Fall is the ideal setting if you want to experience the outdoors. With the changing leaves and brilliant colors of plants and flowers, setting up your garden and lawn can be exciting. Whether you’ve recently purchased a home or you’re looking to refresh its appearance, you’re sure to enjoy the following landscape ideas.
Get Ready to Plant
Nurseries and home improvement centers are typically ready to get rid of their spring and summer stock of plants, trees, shrubs and flowers. If the items are end of the season close outs, you may also be able to get the vegetation at a discounted price. Since fall is the ideal time to plant for the spring ahead, this is a great season to stock up. You can begin by taking note of the plants, and trees that you already have. To make sure your outside landscaping is more brilliant, it’s best to find items that bloom and add a burst of color throughout the various seasons. Fruit trees such as apple, pear, plum, cherry and peach are ideal for both the summer and fall months. Make sure to do some research to determine what varieties cross pollenate the others during the spring. Lilac bushes, evergreens, burning bush shrubs and hydrangeas are also colorful and can make your home picture perfect.
Tidy Up Your Lawn
If your lawn has seen some better days, the fall is the perfect time to reseed your lawn, aerate and fertilize. The grass seed loves the cooler, rainy days of fall. However, before the end of the season, you want to make sure to remove any leaves, branches or debris from the delicate blades of grass. Mold, mildew and other grassy types of diseases can infect your lawn and cause it to look sparse and unhealthy come spring. You’ll also want to give it one last trim before the cooler temperatures set in for the season. If you have an irrigation or sprinkling system, you want to check for leaks and other issues before ice begins to build. You can also winterize them with intricate backflow devices.
Annuals and Perennials
Before your yard has experienced its first frost, you want to clear your yard of the annuals. You can pull the plants and place them in your compost pile. This is also a great time to trim back your perennials and separate them. Once you have dug up the plants at the roots, you can plant them in other locations such as the side, front or back of your home. Black-eyed Susan’s, cone flowers, bee balm, phlox and butter cups are proven perennials that will do just as well separated as they did when first planted. You can also check with your nursery for sales on mums. While they give off a quick burst of fall color, some of the varieties are hardy enough to come back each year such as asters.
It’s not too early to be thinking about spring and summer. You can plan now for your spring garden by visiting your local nursery. Here you’ll find a host of colorful bulbs to plant now for your spring and summer enjoyment. From daffodils and lilies to iris’s and tulips, you’ll find a colorful array of choices to pick from. To speed up the process, you’ll find handy bulb planting tools that can help with the digging. Your local nursery may even have design ideas on how to set up your garden, so listen to the experts.
Decorate Your Yard
Pumpkins, gourds, fall foliage, Indian corn hay bales and potted plants are other ideas that will rev up your fall landscape. You can also hang a decorative fall wreath from the front door and adorn your mail box with colored leaves and bouquets of orange and gold flowers.