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.
Autumn is a perfect time to take time and evaluate the condition of your lawn. Proper fall landscaping maintenance will not only guarantee your terrain will be ready to face harsh winter weather ahead. It will also help you reap the benefits come spring.
Our DiSabatino Landscapers and Design Specialists are always here to answer any landscaping questions you may have. If you’re a beginner, here are some tips for the best fall landscaping maintenance practices:
5 Fall Landscaping Maintenance Tips for Beginners
- Mulch – Plants love fall mulching because it helps protect their roots from frost and retain moisture during a cold and dry winter. Just spread 2-3 inches of fresh mulch in your garden, around trees and shrubs.
- Pruning – If you have any perennials, you probably noticed that they begin to look a tad tired and faded in the fall. It’s time to cut them back!
- Tree Care – Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Make sure to consult with tree experts to help evaluate possible tree hazards and remove them before winter storm season is here.
- Lawn Aeriation – Perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass root will help the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction.
- Planting – The cooler temperatures are easier on new plantings and the soil still warm, allowing roots to grow until the ground begins to freeze. Now is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, spring blooming bulbs, cold season vegetables and turf grass.
If you are ready to take your fall landscaping to the next level, talk with one of our landscape design specialist at DiSabatino Landscaping. We can quickly and expertly install fall plantings, outdoor fire pits and even custom decks that will enhance your life for years to come.
DiSabatino Landscapers have years of experience to help you create landscaping for your home that adds beauty year-round. Get in touch if you need help!
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The soaring temperatures of summer mixed with plenty of humidity make the idea of fall foliage and plantings seem a long way off. Yet, there are those that prefer the bold strokes of red, yellow and purple that autumn brings. For them, now is the time to start planning for the fall season.
Planting for multiple seasons cannot only make your landscaping a year round hit, it serves as important food sources for wildlife populations, such as hummingbirds, insects, butterflies and bee colonies. Depending on the temperatures, these populations can peak in the fall and greatly enjoy the later flowers of fall asters, salvia, and helenium .
Gardens that peak in the fall often can withstand dry conditions and create an oasis in your yard that looks good even in the worst weather. Shortening days and crisp nights can create perfect conditions for jewel like fall blooms such as Colchicum bulbs (a.k.a. autumn crocus), Leadwort, Smoke Tree, Fothergilla.