What Should Your Fall Landscaping To-Do List Include?

As summer draws to an end with fall around the corner, now is the time to look at fall landscape care in preparation for the colder weather ahead. Winter can be harsh on plants; however, with the right fall landscape services, plants have a better chance of wintering safely. Fall is also the best time for planting certain species and doing a general cleanup as well. Take care of fall landscape maintenance issues and enjoy the fruits of labor come springtime, when the landscape welcomes spring stronger and healthier than ever.

Add Color With Fall and Winter Plants

Except in the most extreme cold, it is possible to keep a little bit of landscape color in climates where cool weather plants can withstand temperatures that approach freezing in some cases. Dianthus, snapdragons, and pansies are hardy, yet colorful spring and fall flowers that can be planted in fall to provide color nearly all winter. Ornamental kale and cabbage as well as Dusty Miller are other species that do well fall through spring.  They can be planted in fall to keep landscapes looking their best.

Mulch Planted Beds for Cleanliness and Protection

Fall is a great time to tidy up landscaped beds by removing dead plants and leaves, checking plant health, and putting on a fresh layer of mulch. A few inches of new mulch looks nice and provides a fresh layer of insulation; it is a must for fall landscape maintenance. Mulch helps protect soil from excessive water evaporation and plant roots from harsh, freezing temperatures. It is especially important for tender plants and any fall transplanting, giving much needed protection as new roots try to establish before winter sets in.

Time for Planting and Transplanting

Fall is the best time for planting and transplanting bushes and trees. By planting after summer once the weather has cooled, plants have time to establish strong roots before the fast growth of spring. Keeping plants cared for with the right landscape maintenance, such as appropriate watering, feeding, and mulching will allow plants to develop deep roots. This  results in healthy, hardy plants once warm weather arrives and spring growth begins.

Don’t Forget Wintertime Watering

Watering should not stop when the weather gets cooler. For plants to remain in good condition throughout colder months, it is important to monitor soil moisture and water when necessary, even though water requirements will likely decrease as the weather gets cooler. Watering before a hard freeze can help ensure plant roots are provided with moisture before the hard soil is unable to absorb water. The water provided by creating a frozen root ball from watering just before a freeze allows roots to absorb water slowly when other water cannot reach the roots. Dryness is one of the main causes of winter plant death, not the cold. Keeping up with necessary watering will help prevent this.

Although the days are getting shorter and the bright, vibrant colors of spring and summer are fading, the right fall and winter landscape maintenance helps homeowners enjoy landscapes as long as possible. With a little bit of fall color and appropriate  maintenance, plants will stay in good health to bloom bigger and better once spring rolls around. Now is the best time to plan fall landscaping, so there is enough time to get it all done before the days get chilly again!

 

Written by

Roger Wheeler