“Outdoor landscaping ends once summer ends.” It’s something I’m sure you’ve heard (or thought). Wind down. Stay indoors. Well, it just isn’t true. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy your backyard the way you never could in the heat of the summer.

Here are 7 myths about fall landscaping we’ve debunked. Now get outside and enjoy autumn!

MYTH 1: DOESN’T FALL WEATHER PUT ADDED STRESS ON PLANTS?

Geranium Annual

Fact: the cooler weather actually puts less stress on your plants during the planting process! As an added bonus, you don’t have to water as much in autumn.

While the hot summer dries up the ground and scorches leaves, in fall the cooler days allow your plants to live with minimal effort.

Bonus Tip:

This is great for homeowners who don’t have a green thumb.

 

MYTH 2: IF I WANT A NICE SUMMER LANDSCAPE, SHOULDN’T I DESIGN IN THE SPRING?

Bark Mulch

Come spring, you never know when snow is going to stop. This can delay spring projects and affect your outdoor plans, such as graduation parties.

If you want your backyard ready for spring or summer next year, fall is the ideal time to start planning. It allows you to have a leisurely schedule for planting. There is always a crunch in the spring to get things into the ground and also to have the most planting offerings.

Money Saving Bonus Tip: 

Mulching projects are perfect for getting ready for spring next year. We use shredded hardwood bark mulch on your landscaping areas to warm and protect plants during hard winters. Then in the spring, the bark gets turned over to refresh. This process keeps your plants thriving and cuts down on spring weeding. That’s what we call double duty!

 

MYTH 3: ISN’T SUMMER IS THE BEST TIME TO PLANT?

Maple Tree

Cool temperatures allow for root growth, which makes fall the ideal time to start planting. The heat of summer puts stress put on newly-transplanted plants.

Many go into shock if they don’t get the watering required. When they do get watered, most plants don’t get enough to reach the deep roots. The results are stunted root growth and struggling, dying plants.

 

MYTH 4: PLANTS WILL DIE IF PLANTED IN FALL, RIGHT?

Aster Perennial

We have about 2 1/2 month left for shrubs and trees. Many perennials can be planted through mid October.

There are many trees and shrubs that prefer the cooler temperatures for the transition and love the extra months to take root before spring and summer.

Trees and shrubs have a planting season starting in April and going until December and perennials have a planting season of May-Mid October.

Bonus Tip:

This results in more mature plantings when you want it most (during warm weather).

 

MYTH 5: IN FALL, AREN’T THE ONLY LESS-DESIRABLE PLANTS AVAILABLE?

Cabbage Annual

Once the fall hits, a resurgence of trees and shrubs are able to be dug up once again. While the most sought after apple blossom and serviceberry trees are all “sold out” during the spring, new inventory opens up once the cooler weather arrives.

This is because there is a small window of dig openings for flowering trees. These trees crave the cooler weather and will flourish when planting this time of year.

Bonus Tip: 

Many of these trees are larger and more mature than those available in spring.

 

MYTH 6: AREN’T COLORFUL ANNUALS ALL GONE BY FALL.

Pansy Annual

Many households switch their annual landscaping to reflect the season (and the color palette of changing leaves). Reinvigorate your front yard by changing out your impatiens bed to mums and kale. Geraniums, Chrysanthemums, pansies, and cabbage also make excellent, colorful fall plantings. They thrive in cooler weather and come in colors from yellow, pink, purple, and orange.

Fall is the perfect time to find areas of your landscaping that could use late season blooms to brighten up your space. Dwarf hydrangea, for example, flowers in the fall and turns a beautiful autumn color.

 

MYTH 7: IS FALL TOO LATE TO ADD A PATIO OR ENTERTAIN OUTDOORS?

Blue Stone Patio, Fire Pit, & Pergola

Because the threat of mosquitoes disappear, and the more temperate weather, fall is the perfect time for outdoor entertainment. Grilling, football parties, and Halloween gatherings are all popular in autumn. And it is still possible to add patios, firepits, and built-in grills to your backyard.

You can even add an enclosure around your patio to keep in warmth. Small water features to block out the sound of traffic can still be added to the outdoors, too. Birds and squirrels will love these waterscapes, since rainfall lessens in fall.

Bonus Tip:

If you are planning a graduation party next spring, think ahead for your landscape work now. Beginning the process this fall allow the spring landscape to grow more mature. Many times, homeowners contact us in late spring with a rush project for their parties, and the plants don’t have time to flourish the way they could have.


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