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You Don’t Need to Wait for Spring: 4 Yard Projects You Can Start on This Fall

Take advantage of the gorgeous fall weather to work on important outdoor projects. This is the perfect time of year to plan, order supplies, organize the area to be improved, and even start building. Here are some great ways to make your yard more functional and attractive before winter gets here.

You Don't Need to Wait for Spring 4 Yard Projects You Can Start on This Fall

Build a Backyard Deck

Adding a deck to the back or side of your home can extend the usable space for leisure activities or entertaining guests. Whatever your house size, you can build a deck that is proportionate to your home so that it looks natural and fits with the original structure. You can get ready for this addition by preparing the ground to ensure it is level and working with a contractor to create a blueprint and secure the building permit unless you plan to do the work yourself.

Fall is a good time to build decks because the ground is drier than it would be in spring or during the summer storms. Therefore, you can build your deck without significantly damaging your landscaping. It will be able to settle through the winter before spring makes the ground muddy and unstable.

Add a Workshop

Unused space in your garage or shed can be readily converted into a workshop for woodworking, painting, furniture refinishing, or other types of hobbies and interests. Start by clearing the area that you plan to use for the workshop.

Check for adequate electric lines and update the electric if needed for extra lighting, heaters, and similar amenities for comfort. Repair old flooring or add a new floor coverings to the workshop. If it’s feasible, you can add a toilet and sink in a cubicle-style structure for privacy. You will then be ready to decorate with paneling, paint, or other elements if desired to make the space a usable workshop.

Prepare a Garden

If you’re looking forward to fresh produce next summer, plan ahead by staking out your garden now. Cultivate the soil to ensure it is ready for planting in the spring. You may have to add soil enhancers or balancers, so check with the local garden center for advice. You can also plan the crops you want to put in and arrange the rows according to the plants’ sunlight and drainage needs.

Plant Fall Flower Bulbs

Mid-fall is the perfect time to decide where to plant spring flower bulbs, like crocuses, daffodils, and tulips. Dig new accent points in your yard for colorful bulb blooms. Along the side of the garage or in clusters at the foot of the driveway are eye-catching spots that will enhance your springtime lawn.

Enjoy the great weather by getting some outdoor activity while planning your new yard enhancements. Start planning the work now or finish it before the snow flies so you can enjoy your new additions next spring.

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Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

 

 

 

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