Picking the perfect pumpkin is not the easiest thing to do.  The perfect pumpkin will add some fantastic curb appeal for your home. Luckily, your home may already stand out from the crowd – thanks in part to your pristine Tennessee Turf Lawn. Now that fall’s here, however, it’s time to up your game and accessorize for the season. Not sure where to start? There’s no better, more budget-friendly décor item than everyone’s fall favourite: the pumpkin.

Picking the perfect pumpkin isn’t as simple as grabbing the first one you see. In fact, finding a pumpkin that will complement your yard takes a little bit of time and a sharp, detailed eye. Follow these tips from Weed Man Lawn Care and find the best match for you and your home.

# 1: The Selection

-For a fresher, firmer pumpkin, skip the supermarket and head straight to your local pumpkin patch.  Here are a couple you can try:  Lucky Ladd Farms, Walden Pumpkin Farm & Batey Farms.

-Closely inspect pumpkins for bruising, punctures, soft spots or mold.

-Press on all areas of your pumpkin. If it’s fresh, it should be solid to the touch all over. If it gives – even just a little – it probably isn’t going to last very long.

-If the stem feels weak or breaks off when you grab it, skip it and find a new one.

Yes people, the size of the pumpkin does matter! Especially for those of us with a large yard or front porch.  Consider buying  oversized (or multiple) pumpkins for a display. If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, go small with  pumpkins… gourds may complement your area even better.

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For the best pumpkins, head to a local pumpkin patch instead of the supermarkets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2:  Set Up & Display
After you have picked your pumpkin(s)  it’s time to decide on the best display for your yard.  For a Halloween-specific theme, consider carving your pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns and enhancing your set up with a string of orange twinkle lights and other spooky décor items.  Scoop out any seeds and “guts” before you begin carving. Tennessee Turf also suggests using a stencil to draw your design on the surface of the pumpkin before making any cuts. Once your Jack-o-Lantern is ready to rock-n-roll, use tea lights or a battery-operated LED’s light to bring your carving to life.

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If you’d like your display to last until Thanksgiving and give your yard more of a “harvest” theme, then skip the carving stage, as this can lead to early rot. Place your pumpkins on your front steps, by your door, and even in your gardens. Use hay bales, wooden crates, berries, flowers and other autumn accessories to accentuate your layout.

A little extra effort finding the right pumpkin for your yard can make all the difference in your seasonal display. Enjoy the season and have fun enhancing your outdoor space!

 

We would love to see how you decorate your pumpkins! Share pictures on our Facebook Page and we will show them off for you!