Summer has departed and the warm feeling of Autumn has replaced the days of endless sunshine and beaming sunrays. Along with falling leaves, you should expect a change in climate conditions that will have an effect on the landscaping around your home. To make sure that your landscaping doesn’t suffer, there are several techniques that you can employ to prepare for fall.
Although cooler temperatures mean slower growth for your plants above ground, you can expect gains in other areas. Roots benefit from the extra moisture found in the soil and this will spur increased root development. Fall is the best time to build strong roots so your plants will yield amazing blooms in the coming spring and summer seasons. Not to fret, this is not an offseason! It’s merely a transition.
While there are greater varieties of summer/spring time choices, there are plenty of beautiful fall plants that you can try out. Summer plants will begin to fade away as they prepare for dormant winter seasons but your joy and happiness doesn’t have to go along with it! Here are some creative ideas to keep your fall landscaping in tip top shape and have your neighbors wondering how you do it!
Trim Your Grass Low
Let’s start off with the lawn because it is one of the most noticeable aspects of your landscaping design. Shorter blades of grass make it difficult for your lawn to become infected with diseases that have a tendency to grow when conditions become colder. Moisture encourages mildew but a shorter blade height will prevent this while also providing an added visual benefit.
When leaves fall, they often get stuck in your yard and dance helplessly as the wind pushes them along in hopes of escaping from the clenches of your grass blades. With a shorter lawn, you also won’t have to worry about picking up as many leaves! We recommend that you lower your lawnmower blade to about 1 3/4 inch. Remember the best height is largely dependent on the species of grass that you have.
Block the View
Yes, we said it; block the view! When you create a landscaping design that blocks portions of your backyard/garden, you create an opportunity for the imagination to flow. This evokes emotions that are the ultimate goal of any work of art. Covering certain areas of your patio with greenery will add depth to your backyard and help fashion separate sub-themes running throughout your design.
Be Particular about the Hues that You Choose
The saying that “opposites attract” holds true to your garden as well. Incorporating contrasting colors and hues will add balance to your garden and create a colorful and exciting array of beauty for your viewing pleasure. If you only utilize vibrant colors, your garden will become overpowering. Instead, frame these plants with colors that contrast and balance the surrounding vegetation!
Chrysanthemums, playfully nicknamed “mums,” are one of the premier seasonal Fall plants in any gardeners fail-safe book. Perennial plants are those that live for more than two years. This is different from others that may have a shorter life-cycle ranging from annual to biennial. Mums blossom in fall and have the ability to survive in colder temperatures, sometimes even to the point of frost! Another great idea for your fall garden would be adding Japanese Anemone’s. These gorgeous plants have long stems that produce utterly breathtaking pink or white flowers!
Incorporate the Elements
Appeal to the natural senses by adding a water feature or even a fire pit! This will help to liven up your fall landscaping design. The calming sound of a trickling fountain will create a heavenly experience in your backyard patio! Adding fire to your backyard set up will help to keep you warm and create a natural gathering point for visiting relatives this Holiday Season!
Weave Your Structures into Your Landscaping
Use existing structures to enhance the look and feel of your backyard landscaping. Instead of leaving this area without any vegetation, you can hang plants from gazebos and pergolas to create a mystical experience! Don’t forget, you can always complement your wondrous landscape with patio decor items that will add a personal touch to your yard!
Create a Garden Escape
Finally, when you’ve completed your natural masterpiece, you’ll need a place to snooze and catch a nap! Designate a place to relax in the comfort of your patio. It’s common to find a single “thinking bench” in the midst of an elaborate garden. You can add a few pieces of furniture to read a new book, chat with a friend, or reflect on life! Embracing the benefits of outdoor living can help improve overall happiness and quality of life!
About this Post
Cheryl Khan is a sister, daughter, loving friend, frantic writer who enjoys spending time in her backyard to clear her head and free her mind! While she will admit that she isn’t a professional gardener, she appreciates being able to witness the fruits of her labor in those brief moments of triumph!