10 Fall Landscaping Ideas and Tips
There’s a lot of work to do when it comes to fall landscaping besides covering your outdoor furniture and barbecue grill. It’s the time to encourage roots to develop, prevent water pools, and rake, cut, and trim. If you’re at a loss when you look at your yard, here are 10 Fall Landscaping Ideas and Tips to help you.
Pulling weeds isn’t the most enjoyable part of gardening. Taking the time to weed now while you do fall landscaping will pay off next season. Less weeds!
Dry Out Drip Systems
Use a compressor to blow out the water in your systems by inserting an air hose where the system attaches to the tap. This prevents cracks in the tubing during freezes. No one wants to dig out their entire system after finishing their fall landscaping efforts.
Mulch your plants, trees, and shrubs. This provides extra protection and warmth over the winter. Spread a layer of mulch and compost after a light frost but before the ground freezes. Your plants will be healthier come spring.
Last Mow of the Season
As you prepare the yard during fall landscaping, make sure to cut the grass down to approximately two inches. Doing so prevents leaves from accumulating, and it reduces the chances of disease and snow mold. Failing to do this can keep the grass from growing or kill new grass. Once you’re finished, store your garden tools and relax!
Taking Care of Dead Limbs
Here’s a great fall landscaping tip. Trim the dead limbs on trees and shrubs when they’ve lost their foliage. You can trim the limbs throughout the year, but cutting them during their growing season increases the risk of the plants spreading diseases.
Letting leaves accumulate and stay on the grass can damage your lawn over the winter. Moreover, freezes and thaws cause the debris to release chemicals that end up on surface water. Rake those leaves up!
Reduce Water Loss
Evergreens and fig trees require anti-transpirants to reduce water loss. Wrap the trees in burlap to protect the plants from winter weather as well.
It sounds counter intuitive to fertilize your lawn at the end of the season. However, fertilizing as you’re doing your fall landscaping will give grass the nutrients it needs in the spring.
Plant New Trees
If you’ve planted new shrubs and trees over the past year, they’re likely not strong enough to resist hard winds. Support them with earth anchors and surround them with wire mesh. The mesh will keep squirrels, rabbits, and other animals from gnawing on the trees.
Use a cold-frame garden bed that is frost-resistant if you want to get a kick-start on seedlings, but planting during autumn is just as ideal. It’s the perfect time to plant cool-season vegetables, trees, and perennials (those flowers that last year after year). Despite the colder temperatures, the ground is still warm, allowing roots to grow.
Now that you’re prepared to do your fall landscaping, get to work!