Don’t wait until next spring to start thinking of your landscaping projects. Fall is a great time to create your new space with shrubs, trees, perennials, lawn seeding and sodding. Annual flowers such as mums, kale, and asters will soon be popping up in your containers and window boxes to complete your fall decorating. It is I also a perfect time to start doing outdoor patios and retaining walls.
When I am out meeting with my landscape customers many people ask, “Is fall a good time to plant”? My answer to that question is fall is a great time to plant! Pahl’s still has a very large selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials available on our nursery lot. Planting in the fall will give your plants a chance for their roots to establish and come spring your new shrubs and perennials will be ready to give you that beautiful color you are wanting. It is also a good time to spit and divide your spring blooming bulbs, hostas, irises and other perennials. Make sure you water until it freezes to keep your plants from drying out and getting winter burn.
Fall lawn maintence is key to having a great yard in the spring. Fall weather provides the best time to seed and aerate your lawn. As the ground temperature drops so does the percentage of the seeds that successfully germinate. Grass seed takes approximately 10-15 days after to germinate. You should water your lawn daily during this period. On an established lawn aeration assists the growth process by loosening soil and allowing air and water to the roots for the nutrients it needs.
Don’t stop with just plant material and lawn care, fall is also the ideal time to create a perfect outdoor living spaces. As the temperature cools it is wonderful to be outside sitting on a new patio with a fire-pit or even an outdoor kitchen, spending time with friends and family grilling, watching football and having a cold one! Maybe you already have a great outdoor living area, now is the time to inspect sidewalks and patios for cracks, broken pavers or for reapplying polymeric sand. There is still time to fix any damage before winter so that dirt and water cannot freeze into the areas where it could cause the problem to get worse.
So as the kids are getting back into school and fall activities are beginning don’t put off your landscaping, you still have time to get ahead of next spring! Pahl’s would be happy to help you with your upcoming fall projects.