With the end of summer only a few weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about your fall landscaping. As the summer ends, weather and other natural seasonal changes change your yard’s appearance.

  • Grass grows at varying speeds, which can cause patchy growth.
  • Some plants start to look dull as they lose their bright summer colors and turn yellow or brown.
  • Plants wither and reveal unsightly terrain and weeds.
  • Leaves, twigs, and other debris from plants pile up and cover the ground.

Correcting these problems now will help keep your landscape attractive in the fall. The following landscaping tips outline the top four ways you can accomplish this task:

Move Some Plants Indoors

Some potted plants need to go indoors so that they don’t die over the fall and winter months. Before bringing them inside, check them and their soil for insects so that you don’t accidentally bring pests into your home. Also, check for diseases and anything that might cause a health hazard like mold and fungal growth. When you’re finished, add fresh fertilizer and soil to each pot before you place them near windows inside of your home.

Prepare Your Tools for Fall Landscaping

It’s important to clean and repair your landscaping tools before you do yard work. Pay close attention to inspecting and fixing cutting tools that go through a lot of wear and tear during the summer months, like your lawnmower, trimmers, weed whacker, and leaf blower. For example, you might dislodge debris from motors, replace exposed or bent wires, and sharpen cutting blades. Additionally, prepare your safety gear. Inspect every item that you normally use to keep yourself safe, such as goggles, work gloves, and straps.

Clear the Landscape

When you design a fall landscape, you need a clean canvas. Pull up annuals and deadhead any flowers. Pick or pull up compostable debris, like as leaves, twigs, branches, weeds and unwanted seedlings, saplings, and invasive species, and toss it on your compost pile. Check all parts of the landscape, such as shrubs, trees, and stumps, for insect infestations, diseases, and dead spots. Trim or remove as needed. Once you’ve cleared the debris, mow the lawn, wait approximately 48 hours and then fertilize, overseed, and water it.

Planting for Fall Landscaping

Since many summer landscaping plants die before autumn, it’s important to fill empty spaces of your fall landscaping with new annuals or more perennials. If you’re uncertain about what to plant, speak to a lawn and garden specialist or search online for fall landscape design tips. Once you’re ready to plant, remember to add mulch or crushed stone around plants on flower beds to reduce weeds and supply fall and winter soil insulation. If you want a fall vegetable garden, install plants that thrive in cool temps, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, kale, lettuce, and spinach.

Fall landscaping shouldn’t pose any difficulties if you follow these easy tips. Stay organized, proceed step by step in a logical fashion, keep your goals in mind, and put in the time and effort necessary to make your fall landscape look its best.

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