With the summer winding down, it’s time to get the kids ready for school, start saving up for the holidays and getting your home together for the cooler seasons. While you may have a full to-do list of fall responsibilities, the holidays also bring fun to-dos, with decorating, baking and spending time with the family. Autumn is a time of change; the weather starts to turn, leaves become an assortment of burnt oranges, and you can definitely put those flip flops and tank tops back in your closets.

Some people go straight for the Halloween decorations as soon as the weather cools, but if ghosts and goblins aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of ways to decorate your yard for the fall season. Instead of the plastic Halloween decorations, fake graves and spider webs, you can start to decorate your home with fun pumpkins, gourds and festive plants. Here are just a few ways you can get your home ready for fall:

Pumpkins and Gourds – Pumpkins are easily one of the most recognizable signs of the fall; pumpkins can be planted in early July and will be ready for baking and decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving. If growing your own pumpkins sounds like too much work, you can still liven up your yard with pumpkins, and even their more colorful cousin, the gourd. Smaller pumpkins can be placed on your front porch or in basket to help welcome your guests. If you want to get creative, you can line pumpkins on fence posts or up your welcome steps. Another cute idea is to hang a shelf outside and line or arrange the pumpkins, or you could get playful with a sconce, adding candles and small pumpkins to light the night.

Harvest Crops – Dried corn husks, hay and wheat are all very fun fall decorations. You can make a wreath out of the items or place them in a festive basket. If the dried out look is too organic for you, add a pop of color with plaid ribbons or bows. One of the best things about Baker Real Estate is that the homes are a perfect blend of Victorian and craftsman, which are great for these kinds of decorations.

Leaves and Plants – Leaves are one of the best ways to decorate for the fall, mostly because they’re free! Once you rake a collection of leaves, it’s fun to fill your baskets with the bright colors, or create a natural wreath. Old plants or dead tree stems can be arranged in a bouquet and you can add seasonal flowers for a pop of color.

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