It’s Football Season! How to Pre-Game in Your Backyard


Are you ready for some football? Or perhaps, more importantly, is your yard ready to host friends and family for a little pre-game fun? Now that your favorite professional and collegiate teams are back in action, let’s look at some things you can do to make sure you are ready to show your spirit this fall.

Colored Lighting

Changing out white bulbs for colored LEDs is a trending way sports fans are paying homage to their favorite local teams and honoring their alma mater on game day. You can also install fixtures that allow you to change your lighting by adding colored disks on top of white bulbs to show your team loyalty. Homeowners can also string lights around a pergola or wrap them around an outdoor bar or deck area to set the stage for a winning season.

Colored Curtains

Colored fabric or curtains, hung from pergolas or underneath deck space, is another great way to express your team spirit. If you are a true fan and willing to go all out, use fabric with your team logo to really set the stage. 


Cornhole is a must for game day! However, before the fun begins, make sure your lawn is healthy and ready for pre-game play. Like professional fields, backyards often get a lot of wear and tear so talk with your lawn care professional to ensure your lawn is ready to welcome family and friends.

Plantings in Team Colors

One of the most vibrant ways to show allegiance to your team is adding plants to coordinate to your team’s colors that then help make your yard pop. Plantings in your team colors will not only make your outdoor space look beautiful, they will parade your team support long after the game is over and bring freshness to your outdoor entertainment space.

The Spread

Of course, the spread is an important part of the pre-game fun, in fact, it’s the most important! Set the stage for a memorable afternoon out on your deck or patio with all your favorite tailgate food. Now’s the time to enjoy the enhancements you’ve made to your outdoor living space – the fire pit, outdoor kitchen (complete with keg-orator, cheers!), surround sound electronics, gaming areas, and more. In fact, with the right setting, your yard may offer more fun than the game.  

If you haven’t yet made your backyard into the neighborhood’s best pre-game spot, start today with the help of a local landscape professional.