It’s that time of year again – lower temperatures, leaves on the ground, crisp nights, pumpkins on display…fall is here! The only thing missing from the list is fall landscaping. If you’re interested in turning your yard into a fall-fabulous space, call the Maryland landscape design experts at Four Seasons!
Fall Landscaping Ideas
There are a number of things you can do to get into the fall spirit with landscaping, and we don’t just mean putting a pumpkin out on your porch. With the right plantings and fall decor, you’ll have the best fall yard in the neighborhood!
The best thing you can do for your yard during the fall is take care of it and add beautiful autumn colors.
Fall foliage: Plants that are multi-seasonal are ideal for this time of year because you need plants that can hold up well in cold temperatures, like Dogwoods. Although most people love Dogwoods for their white or pink springtime flowers, they are great for the fall as well – the cold temperatures won’t kill them, and their gorgeous red-purple color fits right in with the autumn landscape. Japanese maple is another viable option with its beautiful red and orange foliage.
When it comes to fall plants, color is not the only consideration. The best kind of fall landscape design incorporates different colors and textures. Be sure to mix different leaf shapes and sizes as well as various shades of red, orange, gold and yellow.
Yard Maintenance: Because of the cooler temperatures, fall is a perfect time to take care of lawn maintenance. Here is a short list of things you can do before winter rolls around:
• Water the lawn (enough to soak the soil several inches deep)
• Fertilize (and overseed large dead areas)
• Fix dead patches (if you seed now, you’ll have fewer weeds!)
• Pull up or kill weeds (sprays work best in moderate temperatures)
An autumn lawn maintenance trick to keep in mind: cutting your grass slightly shorter (by adjusting the height on your lawn mower) helps prevent it from matting down under leaves and snow. Just be careful not to go overboard – grass that is too short has fewer roots and facilitates weed growth.
Contact our landscape designers today for more fall landscaping tips!