Now that summer is waning (and if you’re in KC you’ll be glad to see the last of it) it’s time to take a good look at our poor lawns and landscaping to see how we might perk them up. Heavy drought conditions, excessive heat, and the general lack of enthusiasm to spend any time outdoors have conspired to make a mess of our yards.But fall is on the way with cooler temps, crisper air and the chance to make up for a lousy summer by spending more time outside. We have a few ideas that can add instant pizzazz to your outdoor spaces and cheer you up after this awful summer. Get started now so you're ready when that first leaf falls.How about a fire pit or outdoor fireplace? Think about it: sitting outside in the cool air with friends, toasting marshmallows or making s’mores, discussing the merits of dark vs milk chocolate. Sounds good doesn’t it?Add some concrete curbing or edging to your flower beds, driveway or walkway. Custom curbing will immediately neaten up your lawn, add structure and increase curb appeal. Get it?Mums should be on sale soon so grab a bunch and tuck them in over the poor annuals that fried in July. Clear out and trim up the dead leaves sagging down on your shrubs and add some mulch. You’ll be amazed at how much this helps your outdoor space look better.Sweep and hose down your sidewalk and porch and then add some more fresh pots of flowers. Remember to vary the height and size of your pots to create interest.A new season brings thoughts of cooler temperatures, the beauty of brightly colored trees, the smell of wood smoke and thoughts of Trick or Treat for the kids. But fall will be here before you know it so make the most of it by renewing your outdoor spaces. Call Olympic Lawn and Landscape and we can get you started on all your fall outdoor plans.