FSI Landscape Supply weighs in on ten tips to make any landscape fitting for the fall season. (Source: Duval Landscape Maintenance, https://www.duvallandscape.com/Fall-is-Here–10-Tips-for-Making-your-Landscape-Fit-the-Season-1-5.html )
Duval Landscape Maintenance offers insights into how to turn any yard or landscape into an autumn oasis. Duval Landscape Maintenance begins their top ten list by expressing the importance of colours, accessories, textures, and layering. FSI Landscape Supply shares, “layering trees and shrubs is an excellent way to add texture and dimension to any landscape. As the cool air settles in, vibrant summer colours transition into warm tones. You can truly bring out those fall colors by adding rich mulch, decorative natural stones, or aggregates. At FSI Landscape Supply, we recommend white calcite, pea gravel, and riverstone. These stones will provide excellent contrast and can also assist with proper water drainage.”
Number two on the list suggests giving the lawn one last cut. FSI Landscape Supply agrees, “one last cut before the winter elements hit is always recommended. Depending on the weather, landscape professionals and contractors typically aim for a final cut for the end of October. However, it is essential to consider other maintenance protocols. During fall, it is suggested to fertilize and apply high-quality grass seed. Falls cooler temperatures, and moisture levels make a perfect environment for germination. At FSI Landscape Supply, we recognize the importance of proper lawn care in the fall. We are always ready to provide high-quality grass seed and various fertilizers to many landscaping professionals and landscaping contractors.”
Number three on the list is to test the soil. Duval Landscape Maintenance suggests before applying grass seed, the pH of the soil must be determined. FSI Landscape Supply shares, “testing soil is essential. If the pH is off balance or acidic, the lawn and surrounding plant life will suffer the consequences. Each lawn is unique; therefore, the solution is not a one size fits all solution. The right combination of all-natural mulch and certain types of fertilizer can be helpful. It is best to consult a landscaping supply company which product is best for each unique case.”
Number four on the list is to fluff up mulch. FSI Landscape Supply agrees, “turning over or fluffing mulch is a great way to extend its appearance. It is also a great way to allow air and moisture to seep through. However, if there are less than two inches of mulch after it has been turned over, it is recommended to add a fresh layer. Incorporating a rich mulch will help contour the landscape and provide colour contrast, therefore enhancing any fall landscape.”
Number five brings our attention to the home. A fresh coat of paint can be applied to window frames, entrance doors, or garage doors which can bring out the colour of the brick or stone exterior. FSI Landscape Supply suggests, “fall is the perfect time to decorate and spruce up the exterior part of the home. Adding a fresh coat of paint can definitely elevate the aesthetics. However, if you truly want to enhance the appearance of the home, we recommend outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting will complement the home and landscape throughout each season.”
Number six suggests creating interest by arranging plants according to the natural shape in which they grow. FSI Landscape Supply shares, “adding pattern with different size and shaped plants can bring different colour variations to your fall landscape. Another way to play with patterns is with natural stone. Combining various stones with plant life will display an organic look which will add contrast to any landscape design.”
Fall is well known for its beautiful crunchy leaves; however, number seven expresses the risk of fallen leaves. It could make for a slippery surface and messy yard. FSI Landscape Supply explains, “fallen leaves are fun in the beginning and add to the joy of season change. However, leaves that are left in piles will wreak havoc on any landscape.
Leaves left piled on the lawn will suffocate the grass. Leaves left scattered over hardscape areas can leave stains and can look unpleasant. Daily removal is suggested along with proper disposal”.
Number eight suggests plants for every season. Duval Landscape highlights the benefit of choosing plants that will survive throughout the changing seasons, which can save time and money. FSI Landscape Supply agrees, “plants that look great all year round can help with any size budget. It is important to keep in mind the climate and weather elements your region experiences.”
Number nine brings our attention to hardscaping. Duval Landscape mentions sidewalks, rock formations, pavers, fountains, and retaining walls. FSI Landscape Supply shares, “you can create gorgeous landscape designs by adding hardscape elements. Water features made with naturals stones such as large granite boulders, elite blue granite, or flagstone will bring any landscape to life. A natural stone pathway, patio, stone steps, outdoor living areas are also great hardscape additions.”
Lastly, number ten suggests planning ahead. FSI Landscape Supply agrees, “as previously mentioned, disposing of fallen leaves can include turning it into compost. When it comes to planning any landscape, you want to look at the big picture. Whether you are a homeowner, landscaping professional, or contractor, planning ahead by designing which features to implement and mapping the placement is always a great idea. It is also essential to ensure you have all the necessary equipment and landscaping supplies to carry out the project.”