The debate between fall and spring for landscaping has been going on for years. While spring is the traditional time to plant a garden, fall is actually the best time for landscaping projects. Cooler temperatures and increased humidity make it an ideal climate for newly planted gardens, and regular rainfall can help with watering tasks. In addition, fall is a great time to assess the condition of your irrigation system and determine potential problem areas for winter drainage.
Transplanting during the spring means your plants will need to devote more energy to acclimatize and survive. Fall weather tends to be cool and humid, an ideal climate for newly planted gardens, and regular rainfall can help with watering tasks. It's also a good time to think about irrigation and drainage, as increased rainfall will reveal problem areas where water is accumulating. In addition, watering should be prepared for the cold winter months ahead by proper winterization.
Humans have a natural urge to plant in the spring, and spring is the best time to sow garden seeds and plant annual bed plants. However, autumn is the best time to make a landscape. You should take advantage of the fall months to assess the condition of your irrigation system and determine potential problem areas for winter drainage. While turf needs to be fertilized in the fall, most plants should not be fed during this time.
September, October and November are good months to prepare your lawn for the harsh elements of the coming winter for the same reason mentioned above; autumn is a cooler time of the year with higher humidity. Along with pruning, weed control and mulching the bed is an important maintenance element during the fall. Most heathers bloom in the fall and winter and heathers bloom in the summer, so pruning in spring avoids cutting new buds and allows time to promote bud growth for the next bloom. Soil can dry out and compact during the hot, dry summer months, and once fall rain hits, water buildup can reveal where drainage needs to be improved.
It's during this time that landscaping companies aren't as busy and are more likely to be able to schedule projects sooner. Another landscape improvement, which can help with drainage but also protect structures, is to install drainage rock strips around buildings. In conclusion, while there are some gardening tasks that shouldn't be done in the fall, for the most part, it's the best time to maintain the grounds, prepare the plants for the coming winter, and install new design projects. We will work with you at the best time of year to design your garden and select the right plants, size and shape of your garden that fit your lifestyle.