How to Decorate Your Landscape for the Holidays 11/9/2018
The holidays are coming up fast, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about holiday decorations. Many people focus solely on decorating within the home and completely forget sprucing up their yards for the season. Here are some fun and easy ways to decorate your landscape for the holidays:
Lights, Lights, Lights
One of the most prominent decorations for the holidays is extra lights. This can take on a wide variety of forms. Add Christmas lights to your trees, bushes, deck, and around your home. Put some extra lighting fixtures in the front walkway to account for the days ending early and less natural light that comes with the time change. You can get lights in the shape of icicles for winter and different color lights for each different holidays. Start with orange and yellow for Thanksgiving and swap them out for green and red as Christmas gets closer. Adding additional lighting will not only make your home pop and add to your overall curb appeal, but it will also create a welcoming environment for your guests.
Wreaths and Planters
Festive wreaths are a tell-tale sign that the holidays are here. You can buy wreaths for basically any occasion or even better, make them yourself. Add leaves and pinecones for Thanksgiving and swap them out for plastic berries, ribbons, and candles for Christmas. You can even make a New Year’s wreath by adding silver and gold. Additionally, invest in holiday planters to hang around your deck. These can give a nice little “pop” of color, which can be very refreshing as all of the vegetation around starts to wither away for winter. Do some research on which planter plants do best in cold climates.
Add a Scarecrow
While you realistically don’t need a functioning scarecrow to scare birds away from your crops, a decorative scarecrow can be a fun addition to your landscape. Scarecrows can range from creepy for Halloween to friendly for Thanksgiving. Pick out a happy looking one that won’t scare away the neighborhood kids and drive a stake into the ground to prop him up against. Your scarecrow will be a fun addition to your yard for many Thanksgivings to come.
Pick Out Some Pumpkins
One of the absolute easiest ways to decorate your deck and landscape for Thanksgiving is to make a display with pumpkins and gourds. These can be different shapes, sizes, and colors and can be arranged in different displays to give your yard a pop of fall. After Thanksgiving, you can swap these out for more Christmas-like decorations. You can also hang things like dried corn and add hay around your area to add to the fall feel. You can buy these additions anywhere, and won’t break the bank while purchasing them. Additionally, when they’re no longer in season you can carve them out and cook the pumpkin seeds as a fun and healthy snack for the entire family.
One fun decorating idea that screams “Autumn” is a wagon display. Buy a simple wagon and fill it with things like pumpkins, straw, and hay. The wagon itself will give your yard a farm feel and what you fill it with will add to the ambiance of fall. This is a great opportunity to incorporate oranges, yellows, reds, and other bright colors into your decor. This rustic, DIY project is incredibly easy and can be reused again and again each and every year.
Add Some Seating
Another fun fall idea is to add a rustic bench to your yard. While mostly used for decoration, these can have a festive feel and can tie your yard together. Additionally, consider adding a porch swing or rocking chair for when you are outside enjoying the cool weather on your porch. Having more seating options will encourage both you and your family members to spend time outside and enjoy your space.
Get a Little Cheesy
As Christmas gets closer, consider maybe adding some cheesy blow-up or light decorations for the holiday. By adding Santa, some elves, and a reindeer or two, your yard will feel like a little slice of the North Pole. You can find yard decorations at most home-improvement stores that will make your yard absolutely pop with holiday spirit.
The holidays are the perfect time to throw up some decorations, and your yard is the first place you should start! Your friends, family, and neighbors will be excited to come over once they see the fun additions you’ve put in your landscape for the season.