As the long summer days begin to dwindle and families head back from vacation, it’s time to give your property a fall refresh. There’s no better time to work on your yard, as the soil is easier to move and heavy spring rains aren’t flooding newly planted root systems.
If you have some extra time on your hands now that the kids are back in school, we have a few suggestions to upgrade your property:
Think Past Mums
While mums are one of fall’s prettiest and most popular plants, there are plenty of other options to try. Consider cool-season vegetables and greens such as cabbage, rainbow chard and ornamental grasses. The deep greens and purples of these plants pair well with fall’s trademark colors. Pansies, violas and black-eyed Susans can also add splashes of seasonal color.
Fire Pits and Fireplaces
Outdoor fires are one of the most iconic aspects of fall. Adding a fire pit or fireplace with comfortable seating extends outdoor entertaining all season long. They can be adapted to fit any size; and are one of the best ways to enjoy your backyard.
Composting is one of the most green and cost-effective ways to recycle your grass and leaf clippings. As the trees begin to shed, consider composting them instead of dumping them. You can also mow your lawn on a higher blade setting to simply cut the leaves up, helping protect the root systems.
Natural mulch needs to be replaced yearly, but rubber mulch can last for up to ten years. It’s a different look and may not be for every homeowner, but the maintenance is easier. Rubber mulch also costs more than natural, but since it lasts longer it can save you money over time.
Spring and summer are the biggest seasons for plant and shrub growth. Make sure you evaluate your home and trim back overgrown plants. Oakleaf and mophead hydrangeas are old wood varieties that should be cut back so they bloom again.
Need professional advice on what fall trends best work for your backyard, contact the landscaping experts at DiSabatino Landscaping.