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Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

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Enhancing curb appeal isn’t easy. Luckily, your home may already stand out from the crowd – thanks in part to your pristine Weed Man 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.
 
Step 1: The Selection Process
  • For a fresher, firmer pumpkin, skip the supermarket and head straight to your local pumpkin patch.
  • 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.
Size matters! If you have a large yard or front porch, consider purchasing oversized (or multiple) pumpkins for a sprawling display. If you don’t have much room to work with, smaller pumpkins and gourds may complement your outdoor space better.
 
Step 2: The Set Up & Display
Once you’ve chosen your pumpkin(s) and have arrived home, 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. Weed Man 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 good to go, use a tea light or a battery-operated LED light to bring your carving to life.
 
Pumpkin for your Yard

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.
 
Picking a Pumpking Assortment

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!
 
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