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    34 Problem-Solving Products That’ll Make Your Backyard A Fall Paradise

    Detering critters, picking up bunches of leaves, bringing life to a tired patio, and so much more are in your immediate fall future.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Scaredy cats that'll make for some very cute Halloween decorations *and* deter critters like real cats, rodents, birds, rabbits, squirrels, and other pests.

    black cat style yard decorations

    Promising review: "If you don't mind having fake cats all over your yard or garden, these are great. Had some birds eating our strawberries. Put one of these right behind the strawberries in the raised garden bed, and hung one from a porch light. The porch light one looks like the cat is flying, but the wind makes it move a bit and the birds are none-the-wiser. Haven't seen a bird near the garden in a month. Worked well for me." —Tiki

    Get them from Amazon for $16.98.

    2. A pair of leaf scoops for snatching up the colorful leaves in your yard. Maybe you can even lure the kids into doing the work. Just tell 'em they're Hulk hands.

    Model holding the scoops and transferring a large handful of leaves into a trash can

    Promising review: "We have a very large wooded property that requires a lot of leaves and sticks to be raked up. We have tried various brands of leaf scoops but most lasted not even one season. Since purchasing the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops are job has been much easier. First of all is the way your hands grasp the scoops. These are much more ergonomic and are actually like extensions of your own hands. Second, these are very sturdy and do not bend when trying to pick up a pile of sticks and debris. We have made it through the season so far without issue. Next will be the dreaded fall cleanup. I highly recommend the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops which make our yard, woods and garden cleanup easier." —trouble54

    Get a pair from Amazon for $26.95.

    3. lighted umbrella that'll tilt (literally) to your whims and give you the right amount of shade and light when/where you want it. Your backyard time just extended by a LOT since the sun started setting earlier. 

    patio with round glass table and a striped umbrella on it
    umbrella at night with lights underneath it

    Note that this includes just the umbrella, not the table!

    Promising review: "I normally don’t like buying products like this sight unseen, but I’m very pleased with the look and especially with the solar lighting. We enjoyed a pleasant evening on the deck with just the right amount of ambient light tonight, and we are hopeful that it will prove to be durable." —Dee Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $71.99 (available in five color combos).

    4. An inflatable hot tub because you deserve to extend your bathing suit use and chill in your backyard like you're at a luxury resort. Maybe you not owning this wasn't a problem until you read this story? (Sorry, not sorry.),

    It comes with a pump that handles all the inflating, heating, and filtration as well as a very lovely massage system. AirJets release with a push of a button some seriously soothing bubbles that'll make you feel like you're at your own personal spa in your own backyard!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about buying an inflatable hot tub, but my sister has wanted one forever. After researching many varieties we ended up purchasing this. I am amazed at how well it works. I have had it for several months now and it is still working perfectly. The lining is thick and sturdy, and supports your back. It is easy to get in and out of. The cushioned bottom is more comfy than I expected. It holds heat well, we like it at 104 and it stays between 102 and 104 while in use in a 40- to 60-degree environment. The bubbles are plentiful and relaxing and strong. I thought set up was quite easy, filters are easy to change and water chemical balance is easy to maintain. I give 5 out of 5 stars. Get it!" —Kristine

    Get it from Amazon for $499.99.

    5. double hammock you totally have permission to use just by yourself while you sip a PSL. After all your regular lawn chairs just aren't comfy enough to sit in for hours on end. 

    FYI, this includes a spreader bar for easy setup and can hold up to 450 lbs.

    Promising review: "This hammock is much more comfortable than any of those that we’ve had in the past. It looks great in the yard and is very comfortable and soft." —D

    Get it from Amazon for $72.99 (available in 10 colors).

    6. An inflatable lounger you can take with you everywhere this fall...including a few steps into your backyard. And to inflate it, you simply run a bit to let the wind catch in it!

    Promising review: "I love this thing!!! I ordered one for my son and me for lounging in the backyard or the beach. It was a little tricky to blow up without a lot of wind in the backyard, so I used a fan from a small bouncy house. Once it was filled it was SO comfortable and relaxing! It was even better than I expected it to be. Very easy to roll and secure once filled. The material seems very sturdy and I'm not worried about popping it!" —Princess

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98 (available in 16 colors/patterns).

    7. power washer to give you an oh-so-satisfying "after" when it comes to stained and worse-for-wear concrete surfaces. (And the same goes for fences!) Don't let a nasty-looking fence or patio distract you from a relaxing afternoon!

    grayed stone patio caked with mud
    clean patio looking like it's completely different stone

    Promising review: "So glad I made this purchase. My flagstone patio looks new again!" —SEAN H. MCNEIL

    Get it from Amazon for $149.33 (available in three colors).

    8. Some interlocking Teak tiles you don't need tools to install but will LOOK like you paid someone to install. (Feel free to tell neighbors it was a summer project.) Talk about an upgrade!

    reviewer pic of patio with the teak tiles covering it
    close up of the teak tiles

    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc... In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get 10 sq. ft from Amazon for $77.99.

    9. nice-looking shed for easily stashing recycling bins, bikes, a lawnmower, and other hefty tools you have no other place to store.

    reviewer pic of shed with a lid and to front doors on a patio
    open shed to reveal a trash can and recycling bin

    Promising review: "Good quality. Easy to assemble. Parts are individually bagged and labeled. Holds two 32-gallon round barrels — which is what I wanted it for. Very compact, which was a factor for where i had to put it." —Joe in Brooklyn

    Get it from Amazon for $328.98. Also check out a similar shed in several sizes to find the right one to fit your space and needs.

    10. A portable grill you'll be able to find room for in your tiny backyard (and even take with you to a tailgate!). Is it even fall if you're not grilling out some?

    the portable propane grill in red

    Promising review: "This grill is great! It has three burners so the things that you are grilling do not cook unevenly. I purchased a 20-lb-to-1-lb propane adapter and hooked up my 20-lb propane to it. It is easy to assemble. I usually prefer a charcoal grill over propane, but this grill came close to giving me the charcoal grill taste, it did not disappoint me. Awesome product!" —Michael S

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99+ (available in four colors).

    11. A celestial fire pit that'll look great in the daylight and downright magical when lit at night. (Oh, and it'll be a toasty addition on chilly nights!)

    firepit with celestial design

    Promising review: "Easy to assemble and sturdy for this price point. I have burned almost every weekend for over a year and it has held up. Some days I keep a fire going for 8 plus hours. It lost its new look after the first few rains (even with a cover), but that doesn’t bother me. The cutouts on the side look really cool at night. Only thing that will need replacing soon is the screen cover. It still works, but there are some small holes that are starting to appear. I would buy it again." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $229.

    12. A set of s'mores sticks to *safely* reach closer to the fire for you so you can achieve the perfect level of toasted on that marshmallow. It's extremely important!

    two pronged sticks with wooden handle spears marshmallow and hotdog
    reviewers roast marshmallow over bonfire in backyard

    Promising review: "These roasting sticks will get the job done. They retract easily and will be perfect for light use (roasting marshmallows) with our fire pit. Not extremely sturdy but not flimsy either. The metal points are not sharp which is a good thing if kids are handling them. I like the storage pouch it comes with too." —Sheri J. O

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.48+ (available in four quantities).

    13. And a cute s'mores station you can park nearby so no one has to hunt down the marshmallows when it's time for the best dessert on the planet.

    tray with compartments for different s'mores ingredients
    PalletsandPaintbyJN / Etsy

    PalletsandPaintbyJN is an Oklahoma City-based Etsy shop that specializes in wood signs and decorations.

    Get it from PalletsandPaintbyJN on Etsy for $80.

    14. And some chocolate-stuffed marshmallows that'll take an extra step out of making s'mores. Plus they'll perfect your chocolate-marshmallow ratio!

    two bags of the marshmallows with marshmallows visible so you can see the chocolate inside

    Promising review: "A friend had come across these once when they had gone camping for making smores. I thought that they would be great for our 'camping' that we have done during our lockdowns. They make the smores making experience so much easier. I love how the chocolate gets all warm too.

    I have been brave and even tried some of their recipes for other uses for the marshmallows like making hot chocolate for the chocolate/chocolate ones. Super yummy, just make sure to cut them in half and that your milk is very warm before adding them." —MG.

    Get two bags (one original, one chocolate-on-chocolate) from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. A set of stylish stacking chairs will make sure that everyone has a spot to sit when they stop by!

    round outdoor able with an umbrella and gray modern looking chairs
    The Novogratz

    Get four chairs from The Novogratz for $299.99 (available in four colors).

    16. A set of jumbo lawn dice you can keep handy for those lazy afternoons when you wanna do something besides just sit around in your wonderful outdoor rooms.

    giant wooden die and scoreboards in a yard

    But what do you do with them? Well, you can use them to play huge versions of your favorite dice games or invent your own! Plus, they come with dry-erase game boards to keep all participants honest ;).

    Get them from Amazon for $31.93.

    17. A portable projector to make the your annual (first) Hocus Pocus watch feel like an immersive experience.,

    It's equipped with multiple ports such as HDMI, USB, Micro SD, and AV interfaces. It also displays in 1080p HD and has a resolution of 640*360

    Promising review: " This was one product that I am completely glad to have invested in! The size of the projector is wonderful! I plugged in my Roku Ultra which is also HD and the picture quality was great! Considering I don’t have much wall space for projection, I currently have it at about 50” or so and the picture is as clear as a TV! For the price, this was awesome! Having USB and HDMI allowed me to turn a small projector into a complete tv and sound system! I will definitely recommend this product and continue to use this brand for other electronics!" —Catherine Castellanos

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    18. And a projection screen that'll help you feel like you're also running from zombie Billy before you find out he's a friend.

    a screen with a football game projected onto it

    The screen is 120-inches and made of an anti-crease material. It also comes with brackets and ropes for mounting purposes.

    Promising review: "This screen is perfect for our use. We bought it for outdoor movie nights whether being on the garage door, in the backyard, camping, or inside the garage. It’s very easy to install with no wrinkles and shows a great picture. I’ve attached pictures that show how well I can still see the picture despite being surrounded by 7,000 Christmas lights in close vicinity." —Hallie H.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    19. A sunshade triangle rather than a canopy you can rig up over the patio or the kids' sandbox to block up to 95% of UV rays and keep things a bit cooler because the calendar says it's fall but sometimes it can feel a bit more like summer.

    The sunshade

    Promising review: "My pool is awesome when it gets into the hundreds of degrees here in California. We decided to grab a 20x20x20 triangle and holy cow does it do a number on the backyard! Not only does it keep my pool better-shaded, but it also keeps the sun off of my back patio during the hottest part of the day."Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.94+ (available in 6 sizes and 14 colors).

    20. A rolling indoor/outdoor cart so you can load up all your foods and bevs onto this and turn that multiple-trip task into a one-trip breeze.

    teal modern cart with two open shelves
    The Novogratz

    Get it from The Novogratz for $119 (available in four colors).

    21. Some light-up flowers you can nestle amongst the *real* flowers in your flowerbeds around seating areas for a surprisingly practical, whimsical touch that'll make your backyard look like it's out of a fairytale once the sun sets.

    light up pink and purple faux flowers

    Promising review: "The pictures don't do these justice. At night my backyard looks like a scene from Avatar. The light itself is not bright, but the colors are very vibrant and intense. The color transition is gradual and glowing. They are hypnotic to watch. During the day they are unobtrusive and don't look too fake or artificial. The green leaves are very bendable, the stems of the flowers are somewhat pliable, and the cloth that makes up the petals can be smoothed and manipulated a bit so you can make them look different and more realistic. I've had them for a couple of weeks and so far they are performing perfectly. They are simply beautiful and we love them!" —Zavanna

    Get eight flowers (between two bunches) from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. Solar lights you can stake along a walkway or pond right where you need 'em. Lighting is key for getting more use out of your outdoor space in the fall. Oh, and they look nice in the daylight too!

    the solar lights at night
    the solar night along a walkway in the day

    Promising review: "Impressed with the size of the cell which provides a larger surface area for charging. The lights are the brightest I've seen for a solar light and the illumination covers a nice range. Placed them along my pond giving the place a classy look." —Percussionist

    Get six from Amazon for $49.99.

    23. Solar powered, motion sensor-activated lights so you can actually see what your dog's getting into when you let him out at 7:01 p.m., Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased these to cover the side of my house. Installation was easy and I left them outside for two days to charge. The light coverage was about what I expected from them and do the job well. The motion sensitivity covers all the side and lights turn on. It has rained about three times and still work great and hoping they last for a long time." —J. Argueta

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $21.24.

    24. Waterproof globe string lights that'll make a big style impact when hung along your roofline, draped on outdoor structures like a pergola, or just strung up solo so you can enjoy the lights *and* the stars.

    reviewer pic of the string lights along roofline in back of house by a pool patio area
    reviewer pic of lights strung up in lines above a patio area with benches

    Reviewers note that you should remove the bulbs before stringing up the strands and then install the bulbs.

    Promising review: "These lights were perfect for my patio, I've recieved plenty of compliments so far. The Edison light bulbs and beautiful and offer the perfect amount of lighting for any occasion...the clips were ideal for my eaves, the overhang of the roof, which made for simple just need to find a dimmer capable of handling the required wattage and the package will be complete." —Brody Vins

    Get a strand from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in three lengths and three colors).

    25. An outdoor drink stakes set that'll hold your beer while you tend to the fire pit or check out how those burgers are faring on the grill.

    Promising review: "As always, my order was shipped quickly and in perfect condition. I love the bright colors and they are talk and sturdy. They are perfect for bottles, cabs, and cups... Not so good with stemmed wine glasses! No problem: I just ordered silicone stemless wineglasses!" —LaDonna Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $31.95+ (available in two quantities). Or get a set made for stemmed wineglasses here.

    26. mosquito repellent gadget to replace your citronella candles that never quite seem to do what you'd like. This creates a 15-foot zone free of those blood-sucking fiends.

    The repellent

    Promising review: "Excellent product that does precisely what it says it does. We have a large patio area and use one of these on each side of the patio. We live in South Florida and even in the height of mosquito season, we can spend an evening on the patio with these and not get a single bite. These are excellent!" —Luke W.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    27. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can pump up the jams while you garden or just relax under an umbrella. Plus it has 360-degree sound with a 24-hour charge, and a splash-proof design to help it survive cannonballs and garden hose ambushes. Your phone in a red Solo cup could NEVER deliver like this. 

    Promising review: "Super easy to set up, charge, pair, and listen. There’s a built-in loop, so I can attach it to my bike for outdoor cycling, a hook in the bathroom for steamy tunes, or my bag for picnics and hikes. Clear sound for listening to both music and spoken word (of course I tested both). Lovely color and sleek overall look with a range of over 30 feet. I can’t wait to bring this to the beach during the NYC summer months. True to product description." —Aminah

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in eight colors).

    28. An outdoor pizza oven you can plop down on a table to turn your backyard into the most popular neighborhood pizzeria.


    This stainless steel pizza oven goes up to 700 degrees and will be preheated in about fifteen minutes. There is also a built-in valve ignition that will give you total flame control.

    Promising review: "AWESOME pizza oven. We really can't say enough great things about it. It does exactly as advertised, and the temperature of the stone matches fairly well with the gauge on top. The stone runs hottest in the middle, but not overly so. The oven takes longer to warm up in the cold weather (10-15 min), but it retains heat really well! We keep the pizza oven on a thick plastic table and the oven is very well insulated, the table doesn't get hot at all. We wouldn't change a thing! Makes amazing pizza and naan! " —tk

    Get it from Amazon for $400.

    29. Or a brick pizza oven building kit (with a foam form for easier building) in case you really wanna commit to a pizza oven. This Etsy shop has tons of plans to help you DIY one!

    finished oven in backyard
    Brickwood Ovens / Etsy

    Brickwood Ovens is a Lynden, Washington-based shop that sells downloadable pizza oven plans for less than a buck, along with this form! With this form you can build the base and oven in just three weekends (or less). And it looks great with any color of fire brick.

    Get the plans from Brickwood Ovens on Etsy for $189.99

    30. An indoor/outdoor rug built to weather rain can pull together decor or just cover up an ugly surface.

    reviewer pic of rug on a deck

    Promising review: "Cement porch. Feels good on feet, like a strong flexible mat. Easy to slide plastic furniture on it." —Marlene Bieber

    Get it from Amazon for $55 (available in three colors).

    31. A hanging lounge chair your dog will adore too in case your regular chairs are no longer cutting it.

    reviewer in chaise lounge chair suspended off the ground with an umbrella for shade

    Promising review: "The only problem I have with this chair is: I only have one of them and the whole family now fights over it! Seriously, it is THAT comfortable and relaxing. Pretty easy to put together, my husband got it all assembled in less than an hour and then proceeded to open up a beer and fall asleep in it next to the pool, HA! I like to take my laptop out with me and work in it as the moveable umbrella shades my screen. Love love LOVE it!!" —Erin S

    Get it from Amazon for $229.99 (available in six colors).

    32. A bird feeder made to keep out squirrels thanks to a motorized bar that spins once a squirrel climbs onto it. That way you can admire your feathered friends without any rude interruptions.

    a tube-like bird feeder with a round perch around it

    Promising review: "I have several bird feeders hanging from a tree, which obviously attracts squirrels. This feeder, the tipper version, does what I need it to — the ring at the base of the feeder is sufficient support for birds to access the feeder ports, but it wobbles when squirrels try to balance on it. Job done! Even better is the FLIPPER bird feeder. This is more complicated, with a motor that makes the base rotate when sufficient weight is on it. Birds are just fine, but squirrels are flung off. The effect is that this TRAINS the squirrels to avoid this feeder entirely. They give up! I should have to recharge the motor every so often, but I don't have to, since the squirrels keep their distance. Bravo, FLIPPER! I also like the fact that you can put several pounds of birdseed in it at a time. Great for winter, where I don't want to be filling it all the time. So very happy with this purchase." —C. McCloskey

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in four styles).

    33. A cat tent so every single member of your fam can enjoy the beautiful autumnal weather.

    A cat sits on a blanket in the sheer cat tent

    Promising review: "I read a LOT of reviews before I buy something. I want to be sure to put my money to good use. This was well worth every penny. Not only was it easy to set up but my cats LOVE it. I have two cats (one is twelve pounds and one is eight pounds). They both comfortably fit in here with a ton of room to walk around and play. I throw this thing up on my balcony for what we lovingly call 'tent time' and they come running to the door. They sit in here and watch the birds and never want to come out. It is very easy to get them in and out and so far, is completely durable. BUY THIS!" —Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $54.95.

    34. A ~washable~ door mat in fall colors you can park inside the door from your backyard so your fam can wipe off their dirty shoes before storing them. And it just looks so nice!

    gray, yellow, and black abstract mat at door

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two colors and five sizes).

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