You want your landscape to pop no matter what season. Autumn is a time when things start to wind down in the garden but there are still plenty of fall landscaping ideas to make things shine so your home stands out in the neighborhood.
Focus on Adding Color
Autumn is the time of year when color comes alive. The trees and shrubs start to boast brilliant hues of burgundy, orange, yellow, and rust. To complement the changing season, you’ll want to add your own splashes of color to the landscape.
Consider planting the following flowers to spruce up your landscape and provide seasonal cheer:
- Black-Eyed Susan’s
Ideally, you might want to consider investing in perennials that come back year after year. Fall blooming perennials include asters, mums, goldenrod, and Nippon daisies. They will start creating blooms during the late summer and continue flowering until the cold of winter arrives. Also, you can cut the flowers to make lovely fall bouquets.
Mulch the Flowerbeds
Adding mulch to your flowerbeds prevents weed growth and adds visual interest by providing a borderline definition. However, when you mulch in the fall you are also providing winter protection to the plant’s root system. The mulch acts as an insulative blanket.
You can also start raking the fallen leaves from the trees in your landscape and use them as a natural mulch around your flowers, shrubs, and trees. Simply rake several layers of the leaves around the plants. You can also invest in a vacuum blower which chops up the leaves into a finer mulch that is more visually pleasing.
If you plan on staying in your home for years, then you might want to invest in rubber mulch which will easily last ten years or more. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than bags of wood mulch but it will pay for itself in a few years. Natural mulch typically lasts only a year before natural decomposition causes it to break down.
Creating a Sitting Area
The temperature has started to drop as the long, hot days of summer wane. Fall is an ideal time to sit outdoors and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Pick a sitting spot in your yard. You can string lights since the days are growing shorter or even add a fire pit to enjoy the evenings (kids love a fire pit to make smores).
Use lanterns and hanging lights along walkways. You can even opt for solar lights if you don’t want to experience a spike in your energy bill.
As you wrap up, you’re landscaping in preparation for winter, you’ll want to consider the nutrient needs of your garden flowers, shrubs, and trees. Many need an extra boost of nutrition to get through the long, cold days of winter and give them the extra push they need to spring to life in the spring.
Contact Humboldts Secret Supplies to learn all about our various nutrient supplies to meet your landscaping needs.