Transitioning Your Landscape from Summer to Fall

As the seasons change, so should your landscaping practices to keep up with your landscape maintenance.

The challenges you face when tending to your garden and your lawn during the summer are different than the ones you’ll deal with when fall arrives. But these are challenges that you’ll be able to overcome with the right preparation. Read on to learn some tips for transitioning your landscape from summer to fall:

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  • This is a good time to deal with problems with your lawn. Start with core aeration, the practice of mechanically removing small bits of thatch and soil from your lawn to help it breathe. As the summer’s hottest temperatures recede, you can, well, reseed your lawn.
  • Give your lawn a rest from the mower and let your grass grow a bit. This gives your lawn time to recover without having to expend energy on regrowing.
  • If you have water features in your yard, start to cover them. This will keep fallen leaves from clogging their irrigation systems.

  • Weeds start germinating in late summer, making them easier to kill. And if you pull up weeds now, you’ll have a healthier lawn and garden in the spring.
  • Between backyard barbecues and summer break, the past few months have likely brought a lot of foot traffic to your yard, making late summer a good time to fertilize.
  • Have you been thinking “I should start composting?” Fall is the perfect time to do it. Those leaves that will be falling from your trees in the next few weeks will make a great basis for your new compost pile.
  • Do you have fruit trees on your property? Check the ground underneath your fruit trees. Rotting fruit can bring disease into your yard, which could harm your other plants.
  • It’s also a good time to plant a tree or shrub. Your soil is more pliable, giving the plants an easier time when taking root.
  • Give your hedges a fall haircut: Clipped along the sides, and then tapered upward so that snow or freezing rain goes between the branches.
  • If you have tropical plants, get ready to bring them indoors. Your plants won’t like a short sharp shock, so make the transition gradual: a week in the shade outdoors before heading inside.
  • The days are about to get shorter, but you may still want to enjoy your yard when the sun goes down. It’s a good time to consider installing some landscape lighting. It will help make your property safer while creating an inviting nighttime vibe for you and your family and friends.
  • Do you enjoy spotting birds in your yard? If you want them returning throughout the autumn and winter, you’ll need to give them an incentive. Put up a bird feeder, and buy a lot of birdseed. You can even install a birdhouse, but just be sure to give its tenants access to a clean source of water.
  • In addition to new shrubs and trees, you can get ready to plant fall flowers. Shop in the summer to find a good selection, but avoid the temptation to plant right away. Putting the bulbs in the ground too early can lead them to sprout prematurely and die during the winter.

Commercial & Residential Landscape Construction

If you need help getting your property ready for fall, Realty Landscaping can help. Our residential landscape construction services include planting and transplanting trees and shrubs, grading, seeding and sodding, and installing ponds and other water features.

We can also help care for your turf, trees and other plants, as well as with mulching and soil enrichment. Contact us today, and we can get started on preparing your yard for fall.

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