any older pillows!

Bring the Outdoors In – Now it’s time to go outside and gather a few choice items from Mother Nature to bring into your home! Decorate with twigs, dried flowers, gourds, fall leaves, and pinecones. Of course, it just isn’t fall without a few pumpkins in the mix as well! You can decorate your mantel with these items or put them in a glass bowl or a cornucopia.

Add Some Chunky Blankets – Strategically placing a chunky knit blanket or faux fur blanket on your sofas or chairs instantly adds an air of coziness to your space. While you’re at it, switch out the light, summery pillows for heavier, plush pillows.

Get Your Fireplace Ready – Before you fire up your fireplace for the season, make sure you get it cleaned and inspected by a professional! Arrange some logs and kindling nearby for easy access and to add a bit of warmth. You can also arrange a few pumpkins by the fireplace to give it that fall feel!

Dress Up the Dining Room Table – Spruce up your table with some table linens or fabrics in warm fall colors! We’re thinking dark, rich fabrics in shades of red, orange, and gold. Dark shades of purple can also work well as an accent!

Add Fall-Scented Candles – Pick out a few of your favorite autumnal scents and light them on the first cool afternoon for a cozy feeling in your home! Try scents like pumpkin, apple pie, or cinnamon. These will work perfectly in your living room and kitchen!

Treat Yourself to a Few Fall Treats – With the change of season, take some time out to treat yourself to a few autumnal goodies like a fresh selection of tea or hot chocolate mixes and maybe a new thermal mug. If you don’t have one already, make yourself a tea or hot chocolate station so you can enjoy your favorite fall beverage whenever the urge strikes. Don’t forget to complete the station with all of your favorite flavors, sugar, and marshmallows!

Bake Your Favorite Fall Treat – Bring the scents of fall into your home by baking and enjoying your favorite fall treat! Heat up the oven and create some delicious cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bread, or caramel apple cobbler to enjoy. Better yet, invite some friends over and enjoy these desserts together!

How do you welcome fall into your home? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook! Better yet, show us how you decorate for the season on our Facebook page! We love seeing our fans and clients get creative!

5 Essential Tasks to Help Prep Your Garden for Fall and Winter Now

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It might still feel like summer out there, but fall and winter will be here before you know it. When it comes to our gardens and flowerbeds, it’s important to think ahead and prepare for the upcoming seasons. So don’t put those gardening tools away just yet! Here are 5 important tasks you should do in your garden to prepare it for the colder months.

Gather Crops and Destroy Debris – Have you planted any veggies in your garden this year? If so, now is the time to gather your tomatoes and squash and dig up your potatoes. If you have fruit trees, be sure to gather any fallen fruit since this will keep wasps to a minimum and limit the spread of disease. Speaking of disease, take steps to prevent it by removing all plant parts from your garden, including leafy materials and pieces of the vegetables. Double-bag those parts and put them out with the garbage. This will help stop spores from reproducing and ruining your plants next year!

Tidy Up – Fall is the perfect time to clean up any foliage from your roses, peonies, and other plants that could have diseased foliage. Bag up those dead and diseased parts and put it out with the garbage as well. If you have spring-blooming plants or late bloomers, we suggest dividing them for next year. These include spring bloomers like irises, dianthus, brunnera, laminum, and primrose and late bloomers like black-eyed Susans, geraniums, hostas, daylilies, coneflowers, and yarrows.

Rake and Break Down Leaves – Your leaves don’t have to go out with the trash! Instead, rake them up, bag them, and let them break down over the winter. If you’d like to use them sooner, shred them with a lawnmower or with a leaf blower set on reverse and rake them into your flower gardens. These leaves will provide rich nutrients for next year’s flowers and plants.

Map Out a Crop Rotation – While you’re enjoying your cup of hot chocolate or hot tea indoors, take the time now to plan out your veggie crop rotation chart. Planting your veggies in different spots can help reduce the risk of disease during the next growing season, so be sure to plan ahead!

Plant Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials – It might seem counterintuitive to plant anything when the weather starts to get colder, but these plants can grow their root system quite well during this time. That’s because the weather is cooler and more cooperative with plentiful rain and soil that isn’t stressed out from extreme summertime conditions. So if you want to see some new shrubs and trees take root and grow in your yard, go ahead and plant them now!

What do you do to prepare your gardens and flowerbeds for the impending cold weather? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!