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What would you recommend to someone who wants
to decorate outdoors early in the fall and have those
decorations extend right through Thanksgiving?
Use durable items such as corn shocks and straw bales,
Salks advised. Planted grasses are long lasting, and pumpkins
often will remain usable from early fall through Thanksgiving.
When buying mums, look for those that still have buds,
rather than ones already in full bloom. This will keep them
blooming further into the fall.
Decorations with a fall theme, such as wreaths decorated
with autumn leaves or fall flowers, have more staying power
than those that focus just on Halloween.
"Those sorts of decorations can be used until it's time to
decorate for Christmas, as opposed to having to be taken down
after Halloween is over," Salks said.

Any other thoughts for extending the usefulness of
your fall decorations?
An elegant way of extending your decorating from fall
right through the winter holidays is by creating a vineyard
look using grapevine garlands decorated with golden accents
and fall-colored foliage for fall color. You also can nestle small
pumpkinsĀø Indian corn and gourds into the grapevine.

Large, colorful mums provide a
big, showy pop of color and can last
for weeks.
"A large mum can fill in a space
and really set it apart," Salks said.
"You also can use ornamental cabbage, ornamental peppers, flowering
kale or another fall blooming plant
to create color and interest."
Finally, if you're working to stay
within a budget, think about buying
three or four quality, attractive items
and focus on their placement for
maximum impact.
"Having designated areas within
your landscape and inside of your
home allows you to always have
bright, cheery and attractive displays that bring a
feeling of joy and add to the value of your daily life experience,"
Salks said. "Have fun with decorating, and make your displays a
reflection of yourself."

Incorporating lights can assure that your decorations can go
from early fall right into Christmas.
"Use warm light bulbs, as those will transition well for
Christmas," Salks advised.
When it's time to decorate for the winter holidays, simply
replace the fall-themed objects and accents with jewel toned
ornaments and ribbons to create a warm, Tuscan-themed
holiday look.

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What are some ideas for decorating for fall
on a budget?
Decorating can get expensive, but there are steps you can
take to keep the costs down. Salks recommended using fairly
inexpensive objects like straw bales and corn shocks to fill in
large spaces and create visual impact.
You can add fall color and texture by adding ornamental
grasses and plants such as coral bells. In addition to providing
color now and because many of them are perennial, they can
later be planted in your garden to grow and bloom again next
year and for years to come.

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