After a long, hot, rainy summer your backyard living space may not be ready to host guests just yet. Don’t worry! Fall weather brings temperatures that are more comfortable for taking care of updates, so you can feel confident moving the entertaining outdoors.

Your backyard is the perfect backdrop for your home’s structure—and with the right features it can be the perfect place for entertaining. But keeping your outdoor living space fresh and updated requires putting in a little effort. To help you transition into this season of outdoor entertaining, here are some of our top tips:

Make it inviting: Outdoor decorations and seating areas can instantly transform a backyard into an entertaining oasis. But you’ll want to keep your space clean and inviting. With Durabrac components, upkeep is easy and there’s no need to seal, paint or stain. Simply wash brackets, balusters and spandrel down with a hose once a year to keep them looking great. While Durabrac components will not yellow or stain over time, they can get dirty when exposed to the weather. To clean more heavily soiled components, simply spray with a 10:1 mixture of water and bleach, then scrub and rinse with fresh water to remove stubborn dirt, pollen or residue. Fall is a great time to take care of this if you haven’t already. So get your gazebo ready, start up that outdoor fireplace and keep your guests relaxing!

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This gorgeous gazebo featuring custom Durabrac brackets is a great place for entertaining.

Take color cues from nature: Evoke the feeling of fall with accents of warm colors like golds, oranges, reds and browns. Use pillows, candles and plaid throws in these colors to set the mood and create a cozy atmosphere. Decorate with elements from nature like pumpkins, acorns and leaves to embellish your outdoor space. And don’t forget to make sure you have plenty of adult beverages on hand! Try these colorful cocktail recipes to help warm up your gathering.

Light up the night: Accent lighting creates a welcoming environment in outdoor spaces, and fall is the perfect time of year for adding drama to evening get-togethers. Consider installing festive string lights to tree trunks, wrapped around pergolas, or strung along running trim. Tabletop mason jar lights or decorative lanterns hung from trees are also an inexpensive but charming way to create an elegant look.

Lush up the landscape: Putting in some work before the cold weather settles in will result in a lush, green lawn come spring and a more enjoyable space for entertaining throughout the cold months. Mowing, raking, aerating and mulching can help protect your lawn, trees and other plants from winter’s harsh conditions and allows your space to shine throughout the season. Check out these tips for prepping your lawn and foliage as the colder months approach.

We’re always looking for ways to improve our outdoor living spaces. Have a tip you’d like to share? Let us know how you entertain in the fall in the comments section!

 

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