As Summer is drawing to a close – warm days and comfortable nights welcome us into Fall here on the Central Coast. In this area, there is no better time of year to enjoy your outdoor living spaces than September & October. This means it can also be a good time to get your garden improvements and upgrades in, whether small DIY projects or you’re having a landscape design and installation! Here are six ideas on how you can enjoy this beautiful Fall weather with friends and family.
- Have a Bonfire
There’s nothing better than gathering with friends or family (or both) around a fire. Whether it’s the sounds of the crackling firewood, the beauty, and magic of the fire itself, the warmth on your bare feet, the great conversation that ignites, the joy of sipping on a glass of wine after a long day, or the delicious smores that are roasting – there is something for everyone to love about a bonfire! And what better time than at fall? The temperatures are starting to drop in the evenings without being cold, and you could get a leaf blower like this one (https://thebestleafblowers.com/echo-backpack-leaf-blower-pb-580t/) to gather the beautiful fall leaves and use them as kindling.
If you don’t already have a backyard fire pit – considering you can get fire glass for sale (which will help limit the maintenance process of tidying up), now is a great time of year to buy one, or better yet build one!
Check out the Inspired Expos blog for tips on how to build your own – http://www.inspiredexpos.com/diy-how-build-a-fire-pit/
- Play Bocce Ball or Horse Shoes.
This is a pretty easy one. If you don’t already own a set of bocce balls or horseshoes, most local sporting goods stores sell them, or you can even try thrift stores since we have so many on the Central Coast. Once you have the toys, it’s time to play. Either game can be played on pretty much any surface – but if you want to get serious about your game you can also create a custom bocce ball court and/or horseshoe pit for your enjoyment.
- A Game of Putt-Putt
Installing a small area of golf turf can provide for endless fun! Kids will love to play putt-putt with friends, and adults can knock a couple of strokes off their golf game by mastering the putt. Have fun with it and add some fun props and garden art.
- Install a shed
If you’ve got the space, you might want to consider an additional storage facility in your garden in the form of shed. Depending on your garden, this may require some landscaping beforehand. You might want to find out more about shed site prep cost so that you can begin planning your project and consider the financial side of things in advance.
- Raise Chickens
Even if you have a small yard – you can raise chickens! Raising chickens is a great family activity, and you’ll never go back to store-bought eggs. Research the different types of chickens, or visit your local Farm Supply for some help in this department, and select the right type for you. You can build your own coop, purchase a kit, or pick one up that is already built (visit Troesh Coleman Pacific at 2280 Hutton Road, Nipomo for the one pictured here).
- Tear out your Grass Lawn & Create a Drought Tolerant Landscape
The state of California is currently offering up to $2,000 in rebates for removing turf and replacing it with drought-tolerant plants or hardscapes. Visit http://www.saveourwaterrebates.com/ for additional information. Beware, the state rebate program does require pre-approval on your project to qualify for the rebate! So do your research on financial incentives BEFORE starting your project! Some cities offer additional incentives for replacing your lawn with water conserving landscapes. Call or visit your city website to see if additional rebates are available!
Once you’ve been approved for a rebate – start planning your project! Choose plants from a local nursery (most nurseries have drought-tolerant plant sections for our Central Coast climate) or select a hardscape that you like. There are plenty of options to choose from including flagstone, pavers, brick, stone, decorative rock and more! Have fun with the family by creating your new outdoor space together! Check out the Inspired Expos blog for tips on how to install your own Flagstone Patio: http://www.inspiredexpos.com/fathers-day-flagstone-patio/
Troesh Coleman Pacific
Troesh Coleman Pacific specializes in providing a variety of landscape products for homeowners and contractors on the Central Coast. They have been family owned and operated since 1984 and are happy to help with any of the projects on this list. Visit them at the Inspired Home & Garden Expo of San Luis Obispo on September 16th & 17th, or anytime at 2280 Hutton Road in Nipomo. Their experienced staff is ready to help make your dream outdoor living spaces a reality!
Inspired Home & Garden Expos of San Luis Obispo & Paso Robles
The Inspired Home & Garden Expos take place every Spring & Fall in San Luis Obispo (Alex Madonna Expo Center) and Paso Robles (Paso Robles Event Center / Mid State Fairgrounds). Each event is FREE to attend and there are over 100 local home improvement professionals to help with projects and inspiration! Visit www.inspiredexpos.com for more information.
Save our Water Rebates – State of California Department of Water Resources