Fall landscaping provides homeowners and business owners an opportunity to refresh their curb appeal. Now is the perfect time to create beautiful landscaping that will last throughout the whole season! Whether you’re welcoming guests for trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving dinner, or football Sundays, you’re sure to impress family and neighbors with a well-maintained lawn and garden.
Here’s what you need to know about fall landscaping, plus four tips for refreshing your yard this season.
Why Your Landscaping Loves Fall
Before you make your to-do list, let’s discuss what makes fall landscaping different from other seasons.
- There’s less sun during the fall.
Believe it or not, your landscape gets tired of the sun. While plants need sunlight to grow, too much can dehydrate them and cause them to die. Fortunately, in autumn there is less daylight, which means fewer harsh rays to harm your plants.
- It’s not too hot or too cool.
Fall temperatures are just right for your plants’ roots! Although the weather is getting cooler, the soil temperature is still warm enough for roots to grow freely. Roots use this time to actively grow before the summertime heat returns.
- Fewer leaves allow for root growth.
Many trees will lose their leaves during the fall. While the trees may look bare, their energy is focused underground. Until spring, the trees will build their network of roots, allowing for top growth of leaves and blooms in the warm weather.
These changes make the fall a great time to add in new plant varieties that prefer less sun, care for your trees, prep your garden beds for cooler weather, and more. At Carolina Curb Appeal, we can create an individualized plan for your property.
Here are four tips to get you inspired!
3 Fall Landscaping Tips
Fall Landscaping Tip #1: Examine Your Trees & Shrubs
Fall foliage is a unique aspect of the season, so take a look at your yard to determine which trees are evergreen and which will give you that beautiful burst of color.
If you have trees and shrubs that are changing colors, make them the focal point of your yard this fall. They will serve as a contrast against your evergreen trees to create depth and visual interest. Often colorful trees like the Japanese Maple will also add a smaller, more interesting shape to the mix.
If your yard is mostly made up of evergreen trees, that’s fine, too! These trees are usually taller and will create privacy around your yard. Additionally, they will allow your yard to retain some color after the leaves have fallen from other more colorful trees.
The trick here is to trim your trees so that they complement each other and look tidy in your yard. Our team at Carolina Curb appeal can help with seasonal pruning! We can also plant new tree types to create greater variety within your yard.
Fall Landscaping Tip #2: Add Color With Fall Plants
Once you’ve assessed the color overhead, it’s time to move to the ground. What plants and flowers do you have in your yard? If you’re lacking color, don’t worry! You have an opportunity to plant in gardens this fall while the soil is still soft.
We recommend mixing brightly colored flowers with grasses to create a cornucopia of contrast and texture. Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular fall plants which add a pop of yellow and orange to autumn gardens. These plants also thrive in pots, so you can place them on front porches and back patios.
With so many varieties to choose from, our team is happy to you help you find the perfect mix of plants to include in your fall landscape.
Fall Landscaping Tip #3: Protect Your Garden Beds
It’s time to add mulch and pine straw to your garden beds! Once you’ve planted your seasonal additions, cover the bases of your plants with several inches of mulch for extra protection against low dips in temperature.
For assistance in planning and building your hardscape, contact our team today.
Save Time With Carolina Curb Appeal
We know that maintaining your landscape through every season can be time-consuming. If you don’t want to spend your weekends on seasonal landscape to-do’s, rely on the Clayton, Knightdale, and Garner, NC landscape experts at Carolina Curb Appeal. Call us today at (919) 796-0045 to make an appointment!