Fall Lawn And Landscape Care: Follow These Essential Seasonal Tips For A Continual Healthy Landscape

Posted on | October 3, 2014 | No Comments

It’s that delightful time of year, when the air turns crisp, our thoughts turn to pumpkin-flavored delicacies, and our landscapes turn from deep green to a dazzling display of brilliant red, orange and gold. To ensure a beautiful outdoor vista this season and every season, it’s important to take steps to care for your landscape during fall.

Images Courtesy of Barringer & Barringer, Inc. Landscape Services ©

To get some helpful advice, North Carolina Design contacted Deborah Barringer, of Barringer & Barringer, Inc. Landscape Services, in Charlotte. From complex design and construction, to routine care and maintenance, the experts at Barringer and Barringer keep landscapes across Charlotte looking beautiful year round. Not surprisingly, Deborah knows just about everything there is to know about landscaping, and she was kind enough to share some of her best fall tips with us.

Annual Cleome

First and foremost, fall is the time for seeding cool-weather grass. “Tall fescue still is the best seed choice for our area,” Deborah notes. “Fescue is soft, it’s a beautiful shade of green, and it maintains its green foliage throughout the year. It’s important to aerate before seeding, as aeration helps the ground to breathe and promotes healthy seed growth by providing down-to-the-ground nourishment.

Backyard after recent aeration

“Ideally, you should seed between mid-August and mid-October; in November and December grass is not going to take. You also want your grass to be established before the leaves come down so that you don’t end up raking up the seedlings.”

Yellow Torenia

According to Deborah, a little “fall cleaning” goes a long way toward keeping your landscape healthy and beautiful. “This is the time to clean your gutters, trim your trees and freshen up your flower beds.” she advises. “Those annuals that looked so beautiful in spring are likely getting leggy and unkempt – it’s time to throw them out. It’s also time to limb up trees, removing dead branches and trimming back overgrowth. This will allow sunlight to penetrate through to the grass.”

Pink Mandevilla Vine

Outdoor Living Space with Fireplace

Mulching is another essential part of fall landscaping. “Mulch does a lot for a bed during the winter: it prevents weeds, insulates the soil, and helps plants retain moisture, which is important during dry winter months,” she affirms. “I recommend a dark hardwood mulch. It’s very pretty, and it lasts.”

Tardiva Hydrangea Blooms

Fall is an excellent time to take stock of your landscape. “Do an assessment of your yard,” Deborah advises. “Walk around and see what works and what doesn’t work, and take note of everything in a journal. If you have an area where things aren’t growing, now is the time to take a soil sample and send it off to be analyzed so that you can take steps to correct the problem.”

Russian Sage

This is also a great time of year to get out there and get those garden gloves dirty. “Fall the best time to transplant trees and perennials,” Deborah notes. “You can plant all the way into late fall, but once the freeze comes, stop. In late fall, you want to begin planting tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs so that you can have that fun pop of color in early spring.”

Sun Loving Zinnia

Stokes Aster

Finally, Deborah advises providing your landscape with much-needed nourishment in the fall. “You should fertilize your trees and lawn,” she notes. “I recommend hiring a professional to do this. It’s very important to be as friendly to the environment as possible, and to get the best results. A professional will do everything by the book and ensure that the fertilizer is mixed and applied correctly.”

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