Friday, August 17, 2018

4 Fall Backyard Activities

This is a sponsored guest post by Alex Berger, but all opinions are her own!

The summer is slowly coming to an end and that means that fall will be here before we know it! Fall seems to be just about everyone’s favorite season - the weather is cool and crisp, pumpkin recipes are the stars of the show, and the holidays are just around the corner. Just thinking about it makes me so excited for the next six months! One of my favorite parts of fall is the fact that everyone takes advantage of the nice weather and everyone gets together for fun fall activities like pumpkin patches, apple picking, and hayrides. While all of those options sound like a blast, today I want to talk about fall activities that you can do in your backyard! Backyard activities for fall weather is the best, in my opinion. There are so many things to do and you get to stay in the comfort of your own home. Here are my favorite ideas:

Grill Out
Grilling out is one of my favorite fall activities. I know that a lot of people associate grilling with summer weather, but in my opinion, fall is just better. Jim Shahin agrees with me saying, “Barbecuers need a Declaration of Independence. That famous document, although written in summer, knows no season. And neither should barbecuing. Fall is my favorite time to grill. Unlike summer’s searing temperatures, fall’s mild weather makes standing before a hot fire a pleasure. But the practicality of temperate days, fine though it is, is secondary to their poetry. The smoke carries differently on fall’s crisp air. The vapors perfume the neighborhood, bracing and seductive, hinting of nostalgia. In brutish summer, smoke practically congeals above the grill in its thick torpor. It presents a false choice, really. Can’t a barbecuer like both? Of course. But if I have to choose, I pick fall as my favorite season for grilling.” Some of my favorite fall grilling recipes are grilled cauliflower, BBQ chicken, grilled lamb, and even grilled sweet potato.

Backyard Camping
Fall is the best for backyard camping because it’s not too hot anymore and not too cold yet. Set up a tent, cook some s’mores, and have a good time with your friends and family! To make your tent more comfortable, follow these few easy steps:

1. Choose a spot in the grass without any rocks, sticks, etc.

2. Fill your tent with tons of blankets to add softness or choose to put an air mattress inside your tent.

3. Opt for a spot in your yard where electricity can reach. You can use this to blow up your air mattress, run a fan, or turn on your white noise to sleep, if needed.

4. Make sure you zip your tent up every time you leave and enter. You don’t want any creepy bugs crawling on you in the middle of the night!

5. Last but not least, make sure all of the trees above you are healthy. The one thing that would definitely ruin a fun backyard camping experience is by having a tree fall on or near you. If you are not sure about the health of your trees, feel free to reach out to the local NJ company, Frontier Tree & Turf. They have over 30 years of experience in the tree service industry and have NJ Certified Tree Experts on staff. After their visit, your trees should look healthier, but more importantly, you will not risk having a tree fall on you during your camping adventure. Monmouth County towns such as Rumson, Fair Haven, and Little Silver, which is where Frontier Tree & Turf is based out of are home to many different tree specimens. Because of this, you need a team with the knowledge and expertise to properly diagnosis issues, and then improve and maintain the tree’s health. This is why you need to choose a reliable company such as family-owned and operated company, Frontier Tree & Turf.

Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkin carving is one of the most fun, traditional home activities and for good reason, too - you need a pumpkin for Halloween! Don’t worry though, if you are not the Halloween type, there are so many great perks you can get from carving a pumpkin such as pumpkin pie, toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin bread, and more.

Spend Time With Loved Ones
When it comes down to it, the best part of backyard activities for fall weather is the fact that you get to spend time with the ones that are important to you. Grab a few chairs, enjoy the weather, and sit outside and just talk, eat, drink, and have time. Ultimately, this is what life is all about, right?

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