What’s your favourite thing about autumn? The changing of the leaves? Pumpkin spice lattes? Halloween? Or the fact that it’s getting just that little bit colder…which gives you an excuse to get just that little bit cosier. Yes, the long, hot summer nights we’ve been blessed with this year may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate until next summer. Stop packing away the garden furniture, find your fluffiest jumper, and follow these inspiring tips from garden specialists, Artificial Grass Direct, in order to equip yourself with an extra cosy, Autumn-ready garden!
Start with a Clean Slate
New year, new start to the garden. Summer time means BBQs, paddling pools, and garden activities with the kids. All of which are a tonne of fun but also put a lot of strain on your garden. Now autumn is approaching, it’s time to give your garden a little TLC. We recommend de-weeding and giving the garden furniture a dust down (or a lick of paint if you’re feeling particularly inspired). Don’t forget to start afresh with plants too! Your garden doesn’t have to be devoid of life just because it’s getting chilly; there are plenty of seasonal plants that thrive in the colder weather.
Craft Yourself a Cosy Corner
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fancy garden furniture to maximise your comfort this autumn. Deck chairs and even sun loungers can all be repurposed to suit the season with the right combination of cushions, blankets, and throws. One of the biggest changes you can make to your garden also takes the least amount of effort and that’s “zoning”. We were being literal when we called it a cosy corner, but any designated area will do. Focus your garden furniture and other creature comforts in one particular area of your garden and build out from there.
Lighting is a fantastic way to add an additional layer of cosiness to your garden this autumn season. Fairy lights, tea lights, lanterns, candles, or even an old-fashioned fire pit are all excellent ways to add an autumnal glow to your garden after hours. Just be careful around the kids.
As well as setting the tone and looking great, the right lighting will brighten up your garden, revealing a firework of colours from surrounding flowers and plants. Plus, fire pits offer the perfect combination of ambient lighting and heat, making your garden a welcoming place for guests so you don’t have to stop being social as the weather grows colder. Find out how to make a fire pit for your garden here.
Saying goodbye to summer sometimes means saying hello to rain. That’s why it’s important to consider all-weather fabrics. Cushions that are made of PVC-coated Polyester or Polypropylene are both rainproof and mould resistant, helping you keep up those cosy vibes when sitting outdoors. If you’re not feeling Polyester or Polypropylene, you can protect your garden from the elements with something as simple as a gazebo (which could double up as a den for little ones).