As the children all start back to school it is time to think about getting the late summer yard projects completed. There is still lots of time to enjoy the outdoors during the Fall months, but we would like to list a few easy summer landscaping tips you can follow now to increase your chances to have a vibrant landscape come next spring!
Keep Your Lawn Looking Great All Year Round
- Keep on mowing! The end of lawn mowing is in sight- you can stop in mid-October
- But water less. Cooler temperatures mean less growth- and less need for water
- Fill in the gaps
- Rake your leaves
- Check for mosquito breeding grounds
- Trim Trees
- Mulch around plants
- Weed one more time
How to Divide and Prune
Pruning isn’t difficult and what you get in return is thicker foliage, more flowers and healthier plants. Most of us are afraid we are going to butcher the plants, just go online and you will find a few instructions. Once you mastered those, it is just a matter of timing. A few minutes spent pruning is one of the best things you can do for the plants in your yard. In addition to pruning your plants this is the time of year to divide your perennials.The best time time for dividing is in the fall after the plants have finished blooming. Plant and share the divided plants early in the Fall season as the plants will need 4-6 weeks to become established before the ground freezes
Renew Porches and Decks
Clean up and repair the decking on your outdoor spaces so they are safer and more inviting for fall entertaining. Wait for an overcast day, when evaporation from the deck will be slower. Remove furniture and plants, and trim or tie back any branches touching the deck. Wet down or cover adjacent foliage and siding, and protect yourself with rubber boots and rain pants. Wash leaves and dirt off the deck and railings with a spray from a garden hose or a pressure washer set at 3,000 psi and fitted with a gentle 40-degree fan nozzle. For maximum efficiency, hold the nozzle tip about 18 inches from the wood. After it is clean it is time to stain if it needs it this year.
Add Some Late-Summer Flowers
A few suggestion to keep your garden blooming into the fall. Fortunately, there are many perennials that bloom in late summer, including Nippon Daisy. Often called Montauk Daisy, Nippon Daisy is prized for its late-in-the-season explosion of perky, white flowers. Goldenrod. Let the bright, yellow blooms of goldenrod gild your late-season garden with color. Here are some more…
- Joe Pye Weed
- Oriental Lily
- Japanese Anemone
Fall Is The Best Time to Plant Grass Seed
Grass grow fastest and strongest when your planting season aligns with the seeds’ natural periods of active growth. Just as with other kinds of plants in your landscape, lawn grasses vary in their growth cycles and regional climate preferences. Cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye grasses and tall fescues, including Kentucky 31 fescue, grow most vigorously during the cool temperatures of late summer and early fall. These grasses flourish across cooler northern climates and into the challenging “transition zone,” where cool and warm regions overlap.
We hope after your have read the tips you realize fall is actually a much better time to plant than spring? And we’re not just talking about fall-planted bulbs either! As nights lengthen and days begin to cool off, the soil is still quite warm, providing a wonderful environment for plants to focus on root growth rather than putting energy into spring foliage and flower. By the time spring warms the soil and the earth gets moving again, plants have had plenty of time to establish strong, healthy roots and are raring to go! So spend a little time as summer ends to get your yard ready for next year while enjoying the final warm days of Fall.
Davis Landscape Can Help You Get Your Home Or Business Ready for the Fall and Winter! We can help you achieve the landscaping you dream about! We help our clients with landscaping designs that fit their lifestyles and budgets!
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Davis Landscape Design & Installation has been providing landscaping services to customers in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati since 1965! We know that the landscape design process can be overwhelming, so we work with you tirelessly to better understand your vision. At Davis Landscape Design & Installation, we’re on your team and we know how to listen and deliver.