Fall Landscaping Means Green in the Spring
One of the most important times to landscape, for this region, is in the Fall. Fall landscaping is best for a variety of reasons. It’s not too hot outside, less pesky bugs, and for most plants, it is the natural growing season. Planting in the fall is beneficial because the plant is less likely to experience heat stress and they have plenty of time to establish their root system throughout winter when the active growth is happening below the surface in the roots. Most landscape companies get busy in the fall because of the all potential work. If you have a project in mind, start planning in the summer to ensure you can get on the schedule for the optimal time.
What to Do in the Fall:
Aeration, Seeding, and Fertilization (ASF)
In this region, most people have Fescue grass, a cool season turf. Most cool season grasses thrive in the fall and early spring, when it is cool, but not too hot. Aerating, seeding, and fertilizing in the Fall will give you a better looking lawn in the Spring. Seeding helps to fill in bare spots, something that almost all homeowners struggle with. Aerating (a.k.a. plugging) allows the seeds the fall in the soil instead of lying on top of it, which helps its chances of germinating. Aerating also allows water, air, and vital nutrients to reach the turf’s roots. Fall is the best time aerate your lawn. You won’t regret it when you see your lush, beautiful green lawn in the Spring.
Heat stress is one of the major threats to freshly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and lawns. Planting in the fall allows the plant to get established before it experiences the deadly threat of heat stress. Plants planted in the fall tend to survive better than plants planted in the spring or summer. Also, soil tends to be a little dryer in the cooler seasons. When the soil is dryer, it forces the plant to reach deep into the ground to find water, which helps to establish a more developed root system. Beware that the soil doesn’t get too dry or the plant might die from a lack of water. Be sure new plants get watered at least once a week. The other upside to fall planting – it’s easier on you. The weather is nice and the pesky bugs are less active.
Spring is a great time to spread mulch to freshen up the look of your drab winter landscape and to help maintain moisture during the summer. Fall is also a crucial time of year to spread mulch. A fresh layer of mulch in the fall will help protect your plant’s root system from the threat of frost. Mulch serves a great purpose in your landscape. Aside from aesthetics, mulch protects your plants from weeds, maintains moisture in the root system and insulates from extreme weather.
Fall Landscaping Tip:
If you are thinking about doing some Fall planting this year, have an open space in your lawn or natural areas, but aren’t sure what to do…we recommend groundcover shrubs. Groundcover shrubs add color and depth to the landscape and perform well in cooler conditions. Groundcover plants help to protect against soil erosion issues, as well as regulate temperature and moisture in the soil. Go to plants.wemakedirtlook.com to view our Plants Encyclopedia for ideas and recommendations.